Navs Down Mainers in Rain-Shortened Game at Fraser

06/20/2024 8:47 PM

LYNN, Mass. — The North Shore Navigators earned a 3-2, rain-shortened win over the Sanford Mainers in Thursday night’s New England Collegiate Baseball League action at Fraser Field.

North Shore improved to 6-5 on the season following the five-inning victory, while Sanford saw a four-game win streak snapped and fell to 8-6.

After Sanford took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, the Navigators exploded for all three runs and three of their six total hits in the fourth. 

The top six hitters in the North Shore lineup each had hits in the game, including Brady Dever (Brown), who also recorded an RBI and scored the eventual winning run.

Dever got the inning started, smoking a line drive through the right side of the infield to score Jesse Jaconski (Penn State) from second and cut a 2-0 deficit in half. Brendan Jones (Holy Cross) drew a bases-loaded walk in the ensuing at-bat to tie the score at 2-2.

Danny MacDougall (Endicott) then gave North Shore a one-run lead that it would not relinquish, beating out a potential inning-ending double play. 

Dever entered Thursday’s contest reaching safely in his past three contests, and his base hit extended that streak. The Texas native has shined since ripping a pinch-hit double back on June 16, finishing the game going 1-for-2 with an RBI.

On the mound, returning pitcher Will Jones (Northeastern) made his third appearance of the season. The left-hander from Hamilton entered Thursday’s contest third in the NECBL in ERA with a 0.90 ERA and turned in another quality start, striking out six while allowing just one earned run on two hits across a five-inning complete game.

The Mainers got the bats started early, as the first home run at Fraser Field in the 2024 season came off the bat of Colin Barczi (Vanderbilt). The two-run homer was also Barczi’s first of the season, giving his team the early lead.

Sanford completed its at-bats in the sixth inning before lightning halted play as it took the field for the bottom half. Following the NCAA-mandated 30-minute delay, the game was called and reverted back to the previous complete inning, giving the Navs the victory.

The Navs will hit the road for two games this weekend, facing the Newport Gulls on Friday and the Vermont Mountaineers on Saturday.