Knights Sweep Suffolk to Win District F Championship!
Warwick, R.I. – May 17, 2019: The CCRI Knights baseball team took on the Suffolk County Community College Sharks for the second game of the District F Championship three game series Saturday afternoon. The Knights had won game one on Friday afternoon and another victory would give CCRI their first College World Series appearance since 2012. The Knights held strong defensively once again, allowing just one run and was able to take the District F title winning 7-1. The win improves CCRI's season record to 26-10 overall, 15-1 in Region XXI play and 14-1in League play.
The Knights, having taken game one needed just one more win to book their spot in their first College World Series since 2012. Suffolk, needing to win both of the remaining games to keep their season alive did well to open scoring in the top of the second inning. CCRI then wasted no time answering back as the got on the scoreboard in the bottom of second inning. Game one RBI leader sophomore Kyle McCann (Coventry, RI) scored freshman David Meech (Douglas, MA) on a sacrifice fly to make the game 1-1.
CCRI would take the lead in the third inning when freshman Alejandro Martinez (Cranston, RI) hit an RBI double, scoring sophomore co-captain Nick D'Ambra (Coventry, RI) to make the score 2-1 in CCRI's favor.
The Knights would next strike in the sixth inning, scoring twice to take a 4-1 lead. Freshman Anthony Ramos (Cranston, RI) launched a two-run double that scored both Alejandro Martinez and David Meech.
Three runs in the bottom of the eighth sealed the victory for the Knights. Kyle McCann struck again, this time a double that scored sophomore Jacob Frost (Cranston, RI) from second base. Anthony Ramos then hit his second homerun of the postseason, a two-run shot that gave CCRI a 7-1 lead. That would be all the Knights would need and they would take the District F title with a 7-1 win over Suffolk.
Another strong pitching performance helped the Knights keep the potent Suffolk offense quiet. Freshman Ben Sears (East Providence, RI) threw some of his best stuff on Saturday, allowing a mere three hits and just one run through eight innings of work. Sears added 13 strikeouts for good measure and didn't walk a single batter faced all game.
The Knights offense was led by Alejandro Martinez as he batted 3-4, one double, two singles one RBI and a run scored. Anthony Ramos led the team with four RBI as he went 2-5, a homerun and a double as well as two runs scored. Nick D'Ambra was 2-4, a double and a single with a run scored. Kyle McCann batted 1-3, a double with two RBI and a run scored. David Meech was 1-3, a double and two runs scored.
The CCRI Knights baseball team will next be in action on Saturday, May 25th as they play their first game in the NJCAA DIII College World Series in Greeneville, TN at Pioneer Park on the campus of Tusculum University.
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.