Dukes Softball start season off with great promise

Dukes put in great effort to start their 2018 season in Myrtle Beach, SC
Dukes put in great effort to start their 2018 season in Myrtle Beach, SC

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The Cumberland County College Dukes softball team departed from campus on March 3 with hopes of building off of their 2017 season. Head Coach Christin Carpani would take a roster, which carries 8 freshmen, down to Myrtle Beach to face off against the region's top softball programs. Despite the tough challenge that awaited them as they arrived, the Dukes performed well to evoke much promise as they made their way back to the Vineland campus to prepare for the rigorous Region 19 schedule.

The Dukes would start the season off with an even 2-2 record as they battled against Lackawanna College (PA), Grand Rapids CC (MI), Henry Ford CC (MI), Lincoln College (IL), and Penn State - Greater Allegheny (PA).  The big win came against Grand Rapids as Cumberland would come away with a 14-13 victory that saw the Dukes tally 17 hits.  Katryna Arbelo and Siani Gomez would lead the dukes with 4 hits apiece with Arbelo driving in 2 RBIs and Gomez would chalk up 3 of her own.  Megan Culley would follow up with 2 hits with a double and 2 RBIs, Tyra Capers also provided 2 hits, a triple and 3 RBIs, and Breanna Suppi had 2 hits and 2 RBIs. 

In a 4-0 win against PSU-Greater Allegheny, Megan Culley dazzled on the mound as she twirled a 2-hit complete game shutout that included 5 strikeouts.  Offensively, Breanna Suppi, Culley, and catcher Britney Johnston delivered 2 hits each.

On the week, Dukes Softball knocked around a total of 55 hits over the week with 6 hitters around or above the .300 average mark.  On the mound, the Dukes have a very solid rotation of Culley, Suppi, and sophomore RHP Samantha Santos.  Despite returning home, Cumberland will hit the road again as their next game is Saturday at Monroe College (NY).  First pitch is scheduled for 1 PM.