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Lady Knights’ softball sweeps Springfield!
The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Pride of Springfield College JV squad for a doubleheader on Friday at Winslow Park in Apponaug. The Lady Knights defeated the Pride 2-1 in extra innings and 8-0 in five innings by the Mercy Rule. With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to 4-10 on the season.
CCRI-2 Springfield JV- 1 in eight innings (Seven innings is regulation)
On the mound for the Lady Knights Katie Paddock (Providence, RI) got the start and pitched three strong innings giving up no runs on two hits, walking one, and striking out three before giving way to Macayla Paiva (West Greenwich, RI). Paiva came in and also pitched very well throwing five innings allowing just one run on seven hits, walking one and striking out five Pride batters to earn the extra inning victory. Both pitchers combined to strikeout eight while walking just two batters and giving up alone run and the Lady Knights were able to push across two runs to secure the hard-fought victory. Both pitchers also helped the offense with Paiva providing a hit and the first run scored and Paddock gave the Lady Knights the game winning hit scoring Co-Captain Liz Coburn (Chepachet, RI) RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Offensively for the Lady Knights also got production from lead-off batter Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) who had two hits and scored Paiva for the Lady Knights’ first run and Amber Boucher (Warwick, RI) added a hit and two sacrifices while doing an excellent job filling in at catcher. Also helping CCRI was Co-Captain Izzy MarcAurele (Cranston, RI) adding a hit while Liz Coburn added a run scored. The Lady Knights did not get much offense but they got what they needed to win the game.
With the game tied 1-1 they went to the International Tiebreaker (Last batted out starts at second base to begin inning). Paiva go the first out on a grounder to Coburn who threw out Emily Vance at first for the first out while base runner Kelsey O’Donnell moved to third base. Elissa Graf walked to make it first and third. CCRI got the next two batters to get out of top of the inning with the score still tied 1-1. The Lady Knights began the inning with Liz Coburn at second with third batter in order and Co-Captain Izzy MarcAurele sacrificing her to third base giving the Lady Knights a runner at third with one out. Katie Paddock then delivered the RBI single to give the Lady Knights the walk-off 2-1 victory.
CCRI- 8 Springfield JV- 0 in five innings by Mercy Rule
On the mound for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Mel Iadeluca (Warwick, RI) got the start and was lights out. Iadeluca threw five shutout innings allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out two Pride batters with only two runners making it past second base. She was helped by the CCRI offense that scored three runs in the second, and third innings and then two more in the fourth to stake her to an 8-0 lead while she mowed down 15 of the 18 batter she faced. Iadeluca helped her own cause at the plate going 2-3 with a single, a double, and RBI and two runs scored.
Also having a big game for the Lady Knights offensively was Sarah Deal (North Kingstown, RI) who went 3-3 with a triple, two singles, three RBIs and two runs scored and Izzy MarcAurele added a double, a single and a run scored. Also helping the CCRI attack was Alex Place with a hit and two RBIs, Brittany Smith (North Providence, RI) with two hits, and Kyrie Craig (Warwick, RI) added a hit an RBI and a run scored. In addition, Katie Paddock, Amber Boucher and Liz Coburn each added a hit.
The Lady Knights travel to Springfield for a rematch doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 3:30pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.