SOFTBALL: Potomac State World Series bound

Potomac State Softball claimed their first Region XX Championship and punched their ticket to the World Series

Catamounts beat Chesapeake 5-3 to capture first Region XX title, advance to national tournament

KEYSER, W.Va. — It was a home run at the end of the first game that provided the impetus in the second game as Potomac State College defeated Chesapeake 5-3 to claim its first Region XX championship Sunday afternoon at Potomac State.

The Catamounts, now 28-11, advance to the NJCAA Division II Softball Championship to be held May 13-16 at Traceway Park in Clinton, Miss. The schedule for the 16-team tournament is to be determined.

“It was a geat weekend,” said Potomac State head coach Jim Walton. “We were the number two seed, so we knew we had to go out and prove it.”

Potomac State, having defeated top-seeded Chesapeake 8-1 on Saturday and Allegany 4-1 on Friday, only needed one win on Sunday for the championship.

Chesapeake defeated Frederick, 4-3, Sunday morning for the right to play the Catamounts for the Region XX title. To do that, however, the Skipjacks would need to beat Potomac State twice.

Two four-run innings — in the second and sixth — led to an 8-3 victory in the first game as Brooke Wills drove in three runs on two hits and Bridgette Garvey had two RBIs on two hits, including a double.

Starting pitcher Kara Wood held Potomac State to four hits in picking up the victory.

For the Catamounts, however, a three-run home run over the centerfield fence by Chelsea Shepherd in the seventh inning provided a spark for the next game.

“We were flat the whole first game,” said Potomac State head coach Jim Walton. “When Shepherd hit the home run, that got us motivated and we hit the ball much better.”

In the championship game, Potomac State led 5-0 after two and a half innings, as winning pitcher Shayna Vetter and Hali Jarrell both had two RBIs. Jarrell’s two-run single gave Potomac State a 2-0 lead after the second inning and Vetter’s double drove in two in the three-run third for the 5-0 lead.

Vetter led Potomac State’s nine hits with two doubles and a base hit. Beth Cook also had three hits with two singles and a double.

Vetter limited the Skipjacks to six hits without getting a strikeout. Gina Fasana was the only multiple hitter with two singles.

“She pitched a real nice game,” said Walton.

Chesapeake scored its first run in the sixth and then made things interesting with two in the bottom of the seventh.

The championship out came on a pop fly to first with one base runner on.

“It got a little scary there at the end, only being up two and having the tying run at the plate, before we got the out,” said Walton.

Chesapeake finished its season 25-13 and Frederick closed at 20-17.