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Chesapeake blasts four homers while taming Panthers

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

CATONSVILLE – Chesapeake College and Baltimore City Community College played Home Run Derby and a baseball game.

The Skipjacks won both.

Chesapeake blasted four homers compared to two by the Panthers, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to post a 10-4 victory Tuesday afternoon. Winning pitcher Justin Armiger hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning, Justin Sousa swatted his own three-run shot an inning later, and both Brad Brainer and Anthony Archie added solo shots as Chesapeake snapped a three-game losing streak.

"I was just proud of the way we responded after Saturday," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, alluding to a doubleheader loss at Cecil Community College in which the Skipjacks blew a five-run lead in the final inning of Game 1.

"I just wasn´t sure what was going to happen, but I knew if we stayed focused and played hard good things would happen," added Szymanski, whose team improved to 23-9 overall and 11-7 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

Chesapeake finished Tuesday´s game with 14 hits off Eugene Offerman, who pitched the full nine innings for the Panthers.

"After the first couple of innings we started to relax and get good pitches to hit," said Szymanski.

Adam Kearney (2-for-4) hit a second-inning homer for the Panthers, who added a run in the third for a 2-0 lead. Daniel Hoskins (2-for-4) added another solo shot for the Panthers in the fourth to create a 3-3 tie after Armiger´s three-run homer in the top half of the inning had put the Skipjacks in front.

Chesapeake took the lead for good with a four-run fifth inning. Archie (3-for-5) doubled and scored the go-ahead run on an error. Armiger then walked and Sousa hit his homer to give the Skipjacks a 7-3 lead.

Brainer hit his homer in the sixth inning, and Archie hit his during a two-run ninth that included a run-scoring single by Sousa.

"The wind wasn´t blowing out. We just put the bat on the ball," said Brainer. "We started slow, but our second time around the batting order we started scoring runs."

Armiger pitched six innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out six. He gave up three runs, only two earned.

Justin Martin pitched the final three innings for the Skipjacks, yielding a run on two hits and a walk while striking out two.

"I thought they (Armiger and Martin) did extremely well and the defense played extremely well behind them," said Szymanski. "That´s a pretty good combination."

The Skipjacks host the College of Southern Maryland Thursday at 3 p.m.

"Our goal now is to take one game at a time, play hard, have some fun and hopefully we´ll be successful," said Szymanski.

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