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April 2011





 

 

Lady Knights and Dean split first two in Region Tourney; Championship decided Sunday at 10am!

Warwick, R.I. – April 30, 2011:  The CCRI Lady Knights’ softball team is hosting The 2011 Region XXI Softball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Winslow Park in Apponaug.  The Lady Knights (18-10 and 12-0 in Region XXI) are the No.1 seed and are taking on the No.2 seed Dean College Bulldogs (12-10 and 10-6 in Region XXI).  The Lady Knights lost the first game 1-0 and came back to win the second game 11-0 in five innings by the mercy rule. With the split the Lady Knights move to 19-11 on the season. 

Game 1

CCRI-0 Dean College-1

This was an epic pitchers’ duel between Lady Knights’ Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) and Dean’s CC Rogers.  Neither pitcher gave up an earned run.  Dean got an unearned run in the seventh inning after an outfield error put a runner on second base who later scored on a double by Dean’s Kayla Lupi for the game’s only run.  The Lady Knights got the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but could not get a run across.

On the mound for the Lady Knights Jess Borden was stellar. She threw seven strong innings allowing one unearned run on five hits walking none and striking out six Bulldogs’ batters.  Borden definitely pitched well enough to win but was the hard-luck loser.  At the plate Jess added a hit and a stolen base.

At the plate the Lady Knights only had five total hits but were patient enough to get five walks and one reached on an error but was not able to score a run.  However, Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) had two hits and two walks followed by Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) with a hit and Sarah Siconio (Warwick, RI) with a hit and a sacrifice.

After the game Lady Knights’ Head Coach Liz Afonso commented “Our bats went flat.  Rogers did pitch well and every time we hit the ball hard it was right at someone.  Jess (Borden) threw very well we just did not give her any run support. We need to get our bats going in game two”

Game 2

CCRI-11 Dean College-0 (five innings mercy rule)

On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) was dominant.  Azulay threw five shutout innings allowing just one hit, walking none and striking out six Bulldogs’ batters.  At the plate Devin was also an unstoppable force going 4-4 with a single, two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored.          

Also at the plate for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden had a lead-off triple to set the tone, later adding a single, an RBI and two runs scored followed by Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) with a hit and two RBIs.  Also helping the Lady Knights was Tri-Captain Jazz McCone with a triple, two stolen bases and three runs scored and Sarah Siconio added a single, a double and a run scored.  Rounding out the CCRI offensive attack was Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) and Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) who added a hit and an RBI each, Nefi Kinsler added a hit and Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) added two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored.

After the second game Coach Afonso commented “The bats came around this game and we got another great start from Devin (Azulay).  Actually, it was Devin who did a lot of the hitting. She had a great game all around.  Jess (Borden) also had a great game at the plate and set the tone early for our offensive outburst.  We need another performance like this from the bats tomorrow.  Our pitching has been there all year and usually our hitting has been there also but Dean is a tough team that knows us very well so we are going to have to dig deep and earn everything we get.”

The Lady Knights and Dean College will play tomorrow at 10am at Winslow Park in Apponaug for the 2011 Region XXI Title.  They have already performed the “coin flip” and Dean College will be the home team for the final game. 

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Knights Knock Out Dean 10-2!

Warwick, R.I. – April 27, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted Region XXI opponent Dean College Bulldogs at Fell Field on Tuesday.  CCRI defeated Dean 10-2 by mercy rule in the eighth inning improving to 26-8 overall and 11-2 in Region XXI play.  CCRI’s win eliminated Dean from the playoffs and clinched them a spot in the Region XXI Tournament on May 6th through May 8th against the University of Connecticut-Avery Point. 

Adam Chrzanowski (Westfield, MA) got the start for the Knights against Dean throwing seven innings without giving up an earned run.  Chrzanowski had 12 strikeouts and was credited with the win improving to 2-1 on the season.

CCRI had a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh when Tri-Captain Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) led off the inning with a base hit followed by two base hit bunts by Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR) and James Reyes (Providence, RI).  CCRI had the bases loaded with no outs for Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) who was hit by a pitch to draw in a run.  Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) took advantage of the bases loaded opportunity with a two RBI base hit putting the Knights up 6-2.  Valentin, who went 3-4, led the team offensively and added a two run homer in the eighth.

CCRI travels to Brockton, MA to play Massasoit Community College on Thursday for a single game beginning at 4:00pm.

 

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2011 Region XXI Softball Tournament Schedule Released!

Warwick, R.I. – April 27, 2011:  The 2011 Region XXI Softball Tournament will be held this Saturday and Sunday April 30th and May 1st at Winslow Park in Apponaug, RI the home field of the CCRI Lady Knights.  It will now be a two team tournament featuring the top two Region XXI teams: No. 1 seed is CCRI (18-10 and 12-0 in Region XXI) and the No. 2 seed is Dean College (12-10 and 10-6 in Region XXI).  The tournament schedule has been released as follows:

Saturday April 30th

Game 1: 12noon No.1 seed CCRI versus No. 2 seed Dean College

Game 2: 2pm No.1 seed CCRI versus No. 2 seed Dean College

Sunday May 1st

Game 3: 10am (IF game: if teams split games 1 and 2)


 

Furney strikes out 16 to Down Dean 6-1!

Warwick, R.I. – April 26, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted Region XXI opponent Dean College Bulldogs at Fell Field on Monday.  CCRI defeated Dean 6-1 improving to 25-8 overall and 10-2 in Region XXI play.  With the win, the Knights become 3-1 in their division and play out the rest of the week for a spot in the Region XXI tournament.

CCRI’s starter, Sean Furney (Warwick, RI), was dominant striking out a career-high 16 Bulldogs in nine innings and allowed only two hits without walking a batter.  Furney did not give up an earned run and notched his third win of the season for the Knights.  His impressive strikeout performance moves him to No. 6 nationally with 50 strikeouts in 31.2 innings pitched.

Leadoff batter James Reyes (Providence, RI) had three hits and scored two runs for CCRI while adding two more stolen bases to his stats.  Reyes currently has 25 stolen bases this season and is ranked No. 7 in the nation by the NJCAA.

Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT), Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL), and Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) each had two hits in the Knights’ offensive efforts.

CCRI will take on Dean again at home on Tuesday in a single game beginning at 4:00pm.

 

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Lady Knights Halt Holyoke CC 17-0 and 15-2!

Warwick, R.I. – April 26, 2011:  The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Holyoke, MA to play Region XXI Cougars of Holyoke Community College on Monday.  The Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 17-0 and 15-2.  With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to 18-10 overall and finish the regular season undefeated 12-0 in Region XXI play.

Game 1

CCRI-17 Holyoke CC-0 (Mercy rule)

On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) continued her dominance in the circle throwing a shutout allowing just one hit, walking one and striking out four Cougars’ batters.  With the victory Azulay improves to 10-2 on the season.  At the plate Azulay added a two-RBI single.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) led the way with three hits, two RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base followed by Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) who added two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored.  Also helping the Lady Knights was Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) adding two hits, two, RBIs, two runs scored and swiped four stolen bases, Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) had two hits an RBI, a runs scored and two more stolen bases and Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) added two hits an RBI and three runs scored.  Rounding out the attack was Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) with a hit, two RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) added two hits and two runs scored and Sarah Siconio (Warwick, RI) added two hits, an RBI and two runs scored.

Game 2

CCRI-15 Holyoke CC-2

On the mound for the Lady Knights Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) registered her first collegiate victory throwing seven strong innings allowing two runs, only one of them earned, on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts.  At the plate Sylvestre helped her own cause adding two hits and three runs scored.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden was on fire with four hits including two triples with four RBIs and two runs scored while adding a stolen base.  With her four hits Borden becomes the first Lady Knights’ softball player to register over 100 hits and now has 103 for her career.  Jess was helped at the plate by Amanda Marble who continued swinging a hot bat with four hits, two RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases Nissa Perez added three hits, two RBIs and three runs scored while swiping four stolen bases to bring the CCRI single-season record to 46 stolen bases on the season.  Also helping the Lady Knights was Devin Azulay with three hits and RBI and a run scored, Tri-Captain Jazz McCone had two hits, two walks and a run scored and Tri-Captain Ashley Olson had two hits, a run scored and a stolen base while Alanna Perry (Taunton, MA) and Kelly McKeon (Cranston, RI) added a hit each.  

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the doubleheader “We only have two games left before the Region XXI Tournament and we seem to be playing our best ball.  We need to keep the intensity up with the big weekend coming.  I am also happy for Jess (Borden) being the first CCRI player with over 100 hits. She has been a leader on our team for the last two years leading by example and always giving her best.”

The Lady Knights next games will be Wednesday the 27th when they will host the Pride of Springfield JV for a doubleheader starting at 3:30pm at Winslow Park in Apponaug.

 

 

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Lady Knights Handle Holyoke 14-0 and 7-0!

Warwick, R.I. – April 25, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights’ softball team hosted the Cougars of Holyoke Community College for a doubleheader on Friday.  The Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 14-0 and 7-0.  With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to 16-10 overall and 10-0 in Region XXI play.

Game 1

CCRI-14 Holyoke CC-0

On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) was superb throwing five strong innings allowing no runs on four hits striking out eight and walking none to improve to 7-5 on the season.  At the plate Borden helped herself by going 3-4 with two RBI’s and three runs scored.  Jess has been excellent at the dish all season ranked No. 9 by the NJCAA with a .506 batting average in addition she has 42 hits combined with the 55 she had last year she is now the all-time hits leader at CCRI with career 97 hits and will be the first Lady Knight to eclipse the 100 hit mark very soon, she is also ranked No.5 in On Base Percentage (OBP) with a .566 mark.

Also at the plate for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) was on fire going 4-4 with two doubles, two singles five RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base followed  by Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) who added two hits, three RBIs and a runs scored. Olson has been on fire this season ranked No.2 in the nation with a .571 batting average, she is also ranked No.5 in RBIs with 55 in 26 games and No. 7 in OBP with an impressive .561 mark.  Also swinging a hot bat was Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) going 3-3 with a run scored, Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) was 1-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) added a hit and a runs scored.

Game 2

CCRI-7 Holyoke CC-0

On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay was dominant once again throwing seven shutout innings allowing just four hits while walking one and striking out 12 Cougar batters.  In the process Devin lowered her ERA to just .79 ranking her No.2 in the nation by the NJCAA in Division II she is also ranked No. 10 in strikeouts with 77 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.  At the plate Azulay added three hits: two singles and a home run with two RBIs and two runs scored.  The three hits raised her average to .472 ranking her No. 36 by the NJCAA.    

Also at the plate for the Lady Knights Ashley Olson continued to crush the ball going 3-4 with an RBI,  a run scored and two stolen bases followed by Jess Borden with two hits and two runs scored.  Also helping the Lady Knights’ attack was Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) with a hit and two RBIs while Amanda Marble and Alanna Perry (Taunton, MA) each added a hit apiece.

After the doubleheader Head Coach Liz Afonso commented “We are really hitting the ball well and getting some great pitching.  We need to keep this momentum going as we finish out the regular season and into post season play.”      

The Lady Knights have another doubleheader at Holyoke Community College today Monday April 25th at 3:45pm.             

 

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Krol and Phok Lead CCRI at Silfen Invitational!

Warwick, R.I. – April 25, 2011:  The CCRI track & field team traveled to New London, CT to compete in the Connecticut College Silfen Invitational on Saturday.  The Knights’ men finished 18th out of 19 teams with six points and the Lady Knights’ women 13th out of 18 teams with 20 points. The men’s meet winner was Coast Guard with 141 points and women’s winner was Connecticut College with 86 points.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights once again was Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) on a cold and rainy day placing second in the 200m dash with one of her best times of the year 27.74 seconds. Krol came back to place third in the 100m dash with a fine time of 13.57 seconds. Two excellent races on a day not made for the short sprint events. Also running well was Jackie Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI) who placed third in a school record performance of 19:11.53 in the 5,000 run.  Samantha Nicodemus (Charlestown, RI) in only her second ever meet threw the hammer for 26.99m only seven centimeters off of the NJCAA Division III qualifying standard. Also coming close to earning a qualifying time in the 400m was Allyson Bejma (Pawtucket, RI) running the race in a time of 1 minute 7.73 seconds just .23 seconds off the NJCAA Division III standard.  

For the Knights’ men Tim Phok (Providence, RI) placed fourth in the hammer with a 44.18m toss and Josh Baxter (East Providence, RI) placed 8th in the long jump with a season best leap of 5.83m.

The next meet for CCRI will be Friday and Saturday April 29th and 30th when they travel to Columbia, MD to Howard Community College to compete in the NJCAA Northeast District Championships. 

 

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Lady Knights Defeat Dean 3-1 and 13-1!

Warwick, R.I. – April 22, 2011:  the CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Franklin, MA to play Region XXI rival Bulldogs of Dean College for a doubleheader.  The Lady Knights defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 and 13-1.  With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to 14-10 on the season and a perfect 8-0 in Region XXI play.

Game 1

CCRI-3 Dean-1

On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) was excellent throwing seven strong innings allowing just one earned run on six hits striking out four and walking none of the 25 Bulldog’s batter she faced.  With the victory Borden improves to 6-5 on the season.  At the plate Jess helped herself by going 3-4 with a single and two doubles.

At the plate the Lady Knights were led by Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) who went 2-3 with a double, a home run with all three Lady Knights’ RBI and a run scored followed by Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) who went 2-4 with two singles. Also swinging the bat well was Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) who added a hit while Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) stole two bases giving her 34 on the season a new CCRI program record surpassing Dianne Morrissette’s 32 from 1983.         

Game 2

CCRI-13 Dean-1 (five innings Mercy Rule)

On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay was dominant throwing five innings and allowing one unearned run on just two hits walking two and striking out five Bulldog batters.  With the victory Azulay improves to 8-2 on the season.  It was a tight game early as the Lady Knights scored one run in the first and one in the second before erupting for five in the third inning and six in the fourth while limiting Dean to just one run to win handily 13-1.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Ashley Olson was scintillating going 4-4 with three singles and a home run with two runs scored and three RBIs the three RBI’s also sets a new CCRI program record of 51 on the season besting the 50 that Steph Morse plated last year’s record setting season. Olson was helped at the plate by Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) who was 2-4 with two singles and a run scored, Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) was 1-1 with a walk and a sacrifice and Jess Borden added a hit. In addition, Nissa Perez was 1-1, was hit by a pitch and added a walk while swiping an amazing six stolen bases to bring her CCRI single-season stolen base record to 40 bases this season.     

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the doubleheader “We played very well in two very different games.  I am very happy for Ashley and Nissa for their record setting efforts this year.  However, I am more pleased that we are playing well as a team at the right time as the regular season is ending and we move into the post-season.”

The Lady Knights have no time to rest as they will face the Cougars of Holyoke Community College from Holyoke, MA Friday at 3:45 for a doubleheader at Winslow Park in Apponaug.       

 

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Knights’ Golfers Battle Elements and Dean!

Warwick, R.I. – April 22, 2011: The CCRI Knights golf team traveled to Bellingham, MA to play at New England Country Club, home of the Dean College golf team. Dean competed as a team with four players while CCRI did not have a compete team competing with two players due to academic obligations.

The course conditions were deplorable with 30- 40 mph winds and temperature in the low 50's which made it feel like in the temperature was in the 30’s. The individual CCRI scores were:   Jason Snow (Warwick, RI) shooting a 97 and Rich Simard (Woonsocket, RI) shot a 113.  The low score of the day was put in by Dean College’s Bryan Contreras with an 85.

Head Coach Rich Marchetti commented after the match “In my seven years of coaching and all my years of playing I have never experienced a wind that played so much havoc with the shot making skills. At times some of the players had to use two times stronger clubs to hit shots. Being unfamiliar with the golf course is difficult enough for these young players add difficult conditions and the scores will always tell the story. We will travel back to New England Country Club later in the month and then again for the Regional Tournament in May.

The Knights next match will be next Wednesday the 27th when they will travel to Massachusetts to play UMass-Stockbridge

 

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Tangherlini Tames SNHU JV 13-0!

Warwick, R.I. – April 22, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled to Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) to take on its JV team in a single game on Thursday.  CCRI defeated SNHU 13-0 improving to 24-8 on the season.

The Knights pitching staff completely shut down SNHU with a combined 14 strikeouts in nine innings of play.  John Tangherlini (Lincoln, RI) improves to 3-1 with the win against SNHU throwing seven innings and allowing only two hits.  Tangherlini recorded 10 of the team’s 14 strikeouts.  Angel Beltre (Providence, RI) and Jean Maldonado (Kissimmee, FL) threw an inning each with no hits and two strikeouts apiece.

At the plate, CCRI’s bats were hot with 18 total hits, 15 singles and three doubles.  Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL), Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT), and Marc Dorsi (West Haven, CT) had three hits each and combined for seven RBIs.  Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) and Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) added a total four hits and five RBIs for CCRI.

CCRI’s doubleheader versus Region XXI rival Dean College has been rescheduled from Saturday to two single games on Monday and Tuesday, both beginning at 4:00pm.

 

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Knights Score Well in First Golf Match!

Warwick, R.I. – April 21, 2011:  The CCRI golf team traveled to Chicopee CC in Chicopee, MA tot home course of Holyoke Community College for a match versus Dean College, Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College on Tuesday.  CCRI only had three players so they did not compete as a team but did have some very good individual scores on a rainy day in the bitter cold, the conditions were terrible.

The Knights were  led by Jason Snow (Warwick, RI) who scored an 81 followed by Tyler Hartley (Bristol, RI) scoring a 95 and Richard Simard (Woonsocket, RI) carded a 112. The low score of the day was put in by Jorge Delacampo from Dean with a 76.

The next match for the CCRI golf team will be Thursday, April 21 at New England Country Club the site for the 2011 Region XXI Tournament on May 9th & 10th.

 

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Knights’ baseball takes down ECONN JV 6-1!

Warwick, R.I. – April 20, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Eastern Connecticut State University JV (EConn) team at Fell Field on Tuesday afternoon.  CCRI defeated EConn 6-1 improving to 23-8 overall.

Sophomore starter Mike Farias (West Greenwich, RI) remains perfect as he improved his record to 6-0 with the win versus EConn.  Farias threw a complete game seven innings with no earned runs and allowed only four hits with seven strikeouts.

At the plate, Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) was 2-3 with a double and a three run blast to centerfield that solidified the game for the Knights.  Horn had four RBIs on the day and Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) and Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) added an RBI each.

CCRI travels to Southern New Hampshire University on Thursday to take on its Junior Varsity team beginning at 3:30pm.

 

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CCRI Baseball falls to Roxbury 13-12

Warwick, R.I. – April 19, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team travelled to Roxbury, MA on Monday to take on Region XXI opponent Roxbury Community College.  CCRI lost to Roxbury 13-12 falling to 22-8 overall and 9-2 in Region XXI play.

CCRI struggled both on the mound and defensively with Roxbury earning only eight of their 13 runs.  Cris Peralta (Providence, RI) threw 5 2/3 innings for the Knights giving up six runs, two earned, on five hits with four strikeouts.  Rodger Lincoln (East Providence, RI) came in to pitch the last 1 2/3 innings and took the loss for CCRI.  Lincoln gave up three runs and three hits with two strikeouts. 

Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) was in charge of the Knights’ offensive effort going 3-6 with a triple and three RBIs.  James Reyes (Providence, RI) and Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) had two hits each with Reyes stealing an impressive four bases.

CCRI hosts the Eastern Connecticut State University JV team at Fell Field on Tuesday beginning at 4:00pm. 

 

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CCRI Baseball splits with UCAP 5-1 and 4-1

Warwick, R.I. – April 18, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team travelled to Groton, CT to take on Region XXI rival University of Connecticut at Avery Point (UCAP) in a doubleheader on Sunday.  CCRI split with UCAP winning game one 5-1 and losing game two 4-1.  CCRI is now 22-7 overall and 9-1 in Region XXI play.

Game 1

CCRI – 5  UCAP – 1

Tri-Captain Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) threw another gem for the Knights winning his second game of the week after previously defeating Region XXI opponent Dean College on Monday.  Mann gave up only four hits to UCAP who is currently ranked No. 5 nationally.  He also recorded nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings pitched. 

The CCRI offense gave Mann a comfortable lead as soon as they stepped up to the plate in the top of the first.  Lead-off batter James Reyes (Providence, RI) took first after he was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a double by Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL).  UCAP walked Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) and loaded the bases for clean-up man Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL).  Horn hit a grand slam and the Knights took a 4-0 lead in the first without an out on the board.  CCRI added one more run in top of the fourth taking game one from UCAP 5-1. 

Game 2

CCRI – 1  UCAP – 4

After a solid first inning in game one, the Knights struggled in all aspects in the start of game two.  UCAP scored two runs in the bottom of the first on an error after the bases had been loaded by three walks.  Freshman Adam Chrzanowski (Westfield, MA) threw the first two innings for CCRI giving up three earned runs on one hit with four walks.  Sophomore Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) took over on the mound in the third inning and held UCAP to only one run on two hits with six strikeouts but the Knights’ bats were shut down and CCRI was not able to overcome the four run deficit.  Chrzanowski was credited with the loss and falls to 1-1 on the season.

Tri-Captain Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) drove in CCRI’s sole run.  The Knights were held to three hits with Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA), Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) and Marc Dorsi (West Haven, CT) recording a hit apiece.

Head Coach Ken Hopkins commented on the doubleheader “Chris Mann pitched a great game.  I’d like to see a little more consistency with the offense.  Mann was in control the entire game.  Jamale (Horn) gave us a comfortable lead and that took away some of Avery Point’s aggressiveness.  In game two we had no offensive production.  Furney came in and really held them, but we made a few errors and needed more offense.  Our bats went silent.”

CCRI travels to Roxbury, MA on Monday to take on Roxbury Community College in a single game beginning at 4:00pm.

 

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Lady Knights split with Monroe College 6-5 and 6-3

Warwick, R.I. – April 18, 2011:  The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Lady Mustangs for Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY for a doubleheader on Sunday.  The Lady Knights split with the Lady Mustangs losing 6-5 then winning 6-3.  With the split the Lady Knights move to 12-10 on the season.

Game 1

CCRI-5 Monroe-6

On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) was very effective. She had one bad inning the second where Monroe scored four runs.  From there Borden settled down to limit Monroe to two more manufactured runs. She definitely pitched well enough to win but came out on the losing end moving her record to 5-5 on the season.  Borden threw seven innings allowing six earned runs on 12 hits, striking out seven and walking two batters.  At the plate Jess added a single.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) led the way with a single and a home run with two RBIs and two runs scored followed by Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) who had two singles, a double and two RBIs and Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) with two triples and two runs scored.  Also helping the offense was Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) with two singles, a run scored and a stolen base.

Game 2

CCRI-6 Monroe-3

On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) was impressive throwing seven strong innings allowing three runs, only one earned, with eight strikeouts three walks to earn the victory. With the victory Azulay moves to 7-2 on the season with an astounding .98 ERA. 

At the plate for the Lady Knights Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) led the way with two singles and a double with an RBI and a run scored followed by Tri-Captain Jazz McCone added two hits, two RBIs and a run scored and Tri-Captain Jess Borden added two hits.  Also swinging the bat well was Nissa Perez with two hits, two runs scored and three stolen bases, Sarah Siconio (Warwick, RI) added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI and Courtney Piccirillo added a triple.

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the doubleheader “We had the opportunity to win two today but only came away with one.  Monroe is a very good team but I want us to take advantage of these opportunities against good teams.  I do feel confident that our ladies understand that now and will look to keep improving with each game.  Our bats were still hot but we were a little unlucky today in that regard. We hit the ball hard all day but often it was right at somebody.  Our pitching was once again very good against a very potent line-up. We have another big week ahead of us with six conference games and a tough Genesee squad coming in on Saturday.”

The Lady Knights next games will be Wednesday the 20th when they will travel to Brockton, MA to play the Warriors of Massasoit Community College at 3:00pm.                                    

 

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Knights Succeed at Solomon Invitational!

Warwick, R.I. – April 18, 2011: The CCRI Track & Field team traveled Boston, MA to compete in the Northeastern Solomon Invitational on Saturday.

For the Knights Brenden Dohoney (Warwick, RI) ran one of his best track races in a CCRI Knights uniform running an NJCAA qualifying time in the 10,000m 35 minutes 40.58 seconds placing 12th. Dohoney was an All-District runner in Cross Country 2009 and 2010 but until Saturday Brenden had not found his groove on the track. That changed Saturday when Dohoney ran his first ever 10,000m and added a qualifying time to his list of accomplishments at CCRI.  Tim Phok (Providence, RI) placed fifth in the hammer throw with a 48.35m toss. Kyle DelSesto (Gloucester, RI) placed seventh with a 46.48m toss in the javelin. Cole Maguire (Foster, RI) ran a season best 1,500m in the 13th place time of 4:14.49. Ray Dormer (Warwick, RI) won his heat of the 800m with a personal-best time of 2:11.16 good for 33rd overall. Dormer also placed 16th in the Javelin with a toss of 38.09. Steve Bell (Warwick, RI) placed 19th in the 400m run in a time of 55.72. He also placed 37th in the 200m dash in a time 25.66. Stefan Cox (West Kingston, RI) ran for 14th in the 10k in a time of 36:51.56.

For the Lady Knights Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI) ran a season-best time in the 1,500m 5:32.98 good for 38th. Jacqueline Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI) won the 10,000m in an NJCAA qualifying time of 40:27.65. Allyson Bejma (Pawtucket, RI) ran a season-best winning her heat of the 400m in a time of 1:10.00 which placed her 39th overall. She also placed 39th in the 200m with a time of 32.47. Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) placed 24th in the 100m in a time of 13.77 seconds. She also placed 18th in the 200m with a time of 28.30 seconds.

The Knights next meet will be Saturday the 23rd when they travel to Connecticut College in New London, CT to compete in the Silfen Invitational.

 

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Knights Tennis defeats Adirondack 8-1!

Warwick, R.I. – April 18, 2011: CCRI closed out the 2011 Tennis regular season on a winning note, traveling to Queensbury, NY to take on the Timberwolves of SUNY Adirondack. The match, once again, featured some high winds with gusts reportedly up to 40mph. The Knights battled the Timberwolves and the elements to prevail 8-1. The Knights end the regular season on a high note with a 5-5 record versus Division III competition.

With winds gusting to 40mph for the second day in a row, but without the threat of rain, the match was played to the standards of the Region III team with best two-out-of-three, no-ad scoring for singles and 8-game, no-ad pro sets for doubles. Mike Fallone (North Providence, RI) defeated Evan Desantis in No. 1 singles by the score of 6-1 and 6-0. Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) won in No. 2 singles, defeating Alexander Hobbs, 6-0 and 6-2. Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) suffered the lone Knight defeat on the day, falling to a crafty and tenacious David Lebrun 6-0 and 7-5 in No. 3 singles. Ashley Llewellyn (North Attleboro, MA) emerged victorious in No. 4 singles, notching a 6-2 and 7-5 win over Alex Caico. Mohammed Kattan (Providence, RI), continued his recent fortunes and cruised to victory by a score of 6-4 and 6-1 over Robert Mastrantoni in No. 5 singles. Ted Jackvony (Pawtucket, RI) held on to thwart a late surge by Drew Figura and triumphed in No. 6 singles by a score of 6-0 and 6-4. In doubles, Fallone again teamed up with Arnold in No. 1 doubles and defeated Desantis and Hobbs 8-2. Llewellyn and Beatrice teamed up in No. 2 doubles and finished the match, their season and their careers strong, taking the last three games in a row from 5-6 down to defeat Lebrun and Caico 8-6. Kattan and Jackvony teamed up in No. 3 and defeated a disheartened Mastrantoni and Figura 8-2.

Mike Fallone (N Providence, RI) finished his freshman season at an impressive 10-4 overall in No. 1 singles with two of those defeats at the hands of a scholarship Division I player, Felipe dos Santos of Harford Community College. Against Division III foes, Fallone was virtually unbeatable. His most impressive win came in the Harford National Invitational Tournament semi-finals where he defeated defending National Championship runner-up Tom Wolski of Brookdale Community College in a thrilling match. The final score of that match was 7-6(7-5), 2-6 and 6-4.

Head Coach Deb Panzica notes "This was a nice way to end the 2011 regular season. Now we need to hope for some good luck and some institutional support to see if we can make it to the National Tournament in Texas in May."

 

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Knights Tennis Halts Herkimer 7-2!

Warwick, R.I. – April 18, 2011: CCRI traveled to Herkimer, NY to take on the Generals of Herkimer County Community College. The match featured some of the worst weather the Knights have faced all season. The Knights battled the Generals and the elements to come out on top 7-2. With the victory the Knights improve to 4-5 in division and 4-6 overall.

With rain only an hour away as of the start of the match, and with winds gusting to 40 mph, the two teams agreed to 10-game, no-ad pro sets for singles and 8-game, no-ad pro sets for doubles. Mike Fallone (N Providence, RI) defeated Ryan Donato in No. 1 singles by the score of 10-3. Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) also won in No. 2 singles, defeating Bobby Fleming, 10-8. Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) took advantage of the reshuffled lineup and defeated John Kangah by a 10-7 in No. 3 singles. Ashley Llewellyn (N Attleboro, MA) battled the entire way and also emerged victorious in No. 4 singles, notching a 10-2 win over Mike Marosek. Mohammed Kattan (Providence, RI), reversed his recent fortunes and cruised to victory by a score of 10-4 over Phil Pham in No. 5 singles. Ted Jackvony (Pawtucket, RI) suffered the lone defeat of the day in singles for the Knights, falling to Rafael Rnaud in #6 singles, 10-3. Fallone again teamed up with Arnold in No. 1 doubles and defeated Donato and Fleming 8-5. Llewellyn and Beatrice teamed up in No. 2 doubles and fell to Marosek and Kangah 8-5. Kattan and Jackvony teamed up in No. 3 and defeated Pham and Rnaud 8-3.

The story of the day was the weather, as it wreaked havoc with the shots of players on both sides of the net all day. Gusts reportedly up to 40mph and cool temperatures, combined with the imminent threat of rain, prompted the Generals head coach, Tom Basel, to suggest no-ad pro sets for singles as well as doubles. The match of the day was put in by Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) as he outlasted the scrappy John Kangah, 10-7 in third singles to notch his third singles victory of the season.

Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the match “This was a wacky, hard-fought win to put the Knights back on the right track for the 2011 season. The wind did things to the ball that no one on the court, or on the sidelines watching, expected. It was a really good win, though, and we hope to ride this momentum into our last match of the season versus SUNY-Adirondack Sunday.

 

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Cabral shuts down EConn JV 4-0!

Warwick, R.I. – April 18, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Eastern Connecticut State University JV team on Friday in a single game at Fell Field.  The Knights defeated Eastern Connecticut 4-0 and improve their overall record to 21-6.

Freshman Brendan Cabral (Scituate, RI) added another win to his now 3-1 record and dominated on the mound for a complete seven inning game.  Cabral threw a no hitter into the fifth inning and finished the game giving up only four hits in the 4-0 shutout.

Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) was hot at the plate driving in two runs and going 2-3 with a double.  James Reyes (Providence, RI) also had two hits and a double while Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) was 1-3 with a double and an RBI.

The Knights travel to Region XXI University of Connecticut at Avery Point on Sunday for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00pm.

 

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Lady Knights Cruise past Quinsigamond CC!

Warwick, R.I. – April 16, 2011:  The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College, from Worcester, MA for a doubleheader on Saturday in a Region XXI match-up.  The Lady Knights defeated the Wyverns 33-0 and 21-0.  With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to 11-9 on the season and 6-0 in Region XXI play.

Game 1

CCRI-33 Quinsigamond CC-0 (five innings Mercy Rule)

On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) was masterful throwing five shutout innings allowing just one hit, the first batter of the game, while striking out 11 Wyvern batters.  At the plate Borden added a hit, three walks, three runs scored and three RBI.

The Lady Knights’ offense was led by Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) who had five hits: four doubles and a home run with 10 RBIs and five runs scored. She was followed by Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) who had four hits, four RBIs and four runs scored and Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) also had four hits with three RBIs and five runs scored.  Also helping the CCRI offense was Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) with two hits four RBIs and three runs scored, Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) with two hits an RBI and five runs scored, Sarah Siconio (Warwick, RI) added a grand slam and three runs scored.  Rounding out the attack was Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) with two hits, two RBIs and four runs scored and Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) had a single and a run scored.

Game 2

CCRI-21 Quinsigamond CC-0 (five innings Mercy Rule)

On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay threw her second consecutive no-hitter in dominant fashion allowing no runs over five innings while striking out a career-high 13 Wyvern batters and walking one.  At the plate Azulay was 4-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

The offense was once again led by Ashley Olson who crushed two long home runs in the first inning, her fifth and sixth of the season, with five RBIs and two runs scored followed by Jess Borden who was 4-4 with her second career home run with four RBIs and two runs scored and Nissa Perez added two hits including a home run with an RBI and two runs scored. Also helping the Lady Knights was Alanna Perry (Taunton, MA) with three hits, four RBIs and three runs scored, Sarah Siconio added two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored and Nefi Kinsler had two hits and three runs scored while Jazz McCone and Courtney Piccirillo added a hit apiece.

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the doubleheader “I am glad we swung the bats well again today but we will have a tough test tomorrow when we face Monroe College.  Our pitching was also excellent again today.  We need to keep this momentum going and stay hot. We are also improving with every game and everyone is contributing which is nice to see”

The Lady Knights host the Lady Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY on Sunday at 2:00pm at Winslow Park in Apponaug.  

 

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Lady Knights Cap Doubleheader with Five Consecutive Homers!

Warwick, RI April 15, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA in a Region XXI match-up.  The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 21-0 and 26-0.  With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to 9-9 on the season and 4-0 in Region XXI play.

The Lady Knights had another stellar day at the plate during both games with 43 total hits.  However, it was the last five runs that will make the CCRI record book.  With no outs in the fourth inning of the second game Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) came to the plate and hit a 3-run home run, the first of her career she was followed by Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) who went deep on the very next pitch. Then Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) followed suit with another solo blast on a bullet line drive she was followed by Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) who hit a no doubt solo bomb on the first pitch from there Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) hit yet another solo shot bringing the Massasoit coach the mound for a visit, after the visit Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) flied out to deep right center just short of the fence.  The five consecutive home runs was a CCRI program record.

Game 1

CCRI -21 Massasoit CC-0

On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) threw her first career no hitter.Azulay threw five dominant innings allowing no runs with 11 strikeouts and one walk.  At the plate she added two hits, four runs scored and an RBI. 

Offensively for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Ashley Olson had three hits, four RBIs and three runs scored followed by Tri-Captain Jazz McCone with three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored and Tri-Captain Jess Borden had three hits, an RBI and three runs scored.  Also contributing was Nissa Perezwith three hits two runs scored and two RBIs, Alanna Perry (Taunton, MA) added two hits and RBI and two runs scored and Sarah Siconio (Warwick, RI) had two hits two RBIs and two runs scored whileCourtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) added a hit and run scored.

Game 2

CCRI-26 Massasoit CC-0

On the mound for the Lady Knights Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) started and threw a perfect inning but had to exit early with an injury after one inning. She was relieved by Jess Borden who picked up where Sylvestre left off as they combined for a perfect game allowing no runs, no hit and no walks while striking out three batters while facing the minimum 15 batters over five innings.  At the plate Sylvestrewas 1-1 with a single while Borden was 2-4 with a double and a 3-run home run, four RBIs and three runs scored.

Offensively for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jazz McCone was 4-4 with two doubles, a single and a homer with three RBIs and four runs scored followed by Nefi Kinsler with three hits a single, a triple and a home run with five RBIs and four runs scored and Ashley Olson added a single a double and a homer with three RBIs and three runs scored.  Also contributing was Nissa Perez who added a single, a double and a homer with three RBIs and four runs scored, Sarah Siconio added two triples, a single with two RBIs and three runs scored. Rounding out the attack was Amanda Marble had two singles a double with two RBIs and two runs scored and Courtney Piccirillo two hits and RBI and a run scored

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the doubleheader “Our offense and pitching were stellar.  I am glad we continued to play the game with class and with respect to the game though the outcomes were decided early.  I have never seen five consecutive homers, unbelievable!  We need to remain focused throughout the weekend with two more doubleheaders.”

The Lady Knights host Quinsigamond Community College Saturday at 2:00pm for a doubleheader at Winslow Park in Apponaug.  

 

 

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Lady Knights Dodge Dean 2-1!

Warwick, R.I. – April 15, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Bulldogs of Dean College from Franklin, MA for a single game on Thursday.  This was a re-scheduled game from their scheduled doubleheader on March 31st.  The Lady Knights defeated the Bulldogs 2-1.  With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 7-9 on the season and 2-0 in Region XXI play. 

CCRI-2 Dean College-1

CCRI and Dean needed extra innings to complete the first game of the doubleheader on the 31st with the Lady Knights winning 6-5 in eight innings.  This game, however, was a pitchers’ duel between Dean’s CC Rogers and Lady Knights’ Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI).  The Lady Knights jumped ahead 1-0 in the first as Borden led the game off with a double and came around to score on a passed ball later in the inning.  They tacked on another run in the third inning on a single by Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) that scored Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA).  Dean scored in the sixth inning on a sacrifice by Kayla Lupi that scored pinch-runner Lindsay Boyles.  With a 2-1 lead in the seventh Lady Knights’ second baseman Courtney Piccirillo made an excellent diving stop to her right throwing out Anna Puza from her knees which quashed the Bulldogs’ attempted rally and helped secure the Lady Knights victory.

On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden threw seven strong innings allowing one earned run while scattering seven hits and striking out five Bulldog batters.  At the plate Borden helped herself with a double and a run scored.  

At the plate for the Lady Knights Courtney Piccirillo had a single and the game-winning RBI along with a great defensive play in the top of the seventh inning.  She was helped by Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI), Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) and Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) who each added a hit while Devin Azulay added the go-ahead run scored.  

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the game “This was a great win against a very good team.  We played excellent defense got great pitching and timely hitting.  Dean battled hard and the game could have gone either way.  I am proud of the way everyone stepped-up to contribute.  We need to keep this momentum rolling with three doubleheaders this weekend and continuing into Region XXI play.”

The Lady Knights have a long weekend of softball ahead of them with three home doubleheaders:  Friday the Lady Knights host Massasoit CC from Brockton, MA at 3:30pm, Saturday they host Quinsigamond CC form Worcester, MA at 2:00pm and Sunday they host Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY at 2:00pm.  All games will be played at Winslow Park Field No. 1 in Apponaug.

 

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Lady Knights Spurn Springfield JV 21-5 and 20-4!

Warwick, R.I. – April 13, 2011:  The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Springfield, MA to play the Pride of Springfield College JV squad for a doubleheader on Tuesday.  The Lady Knights defeated the Pride 21-5 and 20-4.  With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to 6-9 on the season.

Game 1

CCRI-21 Springfield JV-5 (five innings Mercy Rule)

On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) pitched well over five innings to pick up the victory.   Borden allowed five earned runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts.  At the plate Jess added a hit, a walk and two runs scored.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) led the way going 4-5 with three singles a double and four RBIs followed by Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) who went 5-5 with four singles and a double with three runs scored and an RBI.  Also swinging the bat well for the Lady Knights was Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) going 3-4 two singles a home run, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base and Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) went 4-4 with three singles, a double, four RBIs and three runs scored and a stolen base.  The Lady Knights’ offense continued with Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) going 3-4 with two singles, a double, four RBIs and a run scored, Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) added three hits: two singles and a double with two RBIs three runs scored and a stolen base while Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) and Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) added two hits each a run scored and a stolen base apiece.  

Game 2

CCRI-20 Springfield JV-4 (five innings Mercy Rule)

On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) pitched well to notch the victory.  Over five innings Azulay allowed four runs, only two earned, on six hits, walking none a striking out a career-high 11 Pride batters.  At the plate she helped the Lady Knights’ attack with a hit and three runs scored.

At the plate for the Lady Knights once again Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) led the way, this time showing her immense power going 4-4 with two home runs including a grand slam, a solo blast, a double and a single with eight RBIs, four runs scored and a stolen base followed by Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) going 3-5 with two singles, a double, four RBIs and three runs scored.  Also swinging the bat well was Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) going 3-4 with three, RBIs, a run scored and two stolen bases, Alanna Perry (Taunton, MA) was 3-3 with an RBI and three runs scored and two stolen bases and Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) was 3-4 with two singles, a double, three runs scored and a stolen base.  Rounding out the CCRI attack was Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) adding a single, a double, two RBIs and a run scored and Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) added a hit and a stolen base.               

After the doubleheader Head Coach Liz Afonso commented “Our offense was clicking today everyone hit well.  Our pitching was also very solid as always. It was like watching a game from last year.  47 hits in two games! I hope we can continue to hit the ball this well Thursday versus Dean.”     

The Lady Knights next game will be Thursday at 5pm when they will host Region XXI rival Dean College at Winslow Park in Apponaug.

 

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Knights nullify Dean 11-0!

Warwick, RI-April 12, 2011:  The CCRI baseball team traveled to Franklin, MA on Monday to take on Region XXI rival Dean College Bulldogs.  CCRI beat the Bulldogs 11-0 in a five inning mercy rule improving to 20-6 and 8-0 in Region XXI play.

Sophomore Tri-Captain Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) had an outstanding performance on the mound throwing a complete game shutout and allowing only five hits.  Mann, whose performance earned him his first win of the season, also struck out six Bulldog batters. 

The Knights made their presence known in the top of the first inning scoring four runs with only one out.  Freshman Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) added another three run homer to his stats in the first and led the Knights going 3-3 with three RBIs.  Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI) also had three RBIs while Tri-Captain Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) went 2-3 with two RBIs.  James Reyes (Providence, RI), Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) and Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) each had two hits in the Knights’ offensive show.

In a “perfect storm” of baseball, CCRI’s offense, pitching, and defense did not show an ounce of weakness including two clutch double plays by the middle infield combo of Ortega and Marc Dorsi (West Haven, CT). 

 Head Coach Ken Hopkins commented on the victory, “We definitely came ready to play.  We were very focused and it was probably the best defense we’ve played all year.  If we play like that every game we’re going to be tough to beat.” 

CCRI hosts Eastern Connecticut State University JV on Friday beginning at 4:00pm.

 

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Knights’ Tennis falls to Onondaga 6-3

Warwick, R.I. – April 11, 2011: CCRI hosted SUNY-Onondaga (OCC) from Onondaga, NY on Saturday at Bryant University. Following a three-and-five start to the season, the Knights needed a win. The Knights once again battled but once again fell 3-6. The Knights needed to keep on a roll but they fell to perennial Region III champions in the second of back-to-back matches on Saturday.

Mike Fallone (N Providence, RI) battled to victory over OCC No. 1 Jordan Sadowitz by the score of 6-3, 2-6 and 1-0(10-8). Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) fell in No. 2 singles to Joshua Tayefeh, 6-1 and 6-1. Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) lost to Adam Cadwell by a 6-0 and 6-1 score in No. 3 singles. Ashley Llewellyn (N Attleboro, MA) succumbed to Ari Smith, 6-2 and 6-0 in No. 4 singles. Mohammed Kattan (Providence, RI) lost to Shawn Sullivan 6-0 and 6-3 in No. 5 singles. Ted Jackvony (Pawtucket, RI) lost to Mason Padron, 6-1 and 6-0 and Jocelyn Mandeville (North Smithfield, RI) lost in exhibition No. 7 and No. 8 singles. Fallone teamed with Arnold in No. 1 doubles and defeated Sadowitz and Cadwell 8-5. Llewellyn and Beatrice teamed in No. 2 doubles and fell to Tayefeh and Smith 8-3. Kattan and Jackvony teamed in No. 3 doubles and defeated Sullivan and Padron 9-8(10-8).

The Knights grabbed two out of the three doubles matches to open the second of a back-to-back match schedule on Saturday but fell in five of the six singles positions, all in straight sets, to suffer their 6th overall defeat and their 5th in Division III for the 2011 season. 

Head Coach Deb Panzica commented dafter the match “This was a tough day for the Knights. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t a good idea to play the gracious host and schedule our matches back-to-back, giving SUNY Onondaga the break between their 9:00am and our 3:00pm match. We should be able to get back on track next weekend (weather-permitting) and improve our chances for a return trip to the Nationals.”

Next weekend, the Knights travel to Region III in upstate New York to take on Herkimer CC and SUNY-Adirondack, hoping to even the season record in Division III at 5-5 and thus qualify for the National tournament in Texas in May.

 

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Knights’ Tennis Beats Herkimer 6-3!

Warwick, R.I. – April 11, 2011:  CCRI hosted Herkimer Community College from Herkimer, NY on Saturday at Bryant University. The Knights battled and came out on top 6-3.

Mike Fallone (N Providence, RI) cruised to victory over southpaw Rob Murphy in No. 1 singles 6-2 and 6-1. Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) won in No. 2 singles, defeating Ryan Donato 6-3 and 6-0. Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) lost to Bobby Fleming 7-6(7-2) and 6-4 score in No. 3 singles. Ashley Llewellyn (N Attleboro, MA) battled but eventually succumbed to John Kangah, 4-6, 7-5 and 1-0(10-3) in No. 4 singles. Mohammed Kattan (Providence, RI), for the second time in two days, jumped out to an impressive first set win, only to inexplicably lose in a third-set super tie-break to Mike Marosek 3-6, 6-1 and 1-0(10-7) in No. 5 singles. Ted Jackvony (Pawtucket, RI) reversed his recent fortune in No. 6 singles and came through for his second singles victory of the season, defeating Rafael Rnaud, 7-5 and 6-3. Jocelyn Mandeville lost in exhibition No. 7 singles. Fallone again teamed up with Arnold in No. 1 doubles and defeated Murphy and Fleming 8-2. Llewellyn and Beatrice teamed up in No. 2 doubles and defeated Donato and Kangah 8-3. Kattan and Jackvony teamed up in No. 3 and defeated Phil Pham and Marosek 8-4.

The Knights regrouped from a tough divisional loss and pulled out a much-needed win. With the win, the Knights keep their National tournament hopes alive. Now the Knights face Onondaga Community College, a perennial National Tournament participant, in the second of a back-to-back match scheduled for Saturday, April 9th.

Head Coach Deb Panzica commented “This was a great, tough-fought win to put the Knights back on the right track for the 2011 season. We hope to ride this momentum into the second match of the day, in a back-to-back match with Onondaga Community College at 3:00”

 

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Baseball splits with Eastern Connecticut 8-4 and 3-4

Warwick, R.I. – April 11, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team travelled to Willimantic, CT on Sunday for a doubleheader against the Eastern Connecticut State University JV team.  CCRI split with ECSU winning game one 8-4 and losing game two 3-4.  The Knights, who end their ten game win streak, are 19-6 overall.

Game one

CCRI – 8         ECSU – 4

Mike Farias (West Greenwich, RI) improved to 5-0 with a win in game one throwing a complete seven innings and giving up only two earned runs to ECSU. 

CCRI’s homerun tandem Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) and Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR) each homered again in game one with Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) joining the group with a two-run shot of his own.  Tri-Captain Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) added a double for CCRI.

Game two

CCRI – 3         ECSU – 4

John Tangherlini (Lincoln, RI) took his first loss of the season as CCRI ended a 10 game win streak in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Tangherlini threw six and 1/3 innings giving up three earned runs and striking out seven ECSU hitters.

CCRI trailed ECSU 2-1 for most of the game but fought back on a two RBI base hit in the top of the seventh by Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) giving the Knights a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh.  CCRI began the bottom of the ninth with a strikeout from Tangherlini but an error and a walk-off base hit to deep center ended the game 4-3.

CCRI travels to Franklin, MA on Monday to take on Region XXI rival Dean College in a single game beginning at 4:00pm.

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Knights’ Tennis falls to Nassau CC

Warwick, R.I. – April 11, 2011: The CCRI tennis team hosted Nassau Community College from Garden City, NY in their first home opener for 2011. The match was played at Bryant University. Following a two-and-four start to the season, the Knights needed a win. The Knights battled but ultimately fell to Nassau 9-0. This puts the Knight’s run of five consecutive Nationals appearances in significant jeopardy.

Mike Fallone (N Providence, RI) battled, but ultimately lost only his second DIII match of the season, this time to Dan Burgess in No.1 singles by the score of 6-7 (6), 6-3 and 6-1. Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) dropped his No. 2 singles contest to Bryan Kallenburg 6-1 and 6-0. Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) lost to Ryan Musalo 6-3 and 6-0 in No. 3 singles. Ashley Llewellyn (North Attleboro, MA) battled but ultimately succumbed to Shey Peleg 6-1 and 6-0 in No. 4 singles. Mohammed Kattan (Providence, RI) succumbed to Stu Azrikan 2-6, 6-0 and 6-0 in No. 5 singles. Ted Jackvony (Pawtucket, RI) continued to improve for the Knights in No. 6 singles but fell 6-0 and 6-1 to Evan Burke. Jocelyn Mandeville lost in exhibition No. 7 singles 6-1 and 6-3. Fallone again teamed with Arnold in No. 1 doubles and dropped their second Division III contest to Burgess and Kallenburg 9-7. Kattan and Jackvony teamed in No. 2 doubles after a strong week of practice and fell to Musalo and Judd Bahoui 8-0. Llewellyn and Beatrice teamed in No. 3 doubles and fell to Azrikan and Burke 8-0.

With today’s loss, the Knights have to win all the rest of their matches to guarantee another trip to the National tournament. This was the Knight’s first-ever loss to the team from Nassau, having defeated them the last two previous years in New York.

The Knights host Herkimer Community College on Saturday at 12:00 and Onondaga Community College at 3:00.

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Lady Knights fall to Monroe CC 3-2 but Rally to Beat Mercyhurst 9-6!

Warwick, R.I. – April 11, 2011: Lady Knights continued on their two day trip in Rochester, NY at Monroe Community College to play another split doubleheader.  First, CCRI faced the hosting Lady Tribunes of Monroe Community College (MCC) and fell 3-2 they then faced Mercyhurst North East (MNE) of North East, PA and defeated the Saints 9-6.  With the split the Lady Knights move to 4-9 on the season.    

Game 1

CCRI-2 Monroe-3

The Lady Knights jumped ahead of the Lady Tribunes 2-0 by the second inning.  The Lady Tribunes clawed back to score a run in the fifth inning and a couple errors in the sixth gave them two more runs and the narrow one run margin of victory.

On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) pitched well enough to win but here defense let her down.  Borden threw seven strong innings allowing three runs, only one of them earned, on seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk.  At the plate Jess was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored and two stolen bases but it just wasn’t enough to get the Lady Knights the victory.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) also added two hits, a single and a triple with a run scored.  Also adding hits for the Lady Knights were Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) and Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI).      

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the game “We played very hard today but a couple errors cost us the victory. We are generally improving but need to find consistency versus top teams.  Once we do that we will become a force, we definitely have the talent to do so.”      

Game 2

CCRI-9 Mercyhurst NE-6

The Lady Knights fell behind Mercyhurst 4-0 by the fourth inning.  They  were able to score two runs  in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead but MNE answered with two more runs to take a 6-5 lead.  However, the Lady Knights dug deep to score three more runs in the seventh and hold MNE scoreless to secure the 9-6 victory. 

On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) pitched very well, throwing  seven strong innings to pick up the victory allowing six runs, just one of them earned, on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.  At the plate Azulay helped herself by adding a hit and a run scored.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) was 2-4 with a single, a triple, two runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases followed by Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) who added two hits a single and a double with two RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base while Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) added a double, a single and an RBI. Rounding out the Lady Knights’ attack was Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) with two hits, a run scored and a stolen base, Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) with a hit, a run scored and a stolen base, Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) added a single and an RBI, Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) had a double with two runs scored and Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) and Devin Azulay  (Attleboro, MA) each added a hit and a run scored.    

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the game “Does every game we play versus Mercyhurst half to be so nerve racking? Extra innings, back and forth, every time!  I was glad we were able get a victory especially the way we were able to show resiliency and never give up. We will need to keep improving and showing this type of fight if we want to defeat very good teams like this down the road.”

The Lady Knights next games will be Tuesday when they will travel to Springfield, MA to play Springfield College JV for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30pm

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CCRI baseball takes two from Southern New Hampshire JV 8-4 and 5-0!

Warwick,R.I. – April 11, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball hosted the Southern New Hampshire University JV (SNHU) squad in a doubleheader at Fell Field on Saturday.  CCRI won both games of the doubleheader defeating SNHU 8-4 in game one and 5-0 in game two.  The wins give CCRI an 18-5 record overall and continue them on a nine game win streak since returning from Florida. 

Game one

CCRI – 8         SNHU – 4  

Freshman Brendan Cabral (Scituate, RI) earned his second win of the season in game one throwing five innings for the Knights and giving up three runs on four hits with six strikeouts.  Cabral improves to 2-1 on the season.

CCRI took the lead early and scored all eight runs in the first two innings of play.  Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) led the Knights on offense going 2-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Marc Dorsi (West Haven, CT) and Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) added a hit and two RBIs each.

Game two

CCRI – 5         SNHU – 0

Sophomore right-hander Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) dominated the pitcher’s mound in game two holding SNHU to a two hit shutout.  Furney threw a complete game and struck out 13 of SNHU’s batters.  With the win, he improves to 2-2 on the season.

Marc Dorsi (West Haven, CT) was 1-3 with two RBIs while Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) added two hits and an RBI for the Knights.

CCRI travels to Eastern Connecticut State University on Sunday to take on its JV squad in a doubleheader beginning at noon.

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Baseball homers over Holyoke 14-9

Warwick, R.I. – April 11, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team travelled to Holyoke, MA on Friday to take on the Cougars of Holyoke Community College.  CCRI defeated Holyoke 14-9 improving to 16-5 overall and 7-0 in Region XXI.

Freshman Adam Chrzanowski (Westfield, MA) got the start for the Knights and threw seven innings allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out 11 Cougar batters.  With a 6-4 lead into the eighth, the Knights’ offense exploded.  Facing two outs, Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI) and Tri-Captain Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) got on with a hit each and sophomore power hitter Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR) drove them in on a three run homer, his second of the game, giving the Knights a solid 9-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth.  However, Holyoke matched CCRI’s effort scoring five runs and tying the game 9-9.  Back at the plate in the top of the ninth, CCRI scored five more runs, three from a homerun by Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) who also homered in earlier in the game.  The Knights entered the bottom of the ninth with a 14-9 lead and held the Cougars scoreless.  Angel Beltre (Providence, RI) earned the win for CCRI improving his record to 1-0. 

CCRI hosts Southern New Hampshire University JV at Fell Field on Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at noon.

 

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Lady Knights fall 2-1 to Mercyhurst and 7-3 to Monroe CC

Warwick, RI April 11, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Rochester, NY to play a split doubleheader against the Saints of Mercyhurst North East (MNE) of North East, PA and then the hosting Lady Tribunes of Monroe Community College (MCC).  The Lady Knights lost to the Saints 2-1 in eight innings then lost to Monroe 7-3.  With the two losses the Lady Knights fall to 3-8 on the season.

CCRI-1 Mercyhurst North East-2 (eight innings)

Game tied 0-0 going into the fourth MNE hit home run to go up 1-0.  Lady Knights answered to tie the score 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth.  They had other chances to score in the sixth inning with one out and the bases loaded but hit into a catcher to first base to catcher double play to end the inning. Both teams entered into the international tie breaker in the eighth inning placing the last batted out on second base.  MNE scored in the top of the eighth to go up 2-1.  The Lady Knights got a runner to third base in the bottom of the eighth but could not score losing 2-1.

Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) pitched great despite taking the loss.  Borden threw eight strong innings allowing two runs, one earn, on six hits with two strikeouts and a walk.  At the plate Jess added a hit and two sacrifices to help her own cause.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) had two hits including a double and single in the game followed by Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) who added a double and a run scored.  Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) and Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) each had a hit and Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) added an RBI 

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the game “I am very proud of the way the team has come together over the past few weeks!  The wins will come if we continue to play like that!”

The Lady Knights face the Lady Tribunes of Monroe Community College in the second game of their doubleheader.  

CCRI-3 Monroe CC-7

On the mound for the Lady Knights Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) pitched well but could not tame the hot bats of the Lady Tribunes.  Sylvestre threw seven innings allowing seven runs, only three earned, on 12 hits with one walk and two strikeouts and took the loss. 

At the plate for the Lad Knights Tri-Captain Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) went 2-3 with two singles a stolen base and a run scored followed by Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) who had a hit and two RBI.  Also swinging the bat well for the Lady Knights was Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) with her second home run of the season, Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) added a single and two stolen bases and Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) added a run scored. 

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the second game “The long day of travel and games caught up to us by the middle of this second game. We were flat in this game against Monroe.  We hope to come out strong tomorrow when we play each of them again.”

The Lady Knights face the same two opponents on Sunday at 10am followed by Mercyhurst- North East at 12noon.

 

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Maguire leads Knights at Corsair Invitational!

Warwick, R.I. – April 11, 2011:  The CCRI track and field team traveled to Dartmouth, MA to compete in the UMass-Dartmouth Corsair Invitational on Saturday. The Knights’ finished eighth out of nine teams with 28 points with the winning school being Worcester State with 160 points and the Lady Knights finished seventh out of 10 teams with 25.5 points and the winning school was the host UMass-Dartmouth with 178 points.      

For the Knights Cole Maguire (Foster, RI) led the way with a first place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase in a national qualifying time of 10 minutes 9.19 seconds. Maguire also ran the second fastest split in the 4x400m relay which finished sixth in a season-best time of 3:37.07 joined by teammates: Steve Bell (Warwick, RI), Jordan Jefferies (Providence, RI) and Nick Santilli (Coventry, RI). Jefferies also placed fourth in the long jump with a 6.25m leap. Tim Phok (Providence, RI) placed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 46.87m and Kyle DelSesto (Gloucester, RI) placed seventh in the javelin throw with a season-best toss of 46.87m.

         The Lady Knights also had a good day with the relays putting up their season-best time of in the 4x400m in 4:36.84 placing second, bettering their national qualifying time by over 10 seconds the 4x400m team consisted of:  Michele Krol (Smithfield, RI), Allyson Bejma (Pawtucket, RI), Chelsey Sarachick (Warwick, RI) and Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI). The women’s 4x100m team of Stephanie Jefferies, Bejma, Sarachick and Krol ran a qualifying time of 56.9 seconds good for sixth place. Jackie Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI) ran a personal-best in the 1,500m run with a fifth place time of 5:13.00 the time also put her back in the top spot in the Division III NJCAA rankings in the event. Kerin also qualified in the 1,500m with her 11th place finish in a time of 5:36.03. Sarachick qualified in the 400m hurdles in an eighth place time of 1:19.10. Jefferies placed fifth in the long jump with a 4.47m effort and also qualified for the NJCAA Division III Nationals with a time of 19.08 seconds in the 100m hurdles good for 10th place. Rounding out the Lady Knights’ performances was Samantha Nicodemus (Charlestown, RI) placed eighth in the discus throw with a 20.60m toss in her first ever track meet.

The next track meet for CCRI will be Saturday the 23rd when they will travel to Connecticut College to compete in the Silfen Invitational.

 

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Knights’ baseball steals one from Manchester 6-4!

Warwick, R.I. – April 7, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team travelled to Manchester, CT on Wednesday to take on the Cougars of Manchester Community College.  CCRI defeated Manchester 6-4 improving to 15-5 overall and a perfect 6-0 in Region XXI.

Sophomore Tri-Captain Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) had a solid start for the Knights throwing six innings and giving up only one run on four hits with nine strikeouts.  Reliever Cris Peralta (Providence, RI) notched his second win of the season throwing the seventh and eighth and holding Manchester to one run giving the Knights a 4-2 lead into the final inning. 

CCRI scored two more runs in the top of the ninth and was led at the plate by Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) who was 3-4 on the day with a double and an RBI.  Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) and Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) each had two hits and an RBI while freshman Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) added a double and two RBIs. 

The Knights hitting gave them a four run lead into the bottom of the ninth when freshman Rodger Lincoln (East Providence, RI) took the mound.  Lincoln held the Cougars to four hits and two runs making the final score 6-4 and sealing the sixth Region XXI win for CCRI.

CCRI travels to Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA on Friday for a game beginning at 4:00pm.

 

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Fallone leads Knights at National Invitational!

Warwick, R.I. – April 4, 2011:  The CCRI tennis team traveled to Harford Community College Bel Air, MD to take part in the 11th Annual National Invitational Tournament.  The final standing was: 1. Harford Community College, 2. Brookdale County College, 3. Mercer County Community College, 4. Nassau Community College, t-5. Community College of Rhode Island (tie), t-5. Onondaga Community College (tie), 7. Montgomery College – Rockville and 8. SUNY-Delhi.

It is a full-flight event with draws being determined at random and no seeding. Day one round one for CCRI saw Michael Fallone (North Providence, RI) in No. 1 singles facing off against Nick Reynolds from SUNY-Delhi. Fallone was victorious, defeating Reynolds 6-2 and 6-0, and earning CCRI a point in the team standings. In No. 2 singles, Nicholas Arnold (Lincoln, RI) was eliminated by Joshua Tafeych of Onondaga CC 6-1 and 6-1. In No. 3 singles, Ashley Llewellyn (North Attleboro, MA) was eliminated Division I Harford CC’s Jason Wright 6-0 and 6-1. In No. 4 singles, Matthew Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) eliminated Henry Tan of Montgomery-Rockville 6-2 and 6-2 earning a point in the team standings. In No. 5 singles Mohammed Kattan (Providence, RI) was eliminated by DI Harford CC’s Garrett Lange 7-5 and 6-1. Rounding out the singles draw in No. 6 singles, Ted Jackvony (Pawtucket, RI) was eliminated by Nassau CC’s Evan Burke by the score of 6-0 and 6-0. In first doubles, Fallone and Arnold continued their winning ways, defeating Ben Pinter and Travis Virgil of Mercer CC 8-5. Llewellyn and Beatrice teamed again in second doubles and eliminated Adetunji Shennaike and David Waite of SUNY-Delhi 8-2. Kattan and Jackvony teamed in third doubles and were eliminated by Brookdale CC’s Mike Gershon and Harry Block. After round one CCRI had four points.

Day one round two (Semi-Finals): Round two began with Knights remaining in four positions; No. 1 singles, No. 4 singles, No. 1 doubles and No. 2 doubles. No. 2 doubles was the first to fall, with Llewellyn and Beatrice being eliminated by Onondaga’s Tafeych and Ari Smith 8-0. No. 1 doubles suffered a similar fate as Fallone and Arnold fell to the 2010 No. 1 doubles National Runners-up, Tom Wolski and Rich Fitzsimmons of Brookdale CC 8-2. In No.4 singles, Beatrice faced DI Harford’s Cory Litke. Litke eliminated Beatrice from the tournament 6-1 and 6-0. The last match of the day turned out to be the upset of the tournament. In No. 1 singles, CCRI’s Mike Fallone faced Brookdale CC’s Tom Wolski, the national runner-up and 2010 second Team All-American. No one gave Fallone a chance. Watching the match unfold, however, told a different story. Mike pulled out the first set in a tiebreak 7-6 (7-5). The second set was all Wolski, Fallone suffered a bit of a second-set let down falling 6-2. Wolski began the third well also taking the first two games but Fallone switch to another gear and went on to win five of the next six games to lead 5-3. Fallone was serving for the match at 5-3, but Wolski broke him to get back on serve at 4-5. Fallone, however, broke Wolski right back to win the match by the final score of 7-6 (5), 2-6 and 6-4. The match earned CCRI another point, earned Fallone a spot in the No. 1 singles finals on Sunday, and clinched the overall tournament team championship for host Harford Community College.

On day two the lone remaining Knight still alive was Michael Fallone taking to the courts against DI Harford’s Felipe dos Santos who had defeated Fallone just over a week ago 6-4 and 6-4. Fallone, still feeling the effects of the marathon match from the semi-finals, was not as tough a task in this match-up, falling 6-2 and 6-1.

Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the tournament: “This was the first time we have participated in the Harford National Invitational Tournament. It was a great way for our players to get a feel for the format and the stresses of a tournament like this, which is very similar to the National Tournament format. The story of the weekend was Mike Fallone’s victory over Brookdale County College’s Tom Wolski. Wolski would have been the No. 1 seed without question at this year’s National Tournament, but now that is in question. If Fallone can continue to win his dual matches, there should be no question that he will be in the mix as far as seeding and contention for the National Championship. Next weekend we host four teams: Herkimer Community College, Nassau Community College, Onondaga Community College and defending National Champion Gloucester County College join us at Bryant University over the weekend.”

 

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Phok places sixth at Bryant Invitational

Warwick, R.I. – April 4, 2011: The CCRI track and field team traveled to Smithfield, RI to compete in the Bryant University Track & Field Invitational on Saturday. 

Tim Phok (Providence, RI) led the way for the Knights placing sixth in the hammer throw with a personal-best 49.64 meter toss. Phok is currently ranked No.1 on the Division III NJCAA hammer throw performance list.  For the Lady Knights Jacqueline Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI) placed 45th in the 1,500m run with a personal-best time of 5:14.05. As of right now Hurteau is ranked No.1 in the NJCAA Division III performance list in the 1500m and 5,000 meter events.

Also placing in the top half in this meet which featured mostly NCAA Division I and II programs was Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) who placed 15th in the 100m in a time of 13.39 seconds and 15th in the 200m in a time of 27.61 seconds her best times this season. Cole Maguire (Foster, RI) qualified for the NJCAA Nationals in the 1,500m with a time of 4 minutes 16.91 seconds placing him 25th.  Other great performances on the day included Stephanie Jefferies (Providence, RI) who qualified for the NJCAA Nationals in the long jump with a 4.65m leap. Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI) bettered her qualifying time in the 800m with a 40th place 2:36.92 finish, her best time in the 800m since spring of 2010.

The next meet for the Knights will be this Saturday April 9th when they will travel to Dartmouth, MA to compete in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational.


 

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Baseball dominates doubleheader versus Springfield JV 15-5 and 9-4!

Warwick, R.I. – April 4, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team won both games of a doubleheader against the Pride of Springfield College JV on Sunday at Fell Field.  CCRI won the first game 15-5 in a five inning mercy rule and won game two 9-4.  The sweep lifts the Knights to a 14-5 overall record.

Game one

CCRI- 15 Springfield JV- 5

Sophomore starting pitcher Mike Farias (West Greenwich, RI) earned his fourth win of the season in game one improving his record to 4-0.  Farias threw all five innings for the Knights giving up only two earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.

CCRI’s bats exploded in game one and were led by Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR) who was 4-4 with a home run, a double, and an impressive five RBIs.  Valentin is currently No. 8 in the nation on the NJCAA individual hitting list.  Freshman Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) added three hits for the Knights including a double, a triple, and two RBIs while Tri-Captain Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) went 2-3 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored.  Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) and Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) added two hits apiece with three and two RBIs respectively. 

Game two

CCRI- 9 Springfield JV- 4

John Tangherlini (Lincoln, RI) took the mound for CCRI in game two earning his second win of the season for the Knights.  Tangherlini threw five innings and gave up two earned runs with six hits and two strikeouts.  Adam Chrzanowski (Westfield, MA) threw a solid final two innings without giving up a run and recording four strikeouts.

Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL), Marc Dorsi (West Haven, CT) and Rodger Lincoln (East Providence, RI) had two hits each in game two with Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) hitting his first homerun of the season.  Tri-Captain Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) added a double and three RBIs.

CCRI hosts Navy Prep on Tuesday beginning at 4:00pm at Fell field on the CCRI Knights Campus in Warwick.

 

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Hopkins is CCRI baseball’s all-time wins leader

Warwick, R.I. – April 1, 2011: Ken Hopkins became the winningest coach in Community College of Rhode Island baseball history on Monday when his team defeated Roxbury Community College, 11-6. Hopkins has served as head coach of the CCRI baseball team since 2001, compiling a record of 253-122-2 to date. The CCRI graduate surpasses his former coach Harold “Whitey” Fell, who led the baseball team from 1966-84, for this distinction.  

 

Hopkins’ played for Johnston High School, receiving All-Division honors. He went on to compete for CCRI under Whitey Fell from 1974-76, serving as the team’s starting pitcher and earning an 8-2 record. In 1975, he set a single-season record with a .29 ERA. He then transferred to play for Rhode Island College, garnering a 7-2 record with three saves and a 3.22 ERA in 78 1/3 innings pitched as an Anchorman. 

 

Hopkins began coaching for the Johnston youth leagues in 1970 and worked his way up through the ranks, coaching at several high schools, including Our Lady of Providence, La Salle Academy and Johnston High School. In 1981, at the age of 27, he returned to CCRI to serve as the Knights’ pitching coach. Two years later, he took the reins from Coach Fell as interim head coach, leading the team to a 20-7 season – the Knights’ best record in program history to that point and the college’s first national baseball ranking.

 

Following the breakout season, Hopkins served as head coach of RIC’s baseball team, guiding the Anchormen to a 68-62-2 record between 1985 and 1989. In 1986, he also began coaching the RIC women’s basketball team. Over the course of 12 seasons, he led the Anchorwomen to a 181-156 record and boasts the all-time wins record for the program.

 

Hopkins took an 11-year hiatus from coaching baseball, but jumped at the chance to once again lead the CCRI Knights. Since the 2001 season, he has accrued a long list of accolades, including three NJCAA Region XXI (New England) Division II championships and two Coach of the Year awards in 2001 and 2002. He has coached some of the nation’s top Division I players in the Florida Collegiate Summer League and the New England Collegiate Summer League.

Hopkins’ coaching philosophy stresses the importance of success off the field as much as on the field: “play hard, respect the game, and be on time.” He has guided numerous athletes to transfer to four-year colleges and play at the professional level, including CCRI graduate George Tager. A member of the Class of 2008, Tager transferred to the University of Maine and continued at the Division 1 level for two more years and now serves on Maine’s coaching staff. He describes Hopkins as “a great mentor and teacher not only of the game, but of life lessons” as well. 

Hopkins has coached and influenced other CCRI graduates, who have stayed in the game like Idris Liasu, assistant coach of the URI baseball team, and Drew Powell, assistant baseball coach and teacher at St. Cloud High School in Florida. Powell, who counts Hopkins as one of the most important figures in his life, recalls that his former coach “always said that ‘the definition of character was how an individual acted when they thought no one was watching.’” Powell added that he uses this teaching not only with his players on the field but also with his students in the classroom.  

CCRI Tri-Captain Cody Ortega says he has learned some valuable teachings from his coach. “He has taught me to think about my actions, to understand the consequences and how they will affect not only me but everyone around me.”

 

Hopkins continues his journey as the Knights’ skipper with a positive outlook on the 2010-11 season. The 11-5 squad recently returned from a tough schedule in Florida with a 4-3 record, one of the best in Hopkins’ tenure as head coach. He claims the 2011 team to be “one of the finest squads in recent memory.”

 

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CCRI baseball defeats Franklin Pierce JV 4-3!

Warwick, R.I. – April 1, 2011:  The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Franklin Pierce University JV squad at Fell Field on Thursday.  CCRI defeated Franklin Pierce 4-3 in game called after seven innings due to weather.  The Knights improve their record to 12-5 overall.

Angel Beltre (Providence, RI) got his first start for the Knights throwing a solid five innings and giving up only two earned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts.  With the game tied at 3-3 in the sixth, sophomore Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI) took over on the mound and held Franklin Pierce to two hits and no earned runs giving CCRI a chance to take the win. 

CCRI had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) hit a walk-off single past the shortstop to score Raniel Valentin (Providence, RI) and win the Knights’ third straight home since returning from Florida. 

CCRI travels to Franklin, MA on Saturday to take on Region XXI rival Dean College in a doubleheader beginning at noon.

 

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Lady Knights down Dean in extra innings 6-5!

Warwick, R.I. – April 1, 2011:   The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Bulldogs of Dean College for a scheduled doubleheader. Due to seasonal New England weather they only played one game.  The Lady Knights defeated the Bulldogs 6-5 in eight innings. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 3-6 on the season and 1-0 in Region XXI play.  The second game of the doubleheader has yet to be re-scheduled.  

CCRI-6 Dean-5 (eight innings)

The Lady Knights jumped ahead 3-0 by the fourth inning but some sloppy defense in the fifth inning allowed Dean to take a 4-3 lead.  The Lady Knights evened the score 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth.  The game remained tied through seven innings. In the eight the international tie-breaker went into effect where the last batted out for each team starts at second base (to promote run scoring).  Dean was able to get a run in the seventh taking a 5-4 lead.  The Lady Knight answered the call as Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) score Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) to tie the game and Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) sealed the victory with a towering single that scored Perez, on a ball that would have been at least a double had the game not ended on Perez crossing the plate.      

On the mound for the Lady Knights freshman Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) got the start throwing five strong innings allowing four runs, only one earned, on three hits with three strikeouts and no walks, though Sylvestre  pitched well enough to win, she did not factor in the decision.  She was relieved by Devin Azulay who threw three strong innings allowing one earned run on one hit with three strikeouts and a walk to earn the hard fought victory.  Azulay also went 2-4 at the plate with two singles and the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning on a single that scored Perez giving the Lady Knights the victory.

At the Plate for the Lady Knights Nissa Perez had another great day going 2-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs, and two walks and swiped five stolen bases.  Also helping CCRI was Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) with a single a run scored and a walk, Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) had a an RBI double to tie the game in the fifth inning with a run scored and Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) added a single.  In addition, the Lady Knights top two batters Tri-Captains Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) and Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) made Bulldog’s pitcher CC Rogers work as they reached base five times via walks.   

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the rain-soaked game “I am glad we were able to win this game.  We had one bad fielding inning that almost cost us the victory.  However, I was happy with our approach at the plate with their pitcher struggling to find a rhythm, we were patient enough to draw nine walks which brought her pitch count up and led to a couple of our runs.  We also got timely hitting which we needed today.  Michelle (Sylvestre) and Devin (Azulay) pitched very well while Nissa (Perez) had another great day at the plate and on the bases.”

The Lady Knights next games will be Tuesday April 5th when they will host Springfield College JV at Winslow Park in Apponaug at 3:30pm. 

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Last Updated: 12/23/13