06/26/2018 8:05 PM
By Joshua Kummins
LYNN, Mass. -- The North Shore Navigators posted one of their most complete wins of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League season Tuesday night at Fraser Field, tying their season-high run total despite recording just five hits in a 9-1 win over the Pittsfield Suns.
North Shore moved to 8-15 on the summer with its fourth win in the last six games, while Pittsfield sees its four-game win streak come to an end and falls below the .500 mark at 11-12.
The Navs did not have a player record more than one hit in the game, though center fielder Sal Frelick (Boston College), second baseman Jake Gustin (Bryant), and shortstop Andrew Olszak (Southern Maine) all recorded multiple RBI. Frelick led the way with three. Third baseman Elias Varinos (Tufts) and designated hitter George Sutherland (Cochise) each scored twice.
North Shore scored the only three runs it needed in the second inning, and Shayne Audet (New England College) made the lead stand up in his third start of the summer. He took over the FCBL lead in strikeouts with eight over his five innings of work while allowing only four hits and two walks.
The Navs were retired 1-2-3 in the first before tagging Pittsfield lefty Brian Johnson (Springfield) for three runs on just a single hit in the following frame. Right fielder JP Knight (Tufts) walked, stole his league-leading 13th base of the season, and was picked off before three straight North Shore batters reached base to start up the offense.
After Sutherland reached base on a fielding error, Olszak put the Navs on the board with a two-out, two-run single to left field. The Danvers native shortstop broke for second during the next at-bat and drew a balk that forced home Sutherland with North Shore’s third run.
Audet became the second Navs pitcher in as many nights to reach the two-win mark this season as he worked at least five innings for the third time in as many starts. St. John’s Prep grad Justin Foley (Bates) struck out four as the first reliever out of the bullpen, stranding the bases loaded in his last two of three innings of work.
Four consecutive Suns reached base in the seventh, and catcher Josh Gurnack (UAlbany) drove home their only run of the game with an RBI single. Foley retired the next three batters he faced to limit the damage.
North Shore didn’t waste any time breaking the game open from there, scoring six runs on three hits in the bottom of the seventh as all nine batters came to the plate.
Varinos and Sutherland drew back-to-back walks before first baseman Corey DiLoreto (Northeastern) dropped a single into left. After Olszak dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, left fielder Michael Wynne (Wofford) walked, Gustin drove a two-run single through the right side, and Frelick roped his third home run of the season over right field for three more runs.
Frelick was 0-for-3 before hitting the home run that upped his RBI total to 15 on the season. The recent Lexington High grad also extended his hitting streak to 10 games, becoming the first Navigator since 2013 to post a streak of that length.
Yamil Delgado (Fisher) allowed a hit and a walk but struck out two in the ninth for the Navs.
For Pittsfield, Johnson fell to 2-2 on the season despite striking out seven and allowing three unearned runs on two hits and three walks. Tyler Knapp (Longwood) allowed the six remaining North Shore runs. Center fielder Alexander White (Eastern Connecticut State) and designated hitter Dylan Faircloth (North Lake CC) each had two hits.
The Navs hit the road for three consecutive games beginning tomorrow night in Brockton. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. from Campanelli Stadium. North Shore returns to Fraser Field to host Brockton at 5 p.m. Sunday.