Ch­e­sa­peake pounds Hawks; win streak now at four

Record Observer - - Sports - By RICHARD MID­CAP

Ches. 16 — CSM 4

WAL­DORF — It’s not like Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s of­fense needed help on a day the Skip­jacks pounded out 19 hits. Yet that’s just what they got in the form of sev- en walks yielded by Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land pitch­ers and six er­rors com­mit­ted by the Hawks’ field­ers Tues­day af­ter­noon as Ch­e­sa­peake rolled to a 16-4, eight-in­ning base­ball win.

Tyler Galazin (home run, three runs, RBI), Ed­die Nevins (two RBIs), Cay­den Stover (run, RBI, two dou­bles), Devynn Han­cock (three runs), and Nick Gard­ner (run) each had three hits for the Skip­jacks (19-10 over­all, 4-3 con­fer­ence). Seth Wil­liams (run, three RBIs) added two dou­bles and A.J. Robin­son chipped in with a triple as Ch­e­sa­peake fin­ished with six ex­tra-base hits in its fourth straight win.

“We re­ally con­cen­trated at the plate,” said Ch­e­sa­peake head coach Frank Szy­man­ski, whose team scored 10 runs over the fi­nal two in­nings to break open what had been a 6-3 con­test. “We were just ready to play and came out of the gates strong.”

Ch­e­sa­peake took con­trol early, putting to­gether a three-run first in­ning as Wil­liams and Stover had RBI dou­bles and Nevins added a run-scor­ing sin­gle. Bran­don Bly sin­gled home a fourth-in­ning run, stretch­ing the lead to 4-0.

Stokey Jack­son’s fourth- in­ning sac­ri­fice fly high­lighted a two-run CSM rally that pulled the Hawks (1-15-1, 0-8) within 4-2, but the Skip­jacks re­sponded with sin­gle runs in the fifth and sixth.

Robin­son tripled and scored on a fifth-in­ning wild pitch. Bly walked, stole sec­ond, ad­vanced to third on CSM catcher Frank Hall’s throw­ing er­ror, and scored on a wild pitch in the sixth.

Marshall Cook dou­bled, took third on a ground­out and scored on a wild pitch to pull the Hawks within 6-3 in the home sixth. Ch­e­sa­peake, how­ever, broke the game open with a three-run sev­enth and seven eighth-in­ning runs.

Galazin hit a two-run homer as part of Ch­e­sa­peake’s three-run sev­enth. Wil­liams dou­bled home two runs to high­light the Skip­jacks’ seven-run eighth.

Trevor Gill (2-1) earned the vic­tory, yield­ing four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while strik­ing out 10 in seven in­nings. Kyle Rauben­s­tine pitched a per­fect eighth with two strike­outs.

“Trevor had a cou­ple of in­nings where he got into jams but he worked his way out of them, which is a good sign,” Szy­man­ski said. “We also played well de­fen­sively be­hind him.”

Joshua Yost took the loss, giv­ing up four runs on nine hits and a walk with two strike­outs in four in­nings.

Ch­e­sa­peake trav­els to Hager­stown (15-5, 1-3) Thurs­day for a 3 p.m. game that counts in both the con­fer­ence and Re­gion XX stand­ings. The Skip­jacks then host reign­ing Re­gion XX cham­pion Po­tomac State Col­lege of West Vir­ginia Univer­sity (15-10) Satur­day in a 2 p.m. re­gional con­test.

“They’re two qual­ity pro­grams,” Szy­man­ski said of Hager­stown and Po­tomac State. “We’re go­ing to have to come out fo­cused and ready to play.”

Ch­e­sa­peake plays a noon con­fer­ence dou­ble­header Sun­day at Prince Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege (10-12, 3- 5).

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