FROM STAFF REPORTS
HAGERSTOWN — In a pinch, Potomac State turned to Adam Meeker, and a few moments later, the Catamounts were Region XX baseball champions.
Meeker’s two-out, pinch-hit bases-loaded single snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted top-seeded Potomac State to a 5-2 victory over fourth-seeded Harford Monday afternoon, inching the Catamounts a bit closer to a trip the Junior College World Series.
The Region XX championship was the 11th in 14 years for coach Doug Little’s team, which went 3-0 in the region tournament, has won 25 of its last 29 games and is 38-14 overall.
The Catamounts, No. 18 in the latest NJCAA national poll, will host the Eastern District Tournament this weekend at Golden Park. The four-team tournament will include Region X champion Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist, which is 42-13 and ranked No. 7 in the nation, Region XV champion ASA (N.Y.), which is 31-8, and Region X runner-up USC-Lancaster, which is 21-28. The pairings and game times have yet to be finalized.
The winner of the district tournament advances to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. Potomac State has gone to the World Series four times the last nine years, and placed third in 2011.
On Monday, tied 2-2, Tre Porter led off the Potomac State eighth inning with a double, Connar Bastaich reached on an infield single and Alex Levitan was hit by a pitch to quickly load the bases. After a strikeout, Meeker smacked a two-out, 2-2 pitch up the middle for a two-run single that made it 4-2. The third run came home on an errant throw by Harford catcher Rob Koski trying to get Meeker advancing to second on the play.
Scott Fox got the win, allowing only two runs in the first inning. He allowed five hits, just three after the first inning, walked two and struck out two. Mason Fordyce pitched a perfect ninth to get a save.
David Kimbrough had an RBI single in the third inning and Bastaich the game 2-2 with an RBI single in the sixth.
Potomac State beat Harford 12-9 in the opening round on Friday. The tournament was delayed for nearly two days because of persistent rain.
Potomac State 12, Harford 9
Former Keyser High standout Jamison Jones went 3 for 5 with a triple, two singles and two RBIs and Ron Musto hit a two-run double and finished with four RBIs to power Potomac State past Harford in their first-round game.
The Catamounts led 6-3 in the sixth inning when the rains came on Friday. The game wasn’t able to be resumed until Sunday morning. Alex Levitan and Connar Bastaich hit RBI doubles to put PSC on top early. Elliott McCummings added two singles and two RBIs.
Tanner Everton (8-3) got the win, scattering nine hits and allowing three runs over the first 5 1-3 innings. Jamie Miller picked up a save by working the final 3 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.
Potomac State 9
Later on Sunday, Sam Vincenzo (7-1) fired a five-hitter and struck out four to send Potomac State past Chesapeake in a game stopped after seven innings by the mercy rule.
Jones and Kimbrough were 2 for 4 and Bastaich hit a two-run single to lead the offense. Fox and Frankie Wilson had RBI singles, with Wilson’s ending the game in the seventh inning.