It was an early night for those in attendance at Game 1 of the North Shore Navigators playoff series against the Sanford Mainers on Monday night at Fraser Field. Despite being one-hit by Sanford starter Shane Davis, the Navigators managed to take the first game of the Eastern Division semifinals by a final score of 1-0 in a mere one-hour and 21 minutes.
Navigators’ starter Crayton Bare was the story for North Shore, as he threw a five-hit complete game shutout on just 88 pitches for the victory. Only two Sanford hitters advanced to second base, and not one base runner reached third against Bare.
Just as well, Davis was dominating in his complete game effort for the Mainers. After leadoff man Braxton Graven tripled to the right field gap on Davis’ second pitch of the game, he scored on Cody Dent’s RBI groundout for the early 1-0 advantage. But Davis did not allow another hit the rest of the way, as Bryce Tafelski was the only other Navigator to reach base when he walked in the sixth inning.
Davis struck out five over his eight innings of work on just 78 pitches, but in the end his one-hitter was all for naught and the Mainers now face a must-win situation in Game 2 tomorrow night at Sanford in this best two-of-three series.