Warwick, R.I. – March 17, 2017: The Knights took part in another doubleheader in Florida on Thursday, taking on Schenectady Community College and Rainy River CC. The Knights swept the double header, winning the first game 11-0 and the second game 2-1. The victories brought the Knights’ record to 4-1 on the season.
In the first game, Matt Kennedy (Johnston, RI) pitched five innings of shutout baseball. He got the win on the shortened game after the ten run rule effect came into play. In the second game, Elijah Dressel (Warwick, RI) started the game and pitched while, while Dave Simmons (Warwick, RI) got the win out of the bullpen. The Knights won the game 2-1.
Matt Kennedy started off the afternoon great for the Knights. He started the first game of the day, and pitched masterfully. Kennedy only gave up two hits on the afternoon. He struck out eight batters over five innings. Due to the great pitching, the Knights did not need to use any relief pitches on the day, with Kennedy tossing a complete game. The Knights bats were on fire, giving Kennedy a large lead. Eventually the lead rose to 11-0, bringing the 10-run rule into effect. After five innings if a team is leading by 10 or more runs, the game is ended. Kennedy saw out the game and gave the Knights the 11-0 victory, and giving himself his first win on the season.
The Knights’ bats were on fire in the first game. In the five inning game, the Knights were able to pound out 17 hits. Edwin Pichardo (Hollywood, FL) went 4-4, Ernesto Figueroa (Providence, RI) went 3-4 with two RBIs, and Austin Davis (Hollywood, FL) went 3-4 with two RBIs. The Knights’ offensive attack left there not much work to do for Matt Kennedy pitching, but the work he did was great. The victory brought the Knights’ record to 3-1 on the season.
In the second game, the Knights had a new opponent and found a much tougher game. Elijah Dressel got the nod on the mound, and had a stellar performance. He gave up one hit and one run over four innings. Over his outing, he was able to strikeout seven batters. The Knights turned to Dave Simmons out of the bullpen after the fourth inning. Simmons followed up Dressel’s great outing with a strong outing of his own. Simmons pitched three innings of one hit ball to keep the Knights in the game. The Knights were able to find two runs late and Simmons was awarded the win, his first on the year.
The Knights’ bats were asleep until the sixth inning, when they needed to score. Down 1-0, the Knights were able to find two quick runs in the sixth. Ernesto Figueroa came through again for the Knights, having two hits on the day. He alertly was able to score the game winning run on a wild pitch by Rainy River. The knights were able to squeak out a win with their pitching keeping them in the game.
The Knights victory brings their record to 4-1 on the season, and gives them their second sweep of a doubleheader in two days. The Knights have a day off on Friday, and will play Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before returning to Rhode Island.
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