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Skipjacks play way into huge doubleheader
Three straight wins set up showdown with Catonsville

WYE MILLS – Three big wins have set up an even bigger doubleheader for Chesapeake College’s women’s softball team.

The Skipjacks routed the College of Southern Maryland, 10-3, in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader after the visiting Hawks held on for a 2-1 win in the opener. Chesapeake then swept Frederick Community College, 8-5 and 6-1, Saturday afternoon to set up a 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon showdown with visiting CCBC-Catonsville, which is undefeated in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

"These wins are huge – and now we’ve got Catonsville," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes, whose Skipjacks improved to 13-11 overall and 9-3 in the conference.

A botched pickoff play by the Skipjacks, leading to an unearned run in the seventh inning, and Christina Pasquini’s masterful three-hitter, allowed CSM to pull out Friday’s opener. Erica Kinney broke Pasquini’s shutout with a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh, but that all the offense the Skipjacks mustered in Game 1.

Game 2 was an entirely different matter.

Kinney, who had two of the Skipjacks’ three hits in the opener, was 3-for-4 with a home run, double and five RBI in the nightcap. Chesapeake finished with nine hits off Pasquini, taking the lead with a three-run fifth that included Kinney’s sixth homer of the season and a run-scoring double by Anna Morris.

"We didn’t do much with her (Pasquini) in the first game, but she slowed down in the second game and I think we wore her down," said Hayes. "It’s hard to beat the same team twice with the same pitcher. As a hitter, you see how the ball moves, what pitches she has, and what pitches she doesn’t have."

Kinney also had a two-run double in a six-run sixth inning that also included an RBI triple by Jill Piasecki, who was the losing pitcher in Game 1 despite allowing only four hits.

Melanie Buck started Game 2 and threw two shutout innings for the Skipjacks. Jordan Wright followed with five innings of three-hit relief, allowing three hits and a walk while hitting two batters. Wright, who had two hits, also struck out five.

Piasecki won the Frederick opener, spacing nine hits with no walks and no strikeouts. Morris went 3-for-3 with a walk, double, and two runs while Kinney (double, three RBI) and Wright (two stolen bases) each had two hits.

The Skipjacks trailed 1-0 until a four-run second inning that included a two-run Morris double. Kinney had a two-run double in a three-run fourth that gave Chesapeake a 7-2 lead.

Buck won Game 2, throwing a seven-hitter with one walk and one strikeout. Morris drove in one run and scored another in the home first as the Skipjacks erased a 1-0 deficit, then had an RBI single in a three-run second that included a run-scoring double by Kinney.

Wright, Morris, Kinney and Antoinette Hughes each had two hits in Game 2. Kinney finished the four-game weekend 9-for-14 with 11 RBI, raising her batting average to .538.

"She (Kinney) just drove the ball today," Hayes said after the Frederick doubleheader. "She missed one grand slam by a foot and another by 18 inches. She hits good pitching and we’ve seen a lot of good pitching lately."

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