Skip­jacks ad­vance to Re­gion XX fi­nal four

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WYE MILLS — The Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege soft­ball team ad­vanced to the Re­gion XX fi­nal four be­hind pitcher Me­gan Joyner’s two vic­to­ries Satur­day for a sweep against Al­le­gany Col­lege.

A Kent County High grad­u­ate, Joyner pitched a com­plete game in a 3-0 vic­tory in Game 1, then got the win in re­lief when the Skip­jacks de­feated Al­le­gany 8-6 in sec­ond game.

“When Me­gan’s pitches are work­ing, she throws very well,” Ch­e­sa­peake head coach Dur­rie Hayes said. “I was pretty con­fi­dent in her. She stepped up.

“I’m proud of ev­ery­one,” Hayes added. “This makes nine years in a row in the fi­nal four.”

The back-and-forth sec­ond game fea­tured six lead changes and three ties. Each in­ning Al­le­gany scored, the Skip­jacks an­swered in their en­su­ing at-bat.

Al­le­gany jumped ahead on Tori Bohrer’s two-run sin­gle in the top of the first.

Ch­e­sa­peake lead­off hit­ter Cat Ra­m­ag­nano (Sev­erna Park) tripled and scored on a fielder’s choice by Kent County grad­u­ate Alyssa Ken­dall. Mardela alum Kristina Shank tied the score at 2-2 by blast­ing a solo home run to right.

Af­ter a lead­off sin­gle by Al­le­gany’s Kayla Hawkins, Ch­e­sa­peake pitcher Ash­ley Woodall (Lau­rel, Md.) got a huge play from sec­ond base­man Ju­lia Collins (Canas­tota (N.Y.) High) who fielded a grounder, tagged the run­ner and threw to first for a dou­ble play. Woodall got out of the in­ning by in­duc­ing a fly­out.

“Ju­lia’s dou­ble play was huge,” Hayes said. “That gets us two outs and no one on with their top of the or­der com­ing up.”

With two outs in the bot­tom of the sec­ond, Colonel Richard­son grad­u­ate Court­ney Stubbs sin­gled. Woodall ran for Stubbs, and ad­vanced to third on a walk by Collins and a sin­gle by Ra­m­ag­nano. Woodall then scored on a passed ball to give the Skip­jacks a 3-2 lead.

Al­le­gany came right back in the third with two runs to take a 4-3 lead on a sac­ri­fice fly by MaKen­zie Eshel­man and an RBI sin­gle by Rae­lyn Rice.

Ch­e­sa­peake (27-14) tied the score at 4-4 in the bot­tom of the fourth on an RBI sin­gle by Anne Ger­witz (Sa­cred Heart of Je­sus, Fla.).

In the fifth, a sin­gle and two walks loaded the bases for Al­le­gany. Kam­ryn Logs­don gave Al­le­gany a 5-4 lead with a two-out sin­gle up the mid­dle. Woodall got out of the in­ning when she caught a line drive up the mid­dle.

The Skip­jacks again an­swered with a run to tie the score, but this time in a more un­tra­di­tional way. Shank led off with a walk. Short­stop Abby Nel­son (Leonard­town) fol­lowed with a fly­out to right field, but the throw to the in­field went over the head of the pitcher so Shank ran to sec­ond. The throw to sec­ond also was over­thrown, and went into the out­field.

Shank then raced to third and went home, beat­ing the throw to tie the score at 5-5. Ch­e­sa­peake looked to add more in the in­ning when Sa­van­nah Miller (St. Mary’s Ryken) belted a dou­ble off the left-field fence. Al­le­gany pitcher Kadie Mor­ral got out of the jam by get­ting a strike­out and in­duc­ing a ground­out.

When two bat­ters for Al­le­gany reached to start the sixth, Hayes brought Joyner to pitch, and she re­sponded by get­ting two quick outs.

Eas­ton High grad­u­ate and first base­man Kas­sidy Wil­lis raced to­ward the plate on a bunt, scooped the spin­ning ball and fired to Collins at first for the out. Joyner then got a strike­out for the sec­ond out.

With two strikes, Eshel­man bounced a ball up the mid­dle for an RBI sin­gle to give Al­le­gany a 6-5 lead. Rice fol­lowed by belt­ing a pitch to deep left, but Miller raced to the fence

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege right fielder Kristina Shank (Sev­erna Park) blasts a home run to right Satur­day against Al­le­gany.

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