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Three Dukes earn NJCAA Baseball All-American Honors

Ryan McIsaac, Michael Miles, and Dylan Scaranda all earned NJCAA Baseball All-American honors
Ryan McIsaac, Michael Miles, and Dylan Scaranda all earned NJCAA Baseball All-American honors

After winning Cumberland County College's first ever National Championship, three Cumberland Dukes were tabbed by NJCAA Baseball as 2019 All-Americans. Ryan McIsaac, Michael Miles, and Dylan Scaranda earned All-American honors for their spectacular 2019 season which culminated with a national title.

Ryan McIsaac (Millville, NJ) - 3rd Team All-American

Sophomore second baseman, Ryan McIsaac earned 3rd Team All-American honors as one of the top overall players in the country. When speaking of Ryan, many point to his outstanding offensive production throughout the 2019 season. Hitting out of the 2-hole in the Dukes lineup, McIsaac led the team in runs (76) and triples (5) and was second on the team in hits (77), doubles (16), home runs (11), RBIs (55), and Hit By Pitch (16). His offense was key in jumpstarting multiple rallies for Cumberland at the NJCAA DIII World Series, however, his highlight reel from Greeneville, TN will be his timely defense. In the most clutch situations, McIsaac's defensive abilities shined the brightest including an incredible double play in the 7th inning of the winner's bracket final versus Rowan-Gloucester that stalled the Roadrunner offense and preceded a 5-run 8th inning that would lead the Dukes to a crucial 15-13 victory. McIsaac truly did it all for the Dukes in 2019. He will be headed to play NCAA Division 1 Baseball at High Point University in North Carolina

Dylan Scaranda (Galloway, NJ) - 2nd Team All-American

Consistent would be the term to describe sophomore third baseman Dylan Scaranda's time in the Navy & Gold. A 'diamond in the rough', Cumberland would be the lone team to recruit Scaranda out of Absegami High School in Galloway, NJ. What a find it would be as Scaranda would go on to slam 31 extra-base hits that included 6 home runs, 3 triples, and an eye-popping 22 doubles which would be good for the team lead. He would also finish leading the team in Batting Average (.426), On-Base Percentage (.538), and Slugging Percentage (.678). Like his fellow All-American teammate, Ryan McIsaac, Scaranda came up clutch in the bright lights of Greeneville, TN that included a crucial RBI double late in the National Championship game to ensure Cumberland would not relinquish the lead to Rowan-Gloucester en route to the 11-7 victory. Throughout the tournament, Scaranda was as steady as could be defensively that included two of the final three outs in the national title game. Scaranda will make his way to Buies Creek, NC where he will play NCAA Division 1 Baseball at Campbell University.

Michael Miles (Vineland, NJ) - 1st Team All-American

Michael Miles would be described by many as the prototypical Ace. The tall, hard-throwing righthander would take the NJCAA by storm in his only year in Navy & Gold. Miles's statistics speak for themselves as he led the country in wins (12) and innings pitched (93) while finishing second in strikeouts (114) and complete games (6), and eighth in ERA (1.84). What cannot be quantified is the fact that Miles took the ball in every big game for the Dukes in 2019 and won them all. In the NJCAA World Series, Miles took the mound three times and finished the job each time. He would start Game 1 against Century College (MN) and would throw a complete game victory with 8 strikeouts while giving up just one run. In the 15-13 marathon victory over Rowan-Gloucester, Miles came in and earned the save for Cumberland. Then, in one of the most impressive performances of the season, Miles battled the Roadrunners once again, this time in the National Championship. On three days rest, Miles would manage Rowan-Gloucester long enough for the Dukes offense to separate themselves en route to an 11-7 victory and the college's first National Championship. Miles was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 28th round in last week's Major League Baseball Draft. He has yet to decide between signing a professional contract or continuing his academic career.