It was certainly a different set of circumstances last night in Game 2 of the best-of-three NECBL championship finals, as the Danbury Westerners got to Navigators’ starter Daniel Patrick for six runs including three homers en route to a 9-3 win at Rogers Park. Danbury exploded for 16 hits a night after three Navigators pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout in Game 1 on Sunday.
Tonight’s crucial Game 3 will be at Fraser Field with a 6:15 p.m. scheduled first pitch. NECBL All-Star Nolan Corr gets the start for the Navigators, while Michael Anarumo will get the ball for Danbury in what will decide the 2010 NECBL championship.
Last night, Danbury got a leadoff solo home run from Tucker Nathans to begin the first, although North Shore’s Jack Mayfield tied it up at 1-1 in the second on an opposite field blast that narrowly cleared a short porch in right.
But the Westerners bats exploded in the third for five runs on five hits – three of which went for extra bases. Brandon Boudreaux doubled to begin the frame, and Michael Williams followed with a two-run home run to deep left to go on top. Dave Ciocchi singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly, and Danbury got their second two-run blast of the inning when Derek Ingui homered following a single by Jimmy Brennan with two outs.
That marked the end of Patrick’s day, who allowed six runs on nine hits over three innings of work. Patrick had gotten the win back in the decisive Game 3 of the Navigators’ opening playoff series against Sanford, and he posted a 2.10 ERA in seven games during the regular season.
Left-hander James Ramsey went the next two innings for North Shore, although he was touched for a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Nathans. He escaped a bases loaded situation in the fifth inning without any damage.
North Shore catcher Bryce Tafelski cut the lead to 7-3 with a two-run homer in the sixth, but Danbury got both runs right back in the seventh against Hunter Gordon on a two-run double by Brian Kownacki.
Braxton Graven went 2-for-3 in the loss to raise his playoff average to .360.
This time, it will be the Westerners that have to make the three-and-half hour trip to Lynn tonight, as the Navigators will look to rebound in the final game of the NECBL playoffs. The Navigators, who went 13-8 at home during the regular season, have gone undefeated in four postseason games at Fraser Field in 2010.