and made the catch to end the inning.
“Our defense has been very solid,” Hayes said. “It is important that each time they bunted, we got an out. Kassidy and Anne fielded the bunts extremely well. Those are key outs in big situations.”
The Skipjacks mounted their go-ahead rally in the bottom of the sixth, starting when Collins reached on an error.
Ramagnano plated Collins with an RBI double to center for a 6-6 tie. Kendall gave the Skipjacks a 7-6 lead when she smoked a triple down the left-field line. Shank provided Chesapeake with an insurance run on a sacrifice fly to score Kendall for an 8-6 lead.
“Everyone stepped up,” Hayes said. “Where ever it was in the lineup, they came through. Kristina hit the ball great both games. Alyssa hit the ball well there at the end. Cat had big hits. We had quality at-bats and put the ball in play.”
Joyner got the first out in the seventh, then allowed a hit. Collins caught a line drive for the second out, then Allegany put another runner on after a hit.
Joyner calmly induced a grounder to Nelson at short who fired to Gerwitz at third to end the game.
“Allegany has a nice team,” Hayes said. “Ashely and Megan have been pitching really well. I was hesitant to bring Megan in the sixth inning of the second game because the game was tied. Suppose it goes 10 innings, then who do I pitch tomorrow? But Megan had not given up a run to Allegany all year so we needed her.”
In the first game, Shank got Chesapeake on the scoreboard first with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. Ramagnano plated Stubbs in the second on a sacrifice fly. Kendall drove in Collins on a single for a 3-0 lead.
From there, Joyner allowed only two baserunners the rest of the game. She struck out four in seven innings.
The Skipjacks travel Friday, May 5, to Frederick Community College for the Region XX final four. The championship tournament will run through Sunday.
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Chesapeake College center fielder Cat Ramagnano (Severna Park) blasts a triple to right Saturday against Allegany.
Kent County graduate Megan Joyner won both games for Chesapeake College in a playoff sweep Saturday over Allegany.