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’Jacks stretch league win streak to seven
Chesapeake sweeps PGCC to get key week off to strong start

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College started a big baseball week with a doubleheader sweep, hanging 7-6 and 12-1 losses on Prince George’s Community College Sunday afternoon to stretch its league winning streak to seven games.

The sweep set up Tuesday afternoon’s 1 p.m. doubleheader between the host Skipjacks (15-5 overall, 7-1 league) and Allegany College of Maryland (16-3, 7-1). Chesapeake follows up that doubleheader with a single game at Hagerstown Community College (17-5, 1-1) Thursday afternoon and a doubleheader at Anne Arundel Community College (15-6, 5-2) Saturday afternoon.

"This is a huge week for us," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose Skipjacks battled Allegany, Hagerstown and Cecil College down to the final game of the season last spring for the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference title. A pair of 2-1 losses to Allegany eventually cost Chesapeake the state title, which was won by Cecil.

The Skipjacks nearly got their week off to a rocky start as a feisty Prince George’s squad gave them all they could handle in Sunday’s opener. Chesapeake needed a three-run sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie, then held off a seventh-inning rally by the Owls that fell just short of tying the game.

"I take my hat off to PG," said Szymanski. "They made plays, got timely hits, and played with a lot of confidence."

Mike Liddell (2-for-4) broke the 4-4 tie with an RB I single and Billy Felo added a pair of much-needed insurance runs with a two-run double in Chesapeake’s three-run sixth inning. The Skipjacks’ sixth-inning explosion made a winner of Ryan Staton (2-0), who gave up three runs on five hits over two innings in relief of starter Jake Garvey.

Garvey allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks, one hit batter and seven strikeouts over five innings. Reuben Castro and Lamar Lewis each went 3-for-4 to lead the Owls, who finished Game 1 with a 12-7 advantage in hits.

The Skipjacks had a much easier time in Game 2, taking the lead for good with a pair of first-inning runs and invoking the 10-run mercy rule with a six-run fifth inning. Andrew Markey (two RBI) and Adam Chambers (three runs, RBI) each went 2-for-2 to lead the Skipjacks.

Kyle Sanders had the key fifth-inning hit, a three-run triple into the right-field corner that invoked the mercy rule. Bases-loaded walks to Dan Ladd and J.J. Corriveau – two of nine free passes issued by PG pitchers in Game 2 – also scored fifth-inning runs.

Devin Gardner (3-0) was the winning pitcher in Game 2, throwing a complete-game two-hitter with four strikeouts, one walk and one hit batsman. Losing pitcher Jarell Chance went four innings, allowing five hits with five walks, one strikeout, and one hit batsman.

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