After dropping game one on Friday, the Pride bounced back with two thrilling victories on Saturday to win the series.
The Catamount bats came out on fire in the first game of the series, knocking out twenty hits. A fast start led to six runs in the first two innings, capped off by a three-run homerun off starter John Shutrump. Sinclair got on the board in the 3rd, with a two-out double from Brandon Henson but the run would not count, as they appealed he missed first base. That blown call left the Pride scoreless until the next inning when Blaze Glenn doubled in the Tartans first run of the game. Potomac starter Jeff Wong was in control until the 5th, when he walked the first three batters of the inning. Trevor Hafner’s double scored two as the Pride cut the lead to 6-4. This game went back and forth and Sinclair did pull within one in the 7th, as Colin Shepherd doubled to right, but the Catamounts put the game away in the 8th with another five run inning.
Final Score: Potomac State 14 #11 Sinclair 8
LP: John Shutrump (3-1)
Offensive Leaders: Sean Darmafall 2-4 RS 2B RBI HBP, Colin Shepherd 1-2 RS 2B RBI BB HBP, Trevor Hafner 2-5 RS 2 2B’s 2 RBI’s, Jake Bolton 2-3 RS RBI, Daniel Merlano 1-2 RS RBI.
Potomac State took an early lead again, scoring three runs in the 1st off Glen Richardson. The Pride did answer with two of their own in the top of the 2nd, with a two-out base hit from Colin Shepherd that was misplayed by the leftfielder. Sinclair took their first lead of the series in the third with doubles from Sean Darmafall and Azim Qadi that scored three. The lead extended to 6-3 when the leftfielder dropped a fly ball off the bat of Eddie Pursinger, scoring Qadri. Brandon Henson homered in the 4th, and then doubled in the 5th, to increase the lead. He later scored off a sacrifice fly from Nick Massey, giving Sinclair the 9-5 lead. Reliever John Cheatwood ran into trouble in the 6th inning with a walk, and two singles to start things off. Then Catamount shortstop Dom Peroni, launched his third homerun of the series, this in Grand Slam fashion, tying the game at ten. Jack Goonan came in to pitch for Cheatwood, and finished the inning off without allowing a run. Trevor Hafner started things off with a one-out base hit and after a Blaze Glenn fielder’s choice, the stage was set for Darmafall. With a 1-0 count, Darmafall crushed a two-run homerun to right, giving Sinclair the lead for good. Goonan shut it down in the bottom of the 7th, recording his second win of the week.
Final Score: #11 Sinclair 12 Potomac State 10
WP: Jack Goonan (2-0)
Offensive Leaders: Brandon Henson 2-5 RS 2B HR 2 RBI’s, Nick Massey 2-4 RBI SB SF, Trevor Hafner 2-4 RS SB BB, Sean Darmafall 3-5 3RS 2B HR 3 RBI’s, Aaron Harlamert 2-3 2RS BB, Colin Shepherd 1-2 RS 2RBI’s 2BB’s.
After two high scoring games, game three turned out to be about pitching and defense. Pride starter Jake Bolton, making his second start of the season, took the mound with a 1-0 lead after Blaze Glenn singled in Nick Massey with two outs. Bolton gave up two hits to the first two batters, and then went into shutdown mode. Five strong innings without allowing a run or another hit, he left the game leading 2-0. Sinclair’s second run came in the 5th, when Brandon Henson tripled to right field, and scored on a Nick Massey sacrifice fly. Tartan reliever Jake Dennis entered the game in the 6th and threw very well. Dennis put up zero’s in the 6th, 7th, and 8th and kept the 2-0 lead to start the 9th. An out away from the win, Dennis gave up a double in the gap to Mitchell Henshaw that scored two and tied the game. Playing in their third extra inning game of the season, the Tartans once again found a way to come out on top. Trevor Hafner drew a leadoff walk, and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Glenn. After Sean Darmafall lined out to third, Peyton Ley came through with a base hit to center, scoring Hafner to take the lead back. Dennis retired the first two batters of the 10th, and the game ended on a diving catch from second basemen Colin Shepherd with a runner on 1st.
Final Score (10 Innings): #11 Sinclair 3 Potomac State 2
WP: Jake Dennis (1-1)
Offensive Leaders: Brandon Henson 2-5 3B RS, Nick Massey 3-4 RS RBI SF.
The wins improve Sinclair’s record to 14-4 on the season. Next up for the Pride will be a home doubleheader Tuesday against Kalamazoo Valley at 2pm.