Ten Skipjacks named to all-region baseball squad
Gardner, Turner, Ragos selected for Region XX first team
Chesapeake College led all colleges with 10 players named to the all-NJCAA Division I Region XX baseball team, including three first-team selections.
"We worked extremely hard to tie for the top record in the region and the coaches recognized that some of our players had excellent regular seasons," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose Skipjacks (34-13) finished tied with Hagerstown atop Region XX with a 6-2 record.
Sophomores Devin Gardner (Kent Island High) and Michael Turner (St. Michaels High), and freshman Anthony Ragos (Montclair, VA) were all named to the first team. Gardner (6-1) leads the Skipjacks in victories, earned-run average (1.90), strikeouts (59), and innings pitched (52).
"Devin has been consistent for us for two years," said Szymanski. "He’s had an outstanding career at Chesapeake. He’s been so dedicated and committed to the program and his teammates. Devin’s been great for the college."
Turner (.323 batting average) leads the team in home runs (eight). Chesapeake’s shortstop is fourth on the team in RBI (30) and fifth in runs scored (33).
"Mike’s an outstanding athlete," said Szymanski. "We were glad he was on our team."
Ragos, who plays outfield for the Skipjacks, leads the team in runs scored (43), hits (48), singles (42), and stolen bases (35).
"Anthony is a special individual," said Szymanski. "He puts out 100 percent effort every day athletically, academically and in the community. He’s done wonders raising awareness and money for local food shelters and he’s dedicated to both his team and his causes."
Seven other Skipjacks outfielders Nick Beall and Zack Larson, infielders Richie McMahon, John Northam, and Brent Poullard, and pitchers Chris Shaklee and Billy Felo were named all-region second team. Beall batted a team-high .410, Larson was second in hits (45), Shaklee compiled a 5-1 pitching record and Felo notched a team-high five saves.
"They’re all pretty good players and pretty good students," Szymanski said of the seven. "They are team players who understand their roles and execute when called upon."
McMahon, catcher Tucker Tobin, and pitcher Joe Garrity earned Region XX Gold Gloves for their defensive work.
Felo was the only Skipjack selected to the all-Maryland JuCo baseball team even though Chesapeake finished tied for third place in the 15-team conference with a 19-9 league mark. A second-team selection, Felo led the conference with his five saves and was second in strikeouts per inning (1.64).
Gardner was left off the squad despite his 6-1 record and 1.90 ERA. Garrity was also omitted despite tying for second place in saves (four) and finishing the regular season eighth in strikeouts per inning (1.21) among state pitchers.
"There are a lot of players in the league that weren’t recognized for their accomplishments. Unfortunately, some of our guys weren’t," said Szymanski. "Our record shows we had some pretty good players, and we think we had a pretty good season also."
Garrity, Tobin, and McMahon duplicated their region honors by earning all-state Gold Gloves for their defense.
"It was great that those guys got recognized for their defense," said Szymanski.
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