Potomac State falls to Central Arizona at JUCO World Series

Catamounts finish JUCO in 3rd place

Potomac State’s improbable run at the Alpine Bank JUCO Division I World Series ended late Friday night as top-ranked Central Arizona eliminated the 16th-ranked Catamounts 16-6 at Sam Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, CO.

The Vaqueros (56-14), behind a Nick Carrillo home run and combined eight RBIs from Willie Johnson (3-for-4) and Jorge Flores, popped ahead 8-1 through three innings and cruised into Saturday’s championship match with Navarro of Texas.

Potomac State (38-12) had forced a rematch with the nation’s top-ranked team with a convincing 11-3 victory on Thursday. The game was stopped after eight innings by the eight-run rule.

Catamounts first baseman Zach Markel went 1-for-4 in the loss, dipping his five-game World Series average to .500 (9-for-18).

Ben Miller added two hits and Alan Filauro added two RBI’s with a double in the fourth inning.

Potomac State (38-12), the 1995 national champion, was making its fourth World Series appearance since 2004 and seventh overall.

Potomac State finished as the 3rd team at the JUCO World Series.

All five games that Potomac State played in this year’s World Series have been against teams ranked among the top 10 in the most recent national poll. Three of the five have been against No. 1 Central Arizona .