By Seth Ezbicki
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – The Camden County College baseball team gave up an early lead to fall 20-12 last Tuesday to rival Rowan College at Gloucester County.
The loss was hard for the Cougars as they took an early lead, 11-4, with nine runs in the bottom of the third inning. However, in the next inning, the team gave up six runs while answering back with only a single run. The Cougars gave up two more runs in the fifth inning and RCGC scored eight more unanswered runs during the rest of the game.
Playing “this caliber of team you can never let your guard down. You cannot get comfortable,” said head baseball coach Kenneth Bouillon.
Bouillon and assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator John Merkh said the pitching was the main reason the team lost. The pitching rotation gave up 12 walks to RCGC and hit several batters. Bouillon added it’s hard to compete in a game allowing that many batters to reach base.
Pitcher Angel Rodriguez admitted he played “really below average.” He said “not being a team” also contributed to the loss.
Bouillon said the Cougars’ success in the third inning came from the pressure they put on RCGC. He said that pressure caused mistakes. He and Merkh said their team also put pressure on themselves, leading to a swing in momentum and costing them the game.
Bouillon commented a team would win with 12 runs against most teams. Only one other team this season has scored at least 12 runs against RCGC and that team won. This game tied for the most runs CCC scored in a game this season and this game saw the most runs CCC allowed in a game this season.
RCGC is probably CCC’s biggest rival and the rivalry “goes back about 12 years,” Merkh said. He added RCGC is “usually a national powerhouse.” A win would have given CCC a winning record in its region and conference.
CCC will play RCGC again at 3 p.m. April 13.
The Cougars’ schedule can be found at http://njcaaregion19.com/team/13/3/1775.php.
The current standings can be found at http://njcaaregion19.com/sport/13/3.php.