The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Knights of Northern Essex Community College (NECC) from Haverhill, Mass. for a Region XXI non-league doubleheader on Sunday at Warwick Veterans High School in Warwick. The two teams split the doubleheader, as CCRI lost the first game 9-4 and won the second game 7-1. With the split, the CCRI Knights record is now 5-6 overall and 1-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights of Northern Essex broke open a 4-4 tie with five runs in the top of the sixth inning as they went on to defeat CCRI. CCRI starter Connor Gleason (North Stonington, Conn.) struggled with his control, giving up eight runs over five innings. Gleason gave up seven hits and five walks to pick up his first loss of the season. The CCRI Knights offense sputtered once again as they were only able to manage four hits off of the Northern Essex pitchers. Pat O’Keefe (East Greenwich) led the CCRI attack with two hits and two RBI. Gian Abbruzzese (North Providence) added a single and an RBI in a three-run third inning. Tyler Santaniello (Lincoln) was the only other Knight to scratch out a hit and he also had a walk to score a run.
“The offense is a work in progress and needs to be fixed if the team is going to have any future success,” CCRI head coach Ken Hopkins said.
Solid pitching by Dan Depippo (Scituate, Mass.), Dylan Pingatore (Johnston), and closer Shane Johnson (Warwick) stymied Northern Essex in game two of the doubleheader, as the Knights of CCRI pounded out 11 hits in the victory. Depippo left after two innings for precautionary reasons with a minor injury, while holding a 2-1 lead. Pingatore came on in the third inning and pitched four dominant innings of no-hit, shutout ball to go along with six strikeouts in a masterful relief effort to pick up the victory. Johnson came on in the seventh to close the door for the victory as the team improved its record to 5-6. The offensive explosion was led by Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln) and captain Nick Coro (North Providence) with three hits apiece, and Joe Yankee (Lincoln), who had a two-run single in the bottom of the third to break the game open. Captain Mike Sherburne (North Kingstown) contributed to the offense with an RBI single and Zack Wood (Jewett City, Conn.) continued to swing a hot bat as he doubled and scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Coach Hopkins was relieved to see “The offense come alive” and added that “It becomes contagious” as the team put four consecutive hits together in the bottom of the fifth to put the game away.
The Knights are back in action today when they travel to New London, Conn. to play the Mitchell College JV team at 4 p.m..
CCRI Track sets two new records at BSU Invite
The CCRI Track & Field team traveled to Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass. to compete in the 2013 Bridgewater State University Bears Invitational, in the team’s first meet of the season. It was a non-scoring team event, but there were many individual highlights for CCRI, including setting two new school records.
First, Bobby Allen (Cranston) won 5,000 in new CCRI record time of 15:01.69, crushing the record he set last year of 15:16.22 by almost 15 seconds. Allen came back later to also win the 1,500 in a time of 3:58.33. Both times qualified him for the NJCAA National Championships. For the Lady Knights, thrower Cassandra Gustafson (Pawtucket) threw the javelin for a new school record of 35.51m, besting the mark of 35.22m set by Michelle McNamee in 2007. Gustafson’s throw placed her ninth overall. High jumper Steven Vazquez (Central Falls) placed second in the high jump with a leap of 1.97m.
Jordan Barboza-Simpkins (Warwick) placed sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 12.32m and David Palkovic (Middletown) placed seventh in the 10,000 with a career-best time of 35:01.76.
All together the Knights had 15 athletes competing at the BSU Bears invite.
The next meet for the CCRI track & field team will be Saturday, April 6 when it travels to Dartmouth, Mass. to compete in the UMass-Dartmouth Corsair Invitational.