By Rich Iacuzio
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – The Camden County College Cougars defeated the Raritan Valley Community College Golden Lions 12-2 in their Tuesday afternoon matchup. Ryan Farrabella, CCC’s starting pitcher, had an excellent game, scattering only 5 hits over 6 innings with 11 strikeouts.
Farrabella had a difficult time settling in during the first, allowing 2 runs off of a Kyle Edgar double. It seemed as if Farrabella was in for a tough day on the hill, but soon enough he found his stride. Raritan Valley would not be able to score for the remainder of the game. Farrabella had a tremendous day on the mound for the Cougars, each pitch as precise as the last one. Raritan had a tough time figuring out Farrabella for the duration of the game.
The Cougars found their offense early, and quite often. Ryan Pavlik drove in the first 2 runs of the day for the Cougars, on a base-clearing double. The Cougars’ offense exploded for 5 runs in the first to take an early 5-2 lead. The offense had no trouble against Justin Young, Raritan’s starting pitcher. The offense tallied a total of 15 hits on the day. Adrian Gonzalez, a second-year player for CCC, went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI. The team’s offensive explosion was capped off by a homerun from Andrew Defina in the fifth inning.
The game was called during the sixth inning after a wild pitch scored another run for the Cougars, making it 12-2. The win pushed the Cougars to 29-8 on the season, while Raritan dropped to 10-18 on the year.
Cathy Pavlik, a fan of the team, said,” the team is very close to breaking the school record for wins in a season. They need 31 wins to tie the record. The record has been around since I came here, over 30 years ago.”
With a little over two weeks left in the season, the Cougars definitely have what it takes to take down the old record.
The win on Tuesday was CCC’s fourth in a row. The team is firing on all cylinders and is looking forward to the playoffs. They want to break the school’s win record but are also seeking a championship.