Cardiac Catamounts eliminate Seward County

Alan Filauro juco

Potomac State (W. Va.) College catcher Alan Filauro hits a deep fly ball Tuesday he thought was headed out of Suplizio Field, but it fell short to tie the game for the first time in the fifth inning of the Catamounts’ 12-11 come-from-behind victory over Seward County (Kan.) in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series. Photo by Dean Humphrey

Nate Antone knew he had one more good fastball in him.

“My heart was pounding, the adrenaline was flowing,” Antone said Tuesday after striking out Jake Barrios with runners on first and third to preserve Potomac State (W.Va.) College’s 12-11 win over Seward County (Kan.) Community College.

“I reached back and was able to get a little more on the fastball and get it by him.”

Antone, who started at third base, but came on to pitch after JT Bean led off the sixth with a triple to the right-field corner, picked up the win by going four innings, allowing one run on three hits.

Offensively, he got the Catamounts (36-11) going with a one-out single in the fifth, scoring when Dave Mcneill fouled out behind first base. Jason Driver’s double scored Zach Markel, and after J.K. Filauro walked and Ben Miller reached on an error, Alan Filaruo drilled a double to left to clear the bases.

Just like that, the Catamounts had erased a 9-5 deficit and led 10-9.

“Today I was just lucky enough to help my team with two doubles and a home run,” Alan Filauro said. “It feels great. There’s a lot riding on this. It’s just great to be able to advance.”

Potomac overcame a couple of stellar performances by the Saints (39-16), who were trying to come all the way back after losing their opener.

Barrios hit a three-run inside-the-park home run in the fourth, driving the ball to the power alley in left-center. Potomac State center fielder Jake Ringold tried to make a diving catch, but the ball was just beyond his reach, and the ball rolled all the way to the wall.

Barrios screamed around the bases and scored standing up, giving Seward County a 8-3 lead.

Jordan Dallalio tripled and scored in the second and hit a solo home run in the third for the Saints, who had a dozen hits and had a chance to take the lead in the ninth.

Antone, though, has a fresh arm after injuring his shoulder earlier this season.

“We lost him for about a month and a half,” Potomac coach Doug Little said. “He played defense, but he hurt his shoulder early in the year and wasn’t full strength throwing. We held him out (pitching) for a long time. I’m gonna guess he’s got 10, 12 innings now. We use him at the end, he plays a lot of defense and we don’t try to throw him a lot.

“Today was an exception. He threw longer than he normally does, but he did a great job.”

The Catamounts made three straight appearances in Grand Junction starting in 2004, winning one or two games before being eliminated. This season, Potomac wants to hang around as long as possible.

“We’ve got a long way to go, but we get to play another day,” Little said.

His players made sure of that.

“The last couple of times we were here it’s been like we’re happy we’re here,” Alan Filauro said. “This year we’re here to do some damage and see where it takes us.”