Warwick, R.I. – April 15, 2015: The CCRI Knights baseball team faced their counterpart on Tuesday, the Knights of Northern Essex Community College. The game was played at Fell Field in Warwick where it was another beautiful day. The weather did not help CCRI though as they lost 7-6 putting their record on the season at 7-8. The loss was the fourth straight game where the score was decided by only one run.
The good news from the Knights game was that the team showed off home run power. Sophomores Mike Evans (Warwick, RI) and Co-Captain Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) both launched home runs in the sixth inning. Apice’s was a solo shot to lead off the inning and then a few batters later Evans crushed his to center for a two run homer. The home runs were the first on the year for both players.
The bad news came when the Knights lost Head Coach Ken Hopkins, Assistant Coach Mark Andrews and starting Shortstop Dave Hopkins (East Greenwich, RI) who were all ejected after a highly questionable call in the 8th inning with CCRI trailing 7-6. Batter Dave Hopkins appeared to get hit in the leg by an inside pitch. The home plate umpire thought otherwise, claiming the ball bounced off the ground first. The situation escalated from there and Coach Hopkins was first to get ejected, then the younger Hopkins, then Coach Andrews.
Apice ended the game with three hits, three runs scored and one RBI to go along with his home run. Evans along with his home run ended up with two hits, two RBI’s and a run scored. Diego Campos (Providence, RI) also had a great game at the dish going three for five on the day with a run scored and one RBI. Co-Captain TJ Boyajian (Warwick, RI) also added two hits on the day. Casey Mack (Trumbull, CT) chipped in with two RBI’s and one hit.
The Knights will look to bounce back and get rolling again as they play Dean, a Region XXI opponent and rival this weekend in a four game series. Two games will be played on Saturday starting at noon and the same on Sunday.
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.