Chesapeake compiles 9-2 mark in Florida
Eight pitchers notch wins as ´Jacks come home with 14-2 mark
March 28 The most successful spring trip in Chesapeake College baseball history is part of the Skipjacks´ best-ever start.
Chesapeake went 9-2 during a seven-day Florida trip, including an 8-3 victory over Milwaukee Area Community College in Saturday´s final game. The Skipjacks, who won the first five games on their trip for a 10-0 start, came home from the Palm Beach Expo with a 14-2 record.
"I knew we had a deep, talented team going into the season, but I wouldn´t have expected we´d play this well, this soon," said Frank Szymanski, Chesapeake´s sixth-year head coach. "The team worked extremely hard getting ready for the season, and the results have shown their effort."
The tournament illustrated both Chesapeake´s offensive prowess and pitching depth.
The Skipjacks outscored their opponents 94-51, including five games with double-digit run totals. More than a dozen players had at least one multi-hit game during the trip.
"We´ve been hitting the ball extremely well, and it´s been different combinations hitting well each game," said Szymanski. "If some guys aren´t hitting, there are others there to pick them up. We´re swinging at good pitches and capitalizing on our opportunities."
That offensive support was usually more than enough for the pitching staff. Clarke Rollins, who won twice to improve to 3-0, was one of eight Chesapeake pitchers to notch victories.
"We found out our pitchers can keep us in games," said Szymanski. "The staff is deep and we developed a lot of experience on the trip. We competed against some very good teams and our pitching held it own."
Even one of the Skipjacks´ losses an 11-0 defeat against Palm Beach Community College indicated Chesapeake´s baseball program made a stir at the Expo.
"Palm Beach was the best team we played down there, and they threw their number one pitcher at us," said Szymanski. "When a Florida community college throws their number one at you, that indicates your program has a lot of respect. We were 5-0 at the Expo and 10-0 overall going into that game, and people were talking about us because we were hitting the cover off the ball."
The Skipjacks have very little time to rest they play 3 p.m. conference games at league powers CCBC-Dundalk and Cecil Community College Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Szymanski said he hopes the Expo has prepared his team for competing against the league´s elite programs.
"The reason why we take this trip is to find out more about our team and to prepare for our conference," said Szymanski, whose team currently has a 2-0 league record. "We´re looking forward to getting more deeply into conference play."
A summary of the Palm Beach Expo games follows:
Chesapeake College 6, Genesee (NY) CC 4
Justin Armiger was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded last Sunday to force in the go-ahead run during a four-run seventh inning.
Clarke Rollins (double, three RBI), Anthony Archie (double) and Josh Creighton each had two hits for the Skipjacks. Taylor Leeson earned the win in relief while Matt Clark notched the save, getting out of a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the seventh.
Chesapeake College 18, Prairie State (Ill.) College 8
Jimmy Carroll went 4-for-5 with a triple and two RBI, and Clarke Rollins (3-for-3, two doubles) drove in five runs while stealing two bases in last Sunday´s second game.
Winning pitcher Bryan Brainer (2-0) struck out seven while spacing six hits over four innings.
Chesapeake College 10, UW-Whitewater 0
Chad Wolfe (four RBI, double), Justin Armiger (two RBI, double, two steals), Mike Kelch (double), Josh Creighton (triple, RBI), and Mike Garrett (two RBI) each had two hits last Monday for the Skipjacks.
Matt Fitzgerald (1-0) pitched five innings, striking out seven while allowing four hits and no walks in the five-inning, complete-game victory.
Chesapeake College 11, UW-Eau Claire 9
Matt Clark´s third save of the season last Monday secured the win after the ´Jacks nearly blew a 10-0 lead.
Mike Kelch (three RBI), Will Delawter (RBI, triple), Robbie Miller (RBI, triple, three runs), and Jimmy Carroll (two runs, triple) each had two hits for the Skipjacks. Kevin Weems had a hit and drove in two runs.
Winning pitcher Clarke Rollins (2-0) yielded two hits and three walks, striking out four while allowing four unearned runs.
Chesapeake College 10, AACC 2
Chad Wolfe (2-for-4) hit a home run while Mike Garrett (double, three RBI), Josh Creighton (two RBI, double), and Ryan Bell (two RBI, double) also had two hits each in last Tuesday´s win.
Winning pitcher R.J. Morse (2-0) threw four innings, striking out one, walking three, and allowing six hits. Morse gave up both runs, but only one was earned.
Matt Clark earned his fourth save by pitching three innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts and no walks.
Palm Beach CC 11, Chesapeake College 0
Palm Beach ace Tony Bradley threw a two-hit complete game with six strikeouts and no walks in the five-inning contest last Tuesday.
Chesapeake College 14, Prairie State 4
Chad Wolfe improved to 3-0 last Thursday with the five-inning complete game, spacing eight hits and four walks while striking out four.
Will Delawter went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI, and Jimmy Carroll went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs as the Skipjacks completed a sweep of Prairie State. Brett Ireland (RBI) and Matt Fitgerald each went 2-for-2 for Chesapeake.
Chesapeake College 6, Erie (NY) CC 2
Justin Armiger allowed six hits over 6 1/3 innings last Thursday and Anthony Archie went 3-for-3 with two RBI to pace the Skipjacks.
Kevin Weems and Will Delawter each went 2-for-3.
Chesapeake College 6, Manhattan (NY) CC 0
Nick Lemmer struck out 13 last Friday with no walks while pitching a four-hit, complete-game shutout.
Chesapeake´s Will Delawter had three hits and two RBI. Chad Wolfe (double, RBI), Matt Fitgerald (RBI), and Robbie Miller each went 2-for-4 for the Skipjacks.
Globe Institute of Technology 8, Chesapeake College 5
Donnie Walsh hit a three-run double to highlight a seven-run sixth inning last Friday as Globe wiped out a 5-0 Chesapeake lead.
Clarke Rollins went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI to pace the Skipjacks while Robbie Miller was 2-for-4. Anthony Archie hit a solo home run.
Matt Clark was the losing pitcher, allowing six earned runs on six hits and two walks in 2/3 of an inning.
Chesapeake College 8, Milwaukee Area CC 3
Will Delawter went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs, and Josh Creighton went 3-for-3 to help Clarke Rollins improve his pitching record to 3-0 in Saturday´s final game.
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