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Skipjacks stun Cecil with ninth-inning comeback
Posted on Monday, April 04, 2005
WYE MILLS, March 31 Chesapeake College’s baseball team just couldn’t come up with any clutch hits at least until the ninth inning.
Justin Armiger’s two-out single scored Mike Kelch with the tie-breaking run Thursday afternoon to cap a four-run ninth inning as the Skipjacks stunned host Cecil Community College, 5-4. Winning pitcher Matt Clark, who came on with two outs in the eighth, retired the Seahawks in order in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win.
"To be a good team, you have to win on the road and you have to be able to come from behind," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team improved to 15-3 overall and 3-1 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. "I’m really proud of the way my guys just wouldn’t quit."
Trailing 4-1, Chesapeake’s Jimmy Carroll (2-for-4) and Clarke Rollins opened the ninth inning with singles. Ryan Bell then singled home Carroll, and Kelch (2-for-4) reached on an infield error that plated Rollins to make it 4-3. Chad Wolfe’s bunt single loaded the bases.
Cecil reliever Scott Rothwell induced Kevin Weems into a 6-4-3 double play that scored Bell and moved Kelch to third. That set the stage for Armiger, who capped his 2-for-5 day with what proved to be the game-winning hit.
Chesapeake starting pitcher Bryan Brainer allowed only three hits in 7 2/3 innings while striking out six and walking five. Clark allowed one walk and no hits in 1 1/3 innings of work.
"Bryan was just sensational against one of the top-hitting teams in JuCo, and Matt pitched great to nail it down for us," said Szymanski.
Cecil (8-6, 6-4) took a 2-0 lead on Nick Hernandez’s two-out, two-run double in the first inning. Rollins (2-for-3) doubled home a sixth-inning run to get the Skipjacks within 2-1, but Cecil put together a two-run eighth inning that featured Mike Wilson’s RBI double.
CCBC-Dundalk 6, Chesapeake 1
DUNDALK John Zorich spaced four hits over eight innings Wednesday afternoon to hand the Skipjacks their first league loss of the season.
Justin Armiger went 2-for-4 and scored Chesapeake’s only run.
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