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July 4, 2013

Martha's Vineyard proves to be too much for Navigators to handle

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.

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