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Chesapeake College rally sparks softball sweep

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

WYE MILLS – You count out the Skipjacks at your own risk.

That point was driven home Saturday as Chesapeake College´s softball team overcame a 4-0, fifth-inning deficit to beat visiting Allegany College of Maryland, 5-4, in the first game of a doubleheader. The Skipjacks then rolled to a 10-2 victory in Game 2, which was shortened to six innings by the slaughter rule.

"We were able to take advantage of the momentum we built in the first game," said Chesapeake head coach Melissa Thompson, who said the Game 1 loss had to be difficult for the Trojans. "That was a tough game to lose."

Allegany appeared to have Game 1 in hand as Trojan pitcher Amy Twigg took a shutout into the fifth inning. The Skipjacks, however, got back in the game with a three-run fifth, highlighted by Amanda Lord´s RBI single and a two-run single from Beth Morris that pulled Chesapeake within 4-3.

Liz Kinsey (2-for-3) hit a one-out homer in the sixth off Twigg to tie the game. Heather Lawrence (2-for-4) and Kim Towers then produced back-to-back, two-out doubles to give the Skipjacks a 5-4 lead.

Allegany mounted a seventh-inning rally as Tori Lease walked, went to second on a passed ball and took third on a sacrifice bunt. Renee Musselman followed with a groundout to shortstop Morris, and Lease tried to score on the infield out. Chesapeake first baseman Laura Foster alertly threw home and catcher Heather Duncan applied the tag on Lease to end the game.

Thompson said it took three great plays to get the game-ending out.

"You have to have a good, accurate arm at shortstop, and Beth made a quick throw to first," said Thompson. "Then you need an alert first baseman who makes a perfect throw home and a catcher who knows how to apply the tag. It takes precision on everyone´s part."

Lawrence earned the complete-game pitching victory, spacing nine hits and not allowing a run after the fourth. She walked two and struck out two.

Game 2 was rather anti-climatic, with the Skipjacks (8-10 overall, 5-3 Maryland JuCo) putting together a five-run first inning to take control. Morris and Courtney Jackson each had first-inning, run-scoring singles while Duncan had a sacrifice fly and the deflated Trojans committed three errors.

Garey had an RBI single in the fourth to make it 6-0. The Trojans (2-9) put both of their runs on the board in the fifth, but Chesapeake answered with a three-run rally in the home half of the inning as Lawrence hit a two-run double and Kinsey chipped in with an RBI single.

The Skipjacks invoked the eight-run rule in the sixth as Foster doubled, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on Duncan´s sacrifice fly.

Lord threw an eight-hitter with two strikeouts and one walk to earn the win in Game 2. Morris, Garey and Lawrence each had two hits for the Skipjacks.

Twigg ended up losing both ends of the doubleheader, yielding 12 hits in the Game 2 defeat.

The Skipjacks have won three straight and five of their last six games since a 3-9 start.

"We´re playing much better now," said Thompson, who hopes to keep the momentum going as the Skipjacks host Frederick Community College Sunday (1 p.m.) and Anne Arundel Community College Monday (3 p.m.) in league doubleheaders.

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