Warwick, R.I. – March 19, 2019: The CCRI Knights baseball team took on Minnesota West Community & Technical College (Worthington, MN) for a Thursday doubleheader. After having a rare day off on Wednesday, CCRI came out swinging, winning the first game 14-2, but fell a bit short in game two, losing 10-4. These results set CCRI's season record at 3-5 overall.
The Knights got going Thursday morning with an impressive offensive display, scoring 14 total runs in the first game. Scoring started early when CCRI tallied two runs in the top of the first and Minnesota took one back in the bottom half. The Knights would strike again, scoring three runs in the second and two runs in the third inning. The defense held strong and Minnesota could not score a single additional run. A seven run fifth inning capped off the game and CCRI would win game one 14-1.
The Knights amassed 14 hits as a team and were led by sophomore co-captain Nick D'Ambra (Coventry, RI) going 4-4, one triple, one double and two singles with five RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base. Sophomore Ray Aponte (East Providence, RI) batted 3-4, two doubles and a single with two runs scored and one RBI. Freshman Anthony Ramos (Cranston, RI) went 2-3 with four runs scored and one RBI. Sophomore co-captain Zack Odsen (Providence, RI) was 1-2 with a single, three RBI and one run scored. Freshman Alejandro Martinez (Cranston, RI) batted 1-2, a single with two RBI. Sophomore Asa Nyblom (Wakefield, RI) went 1-3 with a single and one RBI. Sophomore Kyle McCann (Coventry, RI) was 1-3 in game one with a double and two runs scored. Sophomore Justin Brown (Wallingford, CT) batted 1-3, a single, one RBI and a run scored.
Sophomore Joey Barter (Coventry, RI) took to the mound for the Knights. Barter threw five innings, allowing five hits, one earned run and striking out three opponent batters.
Game two started off well for CCRI as they scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. However, Minnesota West would strike back with one run in the top of the second and six additional runs in the third inning, taking a 7-2 lead over the Knights. The CCRI bats fell silent and could not produce much at the plate. One more run would come for Minnesota in the fourth inning as well as two more in the sixth, expanding their lead to 10-2. CCRI would take back two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it was too little too late and they would lose game two 10-4.
CCRI's offense struggled in game two, only recording two hits. Freshman David Meech (Douglas, MA) went 1-2, a single with two runs scored, two stolen bases and one RBI. Asa Nyblom recorded the other hit while going 1-2 with a single and one stolen base.
CCRI threw four pitchers in game two, Zack Odsen pitched three innings, allowing six hits and seven runs, all unearned and striking out three batters. Freshman John DeRouin (Cranston, RI) threw for one and two thirds innings, allowing just one hit and one unearned run while striking out one batter. Justin Brown pitched one and one third innings, allowing one hit, two earned runs and striking out one batter. Freshman Kendrick Telemaco (Providence, RI) threw the final inning, not conceding a single hit and striking out two batters.
The CCRI Knights baseball team will next be in action as they face off with Seminole State (Sanford, FL) on Friday the 15th for a single game.
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.