Nighthawks Avenge Early Season Loss to Mountaineers
MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Upper Valley Nighthawks got revenge on the Mountaineers, claiming a 4-3 victory Wednesday night in New England Collegiate Baseball League action at historic Montpelier Recreation Field.
A timely comeback in the fifth inning was enough to propel the Nighthawks past a 2-0 deficit and claim vengeance after losing to the Mountaineers last Friday.
Both offenses remained stagnant until the Mountaineers picked up two runs in the fourth inning, first with a Matt McDermott (Little Falls, N.J. / College of William and Mary) single that allowed Corey DiLoreto (Reading, Mass. / Northeastern University) to score. After loading the bases with McDermott, Evan Giordano (Sewell, N.J. / Stony Brook) and Brian Goulard (City, N.Y. / Hofstra University), Aaron Simpson (Orange, Ca. / Ball State University) drove a single to third base that gave way for Goulard to come home to put the Mountaineers up 2-0.
Upper Valley swiftly responded and took the lead in the fifth, after an errant throw sailed over Goulard's head at first base with two Nighthawks on base and allowed Cole Frederick and Adam Smith to both score as Dan Bolt advanced to third. Greg Hardison sealed the deal shortly afterwards with a single to center field that let Bolt pick up the third run of the inning.
The bats cooled off for the Mountaineers until the seventh, when a wild pitch that soared past Anthony Quirion's head gave way for Cameron Chick (Rocheport, Mo. / University of Nebraska-Lincoln) to tie the game up, 3-3. Akin to earlier in the game, the Nighthawks answered, with David Marcano scoring after a rolling ball missed Aaron Gauthier's (Lorton, Va. / Hofstra University) glove that gave Marcano enough time to run home from third and put the visitors ahead for good.
Henry Gladson picked up the win for the Nighthawks, allowing no hits or runs in his time on the mound. Ryan Steckline (Newark, De. / Monmouth University) took the loss for Vermont, giving up a run and a hit in less than an inning of play. Aaron Haase secured the save for Upper Valley, striking out two while not allowing the Mountaineers a hit or a run in his two innings.
The loss drops the Mountaineers to an even 2-2 overall record, and the squad will look to exact their own revenge for an early season loss against the Danbury Westerners on Thursday evening. Vermont will travel to Danbury, Conn. with opening pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m., beginning a three-game road trip.
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