Relief issues send Nighthawks to first loss

Staff Reports
Published: 6/11/2021 8:44:45 AM
Modified: 6/11/2021 8:44:49 AM

MONTPELIER — The Upper Valley Nighthawks dropped their first New England Collegiate Baseball League game of the season Thursday, falling 10-7 to the Vermont Mountaineers at Montpelier Recreation Field.

The Nighthawks (4-1) went ahead, 2-0, in the first inning and led 7-2 through six innings.

That’s where things fell apart. The Mountaineers (2-3) scored four runs in the seventh and eighth innings against Upper Valley pitchers Tyler Spitzbarth (Valdosta State) and Zane Kmietek (Marist) to take the lead.

Nighthawks second baseman Kyle Novak (James Madison) had a strong game at the plate. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run. Shortstop Luca Trigiani (St. Joseph’s) finished 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and one run.

Cade Lommel (Creighton) started on the mound for Upper Valley, giving up one earned run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in four innings.

The Nighthawks return home to Maxfield Sports Complex Saturday to host the North Shore Navigators in their home opener.

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