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Archive for the ‘Lowell All-Americans’ Category

BREAKING: Lowell All-Americans move to Old Orchard Beach

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 20, 2010

Last night, The College Baseball Blog reported that the Lowell All-Americans were officially approved to move to Old Orchard Beach, Maine at the NECBL monthly meeting. According to the report, the move is still pending an official inspection of the Ballpark at Old Orchard Beach, but it is a formality as it will be up to the standards of the NECBL.

The York County Journal-Tribune ran a story on Friday that said that “town councilors had a two-hour workshop with officials” from the All-Americans and that a plan was put into place.

Many aspects make the deal a no-brainer. The team would pay the town a $10,000 usage fee for the park, which would be the highest of any town within the NECBL and would also create a natural rivalry with the Sanford Mainers since only 30 miles would separate the teams.

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Postgame Journal: Navs offense steams past All-Americans, division title within the realm

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 31, 2010

LYNN, Massachusetts (Friday, July 30, 2010) – The North Shore Navigators clinched home-field advantage in the NECBL Playoffs on Friday night as they breezed past the cellar-dwelling Lowell All-Americans, 11-0, at Fraser Field. Even in their home stadium, the Navs hit as the visiting team (see photo) due to the rescheduling of the game from Stoklosa Alumni Field in Lowell.

Now, the scenario for a division title is rather simple. The Navs and Newport Gulls will be playing for the East Division title at 6:15 on Saturday, if the Gulls lose to Laconia earlier in the afternoon.

North Shore painfully jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Lowell starter Josh Fink (Trinity) plunked catcher Bryce Tafelski (UCSB) in the hand with two outs to score lead-off hitter and shortstop Cody Dent (Florida).

In the second, the Navs plated two more runs to take a lead that would never be touched. Dent singled to left field to score designated hitter Jack Mayfield (Oklahoma), while, Dent came around on a single to right field by third baseman Anthony Melchionda (Boston College).

The Navigators were not close to done yet.

They had eight more runs left and they all came in an 12-batter, third inning.

Right fielder Dario Pizzano (Columbia) lead-off the inning with a solo home run to deep right-center field (1) to put North Shore up 4-0. Mayfield scored on an infield single by second baseman Tyler Kuehl (Point Loma Nazarene) with one out. Melchionda brought around Dent with a base knock to center field, while first baseman Ben Waldrip (Cypress) and Tafelski drove in two each on doubles to right and left field, respectively. Mayfield got his second double of the inning with two outs as he drove in Tafelski on a two-bagger to left field.

So, that’s eight runs, seven hits, and an entire rotation before two outs were recorded. The inning also closed the scoring for the night.

Daniel Patrick (Pepperdine) earned his third win of the season as he yielded two hits in five innings. Hunter Gordon (Boston College), Mark Williams (Marietta), Garret Smith (Boston College), and Hunter Rivers (Jacksonville State) pitched four innings of no-hit relief to preserve the two-hitter.

Fink was the losing pitcher as he allowed seven hits and five runs over two-plus innings. He fell to 0-2 on the season. Leif Sorenson (UMASS) allowed six runs, six hits, and a walk over the next inning. The All-Americans used four other pitchers, including two who had previously been batting in the starting lineup. They combined for three hits the rest of the way.

The Navs will host Newport in the Gulls’ second game of the day at 6:15 on Saturday, while Lowell looks for a happy ending to a somber season in New Bedford.

Let the fun begin!

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KCT Baseball Game Preview: North Shore vs. Lowell at Fraser Field

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 30, 2010

Tonight we travel down to Fraser Field where the North Shore Navigators take on the Lowell All-Americans in the fourth game of a five-day homestand. The Navs will most likely be the visiting team in the contest as it was rescheduled from Stoklosa Alumni Field in Lowell.

The Navs have a 24-16 record and trail the Newport Gulls by a half-game in the Eastern Division, while the All-Americans have the worst record in the NECBL at 14-25. If the season ended today, the Navigators would host Sanford in a best-of-three playoff series next week.

Daniel Patrick (2-1/Pepperdine) will be the starter for the Navs, while Josh Fink (0-1/Trinity) makes the start for the All-Americans. Patrick has won two of his last three decisions, while Fink has not earned a decision since June 28 as he is a primary reliever.

Get a quick lodown of everything you need to know for the game with this quick audio podcast.

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Postgame Journal: Struggling All-Americans pose little challenge for streaking Navs

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 7, 2010

Jason Banos (Columbia) became the sixth Navigator to homer this season. (Gene Boyars/Columbia University Athletics)

LYNN, Massachusetts (Wednesday, July 7, 2010) – Web gem caliber defense and timely hitting was the story on Wednesday night at Fraser Field as the North Shore Navigators romped past the Lowell All-Americans, 9-3. The Navs have won two games in a row and eight of their last 11 to improve to 16-10, while the All-Americans have lost a whopping ten in a row to fall to 5-18.

With the top two teams in the Eastern Division winning, the race remains status quo with North Shore ahead of Sanford by a game in the standings. 

Michael Johnson (Dartmouth) and David Laufer (Boston College) were locked into a tight pitcher’s duel through three innings until Johnson ran into his first bump in the Lowell fourth.

After recording a double play for the first two outs, Matt Collins (Tufts) hit an RBI double to left field to score Tim Quinn (Franklin Pierce). However, Johnson got out of the inning without any further damage as he was gunned down at third base to end the threat.

The Navigators got on the scoreboard with a three-run fourth inning against Laufer. Jason Banos (Columbia) led off the inning with a solo home run to right field (1), depositing a 3-2 pitch over the wall just inside the foul pole. With two outs, his Lions teammate Dario Pizzano (Columbia) drove in a run on a single through the middle, while Pizzano scored on an infield single by the next batter, Jared Pritchard (Oklahoma).

Both starters exited the game after five complete innings. Johnson had no credit in the decision, despite allowing just five hits and a run, while walking one. Laufer pitched slightly worse, allowing eight hits and five earned runs, while walking one.

The teams traded scoring again in the sixth inning as Lowell added two and North Shore three. Collins was the offensive threat again as he drove in two on a single to right. For the Navs, Braxton Graven (Bellarmine) worked a full count and earned a bases loaded walk for the fourth North Shore run, while Cody Dent’s (Florida) single through the right side plated Graven and Ben Waldrip (Cypress).

North Shore got the insurance they needed with three runs with a man retired in the eighth to put the game out of reach. Dent singled to left and advanced to second on a relay throw in from the outfield to score the first run of the frame in Pizzano. Two more runs came in when Tyler Kuehl (Point Loma Nazarene) singled into left field, scoring Dent. A fielding error by Lowell catcher Higgins allowed Pritchard to score the ninth and final Navs run.  

Johnson’s beautiful performance was not rewarded with a win, while Laufer fell to 1-2 in defeat. The winning pitcher was Mark Williams, who improved to 2-1, despite also blowing the save. He allowed two hits, two runs, and two walks. 

The Navigators return to action on Saturday when they welcome archrival Sanford to Fraser Field. It will be the third game of our “Super Saturday” tripleheader, which also includes the Futures at Fenway doubleheader.

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KCT Baseball Game Preview: Lowell at North Shore

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 7, 2010

  

Tonight we travel down to Fraser Field where the North Shore Navigators take on the Lowell All-Americans in the opening game of a tw0-game, four-day homestand.

Jack Mayfield (0-0/Oklahoma) will be the starter for the Navs, while Dave Laufer (1-1/Boston College) makes the start for the All-Americans. The Navs come into the game with a 15-10 record, tops by one game in the East Division. Lowell is 5-17, deep in the cellar of the East.

Get a quick lodown of everything you need to know for the game with this quick audio podcast.

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Navs, All-Americans postponed on Mayor’s Night at Fraser Field

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 12, 2010

The first meeting of the season between Lowell and North Shore has been postponed. (Brockton Rox photo)

Tonight’s game between the North Shore Navigators and Lowell All-Americans at Fraser Field has been postponed. It has been continuously raining in Lynn this afternoon and the forecast calls for possible thundershowers tonight. The game will be made up on Tuesday night, June 15. That game will be the first of two in a row between the two teams as they are scheduled to meet at Stoklosa Alumni Field on Wednesday. 

The Navs will be back in action tomorrow night when they take on the Newport Gulls at 6:15 p.m.

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