Joe Gravellese, Navigators Sports Information Department
Powered by the red hot bats of Sean McNaughton (4-for-4, two triples, a double, and a walk) and Mike Provencher (2-for-4 with 2 RBI), the North Shore Navigators pounded the Holyoke Blue Sox, 9-1, on a muggy night at Fraser Field.
“I’m the type of guy where when I’m on, I’m on,” chuckled McNaughton after the game. “I felt pretty good tonight and I had a clear mind.”
The Navigators wasted no time jumping on
After newcomer Mathew Costello and John Hill struck out to start the inning, Derek Trent ignited a two-out rally with a double to left field. Gariano plunked Chad Zurcher and walked Little to load the bases for Mike Provencher, who came into the game tied for second on the team with 12 RBIs. He picked up two more, ripping a high fly ball off the rightfield wall to plate Trent and Zurcher.
That set the stage for McNaughton, who promptly blasted his second triple of the night over the head of centerfielder Alex Hilliard to bring home two more runs, making it 6-1
“Wasn’t that nice to see the boys swing the bat like that?,” said coach Jason Falcon after the game. “McNaughton was four for four, so he set the tone. We were kind of surprised he got pitched to either the second or the third time up with a base open, but he definitely was looking for a pitch. He’s that kind of kid. He looks for a mistake and he jumps on it.”
Ryan Krull pitched two scoreless innings of relief to close out the game, improving the Navs’ record to 12-6.
Justin Little fueled the Navs’ offense, reaching base five times from the leadoff spot and coming around to score two runs.
Derek Trent also starred at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
“I’m proud of all the guys up there,” said Falcon. “I did do some things to the lineup because we were a little concerned about producing runs, especially with the middle part of the order. I moved Provencher to the two-hole because the numbers were showing that he was pretty good at getting on base and scoring. I can't tell you if that attributed to tonight’s success, but we’ll find out.”
The Navigators continue their race for first place on Wednesday when they travel to Recreation Field in