Contact InformationElizabeth Afonso
Head Athletic Trainer
About the Program
CCRI Softball 2015 Outlook
The 2015 Community College of Rhode Island softball team will strive to once again become regional champions. The Lady Knights will play a competitive schedule. The team had been working hard training during the off-season to refine skills and prepare for the season opener against Northeastern in late March.
Head coach Liz Afonso will return at the helm of the Lady Knights for her sixth season. Her staff will consist of Jess Borden, Caitlin Montella and Nancy Santopadre.
Despite its size, the Lady Knights look to be solid and true contenders for the 2015 season. The team is returning five sophomores, led by co-captain Taylor Butler (North Kingstown, RI). Butler will lead the team in the starting pitching rotation and in the outfield. Her quick bat and ability to get on base will certainly lead the offense. Maxine DeLuise (Cranston, RI) will step into the important catching role and with her strong arm and solid defense skills, she is sure to be a force to be reckoned with. Ashley Spear (North Smithfield, RI) returns to the team at shortstop and her speed and strength both offensively and defensively will be an asset to the team. Jessie Brosnahan (Warwick, RI) will see time at first base, as well as pitcher. Her strength at the plate will help lead the Lady Knights to victory. Rounding out the returning sophomores will be Rebecca Edwards (Attleboro, MA), who will assist the team in the outfield with her consistent and hard-working style of play.
Joining the returning sophomores are freshman recruits, Meghan Rousseau (Richmond, RI), Kristina Rodriguez (North Kingstown, RI), Jessica Spargo (Westerly, RI), Erica Jewett (Coventry, RI), and Jenna Urso (West Warwick, RI). With tremendous speed, Rousseau and Rodriquez will be key assets both in the outfield as well as at the plate. Spargo and Jewett come in as key recruits for pitching and hitting strength, as well as strong defensive skills in the infield. Urso also will add to the infield strength with her good range and solid defensive skills.
According to head coach, Afonso, "We look to be a powerful defensive team with explosive potential at the plate, very strong batting order and speed in the outfield. This team should definitely be a contender for the Region XXI title as well as districts."
2014 Softball Season in Review
The CCRI Lady Knights softball took on Dean College at the Region XXI championship series. In the three-game series, the Knights took the first two games, 5-0 in the first and 11-3 in the second game. This set the Knights to take on the nationally ranked Mercyhurst North East College team in the district championship. The Lady Knights fell to Mercyhurst, ending its season with a 12-14 record.
The Lady Knights had five players earn All-Region XXI honors: co-captain Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI), Sarah Deal (North Kingstown, RI), Macayla Paiva (West Greenwich, RI), Amber Boucher (Warwick, RI) and Taylor Butler (North Kingstown, RI).
As a freshman, Taylor Butler was a top player for the team with 36 hits. This included three doubles while adding 13 RBIs and 22 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. In the circle, Taylor led the Lady Knights with a 2.75 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched and was tied for the team lead with six victories. Returning players Ashley Spear (Harrisville, RI), .403 BA and 17 RBIs and catcher Samantha Archambault (North Smithfield, RI), .379 BA and 14 RBIs will look to help carry the team in 2015.
With a solid core of returning and new players, the Lady Knights have a strong team for the 2015 season. The Lady Knights seek out another region championship this spring.