Warwick, R.I. – March 21, 2017: The CCRI Knights finished their Florida road trip on Monday with a final game against Cannoniers Academy from Quebec, Canada. The Knights put a thrashing on the Cannoniers, winning by a score of 16-3. Elijah Dressel (Warwick, RI) picked up the win on the day. The Knights victory brings their record to 8-1 on the season and on the road trip. After losing the first game 3-2, the team turned it around rattle off eight straight wins.
The Knights pitching was on fire on Monday. Elijah Dressel started the game and pitched a gem for the Knights. Dressel gave up two earned runs, but only gave up one hit on the day. Only allowing five base runners over five innings of work, Dressel did not give the Cannoniers much to work with. Out of the 15 outs he recorded, nine were strikeouts. Dressel earned the win on the day, earning his second on the road trip. Steve Noti (Warwick, RI) entered the game in relief for Dressel. Noti pitched two strong innings, striking out five batters and allowing one run on two hits. The Knights pitching has been great on the season, and allowed the hitting to take control of games.
The Knights bats were on fire, forcing the 10-run rule to come into effect. They had 13 hits and induced two walks. The Knights broke the game open in the fifth inning behind Exavier Santiago’s (North Branford, CT) 3-run home run. Billy Bostick (Cedar Park, TX) also doubled in the inning, driving in two runs on the play. The Knights took the lead and never looked back, cruising to the seven inning victory.
At the plate, the Knights were led by Garnell Bell (Bridgeport, CT). Bell went 3-4 on the day with two singles, a double, three RBIs, and two runs. Matt Boelter (West Warwick, RI) had one at bat, but made the most of it. He came up with the bases loaded and smoked a double, plating all three runners on base, and ended up scoring a run later in the inning. Billy Bostick had two hits and two RBIs as well.
The Knights continued their great start to the season, and finished the road trip with an 8-1 record. Head Coach Ken Hopkins is very excited about the future of this team. The Knights traveled back to Rhode Island after the game on Monday, and are off until Saturday. The Knights have their home opener Saturday in a double header against New Hampshire Tech. Come out and support your Knights at the Knights Campus in Warwick!
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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.