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Ricks’ homer leads Skipjacks past Oakton
Labille tosses five-hitter as Chesapeake bounces back from Macomb loss

COCOA BEACH, Fla. – Tiffeny Ricks hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the third inning Wednesday to help carry Chesapeake College to a 5-2 women’s softball victory over Oakton Community College.

Macomb Community College defeated the Skipjacks, 8-0 in five innings, earlier in the day as Megan Dyer threw a one-hitter. Ricks’ fourth-inning single broke up Dyer’s no-hit bid.

"We hit the ball hard against Macomb," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes. "We had six or seven balls that were sharply hit, but right at people. They just made all the plays."

Kelsi Robinson took the loss, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

The Skipjacks (6-7) made all the plays in the nightcap behind Amber Labille, who spaced five hits and two walks with three strikeouts to earn the pitching victory.

"There were tons of ground balls and the defense really stepped up," said Hayes.

Anna Morris (2-for-4) drove in one run and scored another as the Skipjacks took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Oakton’s first two batters reached and scored in the bottom half of the frame to create a 2-2 tie. Ricks’ homer put Chesapeake ahead to stay and Morris tacked on an RBI single in the fifth for insurance.

The Skipjacks, who won six of their first eight games on their spring trip, concluded the trip Thursday with games against Lakeland Community College and Finger Lakes Community College. Those contests will be report in the Sunday Star.

"We’ll be glad to get home," said Hayes, whose team has played its first 15 games in Florida in two separate events. "We’re looking forward to playing Prince George’s next week (in the Skipjacks’ league opener)."

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