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.
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.