Baseball: Catamounts claw past Chesapeake 11-9

Keyser, WV-For the past two seasons, Zach Markel has hit in the middle of Potomac State’s lineup.  On Wednesday at Golden Park he showed why. 

The sweet swinging sophomore led the Catamounts by going 4-4 including a first inning home run as Potomac State downed Chesapeake College 11-9.

Markel finished with a two run-home run, a walk and four singles leading the Catamounts’ 12-hit attack.

“Just seeing the ball well today,” said Markel.  It’s a huge win to boost our confidence and get ready for playoffs.”

Jake Potter added three hits of his own; ending his day just a home run short of the cycle, with a single, double and triple.

Joel Rosencrance picked up the win on the mound for Potomac State as the hard throwing sophomore pitched 5 2/3 innings of solid relief work.

“Joel really gave us a boast,” said Potomac State Head Coach Doug Little.  “He came in pounded the strike zone and threw up several zeros on the scoreboard.  His effort on the mound was the difference in the game.” 

Little was also quick to credit the hitters for the Catamounts as well.  “Our hitters did a great job of situational hitting effort and battling at the plate.”

Markel’s two run home run in the first gave PSC a quick 2-0 lead. 

Chesapeake answered back in the second with three runs highlighted by a two run single from Matt Schotanus off of PSC starter Brendan Miller.

PSC took a 4-3 lead in the second inning when Potter scored on a wild pitch after leading off the inning with a triple.  T.J Weisenburg added a run with ground out.

The Skipjacks retook the lead with four runs which started with a leadoff home run from Ricky Brady.  Ryan Apodaca added two more runs with a two-run single.

PSC exploded for six runs in the bottom half of the frame.  The biggest hit was a bases loaded single from Ryan Conner that slid past the Chesapeake outfielder and allowed three runs to score.  Steve Miele and Zach Stolipher added RBI hits to aid the offensive onslaught and make the score 10-7.

PSC added one more run in the sixth inning when Markel scored on a sacrifice fly from Potter.

Chesapeake threatened in the ninth with back to back doubles from Kameron Stewart and Bardy.  Joel Rowe’s RBI single ended the day for Rosencrance and closed the gap to 11-9.

Mike Drye then came in to close the game, retiring the two batters he faced to pick up the win.

Schotanus and Rowe led the Skipjacks with two hits apiece.

Potomac State travels to Pittsburgh, PA to face off with CCAC-South for a 1PM doubleheader on Thursday.  The games will be played at Clairton Park.