Steve DelVecchio, Navigators Sports Information Department
In front of a crowd of nearly 2000 fans at Fraser Field on Thursday night, the North Shore Navigators made the most of a friendly exhibition match against the Dominican All-Star team. Playing in front of perhaps the most energy-filled crowd at Fraser this season, the Navigators used some of their usual crew, along with a few local ballplayers and a pair of the organizations co-general managers, to come up an 8-4 victory.
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“I was a little nervous at first, but I settled down,” Tower said. “It was a lot of fun. It was good to see some guys get to play in different positions than they’re used to. The atmosphere was awesome. I wish it could be like this every night.”
The Navigators would give Tower the run support he deserved in the home half of the third inning, scoring three times. All three runs were batted in by players not currently on the Navigators roster – Jesse Bruinsma of Curry college and Swampscott native Jason Blydell from
Coach Falcon was pleased with the way in which the players not on the Navigators roster were able to contribute tonight and give some of his players some always-welcomed rest.
“I was very happy with them,” Falcon said. “They helped us out a lot, I could not have asked for anything more. They did exactly what I was hoping for - they gave our guys a chance to rest.”
Although they came out on the losing side of the game, the highlight of the game belonged to Dominican All-Star center fielder Leonardo Vilorio. Navigators’ pitcher Chris Kowalski (
“Coach Falcon gave me a chance to hit tonight,” Kowalski said after asking about the catch which robbed him of a double. “I hit the ball and I get all excited, and next thing I know the guy made the number one play on Sportscenter there in center field. It was a great experience playing against these guys; playing a team with a different culture. [It was a] great atmosphere. The kid made a great catch so hats off to him. It was a great night all the way around.”
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After making noise in the top of the ninth inning by scoring three times, Navs pitching was able to close the door on the Dominican All-Star team and enjoy an 8-4 victory.
The Navigators resume NECBL game action on Saturday night when they take on the Lowell All-Americans, in