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Skipjacks rally to end three-game skid
Six-run fifth inning powers Chesapeake past Harford, 14-5

WYE MILLS – This was exactly the type of response Frank Szymanski was hoping to see from his baseball team.

Harford Community College scored three times in the top of the fifth inning Thursday afternoon to grab a 5-3 lead, but Szymanski’s Skipjacks answered with a two-out, six-run rally in the bottom half of the inning. That proved to be the turning point in Chesapeake College’s 14-5 win, which snapped the Skipjacks’ three-game losing streak.

"It’s a good sign," said Szymanski, whose team improved to 18-6 overall and 9-4 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. "This was an important game for us – we wanted to get back on the right track. I was proud of the way we put together that two-out rally."

Harford starting pitcher Johnny Carlos retired the first two batters in the home fifth, but the next seven Skipjacks reached base. Steve Switala tied the game with a two-run double, and Mike Garrett’s two-run single put the Skipjacks ahead to stay. Brad Brainer then chased Carlos with a two-run single that gave Chesapeake a 9-5 cushion.

"We were a little lethargic early in the game," said Szymanski. "We started focusing and concentrating better after they took the lead in the top of the fifth."

Switala had a two-out, run-scoring single in the sixth and the Skipjacks broke the game open with a four-run eighth as Barry Fetter tripled in one run and scored another.

Winning pitcher Chris Conner got an out in the sixth inning before turning the game over to the bullpen. Joe Garritty and Justin Felgenhouer blanked Harford on a combined two hits over the final 3 2/3 innings to lock up the win.

"They’ve been doing a great job coming in and holding teams down," Szymanski said of Garritty and Felgenhouer. "I felt very comfortable turning the game over to them."

Garrett finished 3-for-4 with three RBI while Fetter (two RBI, three runs), Switala (three RBI) and Brainer each had two hits as the Skipjacks outhit Harford, 11-10.

Owl Buddy Briebenbaugh went 3-for-5 while Landry Walker and Adam O’Brien each had two hits for Harford.

The Skipjacks host Garrett College Saturday and Montgomery College of Pennsylvania Sunday in noon doubleheaders.

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