Skipjacks overwhelm PG, move over .500 with sweep
Robinson opens with no-hitter; Labille nets shutout in nightcap
LARGO Kelsi Robinson threw a no-hitter, Amber Labille tossed a two-hit shutout, and Chesapeake College banged out 39 hits Wednesday afternoon while sweeping a women’s softball doubleheader from Prince George’s Community College, 14-0 and 22-0.
"Kelsi and Amber both got ahead of the hitters and each had three pitches working well," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes, whose team was playing its first Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference games of the season. "When you can do that and spot your pitches, you’re going to be hard to beat."
Chesapeake (9-8 overall, 2-0 league) moved over .500 for the first time this season, which began with five straight losses in Florida’s high-powered Leadoff Classic.
"It’s been a long struggle since Panama City," said Hayes, referring to the site of the Leadoff Classic. "And our schedule doesn’t get any easier."
Chesapeake plays a non-conference doubleheader Friday at Delaware Technical and Community College, which is 14-0 and ranked 18th in the latest NJCAA Division II poll. The Skipjacks then play next Wednesday at CCBC-Catonsville (6-7, 4-0), which is ranked 19th in NJCAA Division II. Catonsville, like Chesapeake, started the season 0-5 at the Leadoff Classic.
Playing Prince George’s provided a brief respite from the Skipjacks’ ambitious schedule.
Robinson struck out six and walked three in the opener while receiving plenty of offensive support from Tiffeny Ricks (3-for-3, home run, two doubles, five RBI), Sarah Spicher (4-for-4, double, two RBI), and Anna Morris (3-for-4, double). Three other Skipjacks Becca English (two RBI), Becca Wooten, and Chelsea Hunt added two hits each.
Labille, who struck out 12 with no walks in the nightcap, already had a 12-0 lead when she took the mound in the bottom of the first.
Robinson (three RBI) and Morris (two RBI) each had two doubles while going 4-for-4 in Game 2. Janean Lowenberger was 3-for-4 and four other Skipjacks Spicher (four RBI), Wooten (two RBI), Labille and Carlie Budd each had two hits in Chesapeake’s 20-hit attack.
"They just did a great job offensively of swinging at good pitches and not swinging at bad pitches," said Hayes.
Next week’s Catonsville games will be pivotal, early season contests between fierce state and region rivals. Last year, Chesapeake tied with Catonsville and Cecil College for the state title, and the top-seeded Skipjacks eliminated Catonsville from the region tournament before falling themselves to Cecil in the finals.
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