Upper Valley Blanks Schooners at Home
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT. - Nighthawks pitching stole the show on Sunday, as Upper Valley shutout the Mystic Schooners by a score of 8-0 on Sunday night at Maxfield Sports Complex.
Back-to-back singles from Drew Tipton (Arkansas State University) and Greg Hardison (UNC Greensboro) got the offense rolling for Upper Valley in the home-half of the 3rd inning. Matt Tarabek (Fordham University) grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Tipton from third and put the Nighthawks ahead early.
A base-hit from Chris Berry (University of North Florida) and a double from Anthony Quirion (Lamar University) led the offensive charge into the 6th frame, which paid dividends to the Nighthawks when Berry came around to score on a groundout to second base.
Eric Feliz (University of Notre Dame) doubled one inning later, before Hardison drove him in with a two-out knock, increasing the Nighthawks lead to 3-0.
Upper Valley tore the game wide open in the bottom of the 8th, plating five runs on three hits. The Nighthawks dialed in on Schooners' reliever Eli Kimbell. and started to tack on the insurance runs. Feliz doubled once again and Hardison batted in two more runs to secure the home shutout win.
Hartford, Vermont native Jordy Allard (Southern New Hampshire University) started for the Nighthawks, giving them 2 quality innings, in which he allowed two hits, no walks, and struck out two. David Sampson (Plymouth State University) struck out two batters in a hitless second inning before Brian Weissert (Fordham University) tossed a one-hit outing through the fourth and fifth frame. Relievers Stephen Hansen (Iona College), Ty Adcock (Elon University), Jack Ipsen (Bryant University), and Brody Lawson (University of North Carolina Wilmington) each threw an inning to cap of the night.
"Today was a designed staff day, and an opportunity for me to see multiple arms," said Nighthawks Manager Jason Szafarski. "I wanted to see how certain guys would throw and how we can use them moving forward."
Sampson was credited with the win, while the loss was charged to Mystic starter Zach Thompson.
The Nighthawks are off tomorrow before returning to action on the road on Tuesday night. Upper Valley travels to New Bedford, Massachusetts for an inter-division matchup with the Bay Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM, with pregame coverage set to begin at 6:20 PM on the NECBL Broadcast Network.
The team will return home on Wednesday evening, hosting the Winnipesaukee Muskrats for a contest set for 6:30 PM. Maxfield Sports Complex will belong to the dogs as the Nighthawks host Bark in the Park to support the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society. There will be a dog show, dog parade, dog treats, and of course - hot dogs to eat!
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