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Chesapeake celebrates return to national rankings

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2006

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College celebrated its return to the National Junior College Athletic Association´s Division II national baseball rankings by beating Prince George´s Community College, 13-5, Thursday afternoon.

The Skipjacks (16-3 overall, 8-1 Maryland JuCo), unranked in the NJCAA´s preseason Division II poll despite bringing 12 players back from last year´s World Series team, are 10th in the first regular-season poll.

"It´s always an honor to be recognized," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team was ranked fifth in the preseason poll conducted by Collegiate Baseball magazine. "We´ve just got to continue to play well."

The Skipjacks put together a 13-hit attack against Prince George´s in winning their fifth straight game. Brad Brainer went 4-for-5 while Justin Sousa (two RBI) and Justin Armiger (three RBI) each went 3-for-4. Will Delawter (two runs) and Mike Kelch (two runs, RBI) were each 2-for-4.

"We´re hitting the ball well and having fun," said Szymanski.

Winning pitcher Chris Conner (3-1) allowed five runs (four earned) over six innings, giving up eight hits and one walk while striking out six.

Chesapeake hosts non-conference opponent Salem (N.J.) Community College Friday at 3 p.m. before traveling to Cumberland Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Allegany College of Maryland.

The second-place Trojans (18-5, 11-1) were scheduled to host league-leading Hagerstown Community College (12-4, 4-0) Thursday. Chesapeake is currently in third place in the conference standings.

Chesapeake College 18, College of Southern Maryland 11

LA PLATA – Anthony Archie went 4-for-4 with a grand slam as the Skipjacks launched four home runs Tuesday in winning their fourth consecutive game.

Will Delawter (2-for-4) hit his fourth home run and drove in two runs. Kellen Shepard (2-for-5, three RBI) and Justin Sousa also cracked home runs for the Skipjacks. Robbie Miller was 2-for-5 and drove in two runs.

Justin Martin allowed three hits and walked two while striking out six batters in 3 1/3 innings of relief work to earn the win.

Southern Maryland built early 2-0 and 4-3 leads off starting pitcher Joey Sable, but the Skipjacks took control with a 10-run third inning. Archie and Delawter each had two hits in the third inning, including their respective home runs, and Justin Armiger delivered a run-scoring double.

Chesapeake finished with 13 hits. Gene White went 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead the Hawks, who had 11 hits.

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