Potomac State edges Pitt 2-1 in opening game of District Tournament

Andy Smithmyer
Andy Smithmyer pitched eight solid innings as Potomac State snuck past Pitt 2-1 in the opening
game of the NJCAA DI Eastern District Tournament at Golden Park.
Photo Courtesy www.raymondburner.com

Keyser, WV- You would expect nothing less than a great game when two of the top JUCO baseball teams in the country face off. Friday’s game did not disappoint as Potomac State edged Pitt Community College 2-1 in front of a large crowd at Golden Park.


Potomac State’s Andy Smithmyer outdueled Pitt’s Griffen Jones as the two sophomores were both dominate on the mound striking out eight hitters apiece.


Pitt broke through in the third inning when Tyler Molinaro led off the inning with a walk. Ryan Cranmer then lifted a long double to right field that scored Molinaro all the way from first to give Pitt a 1-0 lead.


Griffen held Potomac State scoreless through the first six innings striking out seven of the first 18 outs.


The Catamounts finally got to Griffen in the seventh when Zach Markel led off the inning with walk he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Dave McNeill. After a strikeout J.K. Filauro snuck a base hit through the left side to put runners at first and third. Ben miller then laced a base hit to left field to score Markel and knot the game at 1-1.


In the top of the eighth inning Potomac State had a good start as Ryan Bennett led off the inning with an infield single. Jake Ringold then grounded a hard groundball right at Pitt first baseman Tyler Molinaro who opted for the out at second on the lead runner. The ball was bobbled at second and Bennett was ruled safe at second.


Pitt Head Coach Tommy Eason then summoned Mike Wetherington from the bullpen. The sophomore right hander then induced Potomac Stat’s Nate Antone into a double play that slickly played by Tanner Lovick.

Just as it looked like Pitt would escape the inning without further damage, Zach Markel drew a walk and the final pitch of the at bat skipped away allowing Bennett to score from third base.

Smithmyer was able to escape the bottom of the eighth, when after retiring the first two hitters; he allowed three straight walks to load the bases. He then struck out the final hitter to strand the bases loaded.


Potomac State turned to Ben Miller in the final inning and the southpaw responded by striking out the first two hitters and retired the final hitter on a fly ball to right.


The two teams will face off again on Saturday starting at 11:00a.m.


Potomac State-           000 000 110- 2 7 0

Ptt-                            001 000 000- 1 2 1

PS- Andy Smithmyer, Ben Miller, (9) and Alan Filauro
Pitt- Griffen Jones, Mike Wetherington, (8) and Jacob Golliday