Williams' homer lifts Wilmington over Kenyon
Quakers come north with 6-4 record
March 8, 2012
Brittany Williams belted a game-winning home run in the Quakers' 1-0 victory over Kenyon.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Brittany Williams’ sixth-inning home run sent Wilmington College north with a 1-0 win over Kenyon College as the Quakers closed play in the Gene Cusic Classic Thursday.
Wilmington (6-4) dropped its opener Thursday to Finlandia (Mich.), 1-0.
“We played two very exciting games today,” Wilmington head coach Beth Floyd said. “When you are in two one-run ballgames, you’re playing a lot of good softball."
Missed scoring opportunities prevented Wilmington from sweeping both games.
Against Finlandia, Wilmington got runners on base, but couldn’t produce key hits at key moments. The Quakers got their lead-off hitter on twice — including a double from Catlin Shilling (Waverly) in the top of the seventh — but couldn’t push a run across.
Freshman Jess Clutter (Englewood/Northmont) was the tough-luck loser, going the distance and giving up a lone run on a sixth-inning squeeze play. Clutter brings a 3-2 record back to Ohio.
Game two was more of the same as Danielle Monnier (Houston) went head-to-head with Kenyon right-hander Maddy Stark.
The teams went to the sixth inning scoreless, but Williams (Peebles/Northwest) broke the tie with a mammoth homer to right field.
“Brittany stepped up to the plate with confidence and took one deep,” Floyd said. “She and our other freshmen are really playing with a lot of confidence. They are doing a great job.”
Monnier finished off Kenyon, going seven innings and allowing just four hits. Wilmington played sparkling defense behind Monnier, an effort that was punctuated by a diving stop in the seventh by shortstop Brooke Byrne (Wilmington) on a smash headed for left-center field.
Monnier also takes a 3-2 record from the Sunshine State.
“I am very proud of our pitchers again today. They were phenomenal. They threw strikes and stayed ahead of the hitters,” Floyd said. “This might have been the best pitching performance of Danielle’s career.”
Williams had two of Wilmington’s six hits.