Mehaffie finds way to get even

April 20, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- Christina Mehaffie learns from her experiences.

Chesapeake outdid the Hagerstown Community College pitcher for a 7-6 victory in the opener, but Mehaffie got even in the nightcap.

Mehaffie pitched a complete game for a 9-6 win in the nightcap on Monday to give the Hawks a split in a Maryland JuCo Conference doubleheader.

"I had a good day of throwing it," said Mehaffie, who raised her record to 7-4. "I saw how they batted in the first game and I went with that. I was just keeping the ball away from the good hitters and trying to get ahead in the count."


Mehaffie helped the cause for HCC (15-11, 13-5) with three hits in each game.

"I thought Christina managed the game real well for us," HCC coach Amy Sterner said. "She was a real leader for us on the mound and at the plate. She kept us out of big innings. She struggled with her hitting earlier in the year and now she is coming around. It is good timing."

The Hawks led the Skipjacks (21-7, 14-2), the top team in the JuCo standings, from the start of the second game, scoring in the bottom of the first inning on four walks.

From there, HCC added two runs in the second on RBI singles by Natasha Bard and Mehaffie to boost its lead to 3-0.

Mehaffie protected the lead by pounding the strike zone and only issuing two walks in the seven innings.

Chesapeake scored two runs in the third, but HCC countered with an RBI single by Bard -- her second of three hits -- to build a 4-2 advantage.

HCC put the game away with five runs in the fourth. Brittany Larrick highlighted the rally with a two-run home run and Laken Beers added a sacrifice fly. The Hawks got their two other runs with the help of a throwing error.

Chesapeake won the first game behind a pair of two-run homers by catcher Tiffeny Ricks.

Mallory Wishard walloped a pair of solo homers for HCC.

"I am just proud of our team," Mehaffie said. "We stuck together, hit the ball and played good defense. We're a strong hitting team."

Chesapeake 7-6, HCC 6-9
Game 1
Chesapeake 002 022 1 -- 7 12 4
Hagerstown 010 400 1 -- 6 9 4

Robinson and Ricks. Kesecker and Larrick. WP -- Robinson. LP -- Kesecker (4-6). HR -- C: Ricks 2 (5th, one on; 6th, one on); HCC: Wishard 2 (4th, none on; 7th, none on).
Game 2
Chesapeake 002 010 3 -- 6 12 3
Hagerstown 121 500 X -- 9 9 2

Wright, Piasecki (1) and Aubel, Ricks (1). Mehaffie and Larrick. WP -- Mehaffie (7-4). LP -- Wright. HR -- HCC: Larrick (4th, one on).

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