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Chesapeake’s big inning beats Germantown
’Jacks, now 7-1 in league, hand Gryphons first conference loss

WYE MILLS – This wasn’t your typical mercy-rule baseball game.

Chesapeake College defeated visiting Montgomery College Germantown, 13-3, Thursday afternoon, but the final margin of victory was a bit misleading. The Skipjacks (14-7 overall, 7-1 league) trailed, 2-1, until a nine-run sixth inning in which they scored eight runs with two outs.

"The pitching and defense were outstanding – they kept us in the game until the bats came around," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose squad handed Germantown (9-12, 4-1) its first Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference loss of the season.

Jimmy Wix (3-1) struck out 10 while allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings before Ryan Nichols came on to get the final two outs of the seventh.

"Jimmy Wix did a great job," said Szymanski. "I’m proud of his performance. He works hard and it’s really paying off."

Casey Joseph (2-for-2, two runs, two RBI) starting the sixth-inning explosion with a leadoff double and stole third. After Germantown starter Matt Selner walked Matt Schotanus and hit Kam Stewart to load the bases, Joseph scored on an errant throw home on Joel Rowe’s grounder to tie the game, 2-2.

Selner struck out the next two batters, but J.D. Donalds (2-for-4, triple, two runs, three RBI) then singled up the middle to plate Schotanus and Stewart for a 4-2 lead. J.D. Correa’s single back through the box off Selner reloaded the bases.

"That was a big, clutch two-out hit by J.D. Donalds. That’s what we’ve been looking for the last few games – some timely hits," said Szymanski, whose team had lost two straight.

Selner then struck out Ryan Apodaca, but the third strike was a wild pitch that allowed Apodaca to reach base as Rowe scored for a 5-2 lead. Joseph, batting for the second time in the inning, then greeted reliever Brett Silwiak with a single that plated Donalds and Correa for a 7-2 advantage.

Schotanus kept the rally going with a two-run triple and scored the final run of the inning on a wild pitch to make it 10-2.

Germantown got one run back in the top of the seventh, but Chesapeake invoked the 10-run rule with a three-run rally in the bottom half of the inning. Ricky Brady (2-for-4) doubled in a run and scored on a triple by Donalds, who then scored on Apodaca’s groundout.

Szymanski said the victory, coming after a 5-4 upset loss to Montgomery College Rockville and a 13-4 setback against Del Tech, was "very important."

"We talked about not trying to do too much, trying to have a little more fun, and being a little more consistent," said Szymanski.

The Skipjacks host Garrett College (7-16, 0-5) Saturday at noon in a league doubleheader.

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