Nighthawks Spring Break Starts With Pair of Losses on Sunday

Nighthawks Spring Break Starts With Pair of Losses on Sunday

LEESBURG, Fla. - The Nighthawks began their Spring Break in Florida with two losses to start the 2019 season. In the first game of the year, the Nighthawks were shutout in the morning by North Park University, 8-0, followed by an afternoon loss to Catholic University 21-3.

Game One: North Park 8 - Newbury 0 (Final - 5 Innings)

A pair of four-run innings for the North Park University Vikings provided all the offense needed while junior Hayley Jackson (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) pitched five shutout innings for North Park in their 8-0 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks in the season-opening game for both teams at the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex.

For Jackson, it's her second career shutout performance. At the plate, Vikings sophomore Erin Penn (Lakewood, Colo.) batted 1-for-3 with three RBIs while junior Ellie Manderfeld (Sauk Rapids, Minn.) finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Nighthawks juniors Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.), and sophomore Elizabeth Duanys (Worcester, Mass.) all batted 1-for-2.

The Vikings led 1-0 with the bases loaded in the first when Penn stepped in the box and cleared the bases with her only hit of the afternoon, giving the Vikings a 4-0 after one.

North Park posted another four-run inning in the third with the help of a double by Manderfeld and a sacrifice fly freshman Alyssa Aragon (Niles, Ill.) to lead 8-0 after three innings.

Jackson picked up the win to improve to 1-0, allowing just three hits while striking out eight Nighthawks. Newbury sophomore Hannah Besaw (Shrewsbury, Mass.) falls to 0-1 in the loss.

Game Two: Catholic 21 - Newbury 3 (Final - 5 Innings)

The Catholic University Cardinals exploded for 13 runs in the second inning, cruising to a 21-3 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Sunday afternoon from the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex.

Cardinals junior Kacie Badolato (Merrick, N.Y.) batted 4-for-4 with five RBIs. Sophomore Juliet Lodes (White Plains, N.Y.) finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored. All nine starters finished with at least one hit for Catholic, who totaled 20 hits, including 19 singles, in the game.

Nighthawks junior Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) batted 1-for-3 while freshman Caroline Mahoney (Easton, Mass.) batted 1-for-2. Gooden and Mahoney were the only two Nighthawks that finished with a hit on the afternoon.

Plenty of scoring in the first left the Cardinals ahead 5-3 before the 13-run outburst in the second.

Catholic University scored seven runs before the Nighthawks were able to record an out. Small ball plays scored the majority of runs for the Cardinals in the inning as they totaled 11 singles in the inning, leading 18-3 after the top of the inning. 

The Cardinals added two more in the fourth inning on a pair of RBI groundouts to lead 20-3. Catholic added one final run in the fifth on their way to the eventual final of 21-3.

Junior Claire Sturek (Springfield, Va.) gets the win and moves to 1-1. Nighthawks freshman Kiana Hinson (La Habra, Calif.) falls to 0-1 with the loss.

Newbury returns to play tomorrow morning with a 9:30 a.m. game against Sage College, followed by 4:30 p.m. game against Juanita College, both from the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex.