LYNN — Baseball lovers with some free time this summer have got to go watch Sal Frelick hit.
Playing for the North Shore Navigators just a couple of weeks after graduating from Lexington High, Frelick has set the Futures League ablaze.
The future Boston College slugger hit another grand slam Tuesday afternoon at Fraser Field and tied a team record with six RBI as the Navigators beat Brockton, 12-3, to win for the second time in less than 24 hours after also prevailing on the road Monday night.
"I'm not trying to do too much. I was hitting in the one spot today so I was trying to be a little more patient," said Frelick, whose grand slam was his third homer in as many games. "I got a good piece of it."
Though he's played 15 games after joining the Navs late due to Lexington's Super 8 tournament run, Frelick is tied for the Futures League lead in homers with six and RBI with 26. He's hitting .404 and the player he's tied with in RBI has twice as many plate appearances.
Frelick has hits in 14 of his 15 games and its no coincidence North Shore (10-18 overall) is 8-7 with him in the lineup and 2-11 otherwise.
"It's easy to have confidence in your lineup with guys like that out there," pitcher Justin Foley said of Frelick. Foley, a Lynnfield native who starred at St. John's Prep, went six strong innings to pick up his second win of the summer on Tuesday.
Though he gave up a run in the top of the first, the Navs got Foley the lead by the end of the second and he cruised through six while lowering his season ERA to 2.81 on a team-high 25 2/3 innings pitched.
"I have to stay on top of keeping hitters off balance. I missed a little with the change up today, especially, in that first inning, but anytime you get 12 runs on the board as a pitcher you feel like you're in great shape," said Foley.
Heading into his senior season as a two-sport standout at Bates Colleges in Maine, Foley is enjoying the summer in the wood bat Futures League. He's been working on adding a slider to his arsenal for his last college season while also staying in shape for football, where he's an All-NESCAC punter for the Bobcats.
So far this summer, he's been a jack-of-all-trades for the Navs' staff. Foley's seven appearances (second on the team to fellow Prep grad Zach Begin) include two starts (both North Shore wins) and two saves.
"Starting gets you the most innings but I like coming into the pressure situations as well. I've been all over the place," said Foley, who is majoring in Economics up at Bates. "I love playing here. It's like you're out here playing for something but at the same time you can focus on getting better and having fun."
Besides Frelick, other late additions are helping the Navigators find their form. Beverly's Spencer Brown, another recent high school grad, went 2-for-4 and scored three runs in Tuesday's win while serving as designated hitter. Dom Keegan, who also played in the Super 8 for Central Catholic just a few weeks ago, went 2-for-5 and drove in a run.
Middleton native Elias Varinos doubled, scored and made some nice defensive plays at third base. Corey DiLoreto went 3-for-4 with three runs to help spark the 12-run explosion and Greg Sutherland added a base knock.
After falling behind 1-0, Brown scored on an error to tie it in the second and the Navs had a 4-1 lead after a bases loaded walk to Frelick, a Joey Murphy sacrifice fly and a Keegan RBI single. Frelick's grand slam capped six run fourth that put North Shore on cruise control for the rest of the sweltering afternoon.