Time with Knights going well for Magee

NASHUA – Bright lights, big city.

That’s what Kevin Magee was used to in New York City pitching at St. John’s University.

“It’s very competitive, very intense,” Magee, who was a freshman for the Red Storm this past year, said. “I love it. It’s a great program, and I loved being in the city.”

So being at Holman Stadium, with its suburban serene pine tree surroundings, must be a little bit of a change for the lefty pitcher the Nashua Silver Knights thought enough of to make their opening night starter at Seacoast last week, a game the team lost but Magee was not involved in the decision.

“Nashua seems like a great place,” Magee said. “I was pretty nervous coming, I’m not going to lie, not knowing anyone here. Great ballpark. I looked it up on line, and I said ‘Wow, it’s pretty good for a summer team.’

“Then I thought it was even better once I got here. I think we’re pretty blessed to have this field.”

The Silver Knights likely feel they’re blessed to have the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Magee, who could anchor their rotation. Still, Magee, who hails from Pompton Lakes, a town in northern New Jersey, said playing Division I baseball for the first time this spring was an eye opener.

“As a freshman, it was pretty intimidating,” he said. “I had great teammates this year and helped me find my zone. They really backed me up, it was a great experience.”

But Magee admits he was nervous the first time he took the mound for the Red Storm. It was opening weekend in February but in the warmer climate of Kennesaw, Ga.

“They brought me in as a Sunday starter against the 18th ranked team, Kennesaw State, they made a great run in the tournament last year,” Magee said, chuckling. “I was nervous out of my mind.”

He lasted nearly three innings, let up four runs (two unearned). He even remembers his first pitch.

“It was a fastball away,” he said. “I think it was four feet away.”

Magee went 2-3 with a 7.36 earned run average for the Red Storm, so obviously he is here to try to harness his skills. But he learned a lot in his first collegiate season, especially one important thing.

“I learned as you can command the fastball you can compete with anyone,” Magee said. “We competed with teams like Oregon and East Carolina. If you can command the fastball, you’re in every game.”

He kept the Silver Knights in their first game, which ended up being a late 4-3 loss at Seacoast, allowing two runs on six hits over five innings, striking out six with no walks.

“I think it’s a great opportunity, Magee said. “The Silver Knights are a great summer program and known for their excellent coaching staff.

“It’s a great opportunity to get out and play. I think we’ve put a great team together, we’re going to go out and have some fun.”

St. John’s lost to Arkansas in the NCAA regionals, and Magee, as was the case with all the other freshmen, didn’t make the trip. But it was fun being part of a tourney team nonetheless.

“It was a great experience, a lot of fun,” he said. “Hopefully we can do it again next year. I didn’t get to go, they sent the freshmen home, but it was great to see the team make a run.”

Magee is a Homeland Security major, but now with a year under his belt at school, he sees one glaring aspect of the collegiate level.

“The biggest thing I learned from the competition is every kid you face, that’s probably the best kid from wherever he’s from,” Magee said. “But at the end of the day, it’s still playing baseball.”

Notes

Tuesday’s game at Holman Stadium vs. Wachusett is a special 11 a.m. Education Day time, as the Silver Knights are a field trip for area schools. Over 2,500 tickets have been sold, team management said. …

Former Alvirne High School standout Tyler Brown is slated to start Tuesday, his first competitive game since fall ball for Northeastern. His last appearance at Holman? Almost a year to the day, when the Broncos were edged out by Pinkerton in the Division I semis and Brown took the loss. …

Ryan Sullivan is likely glad he returned. The Silver Knights outfielder, going into Monday’s game, was hitting .429 in the first three games. …

Silver Knights manager Ted Currle was slated to miss Monday’s game as the Norton High School team he coaches was scheduled to play in the second round of the Eastern Mass. tournament. B.J. Neverett usually runs the team in Currle’s absence.