Sunday, June 8, 2008

Gameday- G2: 6/8 vs. Keene, 6 PM

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After an excruciatingly long T ride and a belated arrival at Fraser Field, I'm settled in on press row and ready to blog as the Navigators get set for game 2 of the NECBL season. It's another steamy night at the ballyard, still over 90 even as the sun is beginning its descent.

Pregame notes: North Shore Navigators (1-0) vs. Keene SwampBats (1-0)
-First pitch is at 6:05, which is perfectly fine with us, since I hear tell they are still playing basketball at this time of year.
-The Keene SwampBats also come into this game 1-0 on the year after topping Holyoke 7-3 last night. James Wise got the win with three innings of scoreless relief. DH Cliff Hicks went 3-for-5 on the day.
-Keene is one of the most popular teams in the league. They were the team featured in the "Eye on the Dream" documentary about the NECBL. 2,963 fans were in attendance for their home opener last night. Impressive stuff.
-Only one MA guy on Keene's roster: Walpole's Sean McDermott, who pitches for Virginia Tech.

-Mike Adams will get his first start of the season for the Navs. He was an ace for D3 Franklin Pierce this year, amassing an 11-1 record with a 1.36 ERA. 113 strikeouts, 36 walks, opponents hitting .183 against. The Navs will be looking for big things from Adams this year.
-Tommy Meagher for Keene - 6-2, 2.76 for St. Petersburg Community College

Keene/ North Shore
SP Tommy Meagher / SP Mike Adams
CF Alex Lee 14 / CF Hill 12
3B Cliff Hicks 4 / DH McNaughton 15
1B Paul Karmas 8 / RF Provencher 20
LF Evan Chambers 13 / 1B Graham 9
RF Josh Chester 10 / 3B McCrann 32
C Dan Petro 1 / LF Fatse 13
2B Bryn Doyle 12 / 2B Kuehl 17
SS Jose Macias 11 / C Coury 18
DH Jared Parrott 2 / SS Zurcher 5


8:14 - Keene 2, North Shore 0 -Final

8:08 - Kowalski put two men on, but got Parrott to fly out to right to end the inning. Time for some 9th inning magic?

8:00 - Chris Kowalski in to pitch for the Navs. For Boston, For Boston...

7:59 - 1-2-3 inning.

7:55 - David Colvin is in to pitch the 8th for los Swamp bats.

7:52 - Paul Karmas just boomed a sac fly to deep center to make it 2-0 Keene.

7:49 - This one's perilously close to slipping out of reach. Ryan Krull is living dangerously, with a runner on 3rd and nobody out..... just as I say that, he just fanned Hicks for the first out.

Krull on the hill.

7:46 - Still 88 degrees here in the top of the 8th. Krull just walked the leadoff hitter.

7:44 - Ryan Krull in to relieve Mike Adams.

7:42 - Crud. Mike Provencher got the 7th off to a promising start by picking up an infield single. Falcon elected to have cleanup hitter Kent Graham bunt Provencher over to 2nd. He moved to 3rd on a groundout by McCrann, then was stranded on 3rd when pinch hitter Derek Trent popped out to the first baseman in foul territory. Still 1-0.

7:35 - Jose Macias grounds into a 6-4-3 double play, which brought home the first run of the game. 1-0 Keene.

7:33 - Whole lotta 0's so far, but Keene has runners on the corners with nobody out. Falcon elects to keep Adams in the game. Keep your fingers crossed.

7:25 - It looked like the Navs might have had something brewing in the bottom of the 6th when Justin Little led off with a bunt single, but he was erased on a double play. We continue at our torrid pace.

7:21 - Adams just wriggled out of a tricky inning to keep the game scoreless heading into the bottom of the 6th. (Already?!!) The leadoff batter reached on an infield single. The next batter, Hicks, roped a single to left but the runner was caught trying to stretch it to 3rd base. After a walk and a wild pitch, Adams got two men out to escape the jam.

7:06 - We lost internet connection here at the ballpark for an hour, but we're back online now... you haven't missed much, except for a budding pitchers duel between Mike Adams and Tommy Meagher.

5:52 - If you like cozy atmospheres where you can hear the players chattering on the field, hurry down to Fraser. It's gonna be a sleepy night at the ballpark. A little bit different from the hubbub of opening night.

5:50 - We have the NS lineup. Coury, Zurcher, and McCrann are in; Geason, Little, and Belcher are out.

5:41 - Still a very small crowd here at Fraser 24 minutes before game time. I'd say that's half our fault (for not properly informing fans of the 6:05 game time before yesterday), 25% the NBA's fault (for having the audacity to schedule NBA finals games on the same day as Navs home dates) and 25% the weather's fault (for being so freakin' hot). Let's hope it fills up at by 7 or so.

5:19 - The Swamp Bats just finished up batting practice and submitted their lineup. Still awaiting North Shore's lineup. The top 4 (Little-McNaughton-Provencher-Graham) remains intact.


Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the running commentary during the game. My son is on the team and we will not be able to be at all the games so for me, this is a great way to stay connected. Keep up the good work!

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