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Towers, Skipjacks slam PG in softball sweep
Sophomore's two-out, two-strike grand slam wins opener to snap 10-game skid

WYE MILLS Skipjacks head coach Durrie Hayes was hoping Kim Towers would simply extend the game, but Towers decided to end it instead.

Chesapeake College's sophomore infielder hit a walk-off grand slam to center field Wednesday afternoon, lifting the Skipjacks to a 10-8 victory over Prince George's Community College in the first game of a softball doubleheader. The Skipjacks then rolled over their stunned guests, 10-2, in the nightcap.

"I was hoping she'd get a walk," Hayes said of his thoughts as Towers came to the plate. "She'd walked two previous times and that girl (PG pitcher Mary Jane Johnson) was struggling. She'd just walked Jordan Glessner to force in a run."

Towers' slam completed the Skipjacks' comeback from 7-0 and 8-2 deficits. It also allowed Chesapeake (3-11 overall, 3-5 Maryland JuCo) to snap a 10-game losing streak that included five losses to nationally ranked teams.

"We've been playing well in spots, but we haven't been able to put it all together," said Hayes, using last week's 4-3 setback to first-place CCBC-Catonsville to illustrate his point. "It's a good group of girls. They work hard and they don't quit."

Towers agreed.

"We know we can do better and we see the progress we've made over the last two months," said the North Caroline High grad. "And we have a close team we support each other."

Two-run rallies in the fourth and sixth innings pulled the Skipjacks within 8-4 and set up their seventh-inning miracle. Johnson retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh, but was never able to record the final out.

Amber Johnson (4-for-4) singled on a 1-2 pitch and Laura Foster followed with a hit. Lauren Ruf extended the game when she reached on an error to load the bases, and Diana Dieter (3-for-3, two runs, two RBI) followed with a hit to plate Johnson. The bases-loaded walk to Glessner set the table for Towers.

Foster, who pitched a scoreless seventh, earned the win in reliever of Liz Kinsey. Kinsey allowed eight hits and seven walks with two strikeouts in six innings, with only four of the eight runs being earned.

Foster and Jen Garey each went 2-for-3 as part of Chesapeake's 13-hit attack.

Foster and Garey picked up in Game 2 where Towers left off. Foster slammed two home runs and drove in four runs while Garey hit a solo shot. Heather Duncan went 2-for-2 with two RBI for the Skipjacks, who blew out to a 6-1 lead after three innings to take control.

Foster (3-3) was also the winning pitcher in Game 2, pitching a complete-game one-hitter. Meredith Winger's fourth-inning single was the Owls' only hit.

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