Warwick, R.I. – March 27, 2017: The CCRI Knights took on the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College on Sunday in their second home doubleheader in as many days. The Knights won both games on the back of their offense, forcing a ten run rule in both games. The Knights victories brought their record to 12-1 overall, and extended their winning streak to 12 games.
Game 1: Knights – 13 Wyverns - 3
In the first game, the Knights started Elijah Dressel (Warwick, RI). Dressel started the game well, only allowing one run over his first two innings. In the third inning, he was injured and had to leave the game. He pitched 2 and two thirds innings with four strikeouts. Dave Simmons (Warwick, RI) entered the game in relief. Simmons allowed two runs over the next three and a third innings. Simmons picked up his second win of the season.
The Knights only needed the pitchers to go six innings due to their hot bats. The Knights started off the game cold, unable to find a groove. After four innings the Knights and Wyverns were knotted at 3-3. The Knights turned it on in the fifth inning. Following a triple by Dylan Brooks (Lookeba, OK) to start the innings, Deiviz Lara (Santo Domingo, DR) singled to plate Brooks. The Knights took the lead and never looked back. Following the single, the Knights were able to pile it on in the fifth, scoring eight runs. After a scoreless top half of the sixth inning for Quinsigamond, the Knights came up to bat needing two runs to win the game. The Knights got those two runs on a Sam Franco (Cranston, RI) double. Franco ripped the ball down the line, driving in Garnell Bell (Bridgeport, CT) and Matt Boelter (North Kingstown, RI). The Knights won the game 13-3.
Game 2: Knights - 11 Wyverns - 1
The Knights had another great game in the second game of the double header. The Knights were looking to extend their winning streak to 12, and did just that. Starting the game on the mound for the Knights was Matt Kennedy (Johnston, RI). Kennedy earned the win on the day, his first of the year. Kennedy went three strong innings, allowing two hits. He surrendered four walks while striking out seven batters. Kennedy allowed one run in this strong outing. After his three innings, Kennedy gave way to Max Marcotte (Coventry, RI). Marcotte did not allow a base runner over three innings of relief pitching. He struck out two batters over the three innings.
The Knights bats had a strong game again. In the first two innings, the Knights scored five runs to jump out to a commanding lead. Matched with the strong pitching, the Knights were in complete control. After giving up one run, the Knights started to score again in the fifth inning. Evan Broccoli (Warwick, RI) led off the innings with a walk. After Brian Cipolla (Cranston, RI) reached on an error, Jasiah Hatch (East Providence, RI) plated both players with a double. The Knights continued to pressure the Wyverns pitching, and continued to score. After scoring three more runs, Broccoli came up with an opportunity to win the game for the Knights. Broccoli hit a blooper to right field, giving the Knights the 11-1 lead, and the victory. Jasiah Hatch led all of the Knights batters with 4 hits in the second game. He had three singles, one double, two runs scored, and three RBIs. Dylan Brooks had another strong game, going 3-4 with one RBI.
The Knights have been a complete team to start the season. Head Coach Ken Hopkins has noticed this and is impressed with how the team has combined pitching and hitting. The Knights are on a 12-game win streak, and will look to extend that when they take on Holyoke on Wednesday afternoon. The game is at 3:30 at Whitey Fell Field at the Knight campus in Warwick, RI. Come out and support the Knights!
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