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Local roundup: Nighthawks stop Valley win streak


Staff Reports
Saturday, July 13, 2019

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Upper Valley Nighthawks closer Aaron Haase (Wichita State) got his NECBL-leading sixth save, working out of a two-on, no-out jam in the ninth inning of a 3-2 win over the Valley Blue Sox on Saturday night at the Maxfield Sports Complex.

The win clinched the regular season series against Valley and snapped the Sox’ five-game winning streak. The Nighthawks (17-12) won a night after suffering a 12-2 defeat at Newport.

Jack Zyska (Notre Dame) opened the scoring with a solo home run over the center-field fence in the third inning, his third of the season, to give the Nighthawks an early lead. He added to it in the fifth with an RBI single into right field that scored David Marcano (NJIT) from second base.

Jordan DiValerio kept the 2-0 lead into the sixth, when back-to-back errors — one ground ball off of the glove of Anthony Quirion (Lamar) and another that snuck underneath the glove of Marcano — put runners on first and second base with two outs. DiValerio (five strikeouts) walked the next batter to load the bases, then gave up a two-run single that tied the game, 2-2.

Corley Woods (Jacksonville State) replaced DiValerio and got the last batter, going 1⅓ innings with a strikeout. Upper Valley retook the lead in the seventh inning, an error off of a ground ball by Jeff Costello (Northeastern) that scored Andrew Cossetti (St. Joseph’s) from third base.

Skylar Pichardo (Marist) got a strikeout in the eighth inning before Haase took the mound in the ninth, getting a strikeout and a force out to end the game.

Upper Valley visits the Winnipesaukee Muskrats on Sunday.

LEGION BASEBALL Lebanon 4, Merrimack 3 (8)

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Pinch hitter Andrew Hadlock bounced a grounder over the head of the Merrimack third baseman to score Kegan Silovich with the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning as Lebanon Post 22 (8-4) won a senior-division game over Post 98.

Lebanon spread its eight hits amongst eight different players. Silovich — who walked, stole second and took third on a ground out before Hadlock’s heroics — had an RBI, as did Nolan Gantrish.

Cody Turgeon threw the final four innings for the win, holding Post 98 to three hits with three strikeouts. Turgeon, Gantrish and Justin Smith combined on a seven-hitter.

The teams meet again on Sunday in a doubheleader at Lebanon High School.

Nashua sweeps juniors

LEBANON — Nashua Post 124, the undefeated leaders of New Hampshire District A, swept an 8-2 and 11-1 doubleheader from Lebanon Post 22 in junior-divisoni play at Lebanon High School.

Post 22 (6-7) held a 2-1 lead heading into the fifth inning of the opener before errors permitted four unearned runs for the visitors. Sam Sacerdote took the loss but allowed only one earned run over five frames. Braeden Falzarano and Jon Carrier both had two-hit games.

Nashua (10-0) dominated the nightcap, closing it out via the 10-run rule after five innings. Sacerdote and Ben Williams both had a pair of hits for Leban, with Williams providing the only run batted in. Mason Gantrish, Ian Hedgepeth and Dawson Bates shared the pitching.

Post 22 visits Merrimack on Sund afternoon.

FIELD HOCKEY LHS graduate joining Davidson as asst. coach

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Former Lebanon High field hockey standout Shauna Rankin-Byrne has joined the Davidson College field hockey program as an assistant coach.

Rankin-Byrne played defense for four years at Massachusetts, helping the Minutewomen to three Atlantic 10 championships and three NCAA tournament bids. After graduating last year, Rankin-Byrne stayed on at UMass as a volunteer assistant coach.

At Davidson, Rankin-Byrne will reunite with head coach Zoe Almquist, who was a UMass assistant for part of the former Raiders’ college career. Rankin-Byrne scored 59 goals and added 64 assists in four years at Lebanon, leading the Raiders to a state title in 2012.

Golf DeVito wins N.H. Am

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Passaconaway’s John DeVito claimed his first New Hampshire Golf Association amateur championship on Saturday with a 7-and-6 defeat of The Shattuck’s Jake Hollander in the 36-hole final match at Portsmouth Country Club.

DeVito led from the start, winning the opening hole and jumping to a 4-up lead after just five holes. Hollander never got closer than three holes the rest of the way.

Next year’s state amateur will be staged at Nashua Country Club.