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Skipjacks split doubleheader with CSM
Lawrence homer wins Game 1, but Hawks rally to gain the split

WYE MILLS – Late-game drama was the order of the day as Chesapeake College and the College of Southern Maryland split a softball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon.

The Skipjacks used a three-run fifth inning to erase a 5-2 deficit in Game 1, then won the opener as Heather Lawrence cracked a two-run homer and Katie Connolly hit a solo shot in a three-run sixth that gave Chesapeake an 8-5 win. Southern Maryland’s Game 2 rally was even more dramatic as the Hawks wiped out a 5-1 deficit in their final two at bats for a 6-5 triumph.

"We gave everything we had. At the end we just didn’t quite have enough," said Chesapeake head coach Melissa Thompson. "Our players were exhausted by the end of the second game."

Both games were shortened – Game 1 was six innings and Game 2 was five – as the umpires tried to get in the scheduled doubleheader while there was still available light.

The Skipjacks and pitcher Amanda Lord were sailing along in Game 1 until the fifth, taking a 2-0 shutout into that inning. CSM put five runs on the board in the top of the fifth, however, as Danielle Sturman hit a two-run homer and the Skipjacks committed four errors.

Chesapeake (7-3) responded with its three-run rally in the bottom half of the fifth. Kelly Henckel led off with a double, Connolly reached on an error, and Beth Morris delivered a two-run double to cut CSM’s lead to 5-4. Courtney Jackson’s RBI single scored Morris with the tying run.

Katie Satterlee led off the home sixth with a single and Lawrence followed with her homer off losing pitcher Amanda Johnston. Two outs later, Connolly homered. The umpires called the game at the completion of the inning to give the teams a chance to get in the second contest.

"I think the (windy) weather definitely played a factor today," said Thompson after the teams combined for three homers in Game 1 and five during the doubleheader.

Lord spaced eight hits in a complete-game victory that included three strikeouts and no walks. Connolly, Henckel and Jackson each had two hits for the Skipjacks.

The Skipjacks, who were officially the visitors in Game 2, jumped off to a quick, 3-0 lead as Morris hit a solo home run in the second inning and Monette Malabet slammed a solo shot as part of a two-run third. CSM cut the lead to 3-1 with a third-inning run, but Katie LaNeve’s two-run double in the top of the fourth made it 5-1.

CSM got back in the game with a three-run fourth – all three runs unearned as the result of three Chesapeake errors. The Hawks (7-6-1) then won the game with their fifth-inning rally.

Dawnita Leigh, Stephanie Young and Betty Jane Tennison had consecutive, one-out singles off Lawrence to get CSM’s rally started. An infield fly produced the second out, getting the Skipjacks within an out of victory.

Instead, Lawrence walked Autumn Boyd to force in Leigh with the tying run. Johnston then hit a fly to right that Lord appeared to track, but she slipped and fell to allow Young to score the winning run.

Three CSM pitchers – Mandy Martin, Johnston, and Boyd – combined on a nine-hitter. Lawrence allowed only six hits and two walks while striking out four to take the loss.

Lord, LaNeve and Satterlee each had two hits for the Skipjacks.

Chesapeake hosts Prince George’s Community College Saturday in a noon doubleheader and then travels to Frederick Community College Sunday for another noon doubleheader.

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