The CCRI Knights baseball team took to the field for their third game of the 2019 NJCAA Division III College World Series against the No. 2 seed and No. 8 ranked ( NJCAA DIII poll) Brookhaven College Bears. Three games, back-to-back-to-back had depleted the pitching staffs and 26 combined runs were scored. The majority of them were scored by the Bears and the Knights would lose the game 17-9 in seven innings, eliminating them from the College World Series. The loss ends CCRI’s season with a 27-12 overall record, 15-1 in Region XXI play and 14-1 in League play.
Brookhaven got scoring early and scored in every inning. Three runs in the top of the first gave the Bears a 3-0 lead. This was quickly countered by a five-run bottom of the first for the Knights. Freshman Alex Martinez (Cranston) got things started with an RBI single. Sophomores Joey Barter (Coventry) and Asa Nyblom (Wakefield)) followed suit to tie the game up at 3-3. Sophomore Ray Aponte gave CCRI the 5-3 lead with a two-run double.
The Knights started well and ended well but the innings in between gave them some trouble. Brookhaven scored two runs in each of the second, third, fourth and fifth innings to give them a 11-5 lead. Freshman David Meech (Douglas, MA) batted in a single run for the Knights in the fifth inning, scoring sophomore co-captain Nick D’Ambra (Coventry). However, four runs in the sixth and two in the seventh gave the Bears a commanding 17-6 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, CCRI would claw back three runs. Off the bench came freshmen Stewart Kay (Bristol) and CJ Casalino (Bristol). Kay hit a bases-loaded single that scored two runs. Casalino drove in an additional run in the following at bat. It was not enough and CCRI would lose the game in seven innings 17-7.
Six pitchers threw for the Knights. Up against a fantastic hitting team that only struck out six times, the Knights struggled. Barter started the game, throwing one inning, allowing six hits and four earned runs. Freshman Peter Cohen (North Attleboro, MA) couldn’t quite replicate the magic from Sunday night, pitching one and two thirds innings, conceding three runs from four hits. Freshman Riley Beard (North Kingstown) made his third relief appearance of the College World Series where he threw one and one third innings allowing five hits and four runs. Sophomore Zack D’Andrea (Warwick) made his second appearance in as many days, throwing on and two thirds innings, giving up two hits and four runs. Freshman John DeRouin (Cranston) pitched one third of an inning, allowing two hits and two runs. Meech made the move from right field to pitcher and threw the final inning, conceding two walks but not a single hit or run.
The Knights offense totaled 12 hits and was led by Co-Captain Zack Odsen (Providence) as he batted 2-3 with two singles. Aponte had a team leading two RBIs, going 1-2 with a double and a run scored. Co-Captain D’Ambra was 1-2 on the day with a single and two runs scored. Sophomore Jacob Frost (Cranston) went 1-1, a double and a run scored. Freshman Marshall Quinley (Cumberland) came off the bench and went 1-1, a single and a run scored. Meech batted 1-3 with a single and a run scored. Martinez was 1-for-3, a single with one RBI and a run scored. Barter contributed one hit as he went 1-for-3, a single with one RBI and one run scored. Asa Nyblom was 1-for-4 with a single and one RBI. Sophomore Kyle McCann (Coventry) rounded off the hitting as he registered a single while going 1-for-3.