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Lady Knights sweep Dean for first two wins!
The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Bulldogs of Dean College for their home opening doubleheader on Thursday at Winslow Park Field 1 in Apponaug. The Lady Knights defeated the Bulldogs 6-0 in the first game and 12-2 in the second game. With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to 2-5 on the season and 2-0 in Region XXI play.
CCRI- 6 Dean- 0
On the mound for the Lady Knights Katie Paddock (Providence, RI) got the start and pitched very well, throwing a complete game shutout to earn her first victory of the year. Paddock threw seven strong innings allowing no-runs while scattering eight hits, striking out four Bulldogs and walking none. Katie worked out of a first inning jam stranding runner at second and third with one out and built upon that as the game progressed. Paddock was never really in anymore trouble until the seventh inning after a lead-off double but she quickly got the next three batters to secure the shutout and first win of the year and the second of her collegiate career.
Offensively for CCRI, they wasted little time getting on the scoreboard scoring five times in the first inning and once on the second to create a 6-0 lead. The Lady Knights were patient at the plate early on as they walked five times in the first inning and were advantageous on the base paths to score their runs. Leading the way for CCRI offensively was Co-Captain Liz Coburn (Chepachet, RI) who was 2-2 with two singles, an RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases and Sara Deal (North Kingstown RI) added a double and a RBI. Also helping CCRI was Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI), Kate Fowler (Warwick, RI) and Co-Captain Mel Iadeluca (Warwick, RI) who each had a hit apiece.
CCRI- 12 Dean- 2 five innings by Mercy Rule
On the mound for the Lady Knights Macayla Paiva (West Greenwich, RI) got the start and was very effective. Paiva threw five strong innings allowing two runs on five hits, walking three and strike gout three Bulldogs for the complete game win. Paiva allowed a run in the first inning and one in the fifth, but by the fifth inning the game was already in CCRI’s control. With the solid performance Paiva earns her first collegiate victory.
Offensively for the Lady Knights it all came together as they exploded for 12 hits for the game while scoring nine runs in the first inning and three more in the third to coast to a 12-2 victory. The first big hit for CCRI came from Mel Iadeluca who had a three RBIs double in the first followed by Brittany Smith (North Providence, RI) with an RBI single and later in the first Alex Place added a three RBIs single and before you know it the Lady Knights were leading 9-1 after one completed inning. The Lady Knights tacked on three more runs in the third in inning on a bases loaded, base-clearing single from Co-Captain Izzy MarcAurele (Cranston, RI) to cap the CCRI scoring. Leading the way for CCRI offensively was Place with two hits, two runs scored, and three RBIs, Co-Captain Iadeluca with two hits including a double, with a run scored and three RBIs and MarcAurele who had a hit, a run scored and three RBIs. Britt Smith added two hits an RBI and two runs scored and Amber Boucher (Warwick, RI) had two hits and two runs scored. In addition, Katie Paddock, Kate Fowler and Sara Deal each added a hit and a run scored apiece to round out the Lady Knights’ attack.
Head Coach Liz Afonso stated: “I am very happy with the team's performance today in both games. Everyone contributed and the offense really came together today."
The Lady Knights are back in action Friday at 3:30pm when they will face the Mustangs of Monroe College for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 at Winslow Park Field 1 in Apponaug.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.