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Skipjacks set up Catonsville showdown
Labille, Robinson each blank Harford; Wooten hits two HRs in opener

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks know the importance of taking first things first.

Chesapeake College didn’t look past Harford Community College, notching 18-0 and 8-0 wins in Tuesday’s Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference women’s softball doubleheader. That discipline allowed the Skipjacks (11-10 overall, 4-0 league) to set up Thursday’s 3:30 p.m. showdown at CCBC-Catonsville (10-8, 8-0) with first place on the line.

"We got here really pumped up and ready to go," said Kelsi Robinson, who pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and just one walk in the nightcap. "We were basically practicing everything we need to do tomorrow (Thursday)."

"We were completely focused," added Amber Labille, who threw a two-hitter and struck out six without a walk in the opener.

Becca Wooten smashed two home runs in the opener, launching a three-run shot during a six-run first inning and adding a two-run homer in a four-run second that made it 10-0.

"Typically, I just wait for a pitch down the middle," said Wooten, who went 2-for-3 and drove in six runs in the opener. "The second home run came on the ninth pitch of the at bat. I fouled off a lot of pitches to get to the one I liked."

Tiffeny Ricks, who came into the doubleheader leading the nation in hitting (.549), slammed a two-run homer during Chesapeake’s six-run third inning. She finished 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI in the opener, but went hitless in the nightcap.

Sarah Spicher (3-for-3, four runs), Becca English (3-for-4, two runs, RBI), Janean Lowenberger (2-for-3, RBI), Labille (2-for-3, RBI), and Robinson (2-for-4, two runs) each had multi-hit performances as the Skipjacks banged out 19 hits in the opener.

Anna Morris (run, four RBI) and Robinson (two runs) each went 3-for-3 to pace the Skipjacks in the nightcap.

Morris had a two-run single during a three-run third that gave the Skipjacks a 4-0 lead and tripled in a run as part of a two-run fifth that stretched the lead to 6-0. Fittingly, she delivered the bases-loaded, two-out single during a two-run sixth that plated pinch-runner Ashley Muhleman and invoked the mercy rule.

English had two more hits in the nightcap.

"We talked about how we needed to be focused and they were," said head coach Durrie Hayes, whose Skipjacks turned a double play in the opener to kill Harford’s only rally.

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