What an atmosphere last night at Skylands Stadium under the lights as Sussex took on Orange CCC in our Annual Military Appreciation Baseball Game. It all started as Nathan Stillings, SCCC Student and SCCC Ambassador sung the National Anthem followed by SCCC Veteran and Professor, Michael Hughes throwing out the first pitch. There were numerous activities in between innings such as the dizzy bat race, t shirt toss, trivia questions (all with prizes), interviews with Home Town Heroes (veterans) and, of course, the traditional singing of “Take Me Out To the Ball Game”. The Stadium video board was lit up with pictures of our players as they came to bat as well as the showing of the SCCC commercial and the announcing of other SCCC events. As for the game, the Skylanders made a valiant comeback effort before falling 7-6 to Orange after scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning with the tying run on 3rd base as the game ended. Next up for SCCC baseball team is our rival as we travel to CC Morris on Sat 4/29 needing to sweep Morris in a DH in order to qualify for the Regional playoffs.
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Sussex County Community College would like to congratulate Jill Pullis (Vernon High School) for officially signing with St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) to play for their Women’s Soccer team. Pullis was a starter and captain for the SCCC Women’s Soccer program, and currently holds the school record for assists in a single season as well as the career assist record. Jill was ranked in the top 5 in the nation for NJCAA DI women’s soccer players for assists this past season, is a NJCAA Region XIX champion, and has competed in two NJCAA District E Tournaments. Jill will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education at St. Peter’s.
Please Note: The game is rescheduled for Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm, Skylands Stadium
Sussex County Community College prides itself on being a military-friendly college. The College works closely with veterans on a number of levels, assuring that they get the attention they need. In some cases, veterans need some extra assistance.
The SCCC Skylanders Baseball team is hosting a special Military Appreciation Game on Tuesday, April 25 at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, starting at 7 p.m. The Skylanders will face the Colts of SUNY Orange County Community College.
This event will be a fundraiser for the College’s Student Veterans Emergency Relief program (SVER). SVER provides emergency funds to student veterans at SCCC who need financial help in between semesters. Veterans receive a VA housing allowance of $2600 per month, but only when college is in session. SVER aids veterans with additional assistance for those veterans who qualify and are in need of housing, car payments, food, and other essentials when college is not in session.
There are no colleges in the area that offer this type of added support to student veterans. They are able to get additional assistance and continue their education without interruption. The SVER is able to provide an emergency stipend during a gap in their lives.
Additionally, SCCC will be accepting non-perishable food items for the SCCC Horton Food Pantry at the gate.
To make a donation to SVER please visit: https://commerce.cashnet.com/sussexfoundationpay.
The Sussex County Community College baseball team won against Rockland Community College 3-2 after 9 innings on Wednesday. Anthony Carida (Hackettstown) continues his hot play this week, but on the bump for this game. He threw 5 scoreless innings as he was able to get out of jams with big pitches. Anthony, a freshman transfer from Rutgers New Brunswick, pitched well for his second start of the season (his last coming in Florida) and came up big with getting us that win to inch closer to a .500 record.
Offensively, it started in the 3rd inning with freshman Ben Armstrong (High Point) bunting for a single to get things started, then next batter Mike Lucero (Colorado) hit a double down the line to put himself and Ben in scoring position. Next, batter Peter Ferony (West Milford) laced a single up the middle to score Ben, then the following batter, Justin Smith (Newton), hit a single to left to score Mike to make the score 2-0. In the 4th inning we added another run on a errant throw to make it 3-0. In the 9th inning with the score 3-2… Trevor Risdon (High Point) came in to close the game for the save to bring our overall record to 11-13.
Sussex County Community College held its annual Breakfast of Champions this past Wednesday to honor student athletes who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This year, over 40 student athletes were recognized at the ceremony, and each athlete invited a faculty or staff member who has had a positive impact on their academic success. The student athlete representatives this year were Brielle Hilbert from women’s basketball and Ben Armstrong from men’s soccer and baseball (pictured above).
SCCC is proud to announce that 2 baseball players, Jared Quintero and Jake Knoll, are being recognized as Player and Pitcher of Week. Details can also be found on the Region 19 website at www.njcaaregion19.com
Sophomore, Jared Quintero, was named D2 Region 19 GSAC Player of the Week yesterday. Jared went 12-24 11rbis and 4doubles in 7 games last week!
Freshman, Jake Knoll, was also named D2 Region 19 GSAC Pitcher of the Week as he went 2-0 pitching 2 complete games (14innings) striking out 10 and only allowing 2 earned runs for both games.
Poppy Bignell (Northampton, England) of the SCCC women’s soccer program has signed a National Letter of Intent to join Goldey-Beacom College next fall. Poppy was a two season starter at Sussex, playing left back and scoring 5 goals while providing 7 assists during her time as a Skylander. Bignell was named as team captain for her sophomore year, and Sussex congratulates Poppy for her achievements and for taking the next step in her collegiate soccer career.
The SCCC baseball team won both games against Atlantic Cape on Sunday. In game 1, the Skylanders rolled to a 16-2 win with 18 hits, 14 RBI’s, and 7 walks. Freshman pitcher, Trevor Risdon (High Point) started the game on the bump and went 6 strong innings, not allowing an earned run to get his first college victory!
In game 2 Sussex won 6-2, with more of a pitching battle early on as Jake Knoll (Colorado) ended up throwing a complete game for the second time this week to pick up his 3rd win of the season. Jared Quintero (Paterson) and Peter Ferony (West Milford) led the way with the bats going a combined 5-7 with 2runs, 4 RBIs, and 3doubles!
Offensive leaders in both games:
Peter Ferony: 5-9 4runs 2 RBIs 2doubles
Mathew Magura: 4-8 4runs 3 RBIs 2doubles
Jared Quintero: 6-8 3runs 8 RBIs 3doubles
Justin Smith: 3-6
Team Record 7-8
Merrinda Hill (Mildura, Australia) has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the NCAA Division II Bloomfield Bears women’s soccer program next fall. Hill was a two year starter at Sussex as an outside midfielder, who scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists this past season. Merrinda is a NJCAA Region 19 Champion, and has played in the NJCAA Division I District E Tournament in each of her seasons at Sussex. The SCCC Athletic Department congratulates Merrinda on taking the next step in her collegiate soccer career.
Auburndale, Florida – In yesterday’s action in the Sunshine State, the SCCC baseball team swept a DH from Vermillion CC, MN. In game 1, the Skylanders led 1-0 after 5 innings, then an offensive explosion occurred by the SCCC bats, as Sussex scored 10 runs. The final score was 11-1. Brenden Gerity (West Milford) got the victory as he threw 4 shutout innings. Mike Lucero (Colorado) had a big day at plate going 3-3 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and also stole home, a very uncommon feat.
In game 2, the SCCC bats stayed hot securing a 13-2 victory over Vermillion as Sussex scored 12 runs in the first 3 innings. Jake Knoll (Colorado) got the pitching victory, surrendering just one run for his first collegiate win. Justin Smith (Newton) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and 3 stolen bases. Jefferson Perez (Venezuela) went 3-3 including a triple, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI’s.
Others who contributed:
Matt Magura (High Point) 2-3
Tyler Goff (Colorado) 2-2 including a triple and 2 RBI’s and Mike Lucero overall for both games 4-6, 4 runs scored, 2 RBI’s and 4 stolen bases.
Team Record: 2 wins, 3 losses.
The Skylanders look to even their record today with a single game starting at 11 am in Eagle Lake, FL vs The Canadian Baseball Academy. The weather is slightly better in FL this morning than here in Sussex County. Predicted game time temperature for the Skylanders, 82 degrees.