Navs clinch No. 2 seed, will host opening playoff series vs. Sanford

LYNN, MA (August 1, 2010) – The North Shore Navigators of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) finished the regular season with a 25-17 record, two games back of the Newport Gulls (27-15) for the division title. They clinched a postseason spot early last week and will enter the 2010 NECBL playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Division. They will have home field advantage in their quarterfinal round opening series against the Sanford Mainers on Monday evening (6:15 p.m.) at Fraser Field.

Sanford (23-19) went 5-1 against the Navigators during the regular season.

The top-four teams from both the Eastern and Western Divisions qualify for the postseason under the current NECBL playoff structure. Both divisional rounds as well as the NECBL championship series will all follow a best two-of-three format.

North Shore’s opening round series schedule against the Mainers is as follows:
Game 1: Mon. 8/2 vs. Sanford at Fraser Field (6:15 p.m.)
Game 2: Tues. 8/3 at Sanford (6:35 p.m.)
Game 3: Wed. 8/4 (if necessary) vs. Sanford at Fraser Field (6:15 p.m.)

Also in the East, Newport (1) will face the (4) Laconia Muskrats, who finished at 20-22. Newport won their final eight games of the regular season to overtake the Navs in the division and secure the regular season title.

In the West, the North Adams SteepleCats (1) will face the Keene Swamp Bats (4), and the Danbury Westerners (2) will take on Bristol Collegiate (3). The Navigators went a combined 5-3 against those four West playoffs teams.

The Navigators, who opened the season with six straight losses, won 12 of 14 including five in a row at one point over a two-week stretch to close out the month of June. North Shore performed consistently throughout July, going 13-9 (including 9-5 at Fraser Field) in 22 games to close out the regular season.

They finished tied for second in the league in runs scored (198) and posted a 3.26 ERA as a team, while their 12-9 road record was tops in the NECBL. The Navs’ Jason Banos was named the All-Star Game MVP back on July 18 and he finished third in the league in hitting at .348. He has hit .391 (34-for-87) since June 28. North Shore’s Tyler Kuehl, who was also an All-Star, finished the regular season tied for third in RBI (27), while starter Crayton Bare was ninth in ERA (1.98) and tied for second in the league in games started (8).

Tickets for all Navigators’ playoffs games at Fraser Field are $6. Fans can purchase tickets at the gate or during box office hours at the stadium from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Navs Family 5-pack passes are valid for all playoff games as well. Please call (781) 595-9400 for more information.

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