Chesapeake defeats Potomac St. on the road
Skipjacks get some payback, deliver critical Region XX victory at ballpark tough on opponents
Ches. 13 — Potomac 12
KEYSER, W. VA. — Maybe it’s the long bus ride. More likely, it’s the fact the Catamounts are annually regarded as the team to beat in NJCAA Division I Region XX. Whatever the reason, Chesapeake College baseball wins at Potomac State College are a rarity.
Which makes Monday’s 13-12 victory over the Catamounts in 11 innings that much sweeter. Chesapeake dropped PSC to 15-5 at home this season while avenging last Friday’s 8-4 home loss to the Catamounts.
Eddie Nevins (4-for-6, three runs, three RBI) led off the 11th with a single, stole second, and scored after a pair of wild pitches by PSC reliever Marcel Barrett. That rally allowed Chesapeake (25-11) to shake off the Catamounts’ four-run explosion in the bottom of the ninth, which forced extra innings.
“It’s very difficult. They’re so good at home,” Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski said of playing at PSC. “Good team, good pro- gram. We were so fortunate today.”
Szymanski said the Skipjacks came to Keyser committed to pulling out a win.
“We brought an attitude out there today that, no matter what, we were going to play hard, play focused and play together,” said Szymanski, whose team last won at PSC in 2010.
Reliever Brian Tribbett improved to 4-0 with 2 2-3 scoreless innings. He al- lowed one hit with two strikeouts and one walk.
Chesapeake wiped out an early 3-0 deficit and took a 10-5 lead thanks in large part to a five-run sixth and fourrun eighth. The Catamounts (20-14) scored seven combined runs in the eighth and ninth innings to draw even, but Chesapeake regrouped to earn an impressive win.
PSC was its own worst enemy during Chesapeake’s five-run sixth, committing four errors as the Skipjacks took a 6-3 lead. Nevins and Tyler Galazin (4-for-6, two runs, RBI) had RBI doubles and Seth Williams (3-for-5, run, two RBI) added a runscoring single during Chesapeake’s four-run eighth as Chesapeake seemingly took control.
The Catamounts, however, had other ideas. Jarin Jenkins had a run-scoring single and Chesapeake committed three errors as part of Potomac State’s ninth-inning rally. The Skipjacks, however, didn’t lose their composure, eventually claiming the win with their 11th-inning run.
Cayden Stover (3-for-7, run), A.J. Robinson (2for-6, run, RBI) and Matt Wojciechowski (2-for-2)
joined Nevins, Galazin, and Williams with multi-hit games for the Skipjacks, who finished with a 2013 advantage in hits.
Chesapeake hosts Delaware Tech Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a make-up game. Chesapeake 5, CCBC-Essex 0
ESSEX — Winning pitcher Kasey Gast (4-1) tossed a four-hitter with four strikeouts and two walks Sunday afternoon in a complete-game shutout.
Tyler Galazin led the Skipjacks, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Brandon Bly (2-for-4) also scored one run and drove in another, and Michael Jean-Charles (run, RBI) had a triple. Chesapeake 1, CCBC-Essex 0
ESSEX — Knight pitcher Jason Nunez threw a no-hitter, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Skipjacks from completing a sweep of Sunday’s doubleheader.
Chesapeake turned a third-inning walk, two groundouts and an Essex error into the game’s only run. Cohen Kerns led off the third by coaxing a walk out of Nunez, advanced to second and third on groundouts, and scored when Brandon Bly’s fly to right was played into an error.
Nunez struck out four and walked two in his no-hitter.
Winning pitcher Kyle Raubenstine (3-1) was nearly as sharp, throwing a three-hitter with six strikeouts and just one walk. Potomac St. 8, Chesapeake 4 WYE MILLS — Seth Roadcap doubled in the go-ahead run and scored as part of a two-run sixth inning last Friday as the Catamounts snapped a 4-4 tie.
Roadcap, Dejhard Kimbrough (run, RBI), Joe LaRocca (run, RBI), and Jarin Jenkins (two RBI) each had two hits for Potomac State. Russell Schwertfeger hit a solo homer, walked and scored twice for the Catamounts.
Connor Christner earned the victory with 4 2-3 innings of hitless relief with seven strikeouts.
Seven different Skipjacks each had one hit, including Michael Jean-Charles, whose double was Chesapeake’s only extra-base hit.