Chesapeake's Shibilsky stops Old Mill, 4-2


High Schools

April 01, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It didn't take long to see that it was going to be Jake Shibilsky's day at Chesapeake High yesterday, as the host Cougars downed Old Mill, 4-2, in an Anne Arundel County baseball game.

Shibilsky, a junior left-hander, started by striking out the first two Old Mill batters and getting the third on a tap back to the mound.

Leading off for the No. 3 Cougars (4-0) in the bottom of the inning, Shibilsky drove Jeff Koscielniak's first pitch over the fence in left-center field.

"He was really pumped up for a quality team," said Cougars coach Jim Simms.

Shibilsky (2-0) struck out the side in the second and went on to throw a three-hitter, with 14 strikeouts and two walks on 119 pitches.

"I was in a zone today and felt confident," said Shibilsky, a transfer from Granite Baptist attending Chesapeake to study Russian. "I was just throwing a fastball and curve, didn't bring my change out today."

Nine two-strike pitches by Shibilsky were fouled off, an indication of the late movement he was getting on his fastball. His pitches would look hittable and then tail away or rise at the last second.

"He got all of those strikeouts against some pretty good hitters, " said coach Mel Montgomery of No. 8 Old Mill (2-2). "He's got good velocity and a pretty good curveball."

The Cougars gave Shibilsky a 3-0 lead after five innings against Koscielniak (1-1). The Patriots' right-hander also pitched well, yielding seven hits on 95 pitches, with eight strikeouts and one walk.

Ian Sylvester's fielder's choice scored Tom Schlein, who had doubled, to make it 2-0 after two innings, and Josh Schreiner's double made it 3-0 after five.

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