2014 Region XX Tournament set to begin on Friday
Jamison Jones (30) and the Potomac State Baseball team will be in search of their twelfth Region XX Championship in the last fifteen years when the open up play in the 2014 Division I Baseball Tournament on Friday at Harford Community College. Photo by Raymond Burner
Keyser, WV- On Friday the Potomac State Baseball team will be heading on the road in search of their twelfth Region XX Championship in the last fifteen years.
Potomac State College will open the 2014 Region XX Tournament on Friday when they travel to Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD to face the number 4 seed Chesapeake College at 1:00 pm in the second game of the tourney.
The opening two games of the tournament will take place Friday. Chesapeake College (26-23), the fourth seed, faces the number one seed, and the defending Region XX Champions Potomac State College (36-11-1), who are receiving votes in the latest NJCAA Division 1 Baseball poll at 1:00 p.m. That game will be preceded by the number two seed Hagerstown Community College (32-22) against the number three seed Harford Community College (25-28-1) at 10:00 a.m.
Potomac State swept a pair of games over Chesapeake this season. On April 21 the Catamounts downed the Skipjacks by a score of 10-4. Jamie Miller pitched eight strong innings, and PSC got home runs from Tre Porter and Jamison Jones to secure the win.
Then on this past Sunday PSC outslugged Chesapeake 16-8. Evan Mitchell picked up the win in relief with 4 2/3 innings of work.
The Catamounts faced the Skipjacks in the second game of last year’s Region XX Tournament and won by a score of 9-1 with a complete game effort from Sam Vincenzo.
The tournament figures to be a slugfest as Hagerstown Community College’s Philip Pietro currently leads all of NJCAA Division I hitters with a .483 batting average. The Hawks Nick Rabat is also hitting over .400 with a .408 average and a tournament high 64 runs batted in.
Potomac State is currently 14th in the nation with a team batting average of .338. Hagerstown is 50th with an average of .310, while Harford and Chesapeake check in at 101 (.290) and 104 (.289) respectively.
Harford’s Cody Brittain comes into the tournament red-hot with a team leading .400 batting average, with four home runs and 32 runs batted in. The Fighting Owls also have power-hitting Tyler Napierala who has a seven home runs on the year.
Potomac State has also used the long ball this season as well as they rank 28th in the country with 31. Tre Porter leads the Catamounts with seven home runs. In addition seven other Catamounts have hits more than one home run, including Jamison Jones who has five.
Billy Sager leads Potomac State with a .398 average while Elliott McCummings is hitting .383 with 32 runs batted in.
For Chesapeake, Eric Enrico and Mitch Sutton are the ones swinging the big sticks. Enrico leads the Skipjacks with five home runs, while Sutton is hitting at a .373 clip.
The winner of the double-elimination tournament will then travel to the NJCAA Eastern District Baseball Tournament beginning May 16 against the winner and runner-up from Region X and the winner from Region XV. The tournament will be hosted by the Region X winner.
The winner of the District finals will advance to the 2014 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. Potomac State went to the 2011 series where they finished third. PSC also went to three straight JUCO World Series in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and with Hagerstown Community College's trip in 2008, the Eastern District has been represented by a Region XX school five of the last ten years.
2014 NJCAA DIVISION 1 REGION XX BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
May 9-11 at Harford Community College
Friday, May 9
Game 1- 10am - Hagerstown Community College (32-22) vs. Harford Community College (25-28-1)
Game 2- 1pm - Chesapeake College (26-23) vs. Potomac State College (36-11-1)
Game 3- 4pm - Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2 (Game 3)
Saturday, May 10
Game 4- 11am - Winner game 1 vs. Winner game 2
Game 5- 2:30pm - Winner game 3 vs. Loser game 4
Sunday, May 11
Game 6- 11am - Winner game 4 vs. Winner game 5
Game 7- 2:30 - (If necessary) game played only if undefeated team loses
Winner of Region XX tournament will travel to the Eastern District tournament on May 16-18 hosted by the Region X winner.
Region XX winner, Region 15 (NY), Region X (NC, SC) 2 teams