'Jacks battling in Florida
Trip has already resulted in four more come-from-behind wins
COCOA BEACH, Fla. The Skipjacks are battlers with more proof of that fact surfacing during their Spring Break trip to Florida.
Chesapeake College’s baseball team, which overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat nationally ranked Cecil College, 4-3, during a doubleheader sweep last Friday, has notched four straight come-from-behind victories after an opening-game loss on the Florida trip. The most impressive comeback may have been Tuesday morning’s 6-5 win over Massasoit (Mass.) Community College, which the Skipjacks won with five runs over the last two innings.
"It’s a good thing to have, that kind of never-say-die attitude," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team also came from behind to beat Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, 10-8, in Tuesday afternoon’s game. "I’d rather have the lead and not have to always come back, but it’s good to know we can do it."
Szymanski said the Skipjacks are getting good preparation for the rigors of their Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference and Region XX schedules.
"We’re playing some serious competition and getting kids a lot of experience working as a team," he said. "It’s just a great atmosphere and a great team-building experience."
Trailing 5-1 against Massasoit, the Skipjacks (9-2) got back in the game with a three-run sixth built around J.T. Gregory’s two-out, two-run double. Chesapeake won the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh off Massasoit reliever Andrew Foster.
Frank McRae led off the seventh with a single and moved to second on Matt O’Donnell’s bunt for a hit. Mathieu Vallieres then doubled home McRae, moving O’Donnell to third base with no outs. One out later, J.V. Herbert hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to center field that scored O’Donnell.
Greg Snyder pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn the win. Starter Evan Ford struck out eight over six innings while allowing eight hits and two walks with one hit batsman. Four of the five runs allowed by Ford were earned.
O’Donnell went 3-for-4 against Massasoit. Bryan Woolford was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Gregory finished with three RBI.
The Skipjacks, who have won seven of their last eight games, will play two games Wednesday and two more Thursday to complete the nine-game trip before flying home Friday.
Chesapeake 10, Westchester CC 8
COCOA BEACH, Fla. Andrew Markey’s two-run, bases-loaded single broke a 2-2 tie during a four-run third inning that gave the Skipjacks a 5-2 lead.
Chris Beaver scored the first run of the third-inning explosion by stealing home to create a 2-2 tie. Markey’s single, meanwhile, ended up clearing the bases when a Westchester error on his hit plated another run.
Greg Snyder earned his second pitching victory of the day, yielding five runs (all earned) on eight hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out four.
"It’s an unusual situation," Szymanski said of Snyder’s two-win day. "Greg gave us one good inning this morning, and then we were able to come right back with a couple of runs to get him that win. He was ready to come back this afternoon, so it worked out pretty good for him."
Chris Flerlage pitched the final three innings for the save, surviving a three-run seventh that brought the tying run to the plate. He struck out two, walked two and gave up six hits while allowing three earned runs.
Matt O’Donnell went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Beaver (three runs, four stolen bases), J.V. Herbert (run, three RBI) and Jake Garvey each had two hits.
Chesapeake 11, Genesee Community College 10
COCOA BEACH, Fla. Bryan Woolford (3-for-4, double) hit a three-run homer during a seven-run fourth inning Monday as the Skipjacks took the lead for good after spotting Genesee a 5-0, first-inning lead.
Derek Richards slammed a three-run, second-inning homer to start the Skipjacks on their comeback.
J.T. Gregory (three runs scored) also hit a solo homer and Tony Mitchell went 3-for-4 while scoring twice.
Chris Custer was the winning pitcher against Genesee despite yielding seven runs on eight hits, four walks, and three hit batsmen in 4 2/3 innings. J.T. Gregory earned the save by allowing three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks over the final 2 1/3 innings.
Chesapeake 7, Cumberland County College 5
COCOA BEACH, Fla. The Skipjacks needed a less dramatic comeback in Monday’s other game, using a three-run, two-out rally in the fourth to overcome a 4-3 deficit.
Mike Liddell (2-for-4, two RBI) tied the game with a two-out, RBI single and J.V. Herbert (2-for-3) put the Skipjacks ahead for good with a two-run double. Matt O’Donnell was the third Skipjack with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI.
Reliever Ben Newport earned the win by spacing five hits over 3 1/3 innings while yielding just one run. Evan Ford came on with the potential tying runs on second and third with one out in the seventh and struck out the only two hitters he faced to save the win.
Miami University-Hamilton CC 13, Chesapeake 3
COCOA BEACH, Fla. The winners pounded out 10 hits Sunday as the Skipjacks lost their Spring Break opener.
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