Skipjacks blast Harford in doubleheader sweep
Chesapeake College’s softball team has won seven of last eight games
WYE MILLS Melissa Thompson wasn’t worried about the way her Skipjacks were playing in March, because she knew what really counted was how they play in May. And if the last three weeks are any indication, the Chesapeake College women’s softball team should be primed for next month’s regional championship tournament.
"As long as our bats stay hot, we’re going to be a pretty hard team to beat," said Thompson Wednesday evening after Chesapeake swept visiting Harford Community College, 11-0 and 22-3, in a pair of five-inning contests. The twin wins gave the Skipjacks (10-10 overall, 7-3 Maryland JuCo) seven victories in their last eight games.
The Skipjacks hit four homers against Harford (8-12, 6-6), including three in Game 2. Chesapeake took command in the opening inning of each game, racing to a 5-0 lead in the opener and a 4-1 advantage in the nightcap.
"We tried to jump on them right away," said Thompson.
Heather Lawrence went 4-for-4 while Courtney Jackson, Beth Morris, and Jen Garey each had two hits to pace Chesapeake’s offensive attack in the opener. Jackson also hit a home run and drove in four runs to back winning pitcher Amanda Lord’s six-hit shutout. Lord struck out three and walked none.
"I think she (Lord) threw about 35 pitches," said Thompson.
Lawrence was the winning pitcher in the nightcap, allowing three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and just one walk. Heather Duncan (five RBI), Laura Foster (four RBI), and Kim Towers (three RBI) each hit homers for the Skipjacks.
Duncan’s homer was her third of the season, tying teammate Garey for the conference lead. Jackson and Towers hit their first homers of the season Wednesday, making them the seventh and eighth Skipjacks to hit a ball out of the park this season.
The Skipjacks hit for average as well as power Wednesday, finishing the doubleheader with 28 hits.
"We have the kind of lineup to be able to do that," said Thompson.
The Skipjacks play a noon Saturday doubleheader at CCBC-Dundalk (9-17, 2-6) before hosting Frederick Community College (9-11, 5-3) Sunday at 1 p.m. and Anne Arundel Community College Monday at 3 p.m. Anne Arundel (7-13, 5-1) played at CCBC-Catonsville (13-1, 9-1) Wednesday with first place on the line.
"Those games against Frederick and Anne Arundel are crucial for us if we’re going to stay in the race (for the conference title)," said Thompson.
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