Skipjacks eliminated in dramatic fashion
Chesapeake falls to ASA in 10 innings, settles for third in region
HAGERSTOWN Chesapeake College packed plenty of drama into its Region XX baseball tournament experience three games in 33 hours decided by a total of five runs.
The second-seeded Skipjacks came from behind three times in Friday’s opener against third-seeded ASA of New York, finally claiming a 13-12 win on Tommy Gilchrist’s three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Chesapeake then nearly erased an eight-run deficit after being down to its final out in Saturday morning’s winners’ bracket final against fourth-seeded Potomac State College, leaving the tying runs in scoring position in a 9-7 loss.
That set up Saturday afternoon’s rematch with ASA in the tournament’s losers’ bracket final. Chesapeake wiped out 3-0 and 7-6 deficits, forcing extra innings after Anthony Ragos tripled in the tying run in the home seventh. But ASA had the final say, eliminating Chesapeake, 9-7 in 10 innings, on pinch-hitter Nelson Arroyo’s two-run double with two outs and two strikes in the top half of the 10th.
"We’ve been coming back all year, playing with a lot of heart and a lot of desire," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose Skipjacks (37-15) settled for third place in the region. "Our whole season was like that, so I wasn’t surprised to see us play like that this weekend. This is a special group of kids with a lot of heart."
Ragos went 5-for-6 with a run and two RBI to lead the Skipjacks in the ASA rematch, including the one-out triple that scored Adams Chambers to create the 7-7 tie in the bottom of the seventh. Ragos, however, was out at the plate trying to score on Tucker Tobin’s dribbler down the third-base line, keeping the game tied.
The Avengers (31-11) then turned the ball over to their closer, Johnathan Sanchez, who slammed the door on Chesapeake’s offense. Sanchez pitched the final three innings, allowing three hits while striking out six with no walks.
Deivid Gomez started the Avengers’ winning rally with a leadoff single against Chesapeake reliever Brennan Miller. After two outs and a walk to Juan Arroyo (1-for-2, four walks, two runs, RBI), pinch-hitter Nelson Arroyo drove his two-run double down the first-base line.
Potomac State 9, Chesapeake College 7
HAGERSTOWN Kurtis Voytell’s two-out, three-run double that drew chalk off the left-field line in the top of the seventh erased a 1-0 Chesapeake lead as the Catamounts moved into Sunday’s region title game.
Both starting pitchers were impressive. Chesapeake’s Joe Garrity, who blanked the Catamounts for six innings, yielded six hits, a walk and three hit batsmen over seven innings. PSC’s Austin Art gave up a run on three hits, five walks and a hit batsman with four strikeouts.
PSC tacked on three-run rallies in the eighth and ninth innings, but Chesapeake nearly battled back from a 9-1 deficit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The Skipjacks whose first two batters in the home ninth made outs scored six times and put the tying runs in scoring position before John Northam flew out to left to end the game.
Catamounts reliever Nick Coucoules earned the win, giving up three hits and three walks while hitting one batter in 3 2/3 innings.
Jason Driver had three of PSC’s eight hits while scoring one run and driving in another. Frankie Zare (two RBI) and Chris Bell (RBI) each had two hits for the Skipjacks.
Chesapeake College 13, ASA 12
HAGERSTOWN Tommy Gilchrist hit a three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Skipjacks won Friday’s region tournament opener in dramatic fashion.
Chris Shaklee, the last of three Chesapeake pitchers, earned the win by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Beall (run, two RBI) and Tucker Tobin (two runs, two RBIs) each had two hits for Chesapeake and all nine Skipjack starters scored at least a run.
Juan Arroyo (4-for-5, run, three RBI) led the way offensively for ASA, which overcame a 10-5 deficit in the wild game. ASA finished with 18 hits.
ASA reliever Darwin Rivas walked Nick Beall and Mike Turner to open the home ninth before being replaced by Michael Avila. After Zack Larson’s sacrifice bunt moved pinch runner Frankie Zare to third and Turner to second, Gilchrist launched an Avila pitch over the left-field fence to complete Chesapeake’s comeback from 2-0, 5-2 and 12-10 deficits.
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