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Skipjacks sweep Allegany, reach 14 victories
Thursday, April 20, 2006
CUMBERLAND Pretty soon it´s going to be impossible for the Skipjacks to sneak up on anyone.
"We´re getting noticed. The league is paying attention," said Chesapeake College softball head coach Melissa Thompson, whose team pulled off a 4-3 and 8-0 doubleheader sweep Wednesday afternoon at Allegany College of Maryland. "I really think people´s opinions about Chesapeake are changing."
The Trojans, who saw Chesapeake leapfrog past them into fourth place in the conference standings, certainly must have a newfound respect for the Skipjacks. Chesapeake (14-8 overall, 10-6 Maryland JuCo) had to survive a shaky seventh inning to win the opener, then run-ruled Allegany (8-7, 7-5) in five innings to claim the nightcap.
Katie LaNeve went 3-for-3 in each game, driving in three of Chesapeake´s four runs in the opener. Monette Malabet was 2-for-3 and Katie Satterlee had a run-scoring single in Game 1, where the Skipjacks took a 4-0 lead into the sixth before Allegany put the potential tying and winning runs on base in the seventh inning.
"It was very uncomfortable there for a while in the seventh, but we got ourselves out of trouble," said Thompson after Amanda Lord finished up a complete-game eight-hitter. Lord (8-3) struck out three and walked two.
Chesapeake took a 1-0, second-inning lead when LaNeve singled home Beth Morris, who had doubled. LaNeve had a two-run single and Satterlee added an RBI hit during a three-run sixth inning made possible by three Allegany errors.
Allegany scored twice in the home sixth and Trojan Heather Proud singled in a seventh-inning run before Lord slammed the door on the Trojans.
Losing pitcher Livi Everidge gave up 11 hits.
Heather Lawrence (6-4) threw a four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and just two walks to win the nightcap. LaNeve went 3-for-3 with two RBI, while Morris (two RBI) and Katie Connolly (triple) each went 2-for-3 for the Skipjacks.
"Heather did a fabulous job. All of her pitches were working," said Thompson. "Her riseball and her screwball were impossible to hit. They couldn´t even touch it."
The Skipjacks continue to extend their school record for most wins in a season. The previous record of 11 was set by the 1980 team, which went 11-3.
"I´m very excited about what we´ve done. I truly am proud of all the girls," said Thompson. "We only have nine players and for every single one of those nine, I can say they are the hardest-working, most-dedicated players I´ve ever had.
"Girls are playing hurt, girls are playing positions they don´t know how to play, and we´re still beating people," added Thompson.
The Skipjacks play at Harford Community College Saturday in a noon doubleheader before finishing the regular season next Wednesday with a 3 p.m. home doubleheader against CCBC-Dundalk. Chesapeake, which will then participate in the Region XX tournament, is attempting to reschedule a doubleheader with Cecil Community College that was rained out.
BASEBALL - Chesapeake 10, College of Southern Maryland 7
WYE MILLS The Skipjacks came from behind twice, then held on to beat Southern Maryland Thursday afternoon as Brad Brainer´s 3-for-5 performance led a 17-hit attack.
Brainer´s homer leading off the bottom of the fifth ignited a four-run inning that erased a 5-3 Hawks lead. Justin Armiger (3-for-5) then singled, went from first to third on a wild pitch, and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Will Delawter (2-for-4, double, three RBI).
Anthony Archie (3-for-4, double, walk, two RBI) singled, stole second, and went to third on an infield error on a Robbie Miller grounder. Justin Sousa (2-for-3, double, walk, three RBI) then delivered a go-ahead, two-run double for a 7-5 lead.
Justin Felgenhouer got the pitching win by working 3 2/3 innings in relief of starter Ryan Morse. Chris Conner earned a save by pitching the final 1 1/3 innings.
Cory Jones went 4-for-5 with a home run to pace Southern Maryland.
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