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Navs Lose in Martha's Vineyard

06/16/2018 9:27 PM

By Joshua Kummins

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. – The first-place Martha’s Vineyard Sharks scratched across single runs in three different innings and held on to defeat the visiting North Shore Navigators, 3-1, in Futures Collegiate Baseball League action Saturday night at The Shark Tank.

North Shore was unable to post a second consecutive win for the fourth time this season and fell to 4-12 on the summer, while Martha’s Vineyard moved to 11-2 despite recording just three hits.

The Navs held the hits advantage in a losing effort for the sixth time this season. Third baseman Sal Frelick (Boston College), right fielder JP Knight (Tufts), and first baseman Corey DiLoreto (Northeastern) each had two of the team’s six hits, with Knight recording the lone RBI and DiLoreto scoring the lone run in the fourth inning.

Frelick posted hits in each of his first four games as a Navigator, including three consecutive multi-hit performances. DiLoreto logged his second straight multi-hit game.

The hosts took a 1-0 lead two batters into the first inning. Second baseman Tate Kolwyck (Vanderbilt) hit a run-scoring double to center field that allowed center fielder Matt Chamberlain (New Haven) to circle around the diamond from first after being hit by a pitch to begin the game.

Corey Imbriano (Dayton) allowed just the one run on two hits and a walk over his four innings of work as North Shore’s starter for the first time this summer. He struck out four and left the game with the score tied at one apiece after his offense plated a run in the fourth inning.

The Navs started their offense with two outs as Frelick was caught stealing second base after beating out an infield single. Knight popped a double off the wall in right field before sliding in with the tying run on DiLoreto’s line shot to center field.

Matt Goehrig (Post) posted a zero in the fifth inning before the league-leading Shark offense plated single runs over two of the middle innings. In the fifth, left fielder Kai Nelson (Georgetown) gave Martha’s Vineyard the lead with a two-out double that scored designated hitter Kellen Hatheway (Williams) after he was hit by a pitch and advanced on a passed ball. The hosts added an insurance run on a balk in the following frame.

Ethan Dyer (Holy Cross) allowed just one hit over his 1.2 innings of work but was charged with two runs and the loss. Travis Lane (Boston College) followed Dyer out of the North Shore bullpen and retired the final seven Vineyard batters of the game in succession, including one by way of the strikeout.

The Navs managed just two baserunners over the final three innings and left six on base in the game. Mike Lisinicchia (Post) struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his first save of the season for Martha’s Vineyard.

North Shore has Sunday off before returning to Fraser Field for four of their five games next week. That stretch begins with a 7 p.m. contest Monday against the Pittsfield Suns.