Noblit, Silkworms Cool Navigator Bats
Zander Kean, Navigators Sports Information Department
The North Shore Navigators looked to ride the momentum of their four-game winning streak Wednesday as they opened a six-day road trip against the Manchester Silkworms.
North Shore (5-3) had its opportunities – battling back from a six-run deficit to send the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh inning – but left nine men on base, several in scoring position.
“We had runners on base every inning, but we just didn’t execute by moving runners along and chipping away,” head coach Jason Falcon said following the game. “Had it been 5-3 and we came through with those big runs later in the game – different story.”
But the Navs answered in the top of the second. Nick Belcher led off the inning with a broken-bat single up the middle, and Mike Provencher moved him to second with a single of his own.
Designated hitter Ryan McCrann then placed an outside pitch down the third base line, scoring Belcher and tying the score at 1.
The Silkworms regained the lead in the bottom of the third off Navigator starter Mike Adams. After Cammans knocked in a run with a single, Grosso delivered again, this time with a double to left-center that put
Adams was around the plate all night – he walked just one batter – but
Falcon said that
“I think [Adams] was a little tired from his two innings in the
Ryan Krull relieved
In the top of the seventh, the Navs mounted a rally against
With two on and two out in the inning, J.J. Potrikus relieved Wolfe and got Provencher to ground into a fielder’s choice to second, ending the
A.J. Rusbarsky accounted for the last run of the game with an RBI single off
On the bright side for the Navigators, outfielder Justin Little saw significant playing time for the first time since injuring his bicep last week. Little pinch ran for McNaughton, played the last two innings in center and picked up an infield single and a stolen base in his lone at bat.
“I feel like I’m getting back into it,” he said. “My arm feels good and everything like that. It’s good to be back out here for an at bat or two.”
With their opening-day leadoff man healthy again, the Navigators will continue their six-game road trip Wednesday against the Holyoke Sox. Adam Herter, who won his first start of the season against the Sanford Mainers, gets the ball for the Navs.