The North Shore Navigators snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday with a 9-5 win over the Keene Swamp Bats, who currently own the best record in the NECBL. Third baseman Conner Mach (Missouri) had two home runs and five RBI as the Navs pounded out thirteen hits in the ballgame.
The Navs moved back to the .500 mark (14-14) with the victory.
Mach stroked his first long ball – a two-run homer – in the second inning for a two-run advantage before Clinton Harwick (Point Loma Nazarene) extended the lead to 3-0 with an RBI single in the third. Harwick had a 3-for-5 night to raise his season average to .308.
Keene proved resilient through, scoring three times in the third to tie it before both teams traded runs in the fourth to make it 4-4. But Mach connected for his second homer of the night – this time a three-run shot – in the fifth to put the Navigators on top for good as part of a five-run frame.
Dario Pizzano (Columbia) and Chase Harrison (Cypress) both went 2-for-4, while the All-Star candidate Pizzano also scored twice and had two RBI. He is now hitting an absurd .372 on the season.
Starting pitcher Junior Mendez (So. New Hampshire) allowed four runs over five innings to get the win, moving him to 2-0 on the season. Four relievers combined to allow just one run on two hits over four innings of work, while Miles Landry (Baylor) threw a perfect ninth to maintain his 0.00 ERA on the season.