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´Jacks bounce back behind Fitzgerald, Rollins
Chesapeake downs PG thanks in part to unbeaten pitcher, red-hot hitter

LARGO, April 28 – Matt Fitzgerald stayed unbeaten and Clarke Rollins went 5-for-6 as Chesapeake College´s baseball team blasted winless Prince George´s Community College, 17-1 in eight innings, Thursday afternoon.

Fitzgerald (3-0) allowed five hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking just two batters. Rollins, meanwhile, made Fitzgerald´s job a lot easier by driving in six runs as the Skipjacks scored 15 runs over the last three innings to break open a surprisingly close game.

"This was a tight game," emphasized Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "Matt kept them down until our offense could get going."

Rollins drove in first- and third-inning runs with a single and double, respectively, staking the Skipjacks to a 2-0 lead. PG answered with a run in the home third, but Chesapeake put together a three-run sixth inning – built around another run-scoring single by Rollins – to take a 5-1 lead.

"He (Rollins) hit every ball hard today," said Szymanski, whose team improved to 28-8 overall, 12-5 in Maryland JuCo and 10-3 in Region XX.

Rollins and Anthony Archie each had run-scoring doubles during a three-run seventh. Chesapeake broke the game wide open with a nine-run eighth inning keyed by Mike Kelch´s leadoff homer. Robbie Miller (2-for-5, two doubles) had a two-run double, Rollins delivered a two-run single, and Will Delawter (3-for-5) singled in a run during the eighth-inning explosion.

Ryan Bell went 2-for-6 with two RBI and a double for the Skipjacks.

Taylor Leeson pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the Skipjacks, striking out two and allowing one hit.

The Skipjacks host Montgomery College/Rockville Saturday in a noon doubleheader.

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