It didn't take long for Cumberland to get back in the right rhythm after not playing a game since Monday. Some might say they never lost it despite the longest rest they've had since a stretch in early March.
No matter how you look at things, Cumberland needed just five innings to wrap up the first game of the best of 3 series against Bergen Community College. The Dukes scored one in the first inning, five in the second, two in the third, and six in the fourth in the decisive 14-0 win.
The day started with a play-in game between the 8 and 9 seeds of the tournament, Montgomery County Community College being the eighth seed that fell to the ninth seeded Bergen Bulldogs. The Bulldogs edged out the Mustangs 10-6 in nine innings.
Cumberland really got things going in the 2nd inning, when sophomore Devin McCann doubled to place himself and Arturo Ocasio in scoring position. After Justin Geri was hit by a pitch, Tim Gallagher laced a single that was then misplayed by the center-fielder on a diving attempt. Ocasio and McCann came around to score and then Gallagher scored a sacrifice fly by Anthony Lopez. Geri scored on a wild pitch during Lopez's at-bat.
In the third, Geri drove in two runs on a line-drive double to right-center field. Gallagher came up big again in the 4th, adding two more RBIs on a double down the left field line. Gallagher drove in a total of four runs on the day and scored twice.
Earlier in the innings Jordan Glover drove in Lopez and then scored on an RBI single that Coday Stashak served into right. Glover also scored twice, with his most impressive run coming in his second at-bat. In a sequence of only a few pitches, Glover reached on a bunt that surprised the entire Bergen defense, stole second, and then scored all the way from second on an overthrow from that very same steal attempt.
It was that kind of day for the Dukes. Everything seemed to be clicking since the first pitch and Cumberland quickly caught Bergen on their heals less than hour after celebrating their win over Montgomery. Cumberland Pitcher Josh O'Neill added an impressive pitching performance, going all five innings. Over that span, he allowed two hits, one walk and struck out six opposing batters.
With that win, Cumberland will need just one more win tomorrow to advance to the Region XIX Semi-Finals next weekend. The first game will start at 12pm. With a Bergen win, the two teams will play a deciding Game 3 about twenty minutes after the first game on Sunday.