Chesapeake College rallies for softball split with Cecil
Kinsey’s seventh-inning sac fly completes Game 2 comeback
WYE MILLS Durrie Hayes expects his Skipjacks to improve over the course of Chesapeake College’s women’s softball season.
He just didn’t expect the improvement to be so quick, or so dramatic.
Cecil College routed the Skipjacks, 16-5, Wednesday afternoon in the first game of Chesapeake’s season-opening doubleheader. The Skipjacks looked like a different team in the nightcap, scoring five runs in the last two innings to notch a 6-5 comeback victory and hand Hayes the first win of his collegiate coaching career.
"I thought the girls did a nice job bouncing back," said Hayes, who won two state titles during a wildly successful coaching career at Easton High School. "It was a big win for us. After the game, one of the girls said, ’Now we know we can win.’ "
Cecil used a six-run second inning to break away from a 2-2 tie and take command of the opener, but Game 2 was an entirely different type of contest. Chesapeake, trailing 4-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth, grabbed the lead as Liz Kinsey hit a two-run double and winning pitcher Laura Foster slammed a two-run homer.
The Seahawks tied the game in the top of the seventh, but Chesapeake pushed across the winning run in the bottom half of the inning.
Amber Johnson opened the home seventh with a slap single down the third-base line and moved all the way to third on a two-base throwing error on Jordan Glessner’s bunt. After an out and an intentional walk to Heather Duncan, Kinsey lifted a game-winning sacrifice fly to left field.
Foster who didn’t pitch a single game while playing four years for Hayes at Easton High tossed a complete-game six-hitter to earn the win. She walked eight, struck out three and allowed only two earned runs.
"Laura hasn’t pitched for a good six years and she just did a really nice job," said Hayes.
Seven Skipjacks each had one hit in the Game 2 win.
Kinsey, who played such an integral role in the nightcap with her bat, took the Game 1 pitching loss after yielding 10 hits and nine walks while hitting two Seahawks. Kinsey’s two hits and Duncan’s three-run homer were two of the few bright spots for the Skipjacks in the opener.
Hayes, with considerable experience coaching men’s league teams that regularly participated in tournament play, said bouncing back from losing Game 1 of a doubleheader is similar to shaking off an early loss in tournament play.
"You just say you had a bad game and make some adjustments," said Hayes of the attitude necessary to come back from a decisive Game 1 loss. "You understand that just because you lost the first one doesn’t mean you’re going to lose the second one."
Hayes whose team’s next eight games are in Florida over Spring Break praised the work of his players and his assistant coaches, Jay Chance and Clay Stevens.
"The girls have worked really hard, and both Jay and Clay have done a real nice job getting them where they are now," said Hayes. "I think they’ll continue to improve and maybe we’ll surprise some people."
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