Navs Shut Out Monday at Vermont

06/24/2024 8:19 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. 一 The North Shore Navigators were shut out for the first time in the New England Collegiate Baseball League season, falling 12-0 to the host Vermont Mountaineers on Monday night at Montpelier Recreation Field.

North Shore slipped back to .500 at 6-6, while Vermont improved its NECBL-best record to 11-3 and extended a six-game win streak.

Right fielder Ryan Gerety (Northeastern) was the lone Navs batter to reach base three times, going 1-for-3 with two walks. Gerety’s base hit marked the second of four for the total North Shore lineup.

North Shore stranded two-out baserunners in each of the first four innings, including after catcher Matt Chatelle (Rutgers) ripped a two-out single into left in the first. The hosts responded while taking their first swings, never looking back after jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead on first baseman Max Jensen’s (Cornell) two-run home run to right.

Third baseman Tim McGuire (Sacred Heart) drew a two-out walk and reached second base on a wild pitch in the second, while Gerety and designated hitter Jesse Jaconski (Penn State) socked base hits in the third and fourth, respectively. 

Vermont starter DJ Helwig (Notre Dame) worked around all of the traffic, keeping North Shore scoreless through the entirety of his four-inning start. The Mountaineers doubled their lead to 4-0 when third baseman Brennan Norton (Jacksonville State) knocked a two-run single through the left side.

The Mountaineers broke the game open with a five-run, five-hit fifth in which all nine batters came to the plate. Norton’s two-run homer punctuated the frame.

Vermont added a 10th run when pinch-hitting outfielder Nic Notarangelo (Endicott) ripped the first pitch he saw out to right for a solo homer in the seventh. A pair of eighth-inning runs, including another Notarangelo RBI on a sacrifice fly, equaled the final score.

TJ Melani (Stetson) enjoyed a strong debut out of North Shore’s bullpen, striking out two before stranding a pair of two-out runners to end the sixth inning.

Catcher Ryan MacDougall (Dayton) also recorded a hit upon entering the North Shore lineup late in the game.

For Vermont’s 11-hit attack, Jensen had two RBI and four runs scored, while Norton drove in a game-high five. Max Simpson (Towson) earned the win in relief, tossing the first two innings following Helwig.

The Navs return home to Fraser Field to host the Coastal Division rival Martha’s Vineyard Sharks at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday.