By Max McGee
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – The Cougar baseball team is primed and ready for another competitive season as they enter a highly anticipated year.

The 2012 Region XIX runner-up champions are trying to advance their way into Texas this year for the Junior College Division III World Series. Head Coach Kenny Bouillon is once again leading the way, as sophomores Brett Hudson, Anthony Mungiole and Ryan Martin are the veteran leaders in training camp that is currently underway.

Last season, the runner-up champions were one game away from advancing to Texas for the College World Series. Though they played well all year, they want more.

“Most teams would be satisfied with getting to the playoffs and getting good stats, but we are about wins here,” said star pitcher Hudson.

Camden County College lost to an always tough Gloucester County College team in the XIX Championship two games to one. The entire series was a battle as the Roadrunners outscored the Cougars 8-6 in the three games as CCC concluded its season with an impressive 39-11 record.

The team expects a different outcome this time around though. Mungiole is a prime contributor and is confident his teammates will do whatever it takes to get that one more win when it counts. “Mung,” as his teammates call him, plays multiple positions and can swing the bat just as well as he looks on the field with all the wristbands and Oakley sunglasses.

“We are going to have to help the staff out by making big plays. Also, timely hitting and playing baseball the right way will get us there,” said Mungiole.

The education major plans to get his associate’s degree at the end of the spring but he says he wants to do everything possible to help the team before he moves on from CCC.

The Cougars have a new arm transfer fresh from Iona College in Martin. He is a local product from Cherry Hill High School East who won numerous conference honors as a pitcher for a tough Cougar squad from 2005 to 2009.

“It’s funny that I’m a Cougar again, but I’m excited. I have to thank our coach, Kenny Bouillon, for the opportunity. I’ve known Kenny for a while and he is one of the best coaches in Region 19,” said Martin.

Bouillon could not be reached for comment on this story because of personal reasons.

However, the Cougars believe it is their time and they are ready to bring a championship to Blackwood starting this March. Admission to games is free.

Anthony Mungiole at first base, one of his many positions on the field. By Max McGee, CCC Journalism Program

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