Ramos and Sears Earn NJCAA DIII Baseball All-American Honors!
Warwick, R.I. – June 12, 2019: The CCRI Knights baseball team had two student-athletes recognized by the NJCAA. Freshmen Anthony Ramos (Cranston, RI) took home NJCAA DIII Baseball All-American Second Team honors and Ben Sears (East Providence, RI) took home NJCAA DIII Baseball All-American Third Team honors. The two capped off a great season for the Knights baseball team and are a sign of more great things to come.
Anthony Ramos had a stellar inaugural season for the Knights in centerfield and earned a spot on the NJCAA DIII Baseball All-American Second Team. Ramos played 38 games in the 2019 season and led the Knights with a .416 batting average that was the 50th best in the nation. Nonstop offense from the top of the order, Ramos held an impressive .549 on base percentage was the 14th best in the nation. His speed on the basses were apparent with a total of 31 stolen bases, the 6th most in the country. Anthony added a team leading 63 runs scored which was the 14th best in the country. On the defensive side, Ramos covered every blade of grass in centerfield and committed just one error all year, finishing with a fielding percentage of .983. The Second Team All-American Award is added to Anthony's Region XXI Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Region XXI DIII All-Region First Team Awards earned earlier in the season.
Pitcher Ben Sears had a prolific freshman year for the Knights and earned NJCAA DIII Baseball All-American Third Team Honors. Sears was dominant, winning eight of his 11 appearances which was 13th best in the nation. Ben threw 67.2 innings, the most for CCRI and struck out 99 batters on the year, sixth best in the country. Sears threw amazing stuff all year, keeping batters of balanced with a mix of pure gas and off-speed pitches, averaging 13.17 strikeouts per nine innings which was the eighth best in the nation. Sears kept opponent's offense at bay and ended the year with a 2.93 ERA, 30th best in the country. The Third Team All-American Award is added to Ben's Region XXI DIII All-Region First Team Award he earned earlier this year.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.