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Skipjacks turn tables on Hagerstown
Chesapeake triumphs one week after lopsided loss to Hawks

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks weren’t even competitive in last week’s 16-6 baseball loss to Hagerstown Community College.

They weren’t just competitive in Wednesday afternoon’s rematch – they were victorious, turning in one of their season’s most impressive performances in a 6-3 triumph over the Region XX rival Hawks.

"That’s one of the reasons why I believe we’ve played well the last three games. We’ve decided we wanted to compete," said Chesapeake College head coach Frank Szymanski, whose squad swept a doubleheader from a 27-win Frederick Community College team on Tuesday.

"When we compete, focus, and have all three components – good pitching, good defense and timely hitting – we’re a pretty tough team to beat," added Szymanski, whose team used a four-run seventh inning to overcome a 3-2 Hagerstown advantage.

Chesapeake (22-13 overall, 14-7 league) spotted the Hawks a 2-0 advantage before tying the game with single runs in the second and third innings.

Ricky Brady (3-for-4, two doubles, three RBI) singled, went to third on a hit by Casey Joseph (2-for-4, double), and scored the Skipjacks’ second-inning run on a wild pitch. Brendon Burch walked with two outs in the third and then scored the tying run on a Brady double.

Hagerstown (23-21, 9-11) scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead, but the Skipjacks used four doubles to put together their game-winning rally in the bottom half of the inning.

Kevin Beaver led off the home seventh with a double, went to third on a Matt Schotanus sacrifice, and scored the tying run on a double by Kam Stewart (2-for-4). After Joel Rowe reached on an error, Burch doubled home Stewart with the go-ahead run. Brady followed with a two-run double to chase home Rowe and Burch for a 6-3 lead.

Jimmy Wix (6-2) won the game with five innings of one-hit relief. The freshman pitcher struck out five and walked two while allowing just one run.

Szymanski said Wix has made a quick transition to collegiate pitching.

"I thought he would be a good pitcher and that we would have to bring him along and get him into situations where he could be successful," said Szymanski. "But he’s a competitor – he’s taken the ball and he’s been pretty good. He’s been a big asset for this team."

Starter Royce Nichols allowed two runs – just one earned – while pitching the first four innings. He finished with two strikeouts while yielding two hits and three walks.

Paxton Batson (2-for-4) was the fourth Skipjack with multiple hits in Chesapeake’s 11-hit attack.

Chesapeake plays at CCBC-Catonsville (22-11-1, 12-3) Saturday in a noon doubleheader.

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