Hagerstown Community College scored six runs in the first inning and piled up 13 hits en route to a 16-6 victory over Chesapeake on Tuesday in a game that was shortened to seven innings due to the 10-run rule.
“The offense had a great day,” HCC coach Scott Jennings said. “The first inning was huge. When you put up six runs in the first, it allows your pitcher to relax and makes everything easier.”
Eric Schanzenbacher drove in the Hawks’ first run with a single. Dylan Dunn doubled Schanzenbacher home to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.
Dunn and Cole Sellers both scored on a fielding error, and Chris Kulik had an RBI single and later scored on an error to put the Hawks up 6-0.
“Everyone had quality at-bats in the first inning — even the outs,” Jennings said. “This may have been our best offensive day of the year.”
Hagerstown (20-19) had a few well hit balls that would have been home runs in other parks, but the Hawks’ spacious field — the largest in the region — prevented that from happening.
HCC’s field measures 352 feet down the left foul line, 345 down the right foul line and 400 to dead center, making it difficult to mash home runs.
“I think I counted three balls that should have been home runs,” Jennings said.
The Hawks scored at least three runs in four of the six innings in which they batted. They led 7-0 after the second inning, 7-2 after the third, 10-2 after the fourth, 13-4 after the fifth and 16-4 after the sixth.
Dunn led HCC with a 2-for-4 performance that included a triple, double and three RBIs, while Schanzenbacher went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
Steve Chrzanowski had a solid day on the mound for the Hawks, despite giving up six earned runs. He held Chesapeake scoreless in four of the innings and put together a complete game.
With Chrzanowski’s pitch count well over 100, Jennings had a pitcher warming up to replace him, but Chrzanowski wanted to finish the game.
“The last out was actually (Chrzanowski’s) last batter,” Jennings stated. “I didn’t want to keep him in too long and have him get hurt, but he wanted to stay in. So I gave him the benefit of the doubt and it worked out.”
HCC 16, Chesapeake 6
Chesapeake 002 020 2 — 6 7 4
Hagerstown 610 333 x — 16 13 1
Nowottnick, Gillis (2), Kane (5), Coffey (5) and Burch. Chrzanowski and Dunn. WP — Chrzanowski. LP — Nowottnick.