As the At-Large Bid to the 2019 NJCAA DIII World Series, the Cumberland Dukes wanted to show the field that they belonged. The Dukes, ranked No. 1 for the final 6 weeks of the 2019 season proved the selection committee made the right decision with a thundering 11-1 victory against sixth-seeded Century College (MN). Due to the run-rule, the game concluded after 5 innings.
Cumberland ace, Michael Miles, got the starting nod in Game 1 and was slightly off his game in the first inning. The 2019 Region XIX Pitcher of the Year, gave up a run in the first inning following a misplayed bunt that eventually led to a run for the Wood Ducks. That would be all Miles would as he would cruise the rest of the way to earn the victory. He would go 5 innings, scatter 5 hits, and strike out 8.
Offensively, the Dukes were lead by a pair Father Judge (PA) graduates in Christian Lutz and Matt Spaeth. Lutz would turn in a perfect day as he would go 2 for 2 with a hit by pitch, bunt single, and a triple to go along with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. In the 3rd inning, a walk and 3 straight singles would score a run and load the bases for Lutz who would deposit the first pitch he saw to deep right centerfield for a bases clearing triple. Matt Spaeth would jumpstart the Dukes offense with a sac fly in the 2nd inning and another sac fly in the 9-run 3rd inning for the Dukes.
Vincent Napolitano and Dylan Scaranda also had big games for the Dukes. Napolitano (2 for 3, 3 RBIs) would single in a run and deliver a big 2-run double to right field in the 3rd inning as he would drive in 3 of the 9 runs scored in the inning. Scaranda (2 for 2, 2 RBI, 2 R) would single in the first and deposite a 2-run double in the 3rd inning for the Dukes. 8 of the 9 hitters in the lineup for the Dukes would score at least 1 run in the game en route to an 11-1 victory in five innings.
Next, Cumberland will face the winner of Rockingham CC and Brookhaven College tomorrow, May 26 at 4 PM.