Gilchrist sparks Skipjack comeback
Sophomore outfielder’s 3-run triple leads Chesapeake past CSM
WALDORF Marc Collazo hadn’t allowed a hit as he pitched with two outs in the third inning.
That third out, however, would be a long time coming.
Chesapeake College scored five two-out, third-inning runs to rally from a 4-0 deficit Tuesday on the way to a 12-4 baseball victory over the College of Southern Maryland. Sophomore outfielder Tom Gilchrist had the big blow, a bases-loaded triple that capped the third-inning explosion to give the Skipjacks (2-1) a 5-4 lead and put Chesapeake ahead to stay.
"Their pitcher did a good job changing speeds and working both sides of the plate," said Szymanski. "It took us a couple of innings to get used to it, and then Tommy came through with a big hit for us."
Collazo didn’t help himself much during Chesapeake’s third-inning rally, walking four and giving up a run-scoring hit to Anthony Ragos (2-for-3, two runs) before Gilchrist’s blast. Chesapeake broke the game open with a seven-run seventh that included Zach Larson’s two-run single and an RBI double by Mike Turner (2-for-4, two runs, two RBI).
Chesapeake starting pitcher Devin Gardner rebounded from a rocky first inning in which he gave up all four runs to blank the Hawks (1-2) over the next two frames. Gardner allowed a two-run single to Ryan Harris and a run-scoring hit to Tim Harrigan. He walked two, hit one, and struck out three while yielding six hits.
"Devin made a couple of adjustments and came back with two strong innings," said Szymanski.
Reliever Rob Karwacki (one walk, two strikeouts) earned the win with three hitless innings and Richie McMahon notched a save with three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit with eight strikeouts and three walks.
"The relievers did an outstanding job," said Szymanski. "Rob and Richie really came in and shut the door for us."
The Skipjacks left Thursday for Winter Haven, Fla., where they will play 12 games in seven days on their annual spring trip. Chesapeake opens its spring trip with single games against Mount Marty (S.D.) College’s junior varsity and Mount Union (Ohio) College’s junior varsity on Friday followed by doubleheaders against five different opponents.
Chesapeake College 7, Cecil College 4 (six innings)
WYE MILLS The Skipjacks blew out to a 7-0 lead after four innings before holding off a late Cecil rally to earn a split of Sunday’s doubleheader.
Chesapeake’s Tucker Tobin (2-for-3) had a two-run single while Billy Felo singled in a run and Brent Poullard walked with the bases loaded during a four-run second inning. Will Jones added a run-scoring hit during a two-run third and Francis Poulos drove in a run with a fourth-inning groundout to make it 7-0.
Daniel Miller threw five shutout innings to earn the win while allowing two hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Cecil touched reliever Joe Garrity for four runs on four hits and three walks in the sixth, which proved to be the last inning due to darkness.
Cecil College 8, Chesapeake College 6 (9 innings)
WYE MILLS T.J. Sinnott hit a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning Sunday off reliever Billy Felo to break a 6-6 tie.
Sinnott finished 2-for-5 with two runs, two RBI and two stolen bases, while teammate Jon Moser had three hits. Jeff Knosp was the winning pitcher.
Jason Allinder went 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI to lead Chesapeake’s nine-hit attack. John Northam and Devin Gardner added two hits each for the Skipjacks, who left 16 runners on base.
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