Starting Pitchers -
Nick Jones (Danbury) 2-2, 5.47 ERA, 24.2 IP, 32 H, 15 ER
John Folino (North Shore) First appearance of the year.
Folino in 2007 with Danbury: 0-1 in 17 relief appearances. 2.27 ERA. 35.2 IP, 29 H, 9 ER
DAN 0 0 0 / 1 0 0 / 0 0 0 - 1 6 1
NSR 1 0 0 / 3 0 5 / 0 0 X - 9 16 0
9:20 PM: ...and he does. Game over - Navs win their 2nd in a row, 9-1.
9:19 PM: Prescott is one strike away from striking out the side.
9:15 PM: We go to the 9th, and Chris Prescott is in to close it out for North Shore.
9:06 PM: Krull continues to impress, setting down Danbury in order. NS pitchers have retired the last 13 Westerners batters in a row.
9:01 PM: Krull in to pitch the 8th for North Shore.
8:58 PM: Pinch-hitting for Costello, #25, Chris Kowalski.... and Killa grounds out to end the 7th. On to the 8th...
8:54 PM: Folino has settled in quite nicely, retiring the last ten men he's faced including three in a row in the top of the 7th. With starts like these happening with great frequency, it's no surprise that coach Falcon is using a 7/8-man rotation.
8:49 PM: Kuehl sends some hearts a-twitter with a deep, deep fly ball to left field, but it's caught at the wall and the inning is over. Kuehl is now a pedestrian 4-for-5 today.
8:47 PM: McCrann legs out an infield single to make it 9-1. Kuehl up with a chance to get his fifth hit of the game.
8:44 PM: Hurvul rears back and blows Graham away with a fastball for the second out of the inning. McCrann, who led off this inning, is now up for North Shore.
8:42 PM: Hurvul walks Zurcher to bring in a run. Graham is coming up with the bases loaded. My colleague Stephen D. says: "I expect Graham to put a charge into one here - they're conferencing on the mound, and this guy really just wants to get one over the plate." Let's see if he's right.
8:40 PM: The rout may be on here - the Navs have the bases loaded and have a chance to really put this one away.
8:37 PM: Belcher greets Hurvul with an RBI single - 7-1.
8:37 PM: Now pitching for Danbury, lefthander Theodore Hurvul.
8:35 PM: That will be all today for Nick Jones.
8:34 PM: Matt Costello does it again, tapping an RBI single up the middle to score Provencher. 6-1. The hits just keep a-comin' - the Navs have 13 so far.
8:33 PM: McNaughton brings home Kuehl thanks to some dodgy defensive work at third base by Melvin Castillo. He hit a hard grounder to 3rd, but Castillo seemed almost afraid to get in front of it and played it 'matador style.' Picture Rick Dorn in the film Major League. McNaw is credited with an RBI double, and it's 5-1 North Shore.
8:29 PM: Kuehl is now 4-for-4 as he picks up yet another base hit. His four hits in one game ties an NECBL season high for an individual player - he becomes the thirteenth player this summer to accomplish the feat.
8:14 PM: Zurcher makes a web gem for the 2nd out! He ranges far to his left, all the way to the 2nd base bag, makes the scoop, pivots, and fires to first in time to retire Kinsley.
8:11 PM: The Westerners avoid further damage, stranding two runners - but they have already dug themselves a hole, as the Navs lead 4-1 through 4 complete innings.
8:07 PM: Tyler Kuehl is 3-for-3! He pokes a single to left to score Graham - 4-1 to the blue and white.
8:06 PM: The man from Trinity College is really heating up. Graham smokes a triple to score both Hill and Zurcher, and the Navs have retaken the lead, 3-1.
8:03 PM: Hill leads off the inning by hitting a chopper to deep 3rd. Castillo fields it cleanly but uncorks a wild throw to first, allowing Hill to reach 2nd base. Zurcher follows up with a walk to put the first two men on for Graham.
7:58 PM: Vinny Dammann grounds out 1-3 to end the top of the 4th.
7:57 PM: Castillo triples all the way to the wall in center field to plate Thomas and tie the score at 1. That one was maybe a foot or two away from getting out, at of the deepest parts of the park, no less. This game has been a festival of baserunners so far.
7:49 PM: The story of this game has been stranded baserunners - the Navs strand two more in the 3rd and it's still 1-0 in the 4th.
7:41 PM: Tyler Kuehl has been impressive from the leadoff spot today, going 2-for-2 so far.
7:38 PM: Folino gives up a walk and a base hit in the third, but John Hill displays his great arm, gunning two would-be basestealers. It remains 1-0 through 2.5.
7:31 PM: Navs go down 1-2-3 in the 2nd.
7:26 PM: Patane battles Folino, and flares one into shallow center that looks destined to be a game-tying base hit - but McNaughton is there with a sweet sliding catch to rob Patane and end the inning.
7:23 PM: The Westerners have put runners at the corners with two outs for Tony Patane.
7:14 PM: Hill gives it a rip to deep center but hits it right at Williams, retiring the side. It's 1-0 after one full.
7:10 PM: The hit parade is underway in the first - Kuehl doubles, McNaughton brings him home with an RBI single, and Costello singles to put two runners on with 1 out for Belcher.
7:o5 PM: Kingsley led off the top of the first with a single and reached third on a pair of groundouts, but Folino struck out Thomas to end the inning and strand Kingsley 90 feet away.
6:59 PM: And we're off, a few minutes early. It's a very, very hot and uncomfortable night here in Lynn, but once the sun goes down it should be perfect weather for baseball.
6:52 PM: Navs lineup is in -