’Jacks’ Gowe named to all-Region XX first team
Szymanski on SMHS grad: ’Jordan just rises to the occasion’
Chesapeake College freshman outfielder Jordan Gowe, who became known for his clutch hitting from his very first league at bat of the season, was named to the NJCAA Division I all-Region XX first team.
Gowe set the stage for his season with a pinch-hit, walk-off single in his first Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference at bat to give Chesapeake College a 6-5 victory over the College of Southern Maryland. Shortly thereafter, he delivered another walk-off hit a two-run, 12th-inning triple to beat Oakton Community College, 5-4 and finished with "four or five walk-off hits," according to head coach Frank Szymanski.
"Hitting in clutch situations was his specialty," said Szymanski. "He’s an outstanding player under pressure. Jordan just rises to the occasion."
Gowe, a St. Michaels High School grad, led the Skipjacks in batting average (.387), hits (61), runs (37) and RBI (33). He was second on the team with three triples and tied for third with 10 doubles while earning a Gold Glove from the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference for his consistent and sometimes spectacular outfield play.
"Jordan had a fantastic season, offensively and defensively," Szymanski said of Gowe, who was also named to the all-state second team.
Sophomore Tucker Tobin, a team co-captain along with sophomore Zach Larson, earned a slot on the region’s second team. The catcher was named the second team’s designated hitter after a season in which he batted .279 with 41 hits, 30 runs, and 29 RBI.
"Tucker has been consistent for two years the effort, the commitment and the results," said Szymanski. "His contributions to the program won’t be forgotten."
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