The CCRI Lady Knights softball season just ended in the Division II women’s softball District I Championship to Mercyhurst North East after CCRI won the Region XXI Championship at Dean College. Though the Lady Knights’ season ended before they would have liked they did receive some good news this week with four of their players be named to the All-Region XXI team. The Lady Knights receiving honors were sophomore Co-Captain Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI), sophomore Sarah Deal (North Kingstown, RI), sophomore Macayla Paiva (West Greenwich, RI), sophomore Amber Boucher (Warwick, RI), and freshman Taylor Butler (North Kingstown, RI).
Co-Captain Alex Place served as the Lady Knights’ lead-off hitter for her two years at CCRI. As a sophomore Place batted .397 with 29 hits including six doubles and two triples adding 12 RBIs and 15 runs scored while leading CCRI by stealing 16 bases. In her freshman campaign Place batted .330 with 32 hits including five doubles with 11 RBIs and 18 runs scored and led the Lady Knights with 21 stolen bases. For her career Place ranks third on the CCRI career stolen base list tied with Jasmine McCone (2010-11) with 37 career stolen bases.
Sophomore infielder/outfielder Sarah Deal earns her second All-Region XXI honor in two years. As a sophomore Deal was a key part of the CCRI offensive attack batting .328 with 20 hits including two doubles and a triple while adding eight RBIs and 12 runs scored and three stolen bases. As a freshman Deal led the Lady Knights with a .420 batting average with five doubles a CCRI record six triples with a home run, 24 RBIs and 17 runs scored while adding 11 stolen bases.
Pitcher Macayla Paiva (West Greenwich, RI) served as the Lady Knights No. 1 pitcher as a sophomore. Paiva was tied for the team lead with six victories she also led CCRI by recording 51 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched. Also as a sophomore Paiva did well at the plate adding a .312 batting average with 10 hits in 32 at bats with eight runs scored and two stolen bases. As a freshman Paiva was also a big part of the CCRI pitching staff with a 3.91 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched.
Utility fielder Amber Boucher (Warwick, RI) did a little bit of everything for the Lady Knights playing second base, catcher and wherever else the team needed her. Boucher was one of the offensive catalysts for the CCRI squad in 2014. Boucher batted in the nine spot and did a great job taking advantage of her place in the order to flip the line-up. Amber batted .351 with 20 hits in 57 at bats with three doubles, a triple while adding eight RBI with 10 runs scored. Many of her RBIs and hits came at critical moments for the Lady Knights. As a freshman Boucher batted .313 with 21 hits including three doubles with four RBIs and 14 runs scored while stealing six bases.
Freshman Taylor Butler burst upon the scene for the Lady Knights in her freshman campaign. Butler served as a pitcher, outfielder and infielder. Butler was another offensive catalyst at the top of the batting order for CCRI utilizing her “slap” batting approach from the left side which made her a very tough out. Butler led CCRI with 36 hits including three doubles while adding 13 RBIs and 22 runs scored and also swiped 11 stolen bases. In the circle, Taylor led the Lady Knights with a 2.75 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched and was tied for the team lead with six victories. Butler will be a big piece of the Lady Knights’ pitching staff and offense in 2015.
CCRI Head Coach Liz Afonso commented on her talented student-athletes: "I couldn't be prouder of the four ladies that were selected to the All Region XXI team. I will certainly miss Alex (Place), Macayla (Paiva), Sarah (Deal) & Amber (Boucher) next year. They have all made big contributions to the team's success over the past two seasons and will be hard to replace. Alex has been a tremendous sophomore Co-Captain this year along with Liz Coburn (Chepachet, RI) and they have both done a great job in their roles as captains. Macayla has been a consistent and solid pitcher for the past two seasons and will be a tough player to replace. Her consistency on the mound served as a strong foundation for this team. Sarah has been a key contributor offensively and also at first base and the outfield. Her strong presence at the plate and her abilities as a strong hitter with the ability to get on base often will certainly be missed. Amber has been a strong utility player with the ability to play almost any position strongly! Her strong arm has enabled her to successfully play at shortstop, catcher and second base. Although small in stature, she is a large presence at the plate with her strength and speed. Amber will also be a very hard player to replace. Taylor Butler also serves as a strong utility player and is a strong pitcher in our starting rotation. She is deadly at the plate and her explosive speed makes her a threat to all teams on the bases. Her ability to slap from the left and utilize her speed has helped us win many games and we look forward to her continuing that success next year not only at the plate, but also on the mound as a starting pitcher. I am extremely proud of these Lady Knights and will always hold fond memories of each of them from this season!"
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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