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Chesapeake College shakes off Rockville, 13-6
Snyder gets 'Jacks out of fifth-inning jam, paving way for first league win

WYE MILLS – Greg Snyder was in a tight situation.

The Chesapeake College reliever came into Thursday’s baseball game against Montgomery College/Rockville trying to protect a 2-1 lead with no outs in the fifth inning and the bases loaded. Snyder immediately induced Kyle Erhet into hitting a double-play grounder that scored the tying run, and then retired Sean Ploufse on a comebacker to get out of the inning without any additional damage.

That may have been a game-changing performance by Snyder, whose teammates scored 11 runs over the next four innings as the Skipjacks (3-1 overall, 1-1 Maryland JuCo) notched a much-needed, 13-6 victory. Snyder got the win, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts over three innings.

"Greg was able to come in and get us out of a jam," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "Getting the double play and then retiring the side was critical. He really did a good job for us."

The Skipjacks, who couldn’t quite overcome a 7-0 deficit in a 10-8 loss to Frederick Community College in their previous outing, showed their ability to bounce back from a tough loss.

"I’m happy we were able to get back on the winning track. We have two tough games Friday," said Szymanski, referring to a noon doubleheader against visiting Cecil College.

The Skipjacks answered Rockville’s two-run fifth with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Andrew Markey (3-for-5, double, four RBI) singled home Mike Liddell (2-for-4, double) and Brian Brown hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly to plate J.V. Herbert (2-for-5, three runs, RBI, two doubles) as Chesapeake took a 4-2 lead.

Rockville reliever Jon Morely, who replaced starter James Morris to start the fifth inning, didn’t make it out of the sixth inning as the Skipjacks scored five times to break the game open. Brown (three RBI) had a two-run triple and scored on a double by J.J. Corriveau (3-for-4, run) as Morely gave up seven runs on seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings.

"We had a lot of opportunities, a lot of runners on base, in the early innings, but we couldn’t get the big hit," said Szymanski, whose team finished with 16 hits. "But we kept at it and finally broke the game open."

Chesapeake starting pitcher Bryan Woolford was charged with two runs on four hits while striking out six and walking two in four-plus innings. Ben Newport gave up one run on one hit with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings, while Gary Blackledge retired the final two batters for the Skipjacks.

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