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Shutout streak ends, but ’Jacks keep winning
Chesapeake unbeaten in league heading into AACC showdown

WYE MILLS – The shutout streak may have ended, but the Skipjacks kept their women’s softball winning streak going Saturday afternoon by sweeping Prince George’s Community College, 12-1 and 19-1, in five-inning contests.

Prince George’s snapped the Skipjacks’ shutout streak at five games and also ended freshman pitcher Cheyenne Riley’s personal shutout streak at three. Those were about the only accomplishments the visiting Owls could muster as Chesapeake (16-4 overall, 8-0 Maryland JuCo) ran its winning streak to eight games.

Both Amber LaBille – who had consecutive shutouts against Hagerstown and Cecil – and Riley pitched three-hitters to earn wins in Game 1 and Game 2, respectively. They each benefited from more than ample run support – especially Riley, who had a 10-0 lead to work with after just two innings.

"When you score 31 runs on 23 hits in eight innings, you’re doing something right," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes, whose team did not bat in the fifth inning of either game as the home team. "We were really on time in the second game."

No one was more on time in Game 2 than Lavin Kulina, who went 3-for-3 with her first career homer and eight RBI while coming up a single short of the cycle. Kulina had a three-run homer in a five-run first inning and a two-run double as the Skipjacks scored five more runs in the second.

"Lavin just lit it up," said Hayes.

Danni Hintermeister (4-for-4, double, four runs, two stolen bases) and Sarah Spicher (3-for-3, two doubles, six RBI) were other hitting stars in Game 2’s 15-hit outburst. Michelle Lawrenson and Darian McCoy each had a hit, two walks, three runs and an RBI, while LaBille walked three times and scored three runs. Lisa Hood added a double and drove in a run.

Riley took a perfect game into the fourth, retiring the first 10 hitters, but PG used an error and two hits to score a fourth-inning run. She had seven strikeouts without allowing a walk.

In Game 1, LaBille allowed a first-inning run and then blanked the Owls the rest of the way.

"Amber threw well," said Hayes. "You don’t have to play a lot of defense when your pitcher strikes out 11 in a five-inning game, but the defense did turn a double play."

PG’s 1-0 lead in the opener held up until the bottom of the second when the Skipjacks scored nine runs to take control. Amber Murphy (3-for-3) had two singles and drove in three runs during the second-inning explosion, which also featured a two-run single by Spicher.

Kulina, McCoy and Lawrenson each had a double in Chesapeake’s eight-hit attack.

The Skipjacks host Anne Arundel Community College (19-3, 8-0), which is ranked 10th in the nation in Division III, Wednesday in a 3 p.m. conference showdown.

CCBC-Catonsville (23-7, 10-0) is the only other team undefeated in Maryland JuCo league play.

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