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Gardner’s shutout, Turner’s 3 RBI gain ’Jacks split
Chesapeake College, CCBC-Dundalk trade 4-0 victories

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College’s Devin Gardner and Mike Turner couldn’t fathom the Skipjacks being swept by CCBC-Dundalk. So the sophomore Skipjacks did what they needed to do in Game 2 to ensure that didn’t happen.

Gardner spaced four hits in a complete-game shutout and Turner drove in the first three runs as the Skipjacks blanked Dundalk, 4-0, in Saturday’s nightcap after two Lion pitchers combined on a 4-0 shutout in the opener.

"I had it in my mind I would do whatever I could to keep us from losing two," said Gardner, who escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth. "We shouldn’t lose two games to anybody."

"The first game we didn’t have any timely hitting," said Turner, who had a first-inning sacrifice fly and singled in two runs in the third to stake the Skipjacks to a 3-0 lead in Game 2. "I just tried to focus on driving in the runs when we needed it with two outs."

Gardner struck out nine, walked four and hit one batter. Dundalk’s Steve Crespo was nearly as sharp, yielding just three hits and five walks with one hit batsman.

Chesapeake (17-6 overall, 8-2 league) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Anthony Ragos walked, advanced to second on a Crespo balk, stole third and scored on Turner’s sacrifice fly. It stayed 1-0 until two walks and a Ragos sacrifice bunt set up Turner’s two-run liner to left that scored Frankie Zare and Adam Chambers.

Singles by Lee Anarino and Robert Jennings and a walk to Marbrl Rodriguez allowed Dundalk to load the bases in the top of the fourth, but Gardner worked out of the jam. He turned John Hodges’ squibber into a forceout at the plate, struck out Vincent Tiburzi, and induced Robert Lance into an inning-ending popup.

Chesapeake added its final run in the fifth as Ragos was hit by a pitch, went to second on a Tucker Tobin sacrifice, and scored on an overthrow while he was stealing third.

In the opener, Cory Grossman and Dylan Porter combined on a six-hitter for Dundalk. The Lions, meanwhile, scored three quick runs in the top of the first off Brennan Miller (3-1).

Kylin Sims started the first-inning rally with a two-out double, followed by an Anarino home run. Jennings then tripled and scored on a Hodges hit.

Miller yielded seven hits in six innings with three strikeouts.

Richie McMahon was the only Skipjack with multiple hits in Game 1, going 2-for-3.

Chesapeake College 6, CSM 0

WYE MILLS – Three pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout Thursday against the College of Southern Maryland as the Skipjacks won their seventh straight game.

Chris Shaklee allowed four hits, two walks and two hit batsmen over seven innings to earn the win. He struck out nine – including Thomas Thayer, the last batter he faced, with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh – before turning the game over to the bullpen.

Danny Abdalla allowed one hit in a scoreless eighth and Chip Dunn pitched a perfect ninth inning.

Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski praised Shaklee’s effort, particularly the way he battled at the end.

"Chris really threw well. He threw a lot of strikes and kept them off balance," said Szymanski. "He got in a little hot water in the seventh, but it was a good sign that he was able to bear down and make the right pitch at the right time."

Szymanski said the defense and hitting was also impressive.

"We played errorless ball, so the defense was there," he said. "And I thought we hit the ball pretty well (12 hits)."

Nick Beall (3-for-4) had a run-scoring hit in the first inning to give Chesapeake a 1-0 lead. Billy Felo (2-for-4) slammed a solo home run to start a four-run third that included Chris Bell’s RBI single and Richie McMahon’s two-run single.

Anthony Ragos capped the scoring with an RBI single in the sixth. Zach Larson (2-for-3) joined Beall and Felo with multiple-hit games for the Skipjacks.

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