Navs opener suspended mid-game due to lightning

The North Shore Navigators kicked off the 2011 campaign with their home opener in Holyoke on Wednesday night against the Holyoke Blue Sox, but the game was suspended in the sixth inning due to lightning at Mackenzie Stadium with the Navs leading 4-2. The contest will be resumed on Wednesday, June 22 at Fraser Field prior to the same two teams’ scheduled matchup.

Columbia University sophomore and Saugus native Dario Pizzano hit a two-run homer down a run in the top of the sixth inning to give the Navigators a 3-2 lead. Peabody native Pat Holleran of Tusculum College then extended the lead to 4-2 with an RBI single.

Leadoff man Clinton Harwick sees the 2011 season's first pitch.

But after the next hitter – catcher Blake Berger – reached on an error, the umpiring crew was forced to halt the game as shortstop Clinton Harwick stepped to the plate. Heavy winds that blew over chairs and tables followed the lightning, and the game was officially suspended shortly thereafter.

North Shore’s regularly-scheduled home game against Holyoke will still take place June 22 at 6:15 PM, and Wednesday’s game will simply be picked up as it was left at a time to be determined prior to that contest.

Pizzano is currently 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBI, while Notre Dame’s Eric Jagielo has a pair of singles and two runs scored. However, no statistics from Wednesday’s game will become official until the game is completed in two weeks.

Navs starter Carter Watson (Tennessee) allowed two runs on four hits over four innings. He also walked four and struck out four. Reliever Miles Landry had a 1-2-3 fifth inning and is currently the pitcher of record for the Navigators.

Second baseman Matt Boulter of Wrentham, Mass. singled home the other North Shore run in the fourth inning to score Jagielo to cut the deficit to 2-1. Watson allowed his two earned runs on a two-run double by Holyoke’s Tom Murphy in the first.

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