The Dukes kicked off their 2017 World Series in typical Cumberland fashion, putting up three first inning runs. The #1 overall seed in the World Series struck first in the top of the first on a Mitch Walker double to score Tovine Potts and Marco Rios. The Dukes capped off the scoring with a bases-loaded ground out from Ivan Solis that brought in Walker.
The tournament's eighth seed, Surry Community College, got back one run in the third on a Cumberland throwing error, and another in the fifth on a passed ball. The Dukes were able to extend their lead, 4-2 on a Marco Rios single through the right side of the infield to plate Josh Martinez.
Solis pushed the Dukes lead to 5-2 when he poked a one out pitch through the right side to score Banes. Banes led off the inning with a double off the wall. The scoring in the seventh continued when sophomore Anthony Harrold scored on a Surry fielding error.
After Surry cut the Cumberland lead down to 7-5 entering the ninth, the Dukes responded by breaking the game open with seven runs in the game's final frame. The ninth inning rally saw ten batters come to plate, with four batters being hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, Salvey stepped to the plate and ripped a bases clearing double.
Cumberland's starter, Jarrett Quinn tossed a complete game, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and three walks. Quinn has also struck out five Knight batters. Tovine Potts finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. With the win, the Dukes will square off with the number four seed, Century College on Sunday at 4:30PM.