Clermont, FL - The D'Youville Softball Team closed out their first day of games for the season in Clermont, FL by losing to Carleton College on Thursday in Hancock Park by the final score of 3-1.
Leadoff hitter Lydia Monin (Buffalo, NY/Tapestry Charter School) reached base in her first at-bat of the game by drawing a walk from the Carleton pitcher. Monin advanced to second after a walk to Lauren DeVantier (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield), but both runners would be left on base to close out the first inning.
No hits and no runs were recorded in the second inning, but Carleton put the first runs on the board in the third inning. After a single and a batter reaching base on an error, the Knights batted in both runners on base with a double, giving the team a 2-0 lead over the Spartans. An RBI single from the Knights pitcher put Carleton up by 3.
D'Youville had no answer in the bottom half of the inning, but would get a run on the board with a MacKenzie Kehlenbeck (Oakfield, NY/Oakfield-Alabama) home run in the fourth inning, cutting the lead to 3-1. The fifth inning would be a pitcher dominate inning, with 1 hit and no runs being recorded between the two teams.
Each team would threaten in the sixth inning. Carleton left two runners on base in the top half of the inning, but scored no runs. Alison Hall (Cheektowaga, NY/Depew) would leadoff the bottom of the inning for the Spartans by smacking a double. Three consecutive outs would leave Hall stranded on base.
The Spartans would once again put pressure on in the 7th and final inning, with Ashley Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) leading off with a single. However, three consecutive outs for the second straight inning closed the door on the D'Youville comeback attempt, with the team losing by the final score of 3-1.
Jessica Banning (Amherst, NY/Amherst) picked up the loss in the game, giving up 1 earned run and striking out 1. Banning threw her first complete game of the season, pitching 7 innings and walking 2.
Kehlenbeck scored the team's lone run, picking up her first home run and RBI of the season. Amanda Drake (West Winfield, NY/Mount Markham) stole her first base of the season as well, also earning a walk