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Futures League: Rivalry Renewed as Nashua, North Shore Set to Tangle in Championship

by Joshua Kummins

LYNN — In a pair of exciting games that went right down to the wire, the North Shore Navigators and Nashua Silver Knights captured victories in their respective series and will renew their Futures League rivalry on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Championship Series.

The Navs took the deciding third game with a 4-1 victory over the Torrington Titans at Fraser Field, clinching the series by a 2-1 count with two victories in as many days at home.

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–Conversations with both managers and Navs RHP Miles Landry, as well as the final out of the game

Both teams combined for just seven hits but the Navs took advantage of four Torrington errors, including three by 3B Adam Claire (Bryant).

Torrington took the lead in the third inning against dominant Navs starter Michael Oczypok (Alabama) as 2B Ryan Zielinski (Castleton State) drove in the game’s first run on an RBI grounder to second base. The play drove in 1B Matt Consiglio (UMass-Boston) after he reached on an error to open the frame.

Oczypok took control from that point forward, departing after allowing just the one unearned run and a hit – a lone single to Consiglio in the fifth – over seven innings.

The Crimson Tide product, who threw 93 pitches and 60 strikes in the contest, has gone undefeated through nine starts between a pair of summer leagues this year. He was a late arrival to the Navs staff and the 0.00 ERA remains unblemished after 17.2 innings.

The Navs tied things in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly from SS Jake McGuiggan (Harvard), while a fielder’s choice off the bat of C Patrick Raley (Charlotte) gave the home team a 2-1 edge in the next inning.

After LF Brad Elwood (Charlotte) advanced the runners on a flyout for the second out of the fifth inning, 2B Aaron Silbar (Columbia) reached on another error to bring home the Navs’ third run.

1B Andrew Harris (Vanderbilt) brought in the final score of the game, lining a solid single to straightaway center field with two outs in the sixth inning against Jordan Lozzi (Wesley).

Lozzi suffered the loss just one night after the Navs banged out ten hits against FCBL Pitcher of the Year Tyler Dierke (Kenyon College), allowing four hits and four runs – three unearned – over his six innings of work.

Travis Landry (Franklin Pierce) and Derek Richards (Babson) combined to toss two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts, keeping the Titans in the game until Miles Landry (Baylor) shut the door for the save.

In the eighth, Joe Katin (Keene State) allowed two singles and a walk but whiffed slugging RF Conor Bierfeldt (Western Connecticut State) to end the threat and earn a hold.

DH Pat Parker (Northern Essex) went 0-for-4 but scored two runs for the Navs, while 3B Ryan Muno (San Diego State) chipped in with two of the team’s four hits.

On the other hand, the Silver Knights swept the set with back-to-back wins, including the clinching 3-2 victory at home over the Brockton Rox.

Chris Good (New Mexico) earned the victory as he allowed just four hits and an unearned run, while throwing 101 pitches across his six innings. After Matt Houston (William and Mary) tossed two frames of one-hit ball, Cole Warren (Rhode Island) nailed down the save.

The Knights were led by DH James Katsiroubas (UMass-Lowell) as he drove in a pair of runs on a double in the second inning and a base hit in the seventh, while All-Star Most Valuable Player and RF Jon Minucci (Southern New Hampshire) went 1-for-4 with the third and final RBI.

Brockton could not get the equalizer to tie the game and send the series forward, despite scoring once in the sixth and once in the eighth on errors.

The opening game of the title series begins at 7 p.m. at Fraser Field with Nashua native righty Alek Morency (Merrimack) taking the ball against a starter to be determined. Nashua will host the second and deciding third games at Holman Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Brockton 6, North Shore 4: Miscues Cost Home Team as Rox Dump North Shore in Extras

Vandy-bound Rhett Wiseman reached base four times and scored the winning run on Friday.

by Joshua Kummins

LYNN – Errors and missed opportunities.

That not-so-dynamic duo proved to be the difference in Friday’s Futures Collegiate League game as the North Shore Navigators took the visiting Brockton Rox to 12 innings but ultimately bowed in a 6-4 decision in front of a solid crowd of 1,206 fans at historic Fraser Field.

WATCH: Rhett Wiseman Post-Game Interview
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An initial string of defensive miscues led to the game’s first run in the second inning. Two frames later, the Rox were back at it as they scored again to double their lead. After 3B Vito Perna (Southeastern Louisiana) walked to open the second, CF Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt/Mansfield, Mass.) earned his fourth double of the season.

With C Luis Gonzalez (Concordia) batting, Perna scored on a throwing error with Josh Desai (Suffolk/Shrewsbury, Mass.) becoming the unlucky beneficiary of a run allowed.

RF A.J. Lardo (Maryland) opened the fourth frame with another walk from Desai – one of four he issued in the contest. He came around to score Brockton’s second run on a great piece of hitting by 1B Greg Baggett (Bentley/East Bridgewater, Mass.).

The Falcons’ big slugger lined a hanging pitch from Desai into the outfield gap, which split the outfielders and rolled all the way against the wall, enough for his third triple.

North Shore turned things around with two runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the score, which came around to score on an RBI single from 3B Jake McGuiggan (Harvard/Hingham, Mass.) and a perfectly executed double steal, highlighted by CF Corey Reid (Florida) at home.

The Red and Blue squad jumped ahead in the sixth inning as 1B Rob Krentzman (Bucknell) scored on an error, allowing C Brett Cahill (Salem State/Gloucester, Mass.) to make it to first base without challenge.

Brockton recovered quickly as Navs reliever Ryan Grant (Wheaton/Easton, Mass.) allowed a two-out inherited runner to score – coming in the form of Wiseman thanks to an error.

Desai left the game and was not charged with a decision due to the eventual uncertainty of the final result. He walked four Rox batters but struck out five and allowed just two earned runs over 6.2 innings.

Brockton starter Jonathan Rosenberger (Newberry) was the second straight Wolves hurler and South Carolina native to start against the Navs after Evan Brown earned the Tuesday win. He allowed five hits and three runs over 5.2 innings but just one of the runs was earned because of the errors charged on the respective plays.

The teams traded runs in the ninth inning, sending the game to extra innings as Navs DH Andrew Harris (Vanderbilt) roped an RBI double into the outfield to tie the game. Brockton went ahead in the opening portion of the frame when LF Sean Ryan (Wheaton/Norton, Mass.) doubled down the left side against his Lyons teammate.

Things were squared through the first two extra frames, as Rox reliever Sal Minichino (Concordia) was stellar in earning the win to improve to 2-1. The New York native entered the game in the tenth inning and tossed the final three frames, allowing two hits in addition to fanning just as many.

The Rox scratched across the winning run and some insurance with two outs as replacement player Mike Lupia (Indiana U. of PA) blooped a two-run double into left field to score Baggett and Wiseman.

Mansfield’s own Buckingham, Browne & Nichols product was a pain in North Shore’s side in the contest, reaching base four times and scoring twice. He was intentionally walked and came into score the second run that proved to be insurance for Minichino to nail down the side, despite allowing a double to Harris with two out.

Losers of three games in a row, the Navs head back on the bus and the ferry to face the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks on Saturday in Oak Bluffs. The team gets Sunday off before welcoming the Torrington Titans on Monday to open a three-day homestand.

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Brockton 5, North Shore 2: Navs Drop Second in a Row as Rox Scoot Above .500

Sean Ryan (Wheaton) set a new FCBL single-season triples record with his fourth to open Tuesday's game.

by Joshua Kummins

LYNN – Things have not been going so well for Boston Red Sox pitchers in the first inning of games this season and that ugly trend made its way to Fraser Field where the North Shore Navigators allowed two early runs that cost a win in Tuesday’s Futures League contest against Brockton.

Starter Joe Gruntkosky (Peabody/St. Joseph’s of Maine) allowed a pair of hits in the opening four at-bats of the contest, giving the Rox an early two-run cushion that was plenty to lead to the eventual 5-2 victory.

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After Gruntkosky opened the game by allowing a triple to RF Sean Ryan (Wheaton/Norton, Mass.), the Monks product hit 3B Mike Lupia (Indiana U. of PA) with a pitch and allowed 2B Vito Perna (Southeastern Louisiana) to drive in a run on an RBI groundout two pitches later.

The triple was Ryan’s fourth of the season, also noteworthy as it put the Lyons speedster in the league record books. With that three-bagger, he surpasses Robbie Zinsmeister (Martha’s Vineyard/Indiana U. of PA) and Josh Simms (Torrington/Pacific), who both legged out three triples in the FCBL’s inaugural 2011 season.

DH Greg Baggett (Bentley/East Bridgewater, Mass.) was next in the Rox order and he drove in the second run on an RBI double down the left field line – again with one out.

The Navs were quick to respond against visiting starter Evan Brown (Newberry) as RF Tim Hendricks (Benedictine) singled and scored on an RBI double from CF Corey Reid (Florida), cutting the deficit in half at 2-1.

Both pitchers took over and delivered solid outings over the course of the rest of the contest. Doomed by his sluggish start, the former Peabody Tanner righty still managed to toss six innings but still suffered his first loss in six starts. He allowed just seven hits and two runs in the end, while fanning five Rox batters to no walks.

Brockton extended their lead with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, putting things out of reach for the Navigators as they lost their second game in a row and fourth in the last five contests.

Manager Richie Hebner turned to Josh Michalec (Baylor) in the seventh inning and that decision proved costly as he struggled in a second consecutive start. The Houston native retired the first two batters quickly before Lupia scored all the way from second base on a passed ball that was misplayed, skipping by Navs C Patrick Raley (Charlotte).

In the eighth, Joseph Katin (Keene State/Byfield, Mass.) allowed 1B Jordan Berry (George Washington/Scituate, Mass.) to reach base with an inning-opening base hit to set up the fourth Rox run, which came in to score on Lupia’s sacrifice fly deep to Hendricks in right field.

Brown departed after seven solid innings as he mustered his first victory of the summer with a very impressive performance – less than one week after being shellacked for four runs in just over an inning in last Thursday’s 4-1 North Shore win. The South Carolinian allowed a single run on six hits, while fanning four as his ERA from 6.75 to 4.99.

Hendricks also scored the Navs’ second run, coming in to score from second base after he led off the frame by walking against Brockton’s Kyle Capaldo (Fairfield/Thomaston, Conn.) with one out after Perna booted an easy grounder that kicked into shallow right.

CF Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt/Mansfield, Mass.) was the offensive highlight of Brockton’s ninth inning as he delivered a long RBI triple that rolled into deep right field, underneath diving Navs 1B Rob Krentzman (Bucknell/Lexington, Mass.). Baggett worked a leadoff walk off Katin and came around to score on the play.

Sal Minichino (Concordia) earned his first save of the summer – and just the team’s second overall – as he retired three of the final four he faced. Raley gave the home crowd of just over 2,000 fans some hope as he lined a solid single into the outfield.

Before returning home to face the same Rox team on Friday at Fraser Field, the Navs make the long haul to Torrington, Conn. for a 7:05 p.m. contest against the Titans. Adrian Benitez (Barry University) makes his fifth appearance for the Navs, looking for some cooking against a different face.

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North Shore 4, Brockton 1: Dean Impresses as Navs Beat Rival, Snap Skid

Danvers native Bobby Dean (URI) was impressive in his first win of the summer for the Navs.

by Joshua Kummins

LYNN – On what was not one of the strongest nights for the offense, the North Shore Navigators made up for it with an impressive starting pitching performance to stay in the game, hold a lead and get the win over the Brockton Rox on Thursday night at Fraser Field.

Right-hander Bobby Dean (Rhode Island/Danvers, Mass.) delivered a strong six innings of five-hit, one-run ball while walking only one and fanning five. In each of his first four appearances, the second-year Navs veteran was unable to complete five full frames but he was able to turn the tables over to a very solid bullpen over the final three in posting the 4-1 victory.

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North Shore was able to crack the scoreboard for its first run of the ballgame in the first inning against Rox starter Evan Brown (Newberry College). After 2B Brad Elwood (Charlotte) and DH Aaron Silbar (Columbia) walked to open the game, 3B Ryan Muno (San Diego State) reached on a fielder’s choice that recorded the first out.

During the next at-bat, Brown uncorked a wild pick-off throw that rolled all the way to the gate behind first base to score Elwood and give the Navs a 1-0 cushion.

Dean allowed a second-inning single to 3B Vito Perna (Southeastern Louisana) before the Navs responded with three runs in the second inning to take a commanding 4-0 lead. Brown helped out the home team with two more walks to open the frame before a pair of hits and a nice piece of hitting was able to put the runs on the board for North Shore.

LF Alex Markakis (St. Joseph’s College/Lynnfield, Mass.) roped a double into the outfield to plate CF Corey Reid (Florida) before RF Tim Hendricks (Benedictine) came in on a single from C Pat Raley (Charlotte).

After scoring a run himself in the first, Elwood drove in one as he lifted a medium-depth sacrifice fly into center field to bring in Markakis.

Dean opened the fourth inning by snaring a line drive off the bat of RF Sean Ryan (Wheaton/Norton, Mass.) but the Rox were able to score their only run of the game as C Luis Gonzalez (Concordia College of New York) lined a single to score DH Greg Baggett (Bentley/East Bridgewater, Mass.).

Following the sparkling defensive play, Dean loaded the bases as three straight batters reached base on two hits and a hit batter to manufacture the run.

To finish his outing, Dean recovered with two straight 1-2-3 innings in a row. He induced two flyouts in the fifth before ending the next inning with a foul pop from Perna. In the end, the Rams’ righty threw 87 pitches and was very accurate with a solid 62 strikes.

Following two runs over the opening innings, the Rox bullpen retired 12 straight Navigators and 20 of the final 21 batters. Craig LeJeune (George Washington/Bristol, Conn.) walked Hendricks to open the fourth inning before he was caught stealing.

Brockton got a little something cooking off Navs closer Josh Michalec (Baylor) in the ninth with a walk and a single but struck out two and induced a grounder to end the game and record his fourth save of the summer.

With the win, the Navs were able to snap a three-game losing streak and keep pace with the victorious Nashua Silver Knights, who sit in first place thanks to an impressive ten-game winning streak.

North Shore returns to action on Friday afternoon as it makes another trek to Martha’s Vineyard for a 5 p.m. start with Joe Gruntkosky (St. Joseph’s College/Peabody, Mass.) taking the ball on the heels of his impressive six-inning shutout performance on Saturday at Seacoast.

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Hot Dog History

By Patrick Cavanaugh

(BROCKTON, M.A.)–Do you think ballpark concession prices are expensive? Well, think again! Tomorrow (7/23/11), “The McMullen” will hit the chow stands at Campanelli Stadium.

The Rox are using this promotion to try to break a record for the Guinness Book of World Records.

Going a little deeper into the making of the dog, the McMullen was named after Atlantic City chef Ryan McMullen, who helped the team create the dish.

How much is this, may you ask?

Chef Ben Glanz and Promotions Director Troy Goodwin pose with the McMullen

This $80 dog consists of half-pound all beef hot dog, deep fried and rolled in truffle oil, then coated with porcini dust, sprinkled with white truffle shavings, and topped with dollops of creme fraiche, caviar and fresh roe shipped from California, and served in a blini roll from the Cape Cod-based Underground Bakery.

Sander Stotland, Director of Food and Beverage for the Rox said “It’s a cross of the redneck meets the rich and famous.”

Did we mention the first day of selling this “Haute-Dog” also crosses with National Hot Dog Day?

In tomorrow’s game the Rox will take on the Newark Bears at 7:05 P.M.

Patrick Cavanaugh covers pro baseball for BSU18.com. He can be reached at pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com.

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Former PawSox pitcher Paronto signed by Pittsfield Colonials; 2010 teammate Jimenez picked up by league rival

by Joshua Kummins

The Pittsfield Colonials of the independent Can-Am League announced the signing of former Pawtucket Red Sox pitcher Chad Paronto (pictured center, holding jersey) as a player and coach during a press conference on Friday.

He made a PawSox staff-best 54 appearances in 2010, while earning a 3-5 record with a 4.22 ERA.

Joining the Colonials is a homecoming for the 6’5″ right-hander from the University of Massachusetts as he currently makes a residence in his wife’s native Pittsfield.

According to The Berkshire Eagle, Paronto will start the Colonials’ Opening Night starter on May 26 as well as the team’s pitching coach. However, there is no word on how many trips to the mound he will get when he is struggling! 

Paronto spent parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues, most recently pitching with the Houston Astros in 2009. He went 6-12 with a 4.32 ERA in 177 career games. 

“Chad knows he can still pitch in the Majors,” said first-year Colonials manager Jamie Keefe. “He wants to stay closer to home to be with his family. We were happy to be able to afford him that opportunity.”

His two best years in the Majors came with the Atlanta Braves in 2006 and 2007. Over those two seasons, he made a combined 106 appearances going 5-4 with a 3.32 ERA.

In other Can-Am news, 2010 PawSox teammate Jorge Jimenez was signed by Pittsfield’s league rival, the Brockton Rox. There is no further information on his signing.

Jimenez spent all of last year in Pawtucket, playing in 95 games in his first-ever Triple-A season. He hit for a .217 average and three home runs after an Eastern League All-Star season in 2009.

For those PawSox fans interested in seeing their former players in action, the Colonials and Rox will meet 12 times in 2011 beginning on July 2. Both teams open the season with home games on Thursday, May 26.

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