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’Jacks sweep Dundalk, now 4-0 in conference
Nowottnick improves to 3-0; Schotanus scores six run in Dher

WYE MILLS – Every baseball title contender needs an ace. Nik Nowottnick is starting to look like he can fill that role for the Skipjacks.

Nowottnick (3-0) allowed one earned run over six innings Saturday afternoon as Chesapeake College beat visiting CCBC-Dundalk, 9-2. The Skipjacks (10-5 overall, 4-0 conference) then completed the sweep with a 12-0, five-inning win over Dundalk in the nightcap.

Nowottnick, who allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked just one in the opener. Ethan Coffey, the Game 2 winner, struck out two while pitching a perfect seventh in Game 1.

"Nik pitched another great game for us," Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski said of the 6-foot-4 right-hander from Colonel Richardson High. "He got ahead of hitters, changed speeds and had really good stuff."

The Skipjacks, who got home from their Florida spring break trip late Thursday night, showed no signs of jet lag against Dundalk.

"That was definitely a concern," said Szymanski, "but we had a great workout Friday. All the guys came out fresh, focused and ready to go."

Chesapeake took command of Game 1 with three-run rallies in the second and third innings.

The third-inning outburst, which broke a 1-1 tie, included a bases-loaded walk and a run-scoring wild pitch by losing pitcher Joseph Monar, and an RBI single by Ricky Brady (2-for-4). Brendon Burch (two RBI) and Matt Schotanus (2-for-3, three runs) had run-scoring hits in the fourth.

Paxton Batson led Chesapeake’s 11-hit attack with a 3-for-4 effort while Kam Stewart (2-for-3) scored three runs and Joel Rowe had a hit and two RBI.

The Skipjacks won Game 2 with a nine-run first inning as losing pitcher Nick Karsos allowed six hits, walked three and hit a batter. Kam Stewart (2-for-3, two runs) had a two-run homer while Patrick Ingham and Ryan Apodaca each had two-run singles during the first-inning explosion.

"In the first inning of the second game, our hitters worked the count, got pitches to hit and hit the ball square with the barrel," said Szymanski.

Schotanus, who scored three more runs, and Rowe (two runs, two RBI) each added two hits in the nightcap.

Coffey pitched the first four innings, striking out six while allowing just two hits, and Will Kane struck out two and hit a batter while pitching the fifth and final inning.

Chesapeake hosts the Stevenson University junior varsity Monday at 4 p.m. and the College of Southern Maryland Tuesday at 3 p.m. in single, nine-inning games.

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