Softball: Potomac State holds off Chesapeake to advance to National Tourney

Region XX Champs
Head Coach Jim Walton and the Potomac State softball team will be making their third straight trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Mississippi.

Three-peat: Catamounts capture Region XX title again

FREDERICK — Potomac State put up a pair of three-run innings and gutted out the Region XX championship game victory behind the starting pitching of Jordyn Munson and reliever Kadi Cosgrove to defeat Chesapeake Community College, 6-4, to advance to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Clinton, Miss., for the third year in a row.

Carly Nixon hit a two-run home run in the first inning to help stake Potomac State (26-13) to a 3-0 lead. The Lady Catamounts would also score three runs in the top of the fifth, breaking through in a game which they left the bases loaded twice, just missing an opportunity to blow the game open. Yet, according to head coach Jim Walton,that they were able to prevail was just another sign of the character of his team.

"This is a different group, a little more special," Walton said, "because we had to rebuild from the previous two years. This is an exceptional group of players that work hard, and this is icing on the cake. Our team gelled at the right time.

"Our first inning, we scored three and kind of slowed down after that. But our pitcher kept people off base. We left the bases loaded two times — we could have broken it open. But when somebody had a bad inning, somebody picked it up. We had a lot of people contributing.

"Then Kadi Cosgrove came to close it out for us and left those runners in scoring position. We brought her in after the home run, and again, it was another example of a player picking up her teammates."

Nixon also had a single for Potomac State and scored another run. Abby Gillingham, Kayla Wilt, Megan Newcombe and Kayla Stickley all had two singles for the Cats, while Stickley knocked in a run and Gillingham and Wilt both scored runs.

Morgan Basye plated a run with a sacrifice fly for PSC, and Munson had an RBI single in the sixth and scored twice.

Munson worked the first 5.2 innings and left with a 6-3 lead after a home run by Chesapeake's Savannah Miller. She struck out four, walked two and allowed three runs on six hits. Cosgrove then came in and struck out one and gave up two hits and a run, but held down Chesapeake in the seventh with runners on second and third.