The North Shore Navigator shut out the Sanford Mainers 7-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Fraser Field as they enter the brief two-day All-Star break having won five of their last eight and are currently second in the NECBL Eastern Division.
The victory moved the Navs a game ahead of the Mainers in the standings, as a potential North Shore-Sanford postseason matchup may be taking shape. Starting pitcher Junior Mendez (Southern New Hampshire) threw five innings of two-hit ball to get his third win of the season. Mendez threw 40 of his 60 pitches for strikes and had six strikeouts on the afternoon.
He made way to four relievers, who allowed just one hit over four innings to complete the three-hit shutout.
North Shore broke a scoreless tie in the fourth to make it 3-0 on three doubles from Dario Pizzano (Columbia), Conner Mach (Missouri) and Chase Harrison (Cypress). Pizzano extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a 2-for-4 night and is hitting .413 (26-for-63) over that stretch. The Saugus native also currently leads the entire NECBL with a .385 average.
Teammate Eric Jagielo (Notre Dame) also extended his hitting to 16 games with an RBI single in the fifth. He is hitting .424 during that span and has nine multi-hit performances throughout the streak.
To no surprise, both Pizzano and Jagielo will be taking part in All-Star festivities at Fraser on Wednesday at Fraser Field as the team hosts the annual event.
The Navs added another later in the fifth on an RBI single by Matt Boulter (Southern New Hampshire) before tacking on a run in both the eighth and ninth innings.