’Jacks rout Pot State, give Szymanski 300th win
Chesapeake College follows up with Sunday sweep of PG
Keyser, W.Va. Any win over perennial Region XX baseball champion Potomac State College is sweet. Saturday’s 8-2 victory the Skipjacks’ first at PSC since the rivals began playing in 2007 and head coach Frank Szymanski’s 300th overall coaching win was even more special than most.
"It means I must have been coaching a long time," said Szymanski when asked about compiling 300 victories. In a more serious tone, he said a lot of people have had a hand in those wins.
"I always think about the commitment our players have made to the college, both academically and athletically," said Szymanski. "The faculty, staff and administration have also been incredibly supportive of our program."
The Skipjacks (14-5 overall, 5-1 Maryland JuCo) added a pair of conference wins Sunday afternoon by sweeping host Prince George’s Community College, 6-0 and 10-1. Devin Gardner threw a shutout in Game 1 while three pitchers combined on a four-hitter in the nightcap.
"The pitching staff has kept us in games all season and our defense is just getting better every day," said Szymanski.
Freshman Brennan Miller (3-0) was the winning pitcher against Potomac State. While Miller (four strikeouts) allowed three hits with five walks and three hit batsmen over seven innings, he got plenty of help from a defense that turned four double plays.
"One word sums it up with Brennan Miller competitor," said Szymanski. "He just competes and refuses to give in."
Billy Felo pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman with three strikeouts.
The Skipjacks took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Tommy Gilchrist (2-for-2) tripled with two outs and scored on Chris Bell’s double. Bell (3-for-5, four RBI) singled in another run during a two-run sixth and had a two-run double during a four-run ninth inning that began with the Skipjacks holding a nervous, 4-2 advantage.
Mike Turner (double, RBI) and John Northam also had two hits each for the Skipjacks.
Losing pitcher Cody Ellsworth lasted 5 2/3 innings for the Catamounts, exiting during Chesapeake’s two-run sixth.
The Skipjacks return to action Tuesday afternoon at Montgomery College Rockville.
Chesapeake 6, Prince George’s 0
LARGO Devin Gardner struck out 10 while pitching a three-hit complete game to pace the Skipjacks in Sunday’s Game 1.
Gardner and Prince George’s starting pitcher Humberto Ramos were locked in a scoreless duel until Chesapeake’s two-run fifth inning. Zach Larson scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch and Tucker Tobin drove in the second run with a single.
Billy Felo’s sixth-inning, RBI triple stretched Chesapeake’s lead to 3-0 and Anthony Ragos (3-for-4, two runs, two RBI) had a two-run single during a three-run seventh that broke the game open. Tommy Gilchrist contributed a run-scoring single in the seventh.
Chesapeake 10, Prince George’s 1
LARGO Danny Abdulla (2-0) struck out eight and allowed just two hits and two walks over five innings to win Sunday’s nightcap.
David Cannon (two strikeouts, two hits allowed) and Jordan Shockley (two strikeouts, one walk) each pitched an inning for the Skipjacks.
Will Jones led the Skipjacks’ offense, going 3-for-3 with a run and two RBI. Devin Gardner (double, RBI) and Brent Poullard (RBI) each had two hits.
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