North Shore defeats U.S. National Trials Team, 6-3
U.S. team's loss snaps a three-game winning streak

June 14, 2008

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  • LYNN, Mass. -- A five-run first inning foiled the 2008 USA Baseball National Trials Team's efforts Saturday night in a 6-3 loss to the North Shore Navigators of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. It was the firstloss the U.S. team suffered in three games.

    North Shore made use of five hits and a U.S. error in the first inning. Michael Provencher initiated the scoring with a two-run single. Peter Fatse followed with a two-run triple and Jonny Griffin capped the inning with an RBI single that scored Fatse.

    The Navigators managed only one hit the rest of the game, which was John Hill's leadoff single in the third. Derek Trent walked to leadoff the sixth inning, moved to second on a passed ball and later scored on a two-out error.

    However, North Shore pitchers worked around trouble most of the night with minimal damage. The U.S. team out hit North Shore 11-6 and stranded 10 runners, including five in scoring position and four at third base.

    Josh Fellhauer (Cal State Fullerton; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) singled to leadoff the third inning and moved to second on a double by Christian Colon (Cal State Fullerton; Corona, Calif.). Josh Phegley (Indiana; Terre Haute, Ind.) plated Fellhauer with a sacrifice fly. The U.S. squad got another run in the fifth inning when Phegley doubled and scored on a Kentrail Davis (Tennessee; Theodore, Ala.) single.

    The National Trials Team let a golden opportunity pass in the eighth after loading the bases with one out on three singles. However, only one run scoredl, and that by way of a wild pitch.

    Starter Kyle Gibson (Missouri; Greenfield, Ind.) suffered the loss; he allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits and no walks with five strikeouts over 4.0 innings. Gibson retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced, striking out five of the last six.

    Tyler Lyons (Oklahoma State; Lubbock, Texas) allowed an unearned run on four walks with two strikeouts over 2.0 hitless innings. A.J. Griffin (San Diego; El Cajon, Calif.) struck out five in 2.0 perfect innings of work.

    Davis finished the night 3-for-5, while Colon and Morris both had two-hit nights.

    The National Trials Team's tour through the NECBL continues Sunday as the squad travels to North Adams, Mass., to face the North Adams SteepleCats. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT at Joe Adams Field.

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