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BCCC puts brakes on 'Jacks' postseason push
Panthers keep defending champs from clinching fifth seed

WYE MILLS – This one hurt.

Chesapeake College, in position to grab the No. 5 seed for the Region XX baseball tournament and gain some momentum for the postseason, did neither. Baltimore City Community College rallied for a wild, 12-10 victory over the Skipjacks Tuesday afternoon in a game called after eight innings due to darkness.

The Panthers won the game with a two-out, eighth-inning rally. A Skipjack error started the rally, which was climaxed by Anthony Jackson’s two-run, pinch-hit single that snapped a 10-10 tie.

Chesapeake College head coach Frank Szymanski said his Skipjacks will "just have to regroup and play with the same effort and intensity that we did today."

"We’re making too many mistakes, but they’re not due to a lack of effort," added Szymanski, whose defending Region XX Division II champions fell to 27-13 overall while completing their region schedule with a 10-10 record.

The loss jumbled the region standings. Chesapeake (10-10), Baltimore City (8-8, with four region games left) and CCBC-Catonsville (8-10 with two region games left) are all still in contention for the fifth seed as the final week of the regular season plays out. Further complicating the picture is that each of the three teams split with the other two during the regular season.

While the Skipjacks could still finish fifth, they could also start the playoffs seeded as low as seventh and needing a major upset just to survive the first day of next week’s tournament.

"We’re just going to have to see how everything shakes out in the remaining games," said Szymanski.

Baltimore City came from behind three times to win the game, thanks in large part to Christopher Wilkins’ huge day. Wilkins went 3-for-5 with a double, three-run homer and six runs batted in to lead the Panthers’ 12-hit attack.

Chesapeake also put 12 hits on the board. Mike Kelch (double, homer, four RBI) went 3-for-4 while Robbie Miller (double, two RBI, three runs), Anthony Archie (RBI) and Brad Brainer each went 2-for-4.

Baltimore’s eighth-inning rally started when Adam Kearney reached on third baseman Mike Garrett’s two-out error. Kearney stole second and scored on Daniel Hoskins’ single to tie the game, 10-10. Hoskins went to second on a balk call against Chesapeake reliever Mike Garrity, who then walked Brent Ashbaugh and was replaced by reliever Justin Felgenhouer.

Jackson greeted Felgenhouer with his game-winning hit.

Kearney pitched the bottom of the eighth to earn the save.

"I’m obviously disappointed with the loss, but I’m proud of the effort," said Szymanski. "We hung in there and battled until the end."

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