NECBL: Eighteen-hit Sanford bounces past Nighthawks in 10

Staff Reports
Published: 7/18/2019 10:21:09 PM
Modified: 7/18/2019 10:20:59 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Sanford Mainers, who entered Thursday’s NECBL game with the Upper Valley Nighthawks one spot from the Northern Division basement and with the league’s worst batting average, slapped out 18 hits in a 12-11 victory in 10 innings at the Maxfield Sports Complex.

Upper Valley (20-13) snapped a four-game win streak with the defeat. It managed 16 hits, including three from lead-off batter Jeff Costello (Northeastern). The Nighthawks visit the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks on Friday night before returning home for a pivotal game against the Keene Swamp Bats on Sunday afternoon.

The Mainers rallied from an 11-7 deficit after six innings to tie the game in the eighth. They won despite committing five errors.

The Mainers shelled Upper Valley starter Will Carnley (Troy) for four runs on five hits in the second inning for a 4-0 lead. The Nighthawks got one run back in the home second, then used a six-run rally in the fourth inning to grab a 7-4 lead. Sanford’s Orlando Adams tied the game with a three-run home run into left-center field in the fifth.

The Nighthawks regained the upper hand an inning later with a four-run rally started by a two-run single by Andrew Cossetti (St. Joseph’s). But the Mainers responded with three runs in the seventh and a solo home run from Nick Howie in the eighth to tie the game again, 11-11.

Nighthawks closer Aaron Haase (Wichita State) wiggled out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the ninth with a third-pitch strike that catcher Anthony Quirion (Lamar) dropped only to tag Sanford’s Jack Van Remortel at home plate to end the threat.

Upper Valley loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with no outs but didn’t convert. Jack Zyska (Notre Dame) struck out, Cole Frederick (Jacksonville State) grounded into a fielder’s choice and Quirion popped up to right field to force extra innings.

Haase loaded the bases again in the 10th on a walk and a hit-by-pitch before Sanford’s Nicke Howie scored on a fielder’s choice grounder to first base. Sanford reliever Matthew Pushard struck out the side to lock down the wild win.

Andrew DeRoche (Trinity) is scheduled to start for Upper Valley against against the Sharks. Game time is 7 p.m.

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