Potomac State Baseball World Series Bound

JUCO Bound
Potomac State College celebrates another trip to the DI Baseball JUCO World Series
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Keyser, WV- Potomac State Head Baseball Coach Doug Little has taken his teams to World Series’ before and knows how hard it is to get back. On Sunday his baseball came through with a 6-4 extra innings win over Pitt Community College to propel Potomac State College back to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction Colorado.

 

“Words can’t describe it,’ said Little. “I am extremely proud of our players and coaches and thrilled to be going back to Grand Junction and the Junior College World Series.”

 

Pitt won the opening game on Saturday by a score of 4-1 when Pitt’s Christian Pfaff stifled the Potomac State bats as the hard throwing freshman did not allow a base hit until the ninth inning.

Tyler Molinaro launched a2-run home run and Mike Wetherington added an RBI double to lift the Bulldogs to the win and set the stage for a winner take all game in the finale of the Eastern District Tournament.

 

In the top of the first Potomac State, (who were the visiting team via a coin flip), got more hits from the first three batters than they did in all of the previous game when Ryan Bennett and Jake Ringold opened the inning with singles. Nate Antone then followed with a double down the line that scored Bennett. Zach Markel drove home Ringold with a groundout and Dave McNeill followed with a sacrifice fly to score Antone and give PSC a quick 3-0 lead.

 

The Catamounts added a run in the fourth inning when J.K. Filauro scored on a sacrifice fly from brother Alan Filauro to make the score 4-0.

 

PSC starter Cody Ellsworth held the Pitt hitters in check through the first four innings aided by back to back diving catches from shortstop Jason Driver to end the fourth.

 

Pitt pushed two runs across in the fifth when three straight singles from Jake Dutkiewicz, Ryan Stetson and Zach Smith opened the inning. RBI’s from Smith and Micah Jarrett made the score 4-2.

 

A leadoff home run from Pitt’s Brad Hunter ended the day for Ellsworth and cut the score to 4-3. Austin Art, who worked an inning in the first game on Saturday, came out of the bullpen for Potomac State and retired three straight hitters

 

Pitt tied the game in the seventh at 4-4 when Tanner Lovich drove in Tyler Molinaro who had opened the inning with a walk versus PSC’s Ben Miller who had recorded a save in Friday’s win. Pitt had the bases loaded when Little when back to the bullpen and summoned freshman Brendan Miller who had not worked in two weeks. The hard throwing freshman promptly struck out the first hitter he faced then got out of the inning when he got Dutkiewitz to ground out to Driver.

 

Pitt pitched out of a jam in the eighth when PSC’s Mike Virbickis opened the inning with a walk. After moving to third on a sacrifice bunt and a fly ball, Virbickis later tried to score from third on a wild pitch, but Pitt catcher Jacob Golliday was able to track down the ball and retire a sliding Virbickis at the plate.

 

Little then turned to the bullpen. This time it was Nate Antone to head to the mound from his normal third base position. The rangy right hander pitched out of a jam in the eighth and a leadoff walk in the ninth to set the stage for the tenth inning.

 

In both innings Pitt had the winning run at third base and both times Antone was able to retire the final hitter on a pop up.

 

“I can’t say enough about the job our guys did out of the bullpen,” said Little. “Cody gave us a great start, Austin was very solid, Benny was a bit tired, but gave us a great effort and Brendan and Nate were outstanding.”

 

In the tenth inning, Potomac State got a leadoff single from T.J. Weisenburg. Jason Driver then laid down a bunt that Pitt was able to retie the lead runner at second to leave Driver at first with one out. Driver stole second and then J. K. Filauro was hit with a pitch to put runner at first and second. Ben Miller then grounded a ball behind first that was fielded by the first baseman who out raced Miller to the bag for the second out.

 

Alan Filauro then blooped a ball down the right field line that just stayed fair to score Driver and J.K. Filauro and give Potomac State a 6-4 lead and three outs from a return trip to Grand Junction.

 

Antone got the first out on a pop up that catcher Alan Filauro secured just in front of the back stop. Antone struck out the second batter before Micah Jarrett singled to prolong the inning. Antone then got Tanner Lovich to hit a high pop that T.J. Weisenburg secured for the final out of the game.

 

“There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Grand Junction, Colorado,” said a thrilled Little. “We were fortunate to go three straight years in 2004, 2005 and 2006, we made some good friends out there and the entire city goes all out for the JUCO World Series. Our guys are going to have the time of their lives.”

 

 

Game 2

Pitt- 003 000 010- 4 6 1
PSC- 000 000 001- 1 2 0

Pitt- Christian Pfaff , Mike Williams (9) and Mike Weatherington
PS- Patrick Bankemper, Austin Art (8) and Alan Filauro, Mason Hershey (9)

HR- Tyler Molinaro-Pitt

 

Game 3

PSC- 300 100 000 2- 6 10 1
Pitt- 000 002 110 0- 4 12 1

Pitt- Kevin Buran, Jacob Baker, (5) , Matt Neal (8) and Jacob Golliday
PSC- Cody Ellsworth, Austin Art, (6), Ben Miller, (7), Brendan Miller, (7), Nate Antone, (8) and Alan Filauro

HR- Tyler Molinaro, Bran Hunter-Pitt