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Local Roundup: Nighthawks break runs record, rout Danbury


Staff Reports
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

DANBURY, Conn. — The Upper Valley Nighthawks, for the second time this summer, broke the team record for runs scored in a single game during a 18-8 shellacking over the Danbury Westerners at Rogers Park on Tuesday night.

Andrew Cossetti had his second two-hit game of the summer, both home runs on back-to-back at-bats in the seventh and eighth innings including a three-run blast in a seven-run eighth for Upper Valley. Cossetti, the St. Joseph’s catcher who entered the game batting .179, replaced Dan Bolt (Bradley) in the seventh as the designated hitter after Bolt went down with cramps.

Cossetti last had two hits in a June 8 loss to the Westerners at Maxfield.

The Nighthawks scored their runs in bunches, taking a 6-3 lead with three runs in the fourth inning — a run on an error and a two-run bomb from Jack Zyska (Notre Dame). Anthony Quirion (Lamar) and Cossetti added four more runs on two-run homers in the seventh before Upper Valley broke things open in the eighth.

It was the most runs scored by the Nighthawks since they broke the previous record in their season-opening 14-8 win over the Keene Swamp Bats on June 6, and the fourth time this summer Upper Valley has scored in double digits.

Devin Beckley (Citadel) was ejected in the third inning. Corley Woods (Jacksonville State) was solid in relief, striking out three in 3-1/3 scoreless innings. Henry Gladson (Notre Dame) gave up a grand slam in the eighth inning, but struck out three in two innings.

The Nighthawks improved to 19-12 overall, leapfrogging Keene for second place in the Northern Division. They travel to Vermont on Wednesday for a chance to clinch the Governor’s Cup for the first time since 2017.

JUNIOR LEGION BASEBALLLebanon 17, Weare 7 (5)

LEBANON — The hosts scored five times in both the second and fourth innings to improve to 7-7.

Hanover High’s John Hill had a double and two singles, Ben Williams had a triple and a single and Sam Sacerdote and Jorgen Leuthauser each had a double and a single. Braeden Falzarano and Calvin Bates each produced a pair of singles for Post 22, which leapfrogged Weare (7-8) into third place in the District A standings.

Lebanon plays a doubleheader against Nashua at Bishop Guertin High on Saturday, the first of six games in as many days to close the regular season. The state tournament is scheduled for Aug. 2-6 at Salem’s Michele Park and will include the top four teams from Districts A and B.

Correction

The Upper Valley Nighthawks defeated the Danbury Westerners, 18-8, on Tuesday night at Rogers Park in Danbury, Conn. An earlier version of this story misstated how many runs Danbury scored.