CCRI Falls to NHTI but Beats CMCC in Final DH!
Warwick, R.I. – April 29, 2019: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Maine and New Hampshire over the weekend with the intent of playing Southern Maine CC in a doubleheader on Saturday and Central Maine CC on Sunday for a doubleheader. Mother Nature did not cooperate and forced CCRI to cancel their Saturday DH at Southern Maine and juggle Sunday's schedule. On Sunday the Lady Knights played a split doubleheader versus New Hampshire Tech and Central Maine CC. CCRI fell to the Lynx NHTI 13-12 but defeated the Mustangs of Central Maine12-4. With the split the Lady Knights end their season with an 11-11 record. CCRI is not eligible for the postseason due to the fact they do not have a .500 record versus NJCAA teams.
Game 1: CCRI- 12 NHTI- 13
In the circle getting the start in the first game for the Lady Knights was Tri-Captain Hannah Caliri (Pawtucket, RI) who pitched a good game but did not factor in the decision in this slugfest. Caliri threw five strong innings allowing six earned runs on seven hits, walking nine but striking out six Lynx batters. Caliri's control was not where she wanted it but she battled hard to put the Lady Knights in a position to win. Caliri also helped her own cause at the plate with two hits: a double and a 2-run Homerun with two runs scored. Hannah was relieved by freshman Dayna Jackvony (Cumberland, RI) who threw two innings allowing one run on three hits to take the hard-luck loss in a back-and-forth offensive contest.
The Lady Knights scored four runs in the first only to have NHTI answer with five to take a 5-4 lead after one inning. CCRI added five more in the second but the Lynx would answer back with two runs making the score 9-7 after two innings. The third inning was scoreless but the fourth saw CCRI tack on two more runs and NHTI rallied for four more making the score tied at 11-11 after five complete innings. NHTI would score another in the fifth to take a 12-11 lead. CCRI would answer with a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game 12-12 but the Lynx answered with a run off Dayna Jackvony to win by the final count of 13-12.
Offensively the Lady Knights were led by freshman Ariel Lopez (Woonsocket, RI) had her best game of the season going a perfect 4-4 with two doubles, three RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Lopez was assisted by the Nation's top hitter Mackenzie Doyle (Glocester, RI) who also had four hits, including a double with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Hannah Northup (Warwick, RI) also had an excellent game with three hits, two RBIs and three runs scored. Tri-Captain Maddie McDonald (East Providence, RI) added a double, two RBI's and a run scored. Tri-Captain Sam Muller (North Stonington, CT) and Alexis LeBelle (Warwick, RI) each added doubles with LeBelle adding two runs scored and Muller an RBI.
Game 2: CCRI- 12 CMCC- 4
In the Circle in game two for the Lady Knights was Tri-Captain Sam Muller who pitched her best game of the season throwing five strong innings allowing three earned runs on six hits, walking two but striking out seven Mustang batters to earn her first victory of the season. Muller also helped her own cause at the plate with a walk and two runs scored. The Lady Knights' bats continued to be scintillating as the scored in every inning to help Muller earn her first victory of the year.
The Lady Knights scored one run in the first followed by three runs in the second inning. CCRI blew the game open in the third inning by scoring five runs to make the score 9-3 CCRI. The Lady Knights added a run in the fourth and two more runs in the fifth after the Mustangs got a single run I then top of the fifth. The final runs scored by the Lady Knights in the fifth allowed the game to end by the mercy rule with CCRI leading by eight runs 12-4.
Offensively for the Lady Knights they registered 10 hits including three multi-hit performances. Tri-Captain Hannah Caliri had two hits including a double with two RBIs and two runs scored. Alexis LeBelle had two hits and two runs scored. Victoria Passaretti (East Greenwich, RI) also had two hits while Halley Ponitzman (Brentwood, CA had a hit with two RBIs and a run scored. Mackenzie Doyle had a double, two walks, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Doyle completes her freshman campaign leading the nation (NJCAA Division II) in batting average at .649 and On Base Percentage at .698. Her batting average is second only in the CCRI record book to Maxine DeLuise who batted .659 in 2015. Ariel Lopez had two walks, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Dayna Jackvony added a single wand a run scored for the Lady Knights.
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