Softball: Potomac State sweeps Hagerstown

Carly Nixon
Carly Nixon eyes her three-run homer that ended game two via the mercy rule during PSC's sweep over HCC Saturday at Potomac State. Photo by Raymond Burner

Catamounts advance to Region XX semifinals with 7-6, 12-3 victories

KEYSER, W.Va. — Potomac State found plenty of pop in its bat Saturday afternoon, sending seven balls flying out of the park in two games at Potomac State, knocking off Hagerstown 7-6 and 12-3 in a best-of-three series to advance to the semifinals of the Region XX Tournament.

Carly Nixon hit one home run as the Cats opened with a one-run win, and then served as a set of bookends in the nine-run closing win by leading off the bottom of the first with a home run and then hitting a three-run blast as the final batter to force the mercy rule in the fifth inning. Her leadoff home run helped PSC get out to a 7-0 lead in the first.

Alyssa Jones had a two-run home run and added an RBI single in the 12-3 win, which improved the Cats to 29-7. Kendall Keplinger added a double.

Autumn Stotler hit a two-run single for the Hawks.

Potomac State hit four solo home runs in the opener — Nixon’s, one from Chelsea Shepherd and two from Josie Clark. Winning pitcher Beth Cook hit a double and two singles, and she was supported by a four-run fourth inning that jumped PSC from a 4-2 deficit to a 6-4 lead.

Hagerstown got solo home runs from Ashlynn Schaeffer and Kristin Haupt, as well as three singles from Katie Gelsinger and two doubles from Alexis Shearer.

The Catamounts will now play in the Region XX semifinals on Friday, 2 p.m., at Hagerstown and will face either Frederick or Catonsville. The Cougars beat the Cardinals 5-3 in the first game, only to see Catonsville bounce back with a 15-3 victory. Game three of their series is today with the winner serving as Potomac State’s opponent.