Knights Blast Bulldogs 16-2 in Five!
Warwick, R.I. – April 26, 2019: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Bunker Hill Community College Bulldogs for the last regular season home game of 2019. The Knights poured on the offense scoring 16 runs in the four-offensive innings in route to a 16-2 victory in five innings. The win improves CCRI's season record to 17-10 overall, 12-1 in Region XXI play and 11-1 in League play.
CCRI looked to finish on a high note in their last regular season home game of the 2019 season. Coming tom face them was a Bulldogs team that has struggled to get results but produces some top offensive players. Bunker Hill's Alejandro Mosquera boasts a Nation leading .565 batting average, a third in the nation .615 on base percentage and a ninth in the nation .826 slugging percentage.
The Knights themselves produced big numbers at the plate on Thursday with 15 combined hits and 16 runs. The scoring started in the bottom of the first with CCRI tallying six to take the 6-0 lead. Freshman David Meech (Douglas, MA) got the scoring started with an infield hit, scoring sophomore co-captain Nick D'Ambra (Coventry, RI) from third. Sophomore Joey Barter (Coventry, RI) then came to the plate and smacked a 0-2 pitch over the left field fence for a two-run homer, his fourth of the year, giving CCRI a 3-0 lead. Sophomore Jacob Frost (Cranston, RI) batted in the fourth run, a double to right field that scored freshman Alejandro Martinez (Cranston, RI) from second. The final two runs of the first inning came off the bat of sophomore Kyle McCann (Coventry, RI) with a single to right field, scoring sophomore Ray Aponte (East Providence, RI) and Jacob Frost.
The Knights would not score in the second but equaled their tally of the first with six runs scored in the third inning. Ray Aponte scored the first run with a single to center field that scored Alejandro Martinez from second base. Kyle McCann then batted in another two runs with a single to center field that scored Ray Aponte and Jacob Frost for the second time in as many at bats. With the score reading CCRI nine, Bunker Hill zero, sophomore Zack Odsen (Providence, RI) hit a two-run single up the middle to score Kyle McCann and freshman Anthony Ramos (Cranston, RI). The final run of the third was scored on a sacrifice fly from David Meech that scored Nick D'Ambra.
CCRI notched four runs in the fourth inning starting with freshman Stewart Kay (Bristol, RI) getting the ball in play to scored Jacob Frost on the fielder's choice at second. David Meech knocked in two runs with a single up the middle scoring freshman Adrian Duran (Providence, RI) and Stewart Kay. The 16th and final CCRI run was scored on sophomore Justin Brown's (Wallingford, CT) infield single, bringing freshman CJ Casalino (Bristol, RI) home.
Bunker Hill would score two runs in the top of the fifth but the game would end there with CCRI on top 16-2.
Throwing the complete five inning game was starting pitcher, sophomore Zack D'Andrea (Warwick, RI). D'Andrea threw well, stumping the explosive Bunker Hill bats and allowing only two hits. Zack conceded two runs through five innings and struck out eight Bulldog batters.
The Knights offense was led at the plate by David Meech going 3-3 with three singles, four RBI and a run scored. Jacob Frost batted 3-3, one double and two singles along with three runs scored and one RBI. Kyle McCann went 2-2, two singles with four RBI and a run scored. Zack Odsen registered a 1-3 performance, a single with two RBI and a run scored. Ray Aponte batted 1-2, a single with two runs scored and one RBI. Joey Barter was 1-3 with a homerun, two RBI and a run scored.
The CCRI Knights baseball team will next be in action as they travel to Catonsville, MD to take on Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville and Potomac State College for a doubleheader starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27th.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.