The CCRI Lady Knights’ softball team continued play at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL for their annual spring training trip. In their second day of games on Monday the 10th the Lady Knights faced NCAA DIII Millikin University from Decatur, IL and No. 14 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Mott Community College from Flint, MI. The Lady Knights lost to Millikin University 9-4 and Mott CC 8-4. With the losses CCRI begins the season 0-4.
Sophomore Macayla Paiva (West Greenwich, RI) got the start for the Lady Knights. Paiva went five innings giving up seven hits, eight runs, six of them earned while striking out two and walking two. Freshman Taylor Butler (North Kingstown, RI) came in to pitch in the 6th inning to relieve Paiva. Butler gave up three hits, and one earned run with one walk. In the first inning, the first two batters reached on singles followed by a walk, and another single. Four base runners scored. The second inning was led off with a double that eventually scored. In the fourth inning Millikin led-off with two singles a sacrifice and another single that scored one run making the score 6-4 Millikin. Two runs scored in the 5th due to CCRI errors giving Millikin an 8-4 lead. Butler gave up a hit in the 6th and two in the 7th that scored an earned run to make the final score 9-4 Millikin.
Offensively for CCRI Freshman Jess Brosnahan (Warwick, RI) had a single in the second inning but was left stranded on base. Freshmen Alexis Jendzejec (West Greenwich, RI) and Macayla Paiva led off third inning with singles, Jendzejec later scored on fielder’s choice hit by Amber Boucher (Warwick, RI) who was credited with the RBI, Co-Captain Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) followed with an RBI single followed by another single by Taylor Butler. The Lady Knights capped the four-run rally when Ashley Spear (Harrisville, RI) ripped a 2-RBIs single. The only other offense for CCRI was from Butler who had a single in 5th and Paiva had a single in the 7th. Overall Butler and Paiva had two hits each while Place, Jendzejec, Spear and Brosnahan added a hit apiece.
Taylor Butler got the start for CCRI on the mound the game and pitched five innings. Butler gave up seven hits, six runs, five of them earned with one strikeout against a very potent offensive line-up. Macayla Paiva came in relief in the 6th inning giving up two hits and two earned runs. The second inning was led off with a solo HR, followed by a single, the next two batters flew out, however three more runs scored with two outs. Butler gave up two more runs in the third and pitched a scoreless 4th and 5th innings.
Offensively for CCRI in the first inning Taylor Butler, Sarah Deal (North Kingstown, RI), and Alexis Jendzejec led-off with singles. The Lady Knights got on the scoreboard when Jess Brosnahan scored Butler with an RBI fielder’s choice followed by Ashley Spear who scored Deal with an RBI fielder’s choice as well. Freshman Rebecca Edwards (Attleboro, MA) got her first hit a single in second inning. Jendzejec and Brosnahan singled in third. Sam Archambeault (Harrisville, RI) had a single in 4th. Deal doubled in 5th inning, and Spear singled in 6th. The Lady Knights did have a mini- rally in 7th with two outs when Butler and Deal singled followed by Jendzejec who scored them both clearing the bases with a 2-RBI triple. However the late offensive output was not enough to get the Lady Knights the victory. Top to bottom this was the best offensive output this year for the Lady Knights with 12 hits. CCRI was led by Alexis Jendzejec with three hits including a two-RBI triple while Sarah Deal and Taylor Butler had two hits apiece.
The Lady Knights have a day-off Tuesday and will be back in action Wednesday when they will play Mott CC at 1:00pm and Macomb CC at 5:00pm to conclude their play on the Florida road trip.
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.