North Coast softball squads wrapped up spring break trips last week, as eight teams open up the conference portion of their schedules this Saturday. Highlights include, Kenyon (14-4) traveling to DePauw (7-7) and Denison (6-4) hosting Hiram (5-7). Additionally, Oberlin (2-4) and Ohio Wesleyan (7-5) will hit the road to square off against Wooster (7-9) and Allegheny (3-10), respectively.
3-6 on its spring break trip to the National Training Center in
Freshman Hannah Blinn (Tarentum, PA/Deer
Lakes) led the offense, batting .421 (8-19) in the
nine-game span with four doubles, while
sophomore Katrina George (New Kensington,
PA/Valley) hit an even .400 (8-20) with a team-best
seven RBIs. Junior Caitlin Nealer (New
Kensington, PA/Valley) was saddled with a 2-3 record,
despite posting a 2.80 ERA and striking out 40 in 30 innings.
DENISON closed out the Tucson Invitational Games with a 6-4 record after going 5-3 last week in Tucson, Arizona. Eight of Denison’s hitters posted a .300 batting average or better, including three that hit over .400 in eight games last week. Senior Rachel Laughlin (Winter Park, FL/Lake Howell) led the charge with a .478 average (11-for-23), while freshman Kerry Hager (Louisville, KY/Eastern) and senior Heather Larsen (Traverse City, MI/Traverse City St. Francis) posted batting averages of .476 (10-for-21) and .400 (6-for-15), respectively. Senior pitcher Rebecca Dyer (Shelby Twp., MI/Detroit Country Day) posted a 2-0 record with one save in four appearance. Dyer surrendered just one run and fanned 18 batters in 15 innings. The senior also became DU’s all-time leader in career shutouts (17) after tossing a three-hit shutout against La Verne.
DEPAUW dropped a doubleheader against 13th-ranked Trine despite scoring first in both games. Sophomore Sammi Bell (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge) went 2-for-2 in the opening game against Trine and 4-for-5 in nightcap, hitting a homerun in each game. The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, traveling to play a non-conference doubleheader against Wash U.
HIRAM dropped both games of a doubleheader to Westminster last week, losing game one, 6-5, in 10 innings and then game two, 3-2. The Terriers are now 5-7 on the season. Miranda Wright (Richfield, OH/Revere) led the way for Hiram by going 3-for-8 from the plate with a double and triple. She also scored four runs and accounted for two RBIs.
Following a 12-4 stay in Fort Myers, Florida, KENYON opened their home slate with a pair of wins against Houghton College. Jane Ghublikian (Dorchester, MA/Milton Academy) returned to the lineup after missing eight games and blasted her second home run of the year in game two, helping Kenyon to sweep the Higlanders, 5-0 and 5-1. Maddy Stark (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) ruled the circle with 14 more strikeouts in a combined eight innings of work. The Ladies held Houghton to a combined five hits in 12 innings of play.
OBERLIN is in the midst of its spring break trip in Clermont, Florida, highlighted last week by a dramatic 4-3 win over Colby College in 10 innings. Senior Emily King (Cleveland Heights, OH/Cleveland Heights) pitched all 10 innings for the Yeowomen, giving up six hits and two earned runs, while striking out five. She also scored all four runs for the Oberlin offense, including the walk-off run which came from an RBI single by sophomore Jenny Hill (Bellevue, CA/Lake Washington).
OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 3-1 record last week, including a doubleheader sweep of Alma. Junior first baseman Cassi Ladina (Dublin, OH/Coffman) delivered a two-run, walk-off single to lift the Bishops over Alma in the opener of the doubleheader. Sophomore pitcher Sarah Flint (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) went a perfect 2-0 in the circle last week posting a 1.00 ERA, holding opponents to just .184 batting average while striking out five.
No. 24 WITTENBERG split a home pair with Thomas More, dropping the opener, 5-4, in nine innings before picking up a 6-0 win in the nightcap thanks to freshman pitcher Alyssa Durette (Geneva, NY/Geneva) and her complete-game, five-hit shutout. She allowed just five hits and three walks, while sophomore Loren Combs (Cincinnati, OH/Turpin) got two hits and two stolen bases in the game to finish the day 4-for-8.
WOOSTER closed out its Spring Break trip with a 3-1 record to improve to 7-9 overall on the year. Georgia Hill (Oakland, CA/Piedmont) had six hits during the final four games and they all went for extra bases – five doubles and one home run. While batting .545 with eight RBI on the week, she doubled and homered in the 11-10 comeback win over Rutgers-Newark and doubled twice during an 8-0 victory versus Nichols.