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Slugging Skipjacks sweep Hagerstown
Kinney, Carr slam homers in Game 1; Morris drives in four runs in nightcap

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks are making a statement.

Chesapeake College’s women’s softball team swept Hagerstown Community College, 12-4 and 5-1, Wednesday afternoon as Erica Kinney and Julia Carr hit first-game home runs and Anna Morris drove in four runs in the nightcap. The sweep gave the Skipjacks (10-10 overall, 6-2 league) six wins in their last seven Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference contests.

"To beat a team like Hagerstown twice is very big for us," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes, noting the Hawks won last year’s conference title. "It’s certainly a step in the right direction. It says we’re for real."

Carr hit a three-run, second-inning homer to stake the Skipjacks to a 3-0 lead in the opener, but Hagerstown jumped right back in the game with a pair of runs in the top of the third. The Hawks then took a 4-3 lead on Ashley Arentz’s two-run, fourth-inning home run.

From there, however, all the highlights belonged to the Skipjacks.

Lauren Howell put Chesapeake ahead for good with a two-run, pinch-hit single in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Kinney added a pair of insurance runs with a two-run homer in the fifth, and the Skipjacks ended the game with a five-run sixth that included a perfect suicide squeeze by Jordan Glessner, a two-run single by Morris, and a walk-off hit by Kinney that invoked the mercy rule.

Hayes said he was especially pleased with his squad’s execution.

"We ran double steals, we ran suicide squeezes, we ran different defenses in different situations and we ran them all successfully," said Hayes.

Jill Piasecki was the winning pitcher in Game 1, spacing seven hits and five walks over the six innings. Carr and Kinney each when 2-for-3 with three RBI, and Jordan Wright added two hits in Chesapeake’s 11-hit attack.

The Skipjacks picked up in Game 2 where they left off in the opener. Morris hit a two-run homer in the first and a two-run single as part of a three-run second inning as Chesapeake blew out to a 5-0 lead. Arentz produced Hagerstown’s only run with a third-inning single as Wright picked up the Game 2 win with a tidy four-hitter that included eight strikeouts and just one walk. "Jordan threw a nice game," said Hayes. "She had some pop on the ball and was hitting her spots."

Hayes also praised Glessner for a fine all-around game.

"Jordan Glessner was all over the field at shortstop and she executed a perfect suicide squeeze," said Hayes.

The Skipjacks travel to La Plata Saturday to take on the College of Southern Maryland (7-6, 5-3) in a critical league doubleheader.

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