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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