Chesapeake routs CSM to snap five-game skid
Hancock goes 4-for-4, scores four, drives in three
Ches. 22 — CSM 2
WYE MILLS — The Skipjacks certainly know how to snap a skid.
Mired in a five-game losing streak, Chesapeake College’s baseball team overwhelmed visiting College of Southern Maryland, 22-2 in seven innings, Tuesday afternoon. Devynn Hancock and Tyler Galazin each hit a home run while combining for six hits, five runs and six RBI to pace the Skipjacks (26-16 overall, 10-7 league).
“We came out focused today,” Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski said. “We got some good pitching and some big hits.
“They were concentrating on the job at hand,” Szymanski added. “We got some good pitches to hit and we didn’t miss many of them.”
Hancock (four runs, three RBI) went 4-for-4 while Devario Allen (five runs, three RBI), Cayden Stover (two runs, three RBI), and Jake Shellenberger (four runs) each had three hits. Galazin (run, three RBI) added two hits for the Skipjacks, who finished an even .500 (19for-38) at the plate.
Winning pitcher Brian Tribbett improved to 5-0, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk while striking out eight in five innings. Trevor Gill (hit, walk, strikeout) pitched a scoreless sixth before the Hawks (6-22, 3-15) got to Kasey Gast for two runs on three hits in the seventh. Gast struck out two.
“Brian had outstanding command today of all three of his pitches,” Szymanski said of Tribbett. “He could throw any of them at any time. He really kept them off balance.”
CSM starting pitcher Joshua Yost lasted just 2 2/3 innings, yielding 11 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits and three walks. Yost surrendered an RBI triple to Galazin in the first and gave up a two-run double to Stover as part of a three-run second that made it 4-0.
Chesapeake broke the game open with a seven-run third, highlighted by Hancock’s three-run homer and a two-run shot by Galazin that ended Yost’s day on the mound.
“Our base running today was really outstanding,” Szymanski said. “We were able to beat out a couple of force plays and our running on the base paths was just terrific.”
Akin Wilks had a runscoring triple and scored on Frank Hall’s single as part of CSM’s two-run seventh that spoiled a potential Chesapeake shutout.
The Skipjacks are off until hosting CCBCDundalk (15-21, 9-10) in a noon Saturday doubleheader. Chesapeake hosts Allegany College of Maryland (10-17, 3-11) Sunday in a noon doubleheader.
Notes: Chesapeake’s Eddie Nevins, who sat out yesterday’s game, is currently second in the conference in RBI with 48, just four behind Harford’s Daulton Weeks.
Nevins is also fourth in the conference in batting at .440, .007 off the pace-setting Auturo Archie of Anne Arundel, and tied for third in both home runs (nine) and stolen bases (15). “He’s having a great season,” Szymanski said of Nevins. “He has a lot of ability and he also has outstanding instincts. He focuses on getting good pitches to hit and capitalizing on them.” ... Galazin, meanwhile, is second in the conference in steals (16). ... Tribbett, with yesterday’s victory, is tied with teammate Ty Michaud for fourth in the state in wins with five. Gast is tied for 10th with his four victories.