Wednesday, April 6, 2011
NAVIGATING AROUND THE COUNTRY
LYNN, MA (April 5, 2011) – The 2011 North Shore Navigators roster will feature seven returning players from last year’s team, seven New England natives, and five former Major League Baseball draft picks as the team gets set to defend its 2010 New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) title. But first, each student-athlete is currently at the midway point in their respective college seasons. Five pitchers from last year’s team will be returning in 2011, including two former NECBL All-Stars in sophomore Crayton Bare (Baylor) and junior Nolan Corr (Wheaton). The left-handed Bare has appeared in a team-high 12 games for the Bears and has held opponents to a .194 average. Corr, meanwhile, is 2-1 in three starts for the Lyons. The three other returning arms include lefties Kevin Kyle (Georgia Perimeter) and Michael Johnson (Dartmouth) and righthander Dan Patrick (Palm Beach State). Kyle, who last year pitched for Clemson as a freshman, is 4-1 in six starts with a 1.89 ERA. The sophomore leads the team with 36 strikeouts in 33.1 innings and has thrown one complete game. Meanwhile, Johnson is 2-0 with a team-best 1.42 ERA for the Big Green and Patrick leads the Panthers with 45 innings pitched. Two sophomore bats will also return to the team next summer in Cody Dent (Florida) and Dario Pizzano (Columbia). Dent, a shortstop, is the son of former MLB All-Star Bucky Dent and has appeared in 14 games for the No. 4 Gators. Meanwhile, Pizzano is hitting .400 in 21 games with two home runs and a team-leading 22 RBI. The Saugus native is fourth among Ivy Leaguers in both hitting and slugging (.613). The Navigators will also feature three players from No. 17 Clemson. Freshman Kevin Pohle is 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA in nine appearances, while fellow freshman Jon McGibbon is hitting .333 with a homer and eight RBI in 20 games. McGibbon was a 29th round pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 2010 MLB Draft. Freshman infielder Mike Dunster has a hit in his only at-bat for the Tigers. A pair of freshmen from Notre Dame will also be playing for the Navs this summer. Infielder Eric Jagielo is second on the team in hitting (.302), homers (2) and RBI (14) and leads the Fighting Irish with 17 runs in 26 games. Teammate Dan Slania has 1.76 ERA in a team-high 13 appearances and has walked just one in 15.1 innings. Both were selected in the 2010 MLB Draft, Jagielo in the 50th round by the Chicago Cubs and the 6-4 Slania in the 42nd round by the Boston Red Sox. The Navs also boast two players out of Point Loma Nazarene University (CA). Junior outfielder Shain Stoner is hitting .312 and is currently tied for the team-lead with four homers. Righthander Garret Levsen, a 29th round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates last June, leads the team in games started (8) and innings pitched (51). Two Southern New Hampshire University players will too be representing the Navigators this summer. Infielder Matt Boulter is hitting .350 on the season and is second on the team with 18 RBI. Over his last seven games, the sophomore is hitting a torrid .581 (18-for-31) with a homer, 10 RBI and nine runs scored. Meanwhile, freshman righthander Junior Mendez is 1-1 with a 4.45 ERA in five games (four starts) for the Penmen. Outfielder Chad Taylor (South Florida) is hitting .272 and has 11 RBI in 26 games for the Bulls. He was a 13th round pick of the Chicago Cubs two years ago in the 2009 MLB Draft. Other key contributors this spring have included Danvers native Bobby Dean (Rhode Island), who has a 3.38 ERA in six appearances for the Rams, and Carter Watson (Tennessee), who is 5-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 12 games (one start) for the Volunteers. The remaining players set to join the Navigators are Matt McGovern and Matt Alvarez (Boston College), Chase Harrison (Cypress), Drew Dahlberg and Kindle Ladd (Oklahoma), Saulyer Saxon (Oklahoma State), Jerry Elsing (Rutgers), Blake Berger (Tennessee), and Patrick Holleran (Tusculum).