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Wright, Robinson combine on no-hitter as Chesapeake College sweeps Dundalk
Piasecki, Robinson team up to one-hit Lions in opener

WYE MILLS – Kelsi Robinson was perfect – and both Jordan Wright and Jill Piasecki were nearly as good.

The trio of Skipjack pitchers combined to allow just one hit in 10 innings Monday afternoon as Chesapeake College swept visiting Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk, 15-1 and 8-0, in a pair of slaughter-rule softball contests. Robinson pitched two perfect innings in each game, combining with Wright on a no-hitter in the nightcap after teaming with Piasecki on a one-hitter in the opener.

"It’s an awesome feeling that Jordan and I did it together," said Robinson, who pitched every game last season for Huntingtown (Calvert County) High while leading her team to a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championship. "I followed (Chesapeake College) last year with Jordan and Jill pitching. I anticipated we’d have a really good team with everything they accomplished last year. I just wanted to help out the team."

"This isn’t one of Dundalk’s stronger teams, but any time your pitchers combine to give up one hit in 10 innings that’s a great pitching performance," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes. "Our pitchers have been pitching well. Some teams play to the level of the competition and our girls don’t seem to do that. They throw their pitches and keep their focus. That makes a huge difference."

Piasecki earned the win in Game 1, allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out three in her three innings. Wright claimed the Game 2 victory, striking out six with two walks in her three hitless frames.

While the sophomore pitchers were earning the victories, Chesapeake’s freshman standout struck out five of the 12 batters she faced in the two games.

Chesapeake (17-3 overall, 10-0 league) is ranked 16th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll, up one spot from the previous national poll. The reigning NJCAA Division II Region XX champs, who are undefeated in region play this season, have won 10 straight games.

"We’ve been playing very well, but we’re getting ready to head into the toughest part of our schedule," said Hayes, whose Skipjacks play Montgomery College/Rockville Wednesday before squaring off against ’09 Region XX runner-up Cecil College (17-7, 7-1) Thursday. Both home doubleheaders begin at 3 p.m.

Chesapeake, CCBC-Catonsville (18-6, 9-1) and Cecil are battling for both the state title and regional playoff seeds.

The similarities in Monday’s games didn’t end with the dominating performances by Chesapeake’s pitchers. Courtney Aubel went 2-for-3 in each game, including three-run doubles in the first inning of each contest. Wright also had two hits in each game.

"Courtney really stepped up with her hitting," said Hayes. "We worked on a different way to approach her hitting in practice – played some little competitions in practice that she won and she just took off from there."

Megan Johnson (three RBI) was 2-for-4 in the opener, while Becca English had a double in Game 1.

That was more than enough offense for Chesapeake’s pitching staff.

"When we can shut a team down like that it’s always a great feeling," said Robinson. "It makes it better when all three of us are pitching like that. This team’s pitchers really work well together with our (different) pitching styles."

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