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Hagerstown hands Chesapeake first Region XX loss
Shafer throws four-hit complete game as regional baseball race tightens

HAGERSTOWN – Jay Shafer threw a four-hit complete game Wednesday afternoon as Hagerstown Community College beat the Skipjacks, 5-1, to hand Chesapeake College its first Region XX baseball loss of the season.

"He did a great job – he really shut us down," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski of Shafer, who struck out two and walked five.

Hagerstown took a 5-0 lead with a four-run third that was highlighted by Neil Callahan’s three-run homer. The Skipjacks’ only run came in the fifth on Mike Turner’s bases-loaded, no-out, double-play grounder.

Chris Shaklee took the loss, yielding all five runs (four earned) on eight hits, three walks and a hit batsman. Shaklee struck out seven in six innings while reliever Dan Miller struck out two in two innings.

Chesapeake (24-8 overall, 13-4 Maryland JuCo) and Hagerstown (23-10, 8-5) now each have one loss in Region XX play.

"We had an opportunity today to increase our lead and just couldn’t get the job done," said Szymanski.

The Skipjacks play at Montgomery College/Germantown Thursday.

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