Holyoke Blue Sox starting pitcher Ben Mount allowed just one run on five hits over seven sterling innings last night in a 5-1 victory over the North Shore Navigators at Fraser Field. Mount, a junior right-hander from the University of Southern California, also had eight strikeouts and did not walk a batter to move to 4-0 on the season.
The loss marks the third in a row for the Navigators, who fell to two games back of first place in the NECBL Eastern Division standings.
Holyoke scored once in the second, third, and fourth innings to go up 3-0 before an RBI groundout by Conner Mach (Missouri)scored Eric Jagielo (Notre Dame) to make it 3-1. But Blue Sox pitching retired the final nine Navigators hitters in order to seal the victory, and also scored once in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Jagielo went 2-for-4 in the loss, while starting pitcher Dan Slania (Notre Dame) took the loss after allowing three runs – two earned – over five innings.
The Navigators will be in Vermont on Thrusday and in Keene on Friday before returning home on Saturday to take on the Laconia Muskrats at 6:15 p.m. There will be a postgame fireworks display at Fraser Field following the conclusion of the contest, presented by Anthony’s Pier 4 Café & Hawthorne by the Sea Tavern. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling the team box office at (781) 595-9400. Fans can also order tickets online at http://www.nsnavs.com.