’Jacks sweep Bergen, prep for Hagerstown
Perennial conference powers to clash in Wednesday doubleheader
WYE MILLS When your pitchers have 16 strikeouts and no walks, and your defense commits one error in a doubleheader, the result is likely to be two wins and one happy coach.
That was the exact formula Chesapeake College used in sweeping visiting Bergen Community College, 7-2 and 8-0, Monday afternoon in a women’s softball doubleheader. Amber LaBille and Jessica Parks combined on a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts in the opener while Cheyenne Riley threw a complete-game three-hitter with three strikeouts in the nightcap.
LaBille struck out 11 while allowing two hits in five innings in the opener before Parks gave up two hits with two strikeouts over the final two frames.
"Amber’s walked something like six batters all year," said Chesapeake’s Durrie Hayes, who was one happy coach indeed after the Skipjacks improved to 10-4. "She struck out the first eight batters today. She was just rolling."
Riley, meanwhile, was just as effective using an entirely different strategy.
"When Cheyenne’s on, they’re hitting ground balls," said Hayes. "When she’s not walking people and she’s throwing that drop ball . . . good luck."
The sweep gave the Skipjacks, who are 2-0 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference, some momentum heading into Wednesday’s doubleheader at Hagerstown Community College (9-1, 2-0). Pitchers Sarah Mullin (3-0, 2.25 ERA) and Megan Peomroy (4-1, 2.53 ERA) have both been stellar for the Hawks. Hagerstown’s offense, meanwhile, has averaged 8.1 runs-per-game thanks to such hitters as Megan Sharrah (.625 batting average), Carly Mowen (13 RBI), Kayla Ewing (12 RBI), and Peomroy (.591 on-base percentage).
Chesapeake took early command in each game of Monday’s doubleheader.
The Skipjacks scored single runs in the first and second innings, and stretched their lead to 5-0 with a three-run fourth highlighted by Lavin Kulina’s two-run single. Sarah Spicher (2-for-3, two runs, two RBI) and Michelle Lawrenson each had run-scoring hits in a two-run fifth that made it 7-1.
Darian McCoy matched Spicher’s 2-for-3 effort at the plate as the Skipjacks totaled nine hits in the opener.
Chesapeake ended meaningful hostilities with a six-run explosion in the first inning of Game 2. Parks (2-for-3, three RBI) had a two-run single, Spicher contributed an RBI double, Lawrenson and Lisa Hood had run-scoring hits, and Kulina drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk during the first-inning fireworks.
"Between games, we talked about how we needed to be ’up’ and be more intense than the first game and we were," said Hayes.
Bergen (0-4) totaled seven hits in the doubleheader.
Chesapeake 10, Stevenson University JV 2
WYE MILLS Winning pitcher Spencer Gillis allowed three hits over eight innings, striking out seven with no walks, and the Skipjacks’ bats eventually got hot enough to collect 15 hits in a come-from-behind win.
Trailing 2-0, the Skipjacks scored three times in the fourth. Kam Stewart (3-for-4, four RBI) tripled in two runs to tie the game and Joel Rowe (2-for-2, two RBI) singled in Stewart to put the Skipjacks ahead to stay.
"Spencer Gillis really kept us in the game and the defense was good," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "We finally started to get the bats rolling in the fourth."
Chesapeake (11-5) broke the game open with a three-run sixth, sparked by Casey Joseph’s leadoff double. Matt Schotanus (3-for-6) followed with a bunt single, Stewart tripled in two more runs, and Rowe once again singled home Stewart to make it 6-2.
Ryan Apodaca went 3-for-5 with a triple and four stolen bases, and J.D. Correa added two hits for the Skipjacks.
Coty Mulder pitched the ninth, walking one and striking out one.
Chesapeake hosts the College of Southern Maryland Tuesday at 3 p.m. in a Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference contest.
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