07/16/2023 6:15 PM
LYNN, Mass. — Six members of the North Shore Navigators have been selected to play in the 2023 New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) All-Star Game, presented by Metro Credit Union. The game is set for next Sunday, July 23 at Fraser Field.
Shortstop Henry Kaczmar (Ohio State) and outfielder Evan Griffis (Stetson) will start at their respective positions for the East squad, which comprises the Navs’ Coastal Division and the Sanford Mainers. Pitcher Brayden Clark (Salve Regina), catcher Matt Chatelle (Merrimack), third baseman Jake Berger (Harvard) and outfielder Stan DeMartinis III (Bentley) will also represent the Navs in the first NECBL All-Star Game hosted at Fraser since 2011.
Kaczmar ranks third in the NECBL with his team-leading .333 average and has compiled six doubles, one triple, 11 RBI, 24 runs scored and eight stolen bases across 30 games. He also leads the NECBL with a .458 on-base percentage and is tied for the most runs. As of Sunday, he had reached in 15 consecutive games and recorded hits in 10 of his last 11, including each of the last six. The most recent stretch included a 4-for-6 performance July 5 at Keene. On the defensive side, the reigning Big Ten All-Rookie Team member has committed just two errors as North Shore’s primary shortstop.
The Navs’ top power threat, Griffis has four home runs, 14 total extra-base hits including nine doubles, and a NECBL-best 25 RBI and 58 total bases. The rising sophomore at Stetson is second on the team with his .310 average and has been especially productive of late, recording a pair of homers and 11 RBI over the last five games alone. Griffis has a pair of four-RBI efforts this summer, including one July 11 at Ocean State that came during a run of 14 RBI over a six-game span.
Clark has been a huge piece of the North Shore rotation, pitching to three wins, a 0.93 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 29 innings over his five starts. The Beverly native and Salve Regina senior-to-be is holding opponents to an outstanding .190 average with the help of three scoreless starts in which he has allowed no more than three hits. Clark earned NECBL Pitcher of the Week honors following his most recent start on July 9, as he struck out six across eight shutout, three-hit innings against league-leading Newport.
A consistent presence at catcher since the season began, Chatelle has a .278 average with six doubles, two homers and 18 RBI, which are good for the second-most on the team. He has vaulted into the heart of the Navs’ batting order while safely in eight of his last 10 games, hitting .394 with 10 RBI and seven runs scored in that span. Chatelle has also thrown out a league-leading nine potential base stealers from behind the plate. The Stoneham native and Austin Prep grad is entering his sophomore year at Merrimack.
Berger is one of the top on-base men in the NECBL, leading the circuit with a whopping 34 walks and reaching base at a .452 clip over his first 32 games. The rising Harvard senior is a .248 hitter with four doubles, one triple, a July 8 home run at Danbury, 12 RBI and 18 runs scored on the summer. He has six multi-hit games to his name, including a two-game stretch June 26 and 27 over which he went 5-for-7.
The Navs veteran selected, DeMartinis posted 10 hits over his first seven games after rejoining the team in mid-June and has a .284 average, five doubles, two triples, 14 RBI and 16 runs scored across 26 total games. His opening stretch included a June 18 walk-off hit against Newport. DeMartinis has also gone 5-for-11 over his last five games, driving in three in a July 14 win over Mystic. A rising Bentley junior, DeMartinis was also an Division 2 All-East Region and All-Northeast-10 performer in the spring.
The 2023 NECBL All-Star Game will feature the best players and top talent in the league and will provide for a night full of excitement and entertainment. The 2023 All-Stars will look to showcase their talents with the hopes of continuing their baseball career beyond college and the NECBL, with 30-40 total scouts representing every Major League Baseball (MLB) team expected to be in attendance.
The festivities on July 23 will start at 2 p.m. with the Home Run Derby, followed by the first pitch of the All-Star Game at 4:35 p.m. Click here for more information. General admission tickets are $7 each and can be purchased here.
The 2023 All-Star Game and Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on the NECBL Network free-of-charge, powered by BlueFrame Technology. This year will also see the NECBL All-Star Game broadcast in tape-delay format into 75 million households across the country.