A pair of rainouts cut the Navs' week short, but the team was able to put together a 4-1 record, including divisional wins over Vermont and Holyoke. The pitching staff has continued to excel. After Adam Herter shut out Manchester for 8 1/3 innings, three straight starters - Mike DiCato, Mike Gallo and Jimmy Lisowski - gave up exactly one run over seven innings in their starts this week.
After a rainout on Monday, the Navs had two days off to bounce back from their 3-2 loss against
The Navs played their first game at Fraser Field in over a week, and starter Adam Herter did not disappoint. He went 8 1/3 shutout innings, getting out of several jams to preserve a one-run lead. That one run came off the bat of Mike Provencher, who blasted his fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the first. Herter left with two runners on in the ninth, but Jason Markovitz came on to shut the Silkworm offense down and preserve the win.
6/26: Navs 2,
The Navs hit the road again, this time all the way up to
6/27: Navs 8,
Mike Gallo matched DiCato’s effort on the mound with seven one-run innings of his own, but Vermont starter Casey Harman was even better, holding the North Shore bats in check over his six innings of work. Down 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the Navs came roaring back. With Provencher on first, back-to-back doubles by Nick Belcher and Kuehl cut the deficit to 3-2. But the rally ended there, as Dusty Odenbach struck out Kent Graham and Ryan McCrann for the game’s final two outs.
6/30: Navs 9,
A fantastic performance from Sean McNaughton got the
Graham returns to lineup
In the weeks leading up to the start of the Navs’ season, one of the most talked about stories was
Soon after opening night, Graham injured his back and was out of the lineup. He has missed most of the last two weeks - including the entire recent seven-game road trip – in order to rehab and get back into the lineup. And Saturday night he made that return, starting at first against the Mountaineers. Though he went 0-4 at the plate – including a strikeout in the bottom of the ninth, Graham made several outstanding plays around the first base bag. After the game, he talked about how glad he was to be back in action.
“I hurt my back when I came here. I tried to push it when I shouldn't have, and my performance slipped a little bit. I took some time off, tonight was my first game back. Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things soon."
Lefthanders are a rare commodity on this year’s team, but the squad’s few southpaws have made their presence felt on the mound. Opening day starter Jimmy Lisowski has put together a 0.96 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .197 batting average in his three starts, picking up his first win of the season against
As good as Lisowski has been, the two southpaws in the
“My first couple outings, I was a little nervous. I was new to the league, and wanted to come out and impress some people, and just put a little too much pressure on myself. I just kind of settled in there, and I am getting in a groove, so I’ve just got to keep throwing well.
Last Wednesday in
In just one game with the Navs, Costello has already shown his versatility – though he is listed as a pitcher on the
This Week's Schedule
Wed. 7/2: @ Vermont
Thu. 7/3: @ Keene
Fri. 7/4: @ Holyoke
Sat. 7/5: @ Sanford
Sun. 7/6: vs. Keene
Mon. 7/7: vs. Danbury
Tue. 7/8: @ Lowell