Nighthawks Run Into Keene Bats

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Keene, n.h. — The Upper Valley Nighthawks aren’t the only team in the New England Collegiate Baseball League capable of putting a crooked number on the scoreboard.

The Keene Swamp Bats handed the Nighthawks their first loss of the young NECBL season on Friday night with a 10-5 victory at Alumni Field.

The Swamp Bats (1-1) broke open a one-run game with a five-run fourth inning and used 5⅓ innings of one-run relief to take the game.

Greyson McLeod (West Georgia) took the loss for Upper Valley (1-1), allowing seven earned runs over 3⅓ innings on the mound.

Keene scored twice in the bottom of the second and three times in the home third for a 5-1 lead. The Nighthawks mounted a quick comeback in the fourth, getting an RBI double from Eric Feliz (Notre Dame) and run-scoring singles from Gregory Hardison (UNC-Greensboro) and Drew Tipton (Arkansas State) to close to within 5-4.

Keene used four hits and an Upper Valley error in its half of the fourth to pull away. Jeffrey Praml (SNHU) earned the win in relief for the Swamp Bats, surrendering only a homer from Upper Valley’s Matt Tarabek (Fordham) in the sixth.

Tipton went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Hardison finished 2-for-4 to lead Upper Valley’s 10-hit attack.

The Nighthawks open the home portion of their schedule tonight, hosting the Winnipesaukee Muskrats at 6:30 p.m. at the Maxfield Sports Complex.