Potomac State Baseball wins Region XX Championship


Potomac State starting pitcher Austin Art, (51) throws to first to retire a runner on a ball that was bunted during the Championship game of the Region XX Championship at Golden Park.  Potomac State defeated Anne Arundel 17-3 to claim their 10th title in 12 years. Photo Courtesy Raymond Burner

Catamounts claim 10th title in 12 years.

Keyser, WV- Potomac State banged out nineteen hits en route to a 17-3 win over Anne Arundel Community College to claim the 2011 DI Region XX Baseball Title.


Dave McNeill and Ryan Bennett both had three hits for the Catamounts who have now won 10 Region XX crowns since 2000.


“It’s never easy to win Championships,” said Potomac State Head Coach Doug Little. “This was a tough tournament and we had tough games with all three teams; we are proud to represent the Region in the District Championship.”


Potomac State will now host Pitt Community College in the Eastern District starting Friday at Golden Park. Pitt defeated Potomac State a year ago to advance to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.


Anne Arundel jumped out to a quick 1-0 in the first inning when Charles Daily was hit by a pitch to start the game. Dan Seeba then bunted Daily up to second. Kyle Gatz then delivered a single to score Dailey on PSC started Austin Art.


Potomac State answered in the bottom of the first when Ryan Bennett and Jake Ringold hit back to back singles to open the inning. Nate Antone was then hit with a pitch to load the bases. Zach Markel then drew a walk to tie the game at 1-1. Dave McNeill then lined a ball to left that allowed Ringold to score on a sacrifice fly and give PSC a 2-1 lead.


AACC tied it in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth with similar scenarios. In the fourth, Tyler Drinkhard led off the inning with a double. After a sacrifice bunt, Drinkhard came home on a groundout from Dan Morris. In the fifth, Dan Seeba was hit with a pitch to open the inning, moved to second on a stolen base and then to third on a bunt before scoring on a Kyle Gatz groundout. Anne Arundel used the sacrifice bunt five times during the course of the game.


“We were not able to retire their leadoff hitter early in the game, but we were able to make all the plays on the bunts to stay out of big innings,” said Little.


PSC starter Austin Art allowed three runs, all of which came as a result of leadoff hitters reaching base, however Art picked up five assists as a result of the Pioneer bunt efforts. Art picked up the win with five innings pitched. The sophomore picked up three strikeouts and walked just one. Patrick Bankemper, who was ineffective one day earlier against Harford came on in the sixth inning and held Anne Arundel scoreless for the remainder of the game.


“I was proud and happy for Patrick,” said Little. “He was really disappointed with his effort yesterday, and for him to bounce back was big for him and big for us.” Bankemper struck out four and walked nobody to pick up the save.


Potomac State took the lead in the fifth inning when Zach Markel walked with one out and moved to third on Dave McNeill’s bloop single. Jason Driver drove in Markel with a sacrifice fly and McNeill scored later on a single from Ben Miller.


PSC started to pull away in the sixth with a four-run inning, that was highlighted by a two-run double from Nate Antone and RBI single from Driver.

An eight run inning for PSC capped off that day. The Catamountsd picked up RBI’s from Alan Filauro, Bennett, Ringold, Markel, J.K. Filauro and Ben Miller.


In all Potomac State had 44 hits in the three games of the Region XX Tournament.


“We swung the bat well this weekend, but it was a total team effort. It has to be to win this thing. We have a great group of guys who are unselfish, go about their job in a business-like fashion and enjoy the game. I am proud of them.”



AACC- 100 110 000- 3 6 0
PSC - 200 024 18x- 17 19 0



AA- Garret Sancomb, Trent Boatright, (6), Bill Poulakis, (7),Tyler Blake, (8), Dane Seeba, (9) and Kyle Gatz

PS- Austin Art, Patrick Bankemper, (6) and Alan Filauro, Mason Hershey, (9)