Banos named MVP in NECBL All-Star Game

Banos was named MVP at the 2010 NECBL All-Star Game in Newport.

The North Shore Navigators were well-represented at the 2010 NECBL All-Star Game in Newport, Rhode Island, as the Eastern Division rolled to a 10-0 victory over the West.

The Navigators’ Jason Banos (Columbia University; Lynnfield) was named MVP for his efforts after the NECBL’s second leading hitter hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to put the East on top 6-0. Fittingly, Banos participated in the event’s Home Run Derby earlier in the afternoon, in which he connected for two home runs. Banos is currently hitting .370 for the season, and has reached base in 19 straight games. He is hitting a remarkable .432 over that span.

The Navigators’ five other All-Star selections also made large impacts for the East, a team that was managed by Navs’ head coach Jeff Waldron and assistant coaches Eric Pelletier and Steve Coffey.

Matt Avery (Cypress College) started and led off the game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. He singled home a run in the second inning and later singled in the fourth but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Avery (.320) is among the top-ten leaders in batting average.

Tyler Kuehl (Point Loma Nazarene) started at second base for the East and scored a run in the second inning after reaching on a fielder’s choice. Kuehl is fourth in the NECBL with 22 RBI.

Nolan Corr (Wheaton College), Crayton Bare (University of Baylor), and Bryant Gauthier (Southern New Hampshire University; Lynn) were the three Navs’ pitchers selected to the All-Star roster, as the three combined to pitch the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, allowing no runs on just one hit while facing the minimum nine hitters.

Corr allowed a single to lead off the sixth but induced a double play before a fly out ended the inning. Bare and Gauthier both threw perfect innings in the sixth and seventh, as both struck out one in their lone inning of work.

The Navigators (19-12), who currently own the best winning percentage in the league (.613), have 11 games remaining as they look to make a final push for the playoffs.

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