On an unexpectedly mild Tuesday afternoon, the Cumberland County College Dukes Baseball team took the field against the Delware County Community College Phantoms and immediately heated the Dukes Baseball Complex. At the plate, the Dukes bursted through the gates with 8 runs in the first two innings, highlighted by a 2-RBI double by Donnie Stone and a 2-run HR by Vincent Napolitano. Stone would finish the day going 2 for 3 with the double, a home run, and a team-high 5 RBIs. Napolitano was a perfect 1 for 1 with the home run and sac fly, finishing with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Freshman shortstop, Matt Spaeth, went 1 for 3 that included his first collegiate home run with a two-run shot to left field.
The main story, however, was on the mound for the Dukes. Anthony Masselli took the ball and it was his show from the start. The freshman righthander made his way through the Phantoms lineup and dominated the day. Masselli completed 5 innings of work, striking out 12, including striking out 8 consecutive hitters at one point, while allowing zero hits and zero runs. Masselli would hand the ball off to veteran righthander Nick Hillesheim. Hillesheim completed a perfect 6th inning, striking out 1 and not allowing a baserunner. Coe Nolan came on to pitch the 7th inning and submitted a clean inning of his own with 1 strikeout without allowing a baserunner. The game would be halted due to the run rule as the Dukes moved to an 8-1 record with the 14-0 victory over Delaware County.
Cumberland is back in action on Monday, March 11 as they travel down the Myrtle Beach, SC. Their first game will be played at the Ripken Experience complex with game 1 beginning 11:30 AM versus Elgin CC (IL)