Warwick, R.I. – May 9, 2017: The CCRI Knights welcomed the Knights of Northern Essex Community College to Whitey Fell Field on Monday. The Knights blasted five homeruns over the nine innings, and beat Northern Essex 15-11. Cam Albin (Pawcatuck, CT) picked up the wins for the Knights.
The game was a back and forth affair, with both teams scoring early and often. The Knights found themselves down 4-2 in the bottom of the second inning, when Matt Laferriere (Coventry, RI) came up, and hit a homerun over the left field fence on the first pitch of the inning. The Knights cut the lead to 4-3. After NECC tacked on one more run, Deiviz Lara (Santo Domingo, DR) homered in the bottom of the third to make the score 5-4. After an Edwin Pichardo (Hollywood, FL) single, Matt Laferriere came up and hit his second homerun of the day, making the score 6-5. Joe Michael (Johnston, RI) hit a home run in the fifth inning, and Dylan Brooks’ (Lookeba, OK) homerun in the sixth inning brought the score to 9-7 Knights. The team traded runs until the bottom of the 8th inning, when the Knights pulled away. The Knights scored 4 runs in the inning to increase their lead to 15-9. After NECC made a late push and added two runs, the Knights closed out the game with a 15-11 victory.
The Knights used a committee approach on the mound Monday, using five pitchers. Steve Noti (Warwick, RI) started the game, going one inning and allowing one run with one strikeout. Shane Kittila (Warwick, RI) came in next, allowing four runs over two innings. Max Marcotte (Coventry, RI) entered the game after Kittila, allowing two runs while striking out two batters over one inning. Cam Albin came into the game to settle down the pitching staff, going two innings and allowing no runs. Dave Simmons (Warwick, RI) came in to finish the game. Simmons went three innings, striking out five batters and allowing two runs.
At the plate, the Knights’ bats were on fire. Joe Michael led the team with four hits. He went 4-5 with three RBIs, three runs scored, and one homerun. Matt Laferriere went 2-4 with two homeruns, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Edwin Pichardo went 3-4 with three singles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Dylan Brooks and Deiviz Lara each chipped in with one homerun.
Head Coach Ken Hopkins was happy about the team’s performance. He thought the team played a “very solid game” to end the regular season. The team will play a three game series versus arch rival UConn-Avery Point this weekend to determine the New England champion. The Knights will host game one at 3:30pm on Friday. In addition, there will be a memorial service for CCRI baseball coaching legend Harold “Whitey” Fell to whom the field is named for at 2pm at home plate. Food and refreshments will be served after the service.
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