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Skipjacks sweep Hopkins, prepare for Baltimore City

Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006

WYE MILLS – Sometimes drama is over-rated. Just ask Chesapeake College head baseball coach Frank Szymanski after Sunday´s doubleheader sweep of the Johns Hopkins University junior varsity.

Game 1 had plenty of drama as Hopkins – trailing 5-0 and down to its final out – strung together four straight hits to put the tying run on base before reliever Joe Garrity came on to get the final out in a 5-3 win. Szymanski, however, much preferred the way his Skipjacks (27-12) took the drama out of Game 2 with a six-run first inning on the way to a 10-4 win.

"We scored some early runs in Game 2 and R.J. (Morse) was able to hold them down," said Szymanski, whose team snapped a three-game losing streak with the sweep. "We talked about trying to put pressure on them with some early runs and then playing hard for seven innings."

Will Delawter (2-for-3, four RBI) provided more than enough offensive drama in Game 2, hitting a two-run double during the six-run first and adding a two-run homer in the second that staked the Skipjacks to an 8-1 lead. Brad Brainer (two runs) went 3-for-4 and Robbie Miller (two runs) was 2-for-2 in Game 2 for the Skipjacks.

Morse (3-0) threw a complete-game seven-hitter, striking out five and walking four.

Szymanski hopes the sweep will provide his team with a boost heading into Tuesday´s 4 p.m. home game against Baltimore City Community College.

The Skipjacks, 10-9 in Region XX, are trying to hold off Baltimore City (7-8) and Catonsville (8-10) to lock up the fifth seed in next week´s Region XX tournament. Saturday´s doubleheader loss to Frederick ended Chesapeake´s hopes for the fourth seed and a first-round playoff bye.

"These games (against Hopkins) were important after three tough games," said Szymanski, who team dropped a 10-0 decision to Dundalk last Thursday. "Tuesday´s game against Baltimore City is also very important, and we wanted to go into that on a positive note."

Chesapeake´s Robbie Windsor (1-1), who was one out away from a shutout in the opener, went 6 2/3 innings while allowing eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

"Robbie did a heck of a job," said Szymanski. "He hadn´t been on the mound in a while, but he stepped up when we needed it. He just got a little tired in the end."

Delawter had a run-scoring single and Anthony Archie doubled in another run during a two-run first inning. Brainer singled in a run during a two-run second inning and tripled in the fourth to score Mike Garrett, who had doubled.

It stayed 5-0 until Hopkins´ seventh-inning rally, capped by Dan Merzel´s two-run single that made it 5-3 and led Szymanski to bring in Garrity. Brian Youchuk grounded out, second to first, on a close play to end the game.

Frederick CC 13, Chesapeake College 9

FREDERICK – Bryan Parks went 2-for-2 and drove in six runs, including a two-run single in a six-run sixth inning that broke a 7-7 tie to start the Cougars on the way to a doubleheader sweep.

Chesapeake had tied the game on Anthony Archie´s three-run, fourth-inning homer, but Frederick broke through against Skipjacks reliever Justin Martin in the sixth.

Martin, who hit four batters, plucked John Ortiz with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run and uncorked a pair of run-scoring wild pitches. Parks, who had a three-run homer off starter Will Delawter during a five-run third inning, chased Martin with a two-run single.

Justin Armiger (double, triple) and Robbie Miller (two doubles) each went 3-for-4 to lead the Skipjacks. Archie (homer, double), Mike Kelch (double) and Mike Garrett (double) each went 2-for-4.

Frederick reliever Jared Olsen notched the win. Delawter struck out eight, walked six and gave up four hits while allowing seven runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings.

Frederick CC 5, Chesapeake 2

FREDERICK – The Cougars scored five unearned runs, including four in a four-run first that featured three Skipjack errors.

Winning pitcher Josh Simons allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out four in a complete-game victory. Losing pitcher Justin Sousa also threw a complete game, yielding only three hits and a walk with six strikeouts while giving up no earned runs.

Robbie Miller and Mike Kelch each had two hits for the Skipjacks.

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