Mainers Ice Nighthawks
Sanford - The Sanford Mainers picked up a massive win on Thursday night as they downed Upper Valley by a final of 2-1 as a long ball put the Moose on top and the pitching staff did the rest to gain a two game advantage on the Nighthawks, while tying Keene for 2nd place in the Northern Division.
Upper Valley got on the board first, however, as in the top of the 2nd they brought a run home after two singles, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead after the 2nd inning.
But, that would be all she wrote for the Nighthawks offense on the night as Dylan Hall (Stafford, Va./Virginia Tech) turned in his second great start on the mound as he allowed just the one run on five hits striking out three in his six innings pitched. He was rewarded for his efforts with his second win on the season, a big one for the standings with just 12 games remaining in the regular season.
Sanford tied the game up in the bottom half of the 3rd as after Johnny Rizer (Cypress, Texas/Texas Christian Univeristy) and Tyler Solomon (Haymarket, Va./Vanderbilt) walked with one out, a hit and run was executed to perfection as Austin Biggar (Lilburn, Ga./Georgia) ripped an RBI single through the left side of the infield to score Rizer and not the game up at 1 apiece.
The Moose jumped on top for good just an inning later as in the bottom of the 4th, Randy Bednar (Bethesda, Md./Maryland) led the inning off with a high blast over the left center field fence for his second of the season, and the eventual game-winner, that gave the Mainers their 2-1 lead.
After Hall's impressive start, the bullpen didn't disappoint as the Big 10 Conference did their thing with Mike Vasturia (Medford, N.J./Maryland), Jack Weisenburger (Rockford, Mich./Michigan), and John Murphy (Merchantville, N.J./Maryland) combined for no hits with just 39 pitches thrown over the final three innings to slam the door shut.
Sanford is right back at it tomorrow as they host the number one team in the Northern Division, the Valley Blue Sox, in a another huge divisional game as each game becomes more and more important. You can tune in on the NECBL Broadcast Network tomorrow with Mainers Pregame starting at 6:20, first pitch coming at 6:30. Join Mike Glennon for all the action in what should be a great game to watch in the rubber match of a series tied at two games apiece between the top two teams in the North.
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New England Collegiate Baseball League Stories from July 19, 2018
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