GAME ONE: Newbury 7 - Southern Vt. 2
BENNINGTON, Vt. - Nighthawks junior David Center (Medford, Mass.) went a perfect 3-for-3, including a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, as the Newbury Nighthawks took game one from the Southern Vermont Mountaineers 7-2 on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Nighthawks senior Mitchell Walsh (Westport, Mass.) batted 1-for-4 including a solo home run, the third of his season. Sophomore Justin Banks (Corona, Calif.) batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and runs scored. Senior Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada) went 1-for-4 and in the process became the 10th player in program history to reach 100 career hits.
Mountaineers senior John Arancio (Oradell, N.J.) batted 2-for-3 with a run scored. Sophomore Jordan Banks (Bristol, Conn.) finish 0-for-2 but recorded the only Mountaineer RBI.
The Nighthawks opened the game with a 2-0 lead on back-to-back RBI singles by Center and freshman Javi Martinez (Saugus, Mass.).
Now leading 3-0, Banks added a run with an RBI single in the third, scoring Martinez for a 4-0 lead. An inning later, the Nighthawks would go up 5-0 on Center's double down the right-field line.
The Mountaineers closed to 5-2 headed for the seventh, but Walsh's leadoff home run and Peluso's RBI groundout reestablished a five-run lead at 7-2.
Nighthawks senior Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, N.J) pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits and improving to 5-3 this season. Mountaineers senior Nick Hartman (East Hartland, Conn.) also went seven innings, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits, falling to 3-3.
GAME TWO: Newbury 6 - Southern Vt. 5 (F/8)
BENNINGTON, Vt. - Trailing by five runs after four innings, the Nighthawks would pull out the win in extra innings with sophomore Justin Banks (Corona, Calif.) scoring on a wild pitch to provide the game-winning run in a 6-5 win over the Southern Vermont Mountaineers.
Mountaineers senior John Arancio (Oradell, N.J.) batted 2-for-4, including a double. Junior Dan Mason (Bloomingdale, N.J.) finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Trailing 5-0 entering the fifth, the Nighthawks cut into the deficit with a two-run double by junior David Center (Medford, Mass.) to trail 5-2.
In the next inning, Martinez led off with a solo home run to bring the Nighthawks within two. Later in the inning, an RBI groundout by McGrorry would cut the deficit to 5-4.
With one out in the seventh, freshman Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) reached base after being hit by a pitch and took second and third on wild pitches by the Mountaineers. Senior Mitchell Walsh (Westport, Mass.) tied the game 5-5 on a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Cipolla.
In the eighth with two outs, another wild pitch would be the Mountaineers downfall, scoring Banks for the Nighthawks to come back an lead 6-5.
The pair of wins moves the Nighthawks to 11-17 (5-8 NECC) while the Mountaineers fall to 5-12 (3-5 NECC).
The two teams finish the three-game set tomorrow at noon.