The CCRI Lady Knights’ softball team hosted the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University Junior Varsity for a doubleheader on Saturday. The Lady Knights and Pioneers split the double dip with The Pioneers winning 7-3 and the Lady Knights winning the second game 6-5. With the Split the Lady Knights are now 3-9 on the season.
CCRI-3 SHJV- 7
Sophomore Macayla Paiva (West Greenwich, RI) got the start and pitched well enough to win but poor defense late in the game allowed four unearned runs which ended up being the margin of victory. Paiva threw seven innings allowing seven runs, only three earned, on six hits, striking out five and walking seven. She gave up two runs in the second and on one the fifth and went into the seventh tied 3-3. With a runner on third with one out, intentional walks to the third and fourth batter set up forces at every base. Unfortunately, that plan fell apart after a passed ball scored the runner from third, followed by an error at second base to score two and a double sealed the scoring in a four run seventh inning.
Offensively the Lady Knights scored in the first as Co-Captain Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) scored on a fielder's choice form Sam Archambeault (Harrisville, RI). CCRI tacked on another when Alexis Jendzejec (West Greenwich, RI) singled and reached third as the ball was misplayed on an error followed by Amber Boucher (Warwick, RI) who singled her in. With the Pioneers leading 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning with two out freshman shortstop Ashley Spear (Harrisville, RI) came to the plate and launched a solo home run to left center field to tie the game 3-3! But a four run seventh from sacred heart gave them the 7-3 victory.
CCRI- 6 SHJV- 5
Freshman Taylor Butler (North Kingstown, RI) got the start in game two and thanks to a tremendous five run seventh inning rally from the Lady Knights was able to earn her second victory of the year. Butler threw seven innings allowing five runs on eleven hits, striking out two and no walks. She got into a little trouble in the third inning when she gave up three runs on four hits. Sacred Heart tacked on one more in the fourth and fifth to go up by 5-1. Butler worked quickly in the sixth and seventh to keep CCRI in striking distance and a late game rally secured her second collegiate victory.
Offensively for CCRI, they started out flat and really couldn't sustain any rallies as the game began. The Lady Knights got on the board in the fourth inning as Archambeault walked and advanced to third on wild pitched and later scored on a single from Jendzejec. But through six innings the Lady Knights only had one run on four hits. However, in the seventh Co-Captain Liz Coburn (Chepachet, RI) led-off with a single followed by a walk from Sarah Deal (North Kingstown, RI) then Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) reached on an infield single to load the bases. Coburn scored on a fielder's choice from Boucher followed by another out making the score 5-2 SHJV with two outs bases loaded. Taylor Butler singled to center to score Deal. Archambeault and Spear followed with RBI singles to bring up Alexis Jendzejec with runners on second and third with two outs and the score tied 5-5 Jendzejec stroked a singled to left center that scored Archambeault to win the game 6-5 CCRI in a thrilling comeback victory!
The next games for CCRI will be Tuesday the 8th when the will play Quinsigamond Community College for a doubleheader at Winslow Park in Apponaug (Thought e game is at CCRI's home field they will be visitor and part of home/home league play as QCC does not have field)
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.
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