Baseball: Mitchell pitches Potomac State into Region XX Finals

From the Cumberland Times-News www.times-news.com

KEYSER, W.Va. — Starter Evan Mitchell was the story of the day, giving up three hits and striking out 11 through eight innings to lead top-seeded Potomac State College over third-seeded Hagerstown Community College, 5-1, Saturday at Golden Park to advance to the championship round of the Region XX Division I Tournament.

Evan Mitchell
Evan Mitchell

The Catamounts (33-8) will take on Harford Sunday at 11 a.m., and a win in that game or the 2:30 p.m. game, if needed, would seal the school’s 12th Region championship since 2000.

The winner of the Region advances to the Eastern District Championships May 15-17, involving teams from regions XX, X, and XV, at Dick Caswell Baseball Field in New Rochelle, N.Y. Monroe will host the tournament, which already includes Region X teams USC-Lancaster and USC-Sumter.

Second-seeded Harford (42-14), the No. 15 team in the country, which lost to Hagerstown, 9-3, then beat Chesapeake, 16-8, on Friday, handled the Hawks on Saturday to advance to championship round.

For the Catamounts on Saturday, Matt Maiers had a single and a double and knocked in two runs. Daniel Kerwin doubled in two runs, while Matt Jeffery had two singles and an RBI. Russell Schwertfeger also had a pair of hits for PSC

After Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, Potomac State came back in the bottom of the third to score two. After the first two batters had struck out, Korey Foltz tripled and Andrew Kowalo was hit by a pitch. Jeffrey then hit an RBI single to tie the score, before Maiers hit an RBI single to put the Catamounts ahead for good.

The score would remain 2-1, before Mitchell (11-1) gave the Cats the boost they needed in the top of the fifth to put the game away. A three-base error allowed the leadoff Hawks batter to reach third, and when the next two batters drew walks the bases were loaded with nobody out and the heart of the Hagerstown order approaching. Yet Mitchell reached back and promptly struck out the numbers 3, 4 and 5 hitters to get out the jam.

Potomac State seized the moment in the bottom half, as, again, with two out, Kowalo, again, was hit by a pitch. Jeffery then singled, and Kowalo scored on Maiers’ RBI single to make it 3-1. Kerwin then laced a two-run double to left-center to score Jeffery and Maiers and the Catamounts were on their way.

Mitchell was not threatened through the sixth, seventh or eighth innings, and then Kyle Brown entered in relief for PSC and pitched a scoreless ninth.