Zander Kean, Navigators Sports Information Department
As the sun set and the lights turned on at
Any chance of a slow start following the Navs’ two consecutive off-days was immediately wiped away, as Justin Little ripped a single to right to open the game. Little then swiped second base and scored on a one-out single off the bat of Sean McNaughton, giving
“The offense dictated the game from the very beginning and after two days off, I was happy to see that we were not, sort of, silenced,” head coach Jason Falcon said. “I was nervous there that we were going to be a little bit stagnant there with the bats, but the guys came out swinging and that is important.”
The Navs would build their lead in the following inning. Nick Belcher reached on an error by
The Navs made it three consecutive innings with a run in the third. After McNaughton beat out an infield single and Matt Costello doubled him over to third, Tyler Kuehl chopped a ball between the drawn-in third baseman and shortstop, plating the fourth Navigator run.
That offense was more than enough for
After the game, Falcon praised Folino’s efficiency on the mound.
“He almost pitched a boring game. Before I knew it, it was the fourth inning and he was only sixty pitches deep. We are very happy with him,” Falcon said. “Having him throw a good six innings tonight on only eighty pitches, that’s awesome.”
The hit parade did not let up in the fifth. Little bounced a single up the middle to open the frame, bringing Mike Provencher to the plate. And Provencher drove a Fahey offering off the right field fence, hustling into third with a triple that sent Little across the plate. McNaughton followed with a sacrifice fly to right that gave the Navigators a 6-0 advantage.
After Belcher singled to center and John Hill reached on an error to open the top of the sixth,
For the game, Graham finished 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI. He raised his batting average 35 points, and appears to be fully recovered from a back injury that limited his playing time in June.
“I am feeling a lot better. I am feeling healthy, which is most important,” he said. “I know what I can do and obviously I am starting to get hot now, so hopefully I can just ride it into the playoffs and beyond.”
The team’s 15 hits were spread throughout the lineup, with nine different hitters getting in on the action. Falcon spoke about his team’s ability to produce from top to bottom.
“I’m happy with [Graham], and with Kyle Geason. Kyle Geason is swinging the bat real well right now - a bunch of our guys are. Even the new guys are coming in and swinging the bat aggressively. Justin Little, as well, is swinging the bat pretty aggressively. So with those three guys - if they can get to where they normally are, we are going to be really potent one through nine.”
Mike Adams finished out the game in relief of Folino, giving up just one hit over two innings. He began the bottom of the ninth, but rain, thunder and lightning officially ended the game before
With the win,
Saturday, the Navs face off against the North Adams SteepleCats at 5:30 PM. Originally, a makeup game with the Torrington Twisters was to be played at 2:00, but that game has since been rescheduled for July 31.