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Skipjacks split four to start baseball season
Nichols twins prove to be double-trouble for opposition

RICHMOND – Twins Royce and Ryan Nichols each picked up a pitching victory as Chesapeake College opened its 2012 baseball season by splitting four games over the weekend.

Royce Nichols pitched five innings in Sunday’s 7-4 win over Guilford Technical Community College, with Joel Rowe’s two-run single in the top of the fifth capping a three-run rally that erased a 3-2 Guilford lead. Ryan Nichols also went five innings Saturday in Chesapeake’s 5-1 victory over Salem (N.J.) Community College as he combined with Spencer Gillis on a two-hitter.

"We got them (the Nichols brothers) some runs and played good defense, and the twins did an excellent job on the mound," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski.

Chesapeake nearly pulled out another win, but Guilford rallied from a 2-0, sixth-inning deficit Saturday to force extra innings on the way to a 4-3, nine-inning victory. Even so, Szymanski was pleased with his squad’s performance.

"Overall, it was a good weekend," said Szymanski. "We need to continue to improve in a couple of areas. We left a lot of runners on base."

Chesapeake 7, Guilford 4

RICHMOND – Kam Stewart (2-for-4, two doubles, two RBI) doubled in the tying run to chase starter Clint Ingram, and Joel Rowe (2-for-4, three RBI) greeted reliever Ernesto Fernandez with what proved to be the game-winning hit in Chesapeake’s three-run fifth inning.

Matt Schotanus went 2-for-4 and scored twice for the Skipjacks.

Royce Nichols struck out five, walked one, hit two batters and spaced seven hits over his five innings of work. Spencer Gillis allowed two hits with one strikeout and no walks while pitching the final two innings.

Macomb (Mich.) CC 10, Chesapeake 5

RICHMOND – Andrew Grabowski went 2-for-3 Sunday with a two-run homer and a two-run double to power Macomb.

Kam Stewart was 2-for-3 with a homer, double and two RBI to pace Chesapeake.

Chesapeake 5, Salem CC 1

RICHMOND – Winning pitcher Ryan Nichols allowed one hit and four walks while hitting a batter and striking out five in his five innings.

Spencer Gillis struck out three, walked two, and allowed one hit over the final two innings.

Kevin Loftis went 2-for-3 and Joel Rowe had a hit and two RBI to pace Chesapeake’s offensive attack.

Guilford 4, Chesapeake 3

RICHMOND – Ernesto Fernandez (three RBI) had a game-tying, two-run homer in the sixth inning and teammate Mike Whited doubled in the winning run off reliever Ethan Coffey in the ninth inning in Saturday’s opener.

Fernandez broke up Chesapeake starter Nik Nowottnick’s shutout bid with his two-out homer.

Brendon Burch was 2-for-3 with a double for the Skipjacks.

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