Baseball: Potomac State rallies for win over Hagerstown

Zach Markel
Zach Markel leads Potomac State past Hagerstown Community College Friday afternoon at Golden Park.  Photo Courtesy Raymond Burner.

Keyser, WV-  Zach Markel drove in six runs with a single and two doubles to lead Potomac State over Hagerstown Community College 13-8 Friday afternoon at a sunny Golden Park.

Potomac State trailed by six runs in the fourth inning, but used an eight run sixth inning to take the lead.

The Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single from Jacob Keeney and a sacrifice fly from Josh Knupp.  Up until that point PSC starter Brendan Miller had been perfect, retiring the first six HCC batters; five via the strikeout.

Miller ran into more trouble in the fourth when HCC opened the inning with back-to-back singles and a hit batsman to load the bases.  After a strikeout, Andrew Zeglar lined a single that scores two runs.  Knupp added an RBI single that increased the Hawks lead to 6-0.

“Brendan came out and looked really focused and sharp”, said Potomac State Head Coach Doug Little.  “He just ran into a little trouble in the third and fourth innings.  Fortunately for us he was able to minimize the damage beyond that and keep it at six (runs).”

Potomac State finally got on the board against HCC starter Steve Chrzanowski, who had faced the minimum through the first three innings.  Zach Stolipher lined a one out single and then came around to score on a deep double from Markel.

Miller struck out the side in the top of the sixth inning setting the stage for the Catamounts’ big inning.

David Kimbrough opened the inning with a walk.  A T.J Weisenburg single through the left side was followed by a walk from Stolipher.  Markel then grounded a ball through the infield that scored two runs.

Ryan LaRose then followed with a bunt single to re-load the bases.  Joel Rosencrance grounded out to first to score Stolipher.  Jake Potter then drilled a hard single up the middle to score Markel.

Stephen Miele added a sacrifice fly that was followed by an RBI from Kimbrough and a two-run single from Weisenburg to take a 9-6 lead.

In all Potomac State sent 12 hitters to the plate in the inning, with six hits, three walks and 8 RBI’s.

HCC battled back in the seventh inning on an RBI single from Dylan Dunn and picked up another run on a PSC double play to tighten the game back up at 9-8.

Potomac State added four insurance runs in the eighth led again by a big hit from Markel.  Ryan Conner opened the frame with an infield single and Kimbrough drew his third walk of the game.  After a sacrifice bunt from Weisenburg, Stolipher drew a walk to load the bases.  Kyle Mann then came on to run for Stolipher .

Markel then drove a deep double to right field to clear the bases giving PSC some breathing room.

“I had a good day at the plate because I was swing at pitches I could drive”, said Markel.  “The guys in front of battled to get on base and hitting is contagious.  But this was a great team win as every guy on the team did their part.  The guys on the bench were involved and helped our hitters get rolling today.”

The Catamounts added another run in the inning when Potter drove in Markel for his third RBI of the game.

Michael Drye picked up his second save of the season as the freshman worked a scoreless eighth and ninth inning for the Catamounts.

“There is no doubt about it- we needed this win,” said Little.  “We have been scuffling and today I hope will get us going the way we are used to going.  We just need to keep playing hard, doing the little things and getting a great team effort.  Those things give you a chance to win.”

Miller picked up the win to raise his record to 4-2.  The burly sophomore struck out eleven Hagerstown hitters in six innings of work and walked just one.

Markel and LaRose each finished with three hits for PSC. 

Potomac State hits the road on Saturday with a 2PM twin bill at Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw, VA.