Warwick, R.I. – April 20, 2016: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Northern Essex Community College (NECC) in Haverhill, MA for a Region XXI non-league doubleheader on Tuesday. CCRI split the doubleheader with the Knights of NECC falling in game one 12-4 but bouncing back to win game two emphatically 20-10. With the split the Lady Knights now have a 10-8 overall record and 3-1 record in Region XXI play.
These doubleheaders were highly anticipated with the top two hitting programs in Region XXI. The Lady Knights came into the games with a team batting average of .361 while NECC had an even more impressive stat line with a team average of .381. Both teams lived up to their billing as they each mercy-ruled each other in the double dip. The Lady Knights and Northern Essex matched the others hit output with 28 hits apiece over the two marathon-like games.
In the circle for the Lady Knights was Courtney Sheridan (Warwick, RI) coming off her first career no-hitter she was in for her toughest contest to date against the potent line-up from Northern Essex. Sheridan threw 5 2/3rds innings allowing nine earned runs on 15 hits, walking four and striking out five Knights’ batters. NECC had a relentless attack as they charted at least one run in every inning but half of their output came in the first two innings. In the bottom of the first they had a ground out followed by two singles and another ground out putting runners at 2nd and 3rd with an as a run scored from error runner and the second scoring on a wild pitch before Sheridan closed the inning with a strikeout with NECC leading 2-0. In the second inning NECC scored on two RBI singles and an RBI double and a throwing error to give NECC a 6-1 advantage. CCRI got additional runs in the third and fourth which brought the score to 8-4 but NECC tacked on two more in the fifth and walked off in the sixth with the final two runs to win by the final count of 12-4 in game one.
Offensively the Lady Knights scored in the second when Mikayla Fernandez (Burrillville, RI) scored on an RBI single from Bella Malvinni (Westerly, RI). CCRI tacked on another in the third inning with Kristina Rodriguez (North Kingstown, RI) leading off with a Double and later scored on an RBI double from Maddy Cooper (Pawtucket, RI) which made the score 8-2 Northern Essex. The Lady Knights added two more runs in the fourth with one out Sam Archambault (North Smithfield, RI) reached on error followed by Tri-Captain Erica Jewett (Coventry, RI) hit a double to score Archambault on a throwing error as she went to third, Malvinni scored Jewett on an error and advanced to second on throw. From Malvinni scored on an RBI single from Meg Rousseau (Richmond, RI). Unfortunately, 8-4 is as close as CCRI would get as NECC tacked on four more runs to close out the game 12-4 by mercy rule in six innings.
Getting the start for the Lady Knights in the circle for game two was sophomore Mikayla Fernandez who did not fare too well lasting just an inning plus allowing six earned runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out one. Fernandez was relieved by Courtney Sheridan who came in and shut the door on NECC. Sheridan improved on her game one performance throwing four strong innings allowing just two earned runs on six hits, walking two but striking out six to chart her sixth victory of the season. This game was another offensive fan’s dream was both team combined for 16 runs in the first two innings. CCRI kept the pedal to the metal for the rest of the game scoring an additional nine in the third and three in the fifth while limiting NECC to just two runs for the rest of the contest to secure the 20-10 slugfest victory.
The Lady Knights scored 16 of their 20 runs in the second and third innings. In the second Tri-Captain Jenna Urso (West Warwick, RI) led-off with a double and advanced on a Malvinni sacrifice followed by an RBI single from Rousseau. Kristina Rodriguez added a single on a double steal to score Rousseau score on a throwing error by catcher. Erica Jewett had RBI single, Jenna Beauchamp (Warwick, RI) a single Tri-Captain Jess Spargo (Westerly, RI) an RBI single, and a Sheridan RBI single all capped by and two-RBI double from Urso. That put CCRI up 8-4 but NECC answered with four more to tie score 8-8 after two innings. CCRI was not done as they exploded for nine runs in the third. Rousseau reached on error and advanced on passed ball and then stole 3rd followed by an RBI double from Rodriguez. Cooper added an RBI single followed by a Beauchamp single and Sheridan two RBI single and Urso reached on error. Malvinni added an RBI single then Rousseau singled and Rodriguez hit a two RBI single followed by a Jewett two RBI double. This made the score 17-8 CCRI as they were able to hold off NECC for the most part as the game ended in five innings 20-10 by the mercy rule.
Leading the way offensively for CCRI was Kristina Rodriguez who had seven hits on the day including two doubles with five runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base followed by Tri-Captain Erica Jewett with five hits, including two doubles with five RBIs and three runs scored. Also helping the Lady Knights was Meg Rousseau with three hits, four runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases, Courtney Sheridan added three hits, three RBIs and two runs and Maddy Cooper with three hits, two doubles, four RBIs and a run scored. Also charting a multi-hit day was Tri-Captain Jenna Urso with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored, Bella Malvinni with two hits, two RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base and Jenna Beauchamp also added two hits and an RBI
The Lady Knights are back in action Wednesday when they will travel to Brockton, MA for a Region XXI league doubleheader versus Massasoit CC beginning at 3:30pm.
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