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CCBC-Catonsville stuns Skipjacks , 10-8
Summers’ home run hands Chesapeake third consecutive loss

CATONSVILLE – The Cardinals have nearly knocked off a couple of Maryland JuCo baseball powers this spring. They finally pulled off the feat Tuesday at Chesapeake College’s expense.

CCBC-Catonsville stunned the Skipjacks, 10-8, as Shawn Summers capped a four-run seventh inning with a three-run homer to left field off Chesapeake pitcher Nick Lemmer. The Cardinals – who had suffered one-run losses to both Allegany College and Frederick Community College – rallied from 4-0 and 8-6 deficits to improve to 5-18.

"We came out of the gates playing well, but Catonsville was very resilient," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team lost its third straight game. "They’re much better than their record."

Chesapeake (17-6 overall, 8-4 Maryland JuCo) put the tying runs on base with no outs in the ninth before Mike Kelch hit into a fielder’s choice and was then caught stealing. Justin Sousa flew out for the final out.

Chesapeake broke out to a 4-0 lead after just an inning-and-a-half, but Catonsville used single runs in the second and third and its four-run fourth to take a 6-4 lead. Greg Phelps (2-for-5) tied the game with a two-run homer in the fourth before Summers doubled and scored the go-ahead run on a triple by T.J. Guinan (2-for-4). Guinan then scored on a Sam English groundout to make it 6-4.

Chesapeake rallied with three runs in the fifth inning, capped by Steve Switala’s two-run double that gave the Skipjacks a 7-6 lead.

Brad Brainer (3-for-3), Anthony Archie (2-for-4) and Switala (2-for-3) each had multiple-hit games for the Skipjacks.

Starting pitcher Justin Martin went four innings for the Skipjacks, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Lemmer took the loss, yielding four runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Catonsville reliever Darrell Lewis was the winning pitcher.

Szymanski said he sees only one strategy for the Skipjacks to embrace to halt the losing streak.

"We’ve got to keep plugging along, keep playing hard," said Szymanski.

The Skipjacks host Harford Community College Thursday at 3 p.m.

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