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Local Roundup: Nighthawks Take a Split in Western Mass.



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Holyoke, Mass. — The Upper Valley Nighthawks split a New England Collgiate Baseball League doubleheader with the Valley Blue Sox, 2-0 and 1-5, on Sunday at Mackenzie Stadium, improving to 22-10 ahead of tonight’s road matchup against the Vermont Mountaineers at Recreation Field.

The game-one victory was Upper Valley’s first at Mackenzie in four tries.

Nighthawks starter Mike Coss (Marist) gave up one hit and two walks in four innings of work in game one. He also struck out two and ended with his second win of the summer.

Upper Valley broke the game open in the fifth inning on an RBI single from catcher James McConnon (St. Joseph’s) with Nighthawks on first and third base and one out, driving in Al Molina (Seton Hall) from third.

Matt Sanders (Troy), the next batter, drove in Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb) from second to give the visiting Nighthawks a two-run lead.

Sorrells, whose game has seen a resurgence in the last two weeks, was 2-for-3 in game one, his fourth two-hit night in his last five games.

It was all the offense it needed, as Upper Valley went into shut-down mode to make sure it walked away with at least one victory in its back pocket. Troy relievers Will Carnley and Cory Gill pitched the last three innings, giving up a combined one hit and four strikeouts. Gill got his sixth save.

“Any time you go into a doubleheader, you want to sweep,” Upper Valley head coach Jason Szafarski said. “If you can split it, you did a great job. We’ve been fortunate this year that we’ve been able to sweep two doubleheaders. Once you win that first one, you’re just going for it.”

Frankie Gregoire went down with a hyper-extended left knee trying to beat out a throw to first base in the fourth inning of game one, tripping over the bag and coming up limping.

He sat out game two and said afterward he expected to be fine after a couple days off.

“I was running with my head down, because I thought I was in a spot where I could beat it out,” Gregoire said. “Picked my head up and I was closer to the bag than I thought. I kind of stutter stepped. Instead of hitting the bag with the ball of my foot, I hit the back of my foot and my heel and my knee just hyper-extended and I hurt my hamstring a little bit.

“It’s fine to walk on now, I can squat and stuff,” he added. “I’ll go home, give it a couple of days to rest a little bit.”

Upper Valley’s offense fell quiet in game two, managing only five hits and one run, a solo homer from Sanders, his first of the season.

Paxton Stover (Vanderbilt) got the loss, giving up six hits, three runs, one walk and four strikeouts in four innings. Tanner Schimmoeller (Cincinnati) gave up three hits, two runs and one walk in relief.

The Sox’ Kendall Jefferies allowed four hits over six innings to improve to 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA.

“The guys ran out of gas, I think,” Szafarski said. “The guys looked tired.”

Tonight’s game against Vermont is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., with Joe DeRosa (Iona, 2-3, 2.60 ERA) on the mound.

— Josh Weinreb

Legion Baseball

Lebanon Srs. 20, Keene 0 (7)

Lebanon — Caleb Broughton threw a three-hitter while he and his teammates pounded out 19 hits during the teams’ regular season finale.

Post 22 finished in third place in New Hampshire’s District A with an 11-5 record and next plays District B’s second-place finisher at noon on Friday in the state tournament at Manchester’s Gill Stadium.

Lebanon, 0-4 in state tournament games the past two years, benefited from Broughton striking out six batters and walking none, while occasionally deploying a knuckleball.

Trey Parker and Eric Jaynes each had four hits and Jaynes had two RBIs.

Kyle Hammond had three hits, including a double, and 3 RBIs and Kegan Silovich had two hits, drew two walks and drove in four runs. Keene finished 2-14.

Lebanon Jrs. 10, Milford 1

Lebanon — Lebanon Post 22 (8-4) won its fourth game in three days, a span in which it outscored its opponents 28-6.

Ethan Brueckner allowed two hits and one run over five innings while striking out four, and Emyrus Elkouh pitched two innings of hitless relief.

Nick Starosta had two hits and three RBIs for Post 22, while teammate Kyle Young scored twice and Trey Chickering drove home two runs.

Lebanon visits Milford on Tuesday.

WRJ 12, Brattleboro 2 (5)WRJ 4, Brattleboro 1

Brattleboro, Vt. — Hunter Perkins’ bases-clearing double in the top of the seventh inning snapped a 1-1 tie and gave White River Junction Post 84 (20-7-2 overall, 16-3 league) a twin bill sweep of Brattleboro Post 5.

Post 84 entered the day a half-game ahead of Brattleboro (13-6) in the Vermont Southern District standings with the state tournament approaching next weekend at Maxfield Sports Complex.

Jacob Perkins earned the win with two innings of one-hit ball in relief of Jordy Allard (five innings, four hits, one run, four strikeouts).

In game one, Tyler Hamilton had three hits in a mercy rule-shortened win. Hunter Perkins and Brady Clark added two hits apiece for Post 84, while Hunter Perkins tossed a five-hitter, striking out seven.

White River Junction visits Randolph on Tuesday.

Boys Soccer

Touchline V 7, Upper Valley United 0

Norwich — Touchline V (7-2-2) defeated Upper Valley United (1-3-0) in a New Hampshire Soccer Conference match.

Goals by David Stoffel, Eli Stack, Owen Stadheim, Pedro Gallino, and Charlie Adams (two) rounded off the first-half scoring, with helpers from Amane Matsuoka and Stack. Will Ermarth scored in the second half. Lizz Pelton had five saves for Upper Valley United, while Andrew Enelow kept a blank sheet for Touchline.

Leb. Central Supply 2 CRFC Claremont 1

Charlestown — Lebanon Central Supply defeated CRFC Claremont in an NHSC Division IV game.

Lebanon’s Patrick Mason opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with an assist from Marcus Roper, before CRFC Claremont knotted the score five minutes later.

In the 52nd minute, a corner kick from Central Supply’s Brodie McPherson deflected off a Claremont player for a game-winning own goal.

Erik Spaulding had five saves for Lebanon Central Supply, which avenged an earlier 2-1 defeat to Claremont in improving to 5-1. CRFC Claremont is 3-2-1.