Nighthawks, Eagles Split Doubleheader on Friday

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

GAME ONE: Edgewood 9 - Newbury 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Edgewood offense produced five runs in the third while senior pitcher Adam Eck (St. Charles, Ill.) threw a gem, allowing one run and one hit in six innings, helping the Eagles to a 9-1 win over the Newbury Nighthawks on Friday morning at the Player Development Complex.

Eagles senior Nick Cheaney (Oak Creek, Wis.) batted 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Senior Alex Fowler (Madison, Wis.) finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Junior Bryan Sternig (Grafton, Wis.) finished 2-for-4 on the morning.

Nighthawks freshman Brandon Affonso (Swansea, Mass.) was the only player to draw a hit for Newbury, finishing 1-for-3.

Tied 1-1 after two, the Eagles began the third with runners on the corners and no outs. A Fowler single scored two runs, giving the Eagles a 3-1 lead. Fowler later scored on a passed ball. Later in the inning, back-to-back RBI singles by Cheaney and senior Callen Gavic (Milwaukee, Wis.) put the Eagles ahead 6-1.

Edgewood added a pair in the fourth with Fowler scoring on a Nighthawks error and another RBI single by Cheaney to lead 8-1.

The Nighthawks held a 1-0 lead after the first, scoring their lone run on a third strike passed ball that scored senior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) on the play. 

Newbury had a chance to add offense in the second, loading the bases with two outs. Sobray struck out, one of 10 Ks for Eck on the day, ending the Nighthawks threat.

Eck gets the win, improving to 1-1 this season. Nighthawks senior Jacob Pringle (Achusnet, Mass.) takes the loss in five innings of work, falling to 1-3 this season.

 

GAME TWO: Newbury 11 - Edgewood 10

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Tied at 7-7 entering the seventh, the Nighthawks offense posted four runs in the top of the inning, leading to an 11-10 win over the Edgewood Eagles on Friday afternoon, earning a split of the doubleheader from the Player Development Complex.

Nighthawks senior Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, N.J.) had a career day, finishing 4-for-4 at the plate with a career-high four RBIs. Sophomore Dante Serino (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) batted 2-for-3 with an RBI. Senior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) was 2-for-2 with four runs scored.

Eagles senior Nick Cheaney (Oak Creek, Wis.) batted 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, the first of his career. Junior Casey Willis (Sewanee, Tenn.) batted 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

In the top of the seventh, the Nighthawks took an 8-7 lead on an RBI single by freshman Brandon Affonso (Swansea, Mass.). Following a sacrifice fly that gave the Nighthawks a 9-7 lead, back-to-back singles loaded the bases and an RBI single by junior David Center (Medford, Mass.) put Newbury ahead 10-7. Another sacrifice fly would cap the scoring for the Nighthawks, who led 11-7.

In the bottom of the inning, the Eagles loaded the bases with their first three batters. Then, two batters later, a two-run single by sophomore Patrick Wardlaw (McGregor, Texas) cut the deficit to 11-9.

In the course of that two-run single lies arguably the most important play of the game as the throw home to get the scorers was late, but an Eagles runner trying to take third on the throw was gunned down by Nighthawks catcher Radinsky Baez (Roxbury, Mass.) for the second out of the inning.

What made the play meaningful came two batters later on a Willis single that could have theoretically scored the man from third to tie the game. Instead, later in the seventh, a groundout to the shortstop ended the game in Newbury's favor 11-10.

 

The Nighthawks lead 5-2 after the top of the fourth, but the Eagles cut the deficit to 5-4 in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by senior Callen Gavic (Milwaukee, Wis.), followed by an RBI single by junior Casey Willis (Sewanee, Tenn.).

Newbury responded with a pair in the top of the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles by McGrorry and Serino to lead 7-4.

Edgewood tied the game 7-7 in the bottom of the inning thanks in part to two triples in the bottom of the fifth, one each from senior Alex Fowler (Madison, Wis.) and senior Jeff Tucker (Indian Head Park, Ill.).

Nighthawks senior Mark Travers (Norwood, Mass.) gets the win in his relief appearance of 1.2 innings, improving to 1-1 this season.

Eagles sophomore Jeff Wolf (La Grange Heights, Ill.) takes the loss in his relief appearance, falling to 0-2.

The Nighthawks sit at 6-7 as they wrap up their Florida trip tomorrow with a doubleheader against Skidmore College starting at noon.