Baseball: Catamounts stay alive at Eastern District

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — It will be an uphill battle for Potomac State, but the Catamounts still have a chance at advancing to the NJCAA World Series if they can hand a pair of losses to USC-Sumter today in the Eastern District Tournament at Monroe College.

Sumter knocked Potomac State into the loser’s bracket with an 8-2 win over the Cats Saturday, but PSC rebounded to beat Monroe 3-2 to buy a spot in the district championship.

The final will begin at noon with the second game, if necessary, being played immediately afterwards.

Fraser Brown hit a two-run single and Potomac State got another run — all in the fifth inning — but it was Matt Maiers who was the hero of the 3-2 victory.

The sophomore only had three stikeouts, but issued no walks and scattered six singles while giving the bullpen a much needed break heading into the final.

Korey Foltz and Andrew Kowalo had two singles each to account for half of PSC’s eight hits.

The third-seeded Cats started Saturday with a six-run loss to the No. 4 Fire Ants where Sumter had a 2-0 lead after the first inning and a 6-0 cushion in the third.

Fred Wadsworth had two singles and two RBIs, and Dylan Heffner hit a two-run single in the win.

Potomac State, which outhit the Ants 10-9, was led by Kowalo with three singles, and Eddie Dutkewycz and Dan Kerwin each hit an RBI single.

The Catamounts (36-9) struggled to bring runners in after getting them on base, stranding 12.