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Local roundup: Nighthawks fall to Gulls

Staff Reports
Published: 7/30/2019 9:47:53 PM
Modified: 7/30/2019 9:47:45 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A playoff spot for the Upper Valley Nighthawks may come down to relying on the rest of the New England Collegiate Baseball League to fall into place. They certainly aren’t helping themselves.

Upper Valley was flat all around for the second consecutive night, its pitching staff giving up 15 hits in a 8-5 loss the Newport Gulls on Tuesday night at the Maxfield Sports Complex.

The loss drops the Nighthawks to 23-18 overall and 11-10 at home; they suddenly may need league-wide assistance for one of three playoffs spots in the NECBL’s Northern Division with three regular season games remaining. But the Hawks still control their own destiny; win out and they’re in.

The Nighthawks are in third place in the North and lead the Valley Blue Sox by one game for the division’s final playoff spot.

On Wednesday, the Nighthawks are home for a doubleheader against the Mystic Schooners, who are trying to fend off the Danbury Westerners for the Southern Division’s third and final playoff spot. Game one begins at 4 p.m.

“We’ve got three games left and the playoffs are right in front of us,” Upper Valley head coach Keller Bradford said. “All we have to do, I feel like, is win one and get some help from some other teams in the league and we’ll be sitting pretty. It’s going to be a fight, no matter what.”

Newport knocked around every Upper Valley pitchers it faced, scoring in each of the first four innings. The Gulls (25-17) had five hits and scored four runs, two earned, against Nighthawks starter Jordan DiValerio (St. Joseph’s) in two innings. Paxton Thompson (Bradley), making his first appearance since suffering an oblique injury on June 27, struck out two, then walked three and gave up a hit and a run in the third inning.

Corley Woods (Jacksonville State) gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk in the next four innings and Henry Gladson (Notre Dame) threw a wild pitch that allowed the Gulls to score their eighth run.

The Nighthawks got a two-home run game from Cole Frederick (Jacksonville State). Andrew Cossetti (St. Joseph’s) had an RBI double in the second inning and Anthony Quirion (Lamar) scored on a wild pitch in the seventh. Frederick hit a solo home run in the third and a two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth, his eighth of the summer.

Upper Valley had the bases loaded in the sixth inning and failed to score and left 10 runners on base.

Will Carnley (Troy) is scheduled to start game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader.

MEN’S HOCKEY Dartmouth duo getsacademic recognition

HANOVER — Two rising seniors on the Dartmouth men’s hockey team, Daniel Warpecha and Cam Strong, both made the American Hockey Coaches Association’s All-American Scholars team on Tuesday.

The AHCA list included 292 players from the nation’s 60 Division I programs. Candidates had to have a minimum 3.60 grade-point average in each semester of the past season while also playing in at least 40 percent of their team’s games. The ECAC accounted for 45 athletes on the D-I men’s list.

Strong finished the school year with a 3.78 GPA with an engineering sciences major. Warpecha had a 3.83 GPA, majoring in economics.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Swann named preseason All-American

HANOVER — Dartmouth cornerback Isiah Swann landed on the Stats Preseason FCS All-American team on Tuesday.

The senior, who won last year’s Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League’s defensive player of the year, led the nation with nine interceptions. He enters the upcoming campaign with 13 picks for his career, tied for the Big Green program record.

Swann made the Stats first team. He was the only Ivy Leaguer on either the first or second team; Yale wideout Reed Klubnik and Princeton offensive lineman Reily Radosevich made the third team.

GOLF Meehan in top flightat N.H. Junior

CONCORD — Rising Hanover High senior Jack Meehan qualified for the championship flight at the New Hampshire Golf Association junior championship with a 7-over-par 79 in Tuesday’s second round.

With a two-day tally of 13-over 157, Meehan grabbed the 15th of 16 spots in the top flight for Wednesday’s final round.

Representing Hanover Country Club, Meehan is nine shot behind the tournament’s three leaders, North Conway’s Ben Dougherty, Laconia’s Evan Rollins and Atkinson’s Jack Pepin.

Meehan will tee off with the Golf Club of New England’s Will Ducharme in the championship flight’s opening pairing at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, the tournament’s final day.

H.S. SOCCER Former Newport coachhas new home

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Ray Curren, Newport High’s girls soccer coach last season, has moved to the same position at Springfield High.

Curren, a Stevens High guidance counselor, directed the Tigers to a 3-12-1 record with a roster that sometimes dipped to as few as a dozen healthy players. Newport was outscored, 62-19, but won two of its last three contests.

Curren, who previously coached at Connecticut’s high school level, also is a soccer referee and operates the Maxfield Complex scoreboard during Upper Valley Nighthawks baseball games. He replaced Jon Hamel, who was 1-15 during the last of his five seasons with the Tigers.

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