Local Roundup: Waves End Nighthawks’ Streak

Sunday, July 16, 2017

South Kingstown, r.i. — The Ocean State Waves won in balk-off fashion to end the Upper Valley Nighthawks’ four-game New England Collegiate Baseball League streak on Saturday night.

A balk called on Upper Valley reliever David Sampson brought home Jimmy Titus (Bryant) with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning in the Waves’ 4-3 victory. Ocean State (21-6) trailed, 3-1, in the fourth inning but scratched back sweep the two-game season series from the Nighthawks (21-9).

Upper Valley struggled to produce at the plate in key situations throughout the contest. The Nighthawks stranded 12 runners, leaving the bases loaded in the sixth, eighth and 10th innings.

Max Ford, the last of Ocean State’s three pitchers, earned the win with two innings of three-hit shutout relief. Sampson, the Plymouth State University product out of Massachusetts, sustained his first defeat against three wins.

Upper Valley struck the first blow of the night when Anthony Godino (Wagner) doubled home a run and Ryan Jeffers (UNC-Wilmington) followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead in the third. David Chabut (Kennesaw State) got one back for the hosts in the bottom half on a Titus RBI single, only to have the Hawks respond when Joey Denison (Troy) came home from third on an error following a steal of second base by teammate Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb).

Upper Valley will take a 4½-game Northern Division lead into a doubleheader at second-place Valley tonight in Holyoke, Mass. Game one starts at 5:05 p.m.

Legion Baseball

WRJ 7, Bennington 0WRJ 18, Bennington 1 (5)

White River Junction — Tyler Hamilton had a seven-hit day and pitchers Robbie Slocum and Dylan Spencer did their part in slamming the door as White River Junction Post 84 swept Bennington Post 13 in a Vermont Southern District doubleheader at the Maxfield Sports Complex on Saturday.

The twin wins pushed Post 84 (14-3 league) a half-game ahead of Brattleboro Post 5 (13-4) heading into this afternoon’s double dip at Brattleboro’s Tenney Field. The two teams vying for the top Southern seed for next weekend’s state tournament at Maxfield also meet in White River Junction on Wednesday night.

Hamilton went 3-for-3 in the opener and Moises Celaya went 2-for-3 in support of Slocum. The Windsor High pitcher had little difficulty in his complete-game win, allowing just two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

“He was very efficient, only 75 pitches in seven innings,” Post 84 coach Jarrod Grassi said. “I like that.”

WRJ mercy-ruled Post 13 in the nightcap. Spencer surrendered five hits with three strikeouts in the five-inning decision in which Hamilton went 4-for-4. Jordy Allard had three hits and Brady Clark added two for Post 84.

Post 22 Juniors Sweep

Brookline, n.h. — Lebanon Post 22 claimed 6-1 and 3-2 victories from Brookline Post 74 at Hollis Brookline High School to take a big step toward claiming a New Hampshire District A spot at this month’s junior state championship tournament.

Zach Moore shut down Brookline (5-7) in the opener, fanning nine over six innings before Trey Chickering finished off the win for Lebanon (7-4). Chickering and Moore each added 2-for-3 games at the plate, and Joey Perras scored two runs.

Perras came back in the nightcap to throw 5⅓ innings for the sweep, aided by Kyle Young and Ethan Brueckner. Jeremy Sigl’s RBI sacrifice fly and a two-run Emrys Elkouh single gave Post 22 enough offense for the win.

Lebanon continues a run of eight games in nine days by hosting Milford Post 23 (0-11) this afternoon at Lebanon High School.