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’Jacks take care of business
Chesapeake rips Dundalk twice to set up Catonsville showdown

WYE MILLS – First things first.

First, Chesapeake College needed to sweep Saturday’s women’s softball doubleheader against CCBC-Dundalk. Then, the Skipjacks could begin contemplating Wednesday’s 3:30 p.m. Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference showdown against visiting CCBC-Catonsville.

The Skipjacks (24-8 overall, 15-1 league) took care of business in the proper order, rolling to a 19-2 and 14-0 sweep of Dundalk to set up their showdown with Catonsville (33-9, 16-0). Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes seems to relish the challenge of taking on a Catonsville squad that is ranked 20th in the latest NJCAA Division II national poll and undefeated in the conference.

"We’re not conceding anything, baby," Hayes said after his Skipjacks had dispatched Dundalk. "You look at the conference stats and they have six of the top 10 hitters, five of the top six base stealers, the top three home run hitters. But we’re going to be here Wednesday and we’re going to go after them."

The Skipjacks went after Dundalk right from the start, scoring 10 first-inning runs to break open Game 1 and set the tone for Saturday’s doubleheader. Sarah Spicher (2-for-3, four RBI) had a two-run single while Danni Hintermeister (2-for-3, two RBI, three runs), Amanda Murphy (2-for-4, two RBI, two runs), and Lavin Kulina (1-for-1, two RBI, three runs, three walks) each had run-scoring hits in the first.

Chesapeake was also greatly aided by the 15 walks issued by a pair of Lion pitchers. That helped produce one of the game’s most interesting batting lines as clean-up hitter Amber LaBille went 0-for-0 with four walks.

LaBille was Game 1’s winning pitcher, allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out six in the five-inning game.

Cheyenne Riley pitched a two-hit shutout in Game 2, striking out five without allowing a walk.

"Cheyenne has done a nice job for us," said Hayes. "As she says herself, she doesn’t throw hard, but her location is good."

Riley and Kulina each went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs. Darian McCoy was 1-for-1 with three walks as the Skipjacks accepted 17 more free passes in Game 2.

Jen Carr – the second recent addition to the softball roster from Chesapeake’s region championship women’s basketball team – went 1-for-2 with two walks and four RBI. The other recent addition – Emon Heath – had a hit and drove in two runs in the opener.

Chesapeake finished with 17 hits in the doubleheader, including seven in the nightcap, while the Skipjacks benefited from 32 combined walks. That’s an average of four walks per inning, since the Skipjacks didn’t bat in the home fifth in either game.

"The girls played well. It’s hard for both teams to stay focused in that situation," said Hayes, referring to all of the free passes issued.

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