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Skipjacks sweep PG, stay unbeaten in Maryland JuCo
Chesapeake runs baseball win streak to six, moves over .500 overall

WYE MILLS – Lately, the Skipjacks’ biggest challenge has been the weather.

After sweeping a baseball doubleheader from Montgomery College Rockville last Tuesday by a combined score of 46-8, Chesapeake College had three straight games postponed due to inclement weather. The Skipjacks, however, took advantage of Sunday’s sunny skies to rout visiting Prince George’s Community College, 11-4 and 7-0, to run their win streak to six games.

"We’re on a roll and everybody’s having fun," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose Skipjacks (12-11-1 overall, 7-0-1 league) are one of two teams still undefeated in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. "We’ve put together good pitching, excellent defense and timely hitting just as we hit the meat of our conference schedule."

Chesapeake started the season 0-4 and was 4-10-1 before winning the final game of the Skipjacks’ annual spring break trip to Florida. That 5-4, 12-inning win over Oakton Community College started the Skipjacks on a stretch of eight victories over their last nine games.

"It’s been a long road back to where we are now," said Szymanski, referring to the worst 15-game start in his 12 years as Chesapeake’s head coach.

Chesapeake blew out to a 7-0 lead after three innings of Sunday’s opener, providing ample run support for winning pitcher Nik Nowottnick, who allowed three runs on three hits and three walks over five innings with five strikeouts. Tucker Tobin (two RBI, two runs), Frank Zare (two RBI, run), and J.D. Donalds (two runs) each had two hits to lead the Skipjacks’ opening-game offense.

PG starter Alfred Ferguson lasted only three batters, walking each, and reliever Gabe Gaedpke walked Brendon Burch to force in the game’s first run. Tobin’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

The first inning set the tone for the Owls, whose four pitchers mixed in 12 walks and two hit batsmen with 11 hits allowed in Game 1.

Gaedpke hit Zach Larson with a second-inning pitch and Ricky Brady tripled him home to make it 3-0. Dustin Farris then singled in two more runs during a four-run third that included another bases-loaded walk to Burch.

PG’s biggest first-game highlight was provided by Isibro Lopez, who hit a sixth-inning solo homer off reliever Ethan Coffey.

Brady (two runs, RBI) and Tobin (run, two RBI) each had two hits in the nightcap as Chesapeake pitchers Richie McMahon and David Cannon combined on a one-hitter. McMahon gave up a two-out, second-inning single to Lorenzo Williams while striking out five and hitting one batter in six innings.

"Richie has been outstanding his last four outings," said Szymanski. "He’s pitched with a lot of poise and a lot of strikes."

Cannon struck out two and hit a batter while pitching the seventh.

Tobin led off the home second with a triple and scored on an error, and Donalds added a two-out, run-scoring hit in the third to make it 2-0. Tobin’s two-run double highlighted a three-run fourth that made it 5-0.

The Skipjacks are off until Thursday, when they host a 1 p.m. league doubleheader against Allegany College of Maryland.

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