BETHLEHEM, PA - On Sunday, the top two programs in Region 19 a year ago met for the first time since the 2017 Regional Final and the result was once again in Cumberland's favor. The Dukes traveled to Northampton Community College to face the Spartans in a Sunday doubleheader that many believed would be yet another late-season test for CCC. However, Cumberland arrived ready to play from the start as they swept the Spartans to improve to 26-7.
The early portion of Game 1 was a classic pitchers' duel as Cumberland starter Anthony Capasso and Northampton start Alex Super traded zeroes in the first 3 innings. The Dukes were able to scratch a run across in the 4th inning to take a late 1-0 lead as Super continued to contain the Cumberland offense. However, the Dukes would finally catch up to the Northampton hurler as they would score 3 runs in the 6th and 4 in the 7th to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Northampton continued to battle and were able to cross the plate in their half of the 7th, but were unable to muster a comeback as the Dukes would be triumphant in game 1 winning, 8-1.
Capasso was masterful on the mound as he would throw a complete game and scatter 4 hits. He would give up 1 unearned run, walk 2, and strikeout 8 for his second complete game of the year. Donnie Stone led the Dukes offense going a perfect 4 for 4 at the dish, driving in an RBI. Brian Gallante (2 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI), Nicholas Milhan (1 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI), and Ryan McIssac (2 for 4, 1 R) also provided much needed offense late in the game to secure the win for Cumberland.
Cumberland would continue the late inning offensive momentum into game 2 as they would rush out to a 3 run 1st inning lead. The Spartans would not go away so easily as they would plate 2 runs of their own in the bottom half of the 1st to close the deficit to 3-2. The Dukes offense would once again answer the call as they would methodically score a run in each of the next 5 innings to take a 9-2 lead into the bottom of the 6th. Jose Rodriguez would shut the door in the 7th as the Dukes would complete the sweep by winning game 2, 9-3.
The Dukes would enjoy yet another terrific performance by their starting pitcher as Brian Bromley held the Spartans in check after a shaky first inning. Bromley would pitch 6 strong innings, scattering 8 hits, but striking out 8 and only walking 2. After giving up his 3rd run of the game in the 6th inning, Bromley would complete the inning before giving way to the aforementioned, Jose Rodriguez, in the 7th. "Joe Joe" would strikeout 2 in the final frame. On the offensive end, the Dukes would led by Darrius Land (2 for 3), Ryan McIssac (4 for 5), and Dylan Scaranda (3 for 5). Scaranda and McIssac would score a combined 4 runs, with Scaranda also driving in 2 RBIs.
The two wins moved the Dukes to 26-7 overall, 16-4 in region play.