Potomac State Softball opens up National Championship play on Wednesday

 Potomac State Softball Ragion XX Champs

The 2015 Potomac State Softball team picked up their 1st ever Region XX Title and are now looking for a National Championship.  Photo by Raymond Burner

By Roy Harper

The Potomac State College softball team fresh off their first ever Region XX Championship, find themselves ready for another first: the pressure of the national stage.

The Lady Catamounts will open up the NJCAA Division II National Championship held May 13-16 at Traceway Park in Clinton, MS on Wednesday.

“It feels good to be representing Potomac State College and Region XX at the National Tournament, said Potomac State Head Coach Jim Walton.

Potomac State, 28-11 has been seeded 16th in the tournament and will open up play against the number one seed Phoenix College, who are currently 51-10.  The Bears are presently ranked fourth in the latest NJCAA poll.

SoftballPhoenix is ranked sixth in hitting with a .398 batting average, while the Catamounts check in with a .359 average, good enough for 26th in the country.

Phoenix is no stranger to the national stage as they have won nine National Championships, (1979, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2012).  They have won the Region I championship 13 of the last 16 years.

How does Potomac State Head Coach Jim Walton fell about all that pressure?

“We are excited about the challenge,” said Walton.  “To be honest I’d rather not be facing them right out of the chute, but I’ll take it as a great opportunity for our team and we plan to give it all we have.  I think we are ready to play.”

Potomac State picked up their Region XX Championship on May 3rd with a 5-3 win over Chesapeake College, who was ranked 20th in the NJCAA.

Shayna Vetter picked up the win on the mound with seven innings of solid work allowing just six hits and three runs. Vetter is currently 39th in the NJCAA with an ERA of 2.00

Hali Jarrell and Vetter both drove in two runs apiece, while Beth Cook added three hits.

For more info go the NJCAA Championship page.

For complete bracket of games, click here.

WELD Radio AM 690 plans to carry the games.  You can listen here.