MD/DE Scout Blog: Region 20 DI Baseball Tournament


Jamie Naill Jr
Maryland Scouting Director

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Game 3

 

On Monday, May 9th, two teams remained battling for the Region 20 DI Championship in a three game series. The third game of the NJCAA Region 20 Tournament featured #2 WVU Potomac State Catamounts taking on #1 Harford Fighting Owls. 

The Catamounts jumped out to an early 7-0 lead through two innings, knocking the Harford starter out in the second inning. Righty Bobby Spencer came into the game to record the final out in the 2nd, eventually working eight plus innings of relief work, giving up just two runs (0 earned) while striking out eight. The big blow for the Fighting Owls was a three run, game tying homerun in the bottom of the ninth off the bat of outfielder Braedon Karpathios. In the tenth, Harford would walk it off with a bases loaded walk, winning the first game 10-9. Below is the box score, as well as highlights from the game.   

 

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
WVU Potomac State Catamounts 3 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 8 0
Harford Fighting Owls 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 3 1 10 11 1

 

 

WVU Potomac State Catamounts

 

OF Clay Maholic

 

INF Morgan Little

 

INF Anthony Swenda

 

C Caleb Taylor

 

Harford Fighting Owls

 

SS Trey Cruz

 

OF Jeremiah Guzman


RHP Bobby Spencer

 

OF Braedon Karpathios

 

OF Joe Quelch

 

 

Game 4

 

The fourth game of the NJCAA Region 20 Tournament featured a rematch and second game of the three game series between #2 WVU Potomac State Catamounts taking on #1 Harford Fighting Owls. Harford jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, led by a solo homerun from outfielder Joe Quelch to lead off the game in the first inning. The Catamounts would battle back, scoring one in the fourth inning with a solo homerun off the bat of catcher Caleb Taylor, and four in the fifth inning, led by a two RBI double from outfielder Josh Hoffman and an RBI double from outfielder Clay Maholic. The lead did not last very long, as the Fighting Owls put up a huge eight run inning in the bottom half of the fifth, taking an 11-5 lead. Shortstop Trey Cruz provided four RBI in the inning; one off of a solo homerun and three from a bases clearing triple. The Fighting Owls would proceed to score three more in the sixth and one in the seventh, eventually winning the game 15-7, capturing the NJCAA Region 20 DI Championship. Below is the box score, as well as highlights from the game. 

 

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
WVU Potomac State Catamounts 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 2 0 7 7 2
Harford Fighting Owls 1 1 1 0 8 3 1 0 X 15 13 0

 

 

WVU Potomac State Catamounts

 

LHP Avery Heiple

 

RHP Alexander Meckley

 

OF Josh Hoffman

 

OF Clay Maholic

 

 

Harford Fighting Owls

 

OF Joe Quelch

 

RHP Connor Blantz

 

2B Blake Mayberry

 

C Andrew Sicinski

 

SS Trey Cruz

 

INF Lenny Montesano

 

 

Tournament Recap 

 

The Harford Fighting Owls completed a perfect 3-0 weekend, capturing the NJCAA Region 20 DI Championship, moving on to the District Championship Tournament at Harford Community College on May 14th and May 15th. 

The Fighting Owls proved throughout the weekend that not only is the talent extremely rich throughout the roster, but the team has absolutely no quit in them. After winning a close, hard fought matchup with Hagerstown Community College on Saturday night, the Fighting Owls overcame a 9-1 deficit in the first game of the three game series against Potomac State, eventually coming all the way back to win it 10-9 in ten innings. 

This Harford squad has the makings to make a serious run towards a World Series, with talent on both sides of the ball and depth throughout the roster. It will be very intriguing to watch them throughout the rest of the season.