4.14.13: The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled to Springfield MA on Sunday to play the Pride on Springfield Junior Varsity squad ion Sunday for a doubleheader. The Knights swept Springfield JV 4-3 and 6-0. With the two victories the Knights improve to 18-9 on the season.
CCRI- 4 Springfield JV- 3
Dan Depippo (Scituate, MA) continued to give a strong effort on the mound as he picked up the win by pitching six innings giving up eight hits and three runs while striking out 10 Pride batters. Kory Lawrence (Woonsocket, RI) came on in the bottom of the seventh and pitched a scoreless inning to pick up his first save of the season. Joe Yankee (Lincoln, RI) continued his strong offensive showing with two hits and scoring two runs.
The “Knights offense struggled on a cold and blustery day as many hard hit balls turned into easy outs” said Head Coach Ken Hopkins. Offensively for the Knights Dylan Gracia (Middletown, RI), Jacob Saley (Trumbull, CT), Co-Captain Nick Coro (North Providence, RI), and Ryan Wordell (Little Compton, RI) each contributed an RBI. Once again solid pitching and defense led the way as the Knights recorded their third consecutive errorless game of the weekend.
CCRI- 6 Springfield JV- 0
Jake Tillman (Johnston, RI) continued to impress on the mound with a complete game shutout giving up only two hits while striking out nine Springfield batters over seven innings. Coach Hopkins feels that “Tillman has established himself as one of the top pitchers in the rotation and will see plenty of big game action as the team heads down the stretch. He was in complete command all day, pitched quickly, and once again the defense played errorless ball.
The Knights’ offense was led by Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) with three hits including an RBI and Co-Captain Nick Coro whose bases loaded double in the top of the sixth inning broke open a close game as all three runners scored. The Knights added another run in the top of the seventh with Joe Yankee (Lincoln, RI) leading off with a long triple to right centerfield followed by a solid double over the left fielders head by O’Dell to close out the scoring.
Coach Hopkins commented: “I am extremely pleased with the defense all week especially this weekend as they were tested with two long back-to-back road trips and played error free baseball for the weekend.”
The Knights’ next game will be Tuesday the 16th when they travel to Holyoke, MA to play the Cougars of Holyoke Community College for a Region XXI non-league game at 4:00pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.