Chesapeake pounds Hawks; win streak now at four
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).