Warwick, R.I. – April 17, 2015: The CCRI Knights baseball team had a day to remember on Thursday when they traveled to Ringe, NH to play the Franklin Pierce JV team. Two former Knights were in the stands to watch the game as members of Franklin Pierce Varsity team. Connor Gleason (North Stonington, CT) and John Razzino (Cranston, RI) both played baseball at CCRI and have continued their careers at Franklin Pierce. The current Knights team put on a show for them to watch by scorching the ball on the way to a 24-6 victory. The win put the Knights back at .500 on the year at 8-8.
When a team scores four runs in the first inning it usually is their best inning, but for the Knights it was just a warm up. After four in the first, the Knights added one in the second, five more in the third and then an incredible 11 runs in the fifth! They topped it off with three more in the sixth to put the mercy rule into effect, ending the game after only seven innings.
The 24 runs that were put up by CCRI was the first time they have scored 20 or more since 2007. The slugfest was a great team effort as 10 different Knights’ batters had at least one hit. CCRI was able to slug out 28 hits, 12 of which went for extra bases. The hit parade was led by Co-Captain Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) who went six for six on the day scoring twice and driving in five runs. Fellow Co-Captain TJ Boyajian (Warwick, RI) also enjoyed a very nice day with four hits and scoring four times while also driving in a run. Freshman starting second baseman Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, RI) took advantage of every opportunity he got with runners on base and ended up with seven RBI’s on the day to go along with four hits and five runs scored.
The parade did not stop there though, James Riley-Garnett (Newport, RI) was finally rewarded for his hard hitting by knocking in five RBI’s on the day along with two hits, two runs scored and a stolen base. Brandon Escalante (Providence, RI) and Ramiel Rodriguez (Providence, RI) both added two hits, two RBI’s and two runs scored a piece while Rodriguez also added a stolen base to his day. Also getting a piece of the action were Edison Mercado (Providence, RI) who had three hits and three runs scored, Dan Autiello (Orlando, FL) who had two hits and a run scored, Ernesto Figueroa (Providence, RI) who added two hits, two runs and a RBI and Stephen Adams (Jacksonville, FL) who chipped in with a hit, RBI and run scored.
Steve Noti (Warwick, RI) was the winning pitcher in the lopsided game. Noti went a flawless two and a third innings not allowing a base runner or run and striking out three.
Head Coach Ken Hopkins quoted the great John Rooke by saying, “‘Holy Moly.’ The Knights have turned the corner heading into their weekend showdown with Dean College. Back to back doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday at Fell Field in Warwick. Come out at noon to support your team. ROLL KNIGHTS!”
Current Ravens varsity members Razzino and Gleason, who both played on the 2012 CCRI Baseball team that went to the World Series, are both key contributors to the Franklin Pierce varsity team. Razzino, a Cranston native, plays outfield for the Ravens and leads the team with 37 stolen bases. He is also batting .301 on the year with three home runs and 26 RBI’s. Gleason has been the starting pitcher in three games for the Ravens and has appeared in six. Gleason has pitched 18 and a third innings on the year while striking out 23.
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.