Local Roundup: Nighthawks Washed Out

Published: 7/27/2018 11:37:42 PM
Modified: 7/27/2018 11:37:52 PM

Holyoke, Mass. — The Upper Valley Nighthawks’ NECBL game against the Valley Blue Sox on Friday at Mackenzie Stadium was cut short in the top of the fifth inning after a lengthy weather delay.

The Nighthawks (22-17) held a 2-0 lead at the time and was threatening in the fifth inning with runners on first and second base and two outs before the game was suspended. Anthony Meduri (Binghamton) and Ty Adcock (Elon) hit back-to-back RBI singles in the first inning to give Upper Valley an early 2-0 lead. Meduri, who was 2-for-2 in the shortened stint, was later taken out of the game with a cut on his left hand that needed stitches.

Nighthawks starter Cole Stetzar rolled through four innings of work, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk while striking out four. Stetzar entered the game with a 2-1 record in five starts and a 1.98 ERA.

A make-up date has not yet been announced. Valley travels to the Maxfield Sports Complex on Tuesday.

The Nighthawks entered Friday’s action in second place in the NECBL’s Northern Division, 5½ games behind the first-place Blue Sox. Upper Valley is battling for one the division’s two wild-card playoff sports with Sanford and Keene.

The Nighthawks greet the Vermont Mountaineers (18-22) at 6:30 tonight at Maxfield.

Men’s Basketball

Faucher Hired at Nichols

Dudley, Mass. — Nichols College hired Lebanon High School graduate Scott Faucher as its 19th men’s basketball coach in program history on Friday.

The job with the Bison is Faucher’s first as a college head coach. He spent the last four years as a full-time assistant at Bowdoin College. The Brunswick, Maine-based Bears went 57-39 during Faucher’s time there, during which time he helped develop a NESCAC player of the year and rookie of the year. He also assisted at St. Michael’s College shortly after completing his four-year playing career at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

“From the moment I stepped on campus, it was clear that Nichols is an institution that is committed to excellence,” Faucher said in a news release. “I’m eager to get on campus and join the team as we work to add to the tradition of success that is Nichols College athletics.”

Faucher is the son of former Dartmouth College men’s basketball coach Dave Faucher, who will be guiding Lebanon High this winter while longtime head coach Kieth Matte takes a year off. Scott Faucher is also the founder of the Lebanon Longhorns AAU basketball program.

College Skiing

Colby-Sawyer Hires Alpine Coach

New London — Colby-Sawyer hired Justin Sperry as the new head coach of the men’s and women’s alpine ski racing program, Athletic Director George Martin announced on Friday.

Sperry joins the Colby-Sawyer family after spending the previous three years with Clarkson University, where he was the head coach the past two seasons after a year as an assistant. He guided the men’s team to win the giant slalom at the USCSA national meet last season.

Sperry skied at Colby (Maine) College, where received a bachelor’s degree in geology in 2014.

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