GREENVILLE — A slow start offensively turned into a rout for the Greenville Yellow Jackets.
The Yellow Jackets softball team scored five times in both the third and fourth innings to help mercy O-K rival East Grand Rapids 11-1 in five innings on Thursday afternoon.
“I thought, after our worst games of the season Monday, we came out and played pretty well,” Greenville coach Tom Hallock said. “We made the routine plays, put the ball in play, put a couple of bunts down and ran the bases aggressively. All things you would like to see after a couple of losses.”
Greenville lost to Rockford 12-6 and 10-0 on Monday.
Beth Gantz led the game off with a single for the Yellow Jackets and scored on a couple of batters later on a passed ball.
East Grand Rapids responded with a run in the top of the second inning. A single by Hana Christoffersen scored one run, but a second run was gunned down at the plate on a nice relay to end the inning.
The Pioneers started the third inning with back-to-back hits. Greenville pitcher Lexii Canterbury got the next three batters to stymie the scoring threat.
“It was nice to see. They did put some pressure on us with a couple of hits,” Hallock said. “We responded back and made some plays to stop them quick.”
Alyssa Canterbury led the third inning charge for Greenville with a two-run single. Two other hits and four walks helped the Yellow Jackets to a 6-1 advantage after three innings.
With two outs in the fourth inning the Yellow Jackets brought another five runs across the plate. With two runners on, Greenville reeled off four consecutive hits capped off by an RBI single by Sarah Newhouse for an 11-1 lead.
Lexii Canterbury worked an easy fifth inning to close out the game. She allowed five hits, two walks and one run in five innings. She fanned three Pioneers.
“I was happy with the way we played,” Hallock said. “We are a young team and we are improving. We don’t have a senior on the team and just three juniors. We are learning, even from Monday, we learned some valuable lessons we will use the rest of the year.”
Alyssa and Lexii Canterbury were both 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs. Gantz, Newhouse, Nikota Howe and Lizzy Niemiec each had one hit. Howe, Gantz and Harleigh Lewis each scored two runs.
Halle Hayes took the loss for East Grand Rapids. Christoffersen had two hits and an RBI for the Pioneers.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 4-6 overall. They are at Grand Rapids Christian on Tuesday.