Navs take two from Bay Sox

Mike Dunster (left) and Dario Pizzano both hit key home runs in Friday night's 9-8 win over New Bedford. The Navs also defeated the Bay Sox 4-1 in the completion of a suspended game on Friday.

The North Shore Navigators won a pair of ballgames over the New Bedford Bay Sox on  at Fraser Field, moving to 19-16 on the season in the process. The afternoon game featured a 4-1 victory in what was the completion of a suspended game from July 8. The nightcap was highlighted by an offensive outbreak from the North Shore offense, although the Navigators were forced to hold off a late rally by New Bedford in a narrow 9-8 victory.

In the nightcap, Dario Pizzano’s (Columbia) three-run homer in the fourth inning put the Navigators on top 7-3 before Michael Dunster (Clemson) added a two-run shot of his own in the fifth to make it a six-run game. Dunster’s blast at the time looked to serve merely as insurance, but it proved to be the most pivotal moment of the ballgame after New Bedford scored five times in the seventh and eighth innings to make it a one-run game.

The Bay Sox plated two on a pair of hits and an error in the seventh before carrying that momentum into the eighth. New Bedford got to reliever Brad Schnitzer (Butler) in the eighth for three runs on three hits and an error, although the lefthander ultimately got centerfielder Brett Botsford to strike out swinging, stranding the potential tying run at second in the process.

NECBL All-Star Miles Landry (Baylor) came on for a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his team-leading fourth save of the year.

Dunster finished 2-for-4 with a double in addition to the home run, while Eric Jagielo (Notre Dame) and Matt McGovern (Boston College) both had two hits and two runs scored apiece.

Now at a different venue, the afternoon tilt was resumed with two outs in the bottom of the fifth in a scoreless ballgame with Jagielo on third as a result of a triple that was lost in the fog earlier this month at New Bedford’s Paul Walsh Field. Play was halted at that point due to the conditions.

Hunter Rivers (Jacksonville State) had previously thrown four hitless innings against the Bay Sox before the game was suspended back on July 8 before rotation mate Crayton Bare (Baylor) picked up where he left off yesterday in Lynn. Although he lost the no-hit bid in the sixth, Bare allowed just one run on four hits over the final five innings to secure the first of two victories on the day.

Pizzano had a three-hit showing in the start-and-stop victory, as did Matt Boulter (So. New Hampshire), who finished 3-for-5 with an RBI.


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