Page 12 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2024 Melrose Arts & Crafts Society NAVS BATS, ARMS SPRING TO LIFE IN THE SIXTH WEEK OF COLLEGIATE GAMES Until the North Shore Navigators assemble at Fraser Field to begin the 2024 New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) season in early June, the team will be highlighting its incoming players’ top performances each week on nsnavs.com and social media. T he Melrose Arts & Crafts Society had their monthly meeting on Monday March 18, 2024, at First Baptist Church (561 Main St.). Two classes were off ered: Kim Fields and Cindy Watkins worked on Easter Bunny nail art; Lori Rossi taught quilling. Other members helped with stuffi ng teddy bears. The general meeting followed the classes. President Georgette Petraglia asked for volunteers for President for the next two years, as the nominating committee will bring the slate to the April 22 meeting. Most of the offices are filled. The dues for next year was discussed: $25, checks to be given to the Treasurer. The Presidents Luncheon is May 27, 2024, and checks can be given to Georgette. Next month's meeting is Monday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. If you are interested in arts and crafts, consider joining the Melrose Arts & Crafts Society. For more information, call Membership Chair Dorothy Iudice at 781-662-2099. See you in April! Below is the fi fth installment of the Navs' College Baseball Report, which will appear weekly on Mondays. LYNN, Mass. — It was an allaround week for incoming North Shore Navigators players during the sixth week of college play, as some strong pitching performances came together with hitters continuing their strong slugging streaks. Danny MacDougall (Endicott) returned to form for the top-ranked Division 3 team in the country during its spring trip to Florida, slugging four home runs in as many games to help the Gulls to a 12-1 start this season. MacDougall collected eight hits and 12 RBI over the course of the week, including a fi ve-hit day in last Monday’s win against No. 9 Johns Hopkins. The D3baseball.com Preseason All-American also hit two home runs and drove in four against Western New England on Saturday. He closed his week without a single strikeout against him and currently leads the Gulls with 18 RBI on the season. Staying at the Division 3 level, Navs returnee Sawyer Duarte (Middlebury) struck out seven batters across four innings of work on Tuesday against William Paterson. Duarte started the contest for the Panthers, pitching allowing just one hit in a scoreless outing. His seven strikeouts helped to bring his season total to 22, which leads all pitchers on the North Shore roster so far this spring. Fellow returning Nav Matt Chatelle (Merrimack) returned to slugging form, collecting his second home run of the season as part of a 3-for-9 week. Chatelle started his week by reaching base three times on a tworun homer and two walks and driving in three last Tuesday against local foe Northeastern. The catcher followed up the midweek eff ort with a strong Sunday performance to help the Warriors to a Northeast Conference sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore, going 2-for-4 with a double, four RBI and a stolen base. Chatelle took a page out of MacDougall’s book, as opposing pitchers were unable to strike him out all week. Brett Dunham (Northeastern) opposed Chatelle and Merrimack in his second start of the season, racking up a career-high five strikeouts across two innings. He allowed just one walk and one hit while surpassing his previous personal-best strikeout total of three, which he also set against his hometown Warriors last season. Infielder Brendan Jones (Holy Cross) joined the returning Navs group with a 3-for-3 game in Sunday’s win over Patriot League rival Bucknell. Jones came to the plate fi ve times and reached base in every plate appearance against the Bison as he also walked twice. Jones would come across to score three times, including the Crusaders’ fi rst and go-ahead runs in the 11-5 victory. Kyle Wolff (Boston College) fi nished the week going 7-for15 across four games, including a 4-for-8 stretch in Friday’s ACC doubleheader against No. 19 Virginia Tech. The fi rst baseman from Andover leads the Eagles with a.353 average and ties for the team lead in RBI with 27. Wolff began the week going 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Tuesday’s local rivalry clash with Northeastern before adding his fi fth round-tripper of the spring in the Eagles’ next game. He fi nished Friday’s games with two hits in each, recording a double and triple in the latter. Alex Luccini (UMass Lowell) helped the River Hawks open America East play with a 2-for-4 eff ort against UAlbany on Friday. Luccini logged three RBI with the help of his two extra-base hits, including a double and his fi fth home run of the season. The homer gives him a teamleading fi ve and has him tied for the lead among the incomNAVS BATS | SEE Page 16

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