Navigators bested by Martha’s Vineyard on Opening Day

Cooper Smith pitches the ball. (Courtesy: Joshua Kummins)

It was Opening Day for the traveling North Shore Navigators (0-1-0) who took on the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks Wednesday evening. The first-game excitement was there, but the Navs came up short 12-5. 

The Sharks scored in all but one inning (1) for an explosive night at the plate.

Despite the loss, the Navigators flashed some of their offensive potential, scoring four runs in the first four innings – highlighted by a home run to left field from catcher Matt Chatelle.

Chatelle showed he can do more than just hit bombs. In the fifth inning, he gunned out a Sharks baserunner looking to steal second. 

First baseman Brandon Drapeau picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly.

The Sharks held an early 4-2 lead heading into the fourth inning. That said, the Navigators responded with a two-RBI single from shortstop Brendon Jones. 

The Navigators – who finished with 11 hits – didn’t help themselves on the other end, committing nine errors. The Sharks took full advantage, putting up four runs in the eighth to seal the deal.

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