Diamonds are the Dukes' Best Friend; Cumberland Softball, Baseball on a roll

Diamonds are the Dukes' Best Friend; Cumberland Softball, Baseball on a roll

The Cumberland County College Dukes have been on a tear lately on the diamond.  Softball AND Baseball diamond that is. Over the past month, Cumberland Softball and Baseball have been nearly unstoppable as they have won a combined 21 straight games.

Starting with the Softball team, Cumberland has won 9 of their last 10, which already puts them above last year's win total of 8. They are currently in the top 10 in the country in the following offensive categories, Runs, Hits, Triples, Stolen Bases, Home Runs, and RBIs.  They currently sit at 14th in doubles. With 9 hitters with at least 12 hits or more, it is hard to single out any of the Dukes, but Alyse Jackson, Sarah Morgan, Megan Culley, Alicia Serrano, and Breanna Suppi have led the Dukes offensively.  Jackson leads all hitters with a .667 average (3rd in the country) with 3 HRs, 10 2B, 4 3B, and 20 RBIs. Morgan and Culley, who hit 1 and 2 in the Dukes lineup, have combined to score 23 runs while Morgan leads the team in stolen bases with 13.  Serrano, the 4-hitter for the Dukes, is hitting .388 with a Home Run and 9 stolen bases. Suppi is hitting .500 for Cumberland with 2 HR, 2 3B, and 10 RBIs.

In the circle, the trio of Culley, Suppi, and Alexis Donnelly and led the Dukes to having the 7th most strikeouts in the country while holding the 8th best ERA. Culley has been the star with a 2-2 record with 43.2 innings pitched, 35 strikeouts, and a 2.73 ERA which puts her in the top 25 in NJCAA in that category.

April proves to be a true test for Dukes Softball as they take on five 2018 postseason opponents, including two National Tournament participants in Lehigh Carbon CC and Brookdale CC

Heading over to the Baseball diamond, the tradition of excellence has continued for Cumberland County.  Winners of 15 straight, including a classic matchup against rival, Rowan-Gloucester, the Dukes have been on a tear offensively.  They currently lead the country in Runs and Hit by Pitches, are 2nd in RBIs, 3rd in Home runs, and are 5th in Hits, 2Bs, 3Bs, and batting average.  The Dukes are led by the infield trio of Ryan McIsaac, Dylan Scaranda, and Matt Spaeth.  McIsaac is currently tied for the team lead in Home Runs with 6 while batting .446 with 41 hits, 37 RBIs, and 5 3B (team leader).  Freshman infielder, Matt Spaeth, has been steady for the Dukes with a .422 average with 35 hits and scoring 24 runs. Scaranda, who has received multiple national and conference player of the week honors, leads the Dukes with a .512 average with 44 hits, 35 runs, and 39 RBIs.

On the mound, the Dukes have been dominant. The pitching staff, led by Jarrett Quinn, Michael Miles, and Anthony Masselli, is currently ranked 6th nationally in strikeouts and 2nd in Earned Run Average. Quinn, the all-time leader in pitching wins at Cumberland, is currently 6-1 with a 1.89 ERA and 38 innings pitched. Miles, the most recent National Pitcher of the Week honoree, is 5-0 with 47 strikeouts, tied for 8th nationally with teammate Anthony Masselli, and has completed 35.2 innings of work.  Masselli is 4-0 with 47 strikeouts and 30.1 innings pitched.  The Cumberland pitching staff is built for a potential deep run in the postseason as nearly all but 4 pitchers have pitched double digit innings with just one pitcher with an ERA over 4.

Cumberland next plays Atlantic Cape Community College on Thursday, April 4. First pitch at 3:30 PM.