Warwick, R.I. – April 24, 2017: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Middletown, NY to face the Colts of Orange County Community College for three games over the weekend. On Saturday the two teams met for a doubleheader which the Lady Knights swept the Colts 16-1 and 9-0. On Sunday they met for a single game which the Lady Knights had to rally back from a 3-1 deficit to win by the final score of 7-4 completing the three-game sweep of the Colts.
In the circle for the first game for the Lady Knights was freshman Danielle David (West Greenwich, RI) who improved to 3-1 with an excellent performance over five innings allowing just three hits and no earned runs with two walks and four strikeouts. David also had an excellent game at the plate with three hits including a triple with four RBIs and three runs scored.
The Lady Knights erupted for 12 hits led by David who was helped by Tri-Captain Maddy Cooper (Pawtucket, RI) who had two hits including a triple with three RBIs and a run scored and Miranda Sasso (Smithfield, RI) added two doubles, three RBIs and a runs scored. Also having a big game was Liz Bailey (Warwick, RI) with two hits including a double with two RBIs and two runs scored while Tri-Captain Bella Malvinni (Westerly, RI) and Stevie-Rae Travers (Little Compton, RI) each had a hit and three runs scored.
In the circle for the Lady Knight for game two was Tri-Captain Courtney Sheridan (Warwick, RI) who improved to 5-1 with a strong six inning shutout performance allowing five hits and three walks while striking out eight Colt batters. The eight strikeouts bring her career strikeout record to 217. Sheridan has 69 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched this year and is ranked No.1 in the nation with 11.78 Strikeouts per game (NJCAA DII stats). In addition, Sheridan is ranked No. 7 in Batting Average Against at .133 and No. 12 in ERA with a sterling 1.33 mark for the season.
Offensively for the Lady Knights in the second game Miranda Sasso led the way with her first Homerun of the season, a 2-run shot. Also hitting well was Tri-Captain Bella Malvinni with two hits, two, RBIs a run scored and three stolen bases and Danielle David had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Tri-Captain Courtney Sheridan and sophomore Kim Barker (Narragansett, RI) each added two hits, two runs scored and a stolen base while Kailee Morgan (Charlestown, RI) added two hits and RBI and a run scored and Maddy Cooper a hit, RBI and run scored.
In the third game of the series Kailee Morgan improved to 3-3 in the circle with an impressive seven inning performance. Morgan allowed three earned runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out five Colt batters. Unlike the first two games, the Lady Knights found themselves trailing 3-1 after one inning and had to mount a furious comeback to earn the victory. CCRI scored one in the fifth to make it a one run game and then five in the sixth inning capped by a clutch 2-run homer from Miranda Sasso.
Leading the offensive attack for CCRI was Miranda Sasso who hit her second 2-run homer in as many days while also adding another hit and a stolen base and Maddy Cooper went 3-3 with three doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. Stevie-Rae Travers also collected three hits with two runs scored and Bella Malvinni added two hits and a runs scored.
The next games for the Lady Knights will be Wednesday when they host the Seawolves of Southern Maine Community College for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30pm. Wednesday will also be 2017 Lady Knights’ Sophomore Day when their four sophomores will play in their final home games of their career. The four Lady Knights sophomores to be honored in the final home game are: Kim Barker, Tri-Captain Bella Malvinni, Tri-Captain Maddy Cooper and Tri-Captain Courtney Sheridan.
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