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Chesapeake sweeps Montgomery College
Delawter homer wins Game 1;’Jacks enjoy Game 2 laugher

WYE MILLS – It lacked the drama of Game 1, where Will Delawter’s walk-off homer gave Chesapeake College a 4-3 baseball win over Montgomery (Pa.) College. What Game 2 did offer was plenty of offense as the Skipjacks used a 15-hit attack to post a 17-6, five-inning win and complete the Sunday sweep.

Chesapeake (21-6) built a 16-0 lead after two innings in the nightcap, thanks in large part to a 10-run second inning that featured home runs by Mike Kelch and Anthony Archie. The most promising sign for the Skipjacks, however, may have been Joe Sable’s complete-game victory as he continued his comeback from "Tommy John" surgery.

"I’ve waited two years for this," said Sable, who allowed six hits and three walks with a hit batsman and two strikeouts. "It’s like it brings back a passion for the game having been gone so long."

Sable (2-0) was a medical red-shirt last year as the Skipjacks qualified for their first-ever World Series, which was a bittersweet experience for the right-hander.

"It was tough, but I wanted these guys to do well," said Sable. "I tried to get it up in the dugout and do what I could to pick up the team."

Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski said Sable’s comeback "means a lot to this team."

"He’s a leader on this team," said Szymanski. "He’s always picking guys up and helping out. He worked very hard in the off-season to get to this point."

Sable’s teammates gave him plenty of runs to work with in Game 2.

The Skipjacks put together a six-run first highlighted by Archie’s two-run single. Justin Armiger (2-for-2, two runs, RBI) and Chris Cirillo each had run-scoring doubles, Justin Sousa had an RBI single, and Robbie Miller added a sacrifice fly to highlight the first-inning explosion against Montgomery starter Matt Fortson.

The second inning was more of the same. Sousa had a run-scoring single, Cirillo (2-for-2, run, three RBI) delivered a two-run hit, and Brad Brainer singled home a run to make it 10-0 and finish off Fortson.

Things got worse for Montgomery College (14-10-1) after reliever Jordan McClone took the mound.

Kelch greeted McClone with a three-run homer to center. After McClone walked Delawter, Archie (2-for-2, three runs, four RBI) parked his two-run homer over the center-field field. Sousa, who went 4-for-4 with four RBI and two runs, finished the rally with a bloop single that scored the 10th run of the inning to make it 16-0.

Game 1 was an entirely different affair. The Skipjacks scratched out single runs in the first and second innings before Montgomery College scored three unearned runs in the fourth to take the lead.

Brainer led off the home first with a walk, stole second and third, and scored on a Delawter groundout. Miller walked, went to second on an error, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a Kelch fielder’s choice in the second to make it 2-0.

Then the wheels came off for the Skipjacks in the fourth inning.

Delawter walked Mike Cope to lead off the inning, then left the game after reaching his pitch count. Bryan Maul greeted reliever Sousa with a single before an error loaded the bases. A pair of bases-loaded walks and a wild pitch led to Montgomery College’s three runs as the visitors took a 3-2 lead.

Chesapeake tied the game in the home sixth as Steve Switala doubled with one out and scored on Barry Fetter’s two-out single.

Brainer led off the home seventh with a single before being caught stealing. Armiger then flew out to deep left for the second out.

That left the stage to Delawter, who took a 3-2 pitch from Montgomery’s Charlie Roebuck over the right-center-field fence to end the game.

"Coach Szymanski said . . . somebody had to step up," said Delawter. "I told him I’d step up for him and bring this one home."

Delawter said Roebuck’s pitch was a high fastball.

"It was a ’fastball in’ that he left a little too high," said Delawter. "I just turned in on it and let the bat do the work."

Delawter’s home run assured the Skipjacks of their fourth straight 20-win season and fifth in the last six years. His blast also made a winner out of Joe Garritty, who got the final two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

Roebuck took the loss despite pitching a six-hitter.

"Their pitcher did a good job holding us down," said Szymanski. "We finally put something together against him the last two innings, but he really pitched well."

The Skipjacks travel to CCBC-Essex Tuesday for a 3 p.m. league game.

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