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Piasecki tosses no-hitter as ’Jacks sweep Rockville
Buck’s two-hitter completes sweep, gains Chesapeake third straight win

ROCKVILLE – Melanie Buck was recruited as an outfielder and Jill Piasecki wasn’t recruited at all. Yet both are playing increasingly important roles on the mound for the Chesapeake College women’s softball team.

Piasecki, a walk-on who attended Kent County High School, threw a no-hitter for her second shutout of the season in a 9-0, five-inning win at Montgomery College/Rockville. Buck, who played at Lackey High School in Charles County, followed up with a complete-game two-hitter as the Skipjacks finished last Wednesday’s sweep with a 12-1 victory.

"I didn’t even know who she was," said Hayes of Piasecki, who struck out five and walked four while going 2-for-4 at the plate. "She’s got a lot of raw talent. She also has a lot of power and might be the fastest girl on the team. The more she’s played at this level, the more consistent she’s been with her hitting."

The sweep, which gave the Skipjacks a three-game winning streak, improved Chesapeake’s record to 6-8 overall and 3-1 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. Julia Carr went 3-for-4 while Antoinette Hughes (three RBI), Amber Johnson and Jordan Wright added two hits each in Chesapeake’s 14-hit attack. The Skipjacks’ followed up that performance with 18 hits in Game 2, highlighted by Wright’s 4-for-5 effort that included six stolen bases and five runs scored.

That was more than enough offensive support for Buck, who walked a career-high six batters but balanced that out with a career-high seven strikeouts in the nightcap.

"It was cold and it was windy," said Hayes. "Melanie wasn’t quite as sharp as usual, but she had a lot of pop on the ball."

Piasecki and Buck provide great depth for a pitching staff led by Wright, whose 2-3 record is less indicative of her ability than her 2.41 earned-run average, which is 10th-best in the conference.

"She (Wright) always gets the tough assignments," said Hayes, adding, "Jill and Melanie do a better job so far than any No. 2 pitcher we’ve seen around here."

Wright, who is also the league leader in steals, was the picture of consistency in Game 2. Three times she singled, stole both second and third, and eventually came in to score. Wright, with the conference’s fifth-best batting average (.596), scored in each of the five innings that the Skipjacks pushed across runs in the nightcap.

Anna Morris went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI, while Carr (two RBI), Buck, and Lauren Howell each went 2-for-4 for the Skipjacks in Game 2.

"You win with pitching and defense, but it’s nice to score some runs," said Hayes, whose team hosts Harford Community College in a 3 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday afternoon.

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