Bankemper’s stellar effort lifts Catamounts past Hagerstown.

Patrick Bankemper

Potomac State's Patrick Bankemper records one of his fourteen strikeouts as Potomac State
downed Hagerstown Community College 12-2 Wednesday at Golden Park.
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Keyser, WV- Patrick Bankemper was simply masterful as he struck out fourteen Hagerstown Community College hitters as Potomac State thumped the Hawks 12-2 Wednesday afternoon at Golden Park.

Bankemper pitched 7 2/3 innings allowing just two unearned runs and walked only two HCC hitters as the sophomore lifted his record to 4-0.


“I really can’t remember the last time we had a guy strike out that many hitters in a game,” said Head Coach Doug Little. “He was really on his game; was always around the plate and worked really fast.”


“He has good stuff, but today his stuff was really sharp,” said Little.


“I just focused on throwing a lot of strikes, which is easy to do when you have confidence in your defense,” said Bankemper. “I have confidence that those guys will make the plays behind me.”


In addition to defense, the Catamounts also provided some offense as well.


Dave McNeill’s first inning three run home run highlighted a 5-run inning that gave PSC an early 5-0 lead against HCC starter Jordan Thurber.


After retiring the leadoff hitter, Thurber then walked the next three hitters, one of which scored on a wild pitch to give PSC a quick 1-0 lead before McNeill’s long home run to left gave the Cats a 4-0 lead. Ben Miller’s RBI single scored Jason Driver, who had singled, and made it 5-0.


“That inning was crucial for us,” said Little. “it gave us some cushion, because Thurber really settled in after that opening inning.”


Thurber and Bankemper matched zeros for the four innings before HCC, (21-11) got on the board in the sixth inning. At one point Bankemper struck out five straight HCC hitters.


Rashad Talley led off the inning drawing the first walk of the day from Bankemper. Seth Puffenberger then followed with a base hit to right that was misplayed by the Catamount right fielder that allowed Talley to score and Puffenberger ended up at third. A groundout from Thurber made the score 5-2.


Potomac State added four runs in the bottom of the seventh off HCC relievers Taylor Fulk and Cole Sellers. Highlighting the inning was a two-run double from Jason Driver and RBI’s from Nate Antone and Zach Markel.


The Catamounts ended the game in the bottom of the eighth when they added three more runs on RBI’s from Jake Ringold and Markel.


Ryan Bennett, Miller and Driver each finished with a two hits for PSC.


Potomac State, (16-6) will be right back in action on Thursday when the Catamounts host West Virginia Wesleyan for a doubleheader at 1PM.


Line Score:

HCC- 000 002 00- 2 3 2

PSC- 500 000 43- 12 10 2

HR- McNeill

HCC- Jordan Thurber (L-0-1), Taylor Fulk (5), Cole Sellers (6) and Corey Morgan

PS- Patrick Bankemper (W-4-0), Cody Ellsworth (8) and Dave McNeill