Farmer plants good impression as ’Jacks romp
Freshman catcher homers twice, has three hits versus Stevenson
WYE MILLS Lane Farmer clearly knows how to make a good impression.
The freshman catcher, given a rare start, went 3-for-4 and homered twice Tuesday afternoon as Chesapeake College’s baseball team routed Stevenson University’s junior varsity, 18-1. Farmer, who attended Annapolis Area Christian School, drove in three runs and scored three times to lead the Skipjacks’ 18-hit attack.
"That’s a guy who’s worked hard all year for the team," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "For him to get an opportunity and capitalize on it, I’m so proud of him. His stock has risen."
J.D. Correa (3-for-4) tied the school record for the second time this season with three doubles in a game while scoring twice and driving in two runs. Kam Stewart went 3-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs while Matt Schotanus (two RBI, two runs) and Casey Joseph (three runs) also had three hits each.
Paxton Batson was the sixth Skipjack with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
"We’ve been hitting the ball extremely well for about four games," said Szymanski, whose team scored 21 runs last Saturday while splitting a doubleheader with Garrett College.
Jimmy Wix (4-1) was the recipient of Tuesday’s run support. Wix allowed two hits over five innings with three strikeouts and one walk and gave up an earned run.
"Jimmy just threw the ball extremely well," said Szymanski of his freshman right-hander.
Will Kane (three strikeouts, one walk) allowed no hits over 1 2/3 innings and R.J. Angermier retired the game’s final batter.
Chesapeake used five-run outbursts in the second and fourth innings to build a 10-1 lead, then tallied eight times in the fifth to cap the scoring.
Stewart (three runs), Rowe (run, two RBI), and Brendon Burch (run, RBI) each had two hits in a 12-2 win over Garrett Saturday afternoon. Correa, Batson, Joseph and Ryan Apodaca each drove in two runs and Nik Nowottnick threw a five-hitter in the Game 1 win.
Garrett rallied from 8-1 and 9-6 deficits to win Saturday’s nightcap, 10-9. The Lakers capped their comeback with a four-run seventh inning.
"That second game, Garrett just beat us we didn’t give it to them," said Szymanski. "We just didn’t put it away."
Rowe went 3-for-3 and Ricky Brady homered to lead Chesapeake’s Game 2 effort against Garrett. Patrick Ingham (two RBI) and Stewart each had two hits for the Skipjacks.
The Skipjacks (16-8 overall, 8-2 league) travel to Cumberland Thursday for a 1 p.m. Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader against Allegany College of Maryland (14-9-1, 6-5).
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