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Red Hot Dukes Sweep #8 Northampton

Red Hot Dukes Sweep #8 Northampton

The first game on Saturday afternoon had all the makings of a Region XIX playoff game.  Two great pitchers dueled pitch for pitch throughout the afternoon, and with the Dukes clinging to a 1-0 in the fifth inning, Cumberland starter Cody Stashak made his only mistake of the day.  With the bases empty and two outs, Northampton's Tyler Ruoss launched a monster solo homerun to tie the game at 1.  

In the bottom of the 6th, the Dukes broke the tie on a Robert Bunton line drive into the right-center field gap, bringing home Arturo Ocasio. Cumberland plated two more runs in the bottom half on a fielder's choice and a passed ball. 

In the 7th, Stashak (7-1) sealed the deal and wrapped up his seventh victory of the season, allowing one run on three hits and that one earned run. 

Game 2 was a little bit different, as the Cumberland bats woke up early and never went back to sleep.  The Dukes scored three runs in the first on back-to-back triples by Arturo Ocasio and Cody Stashak. Stashak's triple brought in two and then Ocasio hit in Stashak in the next at-bat.

The Dukes added two runs, in the second and then two more in fourth.  After just one run crossed the plate in the fifth, the #3 ranked Cumberland Dukes exploded for seven runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning.  The crowd watched ten Cumberland batters step into the batter's box, six record hits, and seven different players drove in a run. 

Freshman Justin Geri picked up the win, giving up just one run in six innings of work and Matthew Ennis game in to close out the game.  With those two wins over another nationally ranked opponent, the Dukes made a statement.  Cumberland has now won eleven straight game and twenty-four out of the last 25 games. 

With an overall record of 33-6, the Dukes will have the next two days off before welcoming in Salem Community College for a weekday doubleheader on Tuesday April 22nd starting at 2pm.