But Adam Herter and Tyler Kuehl, the North Shore Navigators’ two PLNU Sea Lions, showed that they can compete with the best Saturday in leading the Navs to a 7-4 victory over the Lowell All-Americans.
With his parents in attendance, Kuehl launched his first NECBL home run – a three-run shot to left in the top of the sixth – and made two stellar defensive plays in the field. And Herter rebounded from a tough outing against
The Navs struggled in the early innings against
Those strikeouts were due in part to a liberal strike zone called by home plate umpire Mike Noeth. But as Justin Little said after the game, the Navs were able to use the wide zone to their advantage.
“It didn’t really impact us too much, you just know that when you have a strike zone like that, you have to open it up and swing a little bit more,” he said. “We adjusted nicely and it didn’t really hurt us tonight.”
And timely two-out hitting allowed
The Navigators would then take the lead in the following inning. With the bases loaded, John Hill lined a single to right, scoring Kuehl and Kent Graham to give
“Tyler Kuehl had one of the best games I’ve ever seen anyone have on both the offensive and defensive sides,” Falcon said.
That run support would prove to be more than enough for Herter, who did not allow a run past the first inning. The right-hander faced just one batter over the minimum from the third through the seventh, striking out four against just one walk.
In his last start, Herter gave up seven runs in just 2 2/3 innings against the Keene Swamp Bats. But a relief appearance in which he struck out the side against
“He established the strike zone early, which was really missing last time for him. 7 innings is exactly what I was hoping for out of him. He had a low pitch count, he got ahead of hitters, and he forced them to swing at his pitch, so I was happy to see that.”
The Navigators picked up their hurler in the field, and then some. In the fifth, Kuehl snagged a line drive off the bat of Steve Daniels at the very top of his jump, doubling off the runner at first to end the inning. Then in the sixth, Graham made a backhanded stab on a hot Pecora grounder. And finally, Kuehl tracked down a chopper up the middle, completing the throw to first as his momentum carried him away from the bag.
“We can’t afford to lose games right at the end like we did last week in
The Navs added an insurance run in the seventh, as Graham brought Kuehl home with a sacrifice fly to center.
The win brought the Navs into a temporary tie with