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Baseball garners multiple All-Region accolades

After a successful 2018 campaign, six Dukes received individual honors to put a cap on the season
After a successful 2018 campaign, six Dukes received individual honors to put a cap on the season

After a successful 2018 season that saw the Cumberland County College Dukes reach the Region XIX Final Four for the 5th consecutive season, six Dukes received All-Region honors. Dylan Scaranda and Nicholas Milhan both received 1st Team All-Region honors for their magnificient offensive seasons this year. They were followed by pitcher Anthony Capasso and infielder Ryan McIssac who received 2nd Team All-Region accolades, and catchers Ivan Solis and Brian Gallante received 3rd Team honors respectively. Solis was listed as a DH on the 3rd Team.

Milhan, recently named Team MVP, led the team in hits (60), tied for 1st in doubles (13), 2nd in batting average (.426), and finished 2nd in RBIs (41). The freshman outfielder came through time and time again for the Dukes as the majority of his clutch hits came in RBI situations. In what looked to be a season-defining victory in the Region XIX final four, Milhan drove in the tying runs in an admirable comeback effort against RCGC.

Freshmen infielder Dylan Scaranda was the power source for Cumberland as he led the team in home runs (10), RBIs (54), Walks (31), Stolen Bases (13), and was 2nd on the team in doubles (12). The third baseman for the Dukes would be a consistent exclamation point as he would send booming home runs to cap CCC rallies that would send teammates and fans into a frenzy. His last hit of the season came in the Region XIX Final Four elimination game versus RCGC in which his bloop single would bring in the go-ahead run in the 9th inning of a dramatic comeback effort.

Anthony Capasso slowly became the ace of the CCC staff, a pleasant surprise for the Cumberland coaching staff. The freshman righthander led the team in strikeouts (84), innings pitched (77), and held an impressive strikeout per 9 innings number of 9.58.  Anthony threw 2 complete games this season and finished the year with an 8-5 record.

Ryan McIssac was the epitome of consistency for the Dukes as he paced the Cumberland offense from Game 1. Ryan started the season by reaching base safely in 18 straight games and reaching base via hits in 16 of those games. Despite a late season injury that caused him to miss the last 11 games, the freshman infielder still finished leading the team in batting average (.444) 2nd in the team in Hits (56), 3rd in doubles (11), and was a perfect 6 for 6 on stolen bases.

Brian Gallante entered the season a relatively under the radar player who quickly became an important part of the Cumberland season as he made his presence known immediately. On opening day, the freshman catcher went 4 for 5 with a home run and 4 RBIs. He would finish 5th in hits (43) and 3rd in walks (20), but his most impressive statistic is he would only allow 1 base stealer all season. Additionally, due to emergency, Brian finished the year starting at second base for Cumberland and did not commit an error during his time in the infield.

Ivan Solis, one of 3 returning players from the 2017 Region XIX Championship team, performed admirably in his new leadership role. Ivan was consistent by bringing in the 3rd best batting average on the team (.371), was 6th in RBIs (26), and only struck out just 8 times on the season. He was equally impressive behind the plate as he did not allow a base stealer all season with a .1000 runner caught stealing percentage.