Potomac State Baseball rallies for 6-4 win over Hagerstown

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Elliott McCummings delivers one of his four hits on the day as Potomac State downed Hagerstown Community College 6-4 at Golden Park.  Phot by Raymond Burner

Keyser, WV- Potomac State battled back from a 4-0 deficit to rally for a 6-4 win over Hagerstown Community College Tuesday afternoon at Golden Park.

Hagerstown jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first when Dylan Dunn drilled a two-run home run in the top of the first inning off Potomac State starter Tanner Everton.

The Hawks added two more runs in the third inning when Eric Schazenbacher singled with one out. He moved to second on a wild pitch and came around to score when Dunn drove in his third run of the game with a single to right field. Dunn then scored on a sacrifice fly from Garrett Sprankle to increase the lead to 4-0.

Hagerstown starter Tanner Partelow held Potomac State scoreless through the first four innings before the Catamounts finally broke through with three runs in the fifth inning.

In the Potomac State fifth, the Catamounts had four straight singles from Elliott McCummings, Tre Porter, Scott Fox and Connar Bastaich, with Bastaich’s hit scoring two. Alex Levitan followed with a sacrifice fly that was dropped by the HCC outfielder that allowed Fox to score and make the score 4-3.

Jamie Miller came on to relieve Everton in the sixth and gave PSC 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. His work from the bullpen was good enough to pick up the win.

Potomac State took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when Alex Levitan was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning against HCC reliever Cooper Ayers. After an unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempt and a flyout Jamison Jones grounded a single to put runners at first and second.

David Kimbrough then delivered a ringing single that scored Levitan and tied the score at four. McCummings followed with another hit, his fourth of the day, to score Jones and give PSC a 5-4 lead. One hitter later Kimbrough scampered home on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 6-4.

Miller retired the Hawks in order in the ninth to close out the game. The freshman struck out four in his effort.

Potomac State Head Coach Doug Little knows these are the type of games his Catamounts can expect in the near future:

“I told our team that this was a great game for us today, of course it was a good win against a good team; but more than that it was a close, intense game, which was back and forth. This is exactly the type of games we can expect to see in the Region XX Tournament.”

Potomac State, now 32-13, will again be in a key Region XX matchup when they travel to Aberdeen, MD on Friday for a doubleheader with Harford Community College. The twin bill begins at 4:30p.m. at Ripken Stadium. Admission for fans will be $5.00.