Baseball: Another rally costs Catamounts

BEL AIR, MD — Zach Musgrove got the scoring started with a home run in the first inning, but Hagerstown responded with three runs in the second to stave off Potomac State, 4-2, on Friday in the NJCAA Division I Region XX Tournament, hosted by Harford Community College.

After Dominic Peroni hit a two-out single to center, Musgrove planted a ball over the left field fence to put the Catamounts ahead 2-0.

In the top half of the second, Colby Shimmel led off the inning with a hit by pitch before advancing to second. Austin Moser walked and Tanner Helms loaded the bases with a bunt single.

Hagerstown got on the board when Doug Cassera singled up the middle to move every runner up a base. Nate Cotton tied the game 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to score Moser and Robbie Houck doubled down the left field line to give Hagerstown the lead for good.

Potomac State starting pitcher Jeff Wong struck out Andrew Wenner before getting Quin Ambeault to line out to get out of the inning with two Hagerstown runners stranded on the basepaths.

Shimmel hit an RBI double in the sixth to put the score at 4-2.

The Catamounts got a rally going in the bottom of the ninth when Joe Dodrill hit a two-out double before Pete Costigan reached base on an infield single. Patrick O’Connor, who pitched 2 1/3 innings and got the save for Hagerstown, forced a fly out to left field to end the game.

Musgrove finished with a home run and a single, Peroni had a double and a single and Sebastian Williamson singled.

Potomac State’s season ends at 35-11.