Chesapeake, Blackledge dominate Rockville
’Jacks win fifth straight as sophomore beats Knights again
WYE MILLS The Knights are probably happy they won’t face Gary Blackledge again.
Blackledge (3-0) dominated Montgomery College/Rockville for the second time this season Tuesday afternoon as Chesapeake College’s baseball team routed the visiting Knights, 15-4. The sophomore pitcher gave up just two hits and a walk while striking out four in 5 1/3 innings.
"Today he really dominated," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "It was just an outstanding performance. He was in command of all of his pitches today."
Blackledge got plenty of help from his teammates. The Skipjacks (21-7 overall, 13-3 league) pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of 11 Rockville walks off three Knight pitchers while winning their fifth straight game.
"We’re playing well, playing hard and having lots of fun," said Szymanski, whose team used the win to remain in first place in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.
Chesapeake broke open the game early, scoring five times in the second inning to snap a 2-2 tie. Andrew Markey (2-for-2, two runs, three RBI) had a two-run double and Cory Kirby (2-for-3, two stolen bases) added a run-scoring single during the second-inning explosion, which also included a Mathieu Vallieres sacrifice fly.
The Skipjacks ended the game with another huge inning, scoring six times with two outs in the home eighth to invoke the 10-run mercy rule. Dan Ladd delivered a two-run double, Kyle Sanders contributed a two-run single, and Kyle Gannon stroked a run-scoring double to highlight the eighth inning.
J.J. Corriveau (three runs, four stolen bases) joined Markey and Kirby with two hits for the Skipjacks.
Chesapeake will spend the rest of the week on the road, playing a single game against the College of Southern Maryland at 4 p.m. Thursday before playing crucial noon doubleheaders at league contenders Anne Arundel Community College and CCBC-Dundalk Friday and Saturday, respectively.
"This is a huge week for us," said Szymanski.
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