Chesapeake celebrates return to national rankings
Skipjacks, ranked 10th, rout Prince George’s Community College
WYE MILLS Chesapeake College celebrated its return to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II national baseball rankings by beating Prince George’s Community College, 13-5, Thursday afternoon.
The Skipjacks (16-3 overall, 8-1 Maryland JuCo), unranked in the NJCAA’s preseason Division II poll despite bringing 12 players back from last year’s World Series team, are 10th in the first regular-season poll.
"It’s always an honor to be recognized," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team was ranked fifth in the preseason poll conducted by Collegiate Baseball magazine. "We’ve just got to continue to play well."
The Skipjacks put together a 13-hit attack against Prince George’s in winning their fifth straight game. Brad Brainer went 4-for-5 while Justin Sousa (two RBI) and Justin Armiger (three RBI) each went 3-for-4. Will Delawter (two runs) and Mike Kelch (two runs, RBI) were each 2-for-4.
"We’re hitting the ball well and having fun," said Szymanski.
Winning pitcher Chris Conner (3-1) allowed five runs (four earned) over six innings, giving up eight hits and one walk while striking out six.
Chesapeake hosts non-conference opponent Salem (N.J.) Community College Friday at 3 p.m. before traveling to Cumberland Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Allegany College of Maryland.
The second-place Trojans (18-5, 11-1) were scheduled to host league-leading Hagerstown Community College (12-4, 4-0) Thursday. Chesapeake is currently in third place in the conference standings.
Chesapeake College 18, College of Southern Maryland 11
LA PLATA Anthony Archie went 4-for-4 with a grand slam as the Skipjacks launched four home runs Tuesday in winning their fourth consecutive game.
Will Delawter (2-for-4) hit his fourth home run and drove in two runs. Kellen Shepard (2-for-5, three RBI) and Justin Sousa also cracked home runs for the Skipjacks. Robbie Miller was 2-for-5 and drove in two runs.
Justin Martin allowed three hits and walked two while striking out six batters in 3 1/3 innings of relief work to earn the win.
Southern Maryland built early 2-0 and 4-3 leads off starting pitcher Joey Sable, but the Skipjacks took control with a 10-run third inning. Archie and Delawter each had two hits in the third inning, including their respective home runs, and Justin Armiger delivered a run-scoring double.
Chesapeake finished with 13 hits. Gene White went 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead the Hawks, who had 11 hits.
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