LYNN — The North Shore Navigators took on the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks for the second time in four days yesterday at Fraser Field — and unfortunately, the end result was the same for the locals.
The Navs, who have just two wins in their last six games, couldn’t capitalize at the plate yesterday, leaving 10 baserunners stranded in an 8-5 loss to the Vineyard.
“We’ve been short with the offense for the majority of the season,” said Navs head coach Jon Cahill. “It’s disappointing on a day that we were able to put some hits together that we weren’t able to have a shutdown inning when we needed it.
“We need to understand that we have to take advantage of every opportunity and that the errors add up. You can’t give them extra outs.”
Cahill, who graduated from Peabody High in 1996, is an assistant coach at Endicott College and was an assistant for the Navs last summer before assuming the manager’s post this season.
His team, which was ranked as the 23rd best summer collegiate team in the nation by Perfect Game last month, are just 4-6 in their last 10 games and dropped to third place behind the Sharks (15-7) and the first place Nashua Silver Knights in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
Despite reaching double digits in hits for the first time in a week, the Navs (11-8) couldn’t put the runs together in the ninth, leaving two runners in scoring position.
“We played more consistent this game,” said Navs shortstop Eddie Reese. “Less errors and mistakes, and we were in the game for the most part. We were trying to get those runs across and keep the pressure on the Sharks’ pitcher, but we just had a couple of mistakes at the end that cost us.”
Reese, who leads the team with seven RBI this summer, knocked in another run during the second inning yesterday to tie the game at 1-1. The Navs produced two more runs by the end of the second to take their first lead of the day, 3-1.
The Sharks regained the lead in the fourth inning when Dylan Tice tied the game up on a double, scoring Tad Gold (of Endicott College) and Ryan Siegel. Tice then scored from second off a double by Nick Sell to put Martha’s Vineyard up, 5-4.
Andover’s John Hennessey (Boston College) tied the game at 5-5 for the Navs on a RBI single to left field, scoring Andrew Brodbeck from third.
“We need to go out there and execute each game,” noted Cahill, “and we haven’t been successful at that yet. We need to get better.
“When you’re going up against a quality pitcher, it’s difficult to get multiple hits back-to-back. We had the momentum on our side for a little bit after they struck first, but we battled back and forth all game.”
North Andover’s Mike Weisman, a junior at Columbia University, took over the pitching duties for North Shore in the eighth. He allowed four hits, three earned runs and picked up his first loss of the season.
Designated hitter Devin Carter led the offense for the hosts, going 3-for-4 on the day with a run scored and a RBI. Brodbeck, Hennessey and Lynn’s Kyle Devin were the only other Navigators with multiple hits in the loss.
Martha’s Vineyard has won nine of its last 10 games and produced a season-best 15 hits yesterday. The two teams meet again on Saturday for their fifth matchup of the season.