Steve DelVecchio, Navigators Sports Information Department
With the help of five Swamp Bat errors - four of them on pick-off attempts - the Navigators hitters were able to punish
“My thinking has always been that you want to establish a lead early, because it’s really hard to make comebacks in this league,” Coach Jason Falcon said of capitalizing on his opponents miscues. “I wanted those fourth, fifth, and sixth runs – we were going to continue to put pressure on them and try to make them make mistakes.”
One Navigator who was able to cash in on an error-filled night from
“[I did the same thing] I always try to do,” Belcher said. “I tried to get a pitch and drive it. His curveball was pretty good tonight, but I just tried to get a good pitch that I could handle and put a good swing on it.”
With the top of the Navigators order (Justin Little, Mike Provencher, Sean McNaughton, Nick Belcher) accounting for six of
“It felt great,” Graham spoke of his break-out evening. “I’ve been struggling, but I feel like tonight was a good stepping stone moving forward. It was nice to just get a win tonight – we really needed it.”
Although a pitcher is always thrilled to be given ten runs to work with in a game, Matt Costello and the rest of the North Shore pitching staff only needed one run to come up with the victory in tonight’s game. Perhaps the most impressive part of Costello’s performance tonight is that he is a rare talent in the NECBL, receiving time as a position player and a starting pitcher. North Shore Head Coach Jason Falcon spoke of the importance of having a player like Costello on your roster.
“He’s new, and we’re still learning him – I didn’t know he had this in him,” Falcon said. “We’re excited about the fact that he gives us another option - he’s another bullet in that pitching staff.”
“I asked him for five [innings],” Falcon continued. “He and I didn’t speak too much before the game, but you could tell by watching him operate that he wasn’t coming out unless he wasn’t doing well. We’re excited to have him as part of our rotation.”
In what has become typical fashion over the course of the season, the Nav’s bullpen came in to close the game out and preserve the shutout. Ryan Krull and Adam Herter pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning, respectively, to put the finishing touches on an outstanding start from Matt Costello.
The Navigators take on the Danbury Westerners tomorrow night, July 7th, at 7PM. Mike Gallo will be on the bump for