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Skipjacks start Florida trip with doubleheader sweep
Schenectady, Nassau fall as Chesapeake baseball improves to 9-1

COCOA BEACH, Fla. – It would seem the Skipjacks travel well.

Chesapeake College’s baseball team opened its Florida spring trip by downing a pair of New York opponents to run its record to 9-1. The Skipjacks pounded Schenectady County Community College, 11-3, Sunday afternoon as Robbie Miller and Will Delawter hit homer runs, and blanked Nassau Community College, 5-0, behind Justin Sousa’s three-hitter.

Frank Szymanski, the Skipjacks’ head coach, said an uneventful plane trip on Saturday set the stage for Sunday’s strong play.

"The trip went smoothly, everyone got a good night’s sleep Saturday night, and they came out Sunday with a lot of effort," said Szymanski, whose team took a five-game winning streak into another doubleheader Monday night.

Sousa struck out 11 and walked just one to complete Sunday night’s sweep.

"Justin threw strikes and changed speeds, and we played pretty well defensively behind him," said Szymanski.

Chesapeake scored the only run it needed in the second inning as Mike Garrett reached on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Andrew DeRosa, took third on a balk by pitcher Sean Murphy, and scored on Miller’s fielder’s choice.

The Skipjacks added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Chris Cirillo walked, took second on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on Brad Brainer’s RBI triple in fourth. Barry Fetter led off the sixth with a triple and scored on Justin Armiger’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

Cirillo’s two-run, seventh-inning double completed the scoring.

The Skipjacks opened the Expo with their fourth consecutive double-digit scoring effort. Brad Brainer (2-for-4, two RBI) drove in the go-ahead run, singling in Steve Switala as part of a three-run fourth inning that wiped out a 2-1 deficit. Miller’s two-run homer, which finished off Schenectady starter Greg Cetnal, was part of a five-run fifth inning that broke the game open.

Armiger went 3-for-4, and Delawter had a solo home run in the first inning.

"We’re hitting the ball extremely well," said Szymanski. "We’re having quality at bats – the guys are working hard to get counts in their favor and we’re taking advantage of that."

Joe Sable threw a six-inning complete game, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out 11. Only two of the three runs allowed by Sable were earned.

Szymanski said the Florida weather seemed to agree with Sable, who was roughed up in an earlier outing against Montgomery College/Rockville played in 30-degree weather.

"The last time he pitched we played in some very difficult conditions," said Szymanski. "Sunday’s conditions were ideal."

While Schenectady is currently 1-1, the Royals are coming off a 22-13 season. Szymanski said both of Sunday’s opponents impressed him despite the final scores.

"They’re both good teams, but we came out very ready to play," said Szymanski.

Chesapeake was scheduled to play Morton (Ill.) College before a rematch with Schenectady in Monday’s games.

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