Just after a year from pitching the Cumberland County College Dukes to the 2017 Region XIX Championship Title, Carlos Solis signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his education at Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware. Solis now joins former Dukes pitcher Calvin Clark (Class of 2016) and follows the footsteps of All-Region Cumberland alum Raul Perez (Class of 2016), who recently graduated from Goldey Beacom and was an All-Conference performer for the Lightning.
Solis played a crucial role for the Dukes in 2017 as he made 16 appearances and finished the year with a 6-0 record. In total, he pitched 40.1 innings and tallied 36 strikeouts while holding a low 2.23 ERA on the year. Carlos was a consistent performer and one of the team's quiet leaders. On a roster chock full of experienced veterans, Carlos made his mark on the team as a supportive teammate and a fierce competitor that the Dukes coaching staff relied upon in extremely tough situations. In two of its most adverse situations during the postseason, head coach Keith Gorman turned to Solis each time. In the 2017 Region XIX Championship game against Northampton, the Dukes and Spartans found themselves in a game hanging in the balance. Solis would enter a tie ballgame in the 5th inning and right the ship, striking out 4 batters and allowing just one hit over the next 2 innings to give the Dukes a chance to take a lead they would not relinquish as he would leave the game in the 8th inning with a 5-2 lead. The Dukes would go on to win their 2nd Region XIX Champiosnhip.
The next situation, Solis was called upon in the 2nd game at the 2017 NJCAA World Series against Century College with the Dukes down 5-3 in the top of the 4th inning. Once again, he would come through allowing just 1 run, 3 hits, while striking out 3 Century hitters over the next 6 innings to boost the Dukes to a 9-6 victory. It is his grit and determination that made Carlos a sought after prospect going into the 2018 season.
Matt Trate, Associate Head Coach at Goldey Beacom had this to say about Carlos: "We are excited to add Carlos to the Lightning family this upcoming season. Not only is he a very talented pitcher, but also a high character young man. His big game experience coming from one of the best JUCO programs in the nation will help make an immediate impact on our pitching staff and program as a whole"
Cumberland County College Assistant AD and Baseball Recruiting Coordinator, Jonathan Dijamco, added: "Carlos is one of the best people I know and I could not be more comfortable with him joining (head coach) Tom Riley, Coach Trate, and the Goldey Beacom program for the next two years. What makes me most proud of Carlos is that he is leaving here a graduate, which in my mind, goes above what he has done as an athlete here. He has left his mark on the Dukes Baseball Program, but he has become a beloved member of the Cumberland County College community during his time in Vineland. I'm going to miss him!"
Carlos, a native of La Chorrera, Panama, finishes his academic career at Cumberland County College with a 3.3 GPA and with an Associate's Degree in Biomedical Exercise Science. He will enter the Sports Management program at Goldey Beacom College and is on pace to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in 2020.