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Skipjacks bounce back, blank Frederick, 8-0
Markey blasts homer as Garvey, Staton combine for shutout

WYE MILLS – Some defeats are tougher to accept than others. Chesapeake College’s 6-5 baseball loss at Hagerstown Community College last Friday – a game in which the Skipjacks held a 5-1, seventh-inning lead – had the potential to be downright devastating.

Instead, the Skipjacks (17-7 overall, 9-3 league) bounced back in the best possible way – by pounding a highly regarded Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference rival. Jake Garvey and Ryan Staton combined on a four-hit shutout Tuesday afternoon while Andrew Markey went 2-for-5 with a homer, double and two RBI as Chesapeake blanked Frederick Community College, 8-0.

"I was proud of our guys today – and I was proud of them last Friday," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "The game didn’t go our way at Hagerstown, but our guys always give me everything they’ve got. I knew they would come out and play hard against Frederick."

Frederick was ranked 11th in the nation in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll, but the Cougars (16-10, 6-4) were knocked out early as Chesapeake put together a five-run second inning for a 5-0 cushion. Mathieu Vallieres’ bases-loaded fielder’s choice, which scored the game’s first run, was immediately followed by Mike Liddell’s two-out, two-run double and Markey’s two-run homer off Frederick starting pitcher Josh McCauley.

"Today we had some huge, two-out hits that were lacking in previous games," said Szymanski.

J.J. Corriveau (2-for-4) delivered a third-inning, RBI groundout that made it 6-0. The Skipjacks – who finished with 11 hits off five Cougar pitchers – completed the scoring with a two-run seventh inning that featured a run-scoring double from Devin Gardner (2-for-5, two runs) and an RBI single by Chris Bell.

Garvey, Staton and the Skipjacks’ defense took it from there. Garvey gave up three hits, two walks and hit a batter while striking out six in seven innings. Staton allowed just one hit over the final two frames.

"Jake was outstanding," said Szymanski. "He showed a lot of poise and confidence working out of a couple of jams, and the defense played awesome behind him."

Szymanski said his team’s performance featured its best combination of hitting, pitching and defense in some time.

"It was great to finally see all three parts of the game coming together for nine innings," said Szymanski.

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