03.23.13: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Knights of Northern Essex Community College (NECC) from Haverhill, MA for a Region XXI non-league doubleheader on Sunday at Warwick Veterans High School in Warwick (due to weather conditions the game was moved to Vets). The CCRI Knights split the NECC Knights losing the first game 9-4 and winning the second game 7-1. With the split the CCRI Knights’ record is now 5-6 overall and 1-1 in Region XXI play.
CCRI- 4 Northern Essex CC- 9
The Knights of Northern Essex broke open a 4-4 tie with five runs in the top of the sixth inning as they went on to defeat CCRI by a score of 9-5. CCRI starter Connor Gleason (North Stonington, CT) struggled with his control giving up eight runs over five innings. Gleason gave up seven hits and five walks to pick up his first loss of the season. The CCRI Knights offense sputtered once again as they were only able to manage four hits off of the Northern Essex pitchers. Pat O’Keefe (East Greenwich, RI) led the CCRI attack with two hits and two RBIs. Gian Abbruzzese (North Providence, RI) added a single and an RBI in a three run third inning. Tyler Santaniello (Lincoln, RI) was the only other Knight to scratch a hit and a walk to score a run. With the loss, CCRI fell two games below .500 with a 4-6 record. CCRI Head Coach Ken Hopkins commented “The offense is a work in progress and needs to be fixed if the team is going to have any future success.”
CCRI-7 Northern Essex CC-1
Solid pitching by Dan Depippo (Scituate, MA), Dylan Pingatore (Johnston, RI), and closer Shane Johnson (Warwick, RI), stymied the Northern Essex in game two of the doubleheader as the Knights of CCRI pounded out 11 hits for a 7-1 victory. Depippo left after two innings as the starter with a minor injury for precautionary reasons, while holding a 2-1 lead. Pingatore came on in the third inning and pitched four dominant innings of no-hit, shutout ball to go along with six strikeouts in a masterful relief effort to pick up the victory. Johnson came on in the seventh to close the door for the victory as the team improved its record to 5-6. The offensive explosion was led by Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) and Co-Captain Nick Coro (North Providence, RI), with three hits apiece, and Joe Yankee (Lincoln, RI) with a two-RBIs single in the bottom of the third to break the game open. Co-Captain Mike Sherburne (North Kingstown, RI) contributed to the offense with an RBI single and Zack Wood (Jewett City, CT) continued to swing a hot bat as he doubled and scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Coach Hopkins was relieved to see “The offense come alive” and added that “It becomes contagious” as the team put four consecutive hits together in the bottom of the fifth to put the game away.
The Knights are back in action Tuesday when they travel to New London, CT top play the Mitchell College JV team 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.