Morton gets first college win
North Dorchester High graduate Brooke Morton earns a complete-game victory Sunday for Chesapeake College. Morton pitched a strong complete game, allowing just one earned run, scattering 12 hits and striking out four.
WYE MILLS — Chesapeake College softball opened the 2018 season with a sweep at home against Rowan College (N.J.) at Burlington County Sunday, March 4.
The Skipjacks got strong pitching performances in the doubleheader by Easton High graduate Savannah Miles and North Dorchester alum Brooke Morton.
She picked up the 8-3 win with a complete game in the opener. She allowed three earned run and struck out 11 while giving up five hits.
Chesapeake helped Morton earn her first-career college win with a walk-off 9-8 comeback victory in the second game. The Skipjacks trailed 8-3 going into the seventh inning, but five straight hits put the winning run at the plate.
Emily Lowrance (Centreville, Va., Westfield High) delivered with a two-run home run to win the game.
Morton pitched a strong complete game, allowing just one earned run, scattering 12 hits and striking out four. Rowan took an 8-2 lead with a seven-run sixth inning, helped by three Skipjack errors.
“We’ve got two solid pitchers,” said head coach Durrie Hayes. “Savannah has been through the wars. Savannah has won a state championship. Savannah has played ver y high-level travel.
“Brooke hasn’t so you wonder when she gets in a tough situation how she is going to react,” he added. “We made all those errors in the sixth inning. She then walked the number nine hitter on four pitches, but then she came back and regrouped.”
Hayes said Morton has a great work ethic, and pitched very well in her debut.
“Brooke was cruising right along,” he said. “She pitched with a lot of confidence.”
Trailing 8-2 in the sixth, first baseman Kassidy Willis (Easton High) roped a single to left to start the inning. Ariane Valdez (Lehigh Acres, Fla., Moore Haven) and Lowrance hit consecutive singles to load the bases. Meredith Bell (North Dorchester High) drove in Willis with an RBI, fielder’s choice groundout to short.
In the seventh, the Skipjacks came all the way back without making an out. Savannah Miles (4 for 4) and fellow Third baseman and Easton High graduate Katelynn Miles each singled. Shortstop Anne Gerwitz (Fort Myers, Fla., Sacred Heart of Jesus) plated Savannah Miles with an RBI double.
Willis (3 for 4) brought Chesapeake within 8-5 when she ripped an RBI double down the right-field line. Valdez (2 for 4, two RBIs) then belted a two-run double to score Gerwitz (3 for 4, two RBIs) and Willis and cut the lead to 8-7. Lowrance fouled off six pitches before smacking the game-winning, tworun home run.
“The girls in the middle of the game were having bad at bats,” Hayes said. “If we lose, we lose, but have good at bats. They showed a lot of heart coming back to the end there.
“We didn’t have any bloopers in the comeback,” he added. “All were strong hits. It was base hit after base hit.”
In the first game, Savannah Miles struck out five of the first six batters. She put the Skipjacks in the lead with an RBI double in the bottom of the first. She then scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead.
Chesapeake went up 4-0 in the second when catcher and Kent County graduate Alyssa Kendall belted a tworun double to score Valdez and second baseman Julia Collins (Canastota, N.Y., Canastota High).
“First game, Savannah shut them down,” Hayes said. “The key was we got two in the first, two in the second and two in the third.
“A lot, if not all, of those runs were with two outs,” he added. “That is big. Whenever they would score a run, we would score a run.”
Singles by Gerwitz (2 for 4) and Willis put two on for Valdez. She delivered with an RBI single. Willis then scored on a sacrifice fly by Collins to increase the lead to 6-0.
Collins made several key defensive plays in the doubleheader, including a diving catch in the fifth inning. She then drove in another run with a single in the bottom of the fifth. Katelynn Miles (2 for 4) tacked on the final run when she ripped an RBI single to center in the sixth.
The defense came up with a game-ending double play. With runners at the second a third, Savannah Miles induced a grounder back to the mound. She fired to Willis for the out, then Willis delivered a strike Kendall who tagged the runner for the double play.
The Skipjacks head to Florida Wednesday for their spring trip. They return home to play Friday, March 16.
North Dorchester High graduate Brooke Morton earns a complete-game victory Sunday for Chesapeake College.
North Dorchester graduate Meredith Bell singles for Chesapeake College Sunday, March 4.
Chesapeake College shortstop Anne Gerwitz (Fort Myers, Fla., Sacred Heart of Jesus) gets the force at second Sunday, March 4.