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Batson helps power Skipjacks past CSM
Freshman outfielder delivers two-run single to back Wix’s pitching

WYE MILLS – Paxton Batson was a man with a plan.

"I was sitting on a fastball low and outside," said Batson of Tuesday’s fourth-inning at bat against College of Southern Maryland pitcher Jonathan Nagy. "Coach (Frank Szymanski) said you have to come to the plate with a plan. That was my plan."

Batson, a freshman outfielder from Colonel Richardson High, got his low, outside fastball and drilled it for a two-run single in the hole. That hit, which turned a 2-0 lead into a 4-0 cushion, helped Chesapeake College to a 6-1 win that kept the Skipjacks (12-5 overall, 5-0 league) unbeaten in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

"That was a big hit – just huge," said Szymanski, whose team tacked on another fourth-inning run on a CSM error to make it 5-0. "We really needed it."

That was more than enough offense the way Jimmy Wix and William Kane pitched.

Wix threw seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits with two walks, three hit batsmen, and two strikeouts. Kane, who took over after Bailey Buckler’s double leading off the eighth, didn’t allow a hit while striking out three, walking two and allowing an unearned run.

Both Wix and Kane got out of critical, late-inning jams. Wix faced a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the sixth, but retired the next two batters without a ball leaving the infield. Kane, meanwhile, walked the first batter he faced to give the Hawks a two-on, no-out threat in the eighth, but he sat down the next three hitters in order.

"I knew I had to get out of the jam," Wix said of CSM’s sixth-inning threat, which came with Chesapeake holding a 5-0 lead. "I had to make some adjustments – my mechanics were a little off, but I fixed them."

"The pitching was outstanding, we played solid defense, and we had some timely hitting," said Szymanski.

Chesapeake took a 1-0 lead in the first as Matt Schotanus (2-for-5, run, RBI) singled, went to third on Kam Stewart’s double, and scored on a Joel Rowe groundout. Casey Joseph (2-for-4) tripled and scored on a Schotanus groundout in the second to make it 2-0.

J.D. Correa singled and Ricky Brady doubled him to third to set up Batson’s two-run single in the fourth. Batson later scored on an error to make it 5-0.

Rowe and Brendon Burch (2-for-4, two doubles, RBI) had consecutive doubles in the seventh to account for Chesapeake’s final run. The Hawks (6-12, 0-6) scored their only run with two outs in the ninth, combining a walk, stolen base, wild pitch and error to spoil the shutout.

Chesapeake, CCBC-Catonsville (11-5, 4-0), Harford (16-4, 4-0) and Montgomery College Germantown (7-8, 2-0) are the only teams still unbeaten in conference play.

"I believe we can go all the way this year," said Wix. "Our defense has been spectacular, we’ve been hitting the ball when we need to hit it, and our pitching has been solid. We’re going to keep rolling."

The Skipjacks play a 2 p.m. doubleheader Thursday at Montgomery College Rockville (1-8, 0-4).

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