Last Thursday night, the Upper Valley Nighthawks hosted the Sanford Mainers for another New England Collegiate Baseball League matchup. Let’s see who was able to pull out the win.
The Nighthawks came into this game with a record of 13 and 20 while the Mainers held a record of 20 and 14. Cordes Baker got the start for the Hawks while the Mainers sent Troy Miller to the mound. After a scoreless top of the first from the Mainers, the Upper Valley was able to score once in the bottom of the inning as center fielder Alex Hanson lead off with a single. He would steal second base to get into scoring position and then after an error he was able to come around to score.
This one-nothing lead would hold until the top of the 3rd when the Mainers were able to score three times, as three of the first four batters would come around to score off of errors and wild pitches from the Nighthawks.
Let’s now move to the top of the 5th when Sanford was able to tack on another run after center fielder Zach Jancarski walked, stole second and stole third and was singled home by third baseman Shaine Hughes. The Nighthawks wouldn’t score again until the bottom of the sixth after errors and walks allowed Hawks third baseman Zack Canada to score.
But the Mainers were able to put the game out of reach when they scored four times in the top of the 7th, two of which were off of a Michael Landestoy 2 RBI double. Sanford then added two more runs in the top of the 9th as they went on to win 11 to 2. The Mainers improve to 21 and 14 while the Nighthawks fall to 13 and 21.
The Upper Valley will look for some revenge when the take on the Mainers again on Wednesday.