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No. 12 Knight split with UCAP as Hopkins notches 300th win!
The No. 12 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) CCRI Knights baseball team traveled to Washington Park in New London, CT to play the Pointers of UConn-Avery Point in a Region XXI League showdown. The Knights split the doubleheader with the pointers winning the first game 3-2 and losing the second 9-2. The Knights record is now 29-10 on the season and 12-4 in Region XXI play. The win in the first game ensured CCRI will be the host of the Region XXI division II baseball championship series next weekend. In addition it was Head Coach Ken Hopkins’ 300th career victory at CCRI. Last year Hopkins became the all-time winningest baseball coach at CCRI when he past Whitey Fell and now has reached the 300-win plateau just a year later. Coach Hopkins humbly commented about the achievement “I did not throw one pitch or hit one ball all the credit goes to my great staff and the fact that I have been blessed to have many great players play for me. All the credit goes to them”
Game 1: CCRI- 3 UCAP- 2
CCRI captured first place in the conference and home seed for the Region XXI tournament next weekend with a 3-2 victory in game one at Washington Park in New London, Connecticut over the Pointers of UConn-Avery Point.
On the mound for the Knights, Brendan Cabral (Scituate, RI) pitched six and two thirds innings, scattering five hits while striking out six Pointers to pick up the victory. Kevin Dale (Warwick, RI) came on in relief with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to get the save and secure the win.
Nick Coro (North Providence, RI) paced the offensive attack for the Knights with three hits, two runs scored, and the game winning RBI single scoring John Razzino (Cranston, RI) in the top of the sixth inning. With the win, CCRI secures first place in the conference with their third victory over the Pointers this season.
Game 2: CCRI- 2 UCAP- 9
The Pointers came back in game two to defeat the Knights by scoring three runs in the third inning and breaking the game open with four more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ben Libuda (Auburn, MA) took the loss on the mound for the Knights giving up five runs over three innings.
The lone highlight for CCRI was a solo home run by Mike Sherburne (North Kingstown, RI) in the top of the third as the team could only muster up five hits over the seven innings.
The Knights will finish out the season at Fell Field on the Knight campus with home contests on Tuesday vs. Eastern CT JV and Wednesday vs. Quinsigamond CC both games beginning at 4:00pm and the Region XXI tournament next weekend (days and times still being confirmed).