Quakers fall twice to Mount Union in season finale
WC ends season of accomplishment
April 29, 2012
Shown, from left, are seniors Amber Fetherolf, Elise Mariner and Chelsea Morrow.
Wilmington College closed the softball season with a doubleheader loss to Mount Union at the WC Softball Complex Sunday afternoon.
The Quakers end the season at 5-13 in the OAC, 16-24 overall. The sweep gives Mount Union (10-8, 20-18) a berth in the OAC Tournament.
Game one was a pitching battle between Danielle Monnier and Mount Union’s Bre Willis. Both pitchers struck out nine and went the distance.
Mount Union scored the game’s lone run on a wild pitch in the fifth inning.
The Quakers’ best scoring chance came in the sixth when Kerri Cunagin (Circleville/Teays Valley) ripped a leadoff double and was bunted to third by Catlin Shilling (Waverly). Willis, though, retired the next two hitters to wiggle out of the jam.
Cunagin had three of Wilmington’s six hits while the Raiders managed just two hits off Monnier (Houston).
“Danielle pitched outstanding. It’s tough to lose one like that. She had such great command today,” Wilmington head coach Beth Floyd said.
Defense was the difference in game two as Mount Union scored two unearned runs in a four-run third inning and threw out Wilmington base runners at the plate and third base.
“Mount Union made a couple big plays, and we were missing that one big hit,” Floyd said. “That was really the difference between winning and losing.”
The Quakers got on the board in the fifth inning when Brooke Byrne (Wilmington) delivered a single that scored Elise Mariner (North Canton/Hoover).
Jess Clutter (Englewood/Northmont) pitched well in a losing effort, giving up two unearned runs and seven hits.
Byrne had two of Wilmington’s seven base hits. Cunagin doubled again and ended the season with a .407 overall batting average and hit .431 in conference play.
“Kerri had a great freshman year,” Floyd said. “She hit the ball well, especially in conference play. She sees the ball so well and is not afraid to go deep in a count.”
For Wilmington, the season was a clear step in the right direction as the Quakers were in the hunt for an OAC Tournament berth until the final week of play.
“I thought we improved as the year went on,” Floyd said. “We’re still a young team, but we showed that we can play with and beat anybody on our schedule.”
Sunday’s games marked the final appearances for seniors Mariner, Chelsea Morrow (South Vienna/Northeastern) and Amber Fetherolf (Springfield/Catholic Central).
“The seniors mean the world to me. They were in my first recruiting class, and they helped establish the importance of doing things the right way and working hard. I appreciate everything they’ve done for me and the team the last four years,” Floyd said.