Suspended Game Resumes at 3:30 P.M.: Baseball begins earlier than expected at Fraser Field today, as the Mainers and Navigators complete game one of their Quarterfinal Playoff Series. The Mainers were leading 3-2 before a fly ball was lost in the fog scoring two more runs in the fifth inning and prompting the stoppage. The game will resume with Dylan Pratt at second base, two outs in the fifth inning, and the Mainers leading the Navigators 5-2. Jeff Tardiff was on the mound when the game was stopped.
…it’s a shame it had to happen when it did. the fog was heavy from the beginning of the game through the suspension, but it took a lost fly ball to prompt the stoppage. as you can see from the picture above, it would have been unsafe to resume last night’s game. the umpires had no choice but to wait until a ball was lost to stop last night’s game, but north shore was certainly slighted by the circumstances last night…
Playoff Baseball Returns to Lynn: The North Shore Navigators have earned a playoff-berth for the second time in as many years. The Navigators moved from Holyoke to Lynn for the 2008 season, after Jason Falcon led the Holyoke Giants to the playoffs in 2007 with a 26-16 record. In 2008, the Navigators were 26-16, two games behind the Sanford Mainers for first place in the former North Division. North Shore was upset in the first round by the Keene Swamp Bats, who edged the Navs 1-0 at Fraser Field before winning a slugfest at Alumni Field 10-7, despite five North Shore home runs. The Sanford Mainers won the 2008 NECBL Championship with only one postseason loss.
Season Series: Sanford and North Shore split the six games played between the two teams in 2009, with each road team stealing two games at the opposition ballpark. The Navigators won the first two games, defeating the Mainers at Fraser Field on Opening Night before winning at Goodall Park six days later behind Jason Markovitz. After Sanford answered with a 3-0 victory against Jeff Tardiff at home, North Shore won for the second consecutive time in Sanford as Michael Zaccardo and the North Shore bats combined for a 10-7 win. The Mainers have won the two most recent meetings, as Ken Monteith avenged his opening night loss with a 5-0 victory at Fraser Field before the Mainers clinched home-field advantage in the series with a 2-1 win on July 29 in Sanford.
Dennis’ Streak Continues: Tre Dennis, who singled and walked in six at-bats at Manchester on Thursday, reached base safely in 33 consecutive games to end the regular season. Dennis’ 16-game hitting streak was snapped 16 games ago in Lowell, when he went 0-3. Dennis, who has started 37 of 38 games this season in center-field as the lead-off hitter, was 24-63 (.381) with four RBI and 14 runs scored during the hitting streak.
Brady’s Back: Patrick Brady, the East Division All-Star Team starting second baseman, has turned it on of late in preparation for playoff baseball. In his last five games, Patrick Brady is 7-16 (.438) with a double, a triple, a home run, three RBI, four runs scored, four walks, and a sacrifice fly. Brady has been shining defensively as well, playing shortstop recently after beginning the season as the regular second baseman for North Shore.
Divine Intervention: Trinity College junior Kent Graham returned to North Shore on June 30, after spending the 2007 season with the Holyoke Giants and following Jason Falcon, Jim Woods, and Philip Rosenfield to Lynn for the 2008 season. Graham has been a blessing for the 2009 Navigators order, hitting a team-high .357 since joining the squad. In his last five games, Graham is 9-18 (.500) with four doubles and five runs batted in.
Tyler Ruehls: North Shore’s July 15 roster-deadline addition is paying huge dividends, as Tyler Ruehlman has quickly become one of the most consistent hitters on the team. Ruehlman has hits in 12 of 13 games played, tied franchise records with two doubles against Manchester on July 16 and seven at-bats against New Bedford on July 25, and provided the game-winning RBI single in the 14th inning to send North Shore to an epic 2-1 victory over the Bay Sox. Ruehlman finished the regular season at .322 with six RBI.