Lady Knights Fall to Mercyhurst Three Times
Warwick, R.I. – April 22, 2019: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Saints of Mercyhurst Northeast (MNE) for a three-game series Thursday and Friday at Winslow Park in Warwick. The Lady Knights were riding an eight game win streak and looked to continue their success versus the very potent Saints of MNE. CCRI fell three times in a row 8-0 in the first game 18-4 in the second and narrowly 3-2 in the final game. With the losses CCRI falls to 10-8 on the season.
Game 1: CCRI- 0 MNE- 8
In the circle for the Lady Knights in the first game was Tri-Captain Hannah Caliri (Pawtucket, RI) who pitched very well despite the score versus a very potent MNE Line-up that sports a .343 team batting average and has hit 43 team homeruns. Caliri pitched seven very strong innings allowing eight runs, five earned on 14 hits, walking eight but striking out a career-high 14 Mercyhurst batters. Caliri took the loss but set her career single-game strikeout mark which was a nice silver lining to a difficult result.
Offensively for the Lady Knights they only mustered three hits and five base runners which were not enough to help them win the game. Tri-Captain Hannah Caliri helped her own cause with one of the hits. Tri-Captain Sam Muller (North Stonington, CT) walked twice and was the only CCRI player to reach base twice. Freshmen Raevyn Watson (East Providence, RI) and Halley Ponitzman (Brentwood, CA) had the other two hits for CCRI.
Game 2: CCRI- 4 MNE- 18 in five innings
Freshman Dayna Jackvony (Cumberland, RI) had the unenviable task of facing the Saints in the second game in the circle for the Lady Knights. Jackvony took the loss after throwing three innings allowing 11 earned runs on 15 hits and a walk. She was relieved by Tri-Captain Sam Muller who threw two innings allowing five runs, three earned on six hits and a walk with one strikeout. Unfortunately for Muller and Jackvony the Saints bats were on fire and they erupted for 21 hits and there was little they could do about it.
Offensively for CCRI it got a little better in the second game as they scored four runs on five hits with three walks but it wasn't enough to overcome the Mercyhurst offensive explosion. Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Mackenzie Doyle (Glocester, RI) with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Tri-Captain Hannah Caliri added a hit and an RBI. Freshman Lucy Vicente (Central Falls, RI) recorded her first hit and first RBI while Hannah Northup (Warwick, RI) had a hit and a runs scored and Raevyn Watson added an RBI. The Lady Knights generated a little offense but it was not enough in this game.
Game 3: CCRI- 2 MNE- 3
In the circle for the Lady Knights in the third game of the series with Mercyhurst was Dayna Jackvony (Cumberland, RI). After coming off a very tough outing the day before Jackvony pitched superbly but was the hard-luck loser of the game. Dayna threw seven strong innings allowing three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out one and faced 32 total batters. Jackvony held Mercyhurst scoreless through the first four innings before the scraped a run across in the fifth inning. She got into trouble again in the seventh inning when Mercyhurst got the first two runners on base who would later come around to score and make the score 3-2 MNE. Unfortunately for Jackvony CCRI could not score to answer the rally for MNE and the Saints would win by the final count of 3-2. Jackvony did help out her own cause with a hit, one of six on the game for CCRI.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was freshman Mackenzie Doyle with two hits. Sophomore Tri-Captain Maddie McDonald (East Providence, RI) led off the fourth inning with a triple and scored on an RBI single from Tri-Captain Sam Muller. Freshman Hannah Northup scored Victoria Passaretti (East Greenwich, RI) in the first inning on an RBI single after Passaretti had reached from being hit by a pitch. However, those were the only runs CCRI would score as the Saints edged them in a seven inning thriller.
The next games for CCRI will be Wednesday at 3:30pm when they travel to play the Mustangs of Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY for a doubleheader.
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