Nighthawks Return With 8-5 Record After Two Saturday Losses

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Nighthawks round out their trip to Arizona with a pair of losses in the Tucson Invitational at the Kino Sports Complex. Nighthawks junior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) is batting .500 in his first 12 games. Freshman Dante Serino (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) is batting .429 in all the Nighthawks 13 games.


Game One: Marian (Wis.) 9 - Newbury 5

TUCSON, Ariz. - Sabres senior Tommy Dugandzic (Waterford, Wis.) batted 3-for-4 on the afternoon, including a pair of doubles and a team-high three RBIs, lifting the Marian Sabres over the Newbury Nighthawks 9-5 on Saturday afternoon in the first game of the afternoon for both teams in Arizona.

Sabres seniors Cole Miklavcic (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) and Tyler Thompson (Menasha, Wis.) both finsihed 2-for-3, Miklavcic scored three times. Sophomore Jake Falish (Gurnee, Ill.) batted 2-for-4 with an RBI double.

Freshman sophomore Radinsky Baez (Roxbury, Mass.) batted 2-for-3, including an RBI single. Junior Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, ONT, CAN) finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles.

Dugandzic started the scoring for the Sabres with a double in the first that scored a pair of Sabres, giving them a 2-0 lead. Dugandzic later scored on an RBI single by Thompson.

The Nighthawks responded in the second, starting with a lead-off double by sophomore David Center (Medford, Mass.). Center advanced to third on a groundout and scored on an RBI single by junior Billy Stephen (Winderemere, Fla.); Nighthawks trail 3-1 after two.

The Sabres struck again in the third after the first two batters reached in the inning and the pair of Sabres stole to advance to second and third with no out.

Sophomore Matt Nordlund (Lindenhurst, Ill.) would bring the runners home with a single, putting the Sabres up 5-1. The Sabres continued to threaten, but the Nighthawks escaped with an inning-ending double play.

The Nighthawks were back on the board in the fourth, staying within dtriking distance of the Sabres.

The inning started with a lead-off single by Peluso. Later in the inning, a double by junior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) would put two in socring position with one out.

Stephen grounded out to short, scoring Peluso, and an RBI single by senior Brian Rhone (North Haven, Conn.) would score Sobray, putting the Nighthawks down a pair, 5-3.

For every Nighthawks response, the Sabres were there to maintain a safe lead throughout the game.

In the bottom of the fourth, Sabres freshman Tommy Miller (Ottawa, Ill.) started with a lead-off walk. In the next at-bat, Miller stole both second and third and scored following a Falish double. Falish later scored on an RBI single by Miklavcic, regaining a four run edge, 7-3.

The Nighthawks came within two again following a two-out rally in the sixth. Two walks put a pair of Nighthawks on base and back-to-back singles by Dante Serino (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Baez would cut into the Sabre lead, 7-5.

Marian College tacked on another pair of runs in the seventh, starting with another RBI double by Dugandzic; he later scored on a Nighthawks error, bumping the lead back to four, 9-5.


Game Two: Salem State 17 - Newbury 4 (F/7)

Vikings sophomore Joe White (Bellingham, Mass.) was a home run short of the cycle, batting 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored contributing to the Vikings eight-run sixth inning in the Salem State victory over the Newbury Nighthawks 17-4 in seven innings at the Kino Sports Complex, wrapping up the Arizona trip for the Nighthawks.

Vikings sophomore Rourke Flynn (Norwood, Mass.) finished 4-for-5, all singles and a pair of RBIs. Sophomore Zac Duval (Middleton, Mass.) batted 2-for-3, including a triple and two RBIs. Junior Jose Cedano (Lawrence, Mass.) finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

Sobray finished 3-for-4, all singles. Stephen batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Rhone was 2-for-3, while Center finished with a double and two runs scored.

The Vikings grabbed hold of the lead with a four-run first. The first three Vikings reached safely, loading the bases with no outs.

Cedano singled in the next at-bat, bringing in two Vikings for a 2-0 lead. An error and a single later in the inning would bring in the other runs for the Vikings, who finished the first inning leading 4-0.

A two out rally in the bottom of the third would put two more runs on the board for the Vikings. A single by Brandan Greene (Winchester, Mass.) scored one, followed by Duval's triple that scored Greene.

The Nighthawks scored their first run in the top of the fourth on a fielder's choice that scored Stephen on the play. The inning ended with the Vikings up 6-1.

The Nighthawks came to bat in the sixth trailing 9-1 and led the inning off with Center reaching first on an error and a Sobray single to put two Nighthawks on base. 

The next batter, Stephen, singled and brought home Center from second. The Nighthawks loaded the bases with no outs in the next at-bat.

The Nighthawks could only manage to score two more runs in the inning, one via a bases loaded walk, the other an RBI single by senior C.J. Ingraham (Georgetown, Mass.). 

The Vikings eight run tally in the bottom of the sixth included five singles, two triples, two walks, and three advancement by runners due to a wild pitch. 

In the Vikings three games in Arizona to this point they have scored 44 runs in 24 innings.

The Nighthawks finish their nine games in the desert at 4-5 and return home at 8-5 overall. The Nighthawks are currently scheduled for a Tuesday afternoon battle with Mass Maritime Academy at 3:30 p.m., however the incoming winter weather could postpone the Nighthawks return to New England baseball.