The Knights traveled to Groton, CT on Sunday to kick off their biggest series of the season with UConn-Avery Point and split the first two games, dropping game one 12-4, before taking game two 7-5. With the split, the two teams will play a decisive third game at 4:00 p.m. today to determine who will host the Region XXI Championship next weekend. CCRI’s overall record currently sits at 19-8.
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The Pointers used a five-run third inning to help get past the Knights in game one, ultimately cruising to a 12-4 win. CCRI built an early 2-1 lead, but that was erased in the third inning, when UCAP knocked out Knights’ starter Rich Reo (Cranston, RI), who surrendered six runs in 2.2 innings pitched in a losing effort.
CCRI was led offensively by Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI), who delivered two hits and drove in two runs as well. Sophomores Jake Tillman (Scituate, RI) and Ryan Wordell (Little Compton, RI) also contributed with two hits apiece at the plate. Middle infielders Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) and Jake Waldren (Phoenix, AZ) drove in the other CCRI runs.
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The Knights broke open a scoreless game in the top of the second with a four-run inning, highlighted by a three-run homerun from freshman Casey Mack (Trumbull, CT).
The Pointers kept the game close, but the Knights added runs in the third, fifth, and seventh innings to hold on for a 7-5 win.
Freshman PJ Watson (Cheshire, CT) gutted his way through a tough UCAP lineup, surrendering four runs in five innings of work to pick up the win. With the win, Watson remains unbeaten on the season, improving his record to 4-0. Apice pitched the sixth and seventh innings for the Knights, allowing just one run to earn his first save of the season.
O’Dell, TJ Boyajian (Warwick, RI) and Steve Adams (Jacksonville, FL) all added two hits in the winning effort, with Adams driving in two runs as well.
The Knights will play at UCAP again today at 4:00 p.m. to decide who hosts the Region XXI Championship. The game originally scheduled for today at Navy Prep will be pushed to Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
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