The CCRI Lady Knights softball team continued play at THE Spring games in Clermont, FL on Tuesday. The Lady Knights faced the Cougars of Highland Community College from Freeport, IL and then the Barons of Rowan College at Burlington County. The Lady Knights played their best game of the season versus Highland winning 6-4 but fell to Burlington 13-3 in a game that was close early but CCRI faded and let the game get away. With the split the Lady Knights now have a 2-4 record on the young season.
Both of the Lady Knights' opponents were playing each other when CCRI got to the park with Highland beating a very strong Burlington squad 7-4, so the Lady Knights knew that they would be in for a tough day of softball.
In the circle for the Lady Knights was their ace Courtney Sheridan (Warwick, RI) who once again put together a masterful performance against a very potent Highland batting line-up. Sheridan pitched seven innings allowing four runs, only two of them earned, on six hits, walking two and striking out four. She had a shutout going through five innings but ran into a little trouble in the sixth with a lead-off double followed by a line-out and a strikeout but another double score the first for the Cougars two errors allowed another run to score. CCRI still had a 5-2 lead going into the seventh inning. In the seventh an error got a runner to third base with one out she later scored on a single and another run scored on a single but only one run was earned as Sheridan induced a ground out to close out the game with a 6-4 Lady Knight victory Sheridan's second of the season!
At the plate the Lady Knights bats came to life with 10 hits including three triples! In the third inning CCRI got on the scoreboard with a nice 2-out rally led off by Meghan Rousseau (Richmond, RI) who worked a walk followed by back-to-back RBI triples from Mikayla Fernandez (Burrillville, RI) and Kristina Rodriguez (North Kingstown, RI) making the score 2-0 CCRI. The Lady Knights tacked two more on in the fifth with Fernandez on base Maddie Cooper (Pawtucket, RI) stroked the third RBI triple of the day for CCRI to score Fernandez and Bella Malvinni (Westerly, RI) added an RBI single to center to make the score 4-0 CCRI. In the sixth Rousseau led-off with a triple which she scored on the play after overrunning third and using her head to get out of the rundown. CCRI scored once again in the seventh when Cooper singled and later scored in an RBI from Jess Spargo (Westerly, RI). The Lady Knights needed every run as Highland tried to stage a valiant comeback which CCRI thwarted with excellent pitching and defense.
Recapping the offense: Malvinni had three hits and an RBI, Fernandez two hits with triple and two RBI and two runs scored and Cooper had two hits with triple, RBI and two runs scored. In addition, Rousseau had triple, RBI and run, Rodriguez had RBI triple and Spargo had a hit and RBI.
The final score of this game was not indicative of how close the game actually was. In the circle once again was Courtney Sheridan who pitched very well for the first five innings but poor defense combined with a very strong line-up and a bit of fatigue on shot day cost her final stat line and got her the loss. She pitched seven innings giving up eight earned runs walking three and striking out four. Sheridan was strong through four innings giving up just two runs with the score 2-2. She gave up three in the fifth on three hits with an error mixed in making the score 5-2. Burlington tacked on two in the sixth and then the wheels came off for CCRI as the Barons scored sixth in the final frame. A rough day, however, Sheridan showed tremendous grit as she tried to power through the heat and the potent line-up.
Offensively for CCRI they did get seven hits but not as many in key situations as in their earlier game. The Lady Knights did start out hot with Meghan Rousseau leading off with a double and scored on a single from Kristina Rodriguez. Bella Malvinni scored Rodriguez with an RBI single. The only other run came in the sixth when Maddie Cooper hit her third triple of the year and later scored on a ground out by Malvinni. That was not enough as Burlington got hot offensively and CCRI could not keep up.
Kristina Rodriguez had two hits and RBI and a run scored and a stolen base and Bella Malvinni added a hit and two RBI. Maddie Cooper had a triple and run scored and Meghan Rousseau had a double and run scored while Jenna Urso (West Warwick, RI) added two singles.
The Lady Knights have Wednesday off and will be back in action Thursday when they face ST. Thomas JV at 1:00pm and Rowan College of Burlington at 3:00pm in their final contest of THE Spring games.
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