Skylanders Sweep Dukes of Cumberland

Article Posted -- April 22, 2011

4/17/11

Game 1: SCCC – 9, Cumberland CC – 0

Game 2: SCCC – 11, Cumberland CC – 0

 The Skylanders traveled to Cumberland County College yesterday and went to work early against their region and conference foes.

 SCCC struck early, scoring six runs in the first inning to stake sophomore pitcher Melissa Kanouse (Morris Catholic) with a nice lead.  With one out and sophomore Kelli Costa (Lenape Valley) on base with a single, freshman Brook Goldsberry (Jefferson) sliced a ball down the right field line that ran to the corner. Costa scored and Goldsberry raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

Melissa Kanouse threw a no-hitter in game win and earned two wins on the day

 The 2-0 lead was all Sussex would need as they went on to score four more times in the inning and eventually mercy run the Dukes after 5 innings. The story of the game, however was that Kanouse threw a 5 inning no-hitter, earning her 15th win of the season. In the no hitter, Kanouse struck out 3 Cumberland batters.

 The second half of the twin bill also saw Sussex score quickly, however this time it was a single run in the 1st inning to get things going.  This time it was Goldsberry again, with a sacrifice fly to score freshman Bethanny Levasseur who previously reached on an error.

 The Skylanders added two more runs in the 2nd inning highlighted by a Levasseur RBI single, scoring freshman Jenn Fliegel (Delaware Valley)

 While the Skylanders were scoring runs, Kanouse was pitching another gem, scattering four hits over 5 innings while striking out five Cumberland batters.

 Sussex struck big in the 5th inning when SCCC put seven runs on the board to supply a knockout punch. In the inning, the first three batters reached via walk. Kanouse then helped her own cause by blasting a 2 RBI double. Freshman Jolyn Ferrari (Newton) followed with a double of her own, chasing home sophomore Brianna Sherrier (Pope John) who went in to run for Kanouse.

 Sussex finished the Dukes off in the bottom of the 5th inning, earning an 11-0 win and sweeping key games in Region XIX play.

 With the wins, Sussex improves to 16-7 on the season.