Baseball: Potomac State falls in Regional

HAGERSTOWN, MD — Justin Smith homered, scored three runs, knocked in three runs and pitched the final two innings of a Monday afternoon slugfest that sent Hagerstown   Community College to a 14-10 victory over Potomac State in the Region XX, Division I baseball tournament at Municipal Stadium.

The loss knocked Potomac State out of the double-elimination tournament. Harford (50-8-1) defeated Hagerstown   (37-9-1) later in the day 16-8 to win the region championship.

Potomac State, which had beaten Hagerstown in the tournament opener 5-1 and had won both regular-season games with the Hawks, ended its season with a 28-16 record.

Matt Kline went 3 for 4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs, Geraghty Showe had three singles, and Sinjin Shoop a triple, single and three runs for Hagerstown.

Potomac State leadoff man Alex Taylor went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Dominic Peroni smacked a pair of doubles and knocked in two runs, Bryce Crawford singled twice and scored twice and Mitchell Henshaw   added a double and two RBIs for the Catamounts, who led 6-1 after two innings but were outscored 13-4 the rest of the way.

Peroni had an RBI double, Henshaw a two-run double and Brock Bonadio an RBI single that gave the Cats a 4-1 lead in the first inning. Peroni had another RBI double during a two-run second that boosted the lead to 6-1.

Hagerstown scored four times in the third and took a brief 7-6 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth, getting two walks, an error and two singles. Smith’s single made it 7-6.

Potomac State answered with three runs in the bottom half, taking a 9-7 lead on a two-run single by Gochenour.

The lead went back to Hagerstown, this time for good, when the Hawks scored three times in the fifth, again with two walks, an error and two singles. Quin Ambeault’s two-out RBI single put the Hawks ahead to stay at 10-9.

Smith hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 12-9, and Smith got out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the Potomac State seventh with the help of a pair of strikeouts.

The Hawks scored two insurance runs, both unearned, in the ninth to seal it.

Smith pitched the final three innings, allowed four hits and one run, walked four and struck out six. Colby Meyers got the win, allowing five hits and one earned run in five innings, having come on in relief of starter Colby Smith in the second inning.

Potomac State pitchers Tanner Skidmore, Sebastian Williamson and Hunter Stafford yielded 12 hits, walked 13 and struck out eight, but only eight of the 14 runs allowed were earned.

Game 2: Harford 8 Potomac State 4

Tre Todd and John Mastrangelo homered and Harford scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to clinch the win in Sunday’s late game.

Peyton Sorrells and Ryan Shinn went 3 for 5 and the bottom third of the Harford lineup — Mastrangelo, C.J. Lopez and Shawn Nickles, had six hits and five RBIs.

Mastangelo hit a solo home run in the fourth and Todd’s solo homer in the sixth gave the Fighting Owls their first lead at 4-3.

Lopez hit a two-run single in the eighth after the Catamounts had gotten to within a run in the top of the inning.

Potomac State took a 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Brandon Gochenour and a sacrifice fly by Joe LaRocca. An RBI double by Bryce Crawford made it 3-0 in the second before Harford started its comeback.

The Cats loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter with two out in the top of the ninth but the Owls got out of the jam with a strikeout to end the game.

Crawford, Alex Taylor and Dominic Perini doubled   for Potomac State,   which was outhit 14-4.

Game 1: Potomac State 5 Hagerstown 1

Bryce Crawford had two hits and scored two runs, and Andrue Hughart took a shutout into the ninth inning to lead Potomac State to a over Hagerstown Community College Brandon Gochenour also had two hits, Dominic Peroni and David Delawder hit RBI doubles and Alex Taylor added an RBI single for the Catamounts.

Hughart, scattered six hits over the first eight innings and was three outs from a shutout when Hagerstown’s Justin Smith led off the top of the ninth with a home run. The Hawks, with a single, walk and hit batter, loaded the bases with two out but Hughart got Brandon Toloso on an infield pop up to end the game.

Hughart, backed by an errorless defense, settled for an eight-hitter, walked three and struck out three.

Potomac State took a 1-0 lead in the third when Crawford tripled with one out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Taylor. The lead grew to 2-0 in the fourth when Peroni walked, Gochenour singled and Mitchell Henshaw hit an RBI single to right.

Potomac State broke the game open a bit with a three-run seventh. Again, Crawford started things with a one-out hit, this time a single. After a walk to Taylor smacked an RBI double to right to score Crawford, and Peroni followed with a two-run double to left for a 5-0 advantage.

Quin Ambeault and Geraghty Showe had two singles for Hagerstown.