Field set for Region XX baseball tournament
Chesapeake to play ASA; Potomac State wins right to play Hagerstown
HAGERSTOWN The field for the NJCAA Division I Region XX Final Four in baseball is now set.
ASA (29-10) edged Monroe College, 13-12, Friday and then routed the Mustangs, 12-4, Saturday to claim the Region XV title. The sweep earned the Avengers the third seed in the double-elimination Region XX Final Four starting with a first-round match-up against second-seeded Chesapeake College (36-13) Friday at 10 a.m.
The Avengers are required to play in the Region XX tournament since there were only two teams vying for the Region XV title. All games at this weekend’s Region XX tournament will take place at Hagerstown Community College, with the champion advancing to the best-of-three Eastern District playoff hosted by the Region X titlist.
Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski said he didn’t know much about ASA, but expects a very competitive game.
"I just know that they’re very talented," said Szymanski. "We didn’t have many common opponents. They played Hagerstown (10-5 loss) and Rockville (12-5 win), but those games were in early March."
Potomac State College of West Virginia University (24-23) claimed the final slot in the Region XX tournament Friday by defeating Garrett College, 13-7. Kurt Voytell’s three-run homer highlighted a four-run first for the fourth-seeded Catamounts, who broke the game open with a six-run sixth inning.
The Catamounts, who have won eight of the last 10 Region XX tournaments, play host Hagerstown Friday at 1 p.m. Potomac State has recovered from a slow start to win 14 of its last 20 games.
Friday’s two first-round losers play each other in a 4 p.m. elimination game, with the first-round winners advancing to Saturday’s 11 a.m. winners’ bracket final. The winner of Friday’s losers’ bracket contest and the loser of Saturday’s winners’ bracket final play each other Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in another elimination game.
The title game is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday. If the team coming out of the losers’ bracket wins that game, the "if" game will follow.
Szymanski said the Skipjacks, who head into the playoffs with a five-game winning streak, are anxious to begin regional play.
"We’ve been preparing for this since the first day of school last August," said Szymanski.
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