Spicher, streaking Skipjacks slam FCC twice
Chesapeake-CSM twin bill played Thursday night under the lights
No, not the 1970s-style streaking that would quickly land someone on You Tube or Facebook today. Chesapeake College swept visiting Frederick Community College, 20-0 and 12-1, Wednesday afternoon in a women’s softball doubleheader to run its latest winning streak to three games.
"It’s nice to finally get a few games over .500," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes, whose Skipjacks (15-12 overall, 8-2 Maryland JuCo) have won four of their last six and gone 15-7 since starting the season 0-5.
Sarah Spicher was the most significant of the slew of offensive stars against FCC, going 3-for-3 in the opener and finishing the doubleheader with eight RBI. The freshman infielder from Easton High had a Game 2 grand slam as part of a seven-run second inning that wiped out a short-lived, 1-0 Cougar advantage.
"Sarah had a great day," noted Hayes.
The Skipjacks used the doubleheader sweep to prep for Thursday night’s huge conference doubleheader at the College of Southern Maryland (7-1, 5-1), which is currently leading a tightly packed conference race in which six teams have three or less league losses. The Frederick opener quickly turned into enhanced batting practice as the Skipjacks scored 14 runs in the first two innings, 11 of them in the second inning.
Winning pitcher Kelsi Robinson went 4-for-4 with a double, three runs, and two RBI. That was in addition to pitching a two-hit shutout with one walk and four strikeouts in the five-inning opener. Two days earlier, Robinson threw a three-hitter two of them bunt singles with six strikeouts and no walks in a win over Anne Arundel.
"Kelsi’s been throwing the heck out of the ball," said Hayes.
Tiffeny Ricks (four RBI) and Anna Morris (three RBI) each went 3-for-4 while Lavin Kulina (two RBI), Becca Wooten, and Alycia Vansant each added two hits in the opener.
Chesapeake took the lead for good in the nightcap with its seven-run second inning. The Skipjacks scored both the tying and go-ahead runs on Amber Labille’s suicide squeeze down the first-base line. Wooten, who started the play on third, and Kulina, who began the play on second, both scored thanks to the Skipjacks’ trademark aggressiveness on the bases.
"Amber had the perfect suicide squeeze and the runners flawlessly executed the play," said Hayes.
Becca English (2-for-4) hit a two-run homer as part of a four-run fourth inning that also included a run-scoring groundout by Elizabeth Biskach.
Labille earned the pitching victory with a two-hitter of her own, striking out five with one walk in the five-inning game.
Robinson and Labille, who both attended high school in Southern Maryland, were scheduled to get the pitching starts Thursday night against the College of Southern Maryland. Robinson attended Huntingtown High in Calvert County and Labille attended Lackey High, just minutes from CSM’s main campus in La Plata.
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