Baseball: Potomac State survives to advance to Region XX Finals

 David Delawder
Potomac State's David Delawder slides across home plate after to score a run during the Catamounts 6-5 win over Hagerstown on Saturday during the Region XX Tournament.  Photo by Joe LaRocca

Wye Mills, MD- After dropping the opening game to Harford Community College 5-2 on Saturday afternoon, Potomac State downed Hagerstown Community College to survive to play again on Sunday.

Potomac State got a strong performance on the mound from Kris Van Camp to down the Hawks 6-5.  The sophomore went 6 2/3 and struck out six to pick up the win.  Cameron Fritz worked the final 2 2/3 innings to pick up the save.

Matt Jefferey homered and doubled to drive in three runs to lead the PSC offensive attack.

Drew DeBerry and Seth Roadcap each had two hits for Potomac State.

PSC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a double from Jeffery that scored Russell Schwertfeger who had reached on an error.

Hagerstown tied the game in the top of the third on back-to-back doubles from Scott Bennet and Sinjin Shoop.

PSC answered in the bottom of the third when Schwertfeger tripled and then scored on Jeffery’s home run.

HCC tied the game again in the sixth on a pair of RBI groundouts.

The Catamounts responded in the bottom half of the inning to re-take the lead when David Delawder scored on a sacrifice fly from DeJhard Kimbrough.

The Hawks again tied the game in the seventh, when Nick Goode’s double scored Nick Stegman, however Justin Smith was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

Potomac State re-took the lead on an RBI groundout from Schwertfeger that scored Seth Roadcap, who had doubled.

PSC added an insurance run in the eighth when Drew DeBerry laid down a perfect squeeze bunt that scored pinch runner Adam Ruppenthal.

In the ninth Hagerstown loaded the bases and scored a run on an RBI groundout from Smith, however Fritz was able to strike out the final batter of the game to preserve the win.

 

In the first game  Harford (48-9) used a four-run third inning and a quality start from Mike Adams. Adams allowed two runs over eight innings. He allowed seven hits and four walks while striking out three.
 
Potomac State (30-21) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Jarin Jenkins laced a single to center with runners on second and third to get the Catamounts on the board. Harford centerfielder Ty Williams helped minimize the damage when he fielded the base hit and threw the runner from second out at the plate.
 
The Fighting Owls came back in the third inning with four runs on three hits.
 
The Catamounts answered with a run in the fourth, a small victory for Adams who was forced to throw 34 pitches in the inning. Potomac State hitters drew three walks but only managed one hit as Adams refused to give in. He made good pitches and escaped the big inning to keep Harford ahead on the scoreboard.
 
Harford played small ball in the sixth inning to add an insurance run. JP Vail led the inning off with a single and moved to third on back to back sacrifice bunts by Toby Sponseller and Williams. Vail came in to score thanks to an error giving Harford a 5-2 lead.
 
From there, Adams, for the most part, held the Catamount hitters in check. He pitched his way through the eighth and TJ Pagan slammed the door shut in the ninth for his eighth save of the season. Pagan set the side down in order, sandwiching a pair of strikeouts around a groundout to first.
 
With the win, Harford advances to the championship round of the tournament. Harford will have two chances to win one game to take the title, while PSC will need to win both games. Game one will begin at 11 a.m. Game two will take place shortly after should Harford lose game one.