Skipjacks rally from six down to beat Del Tech/Owens
Garrity, Felo give team’s bats a chance to win third straight
GEORGETOWN, Del. Chesapeake College’s baseball team rallied from a six-run deficit to stun Delaware Technical & Community College/Owens Campus, 12-11, Tuesday afternoon as the Skipjacks (19-6) won for the 10th time in their last 11 games.
The Skipjacks produced plenty of offense during their comeback, led by Tommy Gilchrist (3-for-5, five RBI), Nick Beall (3-for-4, two runs, two RBI) and Mike Turner (two-run homer, two walks, three runs). Yet the offensive fireworks might not have mattered if the Skipjacks’ relief pitchers hadn’t come through once again.
Joe Garrity shut out the Roadrunners from the fifth through the eighth, earning the win while working 4 1/3 innings in the annual game that’s billed as "The War on the Shore". Billy Felo then notched a save by putting out a ninth-inning Del Tech rally as the Skipjacks won their third straight.
"Joe Garrity came in and kept the score right where it was," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "He was very effective for four innings. He really gave us a chance. Then Billy came in and threw the ball extremely well."
Chesapeake took a 3-0 lead in the second as Del Tech starter David Jones walked in three runs. Del Tech responded with a six-run third that featured a game-tying, three-run homer from Luis Barrientos and a go-ahead, RBI single by Anthony Butler.
The Roadrunners tacked on three more runs in the fourth, built on two of the four errors committed by Chesapeake, to take a 9-3 lead and chase Chesapeake starter Chris Shaklee. Shaklee went 3 2/3 innings with one strikeout while allowing 10 hits, two walks, and nine runs (six earned).
Gilchrist pulled the Skipjacks within 9-5 with a two-run double in the fifth. He then put Chesapeake in front, 10-9, with a three-run homer off reliever Korey Hearn as part of a five-run sixth that included Nick Beall’s two-run double.
"It was just us getting good pitches to hit and capitalizing on them," Szymanski said of his team’s comeback. "Timely hitting helped get us back in the game."
Turner’s seventh-inning homer off reliever James Reeser gave Chesapeake a 12-9 lead, but the Roadrunners rallied in the ninth. Garrity gave up consecutive singles to start the inning and Felo followed with a walk that loaded the bases before striking out the next two hitters.
Eric Reiske then singled in two runs, cutting Del Tech’s deficit to 12-11, but Felo induced Jordan Fisher into a pop-out to shortstop to end the game.
Garrity struck out three and walked one while allowing two runs on five hits in his 4 1/3 innings. Felo yielded a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.
Anthony Ragos (two walks, one RBI) and Richie McMahon each went 2-for-4 to join Gilchrist and Beall with multiple-hit games for the Skipjacks.
While perennial Region XIX power Del Tech currently has a losing record (10-12), Szymanski said the Roadrunners "are a pretty good team in my opinion."
"They’re talented," said Szymanski. "They made all the plays in the field and came up with 16 hits."
After consecutive non-conference wins against Del Tech and the Stevens University junior varsity, the Skipjacks step back into league action with consecutive road doubleheaders Thursday (Allegany College of Maryland) and Saturday (Community College of Baltimore County-Essex). They return home to face conference and Region XX rival Anne Arundel Community College (9-16, 2-11) Sunday in a noon doubleheader.
The Skipjacks, currently alone in second place in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference with an 8-2 record behind Frederick Community College (28-2, 14-0), should be tested Thursday by Allegany (18-4, 8-3). The Skipjacks are currently unbeaten in Region XX, albeit with a 1-0 record.
"It’s exciting," Szymanski said of the state and region races that are just now heating up. "This is what we’ve been working hard for a chance to compete for championships. That’s one of our goals to do well, compete, improve.
"Sunday’s Anne Arundel games obviously have two implications conference and region," he added. "We want to be playing well going into those games."
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