07/02/2018 8:33 PM
By Joshua Kummins
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Five different players recorded multiple-hit games as the North Shore Navigators broke out for a season-high 11 runs on 14 hits en route to an 11-8 win over the Pittsfield Suns in Monday night’s Futures Collegiate Baseball League action at Wahconah Park.
North Shore snapped its three-game losing streak and improved to 9-18 on the summer, while Pittsfield slipped to 12-15 with its fourth loss in five games.
Center fielder Sal Frelick (Boston College) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two RBI, and his team-leading fifth home run of the season to pace the North Shore offense. Left fielder Michael Wynne (Wofford) also went 3-for-5 and scored a run, while catcher John Prentice (New England College) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The game remained scoreless as North Shore starter Matt Demma (Saint Joseph’s of Maine) and Pittsfield left-hander Joey Rogers (UMass Boston) dueled over the first three innings. Demma allowed single hits in two of his first three frames, stranding runners in scoring position in two of them.
North Shore scored first for the 15th time this summer, plating two runs in the top of the fourth inning. After designated hitter Dominic Keegan (Vanderbilt) hit a leadoff single and third baseman Elias Varinos (Tufts) reached on an error with one out, second baseman Spencer Brown (Northern Essex CC) ripped a single to center field for his first two RBI as a Navigator. Brown also hit an infield single and stole second with two outs in the second.
Shortstop Thomas Hughes (Oklahoma) immediately flipped the score Pittsfield’s way in the bottom of the fourth as he cleared the left field wall with a three-run homer with one out. Hughes was one of three Suns to post two hits on the night, joining left fielder Nolan Cloutier (Southern Connecticut State) and second baseman Drew DeMartino (Hartford).
The Navs put up crooked numbers in their next two plate appearances to take a 9-3 lead. Rogers was forced out of the game after allowing three runs in the fourth inning before a four-run, four-hit sixth extended the cushion to six runs.
Prentice led off the fifth with a single, took second on a wild pitch before Frelick drew a walk, and touched home on an error that followed shortstop Joey Murphy’s (Saint Joseph’s of Maine) perfect sacrifice bunt towards first base. Keegan then singled to center before Varinos lifted a sacrifice fly to center field two batters later.
Jonathan Marchia (Saint Joseph’s of Maine) followed Rogers on Pittsfield’s mound and immediately surrendered four consecutive hits and four runs to the Navs in the sixth. First baseman Mitchell Lundholm (Fisher) and Wynne logged back-to-back singles to right to lead off the frame before Prentice tagged a single to center and Frelick lined a two-run shot out to right.
Ethan Dyer (Endicott) stranded two runners on base in the fifth before allowing the first two Suns to reach in the sixth. Garret Keough (Holy Cross) then entered for Dyer and allowed three runs on a wild pitch, a Cloutier single, and a DeMartino sacrifice fly.
North Shore scored twice more in the eighth as Varinos reached on a fielding error and left fielder Jeff Mejia (UMass Lowell) drew a bases-loaded walk. The Suns did score single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but Danny Ryan (Northeastern) induced a double play ball to get out of a seventh-inning jam before stranding two runners in the following frame. Varinos moved from the infield to pitch the ninth, allowing a hit and a run.
The Navs welcome the Brockton Rox back to Fraser Field for a 1 p.m. Tuesday matinee before opening a three-game road trip with a Fourth of July evening contest against the Bristol Blues at Muzzy Field.