Skipjacks crush CCBC-Essex, 18-4
Chesapeake improves to 7-1 as Switala, Delawter homer
That’s the way the week has unfolded for Chesapeake College’s baseball team. Fresh from a 19-9 blowout of Harford, the Skipjacks handed visiting Community College Baltimore County-Essex an 18-4 drubbing Thursday afternoon.
"We’re hitting the ball extremely well right now," said Chesapeake College head coach Frank Szymanski. "It’s fun to be hitting the ball like that."
Steve Switala went 4-for-4 with three runs, three RBI and a home run to lead an 18-hit Chesapeake attack. Brad Brainer was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI, and Anthony Archie, Mike Kelch (two runs, two RBI), Robbie Miller (three runs, two RBI), and Will Delawter (homer, run, three RBI) each added two hits.
Jimmy Carroll had a hit and two sacrifice flies while driving in three runs.
Delawter (1-0) notched the pitching win, going five innings with four walks, four strikeouts, and five hits allowed.
The Skipjacks (7-1 overall, 6-1 Maryland JuCo, 2-0 Region XX) took control with a six-run second inning that wiped out a 1-0 deficit.
Brainer doubled and scored the tying run on a Delawter sacrifice fly, and Justin Armiger drove in the go-ahead run with a single. Switala added a run-scoring single, Brainer tripled in another run, Carroll chipped in with a sacrifice fly and Delawter capped the rally with his home run.
Chesapeake broke the game open with a seven-run fourth inning that featured Switala’s home run and Miller’s two-run double.
Notes: Bryan Brainer, one of the pitching aces on last year’s Region XX and Northeast District championship team, was on hand Thursday to watch brother Brad play for the Skipjacks. Bryan Brainer has a 2-0 record pitching for Salisbury University, which is currently 15-2. . .
The Skipjacks leave Saturday for an eight-day, nine-game Florida trip.
Chesapeake College 19, Harford CC 9
BEL AIR It took a while for the Skipjacks to get untracked offensively but when they did, the results were impressive.
Chesapeake College scored 19 runs over the last five innings in Tuesday afternoon’s seven-inning win, which included home runs by Brad Brainer and Will Delawter as the Skipjacks pounded out 17 hits.
Justin Felgenhouer, who came into the game with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning, shut out Harford over the final 2 2/3 innings to earn the win in relief of Nick Lemmer.
"Harford was making a charge at us and he (Felgenhouer) came in and closed the door," said Szymanski after Felgenhouer improved his record to 3-0.
The Skipjacks erased a 5-4 deficit with a four-run fourth inning. Jimmy Carroll drove home the tying run with a single and scored the go-ahead run on Anthony Archie’s double, and Justin Armiger had a two-run single.
Chesapeake knocked out Harford starting pitcher Buddy Briedenbaugh during a five-run fifth. Brainer greeted reliever Adam O’Brien with a three-run homer as the Skipjacks built a 13-5 lead.
Carroll and Armiger each had three hits and four RBI. Brainer and Robbie Miller each had two hits and three RBI, while Delawter and Archie also had two hits apiece.
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