The North Shore Navigators won their third straight and fifth in six games on Saturday night after a come from behind 3-1 win over Laconia. The Muskrats took a 1-0 lead in the third against Navs starter Hunter Rivers, who allowed just the one run over five innings, after a successful double steal attempt plated a run.
But the Navs scored once in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to nail down their third victory in as many days. Saulyer Saxon (2-for-3) scored on an error in the sixth to tie it and drew an RBI bases loaded walk in the seventh to take the lead. Jacob Schrader hit his league-leading fourth home run on a solo shot in the eighth to add some insurance.
A rain delay caused a brief stoppage in the middle of the ninth, but Miles Landry (Baylor) came on for a hitless ninth to record his first save. Reliever Ryan Grant (Wheaton) got the win after tossing a 1-2-3 sixth inning to follow Rivers’ strong outing. Neither Junior Mendez nor Brad Schnitzer allowed a hit in the seventh or eighth to bridge the hap to Landry.
As a result, the Navigators bullpen now has a 0.25 ERA (just one earned run over 36.2 innings pitched) through nine games. As a staff, North Shore has a 1.56 ERA to lead the NECBL. The Navigators return home on Sunday for a 6:15 PM matchup with the Newport Gulls at Fraser Field before an off-day Monday.