Warwick, R.I. – April 18, 2016: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted Post University JV on Friday afternoon in a non-region matchup. The Knights were able to pull off an improbable comeback to beat Post 7-6 in nine innings. The win puts the Knights at 7-6 on the season.
Sophomore Evan Bertone (Douglas, MA) took the hill for the Knights and he threw a strong seven innings for his team. Bertone shook off a bad first inning by rattling off six good innings with his only blemishes being two unearned runs coming on misplays on fly balls. Bertone struck out four along the way while only walking two.
Post added runs in the fourth, fifth and ninth while the Knights scrapped together one run in the third. Going into the bottom of the ninth, Post led 6-1. The Knights then activated comeback mode and began a crazy rally. Billy Bostick (Cedar Park, TX) was able to beat out a throw for an infield single to start the comeback. Mario Negueruela (Hialeah, FL) then singled to left, which was then followed by a Mike Santos (Cranston, RI) walk to load the bases up. Austin Davis (Hollywood, FL) then knocked in a run with an RBI infield single while keeping the bases full. Travis Collins (Cranston, RI) then ripped a double to right field to drive in both Negueruela and Santos. Dylan Brooks (Lookeba, OK) then tied the game at six with a big single to right that scored both Collins and Davis. Two more walks for the Knights loaded the bases back up. Edwin Pichardo (Hollywood, FL) finished off the amazing comeback with an infield blooper that scored Brooks from third to give the Knights a walk-off 7-6 win.
Collins reached base four times for the Knights with a hit and three walks while scoring a run and driving in two. Brooks had two RBI’s and a run scored for the Knights while Davis collected two hits, a run and a RBI.
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.