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Skipjacks split wild doubleheader with Burlington
Women’s softball doubleheader had a little bit of everything

WYE MILLS – This women’s softball doubleheader had a little bit of everything.

Erica Kinney hit a pair of two-run homers, including a sixth-inning blast that put the Skipjacks ahead to stay, as Chesapeake College nipped Burlington County (N.J.) College, 6-5, in Sunday’s opener. The Barons, however, bounced back in the nightcap, erasing a 6-0 deficit and claiming a 14-11 victory on the strength of a seven-run fourth inning that included four Chesapeake errors.

"Burlington is a really good team," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes. "If you had told me beforehand that we’d split, I probably wouldn’t have been too unhappy. But with the first game in hand and a 6-0 lead in the second one, a split is a little disappointing."

Kinney’s first two-run homer, which rocketed off the scoreboard in left field, gave Chesapeake a 2-1, fourth-inning lead. Burlington County scored twice in the top of the sixth to take a 3-2 lead, but the Skipjacks responded with a four-run rally in the home half of the inning as Kinney hit her go-ahead homer and Jordan Glessner added a two-run double.

Jill Piasecki earned the pitching victory, allowing six hits over the first six innings. Jordan Wright notched a save while pitching the seventh inning.

The Skipjacks appeared in control of the nightcap as two Baron pitchers combined to issue six first-inning walks, four with the bases loaded, as Chesapeake blew out to a 5-0 lead. Burlington County starter Nina Haines gave up five walks and two hits in just 1/3 of an inning, including three bases-loaded walks and an RBI single to Julia Carr, before being replaced by Cassidy Stefanski.

Stefanski walked Glessner with the bases loaded to complete the first-inning scoring, but she managed to keep the Barons in the game long enough for their offense to kick into high gear. Burlington scored twice in the third and knocked Wright – the first of three Chesapeake pitchers – out in the fourth by combining seven hits and four Skipjack errors for seven runs and a 9-6 lead.

"We had dropped pop-ups, a blown rundown – we made mistakes we haven’t made all year long," said Hayes of the fourth-inning defensive breakdowns.

Down 10-7, the Skipjacks (8-10) tied the game in the home fifth as Piasecki drove in a run with a single and Antoinette Hughes delivered a two-run single.

The Barons, however, bounced right back with a four-run sixth as Lauren Wasco and Sam McGregor delivered RBI hits to put Burlington in front to stay.

Notes: Kinney hit her third home run of the day in the fourth inning of Game 2. She finished 3-for-3 with five walks. . . The Skipjacks host Hagerstown Community College Wednesday at 3 p.m. in a key Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference showdown.

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