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Skipjacks power past Germantown, 7-3
Turner, Liddell, Kirby all homer to end Gryphons’ 9-game win streak

GERMANTOWN – Impressive.

That’s the best description for Chesapeake College’s 7-3 baseball victory Thursday afternoon at Montgomery College/Germantown. Mike Turner, Mike Liddell and Cory Kirby each hit a home run, and pitchers Norm Cushing and Ryan Staton combined on a six-hitter as the Skipjacks ended Germantown’s nine-game winning streak.

"They’re a very talented ballclub," Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski said of Germantown, which was coming off a doubleheader sweep of an Allegany College team that already sports 21 wins. Szymanski said his team excelled at all phases of the game for the second straight contest.

"Norm was on his game today. He really threw the ball well," Szymanski said of Cushing, who improved to 2-2. "Our defense was solid and we came up with timely hits. The wind was blowing out and it was a short porch. The ones that went out were well-hit line drives."

Chesapeake (18-7 overall, 10-3 Maryland JuCo) broke the game open early, taking a 4-0 lead with a four-run second inning that featured a two-run homer by Turner (2-for-4) and a run-scoring single from Mathieu Vallieres (3-for-4, double, two RBI). Germantown (13-7, 6-3) scored twice in the home second, but Liddell (3-for-5, double) hit a solo homer in the fifth and Vallieres had an RBI single in the seventh to restore the Skipjacks’ four-run cushion.

Kirby homered in the ninth to complete the scoring after Germantown scored in the eighth to pull within 6-3.

Cushing struck out six in six innings, allowing five hits and a walk. Staton gave up one hit and struck out four in three innings to earn his league-leading sixth save.

Losing pitcher Kevin Story allowed six runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. Matt Ciretti led Germantown offensively, going 2-for-3 with a home run, double and RBI.

The Skipjacks are scheduled to host the Johns Hopkins University junior varsity Friday at 3 p.m. and region rival Potomac State College of West Virginia University Saturday at 1 p.m. in single, nine-inning games. Chesapeake plays a 1 p.m. conference doubleheader Sunday at Cecil College.

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