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Skipjacks hand Catonsville first softball loss
Lord’s three-hitter, Morris’ homer key 11-3 romp in DHer split

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks are finally starting to resemble the team that won a school-record 20 games last season.

Chesapeake College routed previously undefeated Community College Baltimore County-Catonsville, 11-3, Wednesday afternoon in the second game of a Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference softball doubleheader. The Skipjacks dropped a 2-1, eight-inning decision to Catonsville in the opener.

"That’s a big win," Chesapeake head coach Melissa Thompson said of the Game 2 victory. "We’re finally starting to look like ourselves again. We just hadn’t been playing our best ball until now. We played very well in the first game against Catonsville even though we ended up on the short end of the score."

Chesapeake (6-10 overall, 3-3 league) spotted Catonsville (11-1, 7-1) a 3-0 lead in the nightcap, then blanked the Cardinals the rest of the way. The Skipjacks took the lead for good with a four-run second inning, highlighted by Heather Duncan’s two-run single off the right-centerfield fence, and broke the game open with a six-run fourth that included a three-run homer by Beth Morris.

That was more than enough offense for Chesapeake pitcher Amanda Lord, who threw a complete-game three-hitter with three strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter. Lord allowed only one earned run.

"Mandy threw a great game for us," said Thompson.

Jen Garey led Chesapeake’s Game 2 offensive attack by going 3-for-3. Morris and Duncan each went 2-for-3 in the nightcap.

Thompson had special praise for Duncan, who has solidified the Skipjacks behind the plate.

"Heather Duncan was never a catcher before this season," said Thompson. "She just said, ’I’ll do whatever you want me to do.’ She hasn’t allowed any passed balls or stolen bases. She’s been great behind the plate."

Catonsville won Game 1 on Lauren Hart’s eighth-inning, RBI single.

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