Skipjacks end near-perfect trip with near-perfect game
Armiger retires first 18 hitters in 9-1 victory over Schenectady
COCOA BEACH, Fla. It would have been the perfect ending to a nearly perfect spring trip.
Chesapeake College sophomore Justin Armiger retired the first 18 batters he faced in Friday night’s baseball game against Schenectady (N.Y.) County Community College. Schenectady’s Joe Carbonetti broke up the perfect game when he led off the seventh with a bloop single over shortstop, but Armiger finished with a two-hitter in a 9-1 victory as the Skipjacks completed the Florida trip with a 7-2 mark.
Armiger, making his first start of the season, had 11 strikeouts and no walks.
"Justin threw the ball extremely well," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team flew home Saturday night with a 14-3 overall record. "He was hitting his spots with excellent velocity, and the defense played well behind him."
Szymanski said the Skipjacks, who handed Morton (Ill.) College a 15-1 loss in a Friday afternoon game, accomplished all their goals for the spring trip.
"For one thing, we got in a lot of baseball," said Szymanski. "The trip also gave us an opportunity to try out a lot of guys in a lot of different situations. That should prove very beneficial as we head back into conference action."
Szymanski pointed to Kellen Shepard, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI against Schenectady, as one of the players who benefited greatly from the trip.
"Kellen was one of those guys who got additional playing time on the trip and stepped up in a big way for us," said Szymanski.
Shepard had a two-run triple in a five-run first inning that put the Skipjacks in control. Will Delawter (2-for-3) doubled in two runs during a three-run sixth inning that made it 9-0.
Anthony Archie also went 2-for-3 for the Skipjacks and drove in two runs.
Chesapeake College 15, Morton (Ill.) College 1
COCOA BEACH, Fla. Justin Martin (five strikeouts), Richard Grasso and Brian Palmer combined for a two-hitter as the Skipjacks won Friday’s opener in five innings.
Justin Sousa (two RBI), Anthony Archie (two RBI) and Robbie Miller each had two hits for the Skipjacks, who went 2-0 against Morton during their Florida trip.
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