A second consecutive trip to the Futures Collegiate Baseball League finals wasn’t in the cards for North Shore this summer, but that hardly means the Navs didn’t enjoy a successful season.
Finishing up 26-26 including an extra innings playoff loss to Brockton, the Navs nevertheless grew together as a team. The pitching staff especially battled through injuries and fatigue to get to the finish line.
One of the biggest bright spots for the Navigators was Derek DuBois, the team’s pitching MVP from Haverhill and Clark University. The former St. John’s Prep standout was an FCBL all-star and went 4-2 with a 1.68 earned run average in seven starts.
“Dubois’ work ethic is unbelievable. He’s a great guy and I know he was approached by a scout or two at the all-star game,” said Navigators manager Jon Cahill. “He’s a scholar and he’ll get his degree next year, and he definitely has the ability to get drafted or sign as a free agent after that.”
The FCBL is a wood-bat, college league primarily for players from or playing college ball in New England. The league also draws players nationwide, however, and one of the Navs’ best was from Benedictine University and Illinois: Tim Hendricks.
In his third season with North Shore, Hendricks was an iron man with 48 games played. He hit .354 with team-highs in RBI (28), stolen bases (15), doubles (6) and hits (68).
“Timmy’s a great teammate, a quiet guy that leads by example and does all his talking on the field,” said Cahill. “He’s one of those guys that always has a smile on his face and you couldn’t ask for a better kid to have around.
“He has so many tools — he hits for average, hits the ball to the gaps, runs well, has a good arm. He was a big key for us.”