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Keith Gorman earns 300th career win

Gorman tallied his 300th career victory on Tuesday in a win against Mercer County
Gorman tallied his 300th career victory on Tuesday in a win against Mercer County

Head Coach Keith Gorman was officially hired to lead the Cumberland County College Dukes Baseball program in the fall of 2011. Despite having a successful run at nearby Holy Spirit High School, having sustained success on the Vineland campus was beyond anyone's imagination, especially those with familiarity of NJCAA Baseball in the Mid-Atlantic region. As the saying goes, "Everything is impossible until it happens". Upon the hiring of Gorman, 'it' happened.

In Gorman's 3rd year, the Dukes compiled the winningest season in school history with a 49-10 record to go along with a Garden State Athletic Conference Championship and the program's first ever Region XIX Championship. The 2014 season concluded with the Dukes reaching the National Championship game as well as three Dukes being named to the NJCAA All-American team. In 2017, Cumberland would surpass the feats of the 2014 team by earning a record of 55-8, a New Jersey collegiate record for wins in a season, that included a Conference Championship and their second Region XIX Championship. Since 2014, the Dukes have reached the Region XIX Final Four in five consecutive seasons while playing in the Region Championship game in four of the last five seasons (2014-2017). 

This past Tuesday, Gorman entered a matchup against perennial contender and the NJCAA DII 12th ranked, Mercer County Vikings. In a fast paced game that saw the Dukes lose the lead in the top of the 9th, Cumberland rallied to earn their head coach his 300th victory. The Dukes trailed 7-6 in the 9th when Ja'Ques Colon started the inning off with a leadoff walk, followed by a Ryan McIsaac infield single. Dylan Scaranda would be intentionally walked to load the bases for Nicholas Milhan. A wild pitch would score Colon to tie the game and moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Milhan would then deliver as he would drill a 2-0 pitch right up the middle for Gorman's historic win.

After the game, Gorman credited the players for the record victory, past and present, by commending them on their dedication and willingness to go beyond their limits to achieve excellence. The remainder of the week saw the Dukes defeat Lehigh Carbon and split a doubleheader in the regular season finale against Lackawanna College.  However, Gorman wishes to shed more light on the team's 2019 regular season that ended with a 40-3 record, the team's highest win percentage in program history.

The Dukes now head to the postseason in which their seed and opponent are yet to be determined.