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'Jacks power past Rockville, reach .500 in league
Laura Foster highlights romp with two homers in one inning

WYE MILLS – Hard work still pays off.

That seems to be the theme of Chesapeake College’s women’s softball season, which included a 1-3 league start and a 10-game losing streak. The Skipjacks (6-12 overall, 6-6 Maryland JuCo) have won five of eight games since, including a particularly sweet doubleheader sweep of Montgomery College/Rockville Wednesday in which they scored 40 combined runs.

"I think it speaks volumes about the team – where we are now compared to where we were at the beginning of the year," said Laura Foster, who hit two homers in the same inning as the Skipjacks out-slugged Rockville, 26-10, in the opener. "We’ve worked a lot on our hitting and it’s paid off."

First-year head coach Durrie Hayes, whose Skipjacks completed the sweep with a 14-6 win in the nightcap, said his team has worked hard on all aspects of its game.

"In the preseason people were saying we couldn’t do this and we couldn’t do that, but this is the hardest-working team I’ve ever coached," said Hayes. "Now, against all odds, we’re .500 in the league – and it’s a pretty tough league. They know they have to work hard to win and they’re willing to do it."

The Skipjacks banged out 24 hits in the opener, led by Amber Johnson (5-for-5, four stolen bases, two RBI) and Foster (4-for-5, seven RBI). Chesapeake let a nine-run lead shrink to 14-10, then put the game away with a 12-run fourth inning in which Foster hit both a grand slam and a two-run homer.

"Laura Foster had a career in that inning," joked Hayes of the fourth, which saw eight different Skipjacks produce hits.

"I’ve never done that before. I wasn’t even up there looking for home runs," said Foster.

Diana Dieter (three RBI), Jordan Glessner (RBI), and Heather Duncan each had three hits while winning pitcher Liz Kinsey (two RBI) and Nikki Ruark added two hits apiece.

Kinsey (2-8) allowed 10 hits and six walks with three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings, while Foster pitched the final 1 1/3 innings of the five-inning game.

Kim Towers led the way in Game 2, going 4-for-5 with a double. Towers, who won an earlier game with a walk-off grand slam, ended this game with a sixth-inning single that scored Lauren Ruf to cap a three-run inning and invoke the eight-run mercy rule.

"Kim likes that walk-off stuff," said Hayes.

Kinsey went 2-for-3 with her first homer, a double and two RBI. Johnson finished a 7-for-8 day by going 2-for-3 while stealing two more bases for six in the doubleheader. Glessner added a double and Jen Owens had her first collegiate hit.

Foster (4-4) pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits with no walks while striking out four.

"You’ve got to love that she didn’t issue any walks," said Hayes.

The Skipjacks host Community College Baltimore County-Dundalk Friday at 3 p.m. in a doubleheader that closes their home season. The doubleheader is the completion of a rained-out event that was stopped last Saturday with Dundalk leading, 5-0, in the third inning of Game 1.

Notes: During the break between Wednesday’s games, a Dogwood purchased by the Skipjack players was planted with a plaque and dedicated to the memory of Hayes’ mother, Ruth Hayes, who recently passed away.

"That brought tears to my eyes," said Hayes of the gesture.

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