Skipjacks run league winning streak to seven
Chesapeake keeps pressure on leaders Catonsville, Hagerstown
WYE MILLS - Chris Custer (5-0) allowed just three hits over seven innings Thursday as the Chesapeake College baseball team beat the College of Southern Maryland, 11-2, for its seventh straight Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference victory.
Custer allowed both runs, only one of them earned, and was the beneficiary of a triple play turned by the Chesapeake infield. Ben Newport pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit and one walk.
J.J. Corriveau and Mike Liddell each drove in three runs for the Skipjacks (18-8-1 overall, 10-3 league), who used a six-run first inning to take the College of Southern Maryland (9-12, 4-8) out of the game early. The Skipjacks used their win, combined with Cecil College’s 14-3 loss to first-place CCBC-Catonsville, to move past the Seahawks and into third place in Maryland JuCo.
Catonsville (16-8, 11-1) and Hagerstown Community College (19-11-1, 9-2) are the only teams currently ahead of the Skipjacks in the state standings. Chesapeake hosts Hagerstown on April 22nd and travels to Catonsville April 29th for doubleheaders that could decide the Skipjacks’ state title hopes, but head coach Frank Szymanski noted his Skipjacks need to keep winning for those games to be important.
"I told our team we have to really concentrate on what we’re doing because we’re in the middle of a pennant race," said Szymanski. "We’ve got to concentrate on the little things, take care of details, and have some fun. We’re taking it one game at a time, playing them all the same, trying to get a little momentum going into the playoffs."
Szymanski, meanwhile, lauded Custer’s determination.
"Chris has been very consistent with getting out of tight situations all season and we’ve been playing well defensively behind him," said Szymanski.
A good example of that defense was the third-inning triple play turned by the Skipjacks with runners on first and third.
Shortstop Bryan Woolford started it by fielding a one-hopper and throwing to second baseman Jake Garvey for the out at second. Garvey threw to first baseman Andrew Markey to complete the double play, and Markey alertly threw home to get the lead runner, who had gotten a bad jump off third base.
Liddell, Jake Garvey (two RBI), Dillon Talley and Tony Mitchell each had two hits to pace the Skipjacks. The six-run first featured two-run singles by Corriveau and Garvey.
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