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’Jacks rout Stevenson JV to start off busy week
Chesapeake slated for seven league games over next six days

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College used Saturday’s 14-6 rout of Stevenson University’s junior varsity to build on its recent momentum and prepare for a busy week of Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference contests.

The Skipjacks, who won for the fourth time in five games, will play seven league games in six days starting with Tuesday’s 1 p.m. doubleheader against visiting Montgomery College Rockville. CCBC-Catonsville (15-6 overall, 8-0 league) and Chesapeake (8-11-1, 3-0-1) are the only remaining undefeated teams in Maryland JuCo.

"This is a huge week for us," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "We’ve got mostly league games the rest of the way. We need to be prepared and ready to go."

The Skipjacks were ready for Stevenson, scoring four times in the bottom of the first inning to wipe out a 1-0 deficit and take control of the game. Brendon Burch had a three-run triple and then scored after a wild throw to third to highlight the first-inning explosion.

"We came out the same way we came out against Frederick, scoring some runs early and gaining some confidence," said Szymanski, whose team was coming off a 9-6 win over No. 1-in-the-nation Frederick Community College. "We hadn’t played since Tuesday, so it was good to get this game in. I was happy with their effort and concentration."

Burch finished 3-for-3 with three RBI, three runs, a double and a triple in addition to playing catcher in windy, cold conditions.

"Brendon helped the team in so many different ways Saturday," said Szymanski. "Not only did he have a great day at the plate, he also played very well behind the plate."

Jordan Gowe went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs. Gowe had a run-scoring single in a five-run seventh inning, which also included a Jake Yarber sacrifice fly and two huge Stevenson errors as the Skipjacks broke open what was already an 8-3 contest.

Frank Zare was 1-for-1 with three walks and scored twice for the Skipjacks.

Bryan Gilinsky and Garrett Sities each had two hits and scored two runs to lead Stevenson. Drew Hutton took the pitching loss.

After Tuesday’s Rockville doubleheader, the Skipjacks travel to the College of Southern Maryland Thursday for a 4 p.m. single game and to CCBC-Dundalk Saturday for a noon doubleheader. They conclude their busy week by hosting Prince George’s Community College in a noon Sunday doubleheader.

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