Nighthawks Split Doubleheader with Ocean State
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. - Using a three-run second inning, the Upper Valley Nighthawks erased an early deficit to defeat the Ocean State Waves - 6-1 - and earn a split in Sunday's doubleheader at the Maxfield Sports Complex.
With the split of the doubleheader and the season series, Upper Valley moves to 7-3 and a tie for the best record in the NECBL. Meanwhile, Ocean State is 6-5 and sits one game back of the lead in the Southern Division.
Ocean State 7, Upper Valley 6 (F/7)
Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh, Sonny Ulliana of the Ocean State Waves cracked a double into the right-field corner to bring around the winning run and secure the game one victory. It was Ulliana's first hit of the day, but it couldn't have come at a better time for the designated home team.
Both sides put on an offensive display with a combined 19 hits and 13 runs. After Ocean State surged out to a 4-1 lead through two innings, Upper Valley bounced back in the third and fourth frames.
After Gregory Hardison singled to move Alvin Melendez to second, both runners picked up an extra base via an error by the Ocean State outfield. During the next at-bat, on an 0-1 count, the clean-up hitter Anthony Quirion slapped the ball into left, picking up a pair of RBI and bringing Upper Valley within one.
In the fourth, the Nighthawks took advantage of another Ocean State error. After Eric Feliz's single loaded the bases, Christopher Berry scored the game-tying run on a wild throw from the shortstop. Upper Valley would eventually take the lead with a sacrifice fly to hold a 5-4 advantage through four.
Over the final three innings, the teams would continue to trade runs. The Waves reclaimed the lead with two in the last of the fifth before the Hawks tied it at six heading into the last regulation frame.
Sadler Goodwin started the contest on the bump for Upper Valley, notching a no-decision after tossing just two frames. Upper Valley would require the service of three more pitchers before Jack Ipsen entered in the seventh and would take the loss, allowing just one earned.
Upper Valley 6, Ocean State 1 (F/7)
Hardison continued to heat up in the day's second game, recording the Nighthawks first triple of the season in the third inning. He then tallied the squad's second triple of the year just two innings later. The Greenville, N.C. native scored both times he reached base in game two and raised his season average to .417.
Ocean State led off the backend of the doubleheader poised to sweep with an early run, but the Hawks denied their efforts with a three-run second and single runs in the third, fifth and sixth. Singles off the bats of Berry and Feliz followed up by a Hunter Gibson double drove one home and set up the baserunners at second and third for Anthony Meduri.
Meduri - who is heading into his senior year at Binghamton University - did not shy away and executed the game plan, ripping a base knock through the right side of the infield to drive in a pair of Nighthawks.
Cole Stetzar put together a much-needed strong start after Upper Valley was forced to dig deep into its bullpen in game one. The Scranton, Pa. native tossed six innings of one-run ball and struck out four Waves batters to earn the victory on the mound. Stetzar owns a 0.96 ERA to this point.
Entering in relief, Jordy Allard closed out the final frame, recording three outs in strikeout fashion while surrendering just one hit.
Upper Valley will return to action at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday as it travels to Mystic, Conn. to take on the Schooners. Returning home on Wednesday, the Nighthawks will host back-to-back contests against the Valley Blue Sox and the Keene Swampbats - both scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
The Nighthawks return home on Wednesday, playing host to the Valley Blue Sox at 6:30 PM. Wednesday is Halloween Night with a costume contest, trick or treating for kids, and some special, spooky guests. If you can't make it to the ballpark, Dan Stein and Mike Lord will have all of the action covered on the NECBL Broadcast Network starting at 6:15 PM.
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