Cumberland opened up conference play this past weekend in grand fashion. Literally.
In Game 1 versus the Union County Owls, the Dukes used the long ball to create a lead that they would never relinquish. Cumberland pounded out 11 extra base hits that included 5 home runs, highlighted by Donnie Stone's grand slam, his second grand slam of the season. Tyler Knox, Ryan McIsaac, and Vincent Napolitano also homered for the Dukes, with Napolitano delivering two home runs in game 1.
On the mound, the Dukes controlled the Owls with Jose Rodriguez and Ryan Hillesheim. Rodriguez would toss 4 perfect innings as he would not allow a baserunner to go along with his 5 strikeouts. Hillesheim would relieve Rodriguez and throw 3 scoreless innings with 4 strikeouts to complete the 25-0 shutout for Cumberland.
Game 2, Cumberland's Dylan Scaranda would take the wheel and direct the Dukes to another victory. Scaranda would deposit 2 grand slams in game 2 en route to a 13-2 victory and sweep over the Owls. Jarrett Quinn would earn the victory on the mound going 5 innings strong with 9 strikeouts. Nick Hillesheim and Anthony Masselli would each pitch perfect innings combining for 3 strikeouts to complete the sweep.