Skipjacks can’t finish off Cecil; end up being swept
Seahawks, ranked third in nation, score six in seventh inning to win Game 1
NORTH EAST Chesapeake College needed one more out to beat the third-ranked baseball team in the nation.
Unfortunately for the Skipjacks, that out never came.
Danny Michaels singled in two runs to tie the game, stole second, and scored the winning run on Jabar Rochester’s single up the middle off reliever Nick Lemmer to cap a six-run seventh inning as Cecil Community College beat the Skipjacks, 10-9, Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader. Cecil rolled to a 10-0, five-inning win in Game 2.
"You can’t give good teams extra outs," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, alluding to a seventh-inning error that kept Cecil’s game-winning rally going. "Good teams take advantage of extra outs, and that’s exactly what Cecil did."
Ironically, the Skipjacks had seemingly taken control of Game 1 with five runs in the top of the seventh to break a 4-4 tie. Anthony Archie (2-for-3, three RBI) had a tie-breaking, two-run double, Justin Armiger (3-for-4) hit a solo home run and Robbie Miller had a sacrifice fly as part of Chesapeake’s seventh-inning explosion.
Winning pitcher Clint Kuhl survived all seven innings in Game 1 despite giving up 14 hits. Chesapeake starter Justin Sousa was replaced by Lemmer after Mike Wilson and Scott Rothwell had consecutive, RBI singles to pull the Seahawks within 9-6.
Will Delawter (3-for-4, homer, double, three RBI) hit a two-run homer in the third and the Skipjacks added two more runs in the fifth for a 4-1 lead, but Cecil tied the game with three runs in the home fifth.
Tony Cardullo went 3-for-4 to lead Cecil’s 11-hit attack in the opener.
Cecil’s dramatic, game-winning rally in the opener seemed to carry over into the nightcap. Cardullo (3-for-3) hit a three-run homer during a four-run first inning and added a solo shot as part of a four-run second as Cecil took early control of Game 2.
Spike Austin slammed a three-run homer during the four-run second as the hosts scored eight runs off Skipjack Joe Garrity in his two innings on the mound.
Szymanski said the Seahawks simply picked up where they left off in Game 1.
"We went 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning in the second game and they came right out hitting the ball," said Szymanski, whose team fell to 22-9 overall and 10-7 in Maryland JuCo. "You’ve got to give them credit."
Jimmy Belanger pitched a two-hit complete game in the nightcap for Cecil (28-7, 17-3)
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