The CCRI Lady Knights’ softball team hosted the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA for their Region XXI and home opener. The Lady Knights swept both games winning the first game 6-0 and the second 7-2. With the victories the Lady Knights improve to 2-8 overall and 2-0 in Region XXI play.
CCRI- 6 Massasoit CC – 0
On the mound for the Lady Knights was freshman Taylor Butler (North Kingstown, RI) who charted her first collegiate win as she fired a seven inning shutout. Butler allowed just one hit in the second inning while striking out two Warrior batters, and worked around four walks. She also helped her own cause at the plate with a hit and an RBI.
Offensively for the Lady Knights they scored their six runs in the second and third innings. In their three run second inning they got on the board on a 2-run double by freshman catcher Samantha Archambeault (Harrisville, RI) on the first pitch that scored Sarah Deal (North Kingstown, RI) and Co-Captain Liz Coburn (Chepachet, RI). The last run of the inning was scored as a Butler RBI single scored Amber Boucher (Warwick, RI).
The Lady Knights followed up the three-run second with a 3-run third inning which began with an RBI single from Coburn that scored Deal followed by an RBI single from Archambeault to score Alexis Jendzejec (West Greenwich, RI). CCRI closed the scoring with an RBI single from Co-Captain Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) to score Archambeault.
CCRI was led by Freshman Sam Archambeault who was 3-3 with a double a single and three RBIs, followed by Co-Captain Alex Place who went 3-4 with a RBI and stolen base. Also helping CCRI was Macayla Paiva (West Greenwich, RI), Liz Coburn, Alexis Jendzejec, and Ashley Spear (Harrisville, RI) who all had a hit while Sarah Deal added two walks, two stolen bases an RBI and a run scored.
CCRI- 7 Massasoit CC- 2 (six innings due to darkness)
On the mound for the Lady Knights Macayla Paiva go the start and pitched very well throwing six strong innings (game was shortened due to darkness), striking out six, walking three, and allowing just two hits. Paiva’s only trouble came in the second inning when she walked two and gave up two runs and two hits. Battling the cold weather as the temperature dropped, Paiva was able to right the ship and four of her other five innings went 1-2-3 to garner her first victory of the year.
The Lady Knights got on the scoreboard in the first inning as Taylor Butler scored on a fielder’s choices from Jess Brosnahan (Warwick, RI). CCRI tacked on two more in the third as Butler scored Amber Boucher on a single followed by a single from Brosnahan that scored Butler.
CCRI score another in the fourth as Sarah Deal scored on a single from Co-Captain Liz Coburn. The Lady Knights got three more unearned runs in the fifth as they benefitted from an error on the pitcher to score Archambeault followed by shot to right field by Deal that tipped off the fielder’s glove to score Ashley Spear and Alexis Jendzejec to give CCRI a 7-2 lead.
Overall offensively for CCRI they were led by Taylor Butler with two hits an RBI and two runs scored while Archambeault, Brosnahan, Spear, Jendzejec, Deal, Coburn, and Boucher each added a hit.
Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the doubleheader “I was extremely pleased with the girls today in our games. They really came together as a team offensively and were aggressive at the plate. Being stuck in the gym for so long has been tough and I was very happy to see that the girls were able to transfer the skills we have been refining in the gym to the field. Two BIG region XXI wins!!”
The next games for CCRI will be this Saturday the firth when they Host Sacred Heart JV for a doubleheader beginning at 12noon at Winslow Park Field one located in Apponaug.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 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.