Nashua’s Morency finally gets his chance
NASHUA – Alek Morency has waited a long time to pitch in a postseason game
On Tuesday, he gets his chance. He’s been tabbed by Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett to pitch the team’s next postseason game. It will either be Game 1 of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League finals at North Shore or Torrington, Conn., or a deciding semifinal Game 3 vs. Brockton at Holman Stadium.
Holman was the last place he pitched in a playoff/tournament game, in a Nashua High School North uniform. It was a Class L semifinal loss to Salem in June of 2010, where he lost a pitcher’s duel to his Silver Knights teammate, Nick Poore.
“It’s been a while since I’ve pitched in a meaningful game,” said Morency, who went 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA during the regular season and will be a junior at Merrimack College next year. “Hopefully it will be Game 1 of the next series, not a deciding Game 3.”
Morency has been steady all season long for Nashua. Neverett said he is going by rotation, which would mean Lamarre Rey would get the nod in a game Wednesday, if there is one. But he does have a ton of confidence in Morency.
“We’re just following the rotation,” he said. “He’ll do well. We have a lot of faith in him. He’ll do a good job. He has very good poise. But he’s got a fire that rages inside him when he’s playing, so we have a lot of faith in him.”
Morency would have been the Silver Knights starter last year in a deciding Game 3 of the FCBL Finals at Holman, but the team clinched the series in two games with a win at Torrington.
“I’m sure I’ll have pre-game jitters,” he said. “But I’ll do my usual pre-game routine and try to keep everything the same.”
Was Sunday’s 11-9 win over Brockton, where the Silver Knights were doing their best to hold off what manager B.J. Neverett called “the perfect storm” after leading 11-1, a mental drain?
Silver Knights outfielder Jon Minucci didn’t think so.
“No, no,” he said. “Every day’s a different day, you have to take it one step at a time. You don’t come and say “This team put up a lot of runs against us, they’re going to beat us.
“You have to have the same approach in the box, same approach when you’re on the mound or in the field and everything. Play your game and have fun.”
Right now, because of the pitching innings/appearance limitations, Neverett said Sunday’s Game 1 starter Poore is essentially done for the remainder of the postseason – unless the semis and finals (if Nashua makes it) go the distance.
“Everybody else is in the same boat,” he said. “But the only difference is because of the rainouts Nick would be done. It’s kind of the way the pitching rule is but it’s the same for everybody.”
• Rox manager Jud Thigpen actually played for the Rox when they were a professional independent minor league team in the Can-Am League.
• Monday’s Game 2 will be televised on tape delay by Nashua’s Education Television (E-TV, Ch. 99) and will be aired Tuesday at 4 p.m.
• Before Monday’s game, the Silver Knights’ players, parents and host families were introduced on the field.
• Also prior to the start of the game, a moment of silence was held for Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky, who passed away earlier in the day at the age of 92.