By Kim Broomall
CCC Journalism Program
It has been a big season for the Camden County College baseball team.
The Cougars recently ranked at seventh place, in a national poll conducted by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The poll was for Division III schools, whose athletes do not get scholarships or financial support from their schools’ athletic department.
According to the NJCAA, the team has played 34 games so far this season, tying with Gloucester County College. Though the Gloucester County team has 1037 at bats, fourteen more than the Camden County team, the Cougars are still ahead with 377 hits.
The Cougars’ highest ranking in the categories is with doubles, where they earned first place for scoring 94 so far. Their lowest ranking is with extra base hits, where they are ranked 84th. The team’s batting average is currently a .369.
On April 9th, the team won a game 16-3 against Cumberland County College. Jim Carothers, a fan of the Cumberland team, said he “respects the team as athletes.” The Cougars followed up that win with another, 9-2, against Atlantic Cape Community College on the evening of April 10th.
Their seven-win streak was interrupted on April 14th when they lost 1-3 against Northampton. Nevertheless, the team bounced back, winning five games in a row between April 16th and 20th.
Representatives of the team and the CCC Athletics Department could not be reached for comment.