Warwick, R.I. – March 29, 2019: The CCRI Knights baseball team host the Salve Regina Seahawks JV squad on Thursday evening. CCRI trailed Salve 6-7 going into the bottom of the seventh inning when the Knights scored nine runs to end the game in seven innings, winning 15-7. The win improves CCRI's season record to 7-8 overall, 3-1 in Region XXI play and 2-1 in League play.
Looking to continue the ways of past games, CCRI would push the petal at the plate. Salve struck first with one run in the top of the second which was quickly countered with two CCRI runs in the bottom half. Freshman David Meech (Douglas, MA) got things started with a two-out single up the middle. An infield error brought him the third base and put freshman Alejandro Martinez (Cranston, RI) on first. A passed ball scored Meech and place Martinez on second. Alejandro would steal third base before being brought home himself by another wayward pitch to take a 2-1 lead.
The Seahawks battled back, scoring three runs in the third and taking a 4-2 lead over the Knights. CCRI would again score two runs to tie the game at 4-4 after three innings. Sophomore co-captain Zach Odsen (Providence, RI) scored the Knights third run with an RBI single to right field, scoring freshman Anthony Ramos (Cranston, RI) from second base. Sophomore Joey Barter (Coventry, RI) batted in the fourth run, scoring sophomore co-captain Nick D'Ambra (Coventry, RI) on a 643-double play.
CCRI would take the lead in the fourth inning with a solitary run being scored off the bat of sophomore Ray Aponte (East Providence, RI). Aponte launched the ball to left field for a wall-ball double, scoring Alejandro Martinez from third.
Salve Regina would score two runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-5 lead before the game was tied up by sophomore Justin Brown (Wallingford, CT) as he launched the ball over the left field fence and into the trees for a towering solo blast.
The game remained tied going into the seventh inning and Salve took the lead 7-6 in the top half. The Knights would open the flood gates, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the seventh to clinch the game a 15-7 win. Five walks, two hit batters and one error helped the Knights rack up the runs. David Meech kept the pressure going with a two-run single to right field. The game would end when Nick D'Ambra drew a walk with the bases loaded to score the 15th and final run of the game.
Sophomore Kyle McCann (Coventry, RI) started on the mound for the Knights and threw well, keeping the game level and the ball in play for his fielders to deal with. He pitched four innings, allowing six hits, and four runs while striking out three Salve batters. Freshman Peter Cohen (North Attleboro, MA) threw one inning, allowing one hit, two runs both of which were unearned. Freshman John DeRouin (Cranston, RI) threw one and two thirds innings in which he conceded three hits with one earned run and one strikeout. Freshman Kenrick Telemaco (Providence, RI) pitched the final one third of an inning, forcing the opposition batter to into an infield ground ball to end the top of the seventh.
The CCRI offense was led by David Meech as he batted 2-4 with two singles, two runs scored, two RBI. Anthony Ramos went 2-4 as well, two singles, two runs scored and one RBI. Justin Brown was 1-2, a solo homerun with two runs scored and two RBI. Zack Odsen went 1-3 with a single, two runs scored and two RBI. Alejandro Martinez batted 1-1 with a single, three runs scored and a stolen base. Ray Aponte was 1-3 with a double and one RBI.
The CCRI Knights baseball team will next be in action on Sunday, March 31st at 12 p.m. for a doubleheader against the Southern Maine Community College Seawolves.
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.