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Nighthawks Fall to Muskrats

June 26, 2018 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Upper Valley Nighthawks News Release

LACONIA, N.H. - Ross Cadena hit a two-run homer in the top of the 3rd inning, but that would not be enough, as the Upper Valley Nighthawks fell to the Winnipesaukee Muskrats by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday night at Robbie Mills Field.

The Muskrats struck first, plating a run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from outfielder Terence Norman.

Eric Feliz (University of Notre Dame) and Anthony Quirion (Lamar University) led off the second inning with back-to-back singles before Hunter Gibson (Wichita State University) doubled to drive in a run and tie the ballgame.

The Nighthawks came to life again just one inning later when Ross Cadena (Wichita State University) hit a two-run homer to give Upper Valley a 3-1 lead over WInnipesaukee.

The lead did not last long as Winnipesaukee's Steven Passatempo hit a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the third to knot the game back up, 3-3.

Upper Valley's defensive miscues haunted the later innings, as the Muskrats tacked on a go-ahead run in the bottom of the 6th on a wild pitch. WInnipesaukee added on a final run in the 7th after a runner reached base on an error and came around to score, guiding Winnipesaukee to a 5-3 win, and their 4th victory of the year.

Nighthawks starter Cole Stetzar (St. Joseph's University) tossed four innings, surrendering three runs on six hits, and striking out four Muskrats. Reliever Greyson McLeod (University of West Georgia) pitched the next three innings, gave up four hits, two runs, and struck out four as well. AJ Franklin (Vanderbilt University) pitched a hitless final frame and fanned two batters.

After the defeat, the Nighthawks (9-7) are tied for second place with the Sanford Mainers in the NECBL Northern Division. Both teams sit 2.5 games behind 1st-place Valley Blue Sox, and 1.5 games ahead of the 4th-place Keene Swamp Bats.

The Nighthawks return home tomorrow evening, playing host to the Vermont Mountaineers at 6:30 PM. It is Seat Cushion Giveaway Night at the ballpark, sponsored by AllServe Self-Storage of Wilder. The first one hundred fifty fans will receive a Nighthawks seat cushion. If you can't make it to the field, Dan Stein and Andrew Whalen will have all of the action covered on the NECBL Broadcast Network starting at 6:20 PM.

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