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Shaklee, patient Garrity combine on shutout
Chesapeake notches 11th win to set up showdown with Pot State

WYE MILLS – Three years of patience paid off with three shutout innings Thursday afternoon for Chesapeake College relief pitcher Joe Garrity.

Garrity, who underwent "Tommy John" elbow surgery in 2007, blanked Montgomery College Germantown for the final three innings after starter Chris Shaklee’s six shutout frames in the Skipjacks’ 6-0 victory. Garrity allowed just one hit and struck out four with no walks after Shaklee yielded only three hits and two walks.

Garrity, who first played for the Skipjacks in 2006, put in three years of rehab after tearing a ligament in his right (pitching) elbow.

"I wanted to play one more year of JuCo and I wanted to play it for Coach (Frank) Szymanski," said Garrity, a Kent Island High School graduate who indicated he has nearly completed the comeback from his surgery. "I was hitting 85 (miles per hour) before the injury and know I’m hitting 85, 86 on the radar gun."

"Joe came in and did what we needed him to do," said Szymanski. "He threw strikes and he kept our defense – which played very well – on its toes."

The Skipjacks (11-5 overall, 3-1 Maryland JuCo) used their second straight win to build momentum for Saturday’s critical 2 p.m. game at Potomac (Keyser, W. Va.) State College. PSC, the reigning NJCAA Division I Region XX champion, split games with Chesapeake last season as each won on their home field.

"We always have very competitive games and we always look forward to the opportunity to play them," Szymanski said of Saturday’s contest.

The Skipjacks ensured they would head to Keyser with a winning streak by scoring all six of their runs during the third inning of Thursday’s Germantown contest. Anthony Ragos and Tucker Tobin (3-for-4) had RBI hits, and Tommy Gilchrist drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Germantown let in two more runs with a pair of errors, and another on a passed ball.

That was more than enough offense for the Skipjacks thanks to their outstanding pitching and defense.

"Both of our pitchers had command of the strike zone and changed speeds effectively," said Szymanski. "And the defense was just outstanding – we turned two double plays and our only error was on an errant pickoff attempt."

Notes: Chris Bodnar joined Tobin with multiple hits for the Skipjacks, going 2-for-4.

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