Skipjacks sweep to set up showdown
Chesapeake stays on Wright track, hosts Cecil today
WYE MILLS Jordan Wright did a little bit of everything Wednesday afternoon as Chesapeake College ran its women’s softball winning streak to 12 games.
Wright went 7-for-7, stole five bases and earned the pitching victory in Game 2 as the Skipjacks swept visiting Montgomery College/Rockville, 17-4 and 7-2. Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes said Wright’s 4-for-4 effort in Game 2 showcased her versatility.
"She slapped to third, she slapped to short, she bunted for a hit, and then when she hit away in her last at bat she lined a single," said Hayes after Wright raised her batting average to .560.
Chesapeake (19-3 overall, 12-0 league) used the twin wins to build even more momentum for Thursday’s 3 p.m. doubleheader showdown against visiting Cecil College (19-7, 7-1). The Skipjacks banged out 29 hits, committed just one inconsequential error, and continued to receive good performances from their trio of pitchers.
"When you play solid defense, get good pitching, show patience at the plate and swing at good pitches, you’re going to win games," said Hayes. "We’re beatable, but we’re going to be hard to beat. You’re going to have to work at it to beat us."
Wright, Jill Piasecki (double, home run, three RBI), Becca English (triple, two RBI), and Tiffeny Ricks (two RBI) each had three hits. Kelsi Robinson contributed a three-run double as the Skipjacks collected 17 hits in just four innings in Game 1. Chelsea Hunt added a pinch-hit single and a running catch in left.
Piasecki was the winning pitcher, spacing five hits over four innings with a walk and two strikeouts. Wright struck out one batter while pitching the fifth inning.
Game 2 was much closer as the Knights threw their ace, Kathy Holonich, against Wright.
"She (Holonich) was bringing the ball and throwing a nice riser," said Hayes.
The Skipjacks broke on top with a two-out rally in the third that started when Wright singled and stole second. Janean Lowenberger tripled home Wright and then scored on a single by Ricks (2-for-4, double) that made it 2-0.
Chesapeake stretched its lead to 4-1 on Robinson’s two-run, fourth-inning double.
Courtney Aubel, who had six RBI in Monday’s doubleheader sweep of CCBC-Dundalk, had two more RBI in the Rockville nightcap.
Wright allowed one run on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts in four innings to earn the win. Robinson notched a save with three innings of two-hit relief, striking out three.
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