Wolfe leads Skipjacks to Queensboro sweep
Transfer gets six hits and earns Game 1 victory in opener
WYE MILLS, March 13 Chad Wolfe wasted no time making his presence felt with the Skipjacks.
Wolfe, a sophomore transfer from Mount St. Mary´s, went 6-for-8 and picked up the pitching victory in Game 1 Sunday afternoon as Chesapeake College swept Queensboro (NY) Community College, 12-6 and 14-4, in its season-opening baseball doubleheader.
"Chad just did an excellent job," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "His hitting speaks for itself. On the mound, he threw strikes, changed speeds, and was on top of his game."
Szymanski welcomed the pitching performances turned in by Wolfe, Game 2 winner Clarke Rollins, and relievers Matt Clark and Taylor Leeson, especially after losing staff aces Tim St. Clair and Lenny Yagatich from last year´s 26-win team.
"Tim and Lenny combined for 13 wins and ate up the bulk of our innings last year," said Szymanski. "With their success, we had to get them the ball as much as possible last year. Now we need pitchers like Chad, Clarke, Matt, and Taylor to step up for us."
Wolfe struck out seven, walked two and allowed six hits in four innings while giving up five runs in Game 1. He helped himself by going 4-for-4, scoring twice, and driving in another run. Robbie Miller joined Wolfe with a multiple-hit game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Clark pitched the final three innings of Game 1, allowing one unearned run on one hit and two walks while striking out two to earn the save.
Chesapeake used a three-run third to wipe out a 4-3 deficit and take the lead for good in Game 1. Miller singled, went to second when his hit was misplayed in right field, and took third on a passed ball. Queensboro starter Alex Rodriquez got the next two outs before losing his control.
Rodriquez hit Justin Armiger with a pitch and walked Matt Fitzgerald to load the bases. Josh Creighton singled home the tying run before Rodriquez hit Wolfe to force in the go-ahead run. Brett Ireland then walked to force in another run.
Leading 8-5, Chesapeake broke Game 1 open with a four-run fifth. Rollins had an RBI double, while Miller and Jimmy Carroll contributed run-scoring singles in the fifth-inning explosion.
Rollins pitched four innings to get the win in Game 2, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four in a contest that was ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
"We pitched him (Rollins) last year against Queensboro and he did a great job, so we wanted to throw him out there against them again," said Szymanski. "Clarke´s going to have to pitch more for us this year. He really threw the ball well. He did last year, too, but we didn´t need him in that role as much last year as we do this year."
Leeson struck out one while pitching a perfect fifth inning.
Chesapeake took control of Game 2 with a six-run second inning that broke a 1-1 tie. Wolfe´s RBI double put the Skipjacks ahead to stay and Miller added a run-scoring single. Creighton had the inning´s biggest hit, a three-run, two-out double to left that made it 7-1.
Kevin Weems went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base. Miller (three RBI) and Wolfe (double, RBI) each went 2-for-4.
The Skipjacks host Harford Community College Tuesday at 3 p.m. in their Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference opener.
"Those conference games are all big," said Szymanski. "We tell our players they have to be ready to play every game, but there´s obviously more weight to conference games."
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