Although the CCRI baseball team’s season came to an abrupt end this past weekend, they received good news today. Sophomores Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI), Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI), Jake Tillman (Scituate, RI), and Jake Waldren (Phoenix, AZ) all learned that they received All-Region honors for their production of the field this season. Additionally, Apice earned the award for Defensive Player of the Year in the Region.
Apice did a little bit of everything for the Knights this season. The Knights’ outfielder batted a team-high .388 at the plate this season, to go along with 23 runs scored, five doubles, two home runs, 25 RBI, and an on-base percentage of .469. He drew recognition for his defensive play in the outfield as well, posting a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 and also adding four outfield assists. The lefty was also a mainstay in CCRI’s pitching rotation, posting a 2-2 record, with one of his wins coming in a complete-game shutout effort against UConn-Avery Point in game one of the Region Championship. CCRI Head Coach Ken Hopkins commented “Eddie Apice is a special player who should lead the team next season. He was the defensive player of the year in centerfield and was nominated for Rawlings Gold Glove for an errorless season. He pitched as well as anyone especially his shutout in game one of the playoffs. His hitting was one of the most productive on the team.”
O’Dell was Hopkins’ MVP this season and for good reason. As the Knights’ starting shortstop, O’Dell batted .365 to go along with 29 runs scored, five doubles, one homerun, 28 RBI, a team-high nine stolen bases, and an on-base percentage of .409. He was also the ace of the Knights’ pitching staff, compiling a record of 3-1, and also adding two saves, a 2.25 ERA, and a team-high 34 strikeouts in just 32 innings pitched. According to Coach Hopkins “Ryan O’Dell is the best athlete I have ever coached.”
Tillman was a standout in the outfield and on the mound for the Knights. The lefty excelled no matter where he was in the batting order this season, ending the year with a .368 average, four doubles, three triples, three homeruns, 16 RBI, and an on-base percentage of .439. He was also one of the Knights’ top pitchers, posting a 3-1 record, and also adding a team-high 33.2 innings pitched, eight walks, and an ERA of 4.28. Hopkins added “Jake Tillman was extremely versatile playing the outfield, first base, and winning some big games on the mound. He had a fantastic offensive season as well and his bunts for hits were some of the best we have ever had. It added 100 points to his batting average.”
Waldren was probably the Knights’ most versatile infielder this season, playing a solid second base all year, while also playing an equally impressive shortstop when O’Dell was pitching. Waldren scored a team-high 33 runs this year, to go along with a .351 average, one homerun, 21 RBI, eight doubles, and an on-base percentage of .429. Coach Hopkins commented: “Jake Waldren was a fantastic pick up who solidified second base and was one of the best middle infielders of my tenure at CCRI.”
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.