Troy softball gets big win over Greenville in MVL

GREENVILLE — Troy handing the Greenville softball team its first loss in conference play since 2018 Thursday in a 6-3 victory might be shocking to some.

But, they didn’t have inside information Troy pitcher Abigail Welbaum had.

“Abby (Abigail Welbaum) said she knew all day we were going to win,” Troy softball coach Scott Beeler said. “She said when she got up this morning her horscope said, ‘You will win’.”

And it was a third straight impressive performance for Welbaum that helped Troy improve to 11-2 overall and 9-2 in the MVL.

Greenville and Piqua have one loss in conference play.

In 23 innings in back-to-back wins over Vandalia-Butler and Thursday’s win over Greenville, Welbaum has allowed just 10 hits and two earned runs.

In Thursday’s win, she allowed four hits, striking out six and walking one.

“She was just phenomenal tonight,” Beeler said about Welbaum. “It was just so impressive the way she controlled the game. She is just so impressive out there.”

And Beeler has worked his magic on the bench with two moves in the lineup this week.

He flipped Briana Lavender and Allyson Burns in the batting order, with Lavender moving to leadoff.

She has responded by going 10-for-12 this week, while Burns continues to do well from the two spot.

He also move Abby Seger out to right field and made Erin Bruce a designated player.

“Both of them moves have worked out really well for us,” Beeler said. “It wasn’t anything Allyson was doing. She was doing a great job as a leadoff hitter. She didn’t have a problem with the move. Briana is really swinging the bat well and Allyson continues to get big hits for us.”

Lavender got things started in the first with a leadoff double and came around to score on Lauren Fonner’s fielder’s choice to make it 1-0.

Then, Troy scored five runs in the third to take a 6-0 lead and stun the Wave.

All five runs scored after two were out.

Ashley Kloeker singled and came around and scored on Erin Bruce’s single.

Hallie Frigge singled in Bruce to make it 3-0.

Lavender then drilled her second double of the game to score Frigge and make it 4-0.

Burns singled her in, then Fonner picked up her second RBI of the game on a double to make it 6-0.

“It is the first time playing Greenville that I have seen them back on their heels,” Beeler said. “They made a few mistakes. And we just did a good job of putting the ball in play. I think we put the ball in play 22 times. Everybody was hitting.”

And he knew with Welbaum on the mound, the game was in good hands.

“I knew we weren’t going to shut Greenville out,” Beeler said. “I knew they were going to score some runs. But, I didn’t think they would score six runs.”

Greenville got as close as 6-3.

“There was one inning when they had two girls on and she (Abigail Welbaum) got two pop outs to end it,” Beeler said.

Lavender was 3-for-4 with three doubles and Fonner had a double and two RBIs and Bruce was 2-for-3.

“We are really riding high right now,” Beeler said. “These girls feel like they can beat whoever they are playing.”

After a victory predicted by Welbaum’s horoscope.