NECBL Championship – Game 3: Danbury @ Navs

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THE SERIES
Tonight’s do-or-die Game 3 winner will receive the Fay Vincent Sr. Cup and be crowned the 2010 NECBL league champions. The Navigators took Game 1 of the series at Fraser Field on Sunday night by a final score of 2-0 after starter Kevin Kyle had 12 strikeouts over 7.1 scoreless innings in the victory. Dan Duval got of a bases loaded, one-out ham in the eighth without allowing any inherited runners to score, and Hunters Rivers shut the door on Danbury for the save.

But last night,  it was certainly a different set of circumstances last night in Game 2 of the best-of-three NECBL championship finals, as Danbury 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 one night after getting shut out on six hits in Game 1. 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 – including two two-run homers. That marked the end of Patrick’s day, who allowed six runs on nine hits over three innings of work. North Shore’s Braxton Graven went 2-for-3 in the loss to raise his playoff average to .360.

TONIGHT’S STARTERS
DAN: LHP Michael Anarumo
NS: RHP Nolan Corr

NECBL All-Star Nolan Corr gets the start tonight for the Navs in tonight’s do-or-die, winner-take-all Game 3. Corr was 4-0 with a 2.77 ERA in eight games during the regular season, although he was touched for five runs (three earned) in North Shore’s Game 1 loss at Newport on August 5. The Gulls scored upon Corr four times in the first inning, as the right-hander out of Wheaton College walked two and hit a batter with the bases loaded to force in three runs before and out was even recorded in the frame.

Meanwhile, Michael Anarumo (LeMoyne) gets the ball for Danbury, as the right-hander went 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA over 10 appearances. He made just two starts during the regular season, and he got the loss in his only start of the playoffs back on August 5 in Game 1 of Danbury’s previous series with North Adams. He allowed four runs – all earned – on five hits with four walks over 4.1 innings in the 4-2 defeat.

NAVIGATORS LINEUP
LF Jason Banos
2B Matt Hamlet
CF Braxton Graven
1B Anthony Melchionda
3B Jack Mayfield
RF Dario Pizzano
DH Bryce Tafelski
C Garret Smith
SS Cody Dent
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SP Nolan Corr

FOLLOW THE GAME
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