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Local roundup: Hawks use late rally to top Muskrats

  • Brian Moore (9) of the Upper Valley Nighthawks poses for a portrait at the Maxfield Sports Complex in White River Junction, Vt., on Monday, June 3, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

Staff Reports
Published: 7/14/2019 10:14:26 PM
Modified: 7/14/2019 10:14:24 PM

LACONIA, N.H. — The Upper Valley Nighthawks scored four runs in the eighth and ninth innings on Sunday afternoon, weathering a 16-hit performance by the Winnipesaukee Muskrats, the NECBL Northern Division’s basement dwellers, in an 8-7 win at the Robbie Mills Sports Complex.

The win temporarily tied Upper Valley (18-12) with the North Adams SteepleCats (16-10) for first place in the division. It also deadlocked the five-game season series with Winnipesaukee at two wins apiece. The Nighthawks have Monday off before traveling to the Danbury Westerners on Tuesday.

Upper Valley led, 4-3, after two innings. largely off of a three-run rally in the second. A solo home run from John Hosmer (Davidson) and a two-run bomb from Dan Bolt (Bradley) reversed a 3-1 deficit.

The Muskrats (8-19) retook the lead with one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Winnipesaukee maintained its lead until the Nighthawks’ late-game rally.

Brian Moore started the comeback with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth, tying the game, 5-5. The Muskrats scored in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead, but Upper Valley scored three more runs in the ninth, one on a wild pitch by the Muskrats’ Vincente Mendoza and two bases-loaded walks from reliever Michael Martinez.

Adam Smith (UNC-Wilmington), the fifth of six Upper Valley pitchers to see time on the mound, faced two batters in the home eighth and got the rally-ending out for the win. Aaron Haase (Wichita State) picked up his league-leading seventh save in the ninth, giving up a solo home run before striking out the side.

Andrew DeRoche (Trinity) is scheduled to start at Danbury for the Nighthawks.

JUNIOR LEGION Lebanon 4, Merrimack 2

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Braeden Falzarano tosses a complete-game four-hitter and helped his own cause with a run-scoring double as Lebanon Post 22 (7-7) picked up a key New Hampshire District A win over Merrimack (4-8), the team closest to it in the divisional standings.

Falzarano fanned five, walked one and gave up just one earned run as Post 22 bounced back quickly from Saturday’s doubleheader sweep loss to league-leading Nashua. Casey Graham highlighted a 3-for-4 day with a two-run double, Falzarano finished with two hits and Mason Gantrish drove in a run.

Lebanon hosts Weare on Tuesday night.

SENIOR LEGION Lebanon sweeps Merrimack

LEBANON — Lebanon Post 22 broke out the bats in a 21-8 and 11-10 sweep of Merrimack in senior New Hampshire American Legion play.

Post 22 used 16 hits and seven walks to dominate the opener. Jack Loftus had a three-run homer and Joey Perras (four RBIs) added an inside-the-park job to support winning pitcher Trey Parker. Trey Chickering also drove in four runs.

Lebanon rallied from a 10-9 deficit in the home seventh to win the nightcap. Andrew Hadlock walked, Kegan Silovich sacrificed him over and four straight walks followed to provide Post 22 its tying and winning runs.

Lebanon (10-4) visits Sweeney at Manchester Memorial High School on Tuesday.

Rutland 2, WRJ 1

RUTLAND — White River Junction Post 84 couldn’t carry over the momentum of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Bellows Falls, dropping a narrow Vermont Southern Division game to Rutland Post 31 at St. Peter’s Field.

White River Junction (8-8) hosts Bellows Falls on Monday night.

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