The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Mercyhurst North East College in North East, PA to compete in the 2014 Women’s Softball Division II District I Championship. CCRI faced-off against Region III/XV Champion and No. 6 ranked (NJCAA DII softball poll) Saints of Mercyhurst North East (34-4). The Lady Knights lost to the Saints 1-0 and 14-0. With the two losses CCRI’s season ends with a 12-14 record but they are still Region XXI Champions.
In the circle for the Lady Knights was freshman Taylor Butler (North Kingstown, RI) who was facing an uphill battle versus a very potent Saints line-up. Butler threw four innings giving up 10 runs, nine earned on 12 hits while striking out four Saints.
Offensively for the Lady Knights they were only able to muster three hits Butler had a hit in the first inning and a stolen base, Co-Captain Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) had a hit in the third inning, and Rebecca Edwards (Attleboro, MA) had a hit in the fifth inning but that would not be enough against the sixth ranked Saints.
In the circle for the Lady Knights was sophomore Macayla Paiva (West Greenwich, RI) who faced the same fate as her teammate Butler against a very potent Saints line-up. Paiva threw five innings allowing 14 runs, 13 earned, on 19 hits, walking one and striking out two Saints.
Offensively for CCRI they only had two hits for the game. Once again Taylor Butler had a hit in the first inning and Co-Captain Liz Coburn (Chepachet, RI) added a hit in the fifth inning. Though the season did not end the way the Lady Knights would have hoped they did win the Region XXI title and had a very good season.
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.