Sophomore RHP, Joseph Nestel, pitched what many would consider his best game in a Cumberland County College uniform yesterday evening. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County commit started his career as a part-time starter, part-time reliever before moving into a full-time relief pitcher role in 2019. However, Nestel has surged in recent weeks prompted head coach, Keith Gorman, to slot him into a starter's role. On Sunday evening, Nestel did not disappoint.
The Drexel Hill, PA native turned in an gem for the Dukes, with a complete game shutout of the second-seeded Brookhaven College Bears. The Bears, who hail from just north of Dallas, TX, were baffled early and often by Nestel as they were unable to string together hits to threaten the Dukes. Nestel would go the distance, scattering 10 hits and striking out 7 Brookhaven hitters.
Cumberland gave Nestel a nice cushion to start with a 4-run first inning as the Dukes slammed four doubles. Ryan McIsaac, Vincent Napolitano, Donnie Stone, and Christian Lutz all drove RBI doubles for the Dukes. McIsaac would star for Cumberland as he would go 4 for 5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, and 2 runs scored. Stone, Lutz, Nicholas Milhan, and Brian Gallante would each pitch in with two hits on the day for the Dukes. Cumberland would tally 14 hits overall with each player reaching base at least once against the Bears. The Dukes would tack on two runs in the 6th on a 2-run single by McIsaac with the bases loaded and another run in the 8th on an RBI single by Dylan Scaranda.
Cumberland now moves on to the winner's bracket final where they will face Rowan-Gloucester for the right to go to the National Championship. The matchup will be played Monday, May 27 with first pitch scheduled for 7 PM.