The North Shore Navigators won a 6-5 extra-inning thriller over the Sanford Mainers on Friday at Fraser Field – their second come-from-behind victory in as many nights. Down 5-2 entering the ninth, North Shore scored three times to tie it and once more in the 10th to move to 9-8 on the season. With the win, they are now tied for first in the Eastern Division with Sanford.
Michael Dunster (pictured) was the hero, as his two-run single in the ninth made it a one-run game and he later scored the tying run on Chase Harrison’s RBI single. Dunster later singled home the game-winner in the 10th inning for the walk-off.
The Navs had struggled for much of the game against Sanford starter A.J. Bazdanes, who allowed just two runs – one earned – over 7.1 innings, but North Shore caught a break in the eighth on an error behind Bazdanes, who was then quickly removed from the game. That run came around to score on a double by Matt McGovern, which helped bridge the gap and give the Navigators some momentum heading into the ninth.
Dario Pizzano and Clinton Harwick opened up the ninth with singles to put two on for Dunster, who knocked in both and moved to third on an error before scoring on the Harrison single. In the 10th, McGovern led off with a walk and was moved up on a sacrifice before Sanford chose to intentionally walk Pizzano. Harwick also drew a walk to bring Dunster to the plate, who was at that point in position for more heroics.
Dunster finished the game 2-for-5 with three RBI in the win, while McGovern also had two hits. Matt Alvarez picked up his first victory with two scoreless innings of relief. Starter Crayton Bare went five innings.