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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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PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege cen­ter fielder Cat Ra­m­ag­nano (Sev­erna Park) blasts a triple to right Satur­day against Al­le­gany.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Kent County grad­u­ate Megan Joyner won both games for Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege in a play­off sweep Satur­day over Al­le­gany.

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