It was a special night for both Cumberland County College and Rowan College at Gloucester County as they faced off in the NJCAA DIII Baseball World Series in Greeneville, TN on the campus of Tusculum University. Adding to the night was the thought of both team representing the Garden State Athletic Conference, Region XIX, and the state of New Jersey on the national stage. The stage could not have been bigger.
Cumberland's Michael Miles was ready for the bright lights. The 2019 NJCAA Region XIX Pitcher of the Year took the ball for the third time for the Dukes in the World Series, having thrown a complete game victory in a 5-inning victory against Century College and recording a one-out save against RCGC in the winner's bracket final just two days prior to the National Championship game. The Dukes ace manuevered his way through the daunting Roadrunner lineup long enough for the Cumberland offense to extend their lead after they exploded for 6 runs in the first inning.
Cumberland started the game off with four consecutive singles with Ja'Ques Colon, Ryan McIsaac, Dylan Scaranda, and Nicholas Milhan all swinging their way on with Scaranda and Milhan driving in Colon and McIsaac. After a strikeout, Donnie Stone stepped up and delivered a booming two-run double to left center scoring both Scaranda and Milhan. Christian Lutz followed with an opposite field 2-run home run to bring the lead to 6-0.
The teams would trade runs in the middle innings with the Dukes taking control late with an 11-5 lead. The Roadrunners would tally single runs in the 8th and 9th inning before Miles induced a fly ball that would be caught by Milhan in left centerfield securing Cumberland's first ever National Championship in school history.
Miles would go the distance scattering 10 hits striking out 5 as he would be named World Series MVP. Offensively, the Dukes were led by Dylan Scaranda who would go 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Colon, Lutz, Stone, and Matt Spaeth each pitched in with 2 hits apiece.
The win is the first championship won by the at-large selection as Cumberland finishes with a 47-5 record, the best winning percentage in program history.