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Nine Skipjacks named all-state, all-region
Softball’s LaBille, Spicher, baseball’s Burch, Rowe grab first-team honors

Four Chesapeake College student athletes earned first-team honors and nine Skipjacks grabbed spots on the various all-state and all-region teams in baseball and women’s softball this spring.

Two sophomore softball players – pitcher Amber LaBille and first baseman Sarah Spicher – were named to the all-state first team. LaBille was also first-team all-region and Spicher was named to the all-region second team.

Sophomore baseball catcher Brendon Burch was on the all-state and all-region first team, while sophomore first baseman/catcher Joel Rowe was first team all-region.

Freshman women’s softball pitcher Cheyenne Riley was named second-team all-state and joined LaBille and Spicher on the all-region tournament squad. Freshman shortstop Kam Stewart was second-team all-state and all-region in baseball, while freshman infielder/outfielder Matt Schotanus, freshman outfielder Casey Joseph and sophomore pitcher Spencer Gillis earned second-team all-region slots.

Burch also shared the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference Athlete of the Month Award in baseball with Harford Community College’s Nick Stallings. Burch had four home runs and 14 RBI in April, including two homers and six RBI in a 10-2 win over Potomac State College.

"This is a real tribute to the accomplishments of these student athletes," said Frank Szymanski, Chesapeake’s athletic director and head baseball coach. "It’s also recognition of the strong spring sports seasons the college teams enjoyed. Winning teams tend to get more recognition."

Chesapeake’s women’s softball team compiled a 28-14 record this spring, setting a school record for victories and finishing second in the NJCAA Division II Region XX tournament. The baseball squad was 27-18 and placed fifth in the Region XX tournament.

LaBille posted a 13-9 pitching record with a 2.20 ERA. She had 141 strikeouts and just 48 walks in 140 1/3 innings pitched. Riley was 15-5 with a 3.15 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 26 walks in 122 1/3 innings pitched.

Both LaBille (.344 batting average, 26 RBI) and Riley (.345, 23 RBI) helped themselves at the plate, while Spicher led the team in batting average (.386), home runs (three) and RBI (51).

Burch led the baseball team in batting average (.388), on-base percentage (.481) and home runs (five) while finishing third on the team in RBI (30). Rowe (.346 batting average) was second on the team in RBI with 41.

Stewart led the Skipjacks with 42 RBI while hitting .371 with four home runs, second-best on the team to Burch. Schotanus (.315 batting average, 26 RBI) and Joseph (.333, 24 RBI) were also key offensive contributors while Gillis had a 4-1 pitching record with a 3.77 ERA.

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