The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Warriors of Eastern, Conn. Junior Varsity squad from Willimantic, Conn. on Tuesday. The Knights defeated the Warriors 5-1. With the victory, the Knights improved to 17-8 on the season.
The Knights received another tremendous pitching effort from Brendan Cabral (Scituate), as the big righty scattered three hits over seven innings, walking two, while striking out three. With effort, Cabral picked up his second win of the season.
The offense was led by captain Tom Gavitt (North Stonington, Conn.) and freshman Dylan Gracia (Middletown). Gracia had two hits and two RBI and Gavitt broke the game open in the bottom of the third inning with a single to left that drove in two runs. Gavitt came into the game as one of the Knights’ top hitters, batting .346 with 28 hits in 81 at-bats, including 10 doubles and two home runs with 16 runs scored and team-leading 23 RBI. Gracia is batting .375 with 24 hits in 64 at-bats, with nine doubles and team-leading 24 runs scored and 11 RBIs. Also helping the Knights’ offense was John Razzino (Cranston) and Tyler Santaniello (Lincoln) who both produced run-scoring singles to add insurance runs.
Williams named First Team All-American
The CCRI Knights dream season came to an end in the Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship game with a 70-60 loss to the Bears of Mott Community College, but the team received good news recently with Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) being named NJCAA Division II men’s basketball First Team All-American.
Williams came into the season as a mid-major Division I recruit and has quickly elevated his stock to a high Division I talent. He charted double-digit scoring in 33 of his 35 games played, with his season-high of 41 coming in the National Championship semifinal victory over South Suburban College.
Williams scored 720 total points while averaging 20.6 points per game, including 69 3-pointers, which ranked him No. 17 in the Division II NJCAA men’s basketball in scoring. His 720 in one season is fifth all-time behind a group of CCRI scoring legends. Williams added 109 steals to rank No. 10 in the NJCAA.
In addition, Williams was named NJCAA Division II men’s basketball player of the week for the week of February 1. He was also named to the All-Tournament team at National Tournament.
“The CCRI men's basketball team's players and coaches are truly so proud of Desmond Williams being named First Team All-American,” CCRI head coach Rick Harris said. “This accomplishment is due to Desmond's dedication to working hard and getting better on a daily basis. It is also due to his total commitment to his team. Desmond's attitude is one of ‘what can I do for my team first?’ Not ‘what can my team do for me?’ Desmond Williams is an excellent basketball player who more importantly is an even better young man.”
Smith named Second Team All-American
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball season ended in the District semifinals with a 73-56 loss to Lackawanna College from Scranton, Penn, but they recently got some great news with captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.) being named NJCAA Division II women’s basketball second team All-American.
Smith earned her first All-Region XXI selection a couple weeks ago, and now has an All-American honor to cap her spectacular freshman campaign. Smith exploded on the scene for the 2011-12, Lady Knights leading them in almost every statistical category while leading them to their ninth consecutive Region XXI title.
"I am extremely proud of Jahira,” CCRI head coach Kate Lynch said. “It is a very well deserved reward. Jah is a tireless worker and is passionate in everything that she is involved in. Jah is the heart and soul of this basketball team and has set the standard for our program.”
Smith is the team’s leader with 502 total points – averaging 16.2 points per game – rebounds with 217, and assists, where she set the single-season record with 183 total and 5.9 per game. She was also ranked No. 14 nationally in assists. Smith recorded an impressive 11 double-doubles and one triple-double in her 31 games played. In addition, she tied the single-game assist record when she recorded 14 again Orange County CC on January 21st. Smith also crushed the CCRI steals record with 110, averaging 4.2 per game, which ranked her No. 8 nationally.
Baseball takes care of UCAP
The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Pointers of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point for a Region XXI league doubleheader showdown on Saturday at Whitey Fell Field. The Knights defeated the Pointers 11-1 and 7-1.
The Knights received a stellar pitching performance from Kevin Dale (Warwick) after an injury sidelined starting pitcher, Todd Lyons (Norwalk, Conn.) in the top of the fourth inning. Lyons left the game after pitching three shutout innings, and giving up only two hits. Dale responded with his second consecutive win out of the bullpen by pitching four innings, giving up only one run on five hits with four strikeouts.
The offense scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning, three more in the bottom of the fourth, and then broke the game open with six runs and seven hits in the bottom of the fifth. Mike Sherburne (North Kingstown) led the offensive explosion with two hits, including a home run and a walk in three at-bats. Sherburne’s two-run homer in the fourth inning widened the lead for CCRI and the Knights never looked back. Another homer by Andrew Crowley (Canton, Conn.) later the fourth inning, along with a bomb from Razzino later in the game capped the offensive explosion. Gracia, Jamale Horn (Hoover, Ala.), Nick Coro (North Providence) and Crowley each added two hits apiece.
The Knights finished the sweep of UCAP as Connor Gleason (North Stonington, Conn.) picked up his sixth victory of the season with a masterful complete-game three-hitter. Gleason gave up only one run in the top of the fifth inning while striking out six of the Pointers’ hitters in a dominant outing.
The Knights scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on three walks, a fielder’s choice, and a two-base throwing error by the UCAP pitcher. The Knights exploded for four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to break the game open. Gavitt led the way, ripping a two-run double down the leftfield line in the fourth inning while also scoring two runs in the game. Razzino chipped-in with three RBI and a two-run single in the fifth to break the game open.
Lady Knights sink Sea Wolves
The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to South Portland, Maine to take on the Sea Wolves of Southern Maine Community College for a doubleheader Saturday. The Lady Knights defeated the Sea Wolves 7-2 and 9-4. With the doubleheader sweep, the Lady Knights improved to 17-4 on the season.
The Lady Knights got on the board in the fourth with an RBI from Izzy MarcAurele (Cranston). They scored another in the fourth with an RBI single from Kate Carroll (Coventry). They got four more in the seventh from a two-run single from Ashley Olson (Coventry) and two-run double from MarcAurele.
On the mound for the Lady Knights, captain Devin Azulay picked up her sixth win of the season, throwing seven strong innings. She allowed two earned runs on six hits, walking one and striking out a CCRI record-tying 14 hitters. At the plate, Azulay help her own cause with two hits including a double with two RBI and a run scored.
Olson had two hits, including a double with two RBI and a run scored. Also swinging a hot bat was Carroll with two hits, an RBI and a run scored and Katie Paddock with two hits and a run scored. Nissa Perez (Warwick) and Kayla Matarese (Cranston) each added two hits apiece.
The Lady Knights scored in the first on an RBI double by Azulay. They got another in the second, as Matarese got on with a double and scored later on a triple from Sarah Siconio (Warwick). They scored once again in the third on an RBI single from Olson. They kept scoring in the fourth, with a two-run homer from Leslie Peralta (Providence) and then in the sixth with two-run doubles from Azulay and Siconio.
On the mound for the Lady Knights, Matarese improved to 3-0, throwing seven solid innings while allowing four runs – three earned – and scattering 10 hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Matarese also helped herself at the plate with two hits, including a double, to go along with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Leading the Lady Knights offensively was Azulay with four hits, including three doubles, and three RBI. Siconio added three hits, three RBI and two stolen bases. Other Lady Knights with big offensive days included Carroll with two hits, Perez with two hits and Peralta with a homer, two RBI, two walks and a run scored.
The Lady Knights next games will be today when they host the Warriors of Massasoit Community College for a Region XXI league doubleheader.
Track does well at Corsair Classic
The CCRI Knights and Lady Knights track teams traveled to North Dartmouth, Mass. to compete in the UMass-Dartmouth Corsair Classic. The Knights men finished 10th out of 14 teams with 22 points. The winning team was the host UMass-Dartmouth with 142.50 points. The Lady Knights were 11th out of 11 with four points, with the winning team being Roger Williams with 139.83 points.
Both Lady Knights’ javelin throwers threw well. Cassandra Gustafson (Pawtucket) improved greatly on her NJCAA qualifying throw from two weeks ago. Gustafson’s 32.67m toss on Saturday put her on top of the Division III NJCAA performance list, and was good for fifth place at the Corsair Invitational. Jessica Randall (Warwick), in her first meet of the year, qualified for the Nationals with a 10th place 25.66m toss.
Sprinter Anthony Cox (Brooklyn, N.Y.) qualified for the championship in his first race of the season, placing second with a time of 11.18 seconds in the 100m. Cox came back to place fifth in the 200m dash with a time of 23.37 seconds. Bobby Allen (Cranston) also had a fine day, winning the 1,500m run in a school-record NJCAA Division III qualifying time of 4:03.82, his second record of the outdoor season. Allen also qualified for the nationals in the 800m run with a 13th-place time of 2:03.29. Steve Bell (Warwick) ran a season-best time in the 400m dash of 54.95 seconds, placing 19th. Rounding out the Knights’ runners was Rob Brothers (Cranston), who ran a season-best time in the 800m run, placing 41st in 2:19.64.