The Hiram College softball team lost both games of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Wittenberg University, 6-1 and 14-6, at Myrtis E. Herndon Field in the season finale on senior day.
In game one, Wittenberg (21-9, 11-5 NCAC) led 3-0 after the first two innings of play scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning and added another run in the second. Hiram (13-19, 6-10 NCAC) got on the board in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a solo homerun by senior All-Region catcher Jess Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) to begin the inning, making the score 3-1. But the lone run would be all the scoring for the Terriers as the Tigers went on to add two runs in the sixth and a run in the seventh en route to the 6-1 victory.
Hiram totaled just three hits in the game with Bolanz, junior outfielder Kayla Schmidt (Garfield Heights) and sophomore shortstop/second baseman Jessica Wahl (Akron/Ellet) each reaching base safely via a base hit. Bolanz ended the game one-of-three to go along with the run scored and RBI, while Schmidt and Wahl both finished one-of-two at the plate.
On the mound, sophomore Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) started the game and pitched an inning allowing three runs on four hits and had one strikeout. She was also credited with the loss and ends the season with a 10-13 overall record. Freshman pitcher/first baseman Brittany Zajac (Corry, Pa./Corry) came on to finish the game, going six innings and allowing three runs on 12 hits.
In the second game, both teams scored a pair of runs in the first inning with Wittenberg’s runs coming on a two-run homerun and Hiram scoring runs on a pair of RBI-singles by junior All-NCAC outfielder/infielder Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere) and Bolanz. The Tigers then took control scoring four runs in the top of the second to extend the margin to 6-2. Hiram got one of the runs back in the third on a RBI-double by Zajac, but Wittenberg recorded its second four-run inning in the fourth to make it an 10-3 game. The Terriers scored their final points of the game with a run in the fourth on a RBI-ground out by Wahl and two runs in the sixth thanks to a two-RBI single by Wahl. Wittenberg went on to tally a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to end the scoring and go on to the 14-6 final.
The Hiram bats finished with 13 hits in the nightcap with senior All-NCAC outfielder Sarah Loyer(Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) and Wahl both recording three hits. Loyer ended the game a perfect three-of-three with a pair of runs scored. Wahl posted a three-of-four effort to go along with a run scored and three RBI. In addition, Bolanz and Schmidt both went two-of-three at the plate with Bolanz adding a run scored and RBI, while Schmidt also scored two runs.
At pitcher, sophomore Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) started the game and pitched a total of one and two-thirds innings giving up six runs on six hits. She was also given the loss to end the season with a 2-5 mark. Garland came on to pitch two-and-a-third innings in relief allowing four runs on three hits and Zajac pitched three innings surrendering four runs on seven hits and had three strikeouts.