Softball returns to postseason; will host Sussex in 1st Round

Cumberland will enter the postseason as the 4th seed in the Region XIX Softball Tournament
Cumberland will enter the postseason as the 4th seed in the Region XIX Softball Tournament

After a brief hiatus, the Cumberland County College Dukes Softball team has returned to the postseason and will vie for the Region XIX Championship. The Dukes are red-hot entering the postseason by winning their last 6 of 7 including a victory over defending District F Champion, Lehigh Carbon, and a doubleheader sweep over 2018 Region XIX Final Four participant, Camden County. Both teams have also qualified for the postseason.

Cumberland, currently the 2nd-best offense in the NJCAA, won the Region XIX Championship back in 2015 and also reached the Regional finals in 2016. After rebuilding in the years following, the Dukes have come back with a vengeance with five players with 50 hits or more with Alyse Jackson leading the way with 67 hits, which is tied for 5th in the country. On the bases, Sarah Morgan has been a threat all season as the second-best base stealer in the NJCAA with 46 stolen bases as teammate Alicia Serrano is currently 7th with 28. 

In the circle, the Dukes are led by Megan Culley. Culley, who threw the team's only no-hitter of the season against Montgomery County, currently leads the team in ERA with a 2.90 average.  Leading the team in strikeouts per inning is veteran, Breanna Suppi, as she is 7th in the country in the category with a 7.08 average per 7 innings.  Culley follows with a 6.51 K/7, good for 10th in the country, and fellow hurler, Alexis Donnelly comes in at 19th with a 5.78 K/7.

The Dukes have the group to make a run at reclaiming the top spot in Region XIX and it all begins on Tuesday, May 7 at 2 PM when they host Sussex County in the 1st round, best of 3 series for the right to go to the Region XIX Final Four.  

The Region XIX Final Four will be played on the campus of Cumberland County College on May 11-12.