Skipjacks win three straight in Florida
Chesapeake finally hits the field after two days of rainouts
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. So much for sunny Florida.
The Skipjacks thought they could escape the elements on their annual spring trip to Florida. That was before their first two doubleheaders were washed out by heavy rains.
Chesapeake College finally made it onto the baseball field, splitting a Sunday doubleheader with Dakota County (Minn.) Community College before Monday’s sweep of Burlington County (N.J.) Community College. The Skipjacks (5-2) hit three homers in each end of the Burlington County doubleheader in extending their winning streak to three games.
"The Winter Haven organization did a great job getting the fields ready to go after five inches of rain Thursday and Friday," said Chesapeake College head coach Frank Szymanski. "It just felt good to be outside."
Chesapeake won a pair of slugfests against Burlington County, posting 20-8 and 19-9 victories while totaling 32 hits in windy conditions.
"It was tough on the pitchers," Szymanski said of the weather. "The guys who pitched today really overcame some obstacles."
Dakota Co. 12, Chesapeake 3
Kevin Williams went 4-for-5, including a run-scoring single during a six-run fourth inning, to lead Dakota County in Sunday’s opener.
Tommy Gilchrist (single) and Jason Allinder each had an RBI for Chesapeake. Jordan Shockley took the loss for the Skipjacks, allowing five runs (four earned) on two hits, three walks and two hit batsmen.
Chesapeake 9, Dakota Co. 4
Tommy Gilchrist drove in three runs with a two-run triple and a sacrifice fly, while Anthony Ragos (double, two runs) and Frank Zare (two RBI) each had two hits as the Skipjacks earned a Sunday split.
Winning pitcher Brennan Miller allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings. Richie McMahan earned a save, allowing one run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
Chesapeake 20, Burlington County 8
Brent Poullard, Nick Beall, and Chris Bodnar each homered during an eight-run third inning that erased a 3-2 deficit and put the Skipjacks in control of Monday’s opener.
Poullard (two runs, five RBI), Beall (run, two RBI) and Chris Bell (double, triple, four RBI) each had two hits. Winning pitcher Danny Miller (2-0) yielded four runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with five strikeouts.
Chesapeake 19, Burlington County 9
Anthony Ragos went 4-for-5, hit a homer, scored three runs and drove in two to lead the Skipjacks’ 19-hit attack as they completed Monday’s sweep of Burlington County.
Johnny Northam (double, three runs, two RBI) and Richie McMahan (double, two runs, three RBI) each added three hits for the Skipjacks. Tucker Tobin (home run, two runs, three RBI), Zach Larson (home run, three runs, two RBI), and Mike Turner (two doubles, two runs) each added two hits.
Danny Abdalla (1-1) was the winning pitcher, allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits, three walks, and a hit batsman while striking out five in five innings.
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