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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