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Skipjacks swept out of state race by Harford
Coffey earns pitching win in non-league game with Stevenson

BEL AIR – Chesapeake College has become accustomed to staying in the thick of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference baseball race until the bitter end, remaining in contention until the final day each of the last two seasons.

This year’s race won’t pack quite as much suspense for the Skipjacks. Harford Community College swept Chesapeake by identical 12-2, five-inning scores Tuesday, all but mathematically ending the Skipjacks’ state title hopes.

"Harford has a very nice team," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose squad slipped to 18-20-1 overall and 12-7-1 in the conference. "They put the bat on the ball, made the plays in the field, and received excellent pitching in both games."

Harford (34-8, 13-4) trails both CCBC-Catonsville and Frederick by two games in the loss column in the state race, but leads the NJCAA Region XX Division I standings at 5-1 compared to 6-2 for Potomac State. The Owls, who swept Potomac State, will claim the top seed in the regional tournament by beating Hagerstown Community College in either game of an upcoming doubleheader with the Hawks.

Chesapeake is 0-5 in the region and locked into a play-in on May 7th for a berth in the regional Final Four.

"We’ve just got to continue to compete, work hard and hang in there," said Szymanski, whose team has lost five of its last seven games.

The middle of Harford’s lineup – Simon Beloff, Christian Wolfe and Nick Octavi – went a combined 7-for-9 with five runs and six RBI in the Owls’ Game 1 win. Winning pitcher Corey Taylor went the full five innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out five.

Losing pitcher Richie McMahon gave up nine runs, all earned, on nine hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched.

Beloff – whose three-run homer broke a 2-2 tie as part of a seven-run third inning in the opener – slammed another three-run shot to stake Harford to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap. Beloff finished the doubleheader 4-for-5 with seven RBI and three runs.

Jason Seitler allowed three hits over four shutout innings to get the Game 2 win. Nik Nowottnick gave up eight runs – seven earned – on seven hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings to take the loss.

Brendon Burch went 2-for-3, including a two-run single off Harford reliever Dom Vattuone to break up the shutout with one out in the fifth.

Chesapeake 11, Stevenson University JV 2

WYE MILLS – Ethan Coffey pitched five shutout innings, taking a no-hitter into the fifth, as the Skipjacks rolled in Monday’s non-conference victory.

"Ethan did an excellent job," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski after Coffey’s first start since his father’s death. "We needed to get him right back out there."

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