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Skipjacks still have Frederick’s number
Chesapeake ends four-game skid while again sweeping Cougars

WYE MILLS – Last year, Chesapeake College twice beat Frederick Community College when the Cougars were the top-ranked Division II team in the country. The Skipjacks pulled off another sweep of another strong Frederick squad, 11-4 and 7-3, Tuesday afternoon to snap a four-game losing streak.

"They have a quality team – a really excellent team," Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski said of the Cougars (27-15 overall, 7-10 league). "I was very proud of the way we came out and played. We were relaxed and confident and having fun. We also came up with some timely hitting today."

Casey Joseph delivered a three-run triple as part of a five-run first inning as the Skipjacks (21-13, 13-7) took early command of the opener. Brendon Burch added a two-run homer in the second, giving the Skipjacks a 7-4 lead, and J.D. Donalds had a two-out, two-run single in the fourth that stretched the lead to 9-3.

Kam Stewart (2-for-2, three runs) had a solo homer as part of a two-run fifth that completed the scoring.

Nik Nowottnick earned the pitching win in Game 1, allowing eight hits and two walks while striking out six and hitting one batter in 5 2/3 innings. Coty Mulder allowed one hit over the final 1 1/3 innings.

The Skipjacks only had five hits in the nightcap, but took advantage of eight walks by four Cougar pitchers.

Chesapeake broke open a 1-0 game with a four-run third inning that included a run-scoring hit by Ricky Brady, a bases-loaded walk to J.D. Correa, and a Joseph sacrifice fly. Paxton Batson had a run-scoring single as part of a two-run fifth that made it 7-2.

Winning pitcher Ethan Coffey spaced eight hits and a walk over five innings while striking out three. Spencer Gillis allowed two hits over the last two innings.

While the Skipjacks’ recent slide ended their state-title hopes, Szymanski’s squad is gearing up for next month’s NJCAA Division I Region XX tournament.

"We’d like to be a little more consistent. We want to be able to put together back-to-back-to-back good games. We still have five region games remaining," noted Szymanski, whose team hosts Region XX rival Hagerstown Community College (23-20, 9-10) Wednesday at 3 p.m. in what Szymanski termed "a huge game for us."

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