GAME ONE: Newbury 9 - Geneva 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Nighthawks junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) finished the game 2-for-3 from the plate, including her 100th career hit, becoming the fastest player in program history to reach the mark, needing just 74 games, as the Newbury Nighthawks defeated the Geneva Golden Tornadoes 9-1 in the first game of the Nighthawks season on Monday at CenturyLink Complex.
Nighthawks sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Freshman Madison Elliott (Windham, Maine) finished 2-for-2 in her college debut. Junior Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Golden Tornadoes freshman Kyleigh Jo Ward (Laceyville, Penn.) batted 1-for-3 with an RBI. Freshman Marina Manuppelli (Mars, Penn.) also finished 1-for-3, scoring the lone Golden Tornadoes run.
Scoreless after three, the Nighthawks drew first blood in the fourth. With the bases loaded and one out, Stefan doubled, scoring a pair to give the Nighthawks a 2-0 lead.
Newbury doubled the lead in the fifth with a double steal that scored Elliott and an RBI single by Milauskas to lead 4-0.
The Nighthawks left no doubt with a five-run sixth that included RBI singles by junior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.), Elliot, and Milauskas.
Along with the two RBIs, Stefan pitched a complete game, allowing one run on five hits, improving to 1-0 with the win.
GAME TWO: Nichols 7 - Newbury 5
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Bison sophomore Cara Mayhew (Brooklyn, Conn.) knocked in the game-winning run with one out in the sixth as the Nichols Bison hung on to beat the Newbury Nighthawks 6-5 on Monday afternoon at CenturyLink Sports Complex.
Bison sophomore Taylor McIntosh (West Babylon, N.Y.) batted 3-for-3 on the afternoon with three RBIs. Seniors Kasey Ayer (Niantic, Conn.) and Kendall Meehan (Danvers, Mass.) each finished with a double.
Nighthawks sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) batted 2-for-4 with an RBI. Junior Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) and senior Samantha Libby (New Gloucester, Maine) each finished with a double.
Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth and one out, Mayhew stepped in and did enough, grounding out to first, but scoring the eventual game-winning run. Sophomore Taylor Commesso (Hingham, Mass.) added an insurance run with an RBI single to give the Bison the 7-5 lead.
Nichols looked poised to run away with the game, leading 5-1 after three, but the Nighthawks came up big with a four-run fifth inning.
Libby doubled with one out and would score on an RBI single by Gooden. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Gooden and junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) came across on a wild pitch and error to cut the deficit to 5-4.
Still, with two down in the fifth, a Bison error allowed sophomore Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.) to score and tie the game at 5-5.
The Bison took that 5-1 lead thanks in part to a two-RBI single in the third by McIntosh that scored Meehan and junior Callie Andrews (Southbridge, Mass.).
Nichols freshman Shannon Morin (Pelham, N.H.) takes credit for the win, going all seven innings allowing two earned runs. Nighthawks sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) takes the loss in a relief appearance, allowing two runs in three innings. Morin improves to 1-2 with the win, Stefan drops to 1-1 with the loss.
The Nighthawks split the action on Opening Day, moving to 1-1 to start the season. The Bison improve to 2-4.
Newbury continues play in Florida on Tuesday with a 9:00 a.m. game against Salem State and a 11:00 a.m. game against Brockport.