Warwick, R.I. – March 27, 2019: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Northern Essex Community College Knights for a Tuesday evening game. CCRI's offense combined for 14 hits in route to a 22-9 victory over Northern Essex. The win improves CCRI's season record to 6-8 overall, 3-1 in Region XXI play and 2-1 in League play.
After splitting the first league meeting of the 2019 season, the CCRI Knights came into Tuesday looking to get a leg up on the rest of the region. The scoring started early when CCRI tallied four runs in the bottom half of the first. A bit of sloppy play led to these runs. Two runs were scored off an infield error and a third came from a walk with the bases loaded. Sophomore Jacob Frost (Cranston, RI) batted a run in off a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring sophomore Joey Barter (Coventry, RI) to take a 4-0 lead.
Both teams would score one run in the second inning, CCRI leading 5-1. Another sacrifice fly brought home the CCRI run, this time sophomore co-captain Nick D'Ambra (Coventry, RI) launched the ball to left field to bring around sophomore Kyle McCann (Coventry, RI).
The Knights poured it on in the third inning, reacting to the two runs Northern Essex scored in the top half, CCRI scored seven runs in the bottom half. This inning was highlighted with two Knights going yard. Sophomore Ray Aponte (East Providence, RI) got things started with a two-run shot to center field to give CCRI a 7-3 lead. Freshman Anthony Ramos (Cranston, RI) knocked in Jacob Frost of a single up the middle to score the eighth Knights run. Joey Barter then smacked a grand slam over the left-center fence giving CCRI a 12-3 lead.
CCRI would score three runs in the fourth and seven more in the fifth inning to answer back at Northern Essex's six runs between fourth and sixth innings. The Knights would see out the game, winning 22-9 in seven innings.
The Knights offense was led by Anthony Davis batting 5-5 with a double, four singles, four runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base. Joey Barter went 2-4 with a grand slam and a single, 4 RBI and three runs scored. 3-1 in Region XXI play. Ray Aponte batted 2-2, a two-run homer and a single with three RBI and three runs scored. Kyle McCann was 1-3 with a double, three runs scored and one RBI. Freshman Alejandro Martinez (Cranston, RI) went 3-3 with three single and a run scored. Sophomore Zack Odsen (Providence, RI), sophomore Justin Brown (Wallingford, CT) and Jacob Frost each recorded one hit to round off the CCRI offense.
Getting his first home start of the season, sophomore Cristian Woods (East Providence, RI) threw five and one third innings, allowing seven earned runs and striking out five batters. Freshman John DeRouin (Cranston, RI) came in for one third of an inning, allowing two unearned runs and striking out one batter. Freshman Kenrick Telemaco (Providence, RI) pitched the final one and one third inning, shutting out Northern Essex, no hits conceded and striking out three batters.
The CCRI Knights baseball team will next be in action on Thursday, March 28th at 3:30 p.m. as they host the Salve Regina Seahawks 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.