Potomac State Softball falls to Hagerstown 3-1

Victoria Thompson
Victoria Thompson smacks a single for Potomac State in their 3-1 loss to Hagerstown Community College Thursday
in the Region XX Softball Tournament held at Potomac State.  The Lady Cats finished the season with a 20-9 record.
Photo Courtesy Raymond Burner

KEYSER, W.V. — Two early errors by the Potomac State defense led to unearned runs, and the Catamounts couldn’t put enough together offensively to overcome them during a 3-1 loss to Hagerstown in the Region XX  Tournament Thursday in Keyser.

Potomac State made a total of three errors, with the first two resulting in one run scoring in the second inning and another in the third. The Cats scored once in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead in half, but the Hawks scored again in the top of the seventh to push their lead back to two runs.

PSC was retired in order in the bottom of the seventh.

“The biggest thing we had going against us was the error,” said Potomac State Head Coach Jim Walton. “It’s bad enough when you make them, but we allowed two runs to score because of them.”

The Lady Cats were limited to a single from Bethany Hansel, another single from Victoria Thompson and a double by Tiffany Biggs. Biggs’ double drove in the team’s only run in the sixth inning, but an opportunity was wasted when Potomac State stranded runners at second and third.

“Their pitcher did a great job of keeping us off balance,” said Walton, adding, “We hit a bunch of weak fly balls, and we were unable to string together any hits.”

Hagerstown, which had only four hits, got two singles from winning pitcher Megan Pomeroy, and a double from Hillary Ware and Brittany Larrick.

Pomeroy finished with four strikeouts and two walks with one earned run in collecting the victory. Jessica Shirley fanned four and gave up one earned run in a complete-game loss.

The Hawks beat Southern Maryland 9-0 earlier Friday to advance to play Potomac State.

“It was a season that will be remembered for its bad weather,” Walton said, referring to that fact his team lost 21 games out of a 50-game schedule. “But this team came to battle no matter what the conditions were. They always gave 100 percent and were a pleasure to be around.”

Potomac State finishes the season 20-9.