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Skipjacks beat CCBC-Essex, run record to 7-1

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007

ESSEX -- The Skipjacks didn't let visions of Florida sunshine distract them from the task at hand.

Chesapeake College's baseball team pounded out 11 hits and three pitchers combined on a six-hitter as the Skipjacks routed Community College Baltimore County-Essex, 10-3, Thursday afternoon. The Skipjacks (7-1 overall, 3-1 Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference) can now concentrate on their 10-game spring trip in the Port Charlotte Invitational, which starts Sunday with a doubleheader against Genesee (N.Y.) Community College.

"I thought we played extremely well, especially defensively," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, who said the players were anxious to get to a warmer, drier climate after Friday's doubleheader against Montgomery College Rockville was rained out. "We're looking to get outside and work on a lot of things, play good competition and get ready for our conference race."

Cody Holliday (2-for-4, double, three RBI) had a two-run single during a four-run third inning that broke a 2-2 tie. J.V. Herbert broke the game open with a two-run homer as part of a three-run eighth inning that completed the scoring.

Brad Brainer (two runs scored) and Eddie West each went 2-for-5 for the Skipjacks, and teammate Jeremy Grove had a two-run, first-inning single that got Chesapeake off to a quick start.

Bryan Woolford was the winning pitcher, shutting out the Knights on two hits over the last 4 2/3 innings. Woolford struck out six and walked none after coming on to face a two-on, one-out threat in the fifth while protecting a 6-3 lead.

Starter Nick Bisesi allowed all three Essex runs but just one earned -- while giving up four walks and two hits over the first 2 1/3 innings. Vince Lombardi pitched two scoreless innings, but was lifted after he got into trouble in the fifth.

The Skipjacks have taken an annual spring trip for the past seven years, but this will be their first visit to the Port Charlotte Invitational.

"It's located at the old Texas Rangers spring training site," said Szymanski. "The facilities are outstanding."

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