Warwick, R.I. – April 25, 2016: The CCRI Knights traveled to Groton, CT on Saturday to face-off against Region XXI rival UConn Avery-Point. The Knights and the Pointers split a two game set on Saturday by the scores of 11-1 and 8-5. The split puts the Knights at 10-9 on the season with a 4-4 Region XXI record.
Game One: After a scoreless first inning, the Knights exploded for six runs in the second to take a 6-0 lead. The Knights loaded the bases with the first three batters on an error and two singles. Mike Santos (Cranston, RI) then struck a double in the gap to score two and give the Knights a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Back to back sac flies would push the Knights lead to 4-0 before Travis Collins (Cranston, RI) capped off the big inning with his first home run of the year, a big two-run shot to right to give the Knights a 6-0 advantage.
Enzo Clemente (Plantation, FL) connected for a solo home-run in the top of the third for his second of the season to push the Knights lead to 7-0. The Pointers finally got a run back in the bottom of the fourth, but that was the lone run of the game for them. The Knights tacked on four runs in the top of the seventh to push the final score to 11-1.
The big story in the game for the Knights was starting pitcher Jack Livingston (Niantic, FL) who pitched a gem for his team. He pitched a complete game while only allowing one run on four hits. The lone run also was unearned on a wild pitch. Livingston also struck out four on his way to fourth win of the year.
The Knights helped Livingston out by giving him a big cushion thanks to 13 hits from his lineup. The more impressive stat for the Knights batters was that they only had one strikeout all game.
Travis Collins: 1-4, HR (1), two RBI (11), one run (14)
Enzo Clemente: 2-3, HR (2), RBI (7), three runs (15), SB (3)
Edison Mercado: (Providence, RI): 2-3, RBI (9), two runs (12)
Mike Santos: 1-3, two RBI (7), two runs (10)
Robert Paulino: (Mirimar, FL): 3-3, three RBI (14), run scored
Brandon Escalante (Pembroke, FL): 1-3, two RBI (10)
Game Two: The Knights bats stayed hot in game two of the Saturday double-header, but the hits did not translate to runs. The Knights were able to slug out 15 hits but managed to only muster up five runs. Avery-Point on the other hand pushed across eight runs on only eight hits. The Pointers made up that difference by not committing any errors, while the Knights committed four.
The Knights scored first with a run in the top of the first to give them a 1-0 lead. After a scoreless second, the Pointers finally got hot at the dish. A three-run homer and two more on a single gave the home team a 5-1 lead after three innings. Avery-Point tacked on another two in the bottom of the fourth to push the lead to six.
The Knights chipped away in the top of the fifth on Enzo Clemente and Edison Mercado doubles that both scored a run to make it 7-3. Avery-Point responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning to push it back to 8-3.
As always though, the Knights would not go down easily. In the top of the last inning, the Knights led off with five straight singles to cut the lead to four while loading the bases. A running error and a sac fly gave the Knights two outs down 8-5 before the Pointers got a big strike out and avoiding a collapse.
While the Knights did have 15 hits, only two of them went for extra bases. Four Knights recorded at least two hits and nine batters collected at least one hit.
Escalante: 2-4, RBI (10), run scored (12)
Dillon Brooks: (Lookeba, OK): 1-4, RBI (25), run scored (15)
Clemente: 2-4, RBI (7), two runs (15)
Edwin Pichardo: (Hollywood, FL): 2-3, RBI (9), run scored (12)
The Knights next game is Monday April 25th at 3:30 pm versus Mitchell College JV. The Knights will be paying at their home field which is located on the Knight (Warwick) campus.
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