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Knights sweep Pointers in Region XXI showdown!
The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Pointers of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point for a Region XXI league doubleheader showdown on Saturday at Whitey Fell Field. The Knights defeated the Pointers 11-1 and 7-1. With the two big victories the Knights improve to 16-8 on the season and 6-2 in Region XXI play.
Game 1: CCRI - 11 UCAP - 1
The Knights received a stellar pitching performance from Kevin Dale (Warwick, RI) after an injury sidelined starting pitcher, Todd Lyons (Norwalk, CT) in the top of the fourth inning. Lyons left the game after pitching three shutout innings, and giving up only two hits. Dale responded with his second consecutive win out of the bullpen by pitching four innings, giving up only one run on five hits with four strikeouts.
The offense scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning, three more in the bottom of the fourth, and then broke the game open with six runs and seven hits in the bottom of the fifth. Mike Sherburne (North Kingstown, RI) led the offensive explosion with two hits, including a homerun and a walk in three at bats. Sherburne’s two-run homer in the fourth inning widened the lead for CCRI and the Knights never looked back. He had two hits, driving-in four runs, scoring three runs to spark the offense. Another homer by Andrew Crowley (Canton, CT) later the fourth inning along with a bomb from John Razzino (Cranston, RI) later in the game capped the CCRI 13-hit attack. Dylan Gracia (Middletown, RI), Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL), Nick Coro (North Providence, RI) and Crowley each added two hits apiece.
Game 2: CCRI - 7 UCAP - 1
The Knights finished the sweep of arch-rival UConn-Avery Point as Connor Gleason (North Stonington, CT) picked up his sixth victory of the season with a masterful complete game three hitter. Gleason gave-up only one run in the top of the fifth inning while striking out six of the Pointers’ hitters in a dominant outing.
The Knights scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on three walks, a fielder’s choice, and a two base throwing error by the UCAP pitcher. The Knights exploded for four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to break the game open. Tom Gavitt (North Stonington, CT) led the way ripping a two-RBI double down the left field line in the fourth inning while also scoring two runs in the game. John Razzino (Cranston, RI) chipped-in with three RBI and a two run single in the fifth to break the game open.
The Knights play home again on Tuesday against the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University sub-varsity 4:00 pm at Fell Field.