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Skipjacks finally take down Waubonsee
Chesapeake College also defeats Oakton CC, improves to 6-0

MIMS, Fla. – Waubonsee (Ill.) Community College has become something of a measuring stick for the Skipjacks.

In 2008, when Durrie Hayes was in his rookie year as Chesapeake College’s women’s softball coach and the Skipjacks were in the middle of a 6-17 season, Waubonsee handed Chesapeake an 8-0 loss. The following year – when the Skipjacks were on their way to a Region XX championship – the Chiefs were 5-3 winners over Chesapeake. And last spring, during the Skipjacks’ 24-win season, Waubonsee edged the Skipjacks, 2-1.

So maybe Chesapeake’s 4-3, eight-inning win over the Chiefs on Monday means the Skipjacks (6-0) are headed for a particularly special season.

"They’ve always been a solid program," Hayes said of the Chiefs. "And she (Waubonsee pitcher Alyssa Reimers) was the best pitcher we’ve seen this year."

Chesapeake twice took one-run leads – in the first and sixth innings – only to have Waubonsee tie the game in the bottom half of each frame. The game went to extra innings tied, 2-2, with the Skipjacks pushing across two runs in the top of the eighth for a 4-2 advantage.

With extra innings played under international rules, Samantha Greenwell started the frame on second base for the Skipjacks. Sarah Spicher singled her to third and took second on a throw home, giving the Skipjacks two runners in scoring position.

After Amber LaBille (2-for-3) walked, Lisa Hood hit into a 5-2-3 double play that kept the game tied while Spicher took third and LaBille claimed second. Darian McCoy (2-for-3) then drove a two-out, two-strike hit into center field to score both Spicher and LaBille for a 4-2 lead.

Waubonsee got one run back in the home eighth, but couldn’t push the tying run across to keep the game going.

Cheyenne Riley pitched all eight innings for the Skipjacks, allowing four hits while striking out four and walking two.

Greenwell and Erin Scarborough each had a double and scored a run for the Skipjacks.

Reimers spaced eight hits and four walks while taking the loss.

Chesapeake had a much easier time with another Illinois opponent in its second game of the day, rolling to a 9-1 win over Oakton Community College. Scarborough went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI while Danni Hintermeister was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Spicher also drove in two runs.

LaBille was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in the six-inning game.

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