Local roundup: Hawks’ late rally falters in loss to Keene

Staff Reports
Published: 7/21/2019 10:00:01 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A ninth-inning Upper Valley Nighthawks rally fell short in a 7-6 NECBL loss to the Keene Swamp Bats on Sunday at the Maxfield Sports Complex.

Upper Valley (20-15) slipped to third place in the NECBL’s Northern Division with its third consecutive defeat, all by one run. Keene won the regular-season series between the two North rivals, 3-2, and now holds a tiebreaker edge on the Nighthawks on any postseason tiebreaker. Upper Valley next travels to Goodall Park for a meeting with the Sanford Mainers on Tuesday.

Jordan DiValerio (St. Joseph’s) struck out 12 over seven innings but gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk as the Swamp Bats (21-14) took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning. Keene added to it with back-to-back home runs on Upper Valley reliever Taylor Gibson in the eighth and another run in the ninth.

The Nighthawks managed only two hits — including a solo home run from Cole Frederick (Jacksonville State) — until the seventh inning. Frederick’s second homer of the game, another solo shot, kicked off the comeback, as Upper Valley scored five times on eight hits in the final three frames.

Down 7-3, the Nighthawks scored three runs in the ninth. Dan Bolt (Bradley) came home on an error, Gregory Hardison (UNC Greensboro) plated Brian Moore (Lipscomb) and Hardison scored on an RBI sacrifice fly from Jack Zyska (Notre Dame). David Marcano (NJIT) represented the potential tying run on first base, but Anthony Quirion (Lamar) popped up to right field to end the game.

Devin Beckley (Citadel) is scheduled to start against Sanford on Tuesday.

Four Nighthawksto All-Star Game

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Four Upper Valley Nighthawks were selected on Saturday to the Northern Division roster for next weekend’s NECBL All-Star Game in Montpelier.

Cole Frederick (Jacksonville State) will be the sole starter. The third baseman has been among the top bats in the NECBL all season, entering Sunday night ranked second with a .393 batting average.

Frederick will be joined on the roster by pitchers Jordan DiValerio (St. Joseph’s) and Aaron Haase (Wichita State) and catcher Anthony Quirion (Lamar). DiValerio and Quirion are making their second straight All-Star Game appearances; Quirion made last summer’s roster as a third baseman.

The NECBL All-Star Game is Sunday at Montpelier Recreation Field. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.

LEGION BASEBALLLebanon 3, Jutras 1

LEBANON — Lebanon Post 22 enhanced its chances for a New Hampshire junior state tournament position by topping Jutras at Lebanon High School to complete a suspended game.

Post 22 improved to 9-9 in District A play. Lebanon visits Weare on Monday and Keene on Tuesday before a return date with Keene at LHS on Thursday to close the regular season.

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