Skipjacks sweep Allegany, reach 14 victories
Lawrence, Lord pitch complete games; LaNeve goes 6-for-6
CUMBERLAND Pretty soon it’s going to be impossible for the Skipjacks to sneak up on anyone.
"We’re getting noticed. The league is paying attention," said Chesapeake College softball head coach Melissa Thompson, whose team pulled off a 4-3 and 8-0 doubleheader sweep Wednesday afternoon at Allegany College of Maryland. "I really think people’s opinions about Chesapeake are changing."
The Trojans, who saw Chesapeake leapfrog past them into fourth place in the conference standings, certainly must have a newfound respect for the Skipjacks. Chesapeake (14-8 overall, 10-6 Maryland JuCo) had to survive a shaky seventh inning to win the opener, then run-ruled Allegany (8-7, 7-5) in five innings to claim the nightcap.
Katie LaNeve went 3-for-3 in each game, driving in three of Chesapeake’s four runs in the opener. Monette Malabet was 2-for-3 and Katie Satterlee had a run-scoring single in Game 1, where the Skipjacks took a 4-0 lead into the sixth before Allegany put the potential tying and winning runs on base in the seventh inning.
"It was very uncomfortable there for a while in the seventh, but we got ourselves out of trouble," said Thompson after Amanda Lord finished up a complete-game eight-hitter. Lord (8-3) struck out three and walked two.
Chesapeake took a 1-0, second-inning lead when LaNeve singled home Beth Morris, who had doubled. LaNeve had a two-run single and Satterlee added an RBI hit during a three-run sixth inning made possible by three Allegany errors.
Allegany scored twice in the home sixth and Trojan Heather Proud singled in a seventh-inning run before Lord slammed the door on the Trojans.
Losing pitcher Livi Everidge gave up 11 hits.
Heather Lawrence (6-4) threw a four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and just two walks to win the nightcap. LaNeve went 3-for-3 with two RBI, while Morris (two RBI) and Katie Connolly (triple) each went 2-for-3 for the Skipjacks.
"Heather did a fabulous job. All of her pitches were working," said Thompson. "Her riseball and her screwball were impossible to hit. They couldn’t even touch it."
The Skipjacks continue to extend their school record for most wins in a season. The previous record of 11 was set by the 1980 team, which went 11-3.
"I’m very excited about what we’ve done. I truly am proud of all the girls," said Thompson. "We only have nine players and for every single one of those nine, I can say they are the hardest-working, most-dedicated players I’ve ever had.
"Girls are playing hurt, girls are playing positions they don’t know how to play, and we’re still beating people," added Thompson.
The Skipjacks play at Harford Community College Saturday in a noon doubleheader before finishing the regular season next Wednesday with a 3 p.m. home doubleheader against CCBC-Dundalk. Chesapeake, which will then participate in the Region XX tournament, is attempting to reschedule a doubleheader with Cecil Community College that was rained out.
BASEBALL - Chesapeake 10, College of Southern Maryland 7
WYE MILLS The Skipjacks came from behind twice, then held on to beat Southern Maryland Thursday afternoon as Brad Brainer’s 3-for-5 performance led a 17-hit attack.
Brainer’s homer leading off the bottom of the fifth ignited a four-run inning that erased a 5-3 Hawks lead. Justin Armiger (3-for-5) then singled, went from first to third on a wild pitch, and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Will Delawter (2-for-4, double, three RBI).
Anthony Archie (3-for-4, double, walk, two RBI) singled, stole second, and went to third on an infield error on a Robbie Miller grounder. Justin Sousa (2-for-3, double, walk, three RBI) then delivered a go-ahead, two-run double for a 7-5 lead.
Justin Felgenhouer got the pitching win by working 3 2/3 innings in relief of starter Ryan Morse. Chris Conner earned a save by pitching the final 1 1/3 innings.
Cory Jones went 4-for-5 with a home run to pace Southern Maryland.
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