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Hot-hitting Skipjacks sweep Frederick
Spicher goes 7-for-9 while LaBille, Riley each allow no earned runs

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College racked up 29 hits – nearly a quarter of them by sophomore first baseman Sarah Spicher – as the Skipjacks swept Wednesday afternoon’s women’s softball doubleheader from host Frederick Community College, 9-2 and 14-3.

Spicher went 7-for-9 with two doubles and four RBI while pitchers Amber LaBille and Cheyenne Riley each pitched complete games without allowing any earned runs. Six players had at least one multi-hit game as the Skipjacks (22-8 overall, 13-1 Maryland JuCo) ran their latest winning streak to five games.

"They played well and they hit real well," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes. "They had good at bats – went deep into counts until they got good pitches to hit. We had a lot of two-out hits and a lot of clutch hits."

The Skipjacks used the doubleheader sweep to keep pace with first-place CCBC-Catonsville (31-7, 16-0) and Anne Arundel Community College (26-7, 13-1), which is tied with Chesapeake for second place. Catonsville has consecutive doubleheaders with Anne Arundel and Chesapeake next week in what could be the pivotal week in the league race.

Chesapeake wasted little time taking control of either Frederick contest, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after two innings in the opener and a 7-0 lead after two innings in the nightcap.

Spicher (4-for-4, three RBI) had a run-scoring double and Darian McCoy (3-for-4, three RBI) delivered a two-out homer in the first inning of Game 1, and Spicher had a two-run single to highlight a three-run second inning. McCoy added an RBI single in the fifth, making it 7-2, and LaBille drilled a two-run, sixth-inning single to cap the Game 1 scoring.

LaBille pitched a six-hitter with seven strikeouts and four walks to win the opener. Michelle Lawrenson (2-for-4) joined Spicher and McCoy as Skipjacks with multi-hit games.

Lavin Kulina (2-for-3, four RBI) had a two-run single and McCoy scored on a wild pitch as the Skipjacks put up three runs in the first inning of the nightcap. LaBille (2-for-4) stroked a two-run single while McCoy and Kulina had RBI hits during the four-run second inning that made it 7-0.

Chesapeake ended the game with a four-run sixth that included RBI hits by Michelle Lawrenson, Amanda Murphy (2-for-4) and newly activated Emon Heath.

Spicher (double, RBI) was 3-for-5 in Game 2 and Lisa Hood (RBI) was 2-for-3.

Riley scattered nine hits and a walk while striking out four.

Frederick (5-13, 5-5) scored five unearned runs in the doubleheader as the Skipjacks committed three errors.

"That was the only sticky part," remarked Hayes, speaking of his team’s defense. "We didn’t make a lot of errors, but we made them in bad spots."

Chesapeake hosts CCBC-Dundalk (5-17, 4-8) Saturday in a league doubleheader that starts at 11 a.m.

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