The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled to Eastern Connecticut State College in Willimantic, Conn. to play the Warriors of Eastern Conn. JV. The Knights defeated the Warriors 15-1. With the victory, the Knights improved to 27-9 on the season.
The bats exploded for the Knights, as they accumulated 19 hits and 15 runs in seven innings. On the mound for CCRI, Ben Libuda (Auburn, Mass.), Kevin Dale (Warwick) and Rob West (East Windsor, Conn.) gave up only seven hits and struck out seven Warrior batters. Dale pitched the middle three innings to pick up the victory and raise his record to a perfect 5-0 on the season.
The Knights’ offense broke the game wide open by scoring 11 runs on 10 hits in the second inning, capped off by Mo Checo's (Providence) grand slam to left-center. Captain Tom Gavitt (North Stonington, Conn.) led the attack with four hits, including two doubles and five RBI. Dylan Gracia (Middletown), Marc Dorsi (West Haven, Conn.) and John Razzino (Cranston) chipped in with three hits apiece, while Jamale Horn (Hoover, Ala.) chipped in with a couple of doubles and two RBI.
CCRI participants post personal-bests at Silfen meet
The CCRI track teams traveled to New London, Conn. to take part in the Connecticut College Silfen Invitational on Saturday. The Knights finished seventh out of 12 teams with 34 points, with UMass-Dartmouth winning with 175 points. The Lady Knights finished 10th out of 13 teams with eight points, with UMass-Dartmouth placing first with 121 points.
The Knights got a great performance from Howard Homes (Narragansett), who placed fourth in the shot put at his second-ever collegiate track and field meet with a 12.77meter NJCAA Division III-qualifying toss. For the Lady Knights, Cassandra Gustafson (Pawtucket) threw her best toss of the year in the javelin to improve on her No. 1 seed ranking in the D-III NJCAA. She placed second in the event with a 33.33m toss.
Anthony Cox (Brooklyn, N.Y.) placed second in the 100m dash in 11.27 seconds and then came back to place fifth in the 200m at 23.23 seconds and fourth in the long jump, leaping 5.97 meters. Distance specialist Bobby Allen (Cranston) placed second in the 5,000m in 15:35.26 seconds and sixth in the 800m in 1:59.00. Marciano Brunette (Narragansett) also had a very good meet, placing eighth in the 400m hurdles in 1:00.61.
Other Knights at the meet were Zack Iem (Cranston), who placed 27th in both the 100m in 12.76 seconds and 200m in 25.25 seconds, Robert Brothers (Cranston), who placed 32nd in the 800m in a season-best time of time of 2:17.75 and Isaiah Hector (Warwick), who placed 26th in the 800m in a time of 2:11.26 and 31st in the 200m in a time of 25.89.
The next meet for CCRI will be this Sunday, when it competes in the Brown University Open beginning at 11 a.m.
Knights’ tennis blanks Bristol Bees
The CCRI tennis team traveled to Fall River, Mass. to play the Bees of Bristol Community College for a Region XXI league match. The return to Region XXI play for the CCRI Knights also signaled a winning season after the disappointing 2011 season where they went 5-6. In the first of three region matches over the next eight days, CCRI defeated Bristol CC 9-0. With the victory, the Knights improve to 6-1 on the season and 1-0 in Region XXI play.
Lady Knights sweep Massasoit
The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Brockton, Mass. to play the Warriors of Massasoit Community College for a Region XXI league doubleheader. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 11-3 and 10-3. With the doubleheader sweep, the Lady Knights improved to 23-7 on the season and finish the season a perfect 10-0 in Region XXI play.
On the mound for the Lady Knights, Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick) improved to 8-1 on the season. Sylvestre allowed three earned runs on six hits, walking none and striking out five Warrior batters.
At the plate for the Lady Knights, Kate Carroll (Coventry) led the way, going 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, three runs scored, three RBI and three stolen bases. Kayla Matarese (Cranston) was 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored. Also helping CCRI offensively was Izzy MarcAurele (Cranston) with two hit, captain Ashley Olson (Coventry) with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, and a stolen base, while Nissa Perez (Warwick) and Sarah Siconio (Warwick) both added a hit apiece.
On the mound for the Lady Knights, captain Devin Azulay (Attleboro, Mass.) was excellent, allowing three runs – none earned – on three hits with no walks while striking out eight Warrior batters. With her performance, Azulay extended her strikeout record to 194 career strikeouts and is now ranked No. 15 (NJCAA DII) in strikeouts with 87 and No. 42 in ERA at 1.795. She also helped her own cause at the plate with two hits, two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
Offensively for CCRI, Carroll remained hot, as she added two more hits, including a triple with three runs scored and swiped five stolen bases. Carroll is ranked No. 3 (NJCAA DII) in stolen bases with 39 on the season. Also helping the CCRI attack was Siconio with two hits, two RBI and a sacrifice, MarcAurele with two hits and two runs scored, Leslie Peralta (Providence) with two hits, three stolen bases, an RBI and a run scored and Olson with a hit, two walks and two runs scored. For her career, Olson now has 108 hits, just two away from Jess Borden’s record 110.
“Two more big Region XXI wins today,” CCRI head coach Liz Afonso said. “We had another big day offensively from everyone with some very good pitching. We will look to stay hot when we play a very good Monroe College team this Sunday and as we move into the postseason.”