Skipjacks knock off No. 11 Kishwaukee
Chesapeake tames Kougars, then batters County College of Morris
MIMS, Fla. If the Skipjacks were looking for an early season signature win, Sunday’s 5-2 women’s softball victory over Kishwaukee (Ill.) College will do just fine.
Amber LaBille threw a complete-game five-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks, and her defense turned two double plays as the Skipjacks beat a Kougar squad ranked 11th in the most recent NJCAA Division II national poll. Chesapeake also demonstrated its trademark run-manufacturing ability, scoring three of its five runs without benefit of a base hit.
"We stole three bases, we had two sacrifices, and we scored four of the runs with two outs," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes. "The defense also played extremely well. Michelle Lawrenson made a fantastic diving catch in right and Lavin Kulina made a really nice catch in left field, and we only made one error."
Chesapeake (4-0) defeated County College of Morris (N.J.), 14-1 in five innings, to complete Sunday’s doubleheader on the first day of the team’s Spring Break trip.
"We couldn’t be much more pleased," said Hayes of his team’s doubleheader performance. "We hit the ball, we played good defense, the pitching was very solid. You’ve got to love that."
The Skipjacks took the lead for good against Kishwaukee in the home first as Danni Hintermeister (2-for-3) singled, stole second, went to third on a groundout, and scored on a Sarah Spicher single. Erin Scarborough walked, stole second and came around on two wild pitches in the third to make it 2-0.
Chesapeake broke the game open with a two-run fourth as Lisa Hood reached on an error, Lawrenson earned a walk, and both runners scoring on wild pitches for a 4-0 lead.
"We had a lot of good, aggressive base running," said Hayes, adding, "Their wild pitches didn’t hurt us any."
Kishwaukee scored a run in the top of the fifth, but LaBille got it back with a run-scoring double in the bottom half of the inning.
Cheyenne Riley allowed four hits, struck out three and did not yield a walk to earn the win against Morris. Riley received plenty of offensive support as Spicher (home run, three RBI) and Darian McCoy (RBI) each went 3-for-4. Riley helped herself with two hits and three RBI, and Hintermeister contributed two hits.
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