Softball Puts up Fight in Final Series

Erickson Andrews

The Yeowomen ended their season this year with a record of 4–30 overall and 1–15 in conference after dropping a double header to the College of Wooster this past Saturday.

The day was also senior day for the Yeowomen, who took the time to honor their lone senior Cheryl Lindsly. Lindsly, a graduate of Oberlin High School, is a four-year letter winner and infielder for the Yeowomen who also played on the soccer team.

In the first game of the double header, the game remained   scoreless until the sixth inning, when the Scotts went up by one. The Yeowomen were quick to respond, as they notched two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning on a two-run bomb over the centerfield wall off the bat of sophomore Katie Pieplow. Unfortunately, Wooster was not done scoring and added three more runs in the top of the next inning to take a 4­–2 lead. The score would remain that way, as the Yeowomen couldn’t get any more runs across the plate. First-year Sadie Oliver-Grey was on the mound for Oberlin, pitching all seven innings and surrendering only two earned runs.

In the second contest of the afternoon, Wooster came out swinging, totaling nine runs in the game compared to Oberlin’s one. The Scotts scored one in the first inning, three in the third and five in the fourth. Junior Emily King scored the lone Oberlin run as she tallied her first homerun of the year over the wall in left field. Pieplow and Oliver-Grey split the pitching duties in the game, with Pieplow pitching the first three while Oliver-Grey closed out the game.

“It was a tough way to end the season,” said Lindsly. “It would have been great to get to end the year on a win, but I know these girls will improve in the offseason.” When asked about her experience on the team, she responded, “I have grown extremely close with these girls over the years here, and I will never forget all the great times we have had. I hope to get to come back and watch a few games next year.”

As for next year, it is looking good for the Yeowomen. Top hitters junior Kelsey Steiner, King and Pieplow will be bringing back their bats, and with only one senior departing, there will be significant experience in the dugout. “We should have a good year in 2014,” said Head Coach Mimi Mahon. “We are going to be working hard in the offseason and coming back better than we have ever been. We just got out of a building year, and it should be exciting to see what happens this coming year.” Look to the Yeowomen to make some noise next spring.