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You’ve heard of angels in the outfield, now get ready for diamonds in the infield

A screenshot of a Friday, July 27, 2018, Facebook post by the Upper Valley Nighthawks announcing there would be a diamond buried in the infield for one lucky person to find during a game on Saturday night at Maxfield Sports Complex in White River Junction.

A screenshot of a Friday, July 27, 2018, Facebook post by the Upper Valley Nighthawks announcing there would be a diamond buried in the infield for one lucky person to find during a game on Saturday night at Maxfield Sports Complex in White River Junction.

Yeah, you read that right.

In a Friday night Facebook post, the Upper Valley Nighthawks announced they would be hosting a “Diamond Dig” event sponsored by Von Bargen’s Jewelry. The team will be burying a diamond somewhere in the infield for one lucky fan to find during tonight’s game with the Vermont Mountaineers.

The game is set to begin shortly: Play starts at 6:30 p.m. at Maxfield Sports Complex in White River Junction. (It’s also finally less humid outside, so it should be a nice night for baseball.)

Upper Valley Nighthawks start season tonight

It’s that time of year again! The Upper Valley Nighthawks, now in their third season in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, open their 2018 campaign at 6:30 tonight against the North Adams SteepleCats in North Adams, Mass.

The season originally was set to begin on Tuesday in South Kingston, R.I., against the Ocean State Waves, but that game was postponed due to inclement weather. They will play their second road game of the year at 6:30 p.m. on Friday against the Keene Swamp Bats.

The Nighthawks’ home opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Maxfield Sports Complex in White River Junction, when they will take on the Winnipesaukee Muskrats.

Valley News sports reporter Josh Weinreb has all you need to know on the Nighthawks’ season: Player details, coaches, team goals, all that jazz. Read his season preview here, and follow along with all of the Valley News‘ Nighthawks coverage here.

Muskrats snap Nighthawks’ hot streak

After claiming nine victories in 10 days, the Upper Valley Nighthawks’ series of consecutive wins has come to an end.

The visiting Winnipesaukee Muskrats handily defeated the Nighthawks, 7-3, on Wednesday night at Maxfield Sports Complex. Despite the loss, the team is looking ahead to its game with the Valley Blue Sox, which will be played at 6:30 tonight at Mackenzie Stadium in Holyoke, Mass. It should be a good one — the Nighthawks and the Blue Sox are the top two teams in the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s Northern Division, and they’re both coming off win streaks (the Blue Sox have won their last seven games). Follow Valley News sports reporter Josh Weinreb on Twitter (@JoshWeinreb) for live updates from the game.

Catch up on all the Nighthawks coverage — meet this year’s players, listen to episodes of the Hawks Talk podcast and more — here.