Kibler, Dundalk make the clutch plays to beat 'Jacks
Lions' sophomore pitcher strands eight in key league match-up
WYE MILLS - Jonathan Kibler wasn´t on the mound by chance when CCBC-Dundalk visited Chesapeake College Thursday afternoon.
"He´s one of the guys we look to pitch in all of our big games," said Dundalk head coach Jason King after Kibler (7-1) threw seven strong innings in the Lions´ 8-3 victory. "He battles for us out there."
Kibler - who recently committed to Michigan State - gave up nine hits, but stranded eight baserunners by regularly coming up with the right pitch at the right time.
"He made good, quality pitches to get us out," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose Skipjacks (22-7 overall, 10-5 Maryland JuCo) had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Losing pitcher Will Delawter - who entered the game with the conference´s second-best earned-run average (1.69) - also gave up nine hits in seven innings, but the Lions turned them into eight runs.
"Will Delawter really did a good job for Chesapeake," said King, who served as Szymanski´s assistant coach at Chesapeake in 2001. "We just capitalized on our opportunities with some timely hitting."
This game marked the unofficial beginning of the stretch run, both in Maryland JuCo and Region XX Division II, according to King.
"Allegany and Cecil are playing today," said King of the top two teams in both the state and region standings. "We play Frederick (in a doubleheader) on Saturday and Chesapeake plays two at Cecil Saturday. All the top teams are starting to play one another."
The Lions (20-13, 16-4) broke on top with a three-run third inning as Bill Burgamy doubled in two runs and scored on a single by Jeffrey Poff (2-for-4, run). Chesapeake pulled within 3-2 with a two-run fourth, but could have had more.
Justin Armiger started Chesapeake´s fourth-inning rally with a leadoff single and Kibler walked Robbie Miller on a 3-2 pitch. Steve Switala (2-for-4) then singled and Armiger rounded third on the play, but stopped - at the same time as Miller was coming into third. The Skipjacks were bailed out when shortstop Allan Smaltz threw wildly to third, allowing both runners to score.
Barry Fetter (2-for-4) followed with a perfect bunt single down the third-base line, moving Switala to third. Mike Garrett was then thrown out at first on his own bunt attempt, and Switala was doubled up at home on the play to squelch the rally.
Dundalk answered with three runs in the top of the fifth as Charles Beck tripled in two runs and scored on a Smaltz sacrifice fly to make it 6-2. The Skipjacks got a run back in the home fifth as Anthony Archie doubled home Delawter, who had singled and stolen second. Archie, however, was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple.
Dundalk´s Eric Reedy tripled and scored on a single by Michael McCaa (2-for-4) in the sixth, and the Lions manufactured a seventh-inning run. John Zorich was hit by a pitch, went to second on a groundout, stole third and scored on catcher Switala´s errant throw to third base to make it 8-3.
Zorich pitched two perfect innings to close out the game for the Lions, while Nick Lemmer threw two scoreless frames in relief of Delawter.
Anne Arundel CC 5, Chesapeake 3 Anne Arundel CC 11, Chesapeake 2
ARNOLD - Christie Hurman threw a five-hitter in the opener and spaced eight hits in the nightcap Wednesday as the Pioneers swept Chesapeake (11-7, 6-5).
Beth Morris was the top hitter for the Skipjacks in the doubleheader, going 4-for-7. She had a three-run homer in the opener to account for all the Skipjacks´ runs.
Skipjack Kelly Henckel was 2-for-2 with a double in the nightcap. Heather Lawrence had a run-scoring double and Courtney Jackson drove in the other Chesapeake run in Game 2.
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