The Kenyon women’s softball team concluded their season on Sunday, May 2 with a doubleheader against Hiram College. After 15 straight losses, the Ladies secured their first victory in game one of the doubleheader, before falling short in game two.
Central to the Ladies’ victory was the performance of pitcher Emily Pater ’22, who threw a complete game, allowing only one run on nine total hits. The victory was Pater’s first in eight total games, and spearheaded the Ladies’ best defensive performance of the season. The game began with Hiram scoring off a sacrifice fly, giving them a 1-0 lead at the end of the first.
However, this slim lead was easily overcome by none other than Pater, who knocked in two runs on a double to left center field. The single sacrifice fly was all the offense Hiram could muster, and the first game of the afternoon ended in a 2-1 victory for the Ladies. In her final day as a Lady, Kathryn Riggs ’21 caught the final out for her team’s only win this year.
Game two began similarly, with Hiram driving in a run in their first inning at bat. After a scoreless second inning from both sides, Hiram knocked in another three runs. Kenyon got out of the inning, but couldn’t rally on offense. The Ladies continued to struggle on the mound, allowing another five runs over the next two innings. Paige Milhon ’23 drove in the Ladies’ only run: Riggs, who scored the Ladies’ last run of the season.