Navs sweep first pair of NECBL weekly honors

Dario Pizzano and Michael Johnson took home NECBL honors on Tuesday. (North Shore Navigators photos)

by Joshua Kummins

A pair of North Shore Navigators swept the first weekly New England Collegiate Baseball League awards of the 2011 season as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.

Ironically (as Navs media relations director Mike Ghika points out), both award winners attend Ivy League Schools and both also have local ties.

Right fielder Dario Pizzano (Columbia/Saugus, Mass.) was named the NECBL’s Player of the Week and left-hander Michael Johnson (Dartmouth/Georgetown, Mass.) was named Pitcher of the Week for the June 8-13 period.

Both Pizzano and Johnson were also members of the 2010 Navigators team that defeated the Danbury Westerners to claim the NECBL title for the first time in franchise history.

Pizzano reached base in his first seven plate appearances of the season and had a 3-for-3 night on Friday against Newport as he hit two doubles and knocked in three runs. The Navs, paced by Pizzano’s efforts, earned a 12-1 victory at Cardines Field.

Pizzano, the Lions’ sophomore slugger, hit .359 this spring with nine home runs and 36 RBI. He led CU in virtually every offensive category.

In Friday’s game in the Ocean State, the Big Green’s sophomore lefty threw five shutout innings and allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts.

Johnson finished the spring with a perfect 3-0 record in 12 appearances for the Big Green.

The Navigators will open the 2011 home schedule on Thursday night as the defending champions take on divisional rival New Bedford.

Before the home opener on Thursday at Fraser Field, the Navs must take on archrival Sanford at Goodall Park for the first time this year at 6:30 on Wednesday.

About jkummins

Joshua Kummins, a junior honor roll student at Malden High School, is the Associate Editor for www.BostonSportsU18.com. He joined BSU18 in August 2010 and also serves as the Co-Head of Sports for the award-winning newspaper at MHS, The Blue and Gold. This fall, he enters his second year as the site's Hockey East beat reporter. He covered upwards of 35 games during the 2010-11 season, including the Beanpot and Hockey East Tournament at TD Garden and is also very excited to cover the potential outdoor doubleheader in January (Shhh!). He is also a frequent contributor to the site’s baseball coverage as he covers the Red Sox, minor leagues, and college games throughout the season. Each season, he is proud to cover the Cape Cod Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s North Shore Navigators. He also thinks that the CCBL and NECBL provide some of the best baseball in the country, truly showing “how the game should be played.” Contact him via e-mail with any questions at [email protected]
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