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Skipjacks sweep to stay in state title race
Chesapeake to host Region XX tournament play-in Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

WYE MILLS The Skipjacks did their part Thursday to stay in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference state title race.

Chesapeake College swept Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk, 2-1 and 12-5, allowing the Skipjacks (31-15-1 overall, 21-7 league) to finish their regular season still nursing an outside shot at the state JuCo crown. The Skipjacks need first-place Hagerstown Community College (32-15-1, 18-5) to sweep its doubleheader against second-place Cecil College (29-11-1, 20-5-1), then lose its remaining three games (doubleheader against Harford and single game with Allegany) to claim the state title.

"We only have an outside shot at the state title, but it's exciting just to still be in the state title race so late in the season," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "The state race is out of our hands now, but we did what we had to do to stay alive."

Bryan Woolford scored both runs in Game 1, including the tie-breaking run on Mike Liddell's two-out double. That was just enough offensive support for winning pitcher Evan Ford, who tossed a complete-game four-hitter with six strikeouts and two walks.

Chesapeake rolled past Dundalk in the nightcap, led by Woolford (3-for-3, four runs, two RBI) and J.T. Gregory (3-for-4, two runs, two RBI). Andrew Markey had one hit a two-run double to go along with two sacrifice flies while driving in five runs.

Greg Snyder allowed five hits and three walks and struck out two in four innings to notch the win.

The Skipjacks won six of their final seven conference games, with the only loss in that span an eight-inning setback against CCBC-Catonsville. Chesapeake set a school record for conference wins in fact, the Skipjacks finished five games better in the conference than even their 2005 World Series team.

"We put together an outstanding record in a very good conference," said Szymanski.

While the state race continues to play out, the Skipjacks must now concentrate on the NJCAA Division I Region XX tournament, which begins Saturday with a three-team, single-elimination event hosted by Chesapeake. Fifth-seeded Anne Arundel Community College plays sixth-seeded Garrett College at 11 a.m., with the winner facing Chesapeake at 2:30 p.m.

The second-game winner advances to next weekend's four-team double-elimination tournament at Anne Arundel Community College.

Chesapeake is 4-0 against Anne Arundel and Garrett, but that perfect record doesn't tell the entire story. The Skipjacks swept a tense doubleheader from Garrett by 2-0 and 2-1 scores, while Anne Arundel has already handed first-place Hagerstown one of its five league losses this season.

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