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Skipjack' hitters dominant in sweep of AACC
Markey goes 7-for-8 to lead 27-hit attack against Pioneers

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College first baseman Andrew Markey was simply looking to hit his way out of a slump.

"I just didn’t feel like I’d been seeing the ball very well lately," said Markey, who went 7-for-8 Sunday as the Skipjacks swept a baseball doubleheader from Anne Arundel Community College, 13-3 and 10-2. "I thought I saw it good today."

Markey scored five times, drove in five runs, and had four doubles among his seven hits.

"He didn’t try to do too much," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "He just made good, solid contact all day."

Markey agreed.

"I was just trying to take everything the opposite way and it worked out," said the North Caroline High School graduate.

The Skipjacks (15-6-1 overall, 7-3 Maryland JuCo) pounded out 27 hits while as they swept their second league doubleheader in 48 hours. Chesapeake took two Friday from Harford Community College to stop a three-game losing streak.

"We came out with a lot of energy and built on the momentum from Friday," said Szymanski. "We hit the ball well and our pitchers were all effective."

In the opener, Markey (4-for-4, three runs, three RBI) and Brian Brown each had RBI singles during a four-run third inning against losing pitcher Brandon Krochune that gave the Skipjacks a 7-2 lead. Chesapeake put together another four-run rally in the fifth against reliever Andrew Patterson, including an unusual suicide squeeze that brought home two runs.

Matt O’Donnell (2-for-3, run, two RBIs) laid down the suicide squeeze on a perfectly placed bunt down the first-base line. Markey easily scored from third and Brown, who started the play on second base, came all the way around to score on the play.

Chesapeake scored twice in the sixth with Markey doubling home a run and Brown lifting a run-scoring sacrifice that ended the game on the 10-run mercy rule.

Bryan Woolford went 3-for-4 and scored twice while Brown was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Peter Bruce went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI to lead the Pioneers (11-11, 4-7).

Winning pitcher J.T. Gregory allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four in four innings. Greg Snyder pitched two scoreless innings, yielding just one hit and one walk.

Krochune allowed seven runs, five of them earned, on eight hits while lasting just three innings.

Chesapeake jumped on the Pioneers right away in Game 2, building a 6-0 lead after just two innings.

Markey (3-for-4, two runs, two RBI, three doubles) had an RBI double and Frank McRae contributed a run-scoring sacrifice fly during a four-run first, with two more runs coming home on wild pitches by Pioneer starting pitcher Britton Quayle. Tony Mitchell and Markey had run-scoring doubles in the second to stretch the lead to 6-0.

Gregory (two runs) and Mike Liddell (run) each went 2-for-4 in Game 2 for the Skipjacks. Nate Mayberry and Peter Bruce each went 2-for-3 for the Pioneers.

Woolford earned the win, allowing three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in four innings pitched. Kurt Bruce picked up a save by pitching three scoreless innings, yielding only two hits and a walk. Bruce struck out two.

Quayle took the loss, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings.

Notes: Sunday’s doubleheader was also Chesapeake’s Region XX opener. In baseball, the Skipjacks and Anne Arundel compete with Garrett College, Hagerstown Community College, and Potomac State College of West Virginia University in NJCAA Division I Region XX.

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