Lady Knights Fall Twice to DI Mustangs at Home
Warwick, R.I. – April 1, 2019: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Division I Mustangs of Monroe College form New Rochelle, NY for a doubleheader at Winslow Park on Saturday. The Lady Knights game one 7-6 and game two 10-3. With the losses CCRI falls to 2-4 on the season.
Game 1: CCRI- 6 Monroe- 7
In the circle for the Lady Knights in the first game was Tri-Captain Hannah Caliri (Pawtucket, RI) who pitched very well but here defense was not supporting her effort. Caliri threw four strong innings where six runs were scored but only one of them was earned. She gave up four hits with five walks while striking out three Monroe batters but took the loss. Hannah pitched well but in the second an error opened the door for four unearned runs to score to give Monroe a 4-0 lead. In the fourth inning she allowed an unearned run and an earned run and left eh game with CCRI trailing 6-1. She was relieved by Dayna Jackvony (Cumberland, RI) who threw three strong innings allowing one earned run on two hits, walking two and striking out one. Jackvony only surrendered one earned run in the fifth inning while pitching scoreless 4th and sixth innings.
Offensively the Lady Knights were stifled by Mustangs' starter Macie Kuppenbender who had the Lady Knights off balance all day. She was relieved by Keira Matos after four innings with Monroe leading 7-1. The Lady Knights began to rally on Matos as Alexis LeBelle (Warwick, RI) scored as Hannah Northup (Warwick, RI) reached first by a throwing error Northup came around to score on a double by Tri-Captain Maddie McDonald (East Providence, RI) making the score 7-3 going into the seventh inning. The Lady Knights began another rally in the seventh when Mackenzie Doyle (Glocester, RI) doubled to left field to score Halley Ponitzman (Brentwood, CA), followed by a double by Alexis LeBelle to score Doyle. Hannah Northup kept the rally going with a triple to right field to make the score 7-6. However, the Lady Knights' rally would end when Kuppenbender would return to the circle to get the final two outs for Monroe and secure the hard fought 7-6 victory.
At the plate for CCRI freshman Mackenzie Doyle led the way going 3-4 with two doubles, a single, two RBIs and a run scored. Also having a big game at the plate was Alexis LeBelle who went 2-3 with two doubles an RBI and two runs scored and Hannah Northup who had a triple with two RBIs and a run scored. Rounding out the CCRI offense was Tri-Captain Maddie McDonald with an RBI double and Halley Ponitzman with a double and a run scored.
Game 2: CCRI- 3 Monroe- 10
In the circle for the Lady Knights in the second game was Dayna Jackvony who pitched well but the Monroe bats were just getting used to her but she was the only pitcher left available to CCRI due to injury and load management. Jackvony, despite the circumstances, rose to meet the challenge. Dayna gave-up fewer hits than Macie Kuppenbender who had had CCRI off balance all day but unfortunately the hits Monroe got really counted. Jackvony gave up 10 runs on eight hits with two walks while striking out three Monroe batters.
Both teams scored two in the first inning. Monroe tacked on five more in the second inning and three more in the fourth inning to take a 10-2 lead. CCRI answered with a run in the fifth inning but that is as close as they would get as the fell by the final count of 10-3.
Offensively for CCRI Tri-Captain Sam Muller had two hits a triple and a single with a run scored. Muller was helped by Mackenzie Doyle who had a double, a single, an RBI and two runs scored. Alexis LeBelle had a double and an RBI. Also helping CCRI was Freshman Raevyn Watson (East Providence, RI) with a double. Rounding out the CCRI offense was Maddie McDonald, Hannah Northup, and Ariel Lopez (Woonsocket, RI) who each had a single.
The next games for the Lady Knights will be next Saturday when they host the 2019 CCRI Pink Out Weekend at Winslow Park in Warwick. Saturday they will host the Northeastern Club team for a doubleheader starting at 1pm. On Sunday there is a tripleheader with CCRI playing the Monroe College (Bronx) Express at 12noon followed by The Express playing Central Maine CC at 2pm and then CCRI plays Central Maine at 4pm.
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