SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

July 23, 2009

Navs snap skid, topple Lowell


It took 11 innings last night against the Lowell All-Americans, but the North Shore Navigators finally snapped the longest losing streak in the franchise's brief history.

RBI singles from Joe Medeiros, Tyler Ruehlman and an fielder's choice RBI from John Sills helped the Navs (18-16) outlast the All-Americans, 5-2, in an extra innings thriller.

Jason Markovitz (4-1) got the win, recording the last seven outs of the ballgame out of the bullpen.

Getting his first shot at the leadoff spot, Peabody native Josh Band knocked a two-run single to centerfield to put the Navs on top in the second. The lead lasted until the bottom of the ninth, when the All-Americans (10-20) manufactured the tying run and brought it home on a sacrifice fly.

Peabody's Kyle Multner singled off his UMass teammate Nick Serino, who held the Navs to two runs and pitched into the eighth inning. He was matched by North Shore's Jeff Tardiff, who also threw into the eighth while scattering six hits and conceding only one run.

Sills, a recent addition from Holy Cross via Boston College High, had two hits, as did catcher Medeiros.

North Shore, which is now tied with Sanford for second place in the NECBL's East Division, has today off before visiting first-place Newport tomorrow.

— Matt Williams