Article Posted -- April 22, 2011
Game 1: SCCC – 7, Middlesex CC – 6
Game 2: SCCC – 10, Middlesex CC – 11
Both ends of the doubleheader between region and conference opponents, SCCC and the Middlesex County College Colts ended in one run games, with each team notching a win.
In the first game, Middlesex jumped out with four runs in the first inning, only to be answered by SCCC scoring three runs of their own.
The Skylanders went ahead 5-4 in the 3rd inning when sophomore Kelli Costa (Lenape Valley) scored on a fielders choice to tie the game at four. Freshman Jolyn Ferrari (Newton) then singled, driving home her sister, freshman Leslie Ferrari (Newton) for the lead.
Middlesex tied the score in the top of the 4th inning, then each team scored a run in the 6th to continue the neck and neck race down the backstretch.
Sussex pulled ahead and won by a nose in the bottom of the 7th inning when freshman Brook Goldsberry (Jefferson) smashed a game winning single, to chase home Leslie Ferrari.
The second game saw Sussex storm out of the gates, scoring two runs in the 1st inning and three more in the 3rd to stake sophomore pitcher Melissa Kanouse to a 5-2 lead.
The Colts regrouped however, scoring a run in the 5th inning and five runs in the top of the 7th to take an 8-5 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th.
In the bottom half of the inning, Sussex made a late charge, loading the bases with two outs, down by 3 runs. Freshman Jenn Fliegel (Delaware Valley) was sent in to pinch hit for sophomore Brianna Sherrier (Pope John) and delivered a bases clearing double to once again tie the score.
In the top of the 8th inning and using the International Tie Breaker rule in which the last batted out is placed at second base, the Colts moved runners to second and third base with two outs before a crushing double to right centerfield would eventually lead to another three run lead for the Colts.
The Skylanders would fade in the homestretch however, as they once again mounted a comeback only to fall just short, this time being nosed out at the finish line in an 11-10 game.
With the split, Sussex moves to 17-10 0n the season and next plays tomorrow at home vs. Camden County College at 3:30 pm.