’Jacks sweep CSM, gain region’s second seed
Chesapeake College ties school softball record with 26th victory
WYE MILLS Chesapeake College needed extra innings in the opener, but just five frames in the nightcap, as the Skipjacks swept visiting College of Southern Maryland Saturday to secure the second seed in this week’s NJCAA Division II Region XX women’s softball tournament.
The Skipjacks (26-12 overall, 17-3 Maryland JuCo) used the 9-8 and 11-0 victories to claim the second of two automatic berths into the regional Final Four while tying the school record for victories set two years ago. And they did it while honoring the team’s three sophomore captains Sarah Spicher, Amber LaBille and Lavin Kulina who were playing their final home games.
"Securing an automatic berth into the region’s Final Four is big," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes, whose Skipjacks snapped a four-game losing streak. "But it was especially nice that the sophs all had big days. They played well offensively and defensively, and their composure really helped lead our comeback in the opener."
Chesapeake, which needed a seventh-inning run to extend the opener, scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to claim the victory.
Trailing 8-7, with Danni Hintermeister starting the home eighth on second base under international tiebreaker rules, Chesapeake immediately tied the game on Cheyenne Riley’s single. Riley moved to second on a Spicher sacrifice, took third on a LaBille groundout, and scored the winning run on Darian McCoy’s two-out, two-strike single.
Riley (two runs, two RBI) went 3-for-5 while Hintermeister (double), Kulina, McCoy, and Amanda Murphy (double, two RBI) each had two hits for the Skipjacks in Game 1. Spicher (two RBI) and Michelle Lawrenson each had a double.
"We just hit up and down the lineup all day," said Hayes, whose team finished with 27 hits including four doubles and a homer in the doubleheader.
LaBille (12-8) allowed 15 hits and two walks, but earned a complete-game victory while striking out six in the opener. Only four of CSM’s eight first-game runs were earned as Chesapeake committed a total of four errors in the second and third innings.
Riley (14-4) threw a two-hit shutout in the nightcap while allowing just one walk. Hayes said Kulina, LaBille, Spicher, Murphy and Riley all came up with great defensive plays to help earn the shutout.
"The girls were diving all over the park, making great catches and turning double plays and just really playing sharp softball," said Hayes of his team’s Game 2 defense.
LaBille hit her first collegiate home run, a two-run shot, while Murphy (three runs), Kulina (two RBI), Spicher (two runs), Hintermeister, and Lisa Hood (three RBI) each had two hits in Game 2.
CSM fell to 19-10 overall and 14-8 in the conference with the twin setbacks.
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