CCC Dukes baseball expands its reach

By BAILEY DIGH Staff Writer

The Cumberland County College baseball team has enjoyed success under Coach Keith Gorman. In 2014, the program’s most successful season, the team finished with a record of 49-10, which is the best in program history, won the Region XIX championship, finished as the top ranked team in the nation, and were the national runner up at the National Junior College Division III World Series. The success under Coach Gorman has not only made the program an attractive one to local players, but to players from outside the county. I recently spoke to two players who are originally from out of county, sophomores Mitch Walker and Dan Goggin. Walker is originally from Pennsville, New Jersey and graduated from Pennsville Memorial High School.

Walker, who was a medical redshirt his freshman year after a shoulder injury in October of 2014, did not intend to play baseball in college and did not think of coming to Cumberland County College. He decided to play in college and that led him to CCC. “The coaches were a big influence on me coming here,” Walker said, “I had some friends who knew the program, so that helped.” When asked about his main reason for coming to CCC he said, “To get better at the game and eventually transfer to a Division I school.” He shared he currently has a few schools who are interested in him. Walker was originally a pitcher, but moved positions and now plays catcher. When asked if coming to CCC to play baseball has helped him with his game Walker said, “It has definitely helped.”

Dan Goggin is from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School. Goggin is a third baseman and has recently started pitching. He had some other Division III offers, but said he was convinced by Coach Gorman to come play for the CCC team, “Coach Gorman was very convincing when it came to me coming here. He knows how good his program is.” Goggin knew about the recent success of the baseball program and it was another reason why he chose Cumberland County College over some of the other schools. “I knew about the recent success and it helped with my decision,” Goggin said. Goggin, like Walker, said his goal is to eventually transfer. He wants to transfer to any four-year program that wants him, “I am open to going anywhere. Any school that wants me to play for them would be a place I’d consider.” When asked if playing at CCC has helped him with the transferring process Goggin said, “Yes, it has. I have gotten a lot of exposure playing here. Coach Gorman knows a lot of people and it has helped out a lot.”

Goggin and Walker live with some other players who are not from the area at the Cumberland Green Apartments. When asked if it was tough living away from home Goggin said, “It is hard living away from home at times but baseball definitely makes it easier. It gives you something to do and look forward to every day.” The Cumberland County College baseball program is growing into a very successful one under Coach Keith Gorman. Each year this success has given the team the ability to not only go out of county, but at times out of state to recruit baseball players. This recruiting process is sure to continue as the success of the program continues. For more information on CCC athletics visit http://www.dukesathletics.com.

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