Baseball: Jones lifts Potomac State in thriller
8th-inning RBI double ruins Harford comeback, 11-10
Catamounts need one win for Region XX championship
BEL AIR — Jamison Jones’s double in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Potomac State an 11-10 victory over Harford in the Region XX Division I tournament on Saturday.
The Catamounts and Harford will play again today at 11 a.m. in the championship game. The Fighting Owls, who defeated Chesapeake 11-1 following their game with Potomac State, must beat the Catamounts twice to claim the Region XX title.
Potomac State (38-11-1), behind Adam Meeker’s three-run home run, took a 5-0 lead after the first inning. After six innings, Harford had closed to within three, 8-5.
In the top of the seventh, the Fighting Owls scored five runs behind Dalton Weeks’s three-run home run.
Potomac State, however, got back-to-back homers from Jones and Billy Sager to tie it at 10-10 before the game was delayed for two hours by rain.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Fraser Brown beat out an infield single and was pinch-run by Jamal Windom. Andrew Kowalo singled to right putting runners at first and third before Jones, who finished 5 of 6 with two singles, two doubles and a home run, doubled down the left-field line for the one run lead.
Reliever Kyle Elliott started the ninth and forced three-straight grounders to end the game.
“It was a dog-fight of a college baseball game,” said Potomac State head coach Doug Little. “They could have easily folded after giving up the lead but our guys battled back. It was a big win for us.”
Meeker added a double and Sager also had two base hits and two RBIs. Jamie Miller pitched six innings, Evan Mitchell came on in the seventh before Elliott closed in the ninth.
Harford (26-29-1) was led by Cody Brittain, who went 3 for 5 with a two-run home run in the sixth and two doubles and three RBIs. Brandon Smith had an RBI double in the second inning.