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Skipjacks set school record for spring victories
Baseball tops FCC, softball sweeps PG as teams prep for region playoffs

FREDERICK – This is officially the most successful spring sports season in Chesapeake College history.

The Skipjacks’ baseball team (32-13 overall, 20-8 league) tied the school record for regular-season wins in Tuesday’s 9-7 victory over host Frederick Community College. That win came a day after the college’s softball team (19-13, 16-4) set new records for regular-season and league victories.

Together, the baseball and softball teams have already won 51 games, one more than the school record set in 2006.

"The softball team has really been playing well," said Chesapeake Athletic Director Frank Szymanski, who doubles as the college’s baseball coach. "They have committed coaches and players that have dedicated themselves and really worked hard. We have high hopes for them in the regional playoffs. The program under Durrie (Hayes) has an excellent future."

The future also looks pretty bright for Szymanski’s baseball team, which has won five of its last six games and remains in state title contention.

"We have miles to go right now," said Szymanski. "To this point, we also have a lot of players that have committed themselves to Chesapeake College and the program and given us everything they have day in and day out. We still have the post season ahead of us. We just hope our good play continues."

Tuesday’s baseball victory tied the college’s 2005 World Series team for regular-season wins. That 2005 team went on to win eight more postseason games, including Region XX and Northeast District championships on the way to a fifth-place World Series finish.

By beating Frederick, Chesapeake remained in the state title race. The second-place Skipjacks, who finish their regular season Wednesday with a doubleheader at CCBC-Dundalk, trailed first-place Anne Arundel Community College (31-15, 20-7) by a half-game pending Anne Arundel’s game Tuesday against Cecil College. Third-place Allegany College of Maryland (39-12, 18-8) also remains in the title hunt.

"One of our goals this season was to play meaningful games in the last week of April and beginning of May," said Szymanski, whose team lost last year’s state title on the final day of the season. "That was one of ours goals from the very start."

The Skipjacks helped themselves Tuesday with a six-run third inning that broke a scoreless tie. Devin Gardner, Chris Bodnar, and Derek Richards had RBI singles while Mike Turner and Andrew Markey had sacrifice flies during the second-inning onslaught.

Jesse Savage finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs while Gardner went 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run. Ben Newport, the third Skipjack pitcher, earned the victory with 3 2/3 innings of one-run relief.

WOMEN’S SOFTBALL
Chesapeake 18, Prince George’s CC 2

LARGO – Winning pitcher Melanie Buck (5-1) and Jordan Wright combined on a five-hitter Monday afternoon as the Skipjacks completed their regular season with a doubleheader sweep of the Owls.

Buck allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two in three shutout innings in Game 2. Wright gave up three hits in the final two innings of the five-inning game as the Skipjacks (19-13 overall, 16-4 league) set school records for most regular-season victories and Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference wins in a season.

"It’s a long way from last year," said second-year head coach Durrie Hayes, referring to the Skipjacks’ 6-17 record (including 6-10 in the league) in 2008. "We tripled our wins from last year and that’s just hats-off to the players for working hard."

Hayes also praised the work of assistant coach Mike Hawkins.

"Mike did a really nice job with our players," said Hayes. "Since he took over calling the pitches, our pitchers have been in a really good rhythm."

Seven Skipjacks – Kyra Gould (three RBI), Jill Piasecki (double, two RBI), Wright (two RBI), Anna Morris (RBI), Erica Kinney (double), Jordan Glessner, and Julia Carr – had two hits each for the Skipjacks.

Third-seeded Chesapeake hosts sixth-seeded College of Southern Maryland (10-11, 7-7) and seventh-seeded Harford Community College (13-24, 7-9) Wednesday in a three-team sub-regional. CSM plays Harford at 2 p.m. with the winner taking on Chesapeake 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. The surviving team advances to this weekend’s four-team, double-elimination NJCAA Division II Region XX championship tournament.

The Skipjacks’ 16 league wins and 19 regular-season victories break the previous records of 14 and 18, respectively, set by the 2006 Chesapeake team. The 2006 squad still currently holds the team record for most wins in a season with 20, including two in the playoffs.

Chesapeake 13, Prince George’s CC 0

LARGO – Jill Piasecki threw her fourth shutout of the season in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader.

Piasecki (8-8) has now thrown 26 straight innings without allowing an earned run, dropping her ERA to an even 2.00. The freshman threw a three-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks in the five-inning game.

Anna Morris went 3-for-4 with a double, stolen base and three RBI to pace the Skipjacks. Jordan Wright went 2-for-3 and stole three bases for Chesapeake, and each Skipjack starter had at least one hit.

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