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Knights’ offense explodes to defeat Mitchell 15-1!
The CCRI baseball team traveled to New London, CT to play the Mitchell College JV team on Tuesday. The Knights defeated the Mariners 15-1. With the victory the Knights improve to 6-6 on the season.
CCRI 15- Mitchell JV 1
The Knights finally put it all together offensively and exploded for 15 runs and 23 hits as they pounded the Mariners of Mitchell College Junior Varsity team by a score of 15-1. CCRI scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back. Dylan Gracia (Middletown, RI) led off the game with a hard single up the middle and Jacob Saley (Trumbull, CT) hit the next pitch over the 385 mark in right center field for a two-run homer. Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) followed with a single and stole second base, Jonathan Vasquez (Bridgeport, CT) followed with an RBI single to right field, Rob Dacosta (Cranston, RI) followed with an RBI double to right center field, Co-Captain Nick Coro followed with an RBI single, and Pat O’Keefe (East Greenwich, RI) finished off the six run explosion with another RBI single. The Knights added three more runs in the top of the sixth, four more in the seventh, and finished with a single run in the top of the eighth inning. Vasquez continued to lead the offense with five hits, three RBI’s, including three doubles while O’Keefe chipped in with four hits and an RBI. Joe Yankee (Lincoln, RI) continued his strong offensive start as he added three hits including two doubles and two RBI’s. Gracia, Chris Pistacchio (Johnston, RI), Saley, Dacosta, and Coro all added two hits apiece.
The pitching staff was just as dominant as freshman Matt Laferierre (Coventry, RI) turned in a brilliant starting performance going six innings giving up four hits and one run while striking out nine Mitchell batters. Marc Boutilier (Orlando, FL) came on in relief in the top of the seventh and pitched two hitless and scoreless innings and closer Jay Ferri (North Kingstown, RI) came on in the bottom of the ninth to strike out the side. With the win, the Knights evened their record at 6-6 in what Head Coach Ken Hopkins described as the “The most impressive outing of the season so far. With a big week of games, it is important to gain some confidence offensively and this game surely gave us an indication of what could happen when the Knights put it all together.”
The Knights are back in action Friday when they travel to Willimantic, CT to play the Eastern Connecticut State University JV squad at 1:00pm.
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.