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Mitchell, Ford, Woolford named to all-Region first team
Markey, Custer, Corriveau earn second-team honors for well-represented 'Jacks

Former Kent Island High School standouts Tony Mitchell and Evan Ford, who helped Chesapeake College reach the Region XX Final Four, have been named to the 2008 all-Region XX baseball first team.

Mitchell, named to the team as an outfielder, and Ford, one of three pitchers selected, were joined by Chesapeake College teammate Bryan Woolford (Northeast High) on the first team. Woolford was named to the squad as an infielder.

Three more Skipjacks – infielder Andrew Markey (North Caroline High), pitcher Chris Custer (Calvert High), and catcher J.J. Corriveau (South Broward High/Florida) – were named to the all-Region XX second team. Ford was also named to the all-Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference first team and Mitchell was named to the all-state second team.

Chesapeake College head baseball coach Frank Szymanski said the six all-region selections was recognition of those players’ strong contributions during the Skipjacks’ 32-17-1 season.

"All six played critical roles in our success this season," said Szymanski. "This is much-deserved recognition for the players and our program."

Chesapeake finished 21-7 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference, which set a school record for conference victories and allowed the Skipjacks to finish third in the 14-team league. The Skipjacks beat conference champion Cecil College twice, but a pair of 2-1 losses to Hagerstown Community College helped deny Chesapeake what would have been the school’s first state title in baseball.

"We had a great season in a very tough league," said Szymanski.

Mitchell led the team in batting average (.400) and hits (52), was second in runs scored (38), and drove in 23 runs for the Skipjacks. Ford led Chesapeake in wins while compiling a 6-2 record with a 2.56 earned-run average. He struck out a team-high 65 while walking only 24 in a team-high 63 innings pitched.

Woolford hit .341 with 25 RBI while scoring a team-high 41 runs. As a pitcher he led the Skipjacks with a 2.07 ERA while crafting a perfect 3-0 record.

Markey (.338 batting average) led Chesapeake with 45 RBI, was second on the team with 50 hits, and scored 23 runs. Custer compiled a 5-2 pitching record with a 2.72 ERA, and Corriveau hit .310 with 17 RBI and 23 runs in just 116 at bats.

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