A fifth-inning sacrifice fly by Nighthawks junior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) turned out to be the difference maker in a low scoring affair as the Newbury Nighthawks advance to the New England Collegiate Conference Semifinals by virtue of a 3-2 win over the Elms Blazers on Tuesday afternoon from Hellenic Diamond.
The Nighthawks softball program is making their sixth straight New England Collegiate Conference playoff appearance, continuing their best streak in program history. In what could be one of the most competitive tournaments in recent history, five of the six playoff teams all had 10-wins in the NECC. The lone exception is a capable Mitchell College team, who finished their season 9-7 in conference to clinch the No. 6 seed.
Nighthawks, Mariners Split Doubleheader, Nighthawks Clinch No. 4 seed
Nighthawks junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) finished the week batting .588 and has been named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, for the Week ending on April 29 and announced by the Conference Office on Monday.
The Nighthawks fell in a pair of games against Eastern Nazarene on Monday afternoon.
The Nighthawks took a pair of wins over the Wheelock Wildcats on Sunday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play.
A late-game rally by the Nighthawks earns them a split of the doubleheader action with Becker.
Mustangs freshman Jill Skalski (Cranford, N.J.) finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, helping the high-powered Mustangs offense to a 9-1 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Wednesday afternoon at Mount Ida Softball Field in game one of a non-conference doubleheader.