Upon further review, Navs drop season opener

Clinton Harwick sees the first pitch of the Navs season at Holyoke.

Contrary to what was earlier reported, the North Shore Navigators (0-1) dropped their season opener against the Holyoke Blue Sox on the road Wednesday night by a final score of 2-1.

In the top of the sixth, Dario Pizzano hit a two-run home run to go up 3-2 and Pat Holleran’s RBI single made it 4-2 at the time, but the game was called two batters later as a result of severe lightning and heavy winds.

It was originally thought that the game would be suspended and resumed at a later date, however that ruling was changed. As a result, the Navigators’ sixth-inning comeback is not official and the game reverts back to the completion of the previous inning. At that point, Holyoke still owned a 2-1 lead, and thereby the Blue Sox are rewarded with the win.

Navs starter Carter Watson of Tennessee, who looked to have gotten off the hook after North Shore’s three runs in the sixth, is the tough-luck loser after allowing two runs on four hits over four innings. Pizzano finished 1-for-1 with a single and a walk, while Notre Dame’s Eric Jagielo singled and scored on Matt Boulter’s RBI single in the fourth.

The Navigators play at Newport on Friday before hosting the Laconia Muskrats on Saturday (6:15 PM)  in the team’s home opener at Fraser Field. A post-game fireworks display will take place after the conclusion of the game presented by Anthony’s Pier 4 Restaurants.

 

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