WC softball rebounds after near perfecto

BEREA, Ohio — Playing for the first time in nearly two weeks, the Wilmington College softball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader with Baldwin-Wallace, losing 3-0 and winning 3-2.

In game one, two-time OAC Pitcher of the Year Nikki Camarati flirted with a perfect game for BW, allowing a single runner — Bailey Hypes — to reach base via a walk. The junior pitched a no-hitter, striking out 18 of the 21 batters she faced.

Wilmington starter Izzy Rothrock gave her team a chance by allowing only three earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in six innings. Against the dominant Camarati is wasn’t enough.

In game two, the Quaker bats awoke from a nine-inning slumber in the third when Kylah Morrison hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Clinton-Massie grad Lindsey Carter. One inning later, Mollie Moore tripled to right center scoring Sam Schwab, and Judaea Wilson gave the visitors a 3-0 by singling in Moore. Trailing 3-0, BW got to WC starter Alexis Stringfellow in the fifth, but Carter, in relief, minimized the damage by allowing a single run to score on an RBI-groundout.

A solo home run from Ashley Matousek in the sixth pulled the hosts within a run, and after Camarati, who relieved starter Hannah Welling in the sixth, stranded two hits in the seventh, the Yellow Jackets appeared to have all the momentum heading into the bottom of the seventh. Carter, alongside the Quaker defense, shut the door as three straight outs ended the game and gave WC a split.

Stringfellow won her third game of the season, allowing just one earned run and two hits in 4.1 innings while Carter earned her first save.

Hayley Suchland finished 3-for-4 in game two while five other Quakers had a single hit.

Wilmington (7-5, 1-1 OAC) will continue OAC play by hosting John Carroll University 1 p.m. Saturday.