What a weekend it was for Dukes Athletics as the baseball and softball teams swept their slate of games to go undefeated for the weekend.
On the softball end, the Dukes offense took the stage as they combined to score 29 runs in their doubleheader against the Spartans of Northampton Community College. In game 1, 8 Dukes hitters registered hits with 6 of them crossing the plate at least once in the game. Tyra Capers led the Dukes going 4 for 4 with 4 runs scored and Katryna Arbelo followed going 1 for 2 with 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Runs, and 2 Walks. Megan Culley, Siani Gomez, Britney Johnston, and Capers all grabbed extra base-hits, with Breanna Suppi tallying a triple of her own. When the dust settled, the Dukes went on to win game 1, 17-4.
In game 2, Capers and Arbelo led the Dukes once again, scoring 5 runs combined. Arbelo led the team with 3 hits and 3 RBIs as Capers would score 3 Runs. Samantha Santos and Tyra Capers would reel in a double each, with Arbelo hitting a triple to round out the extra base-hits for the Dukes. Breanna Suppi and Siani Gomez would hit in 2 RBIs. The Dukes would score 2 in the 5th inning to close out the scoring as they would go on to win 12-4
For Dukes Baseball, they would mirror their softball colleagues as they would score 10 runs in each game of their series against the Camden County Cougars. In game 1, would chalk up 7 extra base-hits with Dylan Scaranda leading the way going 2 for 3 with a double and home run, knocking in 3 RBIs. Ryan McIssac followed going 2 for 4, scoring 2 Runs with 2 Doubles. Misael Castillo and Nicholas Milhan would also tally 2 hits and would knock in 2 RBIs each. Anthony Capasso and Brian Bromley would handle the Camden bats as they would scatter 6 hits and combine for 7 strikeouts. The Dukes would go on to win 10-3.
Game 2 would provide much more drama than the previous matchup. The Dukes led Camden 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 5th with starter Steve Bowley in control. The Cougars would then go on to rally for 6 runs in the inning to take a 7-4 lead and seemed to seize the momentum to upset the Dukes on their home turf. However, the Dukes would hunker down and push back as Ryan McIssac would reach base and be knocked in by Nicholas Milhan to cut the deficit to 2. Dylan Scaranda would be hit by a pitch, then designated hitter Shawn Vazquez would promptly deposit a deep drive over the left field fence to complete the comeback for the Dukes to take an 8-7 lead. Later in the matchup, Vazquez would deliver once again as he would drive in a pair of runs in the 7th inning to close out the scoring for the Dukes at 10-7. Veteran lefthander Brandon Staub would silence the Camden offense as he would register 2 2/3 innings and not allow a hit or runs to grab the win for the Dukes.
In the final matchup, the Dukes stormed out of the gates to take a 7-0 lead after 2 innings. The big highlight came from the bat of Dylan Scaranda as he would deliver a tremendous drive over the centerfield fence in the 2nd inning. Scaranda would finish the game going 1 for 3, with 3 RBIs. Ryan McIssac, Nicholas Milhan, and Ivan Solis would each register 2 hits apiece, combine for 4 RBIs, and score 4 runs total. Joseph Nestel would be the starting pitcher for the Dukes and along with Eric Petroski and Jose Rodriguez, would scatter 6 hits and tally 8 strikeouts. Nestel would grab the first win of his college career as the Dukes would go on to win 10-5.
Next up for the Dukes will be the continuation of Game 1 against the RCGC Roadrunners. First pitch is set for 3:30 PM and will begin with 2 outs in the top of the 6th inning.