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'Jacks use 11-run seventh to rout Rockville
Ford earns victory as Chesapeake wins eighth straight league game

ROCKVILLE – It was hard to see this coming.

What had been a pretty competitive Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference baseball game morphed into a rout rather quickly Friday afternoon. Chesapeake College used an 11-run seventh inning to beat last-place Montgomery College/Rockville, 16-2, for the Skipjacks’ eighth straight league win.

The Skipjacks (19-8-1 overall, 11-3 league) pounded out 11 of their 17 hits, including six for extra bases, during the seventh-inning explosion. Mike Liddell (3-for-4, two RBI) had both of his triples in that remarkable inning.

"We just started to hit the ball, obviously, better than we had the first few innings," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "We hit ’em where they weren’t, hit ’em in the gap, hit ’em on the lines. The majority of those balls were hit extremely hard."

The third-place Skipjacks kept pace with first-place CCBC-Catonsville (16-8, 11-1) – which, like the Skipjacks, had won eight straight league games through Friday’s contests. Chesapeake picked up a game on second-place Hagerstown Community College (19-11-1, 9-2) after the Hawks dropped a 6-4 decision to 10th-place Montgomery College/Germantown.

Chesapeake plays a critical 4 p.m. league game Monday at Frederick Community College (17-10, 4-4). The Cougars handed Chesapeake one of its three league losses in the third game of the season.

"This is definitely fun. It’s exciting to be part of a championship race," said Szymanski.

Until the seventh, Chesapeake’s Evan Ford and Pat Carley were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Ford had allowed single runs in the first and fourth, while Carley hadn’t allowed a run since a four-run Chesapeake third broke a 1-1 tie.

That all changed very quickly.

Dillon Talley opened the visitor’s seventh with a single and stole second. Tony Mitchell drove Talley home with a double, which also drove Carley from the mound. He was replaced by Jon Morley.

J.J. Corriveau greeted Morley with a run-scoring double that plated Mitchell and gave the Skipjacks a 7-2 lead. Liddell then blasted his first triple of the game to plate Corriveau.

After J.V. Herbert walked, Bryan Woolford (2-for-3, two runs, RBI) singled home Liddell. Andrew Markey’s two-run double made it 11-2.

One out later, Frank McRae singled home Markey. Morley struck out Talley for the second out, but Mitchell tripled home McRae as the Skipjacks stretched their lead to 13-2.

Corriveau singled in Mitchell, Liddell’s second triple of the inning scored Corriveau, and Herbert doubled to score pinch-runner Chris Beaver. Morley struck out Woolford to finally end the inning.

Mitchell (4-for-5, two triples, two RBI, four runs), Corriveau (3-for-5, three RBI, three runs), and Liddell each had two hits in the seventh.

That was more than enough run support for Ford, who improved to 3-1 with a complete-game four-hitter. Ford struck out three and walked three.

"Evan had excellent velocity and really threw the ball well," said Szymanski. "We also played good defense behind him."

Chesapeake took a 1-0, first-inning lead when Mitchell scored on the front end of a double steal, but Sean Plouffe’s RBI groundout in the bottom half of the inning tied the game. Markey (2-for-3, four RBI) had a two-run single and Corriveau added an RBI hit as part of the four-run third inning that put the Skipjacks ahead to stay.

Rockville (8-21, 1-16) crept within 5-2 on Ernie Batselos’ RBI single in the fourth.

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