Matt Parr scattered seven hits and improved to 3-0 while Collin Fabio delivered a key two-run double to lift the RCGC baseball team to a 9-3 triumph over Rockland Community College in Game 1 of a doubleheader Sunday at home.
The Roadrunners swept the doubleheader when Isaiah Easterling collected three hits and three RBIs to help RCGC hold off Rockland 9-8 in Game 2. Matt Woods also delivered a two-run single while catcher Matt Youngberg drove in two runs on two hits.
RCGC also swept Middlesex County College in a pair of Saturday games to claim four wins over the weekend!
Coach Rob Valli's RCGC squad, ranked third in the NJCAA Division III national rankings behind No. 1 Brookdale CC and No. 2 Tyler CC (Texas), improved to 18-3 with the pair of wins.
The Roadrunner softball team was not so fortunate when No. 2 ranked Herkimer Community College (NY) paid a visit to campus on Sunday. Coach Steve DePasquale's club dropped two games by scores of 11-1 and 11-0 in falling to 5-10 overall.
It doesn't get any easier as the Runners square off against No. 3 ranked Brookdale CC Thursday in a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m.
Roadrunner men's tennis swept two matches over the weekend to improve to 3-1 overall. On Saturday, the Roadrunners traveled to Haverford College and handed the Haverford JV a 7-2 defeat. On Sunday, the Roadrunners hosted Illinois Valley CC and scored an 8-1 victory.
Head coach Brian Rowan commented, "We showed some signs of improvement this weekend. Saturday was a good test and really helped us, I think, to play well on Sunday. Almost every player was pressed over the weekend and had to come up with some of their best play to earn wins."
The Roadrunners are off until Wednesday and then head into a busy four day stretch. The Roadrunners host Region 19 rivals Mercer CC and Ocean CC on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Then the team will travel to Long Island for a Saturday showdown with Suffolk CC and will stay for a Sunday matchup with long-time rival Nassau CC.
"This week will be a good test to see where we are physically," commented Rowan. "Playing competitive matches four days in a row matches in some ways what happens at the end of the season tournaments so this is a good test for us to see if we are ready or, if we are not, to give us a real wake up call."
Track and Field
The RCGC track and field teams finally had some good weather for a meet this weekend. The teams traveled to the Golden Rams Invitational at West Chester University where they faced competition from several NCAA D II, III and NJCAA schools. The Roadrunners had several top placing finishers, highlighted by Pete Flacco who set a new school record in the javelin to win the event in 61.24m, a throw of over 200 feet!
Some other top placing finishes from the Roadrunners came from Jake Caruso and James Kennedy placing 2nd and 4th respectively in an exciting 1500m. Tyler Garland placed 4th in the 110m hurdles, while Josh Legg placed 5th in the 400m hurdles. The men's 4x400m relay team of Legg, Noah Austin, Elijah Crouch and Mike Keller placed 5th in 3:31. Off the track, Jalen Mickles leaped to 2nd in the long jump and a 5th place finish in the triple jump while Dylan Rinnier flew to 4th place in the pole vault competition. Following Pete's example in the javelin, Andrew Burkhardt opened his season up with an excellent 4th place in the event after coming off a knee surgery. Also in the field, Andrew Kustera threw a 2nd place toss in the shot put while Jude Misko earned a 3rd place finish in the hammer throw.
Next up for the teams will be the Richard Stockton Invitational.