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Delaware Tech sinks Skipjacks
Big 5th inning helps Roadrunners overtake Chesapeake, 9-7

By Aaron Coleman
Office of Sports Information Writer

WYE MILLS – Going into the fifth inning of Friday’s baseball game, the Chesapeake College Skipjacks had held Delaware Technical and Community College hitless while building a 5-0 lead. However, Delaware Tech’s bats awakened as the Roadrunners used a seven-run fifth inning to pave the way for a 9-7 win.

"Give credit to Delaware Tech. They got runners on base, they put pressure on and they capitalized," said Chesapeake College head coach Frank Szymanski, noting Del Tech also took advantage of some critical errors by the Skipjacks.

The Skipjacks staked themselves to a five-run lead after three innings. Bryan Woolford (2-for-4, home run, RBI) and Andrew Markey (2-for-4, home run, 2 RBI) hit back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the second. The next inning, J.V. Herbert drove in a run with a single, then proceeded to flash some speed by stealing second base.

After an Andrew Markey check-swing single drove in another run, a passed ball allowed Herbert to sprint home to make it 5-0, but the Roadrunners’ previously quiet bats made plenty of noise during their seven-run fifth inning.

Skipjack pitchers Kurt Bruce and Evan Ford each pitched two no-hit innings as Chesapeake built its early cushion, but Del Tech broke through in a big way in the fifth. The Skipjacks still led, 5-3, when Chesapeake pitcher Bryan Woolford induced a two-out fly ball to left field which was misplayed by left fielder Ben Newport, tying the contest and keeping the inning going long enough to allow Del Tech to score the go-ahead runs.

Chesapeake rallied back in the bottom half of the fifth inning to create a 7-7 tie after two runs scored on a fielder’s choice and overthrow. However, in the top of the seventh inning, Delaware Tech regained the lead by scoring two runs by way of a single and an error. Eric Groff started the rally with a single and later scored what proved to be the winning run.

Tough losses like this allow teams to learn their strengths and weaknesses, according to Szymanski. "We learned about what we have and what we have to work on."

Consistent pitching was hard to come by as the Chesapeake staff recorded eleven strikeouts but also had five walks and three hit batsmen.

Chesapeake also committed three errors. "Errors hurt, they capitalized, give them credit," Szymanski said. "Our guys played hard, I’m proud of them. If we get our chances, we will capitalize."

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