LYNN, Mass. — A four-win week for the North Shore Navigators equaled a strong representation in the latest New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) Weekly Honor Roll and a sweep of the major player and pitcher awards, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.
Infielder Henry Kaczmar (Ohio State) is the Navs’ first-ever NECBL Player of the Week honoree, while Beverly native Brayden Clark (Salve Regina) continued his outstanding summer with a shutout start that earned him NECBL Pitcher of the Week.
Kaczmar hit .423 (11-for-26) with six runs scored and four RBI over North Shore’s last six games. He hit safely in all of the last three and five of six total contests. After going 3-for-5 to begin the week last Monday at Sanford, the rising sophomore shortstop from Akron, Ohio, posted a four-hit game with three runs scored and an RBI in a 13-4 onslaught of Keene. He also had multiple hits and scored twice in Saturday’s 12-10 victory at Danbury in which four teammates socked home runs. For the season, Kaczmar entered Monday’s action with the ninth-best batting average in the NECBL at .310.
Clark has thrown nothing but quality starts across five outings for North Shore, but his eight shutout innings to begin Sunday’s 2-0 win over league-leading Newport marked the longest start by any NECBL pitcher this summer. The Salve Regina senior allowed just three hits and struck out six, ultimately finishing his outing in an incredible 85 pitches. The outing was the third shutout and lowered his ERA to a miniscule 0.93 through 29 innings, as he has allowed just three earned runs all season.
Additionally, catcher Matt Chatelle (Merrimack) earned a place on the NECBL’s Week 5 Honor Roll. The Stoneham native was a team-best .444 hitter (8-for-18) with a home run, two doubles, five RBI, and three runs scored this past week. Chatelle hit safely in five of his six games, going 3-for-5 with the Navs’ first grand slam since 2021 last Tuesday in Keene. He was also a repeat hitter in support of Clark’s Sunday shutout. For the season, Chatelle has a .279 average and ranks second on the team with 13 RBI.
North Shore plays its next two games on the road at Ocean State Tuesday and Newport Wednesday. The Navs will return to Fraser Field for the start of a five-game, four-day homestand on Friday, hosting the Coastal Division rival Mystic Schooners for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.
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