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Hagerstown cools off Chesapeake College, 4-1
Loss deals Skipjacks setback in JuCo baseball state title race

WYE MILLS – Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to Hagerstown Community College didn’t end Chesapeake College’s state title hopes, but it did make the Skipjacks’ road to a title much rockier.

The loss, combined with Anne Arundel Community College’s doubleheader sweep of Prince George’s Community College, dropped the Skipjacks two games behind co-leaders Anne Arundel and Allegany College of Maryland. Chesapeake (27-12 overall, 15-7 league) has eight Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference games remaining to make up that ground.

"It was a well-played game by both teams and well-pitched. They got the timely hit and we didn’t. That was the difference," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team hosts Montgomery College/Germantown Thursday at 3 p.m. in what is now a must-win game for the Skipjacks.

Hagerstown (32-12, 15-8) took control of the game with a three-run second inning that included a run-scoring single by Adam Brunk and a two-out, two-run double from Zack Smith off losing pitcher Jake Garvey.

Garvey pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in an effort that drew Szymanski’s praise.

"Jake really pitched great – another quality start for him," said Szymanski.

Chesapeake loaded the bases in the fourth, but Chris Bodnar’s line drive off winning pitcher Garrett Harrison was caught in right field for the final out.

Harrison allowed just a run on four hits in 8 2/3 innings. He was relieved by Kyle Briggs, who got one out for the save, after Bodnar singled in Chesapeake’s only run in the ninth inning.

Travis Sluger went 2-for-4 to lead Hagerstown.

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