Nighthawks Fall 7-6 in Walk-Off Loss at Dean

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
THE BASICS

Final Score: Dean College 7, Newbury College 6
Records: Dean College (10-25-1, 5-10 NECC), Newbury College (12-22, 4-11 NECC)
Location: Longley Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM

THE LEAD:
Jeff Sharnick
 (Stratford, Conn.) sent a single up the middle, chasing home Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) and host Dean College walked off with a dramatic, 7-6 win over Newbury College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball action on Thursday afternoon.

The Bulldogs, who trailed 6-1 entering the eighth inning, scored five in the bottom of the frame to tie the score and then got the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Nighthawks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead when they got RBI doubles from both Mitchell Walsh and Javi Martinez as well as a run-scoring single from Matt Peluso in the top of the first off of Dean starter Colton Fitzsimmons (Fairhaven, Mass.).

Newbury tacked on another run in the third when Martinez brought home Walsh with a single to left.

Down 4-0, Dean got an unearned run in the fifth when Corey Karnilla (Raritan, N.J.) scampered home before Vinny Buonaiuto (Danbury, Conn.) was tagged out on a pickoff.

The Nighthawks added single runs in the sixth on a single by Christopher Tran and an RBI groundout by Peluso to move their lead to 6-1.

Dean's rally began almost immediately in the eighth when Travis Dinsdale (Worcester, Mass.) reached on an error and then came around to score on a Will Kulcher (Crown Point, Ind.) single up the middle.

Another run came home on a fielder's choice and when Ben Chajet (Hillsboro Beach, Fla.) reached on an infield single, Kulcher raced home for yet another Bulldog run.

Still with no outs, Matt Callahan (Attleboro, Mass.) dropped in a single to shallow left center – a hit that tied the score as both Chajet and Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) scored.

It looked as if the Nighthawks might go ahead in the ninth, when Walsh found his way to second base with no outs. But a heads up play by Callahan, who was able to tag out Walsh in between second and third, thwarted any thoughts of a Newbury run.

Dean then stole the game in the bottom of the ninth when Hadden led off the inning with a double to left field. Kulcher moved him to third on a deep fly to right, setting the stage for Sharnick's heroics.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Chajet, Hadden, Kulcher and Sharnick all had two hits for Dean and while Chajet gets the win for pitching the ninth, reliever Alex Belanger (Southbridge, Mass.) was the Bulldogs' most effective pitcher, tossing 3.2 innings and allowing just one earned run.

UP NEXT:

The Nighthawks play the Southern Vermont Mountaineers on Friday afternoon to finish their regular season at 1:00 p.m. at the New England Baseball Complex.