By Raymond Wildey
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Camden County College swept Union County College in a women’s softball doubleheader on Thursday. The Lady Cougars beat the Lady Owls 8-7 in eight innings in the first game and 13-12 in the second game.
Union County scored three runs in the second inning and another run in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead. A Union County home run in the fourth inning increased the lead to 5-0.
However, in the bottom of the fourth, Camden County loaded the bases, scored two runs on a hit, another run on a dropped ball by the Union County catcher, another run on another hit and another run on another hit to tie the game 5-5.
Throughout the game, players in the Camden County dugout cheered their teammates on, getting louder with each inning.
In the top of the fifth, Union County scored twice to take a 7-5 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Camden County loaded the bases and scored two runs to tie the game 7-7. Neither team scored in the seventh, which sent the game into extra innings.
Camden County held Union County scoreless in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, starting with a runner on second, Camden County put runners at the corners. A line drive scored the winning run for Camden County, as the Lady Cougars took the game 8-7.
The Lady Cougars defeated the Lady Owls in regulation in the second game 13-12.
Camden County Coach Charles Reitano said he thought the team’s biggest strength “is leadership and fielding, right now, has probably been our biggest weakness.”
Lady Cougars Player Carley Lamon stated, “The talent is definitely here. It just takes a little more oomph to bring it out.”
The Lady Cougars’ record stood at 6 wins and 15 losses after the games.