Navs are winners of four of last five

The North Shore Navigators had a four-game winning streak snapped Monday night as a result of a 3-1 loss against the Laconia Muskrats, but that should not discount any of the recent successes the team has had.

After dropping both games on a western road trip in Connecticut last week, the Navigators (11-9) took four in a row to take over first place in the NECBL Eastern Division prior to Monday’s loss. Even despite the setback in Laconia, North Shore is still tied for the league-lead with 11 wins.

The Navigators have an off-day today but return home to Fraser Field on Wednesday and also Thursday for ‘Saugus Night.’ Both games will begin at 6:15 p.m.

The Navigators added Conner Mach to the roster from the University of Missouri, who made his Navigators debut last night. Mach went 1-for-4 and knocked in North Shore’s only run on a sixth-inning single. The junior was a 46th round draft pick of the New York Yankees in last month’s MLB Draft and hit .285 for the Tigers this spring.

Another new addition is Columbia sophomore Eric Williams, who went hitless in four at-bats in his North Shore debut last night. His teammate, both at school and this summer, Dario Pizzano is currently sixth in the NECBL in hitting with a .367 average. He is hitting .426 (12-for-28) with a .556 on-base percentage with six RBI over his last eight games. The Saugus native had a seven-game hit streak snapped in last night’s loss but did walk twice.

Florida Gators infielder Cody Dent, the son of Bucky, will also be joining the team later this week. The sophomore started the final 17 games at third base for the national powerhouse, although Florida lost to South Carolina in the College World Series championship series.

On Sunday night, the Navigators exploded for a season-high 17 hits in a 10-2 win over New Bedford at Fraser Field. Those in attendance were treated to the surrounding neighborhood fireworks for the later innings in the blowout victory, while four Navs had three-hit performances.

Prior to that, North Shore had held on for a 3-2 victory on Saturday against Old Orchard, as potential NECBL All-Star Hunter Rivers lowered his ERA to a mere 0.95 with five innings of one-run ball.

The night before, the Navs mounted their largest comeback of the season by scoring three times in the ninth to even the score at 5-5 and send it to extra innings against Sanford. Clemson freshman Mike Dunster, who singled in two runs before scoring the tying run in the ninth, later drove home the winning run on a 10th inning single for the walk-off victory. The Navs also defeated North Adams 5-3 last Thursday.


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