Skipjacks lose grip on first with split
Loss to Dundalk magnifies importance of Cecil doubleheader
DUNDALK The Skipjacks still control their own destiny. They just no longer have any margin of error.
"We’ll be all right," Chesapeake College head coach Durrie Hayes said after the Skipjacks routed CCBC-Dundalk, 11-2, Wednesday afternoon after a 2-0 women’s softball loss to the Lions. "Now we’re going to have to win out, but we’re capable of winning out and winning the conference. We’re that good when they want to be."
The split was reminiscent of Chesapeake’s recent split with Anne Arundel Community College, when the Skipjacks (18-13 overall, 11-3 league) lost an eight-inning game to the Pioneers before run-ruling them in the nightcap. The losses to a pair of statistically inferior teams Dundalk and Anne Arundel are both currently under .500 overall pushed Cecil College (23-10, 9-2) into first place.
Chesapeake travels to Cecil College next Wednesday for a doubleheader that is still likely to decide the state title. Hayes said the Skipjacks are ready to move forward after a spirited practice Thursday afternoon.
"We had some issues, but we got ’em straight," said Hayes.
Chesapeake sophomore standout Kelsi Robinson and Dundalk’s Mollie Coats each tossed five-hitters without allowing an earned run in the opener, but Skipjack errors allowed the Lions (17-18, 9-5) to score unearned runs in both the first and fourth innings.
"Kelsi pitched a beautiful game," said Hayes.
The hard-luck Robinson had two of the Skipjacks’ five hits, including a double, and stole a base. Coats, however, got Robinson out at the most critical time with runners at second and third and one out in the seventh.
"The girl shouldn’t have to do everything," remarked Hayes.
Game 2 was an entirely different story. The Skipjacks, leading 3-2, used a two-run double by Sarah Spicher (3-for-4, four RBI) and an RBI hit by Anna Morris (2-for-4) to piece together a three-run fifth that broke the game open.
Chesapeake’s hit parade battered former Kent County High pitcher Emily Parker, who was knocked out with two on and no out in the sixth.
Amber Labille threw a five-hitter with six strikeouts to earn the win and helped herself by going 3-for-4 with two RBI at the plate.
The Skipjacks play a non-conference doubleheader at Burlington (N.J.) County College Friday and host Hagerstown Community College (5-8, 4-4) Saturday in a noon twin bill. The Hagerstown contests are now even more important as the Skipjacks try to chase down league-leading Cecil.
"We’ve got to win ’em all," emphasized Hayes.
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