The CCRI women’s basketball team will open play at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at 9 a.m. Central Time, a change from the originally scheduled 1 p.m. tip. CCRI is the No. 10 seed and will face No. 1 Owens Community College of Toledo, Ohio in the first round.
Owens is ranked No. 9 by the NJCAA Division II poll as District I champion with a 25-7 record. The Express has four players averaging in double-figures led by Emma-Jean Ricketts with 16.8 points per game, followed by Karahn Scott at 11.9 points and 10.1 rebounds, Uniqua Mitchell with 11 points and Mackenzie Heacock with 10.7 points per game. In addition, the Express are riding a nine-game winning streak as they head to nationals.
The Lady Knights look to counter the Express with their all-time leading scorer, assists, and steals leader Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who comes into nationals with 1,021 career points, 305 assists and 254 steals. She is averaging 18 points, 4.4 assists, and 4.5 steals per game this season. Smith will be helped by Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) the single season rebound leader with 323 rebounds this year who averages 15.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. The two sophomores will be helped by the freshman guard tandem of Lexi Barros (New Bedford, Mass.), who is averaging 16 points per game with 3.6 assists and 3.7 steals and Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, N.J.), who averages 12 points per game.
Should the Lady Knights win their first match-up they would face the winner of the 2 vs. 15 match-up of Louisburg College (NC) and Erie Community College (NY) Wednesday at 8 p.m. CST. Should CCRI lose they would play the loser of that game Thursday at 9 a.m. CST.
A live stream of tourney games is available online at www.cybersportsusa.com/tourney.asp?tc_id=2648.
Knights’ baseball tops Mercyhurst 7-5
The CCRI baseball team continue play at Mercyhurst Northeast in Erie, Pa., on Sunday versus the Lakers of Mercyhurst and won 7-5 for its first victory of the season.
The Knights staged a dramatic comeback in the ninth inning after trailing 5-2 entering the frame. The Lincoln connection of Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln) and Tyler Santaniello (Lincoln) led the charge with lead-off walks to start the top of the ninth inning, followed by a two RBI double by freshman Zack Wood (Jewett City, Conn.). Freshman Jonathon Vasquez (Bridgeport, Conn.) followed with a walk and Captain Nick Coro (North Providence), pinch-hitting for Gian Abbruzzese (North Providence), hit a two-RBI double to the fence in right field to put the Knights in the lead at 6-5. Freshman Joe Yankee (Lincoln), pinch-hitting for Ryan Wordell (Little Compton), pulled a triple down the right field to drive in Coro to complete the scoring. Jay Ferri (North Kingstown), the Knights’ closer finished the ninth inning by striking out the side.
Wood and Vasquez had two hits and two RBI each. On the mound, Max Perry (Pawtucket), CJ Angelo (Trumbull), Dan Dipippo (Scituate, Mass.), Sam Morgan (Cranston), and Kory Lawrence (Woonsocket) were all effective in their efforts out of the bullpen as they scattered eight hits and five runs over the nine innings.
“This team is going to be real strong once we combine the hitting with our solid pitching and defense” said coach Ken Hopkins.
The Knights will travel to Orlando, Fla on Wednesday for a series of six games on their annual Southern road trip.
Lady Knights fall to Muscatine and St. Clair
The CCRI Lady Knights’ softball team continued play at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla., on Monday with a split doubleheader versus Muscatine Community College from Muscatine, Iowa and St. Clair County CC from Port Huron, Mich. The Lady Knights lost 6-0 to Muscatine and 7-5 to St. Clair. With the losses the Lady Knights begin the season 0-4.
On the mound for the Lady Knights in game one was Katie Paddock (Providence), who allowed four runs – one earned – in four innings. Macayla Paiva (West Greenwich) game up two runs in three innings while striking out one.
At the plate for the Lady Knights, freshman Liz Coburn (Chepachet) had a great day, going 3-3, and Amber Boucher (Warwick) had two hits. Also getting hits for the Lady Knights were Mel Iadeluca (Warwick), Kate Fowler (Warwick), and Brittany Smith (North Providence). The Lady Knights managed nine hits but could not get a run on the board to help the strong pitching efforts.
In game two, Iadeluca started and got into early trouble, allowing six runs in two innings. Paddock allowed one hit in an inning of relief, while Dara Patton (Cranston) finished strong with four innings of one-run ball.
Offensively for the Lady Knights Alex Place (East Greenwich) had a two-run single, two runs scored and a stolen base and Coburn added two hits, a runs scored, and an RBI. Also helping the Lady Knights’ offense was Izzy MarcAurele (Cranston,) with a hit, run scored, and an RBI. Kyrie Craig (Warwick) worked two walks, with two stolen bases, and a run scored, and Sara Deal (North Kingstown) added a hit and an RBI.