After a fairly disappointing first-ever game (2-0 loss to the Vermont Mountaineers), things are looking up for the Nighthawks. Our home opener ended up being our first ever win, and the day was memorable for more reasons than just the W.
By 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning, about 10 players were at Maxfield Sports Complex, ready to help build our bleachers for the game that night. We obviously knew these bleachers HAD to be safely built before game time. To be honest, after about an hour, we had gotten absolutely nothing done other than moving some heavy metal parts around, so I wasn’t feeling very optimistic. None of us are experts in building bleachers, or building literally anything, so it took some serious teamwork to get even the slightest bit of work done. But despite our lack of skill and experience, we were able to help just enough that the bleachers were finished before game time. It’s pretty safe to say that if Noah Crane wasn’t there to supervise, our first ever home game might have only been viewable from standing-room only seats. But hey, the bleachers are up, and safely supported hundreds of people Saturday night.
And it’s a good thing we got them up, because our home opener was a great game to watch. We fell behind 4-0 early, but exploded for 13 hits in the final 5 innings and had some great pitching to secure a 6-4 win. Sure, there were some technical difficulties and other minor things that come along with a new team playing on a new field, but getting that first W was priceless. It was so reassuring to have such a supportive fan base on a day as gloomy as Saturday was. After a long day of rain and questions about whether or not the game would be played, we had a great crowd, and we were so happy to win that game for them.
We won our next game as well, and suddenly we look like a dangerous team. Our offense is potent, our pitching is competitive, and our best baseball is coming soon. The Nighthawks look to win our third consecutive game tonight at home at 6:30 p.m. against the New Bedford Bay Sox.
Side note: I am making serious progress on the Kazimir front. I’ve taken him for several walks, and given him scraps of my breakfast sandwiches. He now takes afternoon naps in my bed with me, which all dog-lovers know is a huge step. Stay tuned.