With some deep and timely hits Saturday, the Green Wave softball team earned a 6-4 victory over Stratford in the Class AAAA playoffs.
"Stratford is a quality program, always has been, so to get a win against them in the playoffs is nice," Summerville coach Heather Tucker said. "At first we were a little tense on defense and we made an error or two and got a little down on ourselves. It took everyone seeing their pitcher a time or two before they realized we could hit her. Once the sticks started coming around, we began to relax at the plate and on defense and played better."
The game was tied at 3 when the Green Wave had its big turn at bat in the bottom of the fifth inning. Nicole Seavey sent a triple to the fence and then scored when pitcher Malori Myers reached on an error. That brought Sarah Montei to the plate and she drove a two-run homer over the left-field fence for the 6-4 Wave lead.
Stratford drew first blood in the game, plating a runner in the top of the first. Melanie Ramsey reached on a hit and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and a groundout. She then came home on a passed ball.
The Knights (27-3) added two runs in the third. Erin Schattle reached on a single and scored when Jordan Powell hit a ball into the outfield. Montei attempted a diving catch but couldn't get there in time and the ball rolled to the fence, allowing Powell to advance to third. She then scored on a Jessica Palmer single.
The Wave (27-5) scored three runs off four hits in the fourth to tie the game. Kassie Fowler smashed a double to plate Rochelle Lyda and Montei and Tricia Sizemore drove in Seavey and Fowler with singles.
Montei finished 2-for-3 at the plate. Seavey finished 2-for-4. Jordan led the Knights, finishing 2-for-3. Powell was 2-for-4.
Summerville will host the winner of last night's Wando/White Knoll game on Monday. If Wando won Monday's game will be at 6 p.m. If White Knoll won the game will be at 5:30 p.m.
"There are only good teams left from here on out, so we have to play our A game," Tucker said.