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Skipjacks drop a pair to end spring trip
Szymanski pleased with trip; ready for league, region schedule

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The main purpose of Chesapeake College’s annual spring trip is to prepare the Skipjacks for the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference and Region XX baseball schedules.

Head coach Frank Szymanski said his team’s 2012 trip accomplished that purpose.

It was very beneficial," said Szymanski, whose Skipjacks (8-5 overall, 2-0 league) were scheduled to host CCBC-Dundalk Saturday in a doubleheader. "The more you play, the more experience you get. The more experience you get, hopefully you’re more prepared for what you’ll see in the conference and the region. It’s preparation and good competition."

Szymanski said there were some highs and lows to the trip, which ended with four wins in seven games.

"We had some very well-played games and we had one bad one," said Szymanski, with the bad one being a 26-6 loss to Century (Minn.) College (12-5) on Wednesday. Ironically, the Skipjacks had a 4-0 lead at one point in that contest.

The Century loss was memorable – or forgettable, depending upon your viewpoint – for a 19-run fourth inning in which Century sent 25 batters to the plate. For the game, Century used 12 hits, 13 walks, eight hit batsmen and three Chesapeake errors to send 50 batters to the plate in the five-inning contest.

"The pitching and defense had been consistently good up until that day," said Szymanski, whose team committed seven errors later Wednesday in an 8-4 loss to Triton (Ill.) College (4-2).

Chesapeake actually outhit Triton, 10-8, as Paxton Batson, J.D. Donalds, J.D. Correa and Lane Farmer (2-for-2, two RBI) each came up with two hits. The Skipjacks, however, left eight runners on base.

"A couple of hits here and a couple of hits there and it could have been a better game for us," Szymanski said of the Triton contest.

Until Wednesday, the Skipjacks had won seven of eight and eight of 10 in one of their best starts in Szymanski’s 13 years at the helm.

"I’ve got a great feeling about this team," said Szymanski. "They worked extremely hard in Florida. We competed. Even in the Century game, nobody gave up. It’s a good group – they’re competitors, they work hard and they have fun."

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