Missed chances cost Quakers
WC drops two to John Carroll
April 6, 2012
Catlin Shilling (at right) had three game-two hits against John Carroll.
Missed opportunities were the story of the day as Wilmington College dropped both ends of an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader to John Carroll at the WC Softball Complex Friday afternoon.
John Carroll won the opener, 4-1, and finished the sweep with a 4-2 win in game two.
The Quakers are now 2-4 in the OAC, 11-15 overall. John Carroll moves to 2-4 in the conference, 17-9 for the season.
Wilmington managed just three runs on the day, but not for lack of chances as the Quakers left 10 runners on base in each game.
“We hit the ball well, but we just didn’t string the hits together,” Wilmington head coach Beth Floyd said. “John Carroll is an outstanding team, and you are not going to beat a team that good when you leave that many people on base.”
In the opener, John Carroll broke open a scoreless game with a run in the fifth inning and added three more in the sixth.
Wilmington had base runners in five of the first six innings, but didn’t dent the plate until Kerri Cunagin (Circleville/Teays Valley) drove in a run with a single in the home seventh. The Quakers had the potential tying run at the plate, but John Carroll escaped with the win.
Brooke Byrne (Wilmington) had two of Wilmington’s six game-one hits.
Game two offered more of the same as Wilmington played well, but couldn’t find clutch hits.
John Carroll took a 2-0 lead in the first, but Wilmington responded with consecutive two-out hits from Catlin Shilling (Waverly), Cunagin and Erika Lee (Blanchester) to cut the deficit in half.
The Blue Streaks went up, 3-1, in the third, but Wilmington again answered with hits from Shilling and Cunagin and an RBI groundout from Lee to pull within a run.
A lone John Carroll run made it a 4-2 game in the fifth.
The Quakers put two runners on base in both the fifth and sixth innings, but were unable to cash in on the chances.
For the game, Wilmington out-hit John Carroll, 11-7, with Shilling and Cunagin contributing three hits apiece. Byrne had a pair of hits and was the nucleus of Wilmington’s error-free defense.
“We played outstanding defense today,” Floyd said. “Brooke Byrne is an amazing shortstop, definitely one of the best shortstops in our conference. She just took hit after hit away from John Carroll.”