NEW BEDFORD, Mass. —The Upper Valley offense exploded for five runs in one inning, as the Nighthawks defeated the New Bedford Bay Sox by a score of 7-1 on Tuesday night.
Matt Tarabek (Fordham University) led off the fourth inning with a double before Chris Berry (University of North Florida) followed that at-bat with a two-run homer to put the Nighthawks up 2-0 early on.
Eric Feliz (University of Notre Dame) and Alvin Melendez (Fordham University) pieced together back-to-back doubles in the fourth frame to plate three more Nighthawks runs, and give Upper Valley a 5-0 lead. With the RBI knock, Feliz extended his hit streak to four games.
The Nighthawks offensive continued to thrive into the fifth inning, as Upper Valley added another run to their tally when Eddie Modica (Long Island University) drove in Tarabek from third base on a grounded out to the pitcher.
New Bedford scraped a run across in the home-half of the 5th inning on a wild pitch, which reduced the Nighthawks lead to 6-1.
The Nighthawks managed to tack on one more run in the 9th inning, as Anthony Quirion (Lamar University) came around to score after reaching base on a leadoff walk. Upper Valley held off the Bay Sox in the final frame and emerged victorious.
Upper Valley starter Brody Lawson (University of North Carolina Wilmington) hurled five innings, giving up four hits, three walks, and striking out five Bay Sox batters. David Sampson (Plymouth State University) threw an inning of relief and striking out one. Stephen Hansen (Iona College) struck out two in a hitless seventh inning, before Ty Adock (Elon University) pitched the 8th inning, allowing two walks and striking out a pair of batters. Jack Ipsen (Bryant University) came in to close the door on New Bedford in the 9th inning.
The Nighthawks return home tomorrow to host the Winnipesaukee Muskrats at 6:30 PM. Maxfield Sports Complex will belong to the dogs as the Nighthawks host Bark in the Park to support the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society. There will be a dog show, dog parade, dog treats, and of course — hot dogs to eat! For those who cannot make it to the ballpark, pregame coverage is set to begin at 6:20 PM on the NECBL Broadcast Network.