Nighthawks Offense Stays Red Hot, Beats UMPI 16-5

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

NORTHBORO, Mass. - The Nighthawks offense stayed hot in the early going this year, piling up 16 runs on Sunday afternoon as the Newbury Nighthawks completed the three-game sweep of the UMaine Presque Isle Owls with a 16-5 win at New England Baseball Complex.

Nighthawks senior Mitchell Walsh (Westport, Mass.) finished 1-for-1 with a three-run home run. Senior Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ont., Can.) batted 2-for-3 on the afternoon, including a double and scored twice.

Owls sophomore Will Stinson (Skowegan, Maine) batted 2-for-4 while sophomore Brad Patterson (Harker Heights, Texas) finished 1-for-3 with a triple.

The Nighthawks offense was rolling early as Center hit a bottom of the second, three-run home run, recording his first hit of the season and giving the Nighthawks a 3-0 lead.

Newbury added three more runs in the third to lead 6-0. Freshman Javi Martinez (Saugus, Mass.) recorded a two-run triple and later scored on a groundout by sophomore Andrew DiRito (Plymouth, Mass.).

The Owls responded with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth thanks to a successful double steal and Patterson's RBI triple.

However, the Nighthawks added another three in their half of the fourth to lead 9-2.

Newbury blew the score open with a six-spot in the eighth inning, including a two-RBI double by sophomore Brett Cabral (Plymouth, Mass.) and an RBI triple by freshman Ronald Zabala (Peabody, Mass.).

Nighthawks senior Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, Mass.) took the win after a five-inning performance, allowing two runs, one earned on four hits to improve to 1-0.

The Nighthawks start the year 3-0 for the second consecutive season. The New England Collegiate Conference schedule starts early in 2018 for the Nighthawks as they welcome Becker College to NEBC on Saturday, March 3 for a conference doubleheader starting at 11:00 a.m.