The CCRI baseball team lost the Region XXI Championship series this past weekend, 2-1 to UConn-Avery Point. The Knights took the first game on Friday 8-0, before dropping game two on Saturday 3-2 (10 innings) and game three on Sunday by a score of 4-2.
Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) grabbed his second win of the season, completely shutting down the UCAP lineup and hurling a complete-game shutout in an 8-0 win in game one for the Knights. Apice scattered just three hits in a mercy rule shortened seven inning game.
Offensively, Joe Yankee's (Lincoln, RI) two out single drove in two runs to give the Knights a lead in the fourth inning and they never looked back. The Knights’ offensive explosion was also paced by sophomore catcher Ryan Wordell (Little Compton, RI), who laced two hits in the win, including a monster home run.
The Knights fell just short of clinching the Region Championship in game two, as CCRI mounted a comeback to tie the game 2-2 before losing on an RBI single down the third base line in the bottom of the tenth inning. With the loss, UCAP tied the series 1-1.
Game two featured a classic pitchers’ dual between CCRI southpaw Jake Tillman (Scituate, RI) and UCAP ace Zach Albin. Albin pitched nine strong innings, en route to picking up a no-decision, while Tillman was the tough luck loser, tossing 9+ innings before surrendering a walk off hit in the tenth. UCAP’s Shawn Nadeau picked up the win, throwing a scoreless tenth inning.
In a decisive game three, UCAP jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off of Knights’ ace Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI). However, the Knights’ offense finally broke through in the top of the fifth, when Jake Waldren (Phoenix, AZ) laced a two-out bases loaded single that scored Apice and Wordell.
But CCRI couldn’t hang on to their 2-1 lead. The Pointers put together a string of hits in the bottom of the seventh off of O’Dell, ultimately resulting in three runs and a 4-2 lead. That was more than enough for Doug Domnarski (8-1), who shut out the Knights the rest of the way in a complete-game effort.
O’Dell was handed his first loss of the season, pitching a solid seven innings, while allowing four runs on 10 hits.
CCRI ended their season with an overall record of 22-10.
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.