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Woolford’s pitching, hitting spark ’Jacks’ sweep of ACM
Reliever gets win and a save while twice scoring game-winning run

WYE MILLS – That odd feeling of déjà vu hit the Skipjacks Saturday afternoon, but no one on the Chesapeake College baseball team seemed to mind.

Reliever Bryan Woolford retired Allegany College of Maryland’s most dangerous hitter, Corey Dolly, in the seventh inning of both games as Chesapeake swept the Trojans by identical 3-2 scores. Woolford got the Game 1 win and picked up the save in the nightcap as the Skipjacks improved to 6-1 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

Chesapeake (19-6) split a Sunday afternoon non-conference doubleheader with visiting Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College, but it was Saturday’s sweep against Allegany that made the Skipjacks’ weekend particularly pleasant.

"Regardless of their current record (5-11), Allegany is a top-notch program," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "Those are two great wins for us – games we need to win if we’re going to be a title contender. We lost a (one-run) game like this Tuesday against (defending region champion) Potomac State, but against Allegany we capitalized on our opportunities."

Dolly – who had already driven in both Allegany runs with a homer and a sacrifice fly – came to bat in the top of the seventh in the opener with two outs and runners at second and third in a 2-2 tie. Szymanski brought in Woolford to pitch and he induced Dolly into an inning-ending comebacker to keep the game tied.

Woolford then scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as he singled with one out, stole second, and scored on Kellen Shepard’s two-out single to left-center field.

The Game 2 script differed slightly. Dolly went 3-for-4 and again figured in both Allegany runs, scoring one and driving in the other, but the game was tied 2-2 going to the bottom of the sixth.

Woolford led off the home sixth with a single and took second on a Joe Ashley walk. Jeremy Grove – twice unsuccessful in attempting to lay down a sacrifice bunt –singled home Woolford to give the Skipjacks a 3-2 lead. Grove went 2-for-2 in Game 2.

Woolford then came on to pitch the seventh, getting out of a two-on, one-out jam by striking out Dolly and forcing Billy Reams into a game-ending groundout.

"Dolly is probably one of the best players we’ve seen all year," said Szymanski. "Bryan was able to get him out twice – both times with the game on the line. That’s a pretty good accomplishment."

The Skipjacks received impressive starting pitching in both games. Eddie West allowed five hits and five walks while striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings in the opener. Evan Ford pitched six innings in the nightcap, giving up four hits and five walks while striking out four.

"Eddie and Evan both just went out there and challenged hitters," said Szymanski. "They made Allegany put the ball in play."

Chesapeake took a 1-0 lead in the opener on J.V. Herbert’s first-inning RBI groundout, but Dolly tied the game with his solo homer in the fourth and put the Trojans ahead, 2-1, with his sacrifice fly in the fifth.

The Skipjacks tied the game, 2-2, in the sixth as Brad Brainer stroked a leadoff triple and came home on J.T. Gregory’s run-scoring groundout.

Losing pitcher Shane Weldon threw a complete-game four-hitter with six strikeouts, with Woolford getting two of Chesapeake’s four hits. Weldon also walked two batters and hit two.

Chesapeake took a 2-0 lead in the nightcap as Ashley delivered a second-inning, RBI single and Gregory came home on a third-inning balk by Allegany pitcher Charles Cannella.

Allegany got on the board in the fourth inning as Dolly doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Reams’ groundout. Dolly’s fifth-inning, RBI single tied the game.

Lackawanna 3, Chesapeake 0

WYE MILLS – Brian Craig threw a two-hit shutout as the Falcons won Sunday’s opener to stop Chesapeake’s four-game winning streak.

Ryan Mailen went 2-for-3 to lead the Falcons. J.T. Gregory had both Chesapeake hits, including a double, and stole a base.

Losing pitcher Justin Sousa went 6 1/3 innings, striking out four with two walks while allowing 10 hits.

Chesapeake 2 , Lackawanna 0

WYE MILLS – Kurt Bruce and Bryan Woolford combined on a four-hit shutout as the Skipjacks won the nightcap to earn a split of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Bruce allowed four hits and three walks over the first six innings, striking out three, while Woolford yielded only a walk while striking out two in the seventh to earn the save.

Chesapeake’s J.V. Herbert went 1-for-1 and had an RBI sac fly. Woolford aided the cause with a run-scoring single.

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