By Angel Nogueras
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – The Camden County College men’s baseball team swept its rival, Cumberland County College, 16-3 on April 9.
The Cougars got an outstanding pitching performance from starting pitcher Ryan Martin, who went five innings with four strikeouts, two hits and one earned run. In the first inning, Martin got into a jam with runners on first and third base with one out. Martin got a key strikeout against outfielder Marvin Evans. After the strikeout of Evans, Martin gave up a single to catcher Nick Pace and Cumberland County was on the board first. Martin got out of the inning without further damage thanks to second baseman Vaughan Watson, who hit a ball back to the pitcher’s mound for the last out of the inning. In the bottom of the first inning, the Cougars scored three runs of their own to regain the lead, 3-1.
In the start of the second inning, Martin had found his groove, retiring the side in order. In the bottom of the second inning, the Cougars continued to tee off against Cumberland County starting pitcher Cody Stashak. The Cougars scored eight runs in the inning to make the score 11-1 going into the third inning. It was a comfortable lead for Martin, who tossed four shutout innings before being pulled in the sixth inning for right-handed pitcher Chris Patter, who gave up two runs in three innings of work.
The Cougars scored a couple of more runs in the seventh and eighth innings to reach magic number 16. After the game, the talk among the crowd was the offensive outburst the Cougars went on in the second inning. Kyle Greene, second baseman on the team, said, “It was good to see that everyone on the team was on the same page offensively. We’ve felt good coming into the game that we can replicate the same offensive numbers like the first game we won.” Camden County won 13-8 in Cumberland County on March 14.
Ryan Pavlik, right fielder, praised the pitching performance of Martin. “Martin pitched great for us today. In the first inning, he was in a jam but found a way to get out. Cumberland County, their dugout talks a lot, so it is distracting, but it was nice that Martin and my teammates kept them quiet.”
Camden County College is in the midst of a five-game home stand this weekend, but probably its most enjoyable win of the weekend was beating Cumberland County College.