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´Jacks beat Anne Arundel for 16th win
Delawter´s two-run triple backs Armiger´s pitching gem

WYE MILLS, April 5 – This would have been an easy opponent for the Skipjacks to overlook.

It wasn´t just that Chesapeake College´s baseball team brought a 15-3 record into Tuesday´s game against visiting Anne Arundel Community College. In addition, the Skipjacks had pounded AACC, 10-2, at the Palm Beach Expo last month.

The Skipjacks, however, don´t believe in taking a game off. That explains their workmanlike, 6-3 win over Anne Arundel.

Justin Armiger pitched eight shutout innings before tiring in the ninth and Will Delawter got the Skipjacks going with a two-run, first-inning triple as Chesapeake (16-3 overall, 4-1 Maryland JuCo) just kept rolling.

"We talk about it every day – we have to play with the same intensity and energy no matter who we´re playing or when we´re playing them," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "That´s how we have to play in order to improve and continue our success."

The Skipjacks took the lead for good with a three-run first inning. Pioneer pitcher Nick Couzantino walked leadoff hitter Chad Wolfe, and Brett Ireland followed with a single. Anthony Archie´s fielder´s choice erased Ireland, but Delawter followed with a two-run triple and scored on a passed ball to make it 3-0.

Delawter, who was in the lineup Tuesday as the designated hitter, now has 15 RBI in just 40 at bats.

"Will´s triple was important to get us on the board," said Szymanski. "We tell the boys we want to get runs early – and often."

Josh Creighton manufactured a run for the Skipjacks in the second inning. He actually struck out, but reached base when Couzantino´s third-strike wild pitch couldn´t be handled by catcher Andy Crosby. Creighton then stole second, went to third on a groundout, and scored when a strike three to Ireland got past Crosby.

Jimmy Carroll doubled with two outs in the third and scored on a Mike Kelch single to make it 5-0. Robbie Miller´s pinch-hit, run-scoring double in the eighth brought home Ireland, whose two-out single started the rally.

Armiger, who allowed only two hits over the first eight innings, tired in the ninth as the Pioneers loaded the bases on a hit, a walk, and a hit batsman. Reliever Matt Clark gave up a pair of RBI hits and a run-scoring groundout before retiring the side to secure the win.

Armiger allowed three hits and four walks while striking out three.

"Justin did a great job," said Szymanski. "He might have gotten a little tired in the ninth, but his pitch count was low and he had been cruising, so we ran him back out there. Matt did a nice job nailing it down."

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

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