Skipjacks end softball trip with dramatic win
Robinson’s seventh-inning, RBI hit beats Finger Lakes, 1-0
COCOA BEACH, Fla. Chesapeake College completed its most successful Florida spring break trip with a dramatic, 1-0 women’s softball victory Thursday over Finger Lakes Community College.
Sarah Spicher reached on an infield error to open the bottom of the seventh and moved to second base on pinch-hitter Lavin Kulina’s single to left. Linda Roark’s sacrifice bunt down the first-base line, which was played into an error, loaded the bases.
Kelsi Robinson brought the game to a sudden end, lining a single into center to score the game’s only run.
Amber Labille spaced six hits while striking out six with no walks to earn the pitching victory.
"Once Amber got her curve ball working around the third inning, she just cruised," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes. "She would get ahead of hitters and then she’d be able to use all of her pitches."
Earlier in the day, the Skipjacks (7-8) dropped a 3-1 decision to Lakeland Community College. Chesapeake took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, but committed two errors to set the stage for Stephanie Ziegler’s two-out, two-run, inside-the-park homer.
The Skipjacks’ error-filled seventh wasted Robinson’s five-hit pitching gem. Robinson struck out three and walked just one in the complete-game effort.
"That was as good a game as Kelsi’s pitched," said Hayes. "She really baffled their hitters until the seventh."
Chesapeake scored its only run in the first as Lakeland committed two errors to set up Tiffeny Ricks’ RBI single. The hot-hitting Ricks had at least one hit in each of Chesapeake’s 10 games during the Skipjacks’ spring break trip.
The Skipjacks, who went 0-5 on their first trip to Florida earlier this month, were 7-3 on the spring break trip.
Chesapeake travels to Prince George’s Community College Wednesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader that opens the Skipjacks’ Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference league season.
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