Cardinals knock Chesapeake from state race
Catonsville specializes in three-run homers during sweep
WYE MILLS Earl Weaver would love this year’s CCBC-Catonsville women’s softball squad.
The legendary Baltimore Orioles manager, who preached pitching, defense and the three-run homer, would have seen five of them from the Cardinals if he’d been at Wednesday’s doubleheader against Chesapeake College. Eleni Wright hit two three-run bombs in the first game and Megan Sauble had two in the nightcap as Catonsville (36-10 overall, 19-1 league) swept the host Skipjacks, 16-7 and 13-2.
"They deserved to beat us," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes, whose Skipjacks fell out of the state title race with the doubleheader loss. "They beat us in every aspect of the game."
Hayes, however, said it’s not a stretch to think his Skipjacks (24-10, 15-3) could turn the tables on Catonsville in the upcoming NJCAA Division II Region XX tournament.
"Catonsville is obviously a very talented team and they had a good day and we had a bad day," said Hayes, whose team committed 10 errors in the doubleheader. "You put together them having a good day and us having a bad day and that’s what happens. But I’m very proud of my team and I think we’re very talented, too. I think we’re certainly capable of beating them in the tournament."
Game 1 started out as a close, high-scoring affair, with Chesapeake taking a 2-1 lead on Darian McCoy’s two-run, second-inning homer. The Cardinals used a six-run third to take a 7-2 lead, but Chesapeake tied the game with a five-run third that was highlighted by Sarah Spicher’s two-run double.
Catonsville regained the lead on Wright’s three-run, fourth-inning homer and broke the game open with a six-run fifth that included another three-run bomb by Wright.
Hunter Long, who relieved starter Cassandra Rogers during Chesapeake’s five-run third, earned the win by shutting out the Skipjacks over the last two innings of Game 1. Amber LaBille was the losing pitcher, allowing 10 runs (six earned) on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Catonsville blew out to a 7-1, second-inning lead in Game 2 as Sauble hit three-run homers in both the first and second innings. Erin Pronobis tacked on the final three-run homer in the third as the Cardinals stretched their lead to 10-1.
Samantha Lang threw a five-hitter to earn the Game 2 win. Losing pitcher Cheyenne Riley allowed 13 runs (12 earned) on 13 hits with two walks and one strikeout.
While praising the Cardinals’ impressive effort, Hayes said he would welcome a postseason rematch.
"We’ll just continue to work hard. I’m fully expecting to see them in regionals," said Hayes, whose team is likely to be seeded second in the region behind Catonsville. "They’re a talented team, but the result could be different in the playoffs."
Chesapeake is scheduled to play a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday at Garrett College.
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