Skipjacks storm past Delaware Tech, 8-7
Liddell, Richards spark eighth-inning comeback to topple Roadrunners
WYE MILLS It might not have been pleasing to baseball purists, but it sure was entertaining.
Chesapeake College used a three-run eighth inning to defeat Delaware Tech/Georgetown, 8-7, Monday in a game that featured 12 walks, seven hit batsmen, nine errors, and 21 hits. The Skipjacks (23-9) overcame seven errors with their eighth-inning rally, which featured Mike Liddell’s two-run, game-tying single and what proved to be a game-winning sacrifice fly by Derek Richards.
"Everyone was focused on winning, and we don’t ever give up," said Liddell, who was hit twice by pitches, drove in three runs and scored three times.
"It was an important game for us," added Liddell, whose Skipjacks had lost late-inning leads in both ends of last Friday’s doubleheader loss to Anne Arundel Community College. "We needed to bounce back after that loss."
Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski said he was proud of the way the Skipjacks fought back from the seven errors to defeat a team that is a perennial Region XIX title contender.
"I think we’re a lot better than seven errors," said Szymanski. "I’m proud that our players never quit. We used a lot of guys who were ready when called upon. It goes back to having that attitude that we’re not going to give up until the last out is made."
Chesapeake (23-9) took advantage of seven walks and three hit batsmen by Roadrunner pitchers, including three bases-loaded walks to force in runs. The Skipjacks, however, allowed four unearned runs with their seven errors, including all the runs in a three-run fourth inning that allowed Del Tech to grab a 5-3 lead.
The Skipjacks got one run back in the home fourth as Billy Felo (2-for-4) and Dan Ladd delivered consecutive doubles, but Gino Wise’s RBI single off reliever Ben Newport in the sixth gave Del Tech a 6-4 lead.
Chesapeake pulled within 6-5 in the home sixth on a bases-loaded walk to Liddell, but left the bases full when Andrew Markey flew out to end the inning. It stayed 6-5 until the Skipjacks’ game-turning rally in the eighth gave them an 8-6 advantage.
Del Tech attempted a ninth-inning rally. Skipjack reliever Chris Bell walked John Rasberry leading off the ninth and was replaced by Jake Garvey, who hit Josh Miller and then threw a wild pitch that put the tying runs in scoring position.
Garvey, however, then struck out Eddie Stratton and induced Nate Martin into a groundout that scored Rasberry and moved Miller to third. After a walk to Tyler Kline, Wise grounded out to end the game.
Bell, the, third of four Skipjack pitchers, earned the win with two innings of relief work in which he allowed one run on three hits. Garvey notched the save. Jesse Savage joined Felo with two hits for the Skipjacks.
Del Tech outhit the Skipjacks 12-9, in a game that went 3 hours, 45 minutes but with a victory in hand, Szymanski indicated it was time well spent.
"Any time you come out on top against a quality team like Delaware Tech, it’s great," said Szymanski.
Notes: The Skipjacks play back-to-back games against Potomac State College of West Virginia University, Thursday at home and Friday at PSC, with both games starting at 2 p.m.
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