CCRI falls to Northern Essex in blowout

Knights outfielder Michael Fabiano taking an at bat
Knights outfielder Michael Fabiano taking an at bat Photo by Sports Editor Daniel Henrick

The community college of Rhode Island fell to Northern Essex 9-1 on April 20th. The victory improves the Knights record to (14-11) and extended The Knights winning streak to three games. 

Reflin Jimenez of Lawerence, MA got the start. Jimenez tossed seven innings, allowing one run on four walks and four hits. The right hander picked up the win. On the opposing side, CCRI’s Alex Iannuccilli took the mound. Iannuccilli went four innings. He allowed five runs, three earned on four hits and four walks. Iannuccilli collected four strikeouts in his outing. 

In the first inning CCRI struggled defensively. The Knights took full advantage as Maniel Castro of Manchester, NH and Max Lalime of Portsmouth, NH both scored on throwing errors from CCRI. 

NECC tacked on three more runs in the second inning from doubles by Max Lalime and Chris Bear of Boston, MA 5-0 after two frames. CCRI responded with a run of their of the top of the third. Jimenez struggled with his command, allowing two walks and a hit to load the bases with one out. Jimenez walked the next CCRI batter to force in a run, 5-1. The damage was limited as a ground ball to second induced a double play to end the inning. 

The Knights had opportunities to score but couldn’t come through as they were held scores in the third and fourth innings. NECC broke through with a bases loaded double from Armanni Paulino of Lawerence, MA in the fifth inning to lead 6-1.  

Over the final two innings NECC pushed three more runs across home plate to lead by eight, initiating a mercy rule for the 9-1 victory. 

Mark McKay of Plymouth, MA, Paulino, Bear and Lalime each tallied two hits. Lalime and Eric Wainwright of Falmouth, MA Both recorded ta pair RBIs.