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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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.
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
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.
The SCCC Baseball team lost their first series of the season to CCBC Catonsville this past weekend. In the first game on Friday, Sussex lost a hard fought battle 2-1. The Skylanders had a 1-0 lead until the seventh inning with freshman Trevor Risdon (High Point) throwing 6 shutout innings. Freshman Sean Kelemen came in to pitch the 7th and 8th inning to give up a run in each inning. The spot light was on Trevor as he struck out 4 and gave up 0 runs in 6 innings.
Games continued on Saturday with the weather at 34 degrees and with 25mph winds. Sussex lost the first game 7-6. The Skylanders were down early as CCBC scored 4 in the bottom of the first, however Sussex chipped away and made it a 5 to 6 game in the 5th inning, and then added another run in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Pitcher Jake Knoll (Colorado) started the game, and after a bumpy start, he settled down to keep his team in the game for us to chip away and make it competitive.
In game 2, Sussex had one bad inning that allowed seven runs on 6 errors that took them out of the game early. The contest ended after 5 with the Skylanders losing 12-2.Offensive players for Saturday:
Anthony Carida (Hackettstown) 2-4 Double, stolen base and 3 RBI’s
Matt Magura (High Point) 3-5 with a Double
Tyler Goff (Colorado) 3-4 2runs and 2 stolen bases
Congratulations to Sussex County Community College pitcher Tom Dolaghan (Harrsion, NJ) who broke the school record for most wins in a season for baseball. Dolaghan recorded 10 wins this season, eclipsing the previous record holders JD Brodrick and Delio Coutinho, who had earned 8 wins in 2004 and 2011, respectively. The Skylanders finished the season with a 16-20 record.
Throughout the baseball season, Pete Ferony and Mathew Magura consistently led the charge for the Sussex County Community College baseball team. As a result of their outstanding efforts, the freshmen pair have been named First Team on two All-Star squads, the Garden State Athletic Conference Division II Team and the NJCAA All Region XIX Team.
“Very proud of these two,” said coach Ramadan Mehmedi. “They worked hard all season and really turned in outstanding years.”
Ferony, an infielder and West Milford High School graduate, batted .473 (sixth in nation) over 35 games, with 61 hits, 12 doubles, and 13 stolen bases. He scored 28 runs and drove in 26.
Despite missing two weeks with an injury, designated hitter Magura, a graduate of High Point, had a .479 average with 34 hits, eight doubles, a triple, 16 runs scored and 12 RBI.
In the GSAC, infielder Moises Roque and outfielder Jared Quintero were second team selections.
Although he wasn’t chosen to an all-star team, Mehmedi had special praise for pitcher Tom Dolaghan, who broke the school’s season single record this year for wins with 10 (eight was the previous record).
The Sussex County Community College baseball team had four players named to the All Garden State Athletic Conference Teams and Region XIX Teams this past week. Peter Ferony (West Milford, NJ) and Matt Magura (Wantage, NJ) were both named to the 1st Team All Region and 1st Team All GSAC. Jared Quintero (Paterson, NJ) and Moises Roque (Harrison, NJ) were also named to the All GSAC 2nd Team.