The North Shore Navigators treated their fans to a fireworks show on Saturday night at Fraser Field. During the game, the players unleashed some fireworks of their own, blasting the visiting Laconia Muskrats 9-0 to win their second straight. The Navigators moved to a game above .500, with a 15-14 mark on the season. Laconia drops to 11-16 after losing their third game in a row.
North Shore erupted for 13 hits, and took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Dario Pizzano (Columbia) singled to extend his hitting streak to six games. Designated hitter Chase Harrison (Cypress) drove in Pizzano and third baseman Conner Mach (Missouri) scored from first as well, taking advantage of a throwing error by Laconia’s catcher Drew Fann.
The Navigators added two more runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to extend their lead. First baseman Matt Boulter (SNHU) had a double and a two-run triple, scoring each time he reached base. Cody Dent (Florida) added an RBI single in the fourth and Matt McGovern (Boston College) had a sacrifice fly. Boulter came in to score in the fifth on Blake Berger’s (Tennessee) single up the middle.
With the game in hand, North Shore rattled out two more runs on two hits and two walks in the eighth inning. Harrison and Berger each took walks to start the inning, with Harrison scoring on a fielder’s choice by McGovern. The center-fielder would come in to score himself on an RBI single by left fielder Eric Jagielo. Jagielo had also singled and scored on Boulter’s fifth inning triple.
Michael Johnson pitched five innings of shutout ball to earn his second win of the season. Johnson allowed just four hits and no walks, while striking out one. Bobby Dean (URI), Daniel Duval (RPI), Nolan Corr (Wheaton) and Matt Alvarez (Boston College) combined to allow just one hit and one walk over four innings and struck out four Muskrats themselves.
Muskrats starting pitcher Charlie Steinman took the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits in just four and a third innings.
The Navigators will continue a long home-stand on Sunday when they host the Danbury Westerners in a rematch of last year’s NECBL Championship series. First pitch is set for 6:15 PM.