Strong week fin­ishes with win­ning note for Skip­jacks

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GE­ORGE­TOWN DEL. — Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s soft­ball team con­cluded an­other strong week Fri­day by split­ting a dou­ble­header with Delaware Tech Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

The Road­run­ners took the open­ing game 3-1, but the Skip­jacks came back to win the se­cond game 3-2, fin­ish­ing a 5-1 week.

“We are play­ing re­ally good ball right now,” said Ch­e­sa­peake head coach Dur­rie Hayes, whose team is 23-14 over­all, 15-3 Mary­land JuCo. “Del. Tech is a re­ally, re­ally strong team. I’m very pleased to get a split be­cause both games could have gone ei­ther way. We fin­ished with a very strong week.

“We put our­selves in a great po­si­tion to win the first game,” Hayes added. “In the se­cond game, we again played great, got the lead and made great plays to get the win. We played out­stand­ing de­fense to­day, and didn’t make any er­rors. The games were very well played by both teams.”

Skip­jack pitcher Ash­ley Woodall (Lau­rel, Md.) pitched a com­plete game to earn the win in the se­cond game. She scat­tered eights and walked three.

“That was the best game Ash­ley has pitched all year,” Hayes said. “She is fin­ish­ing the year strong.”

The Skip­jacks struck first in the se­cond in­ning when Abby Nel­son (Leonard­town) sin­gled, and ad­vanced to se­cond on a sac­ri­fice bunt by Anne Ger­witz (Sa­cred Heart of Je­sus, Fla.).

With two outs, Eas­ton High grad­u­ate Kas­sidy Wil­lis de­liv­ered with an RBI dou­ble for a 1-0 lead.

In the third in­ning, Cat Ra­m­ag­nano (Sev­erna Park) and Kent County alum Alyssa Ken­dall each sin­gled. Nel­son (2 for 3) plated Ra­m­ag­nano (2 for 4) with an RBI sin­gle for a 2-0 lead. Ger­witz’s RBI sin­gle made it 3-0.

The Road­run­ners (23-6) scored twice in the sixth to pull within 3-2. They also put the ty­ing run on first with a lead­off sin­gle in the sev­enth. Woodall though in­duced two ground­outs and a fly­out to seal Ch­e­sa­peake’s win.

Kent County grad­u­ate Me­gan Joyner pitched the first game, al­low­ing seven hits and strik­ing out two.

“Me­gan pitched great in the first game,” Hayes said. “She has stepped up all year. She has 15 wins this year. She pitched against a great hit­ting team, and kept them in check for much of the game.”

Joyner’s team­mates gave her the lead be­fore she stepped on the rub­ber in the first. Ra­m­ag­nano led off with a walk, and ad­vanced to se­cond on Ken­dall’s bunt.

Right fielder Kristina Shank (Mardela) blasted an RBI dou­ble in the right-field gap to plate Ra­m­ag­nano for a 1-0 lead.

Del. Tech took the lead in the bot­tom of the first on Lauren Gen­shaw’s tworun dou­ble. Joyner got out of the in­ning by in­duc­ing a ground­out to se­cond base­man Ju­lia Collins (Canas­tota (N.Y.) High).

In the bot­tom of the se­cond, Del. Tech’s Kort­ney Lee led off with a dou­ble. Joyner, though, got three fly­outs to end the in­ning.

Ra­m­ag­nano started Ch­e­sa­peake’s third by tak­ing a pitch off her knee. Though, she needed a cour­tesy run­ner, Ra­m­ag­nano re­turned to the game. The Skip­jacks were un­able to score in the third.

Joyner got out of a jam in the third. A dou­ble and fielder’s choice put a run­ner on third with two outs. Joyner bat­tled Sa­van­nah Brown, and struck her out look­ing on the out­side cor­ner to end the threat.

Ch­e­sa­peake threaten in the fourth, when Sa­van­nah Miller (St. Mary’s Ryken) walked with one out. Wil­lis then stroked a line drive, which looked to be headed for ex­tra bases but the ball found the glove of Road­run­ner cen­ter fielder Brooke Stoeckel for the out.

Court­ney Stubbs (Colonel Richard­son), who hit two home runs ear­lier in the week, nearly added a third with two outs when she blasted a pitch to deep cen­ter field through a stiff head­wind. But Stoeckel made the catch with her back along the fence to end the in­ning.

“If there was not a strong wind blow­ing in, or if we were at home, Court­ney’s ball is a home run and we have a tie ball­game,” Hayes said. “The field to­day is about 10 feet longer, and that was the dif­fer­ence.

“Court­ney has been play­ing out­stand­ing,” Hayes added. “She nearly tied the game up for us. She hit two home runs ear­lier this week. She has a great ap­proach at the plate. It has been great see­ing her growth this sea­son.”

The Skip­jacks again threat­ened in the sixth. Nel­son sin­gled and ad­vanced to se­cond on a sac­ri­fice bunt. With two outs, Wil­lis hit an­other rocket, this one snagged by short­stop Kyra Webb.

“Kas­sidy hit the ball great to­day,” Hayes said. “She just had bad luck in the first game that the ball went right at field­ers. That hap­pens in this game. She came up big


Ch­e­sa­peake’s Alyssa Ken­dall (Kent County) makes a tag for an out at the plate against Delaware Tech last Fri­day.

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