Chesapeake splits pair with Triton College
’Jacks, now 5-3 on southern swing, cap trip with Thursday twin bill
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. A rain-soaked start to their Florida trip left the Skipjacks with a baseball schedule that featured 10 games over five days.
And Chesapeake College head coach Frank Szymanski wouldn’t have it any other way.
"It’s a grueling schedule, but it’s so beneficial to the development of the team," said Szymanski, whose squad split Wednesday’s doubleheader against Triton (Ill.) College. "We learn so much about how players respond to different situations. We’re having fun and we’re getting better."
Devin Gardner threw a complete-game seven-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Skipjacks (7-4) beat Triton, 4-1, in Wednesday’s opener. Johnny Northam and Tom Gilchrist each went 2-for-3 while four different Skipjacks Anthony Ragos, Brent Poullard, Tucker Tobin, and Zack Larson each drove in a run.
The nightcap featured a football-like score as Triton blasted the Skipjacks, 26-10. Mike Bolling went 4-for-6 and scored six runs for Triton, which finished with 24 hits and seven walks off five Chesapeake pitchers.
Nick Beall (three RBI) and Adam Chambers (RBI) each had two hits for Chesapeake.
The Skipjacks, 5-3 in Florida, finish their southern swing Thursday with a doubleheader against Genesee (N.Y.) Community College.
Chesapeake 5, Burlington County College 4
Brent Poullard’s two-run, fifth-inning single created a 4-4 tie and set the stage for Richie McMahan’s game-winning hit in the sixth as the Skipjacks won Tuesday’s opener.
McMahon drove home Anthony Ragos, who singled and then stole both second and third.
Chris Shaklee spaced nine hits over six innings while striking out seven to earn the win while Billy Felo pitched the seventh to claim a save.
Skipjack Tucker Tobin went 2-for-4 with a home run.
Burlington County College 6, Chesapeake 0
Winning pitcher Jason Hatt allowed three hits over six innings and Jimmy Vallore pitched a hitless seventh to cap Burlington’s victory.
Tucker Tobin had two of Chesapeake’s three hits.
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