Skipjacks drop doubleheader to Division I UMES
Baseball team to face PG, Harford in this week’s contests
PRINCESS ANNE, October 17 Chesapeake College baseball head coach Frank Szymanski will play any team, any time if it will help prepare his Skipjacks for the 2006 baseball season.
That philosophy led the Skipjacks here Saturday for a doubleheader against Division I University of Maryland Eastern Shore. UMES swept the Skipjacks, 4-3 and 11-1, but Szymanski was pleased with the opportunity to play a Division I opponent.
"We set up the schedule so our returners can get the experience they need and so we can evaluate our new players," said Szymanski, whose Skipjacks are 13-6 while playing a fall schedule that includes JuCo powers and four-year schools representing both Division I and III.
The Skipjacks have already beaten Brookdale (N.J.) Community College, which spent part of last season ranked No. 1 in NJCAA Division II, and have two wins over perennially strong Delaware Tech. Chesapeake has also beaten NCAA Division III Washington College and split a doubleheader with the University of Maryland’s club team.
Szymanski has used the fall season to evaluate the improvement of the 13 returners off last year’s World Series team and become familiar with the skills of his crop of freshmen. So far, he likes what he sees from both groups.
"We’ve been able to learn which players can do certain things in certain situations against good competition," said Szymanski, whose 2005 team put together a 40-18 record while winning the NJCAA Region XX and Northeast District championships. "It’s important for us to develop the first-year players and have them work in conjunction with the returners."
Sophomore Justin Armiger had a run-scoring double and freshman Brad Brainer added an RBI single in the 4-3 loss to UMES. The Fighting Hawks used a four-run third and six-run sixth to dominate Game 2.
The Skipjacks travel to Prince George’s Community College Tuesday for a 4 p.m. game and host Harford Community College Wednesday at 3 p.m. Chesapeake plays its annual "Hundred-Inning Game" Friday starting at 9 a.m. to raise money for next March’s spring trip.
"We ask the players to go out and solicit sponsors for the Hundred-Inning Game to help supplement the cost of our spring trip," said Szymanski, who also indicated interested individuals and businesses can contact him (410-827-5828) if they wish to make a donation toward the spring trip.
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