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Corriveau, Felo rally ’Jacks past Germantown
Chesapeake College uses win to stay in state title chase

WYE MILLS – J.J. Corriveau’s two-out, two-run single Thursday afternoon capped a three-run fourth inning that erased a 3-1 deficit and rallied Chesapeake College to a 4-3 baseball victory over Montgomery College/Germantown.

Billy Felo earned the win with 5 1/3 shutout innings in relief of starter Rob Karwacki. Felo struck out nine while allowing just five hits and a walk in a performance that helped keep the Skipjacks (28-12 overall, 16-7 league) in contention for the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference title.

"It was important for us to get back on track and it keeps us in the state race," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose team was coming off a 4-1 loss to Hagerstown Community College.

The Skipjacks still trail Allegany College of Maryland (37-10, 19-6) and Anne Arundel Community College (30-12, 19-6) by two games, but just one game in the loss column, in the state title race. Allegany drilled Montgomery College/Rockville, 15-2, and Anne Arundel routed CCBC-Catonsville, 14-2, in other Thursday games.

Szymanski said he wasn’t surprised at the pitching effort provided by Felo, who is normally an infielder.

"We knew Billy was a pretty good pitcher coming out of high school," said Szymanski. "He’s had a couple of opportunities and he’s been very effective."

Mike Turner (2-for-4) hit a first-inning homer to give the Skipjacks a 1-0 lead, but Germantown tied the game with a second-inning run and scored twice in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Chesapeake then got to Germantown starter Brian Brusoe in the fourth, starting when Brusoe issued a leadoff walk to Mike Liddell.

Chris Bell followed with a single and Derek Richards (2-for-4) singled home Liddell to get the Skipjacks within 3-2. Devin Gardner then popped up and Adam Chambers struck out, but Corriveau followed with what proved to be the winning hit.

The Skipjacks travel to Harford Community College Saturday for a doubleheader and are at Garrett College Sunday for another doubleheader. Chesapeake and Garrett are locked into a regional play-in game, with this weekend’s doubleheader deciding which team will host the play-in.

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