Skipjacks open season in style
Reigning region and district baseball champs rout Del Tech
GEORGETOWN, Del. Chesapeake College’s baseball team didn’t let a little chilly weather ruin Tuesday’s season opener.
Ryan Bell went 2-for-5 with a double and drove in two runs as the Skipjacks routed host Delaware Tech/Georgetown, 9-4, in a game featuring cold, windy conditions.
"It’s a big win," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, who has 13 players back from last year’s 40-18 squad that won the Skipjacks’ first Region XX and Northeast District championships. "To overcome the elements, have our pitchers throw strikes, and play good defense behind them with so little outdoor practice time in the preseason was very impressive."
Mike Garrett (two runs) and Robbie Miller (double, RBI) also had two hits apiece for the Skipjacks, who practiced outdoors for the first time on Monday.
"We knew Del Tech already had a game under their belts," said Szymanski. "We took the attitude yesterday (Monday) that no matter what the temperature, we were going to go out there at least an hour just so we wouldn’t be too rusty."
Del Tech (1-1) scored an unearned, first-inning run off Chesapeake starter Will Delawter, but the Skipjacks answered with two runs in the top of the second inning to take the lead for good. Miller, Bell, and Steve Switala had consecutive, one-out doubles off Del Tech starter Jorgen Eliason to account for the second-inning runs.
Delawter didn’t allow a run after the first inning, striking out six and yielding four hits with no walks in a four-inning outing. Delawter left after reaching his 60-pitch count, allowing reliever Chris Conner to pick up the victory with 4 1/3 innings of four-hit relief. Conner struck out three and walked two while allowing three runs, two of them earned.
Del Tech’s relievers didn’t fair as well as Conner.
Andrew Vaught gave up two fifth-inning runs as Anthony Archie and Miller delivered run-scoring, two-out hits to give Chesapeake a 4-1 cushion. Vaught then gave up a trio of sixth-inning walks, setting the stage for a five-run Chesapeake outburst.
Keith Schoffstall, Del Tech’s third pitcher, allowed two more fifth-inning walks and Bell’s RBI single as Chesapeake built a 9-1 lead.
Del Tech, usually one of the top teams in Region XIX, touched Conner for a fifth-inning run. Conner also yielded a pair of ninth-inning runs before Chris Majerowicz came on to get the final two outs.
"They (Del Tech) have an excellent team," said Szymanski. "Our boys were just focused and executed in all aspects. It was quite an accomplishment."
The Skipjacks open Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference action Saturday with a 12 noon doubleheader at Montgomery College/Rockville.
Notes: While Delaware Tech has a storied baseball history, including a recent national championship, the Skipjacks have now won three straight in the rivalry. Chesapeake beat Del Tech during last year’s regional championship season and won again when the teams faced off in a fall tournament.
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