08/05/2018 6:43 PM
By Joshua Kummins
LYNN, Mass. -- The North Shore Navigators concluded their 2018 season on a positive note Sunday night at Fraser Field as single runs in each of the first two innings were enough for a 2-1 win over the Nashua Silver Knights.
North Shore finishes the season with a 20-35 record and two wins in its last three games, while Nashua is 21-32 entering the Futures Collegiate Baseball League playoffs.
Second baseman Joey Murphy (Saint Joseph’s of Maine) went 2-for-4 with one RBI to lead the Navs’ seven-hit attack. Five other North Shore batters recorded hits in the ballgame, while catcher John Prentice (New England College) had the team’s lone RBI.
On the mound, Shayne Audet notched his team-leading fourth win of the season in eight starts as he allowed just two hits and four walks over a season-high seven innings. The New England College product struck out six batters in the ballgame to run his season total to a league-leading 56, which ranks second in the Navs’ single-season franchise history.
After Audet dealt a strikeout to strand two Nashua runners on base in the first inning, the Navs jumped on the scoreboard first. Murphy led off the frame with an infield single, stole second, and advanced to third on center fielder Michael Wynne’s (Wofford) fielder’s choice. Third baseman Elias Varinos (Tufts) then rolled a grounder to shortstop to bring Murphy through the back door with the game’s first run.
North Shore doubled its lead in the second as first baseman Mitchell Lundholm (Fisher) hit a one-out single and scored on the Saugus native Prentice’s knock two batters later.
Audet faced just one batter over the minimum from the second through seventh innings and finished his outing on 89 pitches. Sean Thompson (Merrimack) worked around Nashua catcher Teddy Beaudet’s (Northeastern) leadoff double in the eighth, retiring the side with a strikeout.
Third-year Navigator veteran Cam Lanzilli (Eckerd) allowed three consecutive one-out hits in the ninth inning, but a strikeout and two groundouts allowed the Stoneham native to record his first save in three appearances this season. Third baseman Joe Bramanti (Maine) knocked a single to left to score shortstop Cody Morissette (Boston College) with Nashua’s lone run of the game.
Justin Cherry (Rhode Island) allowed just two runs on six hits but was charged with his first loss for the visitors. Dan Shaw (Clark) and Mason Pelio (Boston College) limited the Navs to just one hit over three combined innings of work out of the bullpen.
Prior to the game, Navs shortstop Sal Frelick was honored as the FCBL’s Top Pro Prospect. The rising Boston College freshman finished the summer with a .361 average, seven home runs, and 36 RBI, ranking among league leaders in those three and several other offensive categories.