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Local Roundup: Muskrats Snap Nighthawks’ Win Streak



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Nighthawks’ win streak began 10 days and nine victories ago with a two-run win over the Winnipesaukee Muskrats. On Wednesday, the Muskrats exacted their revenge in a 7-3 win at the Maxfield Sports Complex, snapping Upper Valley’s momentum ahead of its biggest NECBL Northern Division matchup of the season, tonight vs. the Valley Blue Sox.

The reasons Upper Valley head coach Jason Szafarski ticked off for the loss were many: “Not getting ahead enough early in the game, getting them in fastball counts, leaving breaking balls up, a couple of base-running mistakes, dropped ball on (a) run-down.

“They’re not used to playing six games a week,” he added. “If they are struggling a little bit, I try to give them a day off. Just keep their legs fresh.”

Upper Valley sat catcher Ryan Jeffers, outfielder Frankie Gregoire and third baseman Al Molina on Wednesday.

Nighthawks starter Charlie Sheehan (1-1) gave up nine hits and seven earned runs in four innings, struggling in his second start of the year in front of an announced home attendance of 216 at Maxfield. The Nighthawks were outscored 14-2 in eight consecutive innings in two games — seven runs in the last four innings against Sanford on Tuesday and another seven in the first four innings against Winnipesaukee on Wednesday.

“We just didn’t get the breaks,” Szafarski said. “A couple walks, a couple of their hits. The next thing you know, you’re down by seven. It’s tough to come back from. But we played better the second half of the game. That’s always good to see.”

Upper Valley’s offense didn’t get anything going until the fifth inning, scoring three runs and stranding five runners in three innings to get within striking distance. Luke Reynolds and James McConnon each had two hits and scored a run for the Nighthawks (9-3).

Upper Valley’s Matt Sanders was 1-for-5 with an RBI, extending his hit streak to eight games.

The Nighthawks play their first road game in 10 days against the Blue Sox (7-3), who enter tonight’s contest having won seven straight. Joe DeRosa (1-1, 3.27 ERA, 11 innings pitched) will start for Upper Valley. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at Mackenzie Stadium in Holyoke, Mass.

— Josh Weinreb

Legion Baseball

WRJ 17, Ludlow 4 (6)

Ludlow, Vt. — Jordy Allard had four hits and four RBIs as White River Junction Post 84 (7-2) won a game shortened by darkness.

Tyler Hamilton had four hits and two RBIs for Post 91, and teammate Hunter Perkins added two hits and three RBIs.

Hamilton started and allowed five hits and three runs in four innings while collecting the win. He struck out three and walked one.

Reliever Riley Packard allowed one run on one hit and three walks in two innings.

White River Junction hits the road again today with a visit to Bennington.

H.S. Golf

Pelletier, Gebo at Regionals

Keene, n.h. — Lebanon High’s Kyle Pelletier and Newport High’s Cameron Gebo finished off the pace as the Upper Valley’s only representatives at Wednesday’s New England Interscholastic Golf Championship at Bretwood Golf Course.

Pelletier, who will be a junior with the Raiders this fall, and Gebo, who recently graduated from Newport after leading the Tigers to their third straight NHIAA Division III championship, both shot 7-over-par rounds of 79.

They finished in a three-way tie for 29th place with Rice’s Mike Walsh.

New Hampshire golfers came away with wins in both divisions. Winnacunnet’s Ryan Quinn won the boys’ crown with a 6-under 66, and Pinkerton’s Lauren Thibodeau topped Isabella Premkumar of Groton-Dunstable (Mass.) in a playoff after matching rounds of 1-under 71.

No Upper Valley girls qualified for the tournament.