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Olson and Azulay lead CCRI to seventh straight title!
The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Warriors of Massasoit community College form Brockton, MA for the 2012 Region XXI softball championship on Saturday. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 6-0 and 8-0. With the victories the Lady Knights improve to 25-7 on the season and win their seventh consecutive Region XXI Championship.
The Lady Knights were celebrating Sophomore Day for their six departing sophomores: Kelly McKeon (Warwick, RI), Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI), Sarah Siconio (Warwick, RI), Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI), Tri-Captain Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) and Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI). In addition it was their “Pink Out” where they wore pink warm-ups and pink socks to create awareness women’s cancers. The Lady Knights also raised $112 which they will donate to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Game 1: CCRI- 6 Massasoit CC- 0
On the mound for the Lady Knights Michelle Sylvestre pitched a great game to shut out Massasoit with seven strong innings scattering seven hits, walking none and striking out three Warrior batters. Sylvestre did an excellent job out-dueling Massasoit’s Rylee Burt who recorded 10 strikeouts in the loss.
At the plate for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Ashley Olson became the all-time hits leader for CCRI going 3-3 with a CCRI record tying two triples and a single adding a sacrifice, two RBIs and a run scored. Olson smoked a triple to right field in the fourth inning to tie Jess Borden’s 110 career hits and then drilled a single up the middle in the sixth to become the all-time hit leader with 111 career hits in addition, the two RBIs give her 99 career RBIs and is just one RBI away from becoming the first Lady Knight to amass 100 for her career (Amanda Ward has 63 RBIs). Also helping CCRI was Izzy MarcAurele (Cranston, RI) with two doubles, three RBIs, Tri-Captain Devin Azulay added a hit, an RBI with two runs scored and a stolen base. Rounding out the Lady Knights’ attack was Nissa Perez with a double and a run scored and Kayla Matarese (Cranston, RI) added a single.
Game 2 CCRI- 8 Massasoit CC- 0
On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Devin Azulay pitched masterfully as she blanked the Warriors for five shutout innings walking one a striking out six Warrior batters. Azulay struck out Stephanie Glynn for the last out of the game to give her 200 strikeouts for her career, the most by any Lady Knights’ pitcher far surpassing the 182 career strikeouts of Marian Long. At the plate Azulay helped her cause with two singles.
Other offensive contributors included Leslie Peralta (Providence, RI) who went 2-2 with a single and a two-run home run and two runs scored and Nissa Perez with a single, a triple with two RBIs and a run scored. Also helping CCRI were sophomores Ashley Olson who added to her career total with a hit and a run scored to give her 112 for her career, Michelle Sylvestre and Sarah Siconio each added a hit and a runs scored. Rounding out the CCRI offense were Kayla Matarese and Izzy MarcAurele who each added a hit and a run scored.
The Lady Knights will host the District I Tournament next weekend versus Region III representative Mercyhurst North East from North East, PA and Region XV representative Orange County Community College from Middletown, NY. The tentative tournament schedule will be a double elimination format with Mercyhurst facing Orange in game 1 on Saturday at 10am followed by Orange facing CCRI at 12noon and the CCRI versus Mercyhurst at 2:00pm. Depending on Saturday’s outcomes there will be either one or two games beginning at 12noon until there is only one team left without two losses.