Nighthawks, SteepleCats share honors in doubleheader

  • Upper Valley third baseman Ronald Evans watches the flight of a fourth-inning foul ball during the second game of the Nighthawks' NECBL doubleheader split with the North Adams SteepleCats at Joe Wolfe Field in North Adams, Mass., on June 16, 2021. The Nighthawks won the nightcap, 3-0, after sustaining a 3-1 loss in the opening game. Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Valley News — Greg Fennell—

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Published: 6/16/2021 10:35:40 PM
Modified: 6/17/2021 1:37:59 PM

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Upper Valley Nighthawks (7-3) split a doubleheader with the North Adams SteepleCats (3-4-2) on Wednesday evening at Joe Wolfe Field.

The SteepleCats won the first game, 3-1, thanks to a three-run first inning. The Nighthawks scored in the fourth but stranded six runners on base in the seven-inning contest.

Upper Valley third baseman Ronald Evans (UNC Wilmington) had a multi-hit game with two singles. First baseman William Sullivan (Troy) recorded the Nighthawks’ lone RBI on a solo home run.

Cade Lommel (Creighton) pitched five innings in game one. He gave up two earned runs on three hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts.

In the second game, the Nighthawks scored a 3-0 victory.

Upper Valley grabbed the lead in the fourth inning, and tacked on two runs in the fifth.

Shortstop Max Viera (Northeastern) went 2-for-2 in the late game with an RBI, a run and a stolen base. Left fielder Alan Roden (Creighton) picked up his third RBI on a single, which put the Nighthawks ahead, 1-0.

Pitchers Cameron Bye (Wichita State), Cole Garrett (Liberty) and Zane Kmietek (Marist) combined for the shutout on the mound. Bye started, lasting 4⅔ innings and giving up four hits and one walk while striking out five batters. Garrett got the final out of the fifth inning. Kmietek finished out the last two innings and surrendered just one hit.

The Nighthawks will return home to face the Keene Swamp Bats on Friday at Maxfield Sports Complex.

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