Wait is over for Silver Knights’ Jann

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By TOM KING

Staff Writer

NASHUA – The wait is over for TJ Jann.

Jann, who has struggled through a year-long rehab from Tommy John surgery, picked up his first mound win in well over a year on Tuesday night as the Nashua Silver Knights cruised past the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs 9-1 before 622 at Holman Stadium.

It’s been a progression. Jann didn’t make it out of the first inning of his first start earlier this month, tossed four innings in his second, and was at an approximate 70-pitch limit on Tuesday. Over five innings he allowed one run on three hits, walking three, fanning four and hitting two batters. His last win came in a fall ball game for Penn State in late 2010.

"It’s awesome," said Jann,who tossed 78 pitches, 42 for strikes. "The last time I was on this mound (early June) I stunk. … This was a lot of fun."

"He hung in there for us," Nashua manager B.J.Neverett said. "He’s still got a long way to go, but this was better than his last time. He did well."

The Silver Knights (9-5) had no problems after Wachusett got a 1-0 first inning lead, answering with three unearned runs in the first off Dirt Dawgs starter Joe Swindells (1-1) and cruising therafter.

"I said, ‘I’ve just got to get through this,’" Jann (1-0) said. "Just like I got through my rehab, I can get through the first inning."

James Katsiroubas and Pat Devilin had RBI singles in the first, Chris Shaw had an RBI single in the fifth and in the fourth Jon Minucci slammed his third homer of the year, a solo shot into the garden area in left field. Nashua added three more in the eighth, highlighted by Dave Peretti’s RBI single.

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