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LaBille, Riley each blank Hagerstown
Skipjacks claim key, early season doubleheader sweep

HAGERSTOWN – If the Skipjacks were looking to make an early season statement, this would probably suffice.

Chesapeake College blanked host Hagerstown Community College twice, 4-0 and 5-0, Wednesday afternoon in the Skipjacks’ first test of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference women’s softball season. Amber LaBille threw a three-hitter in the opener and Cheyenne Riley scattered six hits in the nightcap against the team that knocked Chesapeake out of the Region XX playoffs last spring.

"Anybody looking at this has got to say, ’Oh, my, Chesapeake has got a little pitching,’ " said Skipjacks head coach Durrie Hayes, whose team has registered three straight shutouts.

The Skipjacks (12-4 overall, 4-0 conference) also have some hitting, getting 10 hits off Megan Peomroy in the opener and Sarah Mullin in the nightcap.

Darian McCoy had a first-inning, RBI double that produced the only run in the opener until Chesapeake scored three times in the sixth to break the game open. Riley’s two-run single was the key hit in the Skipjacks’ sixth-inning explosion.

LaBille (double), Riley and Danni Hintermeister (walk, steal, RBI) each had two hits for the Skipjacks. LaBille struck out three and walked three.

McCoy (2-for-4) got the Skipjacks off to another fast start in the nightcap, singling in a first-inning run.

Riley doubled in a run and then scored on an error during a two-run second, extending the lead to 3-0. The Skipjacks finished off the sweep with a two-run seventh as LaBille and Lisa Hood delivered run-scoring hits.

Riley walked one and struck out three. Sarah Spicher went 3-for-4 and scored a run.

Hagerstown fell to 9-5, 2-2 in the conference.

While it’s much too early for must-win games, Hayes felt the Skipjacks needed to sweep Hagerstown with games against expected title contenders CCBC-Catonsville, Anne Arundel, and Cecil coming up.

"We’ve always said you’ve got to win the games you’re supposed to win and split with the power teams," said Hayes, whose Skipjacks will host one of those power teams next Wednesday when two-time defending Region XX champ Cecil College visits.

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