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May 2011

One Footed Fallone wins Back Draw at Tennis Nationals!

Warwick, R.I. – May 19, 2011: On day three of the 2011 NJCAA Division III (DIII) Men’s Tennis National Tournament saw CCRI’s No. 1 Michael Fallone (North Providence, RI) in the flight No. 1 singles back draw final. Fallone was the final CCRI player left in the Tournament with Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) being eliminated on day two.

Fallone’s two regular-season losses this season to DIII opponents came at the hands of AJ Moore from Gloucester County College from Sewell, NJ and Dan Burgess from Nassau Community College from Garden City, NY. Fallone faced Moore in the first round a match that many thought could have actually been the final, and fell to the No. 1 seed a second time. Fallone faced Burgess in the back draw final, in a rematch of his only other DIII loss of the season. This time he was successful, despite playing on a swollen, painful, injured left big toe. In a little bit of déjà vu, Fallone went to a tiebreak for the first set and prevailed by an identical 8-6 score to capture the tiebreaker. Fallone gave up an early break, and found himself down 5-3 in the second set once again. However, that is where the pattern ended. Fallone took the next four games, breaking twice and holding twice to take the second set 7-5 to win the match in dramatic fashion. Fallone ends the tournament as the back draw champion and a doubles semi-finalist. With both losses coming to the likely tournament champions at No. 1 singles (AJ Moore from Gloucester CC) and No. 1 doubles (Fitzsimmons & Wolski from Brookdale CC).

Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the victory “I am very proud of how both our players played this week especially Michael (Fallone) who battled through a very tough injury. He refused to quit he is a class act and represented us well”

Fallone Battles through injury to stay alive at Tennis Nationals!

Warwick, R.I. – May 18, 2011: On Day two of the 2011 NJCAA Division III Men’s Tennis National Tournament at Collin County Community College in Allen, TX CCRI had some highs and some lows. Both Michael Fallone (N. Providence, RI) and Nicholas Arnold (Lincoln, RI) took to the courts in singles in the back draw (consolation round).

Fallone defeated Trebor Hooker of Eastfield College of Dallas, TX 6-0 and 6-2 despite playing on badly injured left big toe. Arnold dropped a toughly fought contest to Vince Athos, also from Eastfield College from Dallas, TX. The two then teamed together for their main-draw flight 1 doubles match against the No. 1 seeds Tom Wolski and Rich Fitzsimmons from Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, NJ). Wolski was part of the team that ousted Alexander Cavanagh (Middletown, RI) and Timothy Steere (Glocester, RI) from the 2010 tournament at this same (semi-final) stage. Fallone and Arnold fought gamely, as Fallone’s movement was obviously limited, giving up an early break. They fought back to break in the very next game to level the first set at 3-3. The Brookdale pair then stepped their game up just a notch, taking three of the next four games to take the first set 6-4. The Knights just couldn’t get anything going in the second set, battling through some long service games, but never able to capitalize on the key points, and dropped the second set 6-0.

Fallone is still alive in the flight No. 1 back draw singles final, at 8:00AM (CST) Wednesday to complete the Knights involvement in the 2011 NJCAA Division III National Tournament.

Fallone and Arnold mixed results Day 1 of Nationals

Warwick, R.I. – May 17, 2011: CCRI tennis had two members travel to Collin County Community College in Allen, TX to compete in the Division III Tennis National Championships. The two players were CCRI’s No.1 singles Mike Fallone (North Providence, RI) and No.2 singles Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) who also teamed together for No.1 doubles.

Day one of the 2011 National Championship for Division III NJCAA tennis was a bit of a mixed bag for the Knights. Playing at the host Collin County Community College’s on-campus courts, freshman Michael Fallone (N. Providence, RI) took to the courts in first singles facing No. 1 seed AJ Moore of Gloucester County College from Sewell, NJ. Fallone fell to the top seed 6-2 and 6-2, in a match that was actually quite a bit closer than the score suggests. Sophomore Nicholas Arnold (Lincoln, RI) took to the courts in second singles facing No. 2 seed Bryan Kallenberg from Nassau Community College from Long Island, NY. Arnold battled in the first set, actually going up a break to begin the set, but relinquished the break and added another to drop the first set 6-4. Kallenberg used that momentum to coast to a 6-0 second set. Both Fallone and Arnold will complete in the tournament’s back draw starting tomorrow at Allen High School in Allen, TX. Fallone will face Trebor Hooker from Eastfield College of Dallas, TX and Arnold will face off against Vince Athos, also from Eastfield College from Mesquite, TX. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 9:15CST (or 10:15EST).

On a more positive note for the Knights duo Fallone and Arnold teamed together in first doubles to face Jordan Sadowitz and Adam Cadwell from Onondaga Community College from Syracuse, NY. Fighting a tough early-afternoon sun, Fallone and Arnold grabbed a mid-set break in the first set and an early break in the second set to finish the match in straight sets 6-4 and 6-4. Fallone and Arnold will face the No. 1 seeds Tom Wolski and Rich Fitzsimmons from Brookdale Community College of Lincroft, NJ on Tuesday. The match is scheduled for a 10:30CST (or 11:30EST) start, but both players will be granted at least 30 minutes following their singles matches.

Six Lady Knights earn All-Region XXI softball honors; Afonso Coach of the Year!

Warwick, R.I. – May 9, 2011: Although the Lady Knights’ season ended on a down note with two losses in the District Tournament they did get some good news recently with six Lady Knights earning All-Region XXI honors and their Head Coach Liz Afonso was named Coach of the Year. The six players were: catcher Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI), pitcher Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI), infielder Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA), pitcher/outfielder Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA), infielder Jovanissa Perez (Warwick, RI) and infielder Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI).

Jess Borden was two year Tri-Captain of the Lady Knights and will go down in CCRI history as their most prolific hitter. In her freshman year she was second on the team to Steph Morse (59 hits) with 55 hits and this year she backed that up by being second on the team again in hits with 55 hits, this time she was second to Ashley Olson (62 hits). Borden is also the CCRI career leader in runs scored with 76 runs scored for her career. This year Jess sported an impressive .519 batting average with 55 hits in 106 at bats including seven doubles, five triples and two home runs, 22 RBIs, 35 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. For her career Borden had a .489 batting average with 110 hits in 225 at bats with 19 doubles, five triples, two home runs and 20 stolen bases, 33 RBIs and 76 runs scored. On the mound Jess was equally impressive. This year she had a 7-7 record with a 2.00 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched. In her freshman year she was 9-3 with a 1.418 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched for her career she had a 16-10 record with 123 strikeouts and a 1.705 career ERA. Head Coach Liz Afonso commented about her two-year Tri-Captain “I have known Jess since high school when I was her guidance counselor. I was very happy when she said she was interested in coming to CCRI to play softball. She has been a pleasure to coach always doing what is asked and leading by example she has been a quiet and confident leader during her two years here she will be sorely missed next year.”

Jasmyn McCone served as one of the 2011 Lady Knights’ Tri-Captains. “Jazz” was a defensive wiz at third base, making spectacular play after spectacular play at the “hot corner”. Offensively, she was a table setter along with Borden always getting on base, stealing bases and moving runners along with timely sacrifice bunts. McCone is second to only Borden in the career runs scored category with 75 runs scored for her career. Jazz has always been a good hitter, this year she had a .392 batting average with 40 hits in 102 at bats with seven doubles, two triples and three home runs, 23 stolen bases, 10 RBIs and 44 runs scored. For her career Jazz batted .404 with 14 doubles six triples, three home runs, 34 RBIs and 75 runs scored. Coach Afonso commented “Jazz was great both offensively and defensively but more importantly she was clearly the vocal leader during her years at CCRI. She always had the right pick me up to say to get her teammates going which is something that we will have to replace in her absence next year. In addition, she also utilized her voice to bless the CCRI softball crowds were her stirring rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” before home games.”

Ashley Olson made a huge impact in her freshman campaign for the Lady Knights. Olson shattered the single season hit record of 59 set by Steph Morse last year with 62 hits this year in addition she became the single-season RBI leader as well with 61 RBIs once again breaking a record of Morse who had 50 in 2010. For much of the year Ashley ranked in the top 10 by the NJCAA in hitting and ended the 2011 season leading the Lady Knights with a .530 batting average with 62 hits in 117 at bats. Her 62 hits included 15 doubles which ties the CCRI record held by Steph Morse and Nicole Kufel set in 2010 adding four triples and eight home runs. Coach Afonso added “Although Ashley was a force on offense it may be her defense at catcher and rocket arm that propel her to Division I status when she transfers to a four-year school after leaving CCRI. She has a quick release, pinpoint accuracy and a very strong arm which pretty much negates any opponent’s chances of starting the running game, which can be a big part of softball. Offensively, she has been awesome as well being ranked in the top 10 in the nation all year long. She will be a big part of what we do next year.”

Devin Azulay was another player who played at two positions like Jess Borden both on the mound and as an outfielder. Azulay was ranked in the top 10 in pitching for most of the year and ended her season with a 12-3 record and CCRI program record .700 ERA allowing just nine earned runs in 86 innings pitched with 13 walks and a team-leading 100 strikeouts and six shutouts. Devin’s record-setting ERA was less than half that of Borden’s former record of 1.418 in 2010. Azulay was also a force at the plate batting .448 with 52 hits in 116 at bats. Of those hits she also tied the single-season doubles record with 15 held by Olson, Morse and Kufel she also added a triple and five home runs with 36 RBI and 35 runs scored. Coach Afonso commented “Devin was one of the main reasons we had such a good season. She was always there to provide what CCRI needed whether it be a great performance on the mound or run support she answered the call. Coming in to the season we knew she could pitch but her bat was also invaluable this year and she will also be one of our keys to success next year."

Jovanissa Perez was another freshman who made a tremendous impact. Perez was a good hitter that had that unusual combination of speed and power. Nissa batted .451 with 41 hits in 91 at bats with eight doubles, a triple and three home runs. In addition, Perez thoroughly destroyed the CCRI stolen base record swiping 50 bases putting the former mark of 32 by Diane Morissette in the distance. Perez was ranked in the top 10 in steals for most of the season and was only caught stealing twice on the entire year in 52 attempts. Coach Afonso added “It took Nissa a few games to get settled into the speed of the College game, but once she did she hit the ground running…literally. 50 stolen bases! We hope to see more of her on base next year replacing Jazz and Jess in front of Devin and Ashley in the top of our batting order next year.”

Courtney Piccirillo returned for her sophomore campaign and was another key to the Lady Knights’ success. Courtney played very well at second base while batting in the middle of the potent Lady Knights’ line-up. “Picc” batted .368 with five doubles, a triple, 17 RBIs and 14 runs scored and was a perfect 15 for 15 stealing bases. Coach Afonso commented “Courtney was always there to make a key defensive play and have that clutch hit adding depth to the Lady Knights’ line-up. Coming into the season we weren’t sure who would play second base. “Picc” stepped-up in a big way and made many great defensive plays that saved games for us. In addition, she was a very important part of our offense as well. She will be missed next year.”

Six Knights earn All-Region XXI baseball honors!

Warwick, R.I. – May 11, 2011: The CCRI Knights baseball team had six players take home All Region XXI awards for the 2011 season. The award is given to the top athlete at each position from the three Division II schools in Region XXI; Dean College, University of Connecticut-Avery Point, and the Community College of Rhode Island. CCRI, who finished the season with a 30-11 record, took six of the 12 awards given out. The Knights’ award winners include Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL), Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL), Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT), Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL), James Reyes (Providence, RI), and Sean Furney (Warwick, RI).

Freshman leftfielder Jamale Horn ended with a .359 batting average including 47 hits in 131 at bats, 10 doubles, three triples, 47 RBIs and six homeruns. Horn climbed to No. 11 on CCRI’s all-time single season RBIs list and finished the season in the top 25 nationally for RBIs. He was also in the top 50 in the country in homeruns throughout the entire season. Head Coach Ken Hopkins commented that “Jamale offensively was one of the best players we’ve had in a long time. He’s only a freshman so we expect some more out of him next year.”

Tom Gavitt earned All-Region as the first baseman going 48-116 with a .414 batting average and 13 doubles, 34 RBIs, and six homeruns. Gavitt finished the season at No. 23 on CCRI’s all-time single season batting average record list. He is also No. 12 in single season doubles. Gavitt joins Horn on the top 50 national homeruns list this season. Hopkins said of Gavitt, “Tom is very athletic. He finally settled in at first base and gave us a solid defensive effort. He was also a great surprise on offense and we’re expecting him and Jamale (Horn) to do big things for us next year.

Sophomore Lyle Williams took the right field award with a batting average of .363 and led the team with 49 hits in 135 at bats. Williams also had 11 doubles, five triples, 38 runs scored, and 39 RBIs. He earned his way onto several CCRI record lists including No. 25 in single season runs scored, No. 3 in single season triples, No. 14 in single season stolen bases with 16, No. 8 in career doubles with 18, No. 12 in career RBIs with 60, and No. 7 in career stolen bases with 27. Williams was also the 2010 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient for his defense in the outfield. Coach Hopkins stated that “Lyle was one of the best all-around players we’ve had in recent memory. Even with his injury we thought so much of his defense we left him out there. He has great speed and instincts as a base runner.”

Sophomore third baseman Cody Ortega finished with a .322 batting average including 39 hits, eight doubles, 27 runs scored, 15 RBIs, and a .948 fielding percentage. Ortega broke CCRI’s single season sacrifices record with 11 and also earned the team’s MVP honor. Hopkins described Ortega as “one of the best team players we’ve ever had. Solid defense at third base and a great contributor on offense with his sacrifice bunts and hit and runs. He had great leadership and was an excellent captain and a real pleasure to coach.”

James Reyes took the designated hitter award with a .341 batting average and led the team with 42 runs scored. He ended the year at No. 9 on the NJCAA stolen bases list for the 2011 season. Reyes also claimed CCRI’s No. 1 spot this season for stolen bases with 32. Reyes finished just one away from tying CCRI’s all-time single season stolen base record set by Brad Muldoon in 2001 and Matt Newsome in 2002 and shared MVP honors with Ortega this season. “Great story, solid centerfielder and tremendous leadoff hitter with great speed” said Hopkins of his sophomore centerfielder.

Sophomore Sean Furney was CCRI’s only pitcher to earn All-Region with a 5-2 record and a 1.32 ERA in 47.2 innings pitched. Furney finished No. 9 nationally on the Individual Pitching list and as the No. 3 strikeout leader with 72 total strikeouts and 1.51 strikeouts per inning. He also joined several CCRI All-Time record lists including No. 7 in single season strikeouts with 72, No. 18 in single season ERA at 1.32, No. 14 in career innings pitched with 76.3, No. 11 in career strikeouts with 98, and No. 6 in career ERA at 2.24. Coach Hopkins noted that Furney “really matured this season. He became our number one pitcher down the stretch.”

Knights shoot well on day one of Regional Tourney!

Warwick, R.I. – May 11, 2011: The CCRI Knights golf team traveled to New England Country Club in Bellingham, MA to compete in the Region XXI Golf Tournament. The Knights only had three players so they did not compete as a team. On the first day Dean College was in first place with a low score of 320 followed by Holyoke Community College with a score of 369 and Springfield Technical Community College scored a 391.

The Knights had an incomplete team but did have some very good individual scores led by Evan Rios (North Providence, RI) who was sixth with a score o 85 followed by Jason Snow (Warwick, RI) who was ninth with a 91 and Rich Simard (Woonsocket, RI) in 16th place scoring a 118. Other individual scores included: Kyle Boucher from Dean with 76, Jorge De La Campa from Dean with 79, Bryan Contreras from Dean with an 80, Chris Mullen from Holyoke with 83, Dylan Estrella from Dean with 85, JJ McKenna from Holyoke with 86 and Andrew Bruso from Dean with 87.

Day started out with rain, wind and very cool temps. The showers remained throughout the day. Conditions were poor but playable. Knights’ Head Coach Rich Marchetti commented after day one “Great round by Evan Rios very steady. Jason Snow ran into some problems early in the round but managed to play close to par for the last 10 holes. We are hoping for lower scores on day two and better conditions.”

Play continues on Wednesday with tee times starting at 10am. An awards dinner will follow the second and final round at New England CC and hosted by Dean College.

Phok and Hurteau earn All-American Honors at NJCAA Track Nationals!

Warwick, R.I. – May 9, 2011: The CCRI track team traveled to Alfred, NY to compete in the NJCAA Division III Track & Field National Championships. The CCRI men finished 13th with 26 points out of 20 teams in meet Harper College was the champion with 152 points. The CCRI women were 15th with 15 points out of 21 schools with Harper College being the women’s champion as well with 132 points.

Leading the way for the Knights’ men was Tim Phok (Providence, RI) who won the hammer throw with a throw of 49.12m to earn NJCAA First Team All-American honors. For the Lady Knights Jackie Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI) also had a great meet placing second in the 10,000m run with a time of 41 minutes 14.67 seconds to receive Second Team All-American honors. Jackie came back and placed third in the 5,000m with a time of 20:16.48. Kyle DelSesto (Gloucester, RI) also had a very good meet placing fourth in the javelin with a season-best toss of 49.68m. Jordan Jefferies (Providence, RI) placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 6.23m. Cole Maguire (Foster, RI) placed fifth in the 3,000m steeple chase with a time of 10:24.73. Brenden Dohoney (Warwick, RI) placed seventh in the 10,000m with a time of 36:00.48. The women’s 4x400m relay placed eighth with a season-best time of 4:30.63. Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) was the lead off runner in the 4x400m and ran a 1:01.9 split which was her best of the year. The other team members were Allyson Bejma (Pawtucket, RI), Chelsey Sarachick (Warwick, RI) and Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI). Samantha Nicodemus placed 9th in the hammer throw with her best effort of the year 29.52m. Michelle Krol placed 9th in the 100m in a time of 13.40. She placed 10th in the 200m in a time of 27.81. Therese Kerin placed 11th in the 800m in a time of 2:39.90. She also placed 12th in the 1500m in a time of 5:36.50. Chelsey Sarachick placed 19th in the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:20.86 and Ray Dormer (Warwick, RI) placed 15th in the Javelin with a throw of 41.68m.

Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the Championships “A great run meet by Alfred State and the CCRI Men and Ladies held their own in what was the last meet of the season for all and the last meet of some of the kids CCRI careers. They all worked hard under championship conditions.”

CCRI loses heartbreaker to UCAP 4-0

Warwick, R.I. – May 9, 2011: The CCRI Knights baseball team played its final game of the season on Sunday against the University of Connecticut-Avery Point in a heartbreaking 4-0 loss of the Region XXI championship. CCRI finishes the season with a 30-11 record.

CCRI out-hit UCAP 10 hits to four but were unable to score a run leaving 13 batters stranded throughout the game. UCAP, who only had 11 total hits in the three game series, scored all four runs in the second inning and were held without another hit until the eighth inning. Freshman Adam Chrzanowski (Westfield, MA) had a superb performance on the mound but took the loss dropping to a 2-2 record overall.

Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA), Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT), Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI), and Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR) had two hits each while Marc Dorsi (West Haven, CT) and Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) adding a hit apiece.

Knights drop game two to UCAP 3-0

Warwick, R.I. – May 9, 2011: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the University of Connecticut-Avery Point (UCAP) at Fell Field on Saturday in game two of the Region XXI tournament. CCRI lost to UCAP 3-0 forcing a third and final game of the Region XXI Championship.

Mike Farias (Exeter, RI) had a solid performance on the mound throwing eight innings and allowing three runs on only five hits in his first loss of the season. Farias falls to 7-1 overall. Closer Jean Maldonado (Kissimmee, FL) threw a perfect final inning against UCAP but the Knights’ bats were silenced.

CCRI was held to three hits in game two by Marc Dorsi (West Haven, CT), James Reyes (Providence, RI), and Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL).

The Knights take on UCAP in the Region XXI championship game on Sunday beginning at noon.

Furney four-hits No. 4 Avery Point!

Warwick, R.I. – May 9, 2011: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the University of Connecticut-Avery Point (UCAP) at Fell Field on Friday in game one of the Region XXI tournament. CCRI defeated UCAP 2-0 reaching the 30 wins plateau and improving to 30-9 on the season.

Sophomore Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) beat UCAP for the second time this season in a stellar four hit shutout against the No. 4 nationally ranked team (NJCAA DII poll). Furney threw a complete game nine innings striking out 12 UCAP batters and held them hitless for 7 1/3 innings. Avery Point started a late rally and loaded the bases in the top of the ninth with no outs, but Furney shut them down with a pop-up and two strikeouts to capture game one of the series for the Knights.

Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) led CCRI with three hits while Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) and Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) added two apiece and drove in both of the Knights’ two runs.

CCRI takes on UCAP in game two of the series at Fell Field on Saturday beginning at noon.

Lady Knights Lose First two at District Tourney

Warwick, R.I. – May 9, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Middletown, NY to play in the District I Softball Tournament versus Mercyhurst North East from North East, PA and Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY. The Lady Knights lost to Mercyhurst North East 6-0 then fell to Monroe College 1-0. With the two losses the Lady Knights’ season comes to an end with a 20-13 record. Mercyhurst defeated Monroe College 8-3 and 6-2 to win the tournament and advance to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Normal, IL May 19th-21st.

Game 1

CCRI-0 Mercyhurst NE-6

On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) got the start but only lasted two innings giving-up five runs only one earned on four hits striking out one. Borden did not pitch badly but a couple errors hurt her effort and Mercyhurst took advantage of them. Borden was relieved by Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) who threw four innings giving up one earned run on three hits walking one and striking out two.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Borden led the way with two hits followed by Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) who added a hit. Also contributing at the plate for CCRI was Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) and Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) with a hit apiece.

Game 2

CCRI-0 Monroe College-1

On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) got the start and gave up just one earned run a solo home run with two outs in the top of the first inning to Yamaris Clemente. Azulay pitched seven strong innings allowing just two hits, walking one and striking out 10 batters. At the plate she added a hit but it was not enough to notch a victory. With the loss Azulay ends the season with a 12-3 record.

At the plate the Lady Knights were led by Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) who had two hits followed d by Tri-Captain Jess Borden who had a hit which brought her CCRI career hits record to 110 for her career. Also helping the Lady Knights at the plate was Tri-Captain Ashley Olson with a double and Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) added a single.

After the game Head Coach Liz Afonso commented “We just did not hit today. Both of our pitchers pitched very well, especially Devin (Azulay) who threw 11 innings and gave up just two runs. However if you do not score you cannot win. Overall we had a great season and got better with each game and I am happy with our improvement and how the team came together. I am sad to see the sophomores go, they have contributed so much to our program. Jess (Borden) with the most career hits and runs scored and was one of our best pitchers and Captains both years. Jazz (McCone) was second most in runs scored while dominating on defense and making tremendous defensive plays at the “hot corner”. Amanda (Marble) played a great first base for two years and always provided some pop at the plate and Courtney (Piccirillo) really improved this year and was one of our key offensive contributors while playing great defense at second base. I wish them the best as they move on with their academic and athletic careers.”

Knights finish regular season with 15-5 win over Quinsigamond!

Warwick, R.I. – May 4, 2011: The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled to Worcester, MA on Tuesday for its final regular season game against the Quinsigamond Community College Wyverns. CCRI defeated Quinsigamond 15-5 by a seven inning mercy rule closing out the regular season with a 29-9 overall record and 14-3 in Region XXI.

Freshman Rodger Lincoln (East Providence, RI) started the game throwing three innings and allowing five runs on six hits. Reliever Cris Peralta (Providence, RI) earned his second win of the season pitching the final four innings giving up only one hit and no runs.

Sophomore centerfielder James Reyes (Providence, RI) is climbing the CCRI stolen base record list adding three more stolen bases against the Wyverns. Reyes has 32 stolen bases thus far just one away from tying and two away from breaking the record of 33 set by Brad Muldoon in 2002and Matt Newsome in 2004. Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR) was 3-5 with a double, a homerun, and three RBIs leading the Knights to their 15 runs scored. Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) went 3-4 with three doubles and Joel Perez (Miami, FL) added two hits in CCRI’s victory.

CCRI will host the best of three series Region XXI tournament against the University of Connecticut-Avery Point beginning at 4:00pm on Friday at Fell Field. Saturday’s game will begin at noon as well as Sunday’s game if it is needed. The winner of the tournament advances to the Northeast District Tournament beginning on May 13th

CCRI Golf does well in tune-up for Regional!

Warwick, R.I. – May 4, 2011: The CCRI golf team traveled to Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Hadley, MA for a match against Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), UMass-Stockbridge and Holyoke Community College (HCC). Due to scheduling and final exam conflicts STCC, CCRI and Holyoke only had three players each competing (not a full team). The individual scores for CCRI were: Jason Snow (Warwick, RI) 96, Evan Rios (North Providence, RI) 102 and RJ Simard (Woonsocket, RI). The home team, UMass-Stockbridge had all six of their players shoot under 85 with the lowest score of 73. The golf course, although still showing signs of the long winter, was in good condition. Scoring was unusually high and played difficult for all players. The course was a good tune-up for the upcoming regional tournament. The next match which was scheduled for Wednesday at Cranston Country Club has been cancelled. Next match for the Knights will be the Region XXI Tournament scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday May 10th & 11th at New England Country Club.

2011 Region XXI Baseball Championship Schedule released!

Warwick, R.I. – May 3, 2011: The 2011 Region XXI Baseball Championship will be hosted by the Community College of Rhode Island this weekend beginning Friday May 6th through Sunday May 8th. The Community College of Rhode Island (28-9) will be the No. 1 seed and will host No.2 seed the University of Connecticut at Avery Point (UCAP) (32-8). The games will be played at Fell Field located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick. It will be a best two out of three series. The schedule has been released and is as follows:

Game 1: Friday May 6th at 4:00pm CCRI vs. UCAP (CCRI home team)

Game 2: Saturday May 7th at 12:00noon CCRI vs. UCAP (coin flip to determine home)

Game 3: IF necessary Sunday May 8th at 12:00noon CCRI vs. UCAP (coin flip to determine home)

Lady Knights down Dean for 6th Consecutive Region Title!

Warwick, R.I. – May 2, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Bulldogs of Dean College for the championship game of the Region XXI softball tournament. The two teams split the first two games Dean winning game 1: 1-0 and CCRI winning game 2: 11-0. The Lady Knights defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 in the deciding game. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 20-11 on the season and win their sixth consecutive Region XXI Title and a berth to the Northeast District Tournament to be held May 7th and 8th at Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY.

Championship Game

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On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) got the start and the victory. Azulay threw four innings allowing one unearned run on eight hits, walking one and striking out four to improve her pitching record to 12-2 on the season. Devin was relieved by Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) who threw three shutout innings allowing no hits and striking out one Bulldog’s batter. At the plate Azulay and ;Borden each added a hit apiece. Borden’s hit gives her 107 for her career over 20 hits more than any other Lady Knights softball player, the next two on the list are Lindsay Cavanagh in 2004-05 with 85 and Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) her teammate with 84 career hits.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) kept on her record setting pace with three hits two singles and a 2-run home run and a run scored which were the deciding runs in the game. The three hits give her 60 hits on the season breaking Steph Morse’s mark of 59 from last year in seven fewer games. Her two RBIs give her 61 on the season extending the CCRI single-season RBIs record. Also having a very good day at the plate was Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) with two hits and an RBI and Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) added two hits a run scored and two stolen bases to give her 51 stolen bases on the season extending the CCRI stolen base record into another stratosphere distancing herself from Diane Morrisette’s 32 in 1983. Also adding hits were Sarah Siconio (Warwick, RI) and Tri-Captain Jazz McCone added a hit and a run scored. One more record that has been broken this year is the Career Runs Scored, the former mark was 64 by Nicole Kufel last year and now belongs to Jess Borden with 76 with Jazz McCone right on her heels with 75 runs scored and the season is not over yet so there will be more to come.

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the tournament “What a weekend! Dean gave us all that we could handle in the first and third games. In game three our leaders really stepped-up. Jess (Borden) was great on the mound relieving Devin (Azulay) shutting down Dean she also hit the ball hard every time up, Jazz played great defense and also got on base for our power hitters. Ashley (Olson) showed why we named her a freshman Tri-Captain putting her stamp on the game in the first inning with a missile that left the park into a massive head wind. The quick offense gave us a little cushion which we needed because Dean has some very good hitters. Devin also had a good start and hit the ball hard at the plate. After a rough start this year, I am happy to see where we are now. However, we must keep getting better and improving if we want to be successful in the District Tournament; Mercyhurst and Monroe are two very good teams that we have split with earlier in the season.”

The Lady Knights will travel to Middletown, NY this weekend to compete in the Northeast District Tournament versus Mercyhurst North East from North East, PA and Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY. The tournament schedule will be released later in the week

Knights finish season sweep of Dean 15-2!

Warwick, R.I. – May 2, 2011: The CCRI Knights baseball team travelled to Franklin, MA on Friday to take on Region XXI opponent Dean College Bulldogs for the fourth and last time this season. CCRI completed the sweep of Dean 15-2 in an eighth inning mercy rule, compiling a perfect 4-0 record against the Bulldogs. This is the third time this season the Knights defeated Dean by mercy rule. With the win, CCRI improves to 27-8 overall and 12-2 in Region XXI play.

CCRI starter Mike Farias (West Greenwich, RI) remains perfect with a 7-0 record after earning the win against Dean. Farias threw seven innings and allowed only two runs on five hits with 11 strikeouts. Reliever Jean Maldonado (Kissimmee, FL) pitched a perfect eighth inning and added one strikeout.

Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) carried the team on offense going 3-5 with four RBIs and incredible back to back homeruns. James Reyes (Providence, RI) added two hits and two stolen bases while Tri-Captain Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL), Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA), and Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI) had two hits and one double apiece.

The Knights host Region XXI rival University of Connecticut-Avery Point in a doubleheader at Fell Field on Saturday beginning at noon.

CCRI Women finish Fifth and Men finish Seventh at District Meet!

Warwick, R.I. – May 2, 2011: The CCRI track & field team traveled to Columbia, MD to compete in the Track & Field Northeast District Meet. The Lady Knights finished fifth out of m12 teams with 62 points with the women’s champion was Gloucester County College with 150 points. Knights finished seventh with 50 points with the men’s champion was also Gloucester County College with 170 points out of 13 teams in meet.

The Lady Knights were led by Jackie Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI) who won the 1,500m in a time of 5 minutes 21.20 seconds. She was followed closely by team mate Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI) who placed second with a season-best time of 5:29.80. Hurteau earned First Team All-District and Kerin earned Second Team All-District with their finishes. Both ladies came back in the 800m run with Hurteau placing third in a time of 2:41.00 to earn Third Team All-District and Kerin placed fifth in a time of 2:45.27 followed by Allyson Bejma (Pawtucket, RI) also placed sixth in the 800m in season-best time of 2:45.76. Also running well was Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) placed fourth in the 100m dash in a season-best time of 13.15 seconds then came back to place fourth in the 200m dash with a tie for her best time of the season of 27.33 seconds. First year of ever doing track and Field has been good to Samantha Nicodemus (Charlestown, RI) who placed third in the hammer with a toss of 26.68m to earned Third Team All-District then placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 23.74m. Chelsey Sarachick (Warwick, RI) placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 4.31m and also placed sixth in the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:22.83. Krol, Bejma, Sarachick and Kerin teamed up for a season-best time of 4:36.51 in the 4x400m relay placing a strong fourth place. Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the meet “This was a great showing for the lady Knights placing fifth in the meet with 62 points.

The Knights were led by Tim Phok (Providence, RI) won the hammer with a season-best toss of 50.74m to earn First Team All-District honors. Cole Maguire (Foster, RI) placed second in the 1500m run in a time of 4 minutes 25.63 seconds to earn Second Team All-District honors. Maguire also placed fourth in the 5,000m in a time of 17:53.98. From there Maguire teamed with Steve Bell (Warwick, RI), Ray Dormer (Warwick, RI) and Nick Santilli (Coventry, RI) to place third in the 4x800m relay with a time of 8:44.56 earning the team third Team All-District honors. Dormer also made a splash in the 3,000m steeplechase placing fifth in a time of 11:31.49 then placed eighth in the javelin with a toss of 39.40m. Dormer’s teammate Kyle DelSesto (Gloucester, RI) placed fifth in the javelin with a 44.0m toss. Rounding out the Knights’ top performers was Jordan Jefferies (Providence, RI) placing third in the long jump with a leap of 6.13m. From there Jefferies teamed with Bell, Santilli and Isaiah Hector (Warwick, RI) for a fifth place in the 4x100m relay in 46.76 seconds. Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented “Good work by the Knights placing in the middle of a very competitive District meet.”

The CCRI track & field team will now prepare for the NJCAA Division III Track & Field Nationals Thursday May 6th through Saturday May 8th at Alfred State in Alfred, NY.

CCRI baseball splits with UCAP to Finish First in Region XXI!

Warwick, R.I. – May 2, 2011: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the No. 4 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) University of Connecticut-Avery Point (UCAP) in a doubleheader on Saturday. The Knights split with UCAP taking game one 5-2 and losing game two 6-0. With the split CCRI is now 28-9, clinched first place in the region and will host the Region XXI Tournament beginning on May 6th. The Knights finished the regular season 13-3 in Region XXI play.

Game one


Sophomore Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) shut down UCAP throwing a complete game seven innings allowing only two runs on six hits. Furney, the nation’s No. 3 strikeout leader, added 10 strikeouts in game one and improved to 4-2 this season.

After Jamale Horn’s (Hoover, AL) two home runs against Dean the previous day, the last two of CCRI’s home run hitting triple threat added to the group. Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) and Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR) each had solo homers in game one against UCAP giving all three batters six home runs apiece this season. Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) added two base hits for the Knights.

Game two

CCRI – 0 UCAP – 6

The Knights struggled both on the mound and at the plate in game two with CCRI’s only hits coming from James Reyes(Providence, RI) and Tri-Captain Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL).

Starter John Tangherlini (Lincoln, RI) gave up five runs in the second inning and CCRI could not climb back. Tangherlini allowed six runs on seven hits in four innings. Angel Beltre (Providence, RI) threw 1.2 innings in relief and held UCAP to one hit and two strikeouts. Cris Peralta (Providence, RI) pitched a perfect final 1.1 innings.

CCRI travels to Quinsigamond CC on Tuesday for a single game beginning at 4:00pm. A Region XXI tournament schedule will be released as soon as possible.

2011 District I (Northeast) Softball Tournament Schedule released!

Warwick, R.I. – May 2, 2011: The District I (Northeast) Softball Tournament format and schedule has been set. The Community College of Rhode Island is the Region XXI Champions they will face-off against Region III Champions Mercyhurst North East from North East PA and the Region XV Champions Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY. The tournament will be hosted by Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th. Here is the schedule:

NJCAA Division II Softball

District I Championships

May 7-8, 2011

Hosted by SUNY Orange

Three Team, Double Elimination Format

Saturday: May 7

11:00 AM, Game 1: Mercyhurst North East vs. CCRI

1:00 PM, Game 2: CCRI vs. Monroe College

3:00 PM, Game 3: Monroe College vs. Mercyhurst North East

Sunday: May 8 (TWO teams remaining)

11:00 AM, Game 4: 2-0 Team vs. 1-1 Team

1:00 PM, Game 5: I Mesa

Sunday: May 8 (THREE teams remaining)

11:00 AM, Game 4: 1-1 Team vs. 1-1 Team

1:00 PM, Game 5: Game 4 Winner vs. Blind Draw Winner

Tournament Notes:

  • If all three teams are 1-1 after Saturday, a blind draw following Saturday’s games will decide which team receives the bye to Sunday’s championship game.
  • The Tournament Director has the right to adjust game times.
  • Home team is listed first for Saturday’s games.
  • Home team for Sunday games will be decided prior to each game with a coin flip.

Last Updated: 3/6/18