Potomac State completes Skipjack sweep
Pitching, defense shaky in late innings as Catamounts cruise, 12-2
KEYSER, W. Va. For four-and-a-half innings, Friday’s Chesapeake College-Potomac State College baseball rematch looked a lot like PSC’s 2-1 win over the Skipjacks two weeks ago.
That, however, was where the similarities ended.
Potomac State scored 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings on the way to a 12-2, eight-inning win over the visiting Skipjacks. Four Chesapeake pitchers combined for 14 walks including two intentional and the Skipjacks’ defense committed four errors against the reigning Region XX champions.
"The walks and the errors . . . . When you play good teams, they come back to haunt you," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team dropped to 19-8 with its second straight loss. "Good teams like Potomac State will take advantage of the situation."
Potomac State (14-7) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Mike Smith drew a one-out walk and Dan Shusteric followed with a single that was misplayed by center fielder Kellen Shepard, allowing Smith to come all the way around to score.
That was the game’s only run until the bottom of the fifth as the starting pitchers, Potomac State’s Wes Gross and Chesapeake’s Eddie West, held the opposing offenses in check. West, however, never made it out of the fifth inning as he walked four batters, hit another and committed a throwing error on a bunt to set up a four-run inning by the Catamounts.
Chad Chambers had a two-run single to key a six-run sixth that included four more walks, another error and another hit batsman.
Down 11-0, the Skipjacks finally got on the board courtesy of Shepard’s two-out, two-run double in the top of the seventh. Smith tripled and scored on Matt White’s sacrifice fly in the home eighth to invoke the slaughter rule.
Gross finished with a complete-game seven-hitter, striking out four and allowing just one walk.
"Wes threw a great game for us," said Potomac State head coach Doug Little. "He faced a really good team today (Friday) and was able to pitch out of a couple of jams. It was a gutsy effort."
Cody Holliday went 3-for-4 as the Skipjacks finished with a 7-6 edge in hits.
"We had some scoring opportunities early in the game where we couldn’t get a timely hit," noted Szymanski. "And we struggled throwing the ball over the plate."
The Skipjacks host the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Johns Hopkins JV 11, Chesapeake 9
WYE MILLS Brendan Walsh hit a two-run homer last Tuesday to pace the Blue Jays, who scored nine runs over the last three innings to overcome an 8-2 deficit.
J.V. Herbert, Kellen Shepard, Cody Holliday, Justin Powell, and Ryan Lambert each had two hits to pace the Skipjacks, who finished with 13 hits.
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