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Monahan, Coleman remain hot as baseball splits doubleheader at Holyoke

April 18, 2022

Sophomore James Coleman (Pawtucket, RI) and freshman Tyler Monahan (Woonsocket, RI) continued their hot hitting as the Community College of Rhode Island baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday at Holyoke Community College.

Monahan finished with two home runs and a total of five hits in two games and Coleman had a pair of singles in the Knights’ Game 2 win Saturday less than a week after almost hitting for the cycle against Southern Maine. CCRI lost Game 1 against Holyoke, 9-6, but rallied to earn the split with a 10-0 victory in five innings in Game 2.

Monahan was one of the lone bright spots for the Knights in the opener, finishing 2-for-4 with a home run, while freshman Geuris Vargas (Cranston, RI) added a pair of hits and a run scored. The Knights fell behind 9-2 after four innings, but chased Holyoke starter Anthony Rosada-Burgos with three runs in the top of the sixth and another in the top of the seventh before Jake Chaplin recorded the final three outs.

While the Game 1 rally fell short, the Knights’ late-inning offensive output carried over into the nightcap where they broke the game open with eight runs in the top of the second inning. Monahan went 3-for-3 with another home run, three RBI, and a pair of runs scored. Coleman and sophomore Dylan Barlow (Warwick, RI) finished with two hits apiece and freshman Marcus Botelho (Portsmouth, RI) drove in a pair of runs. Freshman Caleb Harris (Cranston, RI) pitched a complete-game one-hitter over five innings with five strikeouts to earn the win and helped his own cause with a two-run double at the plate. The Knights invoked the mercy rule with two runs in the top of the fifth.

CCRI is now 9-10 overall and returns to action Tuesday at UConn Avery-Point followed by another road game Thursday at Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence, MA.

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