Warwick, R.I. – April 19, 2017: The CCRI Knights traveled to Haverhill, MA on Tuesday to take on the Northern Essex Knights. The Knights pitching and hitting were clicking and they cruised to an easy 14-0 victory with the mercy rule coming into play in the seventh inning. The victory brings the Knights’ record to 21-3 overall on the season.
The Knights made it a point to score in this game. They started early, scoring three runs in the first inning, starting with a Dylan Brooks (Lookeba, OK) single. They continued to score in every inning except the sixth, continuing to build on their lead. The big inning came in the fifth. After the bases were loaded on walks, Robert Paulino (Miramar, FL) came up to bat with two outs. He walked, driving in a run to bring the score to 9-0. Dylan Brooks came up to bat next, hitting a three run home run to center field, driving in his fifth run of the day. Brooks added one more RBI in the top of the seventh, rounding out the scoring for the Knights.
The pitchers on the day were Shane Kittila (Warwick, RI) and Matt Kennedy (Johnston, RI). Kittila started the game, and produced five strong innings for the Knights. Kittila only allowed four base runners, and scattered three hits over the five innings. He gave up no runs and struck out four batters on his way to earning the win and improving his record to 4-0 on the season. Matt Kennedy pitched the final two innings for the Knights, giving up one hit and striking out three batters. Kennedy finished the game for the Knights.
At the plate, the Knights had a great day. They totaled 12 hits over seven innings. Jasiah Hatch (East Providence, RI) went 4-4 with four singles, four runs, and one RBI. He also was able to work one of the Knights nine walks. Dylan Brooks had a great game at the plate. He went 4-5 with two singles, one double, and one home run. He drove in six runs and won scored three.
Head Coach Ken Hopkins is excited to see how the team has come along after not playing to their potential for a few games. The Knights have been on fire and will look to continue that as they take on region rival UConn-Avery Point this weekend in a doubleheader. The Knights will be looking to take two big games this weekend!
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 16,000 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.