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Chesapeake College’s Miller named MVP of state all-star game
Sophomore outfielder’s double ignites comeback in East’s 4-3 triumph

GLEN BURNIE – After helping Chesapeake College to a school-record 70 baseball victories over the last two seasons, it’s probably not surprising a quintet of Skipjacks went out winners in their final junior college appearances.

Robbie Miller, Mike Kelch, Justin Armiger, Nick Lemmer, and Anthony Archie all played in the East All-Stars’ come-from-behind, 4-3 win over the West Friday night in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference All-Star game. Miller, whose fifth-inning double ignited a two-run outburst that wiped out a 2-0 West lead, was named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

"I thought all five of our guys played well," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, who was a member of the East All-Stars’ coaching staff. "And it was great to see one of our guys selected MVP."

Miller, who played right field and first base, also drew a walk during an eighth-inning rally in which the East went ahead to stay. Kelch had a hit and four assists while splitting time between third and shortstop, and two Chesapeake pitchers – Armiger and Lemmer – each threw a shutout inning.

Miller said being selected MVP "felt really good."

"We started hitting the ball a lot better as a team after I got the double," said Miller, who indicated the East batters had been pressing until that point. "I had a 2-1 count – a hitter’s count – and I sat on an inside fast ball. When I got it, I just took it down the right-field line."

Miller said the experience was enjoyable for reasons beyond just winning the game and being named MVP.

"It was a great experience to play with different players from teams around the state," said Miller, who is still deciding where he will attend college next school year, although he indicated Salisbury University is one possible destination.

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