Just a day after suffering a heartbreaking 3-1 loss at #2 Gloucester County College, the Dukes got their revenge with a 6-4 victory at home. Cumberland took a 6-0 lead into the top of the 9th inning, but the Roadrunners put up a good fight and went down swinging.
Two walks and a single left the bases loaded, leading to a pitching change. Chris Seibert relieved lefty Ridge Herrman who started the ninth. Seibert got the first batter to pop out to second base, but then sophomore first baseman Corey Lerche laced a double to bring in two runs. Just one batter later, another double brought home two more runs and Gloucester cut the lead down to two. That's as close as the visiting team would get as Seibert got the final batter to pop out to Robert Bunton in left field.
With that win the Dukes protected their home field, as Gloucester did just 24 hours earlier. In Wednesday's game, the Dukes fell on a big two-run Home Run in the bottom of the 8th inning by Gloucester's Corey Capaldi with the game tied 1-1. Despite the tough loss, Josh O'Neill pitched eight fine innings, with the only two earned runs coming on that blast.
Prior to the 9th Inning in Thursday's game, sophomore Cody Stashak turned in a great performance going eight innings and denying the #2 ranked team in the country any runs to that point.
With those two games in the books, it appears that we may have gotten a preview of the Region 19 Championship. Until then, we will have to see if the two teams can take care of businesses during the remainder of their regular seasons. Up next, Cumberland squares off against neighbor Atlantic Cape Community College on Saturday April 12th for a home doubleheader. The first pitch will be thrown at 12pm.