Knights' win streak reaches 12 with sweep of Columbia-Greene
The Community College of Rhode Island softball team continues to roll at a record-setting pace.
With two more victories this past weekend on the road against Columbia-Greene Community College, the Knights have now won 12 in a row as they prepare for their inevitable return to the postseason next month.
CCRI beat the Twins 19-2 and 15-4 Saturday in a pair of five-inning games and now boast a 15-7 overall record, which earns them a spot in the NJCAA Division III Region XV Tournament from May 6–7 in Selden, NY – a three-team, double-elimination that includes host school Suffolk County Community College and Monroe College-Bronx, the latter whom the Knights have beaten six times (including two forfeits).
The winner of the Region XV Tournament advances to the Northeast District Championship with a trip to the NJCAA D-III Softball National Championships on the line. If the Knights win the regional tournament, they’ll host the districts at their new home at Brayton Park in Cranston, RI.
First thing’s first, the Knights have two regular-season games remaining this weekend in Massachusetts against Bay Path University, an NCAA Division III school.
In Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Knights busted it open with nine runs in the top of the fourth inning and seven more in the fifth. Sophomore centerfielder Hanna Dias (Charlestown, RI) drove in five runs and finished 4-for-5 while sophomore shortstop Lucie Willett (Charlestown, RI) homered and drove in a pair of runs.
Sophomore outfielder Emily Gil (West Warwick, RI) finished 4-for-5 with three RBI and sophomore infielder Abby Pinault (Pawtucket, RI) and freshman Morgan Rodrigues (Tiverton, RI) each had three hits. Sophomore Samantha Marsella (Rehoboth, MA) cruised to a complete-game victory, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts.
In Game 2, the Knights scored early and often with 13 runs over the first three innings courtesy of Dias, who homered and drove in three runs, and freshman catcher Ashley Klingberg (Coventry, RI), who continued her torrid pace with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with a pair of RBI and four runs scored. Gil finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and freshman infielder Jenna Medeiros (Swansea, MA) homered and drove in three runs.