The North Shore Navigators snapped a three-game slide on Monday with a 5-2 win over the Laconia Muskrats at Fraser Field. The Navs scored four times in the third, stringing together three straight singles with two outs to take a commanding lead. Eric Jagielo and Anthony Galli both plated a run with base hits before Pat Holleran extended the lead to 4-0 with a two-run single through the right side.
That was more than enough for starting pitcher Hunter Rivers, who improved his record to 2-0 on the young season after five shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 0.64 in the process.
Laconia got on the board with two runs in the sixth against Navs reliever Nolan Corr, but North Shore tacked on another run in the bottom of the frame after Saugus native Dario Pizzano led off with a triple into the right field corner and later scored on a passed ball.
Reliever Bobby Dean of Danvers threw a scoreless seventh inning and Dan Duval of Middleton followed it up with a perfect eighth. Boston College’s Matt Alvarez then came on in the ninth to nail down his first save of the season.