Local Roundup: Nighthawks Power Past Bay Sox

  • Alvin Melendez

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New Bedford, Mass. — Christopher Berry ignited a five-run fourth inning for the Upper Valley Nighthawks with a two-run homer, and teammates Eric Feliz and Alvin Melendez followed with run-scoring doubles to power a 7-1 win over the New Bedford Bay Sox in New England Collegiate Baseball League play at Paul Walsh Field on Tuesday evening.

Locked in a scoreless tie, Matt Tarabek (Fordham) doubled to open the top of the fourth, moving up on a wild pitch before the homer from Berry (North Florida) made it 2-0.

After back-to-back strikeouts, Upper Valley’s Eddie Modica (LIU Brookline) and Hunter Gibson (Wichita State) walked, and both scored on the double from Feliz (Notre Dame). Melendez (Fordham) followed with an RBI double for the 5-0 cushion.

Modica’s bases-loaded ground out one inning later briefly extended the visitors’ lead before New Bedford finally dented the scoreboard. Upper Valley (4-1) set the final margin of victory when Gibson scored on a Melendez grounder.

Brody Lawson threw a strong five innings for the Hawks, allowing just the one New Bedford run on a fifth-inning wild pitch. Lawson (UNC-Wilmington) limited the Bay Sox to four hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Four relievers combined to close out the victory for Upper Valley.

The Nighthawks’ offense slapped 10 hits off six New Bedford pitchers, handing starter Serafino Brito (Rutgers) the loss. Melendez and Tarabek both had two hits to power the visitors.

The division-leading Nighhawks return to their Maxfield Sports Complex nest for the next two nights, hosting Winnipesaukee tonight and Sanford on Thursday. Both games start at 6:30 p.m.


Rhim Racing in Quebec

Saint-Georges, Quebec — Norwich native Brendan Rhim returns to competitive cycling today with his South Carolina-based team at the Tour de Beauce in Quebec.

Rhim was named to the seven-rider team of South Carolina-based Holowesko Citadel Racing this week. It’s the first cycling event for the Norwich native and Hanover High graduate since a crash ended his Tour of California after just two stages. Rhim sustained a collarbone injury in that wreck, but he returned to training in less than two weeks.

The five-day race begins with a 177-kilometer stage today beginning and ending in Saint-Georges, which is about 100 kilometers southeast of Quebec City. The tour includes a 20-kilometer time trial, a Rhim specialty, on Friday.

Holowesko rider Andzs Flaksis is the defending Tour de Beauce champion.