Kenyon Owls Softball walk off game two, sweep Tornados

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — With a walk-off win in game two, the Kenyon College softball team swept a doubleheader from Brevard College on Monday and ran its win streak to four games. The Owls pummeled the Tornados in a 10-0 five-inning game one win and then pulled out an 4-3 game-two victory in the bottom of the eighth inning.

In that second game, Kenyon and Brevard went into an extra inning tied 3-3. Brevard started the frame with the automatic runner on second. The Tornados sacrificed that runner to third, but Kenyon pitcher Kylie Hamm, who came on in relief in the fourth inning, got a strikeout and a pop out to end the threat.

In the bottom of the eighth, Celia Torino pinch ran as the automatic runner on second base. Madison Buckwalter came to bat and flew out to center field, but the ball was hit deep enough for Torino to advance to third. Keala Montgomery then sent a shot to left field. That ball was caught, too, but again deep enough to get Torino home with the winning run.

Montgomery, who hit the ball hard all day, was 2-for-3 and plated Kenyon’s first run, back in the first inning. Brevard tied it up in the top of the third, but Kenyon moved back ahead in the bottom of the inning when Natalya Delsante reached on a two-base error and wound up scoring on a wild pitch.

The Tornados tied it up again in the fourth inning and Kenyon had another answer, this time in the sixth inning. Brooke Avila scored that run after getting on base with a single. She moved to second on wild pitch and later scored following a Sophia Lynch double that ended in another Brevard error.

Kenyon had seven hits in game two and Montgomery and Avila each had two of them. Hamm got the win after throwing five innings and yielding just one unearned run.

Hamm also pitched game one. She fired four innings in that contest and gave up just two hits and two walks. At the end of the day, Hamm’s upgraded numbers included a 5-3 record and a 2.10 earned run average.

Kenyon’s offense was just as impressive in game one, scoring multiple runs in the first, third and fifth innings. The Owls had a dozen hits in the five-inning span and Buckwalter led the way, going 3-for-4 with three RBI. She’s hit safely in all 10 Kenyon games this season and now sports a team-best .484 batting average.

Montgomery had another two hits in game one, as did Maddie Friday and Avila, who ripped a pair of triples. Avila scored after each triple and Friday ended up with a pair of RBI.

At the top of the lineup, Arianna Jalomo reached base three times and scored three times, giving her a team-high 10 runs in 10 games played.

The losses dropped Brevard to 3-6, while the wins boosted Kenyon to 6-4. The Owls have four more games left on their spring break schedule and the next two are slated for Tuesday. They take on Clarks Summit University at 11 a.m. and then Albright College at 3 p.m.

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