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Chesapeake hosts defending region champion Potomac State on Monday

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Even after playing 10 baseball games in five days, the Skipjacks had the energy to stage an impressive comeback to cap their Florida spring trip.

Chesapeake College overcame a 6-3 deficit to defeat Worcester (Mass.) State College´s junior varsity, 11-9, Thursday afternoon, tying the game with a three-run fifth and taking control with a five-run sixth inning. The win allowed the Skipjacks to finish their spring trip with a 7-3 mark, running their overall record to 14-4.

Earlier in the day, Chesapeake defeated North Central (Ill.) College´s junior varsity, 7-3, as the Skipjacks finished the trip with three straight victories.

""I was very pleased with the way we played, those being our ninth and tenth games of the week," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "We played with great energy and with great effort."

Brian Brown´s two-run single capped the three-run fifth inning as the Skipjacks pulled into a 6-6 tie with Worcester. Jeremy Grove´s sixth-inning single scored Brad Brainer, who had reached on a walk, to put Chesapeake in front to stay. Bryan Woolford (3-for-4, two triples) added a two-run triple as part of the five-run sixth inning.

Reliever Justin Felgenhouer earned the victory in the Worcester contest, allowing one run on one hit and four walks in 1 2/3 innings. Fellow reliever Chad Eagerton earned the save, allowing just two hits over the final 2 1/3 innings.

John Windsor was the winning pitcher against North Central Illinois, spacing seven hits and three walks over seven innings. None of the three runs allowed by Windsor, who struck out four, were earned.

"John just did a great job – he threw strikes and kept the game moving," said Szymanski. "I was very proud of him."

Barry Fetter supported Windsor with a 3-for-3 hitting effort, while Lee Adams (double, three RBI), J.V. Herbert (double, two RBI), and Chris Cirillo each had two hits.

Szymanski said the 10-game trip provided the coaching staff with considerable insight regarding their team.

"We learned a lot about the dynamics of our team and got to play a lot of baseball in great weather," said Szymanski. "We had six straight quality pitching starts. In fact, our pitching, with the exception of one game, was outstanding throughout the trip."

The Skipjacks host defending NJCAA Region XX Division I champion Potomac State College of West Virginia University Monday at 3 p.m. before moving into the meat of their Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference schedule.

"We think we´re prepared for the conference schedule that awaits us," said Szymanski, "and we´re looking forward to playing Potomac State – they´re the defending champions, and it will be a big test for us."

Chesapeake´s earlier spring-trip games are summarized below, with most recent games first.

Chesapeake College 16, Sussex (N.J.) County College 3

J.T. Gregory drove in three runs while going 3-for-4 with a double, while teammates Brad Brainer (triple, three RBI), Justin Powell (two RBI), Adam Delawter (RBI), and Chris Cirillo (RBI) each had two hits in Wednesday´s nightcap. Winning pitcher Bryan Woolford spaced eight hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings while striking out five.

Sussex County College 9, Chesapeake College 3

Sussex used 10 hits and three Skipjack errors to record the win in the opener of Wednesday´s day/night doubleheader.

Chesapeake College 11, Prairie (Ill.) State CC 0 (5 innings)

Justin Martin pitched a five-inning complete game to earn the shutout, striking out nine while allowing two hits with five walks and two hit batsmen Tuesday.

J.V. Herbert (three-run homer, four RBI), J.T. Gregory (triple, two RBI), Eddie West (RBI), and Cody Holliday (stolen base) each had two hits for the Skipjacks.

Chesapeake College 7, Prairie State CC 5

Adam Delawter´s two-out single scored Joe Ashley in the top of the seventh inning to break Tuesday´s 5-5 tie, and Delawter eventually scored an insurance run on Brian Brown´s hit.

Greg Snyder earned the victory, allowing six hits and two walks over six innings with two strikeouts. Reliever Bryan Woolford pitched a perfect seventh inning to claim the save.

Joe Ashley (double, triple, two runs) and Lee Adams (double, two RBI) each went 3-for-4 while Justin Powell (two doubles, RBI) and Brown (stolen base) each added two hits.

Chesapeake College 10, Sussex County College 0 (5 innings)

Eddie West pitched a complete-game shutout Monday, striking out eight while allowing just three hits and two walks, as the Skipjacks earned a split with Sussex.

Justin Powell went 2-for-2 with a triple and drove in three runs as every Chesapeake starter had at least one hit.

Sussex County College 5, Chesapeake College 4 (10 innings)

J.V. Herbert and J.T. Gregory had consecutive, RBI doubles in the top of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie, but Sussex came back with two in the home seventh Monday to force extra innings.

Djuric deLanio´s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th scored Ken Ventura with the winning run for Sussex.

Eddie West went 2-for-4 for the Skipjacks and teammate Brad Brainer reached base five times – thrice on walks and twice when he was hit by pitches – while scoring two runs and stealing three bases.

Chesapeake starter Evan Ford allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four in seven innings.

Genesee (N.Y.) CC 7, Chesapeake College 6

The Skipjacks allowed a 6-3, seventh-inning lead to slip away Sunday as Genesee scored four times in the home seventh to win the game.

Brad Brainer (three runs, two doubles, two stolen bases), Cody Holliday (RBI) and Kellen Shepard (double) each had two hits for the Skipjacks.

Kurt Bruce allowed seven hits and three walks over the first six innings while striking out six for the Skipjacks.

Chesapeake College 7, Genesee CC 4

Brad Brainer (home run), Cody Holliday (three steals), and Kellen Shepard (RBI) each had two hits in support of winning pitcher Justin Sousa, who improved his record to 3-0.

Sousa struck out eight, walked four, and allowed three runs on six hits.

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