NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. - A six-run second inning by the Nighthawks provided plenty of offense as the Newbury Nighthawks shutout the Anna Maria Amcats 10-0 in a rain-shortened, five-inning game from the New England Baseball Complex on Thursday night.
Nighthawks sophomore Dante Serino (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) picked up his first career win, pitching five innings of shutout baseball while allowing seven hits. Senior Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, N.J.) batted 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Freshman Javi Martinez (Saugus, Mass.) batted 1-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored, and two stolen bases.
Amcats freshman Nick Genatossio (Sutton, Mass.) batted 2-for-2 including a double. Senior Tanner Jakola (Leominster, Mass.) finished 1-for-2 with a double.
After a scoreless first, the Nighthawks took control with a six-run second inning. The scoring started on a sac fly by freshman Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) to give the Nighthawks a 1-0 lead.
The Nighthawks added five more runs, all with two outs, starting with an RBI double by junior David Center (Medford, Mass.), giving the Nighthawks a 2-0 lead. Martinez followed the Center double with a two-run single up the middle, giving the Nighthawks a 4-0 lead. McGrorry followed with a single, scoring a pair and giving the Nighthawks a 6-0 lead.
Now leading 7-0, the Nighthawks added three more runs in the fourth, starting with an RBI groundout by senior Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada). Later in the inning, a McGrorry double followed by an error gave the Nighthawks a 10-0 lead.
Two innings later, headed for the sixth, conditions deteriorated and the game was called due to the rain.
Serino moves to 1-0 with the win. Amcats senior Camden Brown (Gardner, Mass.) takes the loss and falls to 0-1.
The Nighthawks move to 9-17 overall, while the Amcats drop to 10-16.
The Nighthawks open a three-game series this weekend with Southern Vermont College, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.