Kenyon Owls Softball Take two More, Run Streak now to six

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Tuesday brought two more wins to the Kenyon College softball team’s record. A 4-3 extra-innings win over Clarks Summit University and a wild 13-12 win over Albright College made the Owls 8-4 and ran the team’s win streak to six games.

Game one was anything but ordinary. Kenyon scored its first run without a hit. In the second inning, Madison Buckwalter struck out swinging, but reached first base on a passed ball. Over the next three batters, Clarks Summit committed two errors and allowed Buckwalter to come home.

In the sixth inning, two Kenyon errors helped Clarks Summit tie the game up. After Rebecca Serf reached base on a fielder’s choice, she stole second base. Kenyon infielders let the throw from catcher Sophia Lynch get away from them. Serf then moved to third and the throw to put her out was off target, allowing her to go home.

Without much offense in the first seven innings, both teams benefitted from the automatic runner in extra innings. Clarks Summit scored twice in the eighth inning and Kenyon answered right back. A Natalya Delsante triple scored one of those runs for the Owls and a ground out from Arianna Jalomo got Delsante home to tie things up.

Kenyon pitcher Kylie Hamm coasted through the top of the ninth inning, forcing a foul out and two pop outs.

In the bottom of the ninth, Kenyon capitalized on more Clarks Summit errors. Maeve McLaughlin was the Owls runner put on second base and she moved to third after Buckwalter got aboard via error. Keala Montgomery then poked a fly ball to straightaway center, where the fielder dropped the ball and allowed McLaughlin to score the winning run.

In game two, the Owls racked up 18 hits and took control right away, scoring twice in the first inning and then five more times in the second. In the first inning, Buckwalter and Montgomery got things going with RBI doubles. In the second inning, run-scoring hits flew off the bats of Delsante, McLaughlin, Buckwalter and Montgomery as the Owls jumped out to a 7-0 lead.

A trio of Kenyon pitchers struggled with control and a combined seven walks in the first five innings gave life to Albright, which used the free passes, along with three Kenyon errors, to tie the game 8-8 in the top of the fifth inning.

Three more walks delivered by Kenyon pitchers in the top of the sixth inning led to four runs and a 12-8 Albright lead. The Owls offense, however, came right back with five straight hits, including two-run knocks from Maddie Friday and Lynch that tied the game at 12-12. A few batters later, a sacrifice fly from McLaughlin gave Kenyon a 13-12 edge.

Allison McCutchen, who was Kenyon’s starting pitcher, came back in the last two innings to earn the win.

Over the course of the two games, Delsante and Buckwalter both had three hits. Buckwalter scored three times and had two RBI, while Delsante scored twice and had two RBI.

The Owls finish off their spring break schedule Wednesday with games against University of Minnesota Morris and Morrisville State College.

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