After dropping their first game of the Region 19 Baseball Tournament Final Four, Cumberland has now won three straight and finds themselves just one win away from claiming their second Region 19 title in the past three seasons.
Cumberland started off the double elimination style final four tournament with a close 2-0 loss to the #2 seeded Jersey Blues of Brookdale CC. On the heels of that loss, Cumberland scored three early runs in an elimination game with #4 Northampton, holding on by a 3-1 final score Saturday.
On Sunday, the tournament host flirted with elimination after surrendering a three run lead in the loser's bracket final with Brookdale CC. After allowing a ninth inning homerun to tie the game at six, Mitch Walker delivered an RBI single in extra innings to propel the Dukes into the Championship to face Rowan College at Gloucester County. Walker drove in five of Cumberland's seven runs on three hits, two of which left the yard.
Just thirty minutes later, sophomore Calvin Clark was back on the mound after pitching the final five innings and earning the win in the first game Sunday. Behind the Dukes bats, Clark pitched an addition 4 and 2/3 in an 8-3 win over RCGC. Dan Goggin and Marco Rios each drove in two runs and Walker added three hits, scoring twice and driving in another. Walker finished the day a total of 6 for 10, tallying 6 RBIs and four runs scored.
With the win over RCGC, Cumberland now forces a winner-take-all match up Monday at 1:00 PM. This will be the third consecutive year that Cumberland and RCGC have met in the final game of the Region 19 Baseball Tournament. The two squads split the previous two Region 19 Titles.