’Jacks stun No. 1 - again
Chesapeake rips FCC for second win against Cougars
FREDERICK They did it again.
The Skipjacks, who have had their share of gut-wrenching losses this season, had another one of those wins they will remember for their rest of their lives. Chesapeake College run-ruled Frederick Community College, 15-4 in seven innings, as the Skipjacks beat the top-ranked NJCAA Division II team in the country for the second time this season.
"We just came out today focused and confident," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose Skipjacks (20-23-1 overall, 14-10-1 league) pounded out 19 hits against a Cougar squad that has been No. 1 in three of the last four NJCAA Division II polls.
Chesapeake blew out to 10-0 and 15-2 leads against Frederick (39-4, 17-4) while dropping the Cougars out of first place in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. The Skipjacks’ win moved CCBC-Catonsville (29-16, 19-4) past Frederick into first place.
Jordan Gowe led the way offensively, going 4-for-5 with a double, triple, four runs and four RBI. Ryan Apodaca went 3-for-3 and scored twice, while Jake Yarber (four RBI), Ricky Gerbino (two RBI, three runs), Ricky Brady (double, two RBI) and Tucker Tobin (RBI) each added two hits.
Chesapeake has now won two straight since dropping eight of 10 games. The resurgence comes at just the right time for the Skipjacks, who hope to ruin Catonsville’s state title hopes in a Thursday doubleheader before opening the NJCAA Division I Region XX tournament Saturday against Hagerstown Community College.
"It’s exactly what we wanted," said Szymanski. "We wanted to play well down the stretch, try to make it exciting, and have some fun."
Chesapeake took a 1-0 lead in the first as Gowe tripled and scored on a Yarber groundout. The Skipjacks added three runs in the third thanks to four straight hits, including Gowe’s two-run single.
Yarber delivered a two-run single as part of a six-run fourth that broke the game open. Six of the first seven batters had hits during the fourth-inning explosion.
Frederick finally broke through against Chesapeake starting pitcher Ryan Nichols in the fourth, scoring twice, but the Skipjacks retaliated with a five-run fifth that included Ricky Gerbino’s two-run double and a two-run single by Gowe.
Nichols allowed three hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. Neither of the runs he allowed in the fourth were earned.
Yarber pitched the final two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
Chesapeake’s regular-season-ending doubleheader against visiting Catonsville on Thursday begins at 2 p.m.
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