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Frederick’s fast start sinks Skipjacks
Four-run first helps Cougars end Chesapeake’s 8-game league win streak

FREDERICK – Playing catch-up against Frederick Community College has been a losing proposition for this year’s Chesapeake College baseball team.

The Cougars (20-10 overall, 7-4 Maryland JuCo) used a seven-run first inning to pave the way for a 10-8 win at Chesapeake last month. FCC used a similar strategy Monday, scoring four times in the first inning and building a 10-0 lead after five innings on the way to a 10-5 victory over the visiting Skipjacks.

Afterwards, Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski – who guided the Skipjacks to eight straight league wins heading into Monday’s contest – attempted to shoulder the blame.

"I obviously should have had our team better prepared," said Szymanski. "When you’re not ready to play, these type of things happen. We came out flat and it showed right away."

Chesapeake starter Ben Newport lasted just five batters, leaving without recording an out. Newport walked one batter, hit another, and gave up two hits while being charged with all four first-inning runs, three of them earned.

"We just got behind early, and instead of letting him work his way out of it I decided to make a change," said Szymanski, who brought in Greg Snyder. Snyder gave up six runs – five earned – on seven hits before Nick Hardy shut out the Cougars on one hit over the final three frames.

Frederick starter Ryan Kassab blanked the Skipjacks over the first six innings. He went 7 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and a walk while striking out four.

Marshall Gilbert went 2-for-3 with a walk and drove in five runs – including a two-run triple as part of a three-run third inning – and Tyler Winch went 3-for-5 with a fifth-inning solo homer to pace the Cougars. Tim Kellinger went 2-for-4 for Frederick, which finished with 10 hits compared to 13 for the Skipjacks.

J.J. Corriveau (3-for-5, run, stolen base), Derek Richards (3-for-4, RBI), J.V. Herbert (2-for-5, run, three RBI), and Chris Custer (2-for-4, double, RBI) each had multiple-hit games for the Skipjacks (19-9-1 overall, 11-4 league). Kurt Bruce had a double in his only at bat.

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