The North Shore Navigators scored three times in the eighth inning on Tuesday night for a 5-3 victory over the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide. The win marks the team’s third in its last four games and also keeps North Shore’s record perfect against Old Orchard at 5-0.
Down 3-2, the Navigators were pleased to see Old Orchard make the call to the bullpen in the eighth inning after struggling against Tide starter Joseph Swindells, who went seven strong innings. But Eric Jagielo (Notre Dame) and Dario Pizzano (Columbia) greeted reliever Jim Dimon with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners with nobody out.
After a strikeout, Matt Boulter (So. New Hampshire) hit a chopper back to Dimon, who was unable to handle the ball cleanly, allowing Jagielo to dart home and tie the game at 3-3. Chase Harrison (Cypress), who went 2-for-3 with three RBI, followed with a single to plate Pizzano to take the lead. An error by Tide shortstop Riley Palmer allowed North Shore to tack on an insurance run.
Closer Matt Alvarez (Boston College) lowered his ERA to 1.65 in a perfect ninth to pick up his third save of the year whole Nolan Corr (Wheaton) threw a scoreless eighth to get the victory. They were both part of a bullpen that one-hit the Tide over four scoreless innings.
Pizzano went 3-for-4 in the win to raise his average to .376 on the season, good for second in the NECBL.