Skipjacks set wins record, hand Cards first league loss
Chesapeake beats all-conference pitcher while splitting doubleheader
CATONSVILLE The Skipjacks won’t win the Maryland JuCo softball race, but they’re certainly having an impact on it.
Chesapeake College routed CCBC-Catonsville, 8-1, in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday to hand the Cardinals (19-6 overall, 11-1 league) their first league loss. Catonsville, the defending Region XX champion, had started Saturday tied with Hagerstown for first place in Maryland JuCo.
"It was fun handing them a loss," said Chesapeake head coach Melissa Thompson. "I hope that we’ve messed up the (Region XX tournament) bracket a little bit. This should give us a better seed heading into the regional tournament."
The fact that the Skipjacks (12-8, 8-6) set a school record for victories and handed all-American pitcher Beth Slater the loss was icing on the cake. Chesapeake broke the team record of 11 wins set by the 1980 team, which finished 11-3.
"That’s pretty cool," said Thompson of the record. "It’s nice the program has begun to develop. It’s a tribute to the players that we’re doing it with so many of them playing hurt. We have some serious injuries going on, but we’re still playing."
The Cardinals hurt themselves in Game 2 of the doubleheader as Slater and reliever Michelle Davis combined for nine walks. Catonsville also committed a third-inning outfield error that handed the Skipjacks two runs.
Slater walked four batters in the first inning, including two with the bases loaded to give Chesapeake a 2-0 lead. Heather Lawrence, Beth Morris and Amanda Lord had RBI singles during a three-run second inning as Chesapeake built a 5-0 cushion.
The two unearned, third-inning runs gave the Skipjacks a 7-0 advantage. Slater had a run-scoring single in the fourth to get Catonsville on the board, but Lawrence’s RBI fielder’s choice got that run back in the fifth.
Lawrence improved her pitching record to 5-4 with a complete-game three-hitter. She struck out seven and walked only one batter.
Lord, who recently won her seventh game to break Carol Wilson-Robbins’ 26-year-old school record for wins in a season, lost Game 1 despite throwing an eight-hit complete game. Catonsville won Game 1 as Christie Simmers, Emily Roper, and Jamie Zinkand opened the seventh with consecutive singles to bring Simmers home and break a 1-1 tie.
Lord (7-3) struck out one and walked one. Davis earned the pitching victory for Catonsville by throwing a three-hitter.
Chesapeake took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Lord doubled home Beth Morris, who had singled. Catonsville tied the game in the fifth with an unearned run.
The Skipjacks travel to Cumberland Wednesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader against Allegany College of Maryland.
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