Chilly Start to NECC Schedule for Nighthawks and Mariners
The official start of spring may happen next week, but for these two sides, it's a meeting in the cold of winter to start the New England Collegiate Conference as the Mitchell Mariners travel north to face the Newbury Nighthawks at the New England Baseball Complex. Both teams have started strong this season, the Nighthawks are 8-5, the Mariners, 6-4. The third game of this series, set to have been played on Sunday, has been postponed due to the potential bad weather on Sunday.
Sobray, Serino Have Bats Working Early
Nighthawks junior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and freshman Dante Serino (Palm Beach gardens, Fla.) are on fire offensively to start the season. Sobray is currently second in the NECC in batting average, hitting .500 (20-for-40) to start the season, including three doubles and five triples. Serino is fifth in the conference, batting .429 in 13 games. Serino is second on the team in RBIs with nine.
Griffin, Hartenstein Also Off to Hot Start
Mariners juniors Garet Griffin (Moosup, Conn.) and Kyle Hartenstein (Meriden, Conn.) have started the season batting over .400 in the Mariners 10 games. Griffin is batting .457, third in the NECC, including three doubles, two triples, and a homerun. Hartenstein is seventh in batting average, starting the season at .415 with five doubles and a homerun.
Nighthawks Next Five
Saturday, March 18 vs. Mitchell College (2) at 12:00/3:00
Tuesday, March 21 vs. Anna Maria at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 vs. Lesley University (2) at 12:00/2:00
Sunday, March 26 at Lesley University at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 30 vs. Rivier University at 3:30 p.m.