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 Hiram (4-8) traveling to DePauw (6-11) and Kenyon (10-8) hosting Oberlin (1-16). Additionally, Denison (7-7) and Wittenberg (16-3-1) will hit the road to square off against Allegheny (4-8) and Ohio Wesleyan (5-11), respectively.
ALLEGHENY went 2-4 over its final three spring break doubleheaders in Clermont, Florida. Junior shortstop Alexis Ryan (Claridge, PA/Penn-Trafford) batted .368 over the six games, posting three multi-hit games and tallying the game-winning RBI in the Gators’ 3-2 win over St. Lawrence, while senior Belle Mazurik (Saegertown, PA/Saegertown) had six hits, including a double and triple, while scoring five runs. Junior Allison Cabo (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) made four appearances in the circle, striking out 20 with a 1.65 ERA in 17 innings, highlighted by a complete-game, three-hitter in the St. Lawrence victory.
DENISON went 3-1 in four non-conference road games last week, sweeping Muskingum, 4-3 and 6-2, before splitting a twinbill at Defiance (4-0, 0-9 [5 inn.]). Sophomore Mckinly Vazquez (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) paced the Big Red offense with a .444 average (4-for-9) with two doubles, two runs and two RBI, while freshman Maddie Crull (Saint Helena, CA/Justin-Siena) went 6-for-14 with two doubles and three RBI. Sophomore Lauren Secaras (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) also hit two home runs and finished with an .833 slugging percentage. Inside the circle, sophomore Sarah Herold (Orland Park, IL/Carl Sandburg) went a perfect 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts across 14 innings.
DEPAUW is now 6-11 after going 1-3 last week on a West Coast swing during Spring Break. Lauren Godden (Carmel, IN/Carmel) leads the team with a .385 batting average and a .500 slugging percentage.
HIRAM posted a 3-1 record last week. The Terriers swept past Grove City, posting a 5-2 win and a 4-3 walkoff win. The Terriers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh, capped off by a game winning single from junior Emily Syrjala (Seattle, WA/Seattle Prep) to complete the sweep. Hiram then split a twin bill with John Carroll. Following a loss in Game one, freshman Makenzie Dombrowski (Streetsboro, OH/Streetsboro) tossed a complete-game shutout, striking out a career-high nine batters in the Terriers 2-0 win. It was the first shutout of her career.
KENYON split a non-conference doubleheader with Marietta. The Ladies won the first game 5-2, but lost the second game, 15-4. Designated player Molly O’Connor (Overland Park, KS/Barstow School) went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in game one. Senior first baseman Lindsey Susolik (Newport Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar) went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in game two.
OBERLIN freshman shortstop Izzy Gonzalez-Velarde (Livermore, CA/Granada) led the way at the plate for the Yeowomen, going 15-of-38 (.382) over 11 games in the Sunshine State. She finished with 13 runs in 17 at-bats, two doubles and three RBI. The Yeowomen will hope to rebound as they travel to Circleville, Ohio to take on Ohio Christian in a mid-week doubleheader.
OHIO WESLEYAN was swept by Otterbein in the Bishops lone action last week. Junior third baseman Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) went 5-for-6 in the doubleheader, including a double and an RBI.
WITTENBERG posted a 4-2 record last week in non-conference action, splitting double-headers on the road at Capital and Anderson, before sweeping Case at home on Saturday. Senior Lauren Combs (Cincinnati, OH/Turpin) was outstanding for the Tigers last week, hitting .450 (9-for-20) at the plate with three RBI, five runs scored and a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts. Junior pitcher Chelsea Zang (Cincinnati, OH/Seton) earned a pair of wins in the circle for Wittenberg in six appearances last week with a 1.41 ERA, allowing just three hits in 22.2 innings pitched.
WOOSTER capped its spring trip with a four-game win streak, highlighted by a one-hitter against Mount St. Mary tossed by sophomore Maddy Chase (Pleasant Prairie, WI/St. Joseph’s) last Thursday. The right-hander allowed a one-out single in the bottom of the first, but retired the next 20 batters. Jenna Kendall (Marshallville, OH/Smithville) carries a seven-game hitting streak back north, and the junior led the way at the plate with a .429 average over last week’s six games, while driving in a team-best six runs.