Potomac State to host Region XX Tournament at Golden Park

Catamounts face Chesapeake on Friday at 1PM

Korey Foltz

Korey Foltz and the Potomac State Baseball team will be in search of their twelfth Region XX Championship in the last sixteen years when the open up play in the 2015 Division I Baseball Tournament on Friday at Golden Park.  Photo by Raymond Burner

Keyser, WV- On Friday the Potomac State Baseball team will not have far to travel as they go in search of their twelfth Region XX Championship in the last sixteen years.

Potomac State will host the NJCAA Division 1 Region XX Tournament for just the third time in school history, the other tournaments held at Golden Park were in 2006 and 2011.

Potomac State College will open the 2015 Region XX Tournament as the number one seed on Friday when they play host to face the number 4 seed Chesapeake College at 1:00 pm in the second game of the tourney.

The opening two games of the tournament will take place Friday. Chesapeake College (15-24), the fourth seed, faces the number one seed Potomac State College (31-8) at 1:00 p.m. That game will be preceded by the number three seed Hagerstown Community College (32-18) against the number two seed, and the defending Region XX Champions Harford Community College (40-13) at 10:00 a.m. Harford is ranked number 12 in the latest NJCAA poll.

Potomac State swept a pair of games over Chesapeake this season. On March 25th the Catamounts downed the Skipjacks by a score of 12-1. Evan Mitchell pitched seven strong innings, as PSC scored five runs in the 1st inning to secure the win.

Then on April 29th PSC outlasted Chesapeake 3-2 in extra innings. Matt Maiers picked up the win in relief with an inning of shutout baseball. Korey Foltz’s RBI single in the bottom of the 8th inning gave the Catamounts the walk-off win.

The Catamounts faced the Skipjacks in the opening game of last year’s Region XX Tournament and won by a score of 3-1 with a complete game effort from Dalton Westfall.

The tournament figures to be a slugfest as Harford Community College currently leads all of NJCAA Division I in hitting with a .388 batting average. The Owls Ben Bomberger is fourth in the country hitting .473. Fellow Owls Jack Hamner and Brandon Smith are both in the top 25 in batting average.

The Owls have hit an amazing 80 home runs this season, compared to 23 for Potomac State, 10 for Hagerstown and six for Chesapeake.

Andrew Kowalo leads Potomac State with a .383 average, 35 RBI’s and six home runs, while Russell Schwertfeger is hitting .345 with 17 runs batted in.

Hagerstown is led by Creighton Farrell (.382), Hunter Szaflarski (.355) and Phil Pietro (.362) - who led the NJCAA in hitting last season.

For Chesapeake, Cayden Stover and Mitch Sutton are the ones swinging the big sticks.  Stover leads the Skipjacks with seven triples, while Sutton is hitting at a .261 clip with 22 runs batted in.

On the mound each team has an ace or two that will feature prominently in the tournament.

For Potomac State it will be Evan Mitchell. Mitchell, a sophomore, is 10-1 with an ERA of 1.19.  For Harford Dalton Reed is 8-0 with an ERA of 5.22 and James English is 6-1 with an ERA 3.15.  For Hagerstown Alex Cuas leads the Hawks with 68 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.  Chesapeake will most likely turn the ball over to Bobby Schultz, who has 24 K’s in 44 inning pitched.

The winner of the double-elimination tournament will then travel to the NJCAA Eastern District Baseball Tournament beginning May 15 against the winner and runner-up from Region X and the winner from Region XV. The tournament will be hosted by the Region XV winner.

The winner of the District finals will advance to the 2015 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. Potomac State went to the 2011 series where they finished third. PSC also went to three straight JUCO World Series in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and with Hagerstown Community College's trip in 2008, the Eastern District has been represented by a Region XX school five of the last eleven years.

 

2015 NJCAA DIVISION 1 REGION XX BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
May 8-10 at Potomac State College of WVU

Friday, May 8

Game 1- 10am - Hagerstown Community College (32-18) vs. Harford Community College (40-13)

Game 2- 1pm - Chesapeake College (15-24) vs. Potomac State College (31-8)

Game 3- 4pm - Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2 (Game 3)

Saturday, May 9

Game 4- 11am - Winner game 1 vs. Winner game 2

Game 5- 2:30pm - Winner game 3 vs. Loser game 4

Sunday, May 10

Game 6- 11am - Winner game 4 vs. Winner game 5

Game 7- 2:30 - (If necessary) game played only if undefeated team loses

Winner of Region XX tournament will travel to the Eastern District tournament on May 15-17 hosted by the Region XV winner