Gowe delivers in the clutch for Skipjacks
Yarber picks up pitching victory, scores winning run
WYE MILLS Jordan Gowe’s first Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference at bat proved to be quite memorable.
Gowe, pinch-hitting with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Friday afternoon, singled home Jake Yarber with the winning run as Chesapeake College edged the College of Southern Maryland, 6-5, in the Skipjacks’ first league game of the baseball season. Gowe drove a 2-2 pitch from CSM reliever Tom Edwards up the middle to plate Yarber from second base.
"At 2-2, he threw me a fastball and he left it a little bit up," said Gowe, a St. Michaels High graduate. "We needed a win to start things off, especially at home."
The Skipjacks (1-4 overall, 1-0 league) appeared in control after putting together a four-run fourth inning that broke a 1-1 tie. The big play of the rally was Frank Zare’s controversial, three-run double down the first-base line that resulted in CSM head coach Joe Blandford’s ejection.
"It looked to me like the ball hit in fair territory and hooked around first base, but I’d say it was a tough call," said Zare, who also scored a run.
That appeared to be enough runs for Skipjack starter Ethan Coffey, who left with a 5-1 lead after pitching the first six innings and allowing just three hits, a walk and a hit batsman with three strikeouts. CSM, however, scored an unearned run in the seventh and tied the game with a three-run eighth off reliever Richie McMahon.
McMahon quickly got the first two outs in the eighth, but issued consecutive walks to Brady Jameson and Tim Harrigan. Jonathan Keeler (2-for-4, run, two RBI) then drove a two-run double into right-center field and scored the tying run on Brandon Remalia’s hit. McMahon, however, halted the Hawks’ rally by picking off Remalia (2-for-4, run, RBI) to end the inning.
Yarber (North Caroline High) pitched a perfect ninth, helped tremendously by a difficult catch from Dustin Farris, who had come in to play left field as a defensive replacement. Yarber then started Chesapeake’s game-winning rally with a one-out double off reliever James Powers, who then walked Zare before being replaced by Edwards (2-for-3, double, run).
After the left-handed Edwards retired Tucker Tobin on a fly ball, Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski brought in the right-handed Gowe to pinch hit for Ricky Brady.
"Ricky was seeing the ball well, but I wanted to give the pitcher (Edwards) a host of right-handers," explained Szymanski. "Jordan really stepped up for the team."
Szymanski also mentioned Farris’ catch and McMahon’s pickoff play as key ingredients to the win.
"I told the team in early January it’s going to take all 27 players to have a successful season," said Szymanski. "This game showed why that’s true."
Notes: The Skipjacks were out-hit by CSM, 8-7, but compensated by banging out five doubles. Zare, Zach Larson (RBI) and Yarber (RBI) each had a double, while Brendon Burch (RBI) had two doubles.
"That’s a good sign for us," Szymanski said of the high extra-base-hit total. . . .
Mitchell Seifert was the fourth Hawk with two hits.
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