Ross falls to Greenville in Division II district final

KINGS MILLS — The Ross High School softball team’s season ended on Friday night, as the Rams fell 9-0 to the Greenville Green Wave in a Division II district final at Kings. 

“That was a very good team,” Ross coach Pat Spurlock said of Greenville. “We just kept fighting.”

After a solid first inning of defense for both teams, the Green Wave (30-1) would break a 0-0 tie as Ashlyn Zimmer scored on a Myrissa Combs throwing error to first for a 1-0 lead. Nyesha Wright and Alaina Baughn drove in the next three runs — Wright with a double and Baughn with an RBI single. The Green Wave’s 4-0 lead in the second inning ended Ross junior pitcher Samantha Iannarino’s day in the circle.

Spurlock pulled his starting pitcher in favor of sophomore Alayna Crouch. Crouch stepped right in after the second inning, only giving up a run in her first three innings of work and getting a couple of strikeouts along the way. 

“I was hoping to mix it up, bring the fireballers in and give them a different look,” Spurlock said. “That was the plan but it didn’t work.”

The Rams were shut down by Greenville senior pitcher Grace Shaffer. Shaffer issued two walks, gave up just two hits and struck out two batters. 

“She’s 47-3 in her three years starting pitching,” Greenville coach Jerrod Newland said. “We’ve got great defense around her.”

Ross would give up three more runs in the sixth inning, staring down an 8-0 deficit. Wright was 5-for-5 on the day, adding an insurance run with a solo homer in the seventh inning. 

Despite Friday’s performance, Ross gets to celebrate a season that included sharing a Southwest Ohio Conference title.

“It was an awesome season,” Rams senior infielder Ashley Shelton said. “The team started really clicking getting it all together and we all worked hard to get to where we are.”

Ross, which finished the season at 21-7, graduates seniors Ashley Shelton, Michaela Collins, Alexis Dillingham, Bailee Gunnell, Makenzi Johnson, Mackenzie May, Madison Minges and Alexia Ploehs.


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