Skipjacks advance to Region XX final four
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
Chesapeake College right fielder Kristina Shank (Severna Park) blasts a home run to right Saturday against Allegany.