Skipjacks rally late to split with Potomac State
Aggressive baserunning plays critical role in comeback
WYE MILLS It can’t be found in the box score, and was probably missed by casual observers. Even so, it was one of the key plays in a two-run sixth inning that gave Chesapeake College a 6-5 win over Potomac State College and a split of Thursday’s women’s softball doubleheader.
Trailing 5-4, Chesapeake had Erin Scarborough at second base and Danni Hintermeister on first when Sarah Spicher flew out to deep center field for the inning’s second out. Not only did Scarborough tag up and advance to third on the play, but Hintermeister moved from first to second to put the go-ahead run in scoring position.
The Skipjacks immediately capitalized on their aggressive baserunning, with Amber LaBille (2-for-3, walk) grounding a two-out single off the second-base bag to score both Scarborough and Hintermeister.
"You’ve got to give Jay some credit for that," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes, referring to Skipjacks first-base coach Jay Chance. "Just getting Danni to second base, tagging up on that fly ball, turned out to be a huge play."
For the second straight day, the Skipjacks (18-8) responded to a Game 1 loss by winning the nightcap of a tense doubleheader. Chesapeake, which split a Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference showdown with Anne Arundel Community College on Wednesday, dropped a 4-2 decision to Region XX rival Potomac State (9-7) in the opener as winning pitcher Victoria Thompson crushed a tie-breaking, two-run, seventh-inning homer.
"They’re better than I thought they’d be," conceded Hayes, coaching against the Catamounts for the first time in his five years as Chesapeake coach. "They had some really talented players. They’re very solid."
The Skipjacks benefited from Game 2 starter Taylor Rice’s wildness, scoring their first four runs on Rice wild pitches while building a 4-1 cushion, but Potomac State answered with a four-run fifth to take a 5-4 lead. Savannah Hose had a two-run triple and scored the tying run on a bloop hit by Crystal Simmons, who tallied the go-ahead run on a Chesapeake error.
Scarborough opened the home sixth with a double and Hintermeister reached on an error to set up Spicher’s runners-advancing flyout and LaBille’s game-winning hit.
Winning pitcher Cheyenne Riley, who went 2-for-3 with a double, spaced nine hits and a walk while striking out one. Emily Roberson, who relieved Rice to start the fifth, took the loss.
LaBille took the loss in the opener, yielding seven hits and four walks while striking out six. Spicher, who went 2-for-4 with a double, drove in both Chesapeake runs while Scarborough added two hits and scored once.
The Skipjacks return to league action Saturday with a noon doubleheader against visiting Montgomery College Rockville.
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