Skylanders Sweep Cougars in Region XIX Doubleheader

Article Posted -- April 23, 2011


Game 1: SCCC – 2, Camden CC – 1

Game 2: SCCC – 9, Camden CC – 1

 Clutch hitting and excellent pitching helped provide the Skylanders a doubleheader sweep over Region XIX and GSAC opponent Camden County College yesterday on the Skylanders Softball Field.

 The first game saw a scoreless game through four innings before the Cougars cracked the ledger in the top of the 5th. Kelly Keys laced a triple into right field to lead off the inning, then scored on a groundout to second base to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.

 Sussex trailed until the bottom of the 6th inning when a one out single by sophomore Kelli Costa (Lenape Valley) precluded a single by freshman Leslie Ferrari (Newton). With runners on 1st and 2nd base, sophomore Melissa Kanouse (Morris Catholic) blasted a double that looked to give Sussex the lead. Costa scored easily, but Ferrari was cut down at home as she injured her leg on the race to the plate. Kanouse was stranded at 2nd base, leaving the game tied at 1.

 Sussex came to bat in the bottom of the 7th inning with the game tied and a chance to win the game before heading into extra innings. Freshman Jenn Fliegel (Delaware Valley) blasted a one out ball into the right center field gap, but was held to a single on a nice play by the Camden right fielder. Freshman Devin Cielinski (Delaware Valley) went in to run for Fliegel to add some speed.

Photo courtesy of Donna Fitzpatrick: Kayla Mango had the game winning hit in game 1

 Freshman Mary Hocking (Wallkill Valley) then dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt, advancing Cielinski to 2nd base with two outs. Head Coach Nick DeGennaro then sent sophomore Kayla Mango up to hit for sophomore Brianna Sherrier (Pope John). On the second pitch to Mango, Cielinski advanced to third base on a wild pitch, setting the stage for Mango who has come through several times this season in clutch situations. Mango came through with the big hit once again by muscling a ball over the third baseman’s head, plating Cielinski for the game winning run and giving SCCC a 2-1 win.

 The second game of the doubleheader saw the Cougars jump out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning only to see the Skylanders charge back with a pair of runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.

 Sussex used five consecutive singles by freshman Brook Goldsberry (Jefferson), Costa, sophomore Brittany Duran (Jefferson), Kanouse, and freshman Jolyn Ferrari (Newton) to take the 2-1 lead after an inning.

 SCCC scored single runs in the 2nd and 4th innings to add to the lead, moving ahead by a score of 4-1. While Sussex was scoring, Kanouse was pitching another solid game, surrendering only one run on four hits while striking out six Cougars.

 The breakthrough for Sussex came in the bottom of the 5th inning when the Skylanders opened the inning with four consecutive singles by Hocking, sophomore Brianna Sherrier (Pope John), Goldsberry and Costa. Kanouse had the big hit of the inning when she doubled home Goldsberry and Costa en route to the five run inning. The game concluded due to the 8 run mercy rule as SCCC walked away with a 9-1 victory in game 2.

 In the second game, Kanouse led the way, going 3 for 3 with 5 RBI and a run scored, while Goldsberry was perfect in the game going, 3 for 3 with an RBI and 3 runs scored. Costa was 3 for 4, scoring 3 times and Sherrier was a perfect 2 for 2 in the game.

Photo courtesy of Donna Fitzpatrick: Melissa Kanouse picked up both wins on the day while driving in 6 runs at bat

 Kanouse led the charge with her arm and bat as she picked up both wins to improve her record to 17-10 as Sussex improved to 19-10 overall. Kanouse was 5 for 6 on the day with 6 RBI.

 Sussex was rained out today vs. Northampton Community College, and returns to action at home on Tuesday, (4/26) vs. Bergen Community College at 3:30 pm.