Potomac State Softball Cooks up another trip to Nationals

By Michael Minnich- Mineral Daily News Tribune

HAGERSTOWN—“Happy Mother's Day!” came the scream in unison from the Potomac State Lady Catamounts, Region XX plaque in hand.

It really was.

PSC crushed the College of Southern Maryland, 12-0, to win their second straight regional title in Hagerstown on Sunday and advance to the 16-team NJCAA Division II national tournament in Clinton, Miss., from May 18-21.

The Lady Cats (32-7) wasted little time: after starter Beth Cook worked around a one-out single, PSC hit around in the bottom of the first.

Beth Cook
Beth Cook

Carly Nixon started things with a single, moved to third on an error, and scored on a Chelsea Shepherd RBI single.

Cook then followed with a two-run home run: 3-0.

Kendall Keplinger singled and Cheyenne Earle reached on an error, forcing CSM to make a pitching change before they'd even recorded an out.

An RBI double by Ruby Fridley and RBI ground out from Alyssa Jones capped the big inning, giving PSC a 5-0 lead.

Potomac State added two more in the bottom of the second on a Nixon solo homer and a Cook sac fly, then left two in scoring position without scoring in the third.

Cook's second home run of the game, a solo shot, increased the lead to 8-0 after four innings.

A Nixon RBI single, an error, and a Keplinger RBI single moved it to 11-0 in the fifth, then Collins added a solo home run for good measure in the bottom of the sixth.

Cook pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only six hits.

Potomac State advanced to the championship round with a 3-1 win over Frederick on Saturday afternoon and a 3-2 victory against Chesapeake in eight innings earlier on Sunday.

Against Frederick, PSC fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but evened the score on a Christina Collins RBI single in the second.

The Lady Cats took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth: Collins singled and scored on a Carly Nixon double, then an error brought Nixon home.

Josie Clark's solo home run gave PSC a 1-0 lead against Chesapeake in the top of the second, then Chesapeake evened the score with a run in the bottom of the third.

Another clutch Clark hit, this time an RBI double, moved PSC back in front in the top of the sixth, but Chesapeake answered again in the home half of the inning.

Neither team was able to score in the seventh, sending the game to extras, where Beth Cook's solo home run stuck: 3-2, PSC, and into the championship round against CSM, who were 3-2 winners over Chesapeake in an elimination game between PSC's two Sunday contests.

Danica Rogers, Chelsea Shepherd, Josie Clark, and Beth Cook were named to the all-tournament team