The No. 2 Navigators (22-20) and the third-seeded Sanford Mainers (20-22) will match up in tonight’s decisive Game 3 of their opening playoff series. After the Navigators dominated in Game 1 on their way to an 8-0 shutout behind starter Crayton Bare (Baylor), Sanford got a complete game shutout last night from Tommy Lawrence in a 6-0 Game 2 victory. Lawrence allowed just five hits while going the distance at Sanford, while no North Shore base runner reached third and only one reached second in the ballgame. Sanford second baseman Brett Mollenhauer had three hits and three RBI in the Mainers’ win, while North Shore starting pitcher Michael Johnson (Dartmouth) allowed four runs on six hits and five walks over five innings to take the loss.
The winner of tonight’s contest will host Game 1 of the Eastern Division Finals tomorrow night as a result of the Laconia Muskrats’ sweep of the top-seeded Newport Gulls.
NS – RHP Nolan Corr (2-2, 5.67)
SAN – LHP Tripp Davis (3-2, 4.26)
Righthander Nolan Corr (Wheaton) gets the start tonight in the do-or-die Game 3 after posting a 2-2 record with a 5.67 ERA during the regular season. He pitched primarily out of the bullpen, as only three of his 16 appearances came in the form of a start. He started his last two outings of the regular season, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. Last season with the Navigators, Corr was a 2010 NECBL All-Star and went 4-0 with a 2.77 ERA in eight games (seven starts).
Meanwhile, lefty Tripp Davis (New Jersey Institute of Technology) will look to send the Mainers to the Eastern Division Finals. Tripp went 3-2 with a 4.26 ERA during the regular season in seven games – all starts. He had a 2.60 ERA entering his final start of the season on July 28 against Danbury, but allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings and saw his earned run average balloon as a result.