Warwick, R.I. – April 24, 2014: CCRI Lady Knights’ softball team hosted the Bulldogs of Dean College for a doubleheader at Winslow Park in Apponaug. The Lady Knights swept the Bulldogs 20-2 and 10-7 with the sweep CCRI improves to 6-4 overall and 6-0 in Region XXI play. Thursday was also Sophomore Day where the Lady Knights honored six sophomores playing their last home games at Winslow Park. Those honored included: Co-Captain Taylor Butler (North Kingstown, RI), Co-Captain Maxine DeLuise (Warwick, RI), Ashley Spear (Harrisville, RI), Jess Brosnahan (Warwick, RI), Rebecca Edwards (North Attleboro, MA), and Jennifer Cicero (West Greenwich, RI).
The Lady Knights bats were on fire as they put up crooked numbers in the first four innings scoring two, six, seven, and five while holding Dean to just two runs. The Lady Knights were led by Co-Captain Maxine DeLuise 3-4 with a triple, four RBIs and a runs scored and fellow Co-Captain Taylor Butler who was 2-2 with three runs scored and Mikayla Fernandez (Burrillville, RI) who was 3-4 with a double, triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. Also helping the Lady Knights offensive onslaught was sophomore Jess Brosnahan three hits with two doubles and three RBIs and two runs scored and Meghan Rousseau (Richmond, RI) with two hits four runs scored and an RBI while Kristina Rodriguez (North Kingstown, RI) added two hits including a triple two RBIs and two runs scored.
In the circle for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Taylor Butler pitched five strong innings striking out eight batters allowing just two runs to pick up her third victory of the season.
This game was much different from the first with Dean taking a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the third inning before Co-Captain Maxine DeLuise continued our torrid hitting pace by blasting a two run homerun to left centerfield. Dean was able to take the lead back in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. But in the bottom of the fourth the Lady Knights’ offense erupted for seven runs: Brosnahan smoked a double to leftfield and advance on a passed ball. Sophomore Rebecca Edwards hit an RBI single. Rousseau had a bunt single then took second on defensive indifference; Taylor Butler added an RBI single, Jenna Urso (West Warwick, RI) reached on error and DeLuise walked then Mikayla Fernandez smacked a 3-RBI double followed by a Brosnahan RBI single to make the score 9-3. Dean rallied to score three more in the top of the fifth to make the game interesting but CCRI held off that late charge and took the 10-7 victory.
Leading the way once again for CCRI was Taylor Butler who went 4-4 with an RBI and stolen base and three runs scored to complete a 6-6 day at the plate followed by Maxine DeLuise going 2-2 with a homerun a double, two walks three RBIs and two runs scored. Also having another huge game was Jess Brosnahan with three hits including a double an RBI and a runs scored while Mikayla Fernandez added two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored and Rebecca Edwards added two hits an RBI and a run scored.
In the circle for the Lady Knights was freshman Jess Spargo (Westerly, RI) who got the victory throwing four innings allowing one earned run and striking out three batters. Spargo was relieved by Erica Jewett (Coventry, RI) who pitched one inning allowing one earned run and striking out three while Taylor Butler finished the game by throwing two innings of one runs ball striking out two to secure the CCRI victory.
The next games for the Lady Knights will be This Saturday when they travel to Brockton, MA to complete a doubleheader with Regional foe Massasoit Community College beginning at 10am. They must complete a game from April third and then play the second game in the doubleheader to complete regular season Region XXI play. These games hold historical significance as with two more victories Lady Knights Head Coach Liz Afonso, who currently has 107 career victories will surpass current CCRI all-time coaching wins leader Bev Wiley who had 108 career victories.
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.