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’Jacks, Catonsville split softball showdown
Allegany deals Chesapeake first two baseball league losses

WYE MILLS – If this seems familiar, that’s because it is.

Chesapeake College and CCBC-Catonsville split a Thursday women’s softball doubleheader, just as they did last season. And, just like last year, the split has left a train wreck at the top of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference standings.

Cecil College (19-5 overall, 6-1 league), College of Southern Maryland (7-1, 5-1), and Chesapeake (12-11, 5-1) each have one league loss. Catonsville – which split a pair of 1-0 games with Anne Arundel Community College on Wednesday – is now 13-11 overall and 10-2 in the conference.

"It’s going to be interesting," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes, whose team won the opener, 6-3, before dropping a 3-2 decision to the Cardinals. "It’s a jumble up there at the top (of the league standings)."

Chesapeake broke a scoreless tie in the opener with a three-run third. Janean Lowenberger (2-for-2, triple) got the rally going with a one-out single, Kelsi Robinson reached on an error, and Becca English (2-for-3) doubled home Lowenberger for a 1-0 lead.

Anna Morris (double) then missed a suicide squeeze, but it all worked out just fine as Robinson beat the throw home. English scored the final run of the inning on an error.

Tiffeny Ricks joined Lowenberger and English with two hits for the Skipjacks.

Winning pitcher Amber Labille gave up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Meghan Black, who tossed a no-hitter earlier this season, took the loss.

Catonsville scored unearned runs in the first and third innings of the nightcap to take a 2-0 lead and loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth, but a pop-up and a double play got the Skipjacks out of the fifth unscathed. They then scored twice in the sixth to tie the game.

English (2-for-3) singled with one out, went to third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a Morris groundout. Ricks (2-for-3) then singled, Sarah Spicher walked, and Becca Wooten plated pinch runner Ashley Muhleman with a two-out hit to tie the game.

The Cardinals scored the winning run with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. Britt Atkinson was hit by a pitch and Meagan Smith doubled her to third with no outs. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Amanda Harrison singled to center to score Atkinson with the winning run. Losing pitcher Kelsi Robinson gave up three runs – only one of them earned – on eight hits with two walks and a hit batter with two strikeouts. Winning pitcher Ashley Aberts spaced seven hits.

The Skipjacks host Anne Arundel Community College in a league doubleheader Monday at 3 p.m.

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