Quakers split with Hanover
WC roars back to win opener
March 29, 2012
Allie Holstein went 5-for-6 as Wilmington split a doubleheader with Hanover.
Wilmington College split a non-conference doubleheader with Hanover College at the WC Softball Complex Thursday afternoon.
The Quakers rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win game one, 9-7, and Hanover earned the split with a 6-2 win in game two.
Wilmington is now 10-12 while Hanover leaves town with a 7-15 record.
“The first game was very exciting,” Wilmington head coach Beth Floyd said. “We fought from behind the whole game, but never gave up.”
The Panthers jumped on Wilmington in the first inning of the opener with three two-out runs, two of which were unearned.
The lead grew to 4-0 when Hanover plated a run in the third.
Wilmington’s bats were quiet through three innings, but came alive in the fourth. Catlin Shilling (Waverly) and Erika Lee (Blanchester) ripped singles and scored on a two-run double from Kelsey Becker (Clarksville, Ind.).
Kaylee Cox (Prospect/Elgin) tied the game with a two-run single in the fifth inning.
Hanover responded with a three-spot in the sixth to go up, 7-4, but Wilmington erupted in the home sixth.
Hits by Allie Holstein (Ashville/Teays Valley), Chelsea Morrow and Brooke Byrne (Wilmington) loaded the bases with one out, and Stacy Lunsford (Wilmington/Clinton-Massie) shot a double to left field that pulled the Quakers within a run. Shilling then emptied the bases with a three-run homer to left field, and Wilmington led, 9-7.
“That was a great inning,” Floyd said. “Everybody went to the plate and did their job.”
Shilling slammed the door on the Panthers in the seventh to pick up her first win of the season.
Shilling and Holstein had three hits each to lead Wilmington’s 15-hit attack. Lunsford, Cox and Morrow had two hits apiece.
In game two, Hanover took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth, where Becker doubled and later scored on an infield hit from Elise Mariner (North Canton/Hoover).
The score remained 2-1 until Hanover broke the game open with four runs — two of which were unearned — in the seventh.
Wilmington accounted for the game’s final run in the home seventh when Byrne singled and came around to score on a Shilling base hit.
Byrne and Holstein had two hits each. For the twinbill, Holstein went 5-for-6.
“Allie does a great job of getting on base and making things happen,” Floyd said. “You can see her confidence growing every day.”
The Quakers will host Heidelberg in an OAC doubleheader 1 p.m. Saturday.