Ch­e­sa­peake de­feats Po­tomac St. on the road

Skip­jacks get some pay­back, de­liver crit­i­cal Re­gion XX vic­tory at ball­park tough on op­po­nents

Record Observer - - Sports - By RICHARD MIDCAP

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.

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