No doubt about it, Silver Knights’ Rey ready for Game 2 start in FCBL final against Navigators

LYNN, Mass. – Nashua Silver Knights pitcher Lamarre Rey is good to go on the mound for Game 2 of the FCBL finals.

Rey was sweating it out a bit overnight, fearful he might be suspended by the league for sweeping off home plate with a broom in the middle of the eighth inning. Rey said he was trying to help the ump who had nothing to clean the plate with all game, apparently. But the home plate umpire took it as a taunt and Rey was ejected.

But reportedly there will be no suspension, and Rey will start on Wednesday at Holman Stadium versus the North Shore Navigators.

“The umpire was looking for something all game,” Rey said. “I thought I was being helpful. I would never taunt anyone like that. I’m not that kind of player, and I think (FCBL Commissioner) Chris (Hall) knows that. I have friends, former teammates from high school, on that Brockton team. They knew what I was doing.”

Meanwhile, Rey is anxious for his start.

But he knows what he’s facing, after all, he started the Silver Knights’ title-clinching second game of last year’s finals in Torrington, Conn.

“I’m definitely pumped,” he said. “I’ve been happy with how our pitchers have done so far and I hope I can stay at the same level.”

North Shore’s MLB connection

Besides having former major league third baseman and Red Sox hitting coach Richie Hebner run the team on the field, the Navigators have some other major league connections. St. Joseph’s College (Maine) sophomore Alex Markakis is a cousin of Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis.

Also, infielder Cody Slader and third baseman Ryan Muno play for San Diego State, which is coached by former San Diego Padres hitting machine and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. Muno had a couple of key hits in the Navs’ semifinal clinching win over Torrington on Monday, and hit .471 versus Nashua during the regular season.

Advantage Nashua

Nashua took the season series with the Navigators 4-1, with a staff ERA of 2.25 against North Shore, 25 strikeouts, only eight walks. The Navs hit .242 versus Nashua pitching. Connor Lyons, meanwhile, hit a team-best .417 versus the Navs but Nashua had only one homer against North Shore pitching. That was by FCBL dinger leader Jon Minucci.

Show some leather

Defensive woes continue to hound the Silver Knights, their only major weakness of the season. In Monday’s seminfial clincher, second baseman Logan Gillis botched a double play grounder that led to a run in the eighth, and outfielder Jon Minucci had a catchable – albeit one on the run – liner go off his glove to allow Brockton’s first run.

“Those things, we can’t have that happen,” Neverett said. “We almost gave it away. We’ll just have to regroup.”

Notes

Game 3, if necessary, will be played Thursday at Holman Stadium at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for that and for Wednesday’s second game, scheduled for 7 p.m.

James Katsiroubas’ bat was invaluable in the first round, but his knee woes have limited him to DH duty and that’s likely to be the case, so he won’t be at third base.

“I can only DH because of my injury,” he said after Monday’s game.

Due to a reporting error, a quote from Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett in Tuesday’s story infers he wanted to bring in a righty to face lefthanders. It should read “I felt with all their righty hitters it was best to go with the right-hander.” That being Cole Warren in relief over Cody Rocha.