Nighthawks Fall in Doubleheader to Skidmore to Finish Florida Trip

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

GAME ONE: Skidmore 6 - Newbury 0

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Skidmore pitching combined for a four-hit shutout while the Thoroughbreds offense provided plenty of support with a four-run outburst in the fifth inning, as Skidmore cruised to a 6-0 win over the Newbury Nighthawks in the first game of a doubleheader from Terry Park.

Skidmore sophomore Jay Gamboa (Portland, Ore.) threw five innings, allowing four hits on the afternoon. Senior Hayden Smith (Williston, Vt.) batted 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and runs scored.

Nighthawks senior Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada) finished 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Senior Mitchell Walsh (Westport, Mass.) and sophomore Dante Serino (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) each finished with a hit.

The Nighthawks threated to get on the board in the second with runners on first and second and one out. But the threat was over following a strikeout and Peluso being caught stealing.

The Thoroughbreds broke through in the fourth, starting the inning with a Smith double. Following a flyout that moved Smith to third, a Nighthawks error allowed Smith to score, giving Skidmore a 1-0 lead.

The Nighthawks had another opportunity in the top of the fifth, this time with runners on the corners and one out. Gamboa got out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts as the Nighthawks left two on base.

Skidmore added plenty of insurance, including a two-run single by Smith that gave the Thoroughbreds a 3-0 lead. Smith scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly that gave Skidmore a 5-0 lead.

Sophomore Ryan Strickland (Marlow, N.H.) added one more for Skidmore in the sixth on an RBI single.

Gamboa earned the win, improving to 1-1. Nighthawks senior Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, N.J.) pitched six innings, picking up the loss to fall to 3-1 this season.


GAME TWO: Skidmore 11 - Newbury 6

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Skidmore freshman Sam Beck (Warren, N.J.) hit a two-run single in the fifth, leading the way to a comeback win, 11-6 over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday afternoon from Terry Park.

Beck finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a double. Junior Will Potter (Charlotte, Vt.) finished 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Sophomore Matt Chipkin (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) batted 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

Nighthawks junior Radinsky Baez (Roxbury, Mass.) batted 3-for-3, all singles. Junior David Center (Medford, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with a double.

In the Skidmore fifth, trailing 5-4, the Thoroughbreds took the lead on Beck's two-run, two-out single, scoring the runners from second and third to lead 6-5.

In the seventh, Skidmore added four insurance runs including RBI doubles by Potter and senior Shawn Klier (Rockville Center, N.Y.) to lead 11-6.

Skidmore was out in front early, scoring two of their first three first-inning runs due to Nighthawks errors to lead 3-0 after the top of the first.

With the Nighthawks trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the second, Newbury loaded the bases with one out in the inning. Freshman Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) singled in a run to trail 3-2 and senior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) hit a two-run double to give the Nighthawks a 4-3 lead.

Later in the inning, freshman Javi Martinez (Saugus, Mass.) singled home Cipolla to give the Nighthawks a 5-3 lead.

Thoroughbreds junior Jacob Berish (Sharon, Mass.) pitched 3.1 relief innings, earning the win to improve to 2-1.

Nighthawks freshman Leo Frisella (Tewksbury, Mass.) gets credit for the loss in 3.2 innings, falling to 0-1 this season.

The Nighthawks return home from Florida at 6-9 and return to play on Thursday, March 22 as they host Rivier University at 3:30 p.m. from New England Baseball Complex.