Focus on Sports
George no-hits Rockville as Skipjacks sweep
Monday, March 28, 2005
ROCKVILLE, March 26 Karen George is one quick study.
"I haven’t pitched since I was 14," said George after tossing a no-hitter in Chesapeake College’s 22-0 women’s softball victory over host Montgomery College Rockville Saturday afternoon. George’s gem started the Skipjacks (3-1) on their way to a doubleheader sweep, including a 25-4 win in Game 2.
"The first practice last fall Coach (Melissa Thompson) asked if anybody could pitch, and I went out on the mound," said George, who improved her personal record to 1-1. "I did it more or less as a joke, but I pitched pretty well that first time. This winter my Dad found a pitching clinic, and I worked there on my pitching in January and February."
The winter work has done wonders for the Easton High graduate, who walked three and struck out five.
"I had the defense behind me the entire game and (catcher) Sharon Germann called a great game," said George. "I was able to throw it where she wanted it."
"Karen did a very good job and our defense was tight," observed Thompson, the Skipjacks’ first-year head coach, who said George’s pitching performance was just the latest pleasant surprise for the Skipjacks.
"I didn’t really have a chance to do a lot of recruiting because I was hired so late," said Thompson, who has revived Chesapeake’s softball program after a two-year hiatus. "I’m very fortunate we’ve got a very good group of girls."
Chesapeake broke both games open early, building an 18-0 lead after two innings in Game 1 and a 15-0 cushion in the first two innings of Game 2. Both games were called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
"We stopped stealing bases after the second inning and we stopped taking the extra base," said Thompson, who indicated the Skipjacks tried to keep the score down against a rebuilding Rockville squad.
Germann (double, three RBI) and Katie Satterlee (double, triple, five RBI) each went 3-for-5 in Game 1. Rebecca Whitten was 3-for-3 with two doubles, four runs and one RBI in Game 2, while Emily Colton had a single, double and two walks in the nightcap.
Heather Yanez (2-0) was the winning pitcher in Game 2, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out six in five innings.
Kelly Henckel reached all 10 times she batted in the doubleheader, going 5-for-8 with two walks while reaching base three times on errors. She scored nine runs in the doubleheader.
The Skipjacks, who have won three straight, will host traditional state power Anne Arundel Community College Wednesday at 3 p.m.
"It’ll be interesting to see how well we do against Anne Arundel," said Thompson, who indicated she is still trying to learn more about the league.
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