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Skipjacks open with doubleheader sweep
Chesapeake pitchers allow Lackawanna five hits in 14 innings

WYE MILLS – Skipjacks head coach Frank Szymanski believes pitching will be one of his team’s strengths this season. That was certainly the case Tuesday as Chesapeake College’s baseball team swept visiting Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College, 1-0 and 6-1, in a season-opening doubleheader.

Kurt Bruce and J.T. Gregory combined on a two-hit shutout in the opener. Bruce struck out five while allowing one hit and three walks over the first five innings, and Gregory struck out five over the last two innings while yielding a hit and a walk.

Evan Ford and Nick Hardy were nearly as effective in the nightcap. Ford struck out eight, walked one batter and hit another, and allowed one run on three hits over six innings. Hardy then pitched a perfect seventh inning.

"All four guys threw strikes and changed speeds well," said Szymanski. "I thought we also played very well defensively, despite windy conditions. There were some great plays made by the defense."

Chesapeake’s hitters weren’t quite as successful, totaling nine hits and scoring in only two innings, but that was enough.

The Skipjacks scored the only run of Game 1 in the seventh inning as three Lackawanna pitchers combined to give up two hits and a walk with a hit batsman. Mathieu Vallieres forced home the only run via a two-out, bases-loaded walk.

Brian Brown went 2-for-3 while Andrew Markey had a leadoff double to spark Chesapeake’s seventh-inning rally.

The Skipjacks, who only had three hits in the nightcap, won Game 2 with a six-run fourth inning that wiped out a 1-0 Lackawanna lead.

Derek Richards had a run-scoring double, Vallieres drove in another run with a single, and Brown had an RBI sacrifice fly. Two more runs scored on passed balls and another scored on an error.

Chesapeake hosts Frederick Community College Thursday at 3 p.m. in its Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference opener.

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