’Jacks prep for playoffs with dramatic sweep
Wooten’s 10th-inning double drops Hagerstown in Game 2
WYE MILLS The Skipjacks prepped for their postseason with a game featuring playoff-like intensity.
Chesapeake College rallied from 3-0, 4-2 and 5-4 deficits to nip visiting Hagerstown Community College, 6-5 in 10 innings, Sunday afternoon in the second game of a Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader. Becca Wooten’s one-out, walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th scored Anna Morris, who had started the inning on second base per the international rules using in extra-inning women’s softball.
That win combined with a 9-0 romp over Hagerstown in Sunday’s opener sent the Skipjacks into the NJCAA Division II Region XX tournament with a four-game winning streak. Chesapeake (22-17 overall, 13-5 league) swept Monroe College, 10-1 and 9-4, on Saturday to start a perfect 4-0 weekend.
"They’re coming around," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes. "They’re starting to hit the ball and they’re responding well to pressure situations."
Chesapeake’s defense dealt with plenty of pressure situations in Sunday’s nightcap, cutting down the potential go-ahead run at home plate in both the seventh and eighth innings.
With runners on second and third in the seventh, Chesapeake pitcher Kelsi Robinson speared a comebacker and threw out a runner at the plate. The very next inning, right fielder Carlie Budd cut down a runner at the plate trying to score on a fly-ball out. In both cases, catcher Tiffeny Ricks applied the tag.
"They definitely tested our defense," said Hayes.
Ricks (3-for-5, double, three RBI) singled in a run during a two-run third inning that got the Skipjacks within 3-2, and doubled home two more runs in the fifth to create a 4-4 tie. Both teams scored a run in the ninth, setting the stage for Wooten’s game-winning shot in the bottom of the 10th.
"Becca just roped it," Hayes said of Wooten’s double to left-center field.
Becca English (3-for-3, walk) and Janean Lowenberger (2-for-2, two sacrifices, walk, two runs) each were perfect at the plate for the Skipjacks in Game 2. Robinson earned the win, spacing seven hits and four walks with nine strikeouts over 10 innings while yielding just one earned run.
Winning pitcher Amber Labille (two RBI), Ricks (RBI), and Sarah Spicher each went 2-for-3 in the opener while Morris had the Skipjacks’ only extra-base hit, doubling home two runs in a five-run first inning. Labille pitched a three-hitter with three walks and six strikeouts.
Playoff notes: The Skipjacks, who won the Region XX title in 2009 and reached the finals last year, are seeded third in this year’s event behind defending champion Cecil College and CCBC-Catonsville. Chesapeake opens the playoffs Tuesday at 3 p.m. against seventh-seeded CCBC-Dundalk in a single-elimination game.
Chesapeake and Dundalk split their regular-season series. Tuesday’s winner advances to the double-elimination Final Four at Cecil College scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
BASEBALL - Chesapeake 12, Garrett 2
McHENRY Mike Russo and Zach Larson each had two hits and drove in two runs Sunday afternoon to back winning pitcher Richie McMahon’s six-hitter as the Skipjacks (19-23-1, 13-10-1) notched a much-needed victory.
"We’re excited and we’re relieved," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team had dropped eight of 10 entering Sunday’s game. "Richie pitched an excellent game, we had some quality at bats, and the defense played pretty well."
Jordan Gowe hit a solo homer and drove in two runs while Ricky Brady and Jake Yarber each had two hits and one RBI. Chesapeake finished with 11 hits.
The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled in the first inning due to rain.
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