By Zander Kean, Navigators Sports Information Department
Almost halfway through the NECBL season, the North Shore Navigators stood percentage points ahead of the Sanford Mainers in the
But on Saturday,
The score didn’t stay that way for long, as Will Greenberg belted a three-run homer into the trees behind Goodall Park’s 295-foot right field fence that put the Navs (13-8) behind by four. Corey Hunt then brought in another run with an RBI single to bring in a fifth Mainer run.
As D’Alfonso rounded the bases, DiCato had a heated exchange with plate umpire Doug Merther, who had called several close balls in the inning. After the game, head coach Jason Falcon backed up his hurler.
“As a pitcher myself I take it very personal. For a kid like Mike DiCato to come out and do what he did and come off the mound the way he did, [the umpires] were in the wrong,” Falcon said.
On a night when the
The Navs were able to break through in the top of the fourth. Sean McNaughton, who had been quiet at the plate since his 4-for-4, four RBI game against
After joining the team earlier this week, Costello was immediately inserted at first base and into the cleanup spot. So far he has thrived, with four hits, a home run and four RBI in just 11 at bats. Following the game, he talked about being comfortable in a Navigator uniform.
“To tell you the truth, I wish I had shown up a little bit earlier. I’m a little mad I didn’t come here for the first game,” he said. “I think this is definitely a good spot for me and I’m enjoying it, especially because they are letting me hit and play the field. Everyone else wanted me to just pitch for them.”
With one out in the top of the sixth, Mike Provencher drove a double to deep left-center, and McNaughton walked to chase Lehman from the game. The
Markovitz left after getting Will Greenberg to pop out to open the sixth, and Chris Kowalski picked up where the lefthander left off. Kowalski recorded two groundouts on a total of six pitches to retire the side, and went on to surrender just one hit over 2 2/3 innings.
“Every time, me, Jay and [closer Chris]
Tomorrow, the Navs will look for their first win against the Northern Division leading Keene Swamp Bats at Fraser Field. Costello, who compiled a 9-4 record on the mound at
Kowalski knows that the team needs to put this loss behind them and come out strong again tomorrow.
“You just go back and swing the bats and play the game. You’ve got to give it to [