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Skipjacks, Germantown hand each other first loss

Monday, March 12, 2007

GERMANTOWN – Chesapeake College and Montgomery College Germantown both started Saturday´s baseball doubleheader undefeated, but neither finished that way.

The visiting Skipjacks downed Germantown, 7-3, in the opener to run their record to 5-0, but Germantown scored six runs in the sixth and final inning to claim a 12-8 victory in a nightcap that ended prematurely due to darkness.

"We made a couple of nice comebacks in the second game, but we just couldn´t hold the lead," lamented Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "It was one of those games where it seemed like the team with the last at bat was destined to win."

Chesapeake overcame 2-0 and 4-3 deficits in the nightcap, using a five-run fifth inning to build an 8-6 lead. Reliever Justin Martin, who pitched a scoreless fifth, gave up five hits and a walk while hitting a batter and issuing a balk during Germantown´s game-winning rally.

Danny Bengtson opened the home sixth with a single, went to second on an error and scored on a Chris McIntosh double. Martin then balked McIntosh to third, hit Kevin Keith, and gave up a game-tying single to Andy Ehret.

Aaron Sofield followed with what proved to be the game-winning hit, a two-run triple that gave Germantown a 10-8 lead. Two batters later, Chris Crosby delivered a two-run single right before the game was called due to darkness.

Jeremy Grove was the only Skipjack with multiple hits in the nightcap, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Chesapeake, playing the first games of its Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference schedule, is 1-1 in the league while Germantown finished the doubleheader with a 3-1 overall and league mark.

Chesapeake used a three-run fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie in the opener. Chris Cirillo, who went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, singled home Cody Holliday with the go-ahead run and scored himself on Ryan Lambert´s two-out triple. Brad Brainer (3-for-3, two stolen bases) singled home Lambert to cap the inning.

Justin Sousa (2-0) allowed five hits over five innings to earn the win. Bryan Woolford pitched two innings of one-hit baseball to get the save, and went 2-for-3 with a home run, triple, two runs, and an RBI.

"We had a great effort in the first game – good pitching, good defense and a lot of hitting," said Szymanski, whose team finished the opener with 12 hits.

Chesapeake hosts Harford Community College Tuesday at 3 p.m. in its home opener.

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