Culley throws No-Hitter to highlight the Sophomore Day sweep for the Dukes

Culley pitched her first career No-Hitter on Saturday to lead Cumberland to victory against Montgomery
Culley pitched her first career No-Hitter on Saturday to lead Cumberland to victory against Montgomery

An emotional day turned to elation as the Cumberland County College Softball team celebrated Sophomore Day to honor its three graduating sophomores, Megan Culley, Siani Gomez, and Breanna Suppi. The Dukes hosted the Mustangs of Montgomery County Community College.

Prior to Game 1, head coach Magic Mears spoke on the leadership and the bright futures that lay ahead for Cumberland's three sophomores and their performance that followed cemented those words. In Game 1, Breanna Suppi started for the Dukes and dominated.  The righthander clocked in for 6 innings of work, scattered 4 hits, and struck out 11 Mustangs. Megan Culley and Siani Gomez, delivered with Culley going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs while Gomez went 1 for 3 with a run scored.  Alexis Donnelly led the Dukes offensively going 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBIs as fellow freshman Alicia Serrano pitched in going 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 3 stolen bases.  The Dukes went on to win Game 1, 9-1 in 6 innings.

In Game 2, it was all Megan Culley.  Culley worked quickly through the Mustangs line up facing just one batter over the minimum in 5 innings of work. She struck out 7 batters and walked one en route to her first career no-hitter. Her fellow sophomores, Gomez and Suppi assisted in the effort with Gomez going 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs while Suppi went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and a run scored. Alicia Serrano and Gianna DeMarco each added two hits apiece with Serrano driving in 2 runs and DeMarco adding an RBI of her own. The Dukes cruised to victory, 9-1 in 5 innings. At the conclusion of the game, the crowd roared as the final out was recorded with Culley being mobbed by her teammates.

With 8 games remaining, Cumberland faces 2 NJCAA Region XIX Final Four opponents, Camden County, and defending champion, Lehigh Carbon.  The Dukes are currently in 4th place in the region with an overall record of 15-12 and a region record of 10-4.  After being rained out this past Sunday, the Dukes will now travel to Lehigh Carbon on Tuesday, April 30 with first pitch of the doubleheader scheduled for 3:30 PM.