03.19.13: The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled to Florida for their annual Spring. During the trip the Knights wont three games and lost three games. With the 3-3 record on the trip the Knights begin the season 4-5 overall. However, the Knights ended the trip on a high note and are primed for the beginning of their season up north.
CCRI- 0 Century CC (MN)- 8
The Knights bats were silent as they lost their first game on the Florida swing 8-0. The team could only manage three hits off of Century starter, Joe Dettman over seven innings. Knights' Head Coach Ken Hopkins felt the team looked tired after arriving late to the hotel after a full day of traveling. " Not to make excuses but I was exhausted and the game was played at 9:00am. The traveling seemed to take its toll on our hitters." Nick Coro (North Providence, RI) had a double in the first inning and Ryan O'Dell (Lincoln, RI) and Mike Sherburne (North Kingstown, RI) had singles in the 4th and 7th innings in a dominant performance by Dettman. Dylan Pingatore (Johnston, RI), the CCRI starter, picked up the loss giving up three runs over the first four innings. Century broke the game open in the 5th inning against the Knights bullpen by scoring five runs.
CCRI- 4 Oakton CC (IL)-8
Once again the Knights bats were silent until the 8th inning as they opened the Florida swing with a loss to Oakton CC by a score of 8-4. Keegan Dellacona (Hyannis, MA) pitched well for the Knights but ran into some tough luck in the fourth inning as Century scored four runs on five hits to break the game open. Coach Hopkins felt that the "bats were finally coming around but the team has plenty of work to do." The Knights tried to battle back with a single run in the fourth and three more runs in the eighth inning but couldn't overcome Century's early lead for their second loss of the trip. Jonathon Vasquez (Bridgeport, CT) led the nine-hit attack for the Knights going 4 for 4 with an RBI. Nick Coro (North Providence, RI) also added two RBI's with a sac fly in the 4th and a fielder choice in the 8th innings.
CCRI- 9 Mott (MI)- 3
The Knights finally got into the win column with a convincing 9-3 win over Mott CC. Connor Gleason (North Stonington, CT), the teams ace pitcher, was on top of his game giving up three runs and three hits over seven innings to pick up his first win of the season. Jay Ferri (North Kingstown, RI), the Knights closer, came on in the 9th inning to close out the game. Coach Hopkins said " when Gleason is on the mound, we have the confidence to beat any team we play that day." The offense exploded for 11 hits led by Mike Sherburne with three hits, Ryan O'Dell with two hits, and RBI singles by Joe Yankee (Lincoln, RI), Tyler Santaniello (Lincoln, RI), and Pat O'Keefe (East Greenwich, RI). The Knights jumped on board in their first at bat with a lead off single by Dylan Gracia (Middletown, RI), a stolen base, and an RBI single by O'Dell. The Knights looked impressive with the bats finally coming alive and solid pitching by the veteran Gleason.
CCRI- 4 Brookdale (NJ)- 3 in first game of Doubleheader
The Knights won the most exciting game of the Southern swing as pinch hitter, Jacob Saley (Trumbull, CT) drove in Ryan O'Dell with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning for a walk off win against a perennial power Brookdale CC. Dan DePippo (Scituate, MA), pitched six solid innings and left the game with a 3-3 tie. Keegan Dellacona came out of the bullpen to shut down Brookdale over the seventh and eighth innings and closer Jay Ferri shut the door in the top of the ninth to preserve the victory. The Knights offense scattered eight hits led by Dylan Gracia, and Joe Yankee with two hits apiece. Yankee's triple in the third inning drove in two runs for the offense. With the score tied at three, going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Freshman Saley, was called on to pinch hit for Tyler Santaniello, as Coach Hopkins wanted a lefty hitter to bat against the right handed closer for Brookdale. Saley delivered the key single against a drawn-in infield to give the Knights one of their most exciting wins of the young season. Coach Hopkins was extremely impressed with the focus and intensity of the team and likened it to a playoff atmosphere. "Great character and team win" he said as the Knights picked up their second win of the trip. With this win, the Knights baseball program achieved a milestone by picking up the 1000th win over the history of the program.
CCRI- 2 Brookdale (NJ)- 6 in second game of Doubleheader
The Knights took an early two to nothing lead in game two of the doubleheader but Brookdale scored three runs in the bottom of the third and three more in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the game open. Once again the bats were silenced as they scattered only four singles against Brookdale pitching. Matt Laferierre (Coventry, RI) was the tough luck pitcher as he gave up only three runs over five innings. The bullpen struggled to keep the 3-2 game close and two walks and four singles put the game away for Brookdale in the bottom of the sixth inning. Coach Hopkins said, "no excuses. I saw some good things in this game especially with the pitching of Laferierre but it very tough to beat a good team like Brookdale in a doubleheader."
CCRI- 10 Brockport JV (NY)- 3
Everything came together in the final game of the Florida trip for the Knights. The pitching of starter Marc Boutlierre (Orlando, FL) and middle reliever, Shane Johnson (Warwick, RI) shut down the opposing offense with seven innings of shutout ball. Brockport managed to score three runs in the eighth off the Knights' bullpen but by that point the offense had taken care of things by exploding for 10 runs and twelve hits for their best offensive showing of the southern swing. Ryan O'Dell had a tremendous game at the plate as he led the Knights with three hits and six RBI. Dylan Gracia, and Jake Tillman (Johnston, RI), also added two hits apiece and Freshman Zack Wood (Jewett City, CT) added a single and two RBI's to pace the Knights. Coach Hopkins felt that "the Knights were finally able to put it all together with great pitching and defense and a tremendous offensive explosion" as the Knights finished the trip with their third win.
The Knights are back in action Friday the 22nd when they will host the Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY for a doubleheader beginning at 12noon at Fell Field Located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.
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