’Jacks score at will in sweep of Rockville
10 Chesapeake players net at least one multi-hit game in routs
WYE MILLS Playing in football weather, Chesapeake College’s baseball team posted a pair of football-like final scores Tuesday afternoon while routing visiting Montgomery College Rockville.
The Skipjacks blew out to an 18-0, second-inning lead on the way to a 27-3 win in the opener. Chesapeake followed up that victory with a 19-5 rout in the nightcap as the Skipjacks (10-11-1 overall, 5-0-1 league) stayed undefeated in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.
"We’ve been concentrating on hitting line drives and hard ground balls and hitting the center of the baseball and it’s just paid off the last three or four games," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team has won four straight and six of its last seven.
The Skipjacks banged out 37 hits in the doubleheader as 10 different players posted at least one multi-hit game. Ryan Apodaca was perfect offensively in the doubleheader, going 5-for-5 with four runs and four RBI.
Chesapeake took command immediately, putting nine-run innings together in both the first and second innings of the opener. Jordan Gowe (3-for-3, three RBI) and Zach Larson (2-for-3, two RBI, three runs) each had two hits, two RBI and scored twice in just the first inning. Apodaca (2-for-2, two runs) had two hits in the nine-run second, including a three-run triple.
Ricky Brady went 3-for-3 with four runs and two RBI while Tucker Tobin was 3-for-4, including a fourth-inning grand slam, while driving in five runs. Dustin Farris (two runs) and Brendon Burch (RBI) each added two hits.
David Cannon was the winning pitcher in Game 1, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing one run on two hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Jordan Shockley pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, yielding two runs on a hit and two walks with two strikeouts.
Game 2 was more of the same, thanks in part to Rockville’s generosity. The Knights, who scored a run in the top of the first, had a chance to get out of the first inning unscathed before a two-out wild pitch on a third strike kept the inning going. After an error further extended the inning, the Skipjacks strung together five straight hits on the way to a seven-run first.
"We talk about playing with a killer instinct," said Szymanski of how the Skipjacks took immediate control of Game 2 after the first-game rout. "We just want to continue to play well. We’re practicing hard and good things are happening now."
Robert Potts (two runs, three RBI) and Apodaca (two runs, RBI) each went 3-for-3 in the second game to pace Chesapeake’s 16-hit attack. Gowe (three RBI), J.D. Donalds (three RBI) and Mike Russo (four runs, RBI) each added two hits.
Cole Tyndal, the first of five Chesapeake pitchers, earned the win with 2 2/3 innings of work. He struck out five, walked five and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits.
The Skipjacks play a 4 p.m. game at the College of Southern Maryland Thursday afternoon. Szymanski said the team is focused on winning the next game rather than staying unbeaten in the league.
"We’re just going to play them as they come up on our schedule one at a time," said Szymanski. "Every game is important and meaningful and we’re going to try to perform to the best of our ability.
"Southern Maryland has a very good team this year," added Szymanski, whose team earned a 6-5 home win over CSM to start the league season. "They’re playing well, which means we’re going to have to play well to win."
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