Skipjacks hit 30 wins, give coach 300 at Chesapeake
Team stages dramatic rally to sweep Rappahannock CC
WYE MILLS Chesapeake College’s baseball team picked up its 30th win and gave head coach Frank Szymanski his 300th victory with the Skipjacks Friday afternoon by sweeping visiting Rappahannock Community College, 6-2 and 10-8.
Chesapeake has now won 30 or more games in seven straight seasons. Szymanski, meanwhile, recorded his 300th victory at Chesapeake just weeks after earning his 300th win as a collegiate head coach.
"There are a lot of people who deserve credit for this," said Szymanski, who also won 18 games in three seasons at Baltimore City Community College. "All the players, the assistant coaches, the administration, the faculty and staff . . . it takes a pretty big team giving maximum effort for that kind of achievement."
Szymanski was more interested in talking about extending to seven the number of consecutive seasons with at least 30 wins.
"That’s the kind of consistency that’s the difference between having a great team and building a great program," said Szymanski. "It says a lot about the players and assistant coaches who have dedicated themselves to the college."
The Skipjacks (30-11) ran their latest winning streak to three, including Thursday’s 11-1 victory over Montgomery College/Rockville.
Chesapeake played Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville late Saturday in a Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader. The Skipjacks host Stevenson University’s junior varsity Wednesday at 4 p.m. before finishing the regular season with three critical Region XX contests. Chesapeake hosts Hagerstown Community College Thursday at 3 p.m. and Garrett College Saturday in a noon doubleheader.
Chesapeake 10, Rappahannock 8
WYE MILLS Reliever Billy Felo allowed just one earned run over the final three innings to earn the victory as Chesapeake rallied from a 5-0 deficit to complete a sweep of Friday’s doubleheader.
Felo allowed just two hits and struck out five, holding Rappahannock in check as the Skipjacks’ bats came alive. Brent Poullard (3-for-4, double), Richie McMahon (2-for-3, home run), and Tommy Gilchrist (RBI) each scored twice, while Tucker Tobin (double, run) and Chris Bell (triple) each drove in two runs.
Chesapeake 6, Rappahannock 2
WYE MILLS Winning pitcher Chris Shaklee spaced three hits and six walks over five innings with five strikeouts in Friday’s Game 1.
Reliever David Cannon pitched two hitless relief innings, yielding one walk and notching one strikeout.
Brent Poullard (double, two runs), Nick Beall (run, RBI), Mike Turner (double), and Richie McMahon each had two hits for the Skipjacks. Zack Larson had a double, scored a run, and drove in two.
Chesapeake 11, Rockville 1
WYE MILLS Joe Garrity, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, allowed one run on three hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out 10 with just one walk in Thursday’s win.
David Cannon retired the final two batters in the seven-inning game.
Brent Poullard went 4-for-4 with three doubles, three runs and one RBI while Tucker Tobin was 3-for-4 with two home runs, four runs, and six RBI. Zack Larson went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in a run.
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