Any matchup between conference foes with a slim 30-minute distance from each other would have elevated intensity. Add in the fact that both of these programs contend for the national championship each year and that intensity would reach a fever pitch. In recent years, that has been the case each time the Roadrunners of Rowan-Gloucester meet up with the Dukes of Cumberland County College. Last Friday would be no different as the No. 2 ranked Dukes traveled to face the No. 3 Roadrunners.
This game would be a textbook pitcher's duel between RCGC's Nick Yoder and Cumberland's Michael Miles. Yoder would go 6 innings strong and hold the Dukes to zero runs before giving way to freshman righthander Jack Billings who would toss 2 scoreless innings heading into the 9th. In the top of the 9th, Billings first pitch would be driven deep over the left field fence by Cumberland DH, Nicholas Milhan, giving the Dukes a late 1-0 lead. Miles would retire the side in the bottom half of the 9th to secure the 1-0 victory. In addition to Milhan's home run, seven different dukes would reach base via base hit including outfielder, Ja'Ques Colon, who ripped a double in the 7th inning.
Despite the late heroics by Milhan, the star of the show would be Cumberland righthander, Michael Miles. Miles would yield just one hit in his first career complete game shutout, adding 12 strikeouts to his impressive afternoon. He would face just four batters over the minimum. Defensively, Cumberland would turn an impressive 5 double plays on the day, which aided Miles in his quest for the shutout.
Cumberland travels to Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, April 2 as they face Jefferson University. First pitch scheduled for 3 PM.