Lady Knights fall to Itasca & St Cloud first day in Florida!
Titusville, FL, – March 7, 2020: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Chain of Lakes park in Titusville, FL to embark on their early season Spring Training trip. On their first day the Lady Knights faced the Vikings of Itasca and the Cyclones of St. Cloud Technical Community College from St. Cloud, MN. The Lady Knights fell to Itasca 5-4 in seven innings and St. Cloud Tech 18-8 in six innings. With the he pair of losses CCRI begins the season 0-2.
Game 1: CCRI- 4 Itasca- 5
In the circle for the Lady Knights in their season opener was Co-Captain Dayna Jackvony (Cumberland, RI). Jackvony pitched very well but came up on the short end of the stick to take a tough 5-4 loss. Jackvony threw seven strong innings allowing five runs on 10 hits, striking out three and walking two Viking batters. She was dealing for a large portion of the game keeping batter off balance but hitting her spots but was victimized by a late homer that gave Itasca a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Lady Knights battled back in the bottom of the seventh but could only must one run to fall by the final count of 5-4.
Offensively for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Mackenzie Doyle (Glocester, RI) the NJCAA’s leading hitter from 2019 picked right back up where she left off going 2-4 with a Home Run to lead-off the game and a single. Doyle was helped by Haylie Wellman (Ashaway, RI) who went 2-4 with two singles and an RBI. Co-Captain Alexis LeBelle (Warwick, RI) had a single two walks and a run scored. Co-Captain Raevyn Watson (East Providence, RI) had a single, was hit by a pitch and added an RBI. Sophomore Hannah Northup (Warwick, RI) and freshman Emily McNeil (West Warwick, RI) each added a while freshman Casey Regine (Cranston, RI) contributed with an RBI.
Game 2: CCRI- 8 St. Cloud Tech- 18
In the circle for the Lady Knights in their second game was freshman Haylie Wellman who had to face a very potent line-up from the Cyclones of St. Cloud. She worked her way in and out of trouble but did her best to mitigate the damage. Wellman threw three innings allowing eight runs on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts. Wellman was relived by Kelsea Moran (Central Falls, RI) who also had to weave her way in and out of trouble for three innings. Moran gave up 10 runs on four hits with four walks to take the loss. Though their pitching lines scores were not where they wanted them to be both young ladies pitched very well in their first collegiate outings against a very frigid able line-up. Both pitchers will benefit from this outing and look to build upon them to achieve the success they, their coaches and teammates desire.
Offensively for the Lady Knights Mackenzie Doyle was amazing once again going 4-4 with another Home Run, a double, and two singles with an RBI and three runs scored. Alexis LeBelle was also excellent with a single, a two RBI- triple (actually a 3-run Home run but she was officially called out due to a teammate entering fair territory before she touched home plate) with a run score and three RBIs. Freshman Emily McNeil went 2-3 with a single and a two run Home Run, the first collegiate homer of her career. Raevyn Watson added a single and a run scored and Hannah Northup added a single. Rounding out the Lady Knights offense was Sara Steinkamp (Coventry, RI) and Haylie Wellman who each had a single apiece.
The Lady Knights will run it back versus Itasca and ST. Cloud tomorrow at Chain of Lakes Park at 9:30 and 12noon respectively.
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