Baseball: Van Camp leads Potomac State to sweep over Corning

Kris Van Camp delivers a pitch during PSC's sweep over Corning CC on Thursday at Golden Park.  Photo by Raymond Burner

Last season Kris Van Camp pitched a total of eight innings during his freshman year at Potomac State.  On Thursday, the burly sophomore pitched his best game of the year striking out eleven hitters as the Catamounts won the opening game over Corning Community College 6-1.

Van Camp worked six innings, walked just one and scattered four hits to raise his record to 3-0.

“Kris continues to improve, said Head Coach Doug Little.  “He has become a workhorse this year and gives a chance to win each time he pitches.”

After walking the first hitter of the game, Van Camp struck out at least one hitter per inning including striking out the side in the fourth.

“Today I did a good job of getting ahead of hitters and was able to take advantage of it, said Van Camp.  “I have trust in my defense to make plays behind me and that gives us a great chance to win games.”

The Catamounts jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead in the opening inning when Joe LaRocca singled in a run and Tyler Skidmore plated two more with a ringing single.

PSC added a run in the fifth when Russell Schwertfeger reached on an infield hit, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a passed ball.

RBI singles from Justin Palmer and Schwertfeger in the bottom of the sixth increased the lead to 6-1.

Potomac State completed the sweep with a 13-3 run-ruled game in the nightcap.

Schwertfeger went 3-4 with three runs batted in to lead the PSC attack. 

“We have been getting some solid efforts offensively lately,” said Little.  “We have some tough games coming up so it’s important for us to continue to score runs.”

The Catamounts got RBI’s from eight different hitters as they banged out 13 hits.  The RBI’s came from Schwertfeger, Matt Jeffery, Brock Bonadio, Adam Ruppenthal, Drew DeBerry, Jack Ricker, Jake Marshall and Bryce Crawford.

Marcel Barrett was the beneficiary of the onslaught of runs as the sophomore, making his first start of the year, struck out six in four innings of work.

“We beat a good team today,” said Little.  “We have a lot of respect for them and they will a ton of games this year.

Potomac State, now 18-11 heads on the road this weekend.  On Saturday PSC travels to Wye Mills, MD for a 2PM single game with Chesapeake College.  On Sunday they head to Westmoreland County Community College for a pair of games at 1PM.