Sarah Greenlee calm, cool and collected
VINCENT — Sarah Greenlee had a big smile on her face after she hurled a sectional final no-hitter in a 7-0 Warren win against Chillicothe early Wednesday evening.
Other than that, the senior right-hander and her Warrior teammates were pretty laid back as they walked off the field.
“That’s this team,” said Warren skipper Jenny Lynch. “I mean, they come out, and they have a job to do. They just get it done and go home. They like to play ball. They like to get a win and move on.”
Greenlee wasn’t even carried off the diamond — but then she might’ve protested if her teammates had attempted that.
“I don’t get excited,” Greenlee said. “I just keep pitching.”
It was almost as if Greenlee and the Warriors were all acting like they’d been there before — which they have been. Last week, she pitched her very first varsity no-no in a 10-0 Warrior triumph at New Lexington. It was a mercy win as the game went just five innings.
Against Chillicothe, Greenlee hurled a 7-inning complete game.
“That’s Sarah,” Lynch said. “Sarah just plays it cool all the time. She doesn’t get shook up on the mound.”
Greenlee looked sharp from the beginning, and she had a solid defense behind her.
In the top of the third, she walked her circle counterpart Julie Hall to start the frame. But the Chillicothe hurler was thrown out stealing by Warrior catcher Olivia Shutts.
Greenlee followed that up by striking out the next two Cav batters to retire the side — and those Ks were her first of the game.
In the fourth, she fanned two more Chillicothe hitters in a 1-2-3 inning.
“She was throwing some extra heat today,” Shutts said.
Going into the bottom of the fourth, the game was scoreless — but not for long as Warren plated four runs against Hall. Hall was not particularly fast, but she was effective and kept the Warriors off-balance.
“They had to keep their hands back and…they adjusted,” Lynch said. “It took them a little while but they adjusted.
“That’s what they need to continue to do, be disciplined at the plate. They did what they needed to do.”
Greenlee got three groundouts in the fifth — and two of them were comebackers to her.
In the sixth, the Chillicothe number eight batter tried to bunt her way on, but Warren third baseman Elisabeth Williams anticipated it, raced in, and threw the Cav out.
Greenlee then retired the side with her fifth whiff of the contest.
After Warren added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 7-0, it was just a matter of finishing the game in the seventh.
Lynch said she knew Greenlee had a no-hitter going, and so did Shutts.
“I figured she would,” the Warren catcher said. “She was pretty confident out there throughout the game.”
Greenlee retired the first Cav batter Meliah Johnson on a fly out to center fielder Avery Grayson.
But the next Chillicothe hitter Audrey Corzine reached base on a Warrior fielding error.
Greenlee got Sophie Fulkerson on a popup to her for the second out.
Meanwhile, Corzine stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Greenlee needed just one more out, and she got it when she retired Alysia Cunningham on a pop out.
“Sarah just comes out and does her job, night in and night out,” Lynch said.
Ron Johnston is a Marietta Times sports writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org