Del. Tech bat­tles back, routs Skip­jacks

Ch­e­sa­peake outscored 16-1 af­ter five-run rally in top of the first

Record Observer - - Sports - By RICHARD MID­CAP

DTCC 16 — CCC 6

GE­ORGE­TOWN, DEL. — The Road­run­ners took Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s best shot — a five-run first topped by Nick Gard­ner’s tworun homer — and bounced back to claim a 16-6 base­ball win in eight in­nings on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

“We came out of the gates strong, hit a lot of line drives and got a big home run for Nick Gard­ner — and re­ally that was it,” Ch­e­sa­peake head coach Frank Szy­man­ski said. “We had some other op­por­tu­ni­ties later in the game, but we left a lot of run­ners on base.”

Del Tech (13-17) got back in the game with a three­run sec­ond built upon RBI sin­gles by Jamie Whynot and Jack Cheney sand­wiched around Ben Davis’ run-scor­ing dou­ble. Whynot (2 for 5, two runs), C.J. Baker (3 for 3, three runs), and Brent Adams (4 for 4, run) — who each drove in three runs — all home­red off pre­vi­ously un­beaten Ch­e­sa­peake starter Brian Trib­bett (5-1) in a six-run third that put the Road­run­ners ahead to stay, 9-5.

“Our de­fense played re­ally good de­fense be­hind Brian — made some great plays,” Szy­man­ski said. “They just had qual­ity at bats and re­ally got some good swings on the ball.

“They’ve got a nice club,” Szy­man­ski said of the Road­run­ners. “They have some very good hit­ters and they al­ways have some very good arms. They squared a lot of balls up and they also had some ‘see­ing-eye’ sin­gles that helped them ex­tend in­nings and score in bunches.”

Five other Road­run­ners — Johnny Valdez, Mike For wood, Domenic Oliv­eri, Davis, and Cheney — each had two hits as Del Tech pounded 20 hits off four Ch­e­sa­peake pitch­ers.

Gard­ner went 3 for 3, Tyler Galazin (run, RBI) was 3 for 5, and Cay­den Stover (two runs) fin­ished 2 for 3 with two walks for the Skip­jacks (29-18), who had five of their 11 hits in the first in­ning off Del Tech starter Ken­neth Ar­miger. Ar­miger al­lowed five earned runs on seven hits in three in­nings.

Oliv­eri (six strike­outs, three walks, two hits al­lowed) pitched four score­less re­lief in­nings to earn the win. Trib­bett yielded nine earned runs on 12 hits, in­clud­ing the three homers in a space of five bat­ters, in 2 2-3 in­nings.

“I told the team af­ter the game that I re­ally liked the way we played de­fense — we had no er­rors — and we had op­por­tu­ni­ties to make the game closer,” Szy­man­ski said. “We didn’t beat our­selves. We need to try to re­lax and have a lit­tle bit more fun.”

Ch­e­sa­peake hosts league-lead­ing Har­ford (37-8, 21-1) Fri­day in a 1 p.m. dou­ble­header.

Del Tech swept the sea­son se­ries be­tween the lo­cal ri­vals, 2-0.

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