The Cumberland baseball team fought their way through arguably the toughest portion of their schedule and maintained their stronghold on #2 overall ranking. This past weekend, the Dukes faced the Blue Colts of Middlesex for a 3-game series that would be crucial for them to hold that ranking.
In the opening game of the series, Middlesex came out with upset on their minds as they struck first with 2 3rd inning runs. However, after a sluggish start, the Dukes stormed back with 7 runs highlighted by a 2-strike grand slam by Donnie Stone. The Cumberland offense would follow with 3 runs in the 4th inning to put the game out of reach as they would go on to win 11-6.
Ivan Solis would pace the Dukes offense going 4 for 5 with 3 RBIs and scoring 2 Runs. Elias Agostini would follow going 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Anthony Capasso would get the start on the mound as he would go 7.1 innings with 7 strikeouts, scattering 4 hits and allowing 2 ER. Brandon Staub would close the game out in the 9th finishing with 2 strikeouts.
A slow start would give way to a booming finish as the Dukes would defeat Middlesex in game 2, 7-0. After scoring 2 early runs, the Dukes offense would stall for the following 4 innings giving host Middlesex a chance to get themselves back into the matchup. Cumberland starter, Steve Bowley had other plans as he would go 6 innings, scatter 5 hits and would not give up a run. The Dukes would then proceed to score 5 runs in the 7th to once again put the game out of reach as Jose Rodriguez would pitch the final frame and shut the door, registering 1 strikeout.
After holding off strong charges from Middlesex in the first 2 games of the series, Cumberland decided to leave no doubt in the series finale. By scoring multiple runs in each inning except for the 5th, the Cumberland offense would cross the plate 26 times en route to a 26-4 victory to complete the sweep.
Leading the charge would be Donnie Stone (4 for 5, 5 Rs, 3 RBIs) and Ivan Solis (4 for 6, 4 Rs, 5 RBIs). Misael Castillo, Darrius Land, Francisco Laureano, and Eric Stewart would follow their lead registering multiple hit games themselves. It was a banner for the offense as each player would reach base and score at least one run.
The Dukes next take the field on Thursday, 4 PM, as they travel to Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA