Warwick, R.I. – March 27, 2017: The CCRI Knights baseball team had their home opener on Saturday, taking on New Hampshire Tech. The Knights had a doubleheader against the Lynx. The Knights swept the doubleheader, bringing their win streak to 10 games. The Knights now have a record of 10-1. Steve Noti (Warwick, RI) started the first game for the Knights, picking up his first win. Shane Kittila (Warwick, RI) started the second game, earning his second win on the season.
The Knights jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning. Robert Paulino (Miramar, FL) came up to the plate with one out, slicing a double to center field. Dylan Brooks (Lookeba, OK) followed up Paulino. On a 1-1 count, brooks turned on the pitch and belted a homerun to center field. The Knights had an early 2-0 lead. The 2-0 lead was enough for Noti, but the Knights did not stop there. In the third inning, Brooks plated two more. One was on an error, with Joe Michael (Johnston, RI) scoring and advancing Robert Paulino to second. Brooks then singled to center, scoring Paulino. The Knights tacked on one more run in the sixth inning when Exavier Santiago(North Branford, CT) singled, scoring Dylan Brooks.
The Knights’ pitchers were masterful in the first game. Steve Noti started the game, going six innings. Over the six innings he only allowed five base runners, giving up two hits and three walks. He struck out 11 batters on his way to the victory. Max Marcotte (Coventry, RI) came in to finish out the game. Marcotte pitched the last inning, striking out two batters. The Knights’ bats got enough runs for the pitchers, who did a great job stopping any offense from developing for the Lynx. The victory brought the Knights’ record to 9-1, and their winning streak to nine games.
The Knights were led by Dylan Brooks, who went 3-3 on the day with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. The rest of the team mustered five hits, with Deiviz Lara (Santo Domingo, DR) getting two of them. The Knights bats were coming alive toward the end of the first game, and it showed going into the second game.
The Knights hot start to the season continued in their second game of the doubleheader against New Hampshire Tech. The Knights scored all of their runs in the first two innings. In the first inning, Dylan Brooks singled to bring in Jasiah Hatch (East Providence, RI) for the first run. Matt Boelter (North Kingstown, RI) doubled after Deiviz Lara grounded into a fielder’s choice. Boelter’s double brought in two more runs, scoring Robert Paulino and Lara. Matt Gutelius (South Kingstown, RI) came up after Boelter, and hit a homerun over the center field fence. The Knights had jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. The second inning was much of the same for the Knights, but with more home runs. The Knights hit two home runs in the inning. After starting the scoring in the inning with a single, Dylan Brooks homered to bring the score to 14-0. Deiviz Lara homered directly after him to go back to back. The Knights had built their lead to 15-0, and turned it over to Shane Kittila to see out the game.
Shane Kittila pitched a great game for the Knights. He earned the victory with a 5-ininng complete game shutout. Over the five innings, Kittila surrendered two hits and one walk, only allowing three base runners. He struck out eight batters. The great pitching by Shane combined with the Knights’ bats scoring at will made it an easy outing for the Knights.
Head Coach Ken Hopkins is very excited about the team. He is happy to see his pitchers do so well in tough situations, as well as with large leads. He knows the team is working hard and is happy to see them succeed. The Knights take on Quinsigamond in a double header on Sunday, March 26th.