Softball Claims Program's First Region 19 Championship

Softball Claims Program's First Region 19 Championship

With wins of 3-1 and 11-5 over Rowan College at Gloucester County, the Dukes captured the first Region 19 Title for the CCC Softball in program history. 

After trailing 1-0 in Game 1 of the Region Championship Best of 3 Series, the Dukes came from behind to edge RCGC and moved one game closer to their first Region 19 title. A two out  single from Danielle Cornman in the 5th scored sophomore Kodi Pollock to give the Dukes a 2-1 lead.  After a Carly DiDonna lead-off infield single to start the bottom of the sixth, Nicole Chillari put down a sacrifice bunt that sent DiDonna from first to third. Diving in safely, DiDonna jumped up and raced home on the RCGC overthrow. With the 3-1 lead entering the final frame, Rosalie LaGrotta and the Cumberland defense sat the Roadrunners down 1, 2, 3 to grab Game 1.

In the second game, RCGC sprinted out of the gate scoring four runs in the first. Cumberland got one run back in the second on a Chillari bloop single that plated Lauren Tobolski to cut the RCGC lead to 4-1.  In the third, the Dukes batted around and exploded for six runs of their own.  Centerfielder Gabrielle Castellini started off the third inning noise by driving in Pollock who reached on a lead-off walk.  Cornman, Tobolski, DiDonna, and Pollock all drove in runs on the way to a 7-4 lead. 

After the Roadrunners narrowed the Cumberland lead to 7-5, Cornman laced a bases-clearing double that plated Pollock, Castellini, and freshman Casey Kisielewski.  Cornman was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player, finishing 3 for 7 with 2 runs, and 5 RBIs in the two games. 

On the hill, First-Team All-Region 19 selection LaGrotta kept steady and notched two more wins, increasing her season's win total to 23.  Her win total is the best in NJCAA Division III this year. 

The incredible and historical season for the 2014 Cumberland County College Dukes Softball Program continues.  Cumberland will now advance to the National Championship Tournament set to take place in Rochester, Minnesota May 14th - May 16th.