Strong week finishes with winning note for Skipjacks
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.