Knights come back, beat D-I Monroe College
The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, N.Y. The Knights defeated the Division I Mustangs of Monroe College 5-4. With the victory the Knights improved to 13-7 on the season.
The win came on the heels of a doubleheader sweep of Dean College last week. CCRI won the first game 10-0 and the second game 7-2. Freshman pitcher Todd Lyons (Norwalk, Conn.) was dominant in game one, throwing a complete game one-hitter to pick up the win. In game two, freshman Connor Gleason (North Stonington, Conn.) earned the win, while captain Tom Gavitt (North Stonington, Conn.) paced the offense with a home run.
Against Monroe, Marc Dorsi's (West Haven, Conn.) two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning propelled the Knights to a come-from-behind victory. On the mound for the Knights, Brendan Cabral (Scituate) delivered a complete game, scattering seven hits with six strikeouts. He pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam in the top of the sixth, shutting down the Mustangs with three consecutive strikeouts. From there, he went on to throw three shutout innings to close out the game.
Also helping the Knights offensively was Tyler Santaniello (Lincoln), who continued his hot streak with three hits, including an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. Mo Checo (Providence), Nick Coro (North Providence) and Jamale Horn (Hoover, Ala.) also contributed to the 12-hit Knights’ attack with two hits apiece.
Knights’ golfers down Dean and Holyoke
The CCRI Knights golf team hosted their first match of the year at Cranston Country Club and defeated Holyoke CC, Dean College and Bunker Hill CC. The team scores were CCRI 351, Dean 366 and Holyoke 415. Bunker Hill did not have a team score, with only two players counting towards the final tally. With the two victories, the Knights began the season 2-0 overall and 2-0 in Region XXI play.
The medalist on the day was freshman Gregory North (Jamestown), who shot an 83. The other Knights who led to the team victory were freshman Patrick O'Connor (North Kingstown), freshman Anthony Lovechio (South Kingstown) and freshman Andrew Schultheis (East Lyme, Conn.).
The Knights’ next two matches are away at UMass-Stockbridge April 12th and April 14th at Springfield Technical Community College. Tee times begin at 12 p.m. for both matches.
Knights overcome Onondaga CC
In their third completed match of the Second Annual CCRI Tennis Invitational, the Knight faced the Lazers of Onondaga Community College from Syracuse, N.Y. The Knights overcame the Lazers 8-1. With the victory the Knights improved to 4-1 on the season. The Knights had also began a match with Mercer County CC over the weekend, but it wasn’t completed and was in a 4-4 tie in sixth singles. The Mercer Match will be completed the weekend of April 14th and 15th. The Knights also defeated Suffolk County 5-4 and Dean 9-0 earlier in the invitational.
Against Onondaga, Mike Fallone (North Providence) and Anthony Lamborghini (Smithfield) defeated Adam Cadwell and Ari Smith, 6-4 in first doubles. Ross Bouchard (S. Kingstown) and Timothy Holzinger (Foster) won their second doubles contest over Sean Sullivan and Mason Padron, 6-4. Nicholas DeAngelis (Northborough, Mass.) and Nicholas Morin (N. Smithfield) defeated Andy Parlow and Justin Parlow in third doubles, 6-4. Fallone defeated Cadwell in first singles, 6-4 and 6-0, to finish the weekend undefeated. Lamborghini out-battled Smith in second singles, 6-4 and 6-3. The lone blemish on the score sheet came in third singles, where DeAngelis fell to Parlow, 6-0 and 6-1. Bouchard defeated Parlow in fourth singles, 6-0 and 6-0. Holzinger continued his winning ways in fifth singles, defeating Sullivan, 6-0 and 6-3. Morin, in sixth singles, prevailed over Padron, 5-7, 6-4 and 1-0(10-4).
The next match for the Knights will be Wednesday, April 11, when they travel to Fall River, Mass. to take on the Bees of Bristol Community College at 3:30 p.m.
Lady Knights lose to Orange, beat S. Maine
The CCRI Lady Knights’ softball team continued hosting the Colts of Orange County CC and The Sea Wolves of Southern Maine CC on Sunday for another split doubleheader. In the first game of the day Orange County CC beat southern Maine 21-1. In the second game of the day, the Lady Knights fell to the Colts 12-6 in eight innings, but rebounded to defeat Southern Maine CC 8-0 in the final game of the day. With the split, the Lady Knights win streak is snapped at nine games, and their record moved to 11-4 on the season.
Prior to the split, CCRI had beaten Orange County and Southern Maine each on Saturday. The Lady Knights beat Southern Maine 10-3 behind Michelle Sylvestre’s (Warwick) strong pitching, and they beat Orange County 2-1 behind an eight inning performance from Devin Azulay (Attleboro, Mass.).
After a spectacular outing on Saturday from Azulay and Amber Corrigan from Orange County CC, this game was very offensive-minded. The score was 5-3 Orange County after the first inning. CCRI was not playing its best defense, and quickly gave up five runs. But Azulay got them back into the game with a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Orange went up 6-3 in the top of the fourth, but once again the Lady Knights would answer, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score 6-6. The score stayed that way until the game went into extra innings. In the eighth, CCRI made some mental errors which allowed extra base runners, and Orange capitalized, scoring six runs in the inning to provide the final score.
Azulay pitched much better than her pitching line would reflect, allowing eight earned runs over eight innings while still striking out 10 Colt’s batters.
Helping the CCRI offense was Sarah Siconio (Warwick), going 3-4 with a double, and Kate Carroll (Coventry), who added two hits two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Rounding out the CCRI attack was Nissa Perez (Warwick) with two hits, Kayla Matarese (Cranston) with a hit and Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick) with a hit.
On the mound for the Lady Knights, Matarese tossed her first collegiate perfect game. Matarese threw five innings, while striking out four Sea Wolves’ batters. Matarese is currently ranked No. 25 by the NJCAA in pitching with a 1.17 ERA and a 2-0 record.
At the plate for CCRI, Azulay had two hits with two RBI and a run scored, followed by captain Ashley Olson (Coventry), who added a double, two RBI and a run scored. Also helping the Lady Knights to victory was Perez with a double and two RBI, Leslie Peralta (Providence), who added two hits and an RBI and Kate Fowler, who added a hit, two runs scored and an RBI.
“Tough loss in the first one, we made too many mental errors and every time we did Orange made us pay,” CCRI head coach Liz Afonso said. “Orange played a great game and made some excellent defensive plays that stopped rallies. We will learn from this game and be better prepared for the next time we play them in the postseason. I was happy we were able to rebound in the second game versus Southern Maine to finish the day on a high note.”
The next games for the Lady Knights will be today when they host the Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College from Charlestown, Mass. at 3:30 p.m. at Winslow Park in Apponaug.
Knights’ club volleyball finishes season ranked fifth
The CCRI Knights club volleyball team traveled to the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. to compete in the New England Club Volleyball League (NECVL) Championship this past weekend. The Knights went 2-3 on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday to finish the season 14-10 and ranked No. 5 by the NECVL.
On Saturday, the Knights had five matches. In their first match they lost to Williams University 20-25 and 21-25, then fell to Bowdoin 24-26 and 17-25 before coming back to defeat
The University of New England 24-26, 25-19 and 15-13 in the third match. They concluded the day by losing to Holy Cross 23-25 and defeating Wesleyan 25-16.
On Sunday, the Knights went 2-1, losing to Southern Connecticut State University 21-25 and 23-25, but they finished the day on a high note defeating Bowdoin 23-25, 27-25 and 15-7 and then downing Williams University 25-19, 23-25 and 15-11
Leading the way for the Knights were their two All-Tournament selections, Tommy Reyes (Providence) and Van Cheng (Providence). Reyes led the Knights in kills with 71 and aces with 14 while adding 27 digs and six blocks. Cheng led the Knights with 42 digs while adding six aces and a kill. Also helping he Knights in their successful weekend was Jimmy Phann (Providence), who led them with 208 assists, Justin Girard (Pawtucket), who added 51 kills and led them with 16 blocks and Aleone Cissoko (Pawtucket.), who added 43 kills, nine blocks and three digs
“I am very proud of our men,” CCRI head coach Anne-Marie Balboni “The CCRI Men’s Club Volleyball is now ranked fifth in all of New England. We came into championships seeded ninth, clawed our way to eighth after the first day and then took off running the second day and won all but one match.”
Four Lady Knights earn All-Region XXI hoop honors
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball season ended in the District semifinals with a 73-56 loss to Lackawanna College from Scranton, Penn. But, they did have four players earn All-Region XXI honors. They are Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.), Jess Randall (Warwick), Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) and Krista Trenholm (Hope Valley).
Four Knights earn All-Region XXI hoop honors
The CCRI Knights dream season came to an end in the Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship game with a 70-60 loss to the National Champion Bears of Mott Community College from Flint, Mich. However, four Knights earned All-Region XXI honors. They are Trevor Mabry (Norwich, Conn.), Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) and Bryan Yarce (Cranston), who all made first-team, and Roger Livramento (Central Falls), who earned Honorable Mention.