Nashua Silver Knights top Seacoast Mavericks in FCBL
NASHUA – Matt Fortin was surprised to see starting pitcher Ryan Moloney deliver in the Nashua Silver Knights home opener on Friday night.
Fortin caught Moloney, who is out of Londonderry and UMass Amherst, when they were teammates on a summer AAU team a couple of years ago.
“He was good when I used to catch him and he’s got even better stuff now,” said Fortin after Moloney allowed just two runs on two hits over 71?3 innings in Nashua’s 3-2 win over the Seacoast Mavericks.
Moloney had the Holman Stadium crowd of 2,119 buzzing as he hadn’t allowed a hit before Seacoast’s Ethan Joyce singled with two outs in the fifth.
“I had all my pitches going,” Moloney said. “My slider felt good, my curve was over for strikes and my fastball was working. And my teammates played great defense.”
They also gave him timely hitting to take a 3-0 lead into the eighth before Moloney tired and Seacoast scratched two runs across.
Silver Knights manager Ted Currle lifted Moloney after he walked two with one out in the eighth in favor of the University of Pittsburgh’s Ryan Campbell. Campbell wild pitched a run home and another scored on a ground out off the bat of Cam Oliveira, but that was it as Campbell got the Mavericks out in order in the ninth for a five-out save.
“Moloney was awesome, and Campbell came in and shut the door,” Currle said as his team evened its record at 1-1 on the young FCBL season. “Moloney kept them off balance all night.”
Nashua needed offense, and finally got a run across in the fourth against Seacoast starter Austin French on back-to-back singles by Matt O’Herron and Ryan Sullivan, followed by a sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Jack Halpin.
But as good as Moloney was, a 1-0 lead wouldn’t be enough. Northeastern’s Max Burt delivered his second two-run single in two nights in the sixth off Seacoast reliever Taylor Doyle, and the Knights had a 3-0 lead.
Good pitching, timely hitting, good crowd, good night.
“Awesome atmosphere,” Currle said. “Can’t beat it.”
And no one could beat Moloney, either.
The Silver Knights have a rare Saturday off before traveling back to Portsmouth to face Seacoast for the third straight time on Sunday. UMaine’s Clay Conway gets the start on the mound for the Knights, won’t see the Mavericks s again until
Londonderry’s Rob Del Signore will get the starting nod in a rare Monday game against Wachusett in Leominster, Mass.
Former Alvirne standout Tyler Brown will be the starter for the 11 a.m. Education Day game Tuesday at Holman Stadium versus Wachusett.
Silver Knights manager Ted Currle will still be doing double duty. His Norton (Mass.) High School team won Thursday’s Eastern Massachusetts Tournament opener and advances to the next round at Fairhaven on Monday.