The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled to Roxbury Crossing, Mass., to play the Tigers of Roxbury Community College on Monday for a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Tigers 10-1. The victory was the eighth in a row for the Knights, who are now 22-8 on the season and 9-2 in Region XXI play.
On the mound for the Knights, Joe Portukalian (Cranston) picked up his first win of the season as he scattered four hits over five innings giving up only one run and striking out five Roxbury hitters. Max Perry (Pawtucket) came on in relief over the last two innings, giving up only two hits and no runs while striking out five to preserve the victory.
The Knights continued to put up big offensive numbers as they scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back.They added five more runs in the top of the seventh inning to break the game open.
John Razzino (Cranston) continued to pace the offense with three hits, a run scored and three stolen bases. Mike Sherburne (North Kingstown) added three hits with two doubles and two runs scored, and Rodger Lincoln (East Providence) added two hits, a walk, and three RBI to lead the CCRI attack.
The win came on the heels of a doubleheader sweep, 9-4 and 11-0, of the Sharks of Suffolk Community College on Sunday. Brendan Cabral and Connor Gleason picked up wins, while Sherburne hit a home run in game one.
Tennis slips past Vikings
The CCRI tennis team traveled to Trenton, N.J., to play the Mercer County Community College Vikings in a continuation of a match from over two weeks ago. The match began on March 30 with doubles. The Knights took the early lead, capturing first and third doubles. The Vikings secured second doubles. Singles started to go the Vikings’ way, however, as they captured second, third, and fourth with CCRI taking just first and fifth. Playing at Bristol Community College’s courts in Fall River, Mass, where there are only five courts, the teams had to wait for a free court to start No. 6 singles. The first set went back and forth between two very evenly matched opponents, culminating in a tiebreak for the first set. CCRI’s Nicholas Morin (North Smithfield) prevailed in the tiebreak, 7-5, to secure the first set. The second set was played Saturday, April 14 when CCRI visited Mercer County CC at their NIT. Morin prevailed in the second set 6-2, securing the sixth singles position and the overall match, 5-4.
In the March 30 action, the Knights got doubles victories from Mike Fallone (North Providence) and Anthony Lamborghini at No. 1 doubles (Smithfield), and from Morin and Nicholas DeAngelis (Northborough, Mass.) at third doubles.
Fallone had the singles victory before Morin clinched the match.
The team also competed in the Mercer NIT tournament over the weekend and finished in sixth place.
Golf goes 2-1 in Chicopee
The CCRI golf team traveled to Chicopee Country Club in Chicopee, Mass., the home course of Springfield Tech on Saturday to pay UMass-Stockbridge, Holyoke CC and Springfield Tech. The Knights defeated Springfield Tech (STCC) and Holyoke but lost to UMass-Stockbridge. The scores were: Stockbridge 327, CCRI 365, STCC 370 and Holyoke 408. With the victories the Knights improve to 8-2 overall and 7-0 in Region XXI play.
The Medalist for the day was Greg North (Jamestown) from CCRI, who carded an 84.
Cox and Allen lead Knights at Solomon invite
The CCRI track & field team traveled to the Northeastern university outdoor track & field complex in Dedham, Mass., to compete in the Solomon Invitational on Saturday.
Leading the way for the Knights was Anthony Cox (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who won the 200 dash in a NJCAA national qualifying time of 22.74 seconds. Cox came back to place second in his first time ever in the long jump with a NJCAA national qualifying leap of 6.50 meters. In addition, he placed third in the 100 in a time of 11.29.
Bobby Allen (Cranston) won the 1,500 in a new school record of 3 minutes, 56.76 seconds, beating his former record time of 4:03.82 which he set at the Corsair Classic April 7.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights, Cassandra Gustafson (Pawtucket) placed sixth in the javelin with a throw of 29.25 followed by Jess Randall (Warwick), who placed 10th with a toss of 26.11. Randall came back to place eighth in the shot put with an 8.64 effort.
Also for the Knights, Marciano Brunette (Narragasnett) took 10th in the 400 hurdles and 15th in the long jump; Howard Homes (Narragansett) took 13th in the shot put; Rob Brothers (Cranston) placed 27th in the 1,500; and Ephraim Soe (Providence) placed 15th in the 100 dash and 16th in both the long jump and the 200.
Softball sweeps Massasoit, drops three in Pennsylvania
The CCRI softball team swept Massasoit CC last Thursday before dropping each game of a tripleheader at Mercyhurst North East on Saturday. CCRI’s overall record now stands at 19-7.
Against Massasoit, CCRI picked up a 4-0 victory in game one before winning 5-2 and making some history in game two. Sophomore catcher Ashley Olson (Coventry) hit a triple for her 100th career hit. She’s now just the second CCRI player to reach that milestone, joining Jess Borden, who finished her career with 110 hits.
In the action in Pennsylvania, the Lady Knights fell 7-4 to Lakeland Community College from Kirtland, Ohio, in their first game. In the second game they faced No. 7 ranked Owens community College from Toledo, OH and lost 10-1 in six innings by the mercy rule. They capped the day with a 10-1 loss to No. 17 ranked Mercyhurst North East.
The Lady Knights had leads in all three games but were victimized by one bad inning in each game that cost them.
“I do not think we were overmatched and thought we had the talent to win each game,” said head coach Liz Afonso. “However, when you play softball at the collegiate level you must execute and minimize your mistakes especially with good teams like we played this weekend.”