November 22, 2017
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  • Left: Dylan Young went six innings and got the victory for Chesapeake (18-3). Right: Blake Rebstock (5) and Dillon Oxyer ran off the field after Oxyer's diving grab ignited a 6-4-3 double play to end the sixth inning.
    Left: Dylan Young went six innings and got the victory for Chesapeake (18-3). Right: Blake Rebstock (5) and Dillon Oxyer ran off the field after Oxyer's diving grab ignited a 6-4-3 double play to end the sixth inning.

Chesapeake Boys Knock Out JM Bennett, Advance To Region Final

Colin Murphy
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May 17, 2017

The Chesapeake baseball team battled back from a 3-1 deficit to overtake visiting J.M. Bennett and win 7-3 on Wednesday in the teams’ showdown in the 3A East Section II final.

The Cougars will have a chance to make it back to the state tournament when they host River Hill on Friday in the 3A East region final.

Starting pitcher Dylan Young overcame a rocky third inning in which Clippers put up three runs by battling and holding Bennett scoreless the rest of the way, giving the Cougars a full six innings on 84 pitches. Joe Seidler came on to close, getting the final three outs and sealing the victory.

The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back singles by Colton Spangler and Blake Rebstock, scoring Dillon Oxyer, who had reached base after being hit by a pitch.

Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Young helped his own cause, igniting a two-out rally with a bases-empty single. Oxyer singled, Mike Cybert walked, Spangler reached on an error, Seidler singled and Rebstock singled again to total up four runs in the inning for the Cougars, who took a 5-3 lead.

In the sixth inning, Chesapeake benefitted from some sparkling defense. Oxyer made a brilliant play at shortstop, ranging to his left and diving to field a ground ball up the middle. He flipped to Ryan Potter, who fired to Cybert at first base to complete a 6-4-3 double play and end the inning.

Chesapeake tacked on a another couple runs in the bottom of the sixth as Seidler led off with a double, Spangler and Rebstock walked, and Tommy McNamara singled with the bases loaded to drive in a run. Rebstock later scored on a sacrifice fly by Bobby Quesenberry. Young and Seidler finished the game with three hits apiece, while Spangler and Rebstock each had two.

Seidler retired the side in order in the seventh, striking out the final batter to end the game.

Now 18-3 overall, the Cougars will have a chance to return to the state tournament for a second straight year when they host River Hill on Friday in the 3A East region final. 


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