Softball: Potomac State one win from national tournament

Catamounts upset Catonsville, beat Chesapeake to reach Region XX final

FREDERICK, MD — Fourth-seeded Potomac State upset No. 1 seed Catonsville 9-1 in the first game of the Region XX Tournament that had been pushed back two days because of Rain. 

The Catamounts later defeated Chesapeake 6-4 to advance to the championship game that will be played today at 5:30 p.m. Potomac State (25-13) will play the winner of today's 3:30 game between Catonsville and Chesapeake. The Catamounts will have to be beaten twice to keep from advancing to the national tournament for a third year in a row.

A second game, if necessary, will be played on Tuesday at a time to be determined.

In Sunday's opening game, complete-game winning pitcher Kadi Cosgrove had four hits, including a third inning solo home run, and she scored three runs. Carly Nixon also had four hits, all singles, and accounted for four runs, scoring twice.

Catonsville's Samantha Cadigan doubled and Sarah Heagy had two hits and an RBI.

Potomac State scored in every inning but the fifth, putting up two runs in the first and three in the sixth. Catonsville scored its run in the fourth and was victimized by eight errors.

Morgan Bayse, Megan Newcombe and Kayla Stickley all hit home runs in the Catamounts' two-run victory over Chesapeake.

Bayse, who also doubled, had a two-run homer in PSC's five-run fifth inning. Newcombe had a solo shot in the inning as she finished with three RBIs and a run scored. Stickley's solo homer came in the sixth inning that gave the Catamounts their 6-4 lead.

The Skipjacks scored two runs in the fourth and twice in the fifth on solo home runs by Cat Ramagnano and Courtney Stubbs.

Potomac State's Jordan Munson shut down Chesapeake after relieving winning pitcher Makenah Harrington in the fifth. She didn't allow a run or a hit while striking out three in picking up the save.

In the tournament's second game, Chesapeake defeated Southern Maryland, 3-2, before Catonsville eliminated Southern Maryland 12-2 in the third game.