Del. Tech battles back, routs Skipjacks
Chesapeake outscored 16-1 after five-run rally in top of the first
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.