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Hawks sweep Chesapeake from state baseball race
Chesapeake College’s baseball state title hopes ended here Wednesday

HAGERSTOWN – Chesapeake College’s baseball state title hopes ended here Wednesday as the host Hawks twice erased three-run, sixth-inning deficits to post a pair of one-run wins.

Hagerstown Community College tied Game 1 with a three-run sixth inning, then pulled out a 6-5 victory on Tyler Beard’s one-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh. The Hawks then wiped out a 7-4 Chesapeake lead in Game 2 with a four-run sixth inning, capped by Matt Murray’s two-run single that scored the tying and go-ahead runs.

“Today was kind of a funny day for us,” said Hagerstown head coach Scott Jennings. “The only time we led in Game 1 was the last batter of the game, and we didn’t get the lead in the second game until the sixth inning. We really only led for two innings today.”

Hagerstown’s late-inning heroics knocked Chesapeake (30-19 overall, 14-9 league) out of what had been a wild, seven-team race for the state title. Meanwhile, the Hawks (28-20, 15-7) continued a recent surge that has kept them in the race.

“We’ve been on a good roll lately,” said Jennings, whose team has now won 11 of its last 13 games and finishes the conference season with a doubleheader against last-place Prince George’s Community College. Chesapeake can still play the spoiler in the race, thanks to Thursday’s 3 p.m. home game against first-place Community College Baltimore County-Catonsville.

“We have to come out against Catonsville playing hard, like I know we will,” said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team went 1-3 on a two-day road trip that included a split with Garrett College. “It’s our last home game and we want to send the sophomores off on a good note.”

The Skipjacks will also be looking to build some momentum for next week’s wide-open NJCAA Region XX Division I tournament. Chesapeake has played four one-run games against teams that will be in next week’s regional tournament, including a 2-1 loss to reigning

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