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Six ’Jacks earn post-season baseball honors
Brainer heads list; Satterlee, Connolly honored for softball

The honors are rolling in for Chesapeake College’s championship baseball team.

Sophomore pitcher Bryan Brainer was selected for both the all-Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference and all-NJCAA Division II Region XX first teams. Brainer, a Kent Island High School graduate, currently has a 7-2 record for the Skipjacks, who won both the Region XX and Northeast District championships for the first time in team history.

"Bryan had a great year," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "He’s a hard worker, an excellent student, and an even better person."

Brainer has been particularly impressive in the postseason with a 3-0 record, three complete games and a 0.75 earned-run average. He has 32 strikeouts in 27 postseason innings with just five walks.

"Bryan’s been consistent all season – virtually every one of his starts has been a quality start – but he’s really stepped it up in the playoffs," said Szymanski.

Four of Brainer’s teammates – first baseman Will Delawter, third baseman Justin Armiger, outfielder Clarke Rollins, and designated hitter Brett Ireland – were named to the all-state second team. Delawter and Ireland joined Brainer on the all-Region XX first team, with Rollins, Armiger and shortstop Mike Kelch earning second-team selections.

"All of our players who were recognized had great years," said Szymanski, who indicated several of the second-teamers received strong first-team consideration. "The fact that these players were second-teamers illustrates the talent level in this league because those boys’ numbers stand with anybody."

Rollins (.383 average, six home runs) could be in the process of rewriting Chesapeake’s record book, having set new standards in hits (70) and doubles (20). His next run batted in will break a tie with Tim St. Clair, who drove in 54 runs in 2003.

Of course, Rollins may have to fight off Armiger, who is two hits and one RBI off Rollins’ pace. Armiger (.374 batting average) is certain to get into the Chesapeake record book, with his 62 runs scored being four better than Eric Guettermann’s 2004 record and 14 better than anyone else on this year’s team.

Ireland is hitting a team-high .385 with 40 RBI and 35 runs scored. Delawter, meanwhile, was named first-team all-district for the Northeast District for a season that currently includes a .385 average (tying Ireland for the team lead), eight home runs and 47 RBI.

"Will’s been a very consistent player for us," said Szymanksi. "He’s another one who is an excellent player, a good student and a quality person."

Kelch is hitting .335 with seven homers and 41 RBI.

The individual honors are just the latest good news for the Skipjacks, who have earned a berth in the upcoming NJCAA Division II World Series. Chesapeake (39-16) opens World Series play Saturday at 9 a.m. against the Northwest District champion in Millington, Tenn.

Two Chesapeake College softball players – who both served as captains for the 4-13 squad – also earned all-state honors. Shortstop Katie Satterlee was named to the second-team all-state squad, while third baseman Katie Connolly was an honorable mention.

Satterlee finished the season hitting .492 with three home runs and a school-record 30 RBI. Connolly batted .508 with one home run and 26 RBI.

"Both Katie Satterlee and Katie Connolly were strong leaders for our team," said Chesapeake head softball coach Melissa Thompson.

Szymanski, who also serves as Chesapeake’s athletic director, echoed Thompson’s praise for Satterlee and Connolly.

"They worked extremely hard this year," said Szymanski. "They were dedicated to the team and the college and to helping us re-establish the softball program."

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