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Knights Split Doubleheader With Eastern Connecticut JV


Cristian Woods

Cristian Woods

Warwick, R.I. – April 8, 2019: The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled Windham, CT for a Sunday doubleheader against the Eastern Connecticut College Warriors JV team. Two close games split the doubleheader with CCRI taking game one 1-0 and Eastern Connecticut taking game two 12-11, with both games lasting seven innings. The split puts CCRI's season record to 12-9 overall, 7-1 in Region XXI play and 6-1 in League play.

Game 1: CCRI – 1 Eastern Connecticut – 0 (7 Innings)

Game one of the doubleheader was slow from the offensive perspective with just seven combined hits between the two teams. CCRI would clinch the game late in the top of the seventh inning off the bat of sophomore Ray Aponte (East Providence, RI) as he doubled, scoring freshman David Meech (Douglas, MA) for the one and only run of the game. CCRI would hold on for the 1-0 victory.

The standout for the Knights came from the mound as starting pitcher, sophomore Cristian Woods (East Providence, RI) kept the Warrior bats silent for much of the game, allowing only two hits from 22 batters faced and striking out six batters.

The offense was led by David Meech as he batted 2-3, a double and a single with a run scored. Freshman Anthony Ramos (Cranston, RI) went 2-4 with two singles. Ray Aponte batted 1-2, a double and one RBI.

Game 2: CCRI – 11 Eastern Connecticut – 12 (7 Innings)
Nick D'Ambra

Nick D'Ambra

Game two provided far more offense and runs than that of game one. Eastern Connecticut got off to a strong start, scoring four runs in the first and two more runs in the second to take a 6-0 lead early. The Knights would cut the lead in half after three runs in the third, now trailing Eastern Connecticut 6-3. The warriors scored one run in the bottom half of the third before CCRI's offense pilled on five runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth innings to take a 10-7 lead. A three-run bottom of the sixth inning tied the game at 10-10 going into the seventh and final inning. CCRI would score one run to take the lead in the top half but Eastern Connecticut would score twice in the bottom to win the game in walk-off fashion 12-11.

CCRI's offense was highlighted by sophomore co-captain Nick D'Ambra (Coventry, RI) as he batted 3-4 with a homerun and two doubles, four runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base. Freshman Stewart Kay (Bristol, RI) went 2-3, two singles with three RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Asa Nyblom (Wakefield, RI) was 2-4, a double and a single with a whopping four RBI. Sophomore co-captain Zack Odsen (Providence, RI) batted 1-4, a single with one RBI and one run scored. Sophomore Jacob Frost (Cranston, RI) went 1-2 in game two with a single and a run scored. James Pederson registered a 1-4 performance with a single and a run scored. Freshman CJ Casalino (Bristol, RI) registered one RBI off a sac fly. Anthony Ramos went 1-4 with a single, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Taking to the mound was four separate pitchers. David Meech threw two and two thirds innings, allowing seven hit, seven runs and striking out six batters. Freshman Kenrick Telemaco (Providence, RI) threw one third of an inning, striking out one batter, allowing one hit and three runs. Freshman Peter Cohen (North Attleboro, MA) threw two and one third innings, not conceding a single hit and striking out four Warrior batters. Freshman Riley Beard (North Kingstown, RI) pitched the final one and one third inning, allowing three hits, two unearned runs and striking out two batters.

The CCRI Knights baseball team will next be in action on Saturday, April 13th at 2:30 pm as they travel to Haverhill, MA to take on the Northern Essex Community College Knights for a doubleheader.

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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.