Nighthawks Win Streak Ends
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. - Alvin Melendez's two hits out of the lead-off position were not enough as the Upper Valley Nighthawks dropped their first home game of the season, 5-2, to the visiting Sanford Mainers on Thursday evening at the Maxfield Sports Complex.
Trading scores with the Nighthawks during the second and third innings, the Mainers pulled ahead by notching a run apiece in the fifth, sixth and ninth. Grayson McLeod was tagged with the loss after allowing the go-ahead score in the fifth. He manned the bump for four innings, allowing just one earned and striking out five.
Starting on the mound for Upper Valley, Levi Thomas made his first appearance of the young season. Aside from a small hiccup in the second, the Cullman, Ala. native was impressive over his four frames as he fanned seven Mainers.
Upper Valley fell victim of a couple of errors and some overall sloppy play in the field but made every effort to get back into the game throughout. The Hawks recorded four doubles off the bats of Gregory Hardison, Eric Feliz and the previously mentioned Melendez.
Threatening in the seventh inning, the Nighthawks got a couple of runners on, including a baserunner to second. Bryant Bowen started off the action with a base knock to left before Rylie Smith moved him up with a hit.
During the next at-bat, Melendez nearly sent them all home with a deep fly to left, but it was caught at the wall. Again, Upper Valley advanced a runner to third in the ninth but that was the closest it would get to tallying a run. Following a lead-off walk to pinch-hitter Davis Mikell, pinch-runner Anthony Meduri used quick feet on the base paths to move up on a pair of wild pitches.
Following an off day on Friday, Upper Valley will return to the diamond on Saturday as it travels north to Montpelier for an evening contest with the Vermont Mountaineers. Reid VanScoter is slated as the probable starter for the Nighthawks; he's coming off of a win, tossing six innings and ringing up seven.
Upper Valley returns home on Sunday, June 17, for a Father's Day doubleheader with the Ocean State Waves. We will be playing dad rock all night long, telling dad jokes, and celebrating Upper Valley fathers. The first pitch of game one is scheduled for 4:00 PM, with the second game to follow at approximately 6:00 PM. Dan Stein and Jonah Karp will have all of the action covered starting at 3:45 PM on the NECBL Broadcast Network.
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