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Potomac State completes Skipjack sweep

Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007

KEYSER, W. Va. – For four-and-a-half innings, Friday´s Chesapeake College-Potomac State College baseball rematch looked a lot like PSC´s 2-1 win over the Skipjacks two weeks ago.

That, however, was where the similarities ended.

Potomac State scored 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings on the way to a 12-2, eight-inning win over the visiting Skipjacks. Four Chesapeake pitchers combined for 14 walks – including two intentional – and the Skipjacks´ defense committed four errors against the reigning Region XX champions.

"The walks and the errors . . . . When you play good teams, they come back to haunt you," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team dropped to 19-8 with its second straight loss. "Good teams like Potomac State will take advantage of the situation."

Potomac State (14-7) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Mike Smith drew a one-out walk and Dan Shusteric followed with a single that was misplayed by center fielder Kellen Shepard, allowing Smith to come all the way around to score.

That was the game´s only run until the bottom of the fifth as the starting pitchers, Potomac State´s Wes Gross and Chesapeake´s Eddie West, held the opposing offenses in check. West, however, never made it out of the fifth inning as he walked four batters, hit another and committed a throwing error on a bunt to set up a four-run inning by the Catamounts.

Chad Chambers had a two-run single to key a six-run sixth that included four more walks, another error and another hit batsman.

Down 11-0, the Skipjacks finally got on the board courtesy of Shepard´s two-out, two-run double in the top of the seventh. Smith tripled and scored on Matt White´s sacrifice fly in the home eighth to invoke the slaughter rule.

Gross finished with a complete-game seven-hitter, striking out four and allowing just one walk.

"Wes threw a great game for us," said Potomac State head coach Doug Little. "He faced a really good team today (Friday) and was able to pitch out of a couple of jams. It was a gutsy effort."

Cody Holliday went 3-for-4 as the Skipjacks finished with a 7-6 edge in hits.

"We had some scoring opportunities early in the game where we couldn´t get a timely hit," noted Szymanski. "And we struggled throwing the ball over the plate."

The Skipjacks host the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Johns Hopkins JV 11, Chesapeake 9

WYE MILLS – Brendan Walsh hit a two-run homer last Tuesday to pace the Blue Jays, who scored nine runs over the last three innings to overcome an 8-2 deficit.

J.V. Herbert, Kellen Shepard, Cody Holliday, Justin Powell, and Ryan Lambert each had two hits to pace the Skipjacks, who finished with 13 hits.


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