Skip­jacks split with Del Tech, streak ends at 22

Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege still on verge of first undis­puted state cham­pi­onship since 1981

Record Observer - - Sports - By RICHARD MIDCAP

Del. Tech 4 — Ch­e­sa­peake 3 Ch­e­sa­peake 6 — Del. Tech 2

GE­ORGE­TOWN, DEL. — Er­rors were a ma­jor is­sue when the Skip­jacks split their first six games of the soft­ball sea­son. They were the main fac­tor Mon­day af­ter­noon as Delaware Tech­ni­cal & Com­mu­nity Col­lege-Owens Cam­pus ral­lied past Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, 4-3, in the sec­ond game of a dou­ble­header to end the Skip­jacks’ 22-game win­ning streak.

“We dropped a pop-up, we dropped a fly ball and we dropped a throw,” Ch­e­sa­peake head coach Dur­rie Hayes said of the Skip­jacks’ mis­cues. “We’ve just got to make those plays.

“They’re plays we should make and we just didn’t,” added Hayes, whose team fell to 25-4 with the split. “Er­rors are part of the game. We just need to move on. I’m not go­ing to [crit­i­cize] them for los­ing a game af­ter win­ning 22 straight.”

Ch­e­sa­peake, which rolled to a 6-2 win in the opener, frit­tered away a 3-0 lead in Game 2 by al­low­ing a pair of un­earned runs in both the fourth and sixth in­nings. Del Tech’s Kyra Webb also played a crit­i­cal role, throw­ing three in­nings of no-hit re­lief with six strike­outs while al­low­ing just one baserun­ner to claim the Game 2 vic­tory.

Brit­tney Platt had a two-run sin- gle and Tori Hughes added a run­scor­ing hit in a three-run third, but that was the ex­tent of Ch­e­sa­peake’s Game 2 of­fense, thanks in large part to Webb.

“She was just pop­ping the ball,” Hayes said of Webb. “We’re not used to see­ing pitch­ing like that. That’s what we need to see be­fore we get into the re­gional [tour­na­ment].”

Ch­e­sa­peake’s Game 2 start­ing pitcher, Chloe Day, al­lowed seven hits in five in­nings with no walks and one strike­out while yield­ing two un­earned runs. Re­liever Kara Wood took the loss, giv­ing up two un­earned runs on two hits and two walks in one in­ning.

Ch­e­sa­peake’s Rachael Mil­li­gan tossed a five-hit­ter with nine strike- outs and just one walk and didn’t al­low an earned run in win­ning the opener. The Skip­jacks scored three times in both the first and fifth in­nings to build a 6-0 lead.

“Rachael threw the ball well,” Hayes said. “And they [Del Tech] were a lit­tle shaky in the field in the first in­ning.”

Sa­van­nah Miller (2 for 4, three RBIs) had a run-scor­ing sin­gle in a three-run first that also in­cluded two walks and a crit­i­cal Del Tech er­ror. Hughes (2 for 4) had a bases-loaded, two-out sin­gle in the fifth that plated a run and set the stage for Miller’s two-run sin­gle that made it 6-0.

Kristina Shank went 2 for 3 with a dou­ble and a walk, and Court­ney Stubbs had a dou­ble for the Skip- jacks in the opener.

The Skip­jacks, 12-0 in the Mary­land Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence, can clinch their first undis­puted state ti­tle since 1981 with two wins in their fi­nal six con­fer­ence games. Ch­e­sa­peake’s first chance to clinch comes Wed­nes­day, when the Skip­jacks play a 3 p.m. con­fer­ence dou­ble­header at Fred­er­ick (11-18, 8-8).

Ch­e­sa­peake is cur­rently four games in front of sec­ond-place CCBC-Ca­tonsville (24-16, 12-4) in the loss col­umn and swept the Car­di­nals ear­lier this sea­son to claim the tie-breaker ad­van­tage. No other con­fer­ence team has less than six losses.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Queen Anne’s Pa­trick Free­man makes the catch in right Tues­day against Colonel Richard­son.

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