Knights right at Holman
NASHUA – The Nashua Silver Knights would be hard-pressed to start a season any better than they have the last three days.
Nashua is now 3-0 after Luke Glancy’s walk-off, game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth delighted a Holman Stadium opening night crowd of 2,258 with a 5-4 win over North Shore.
"Starting here 3-0, I’m pretty happy," Nashua manager B.J. Neverett said after his team shook off the Navigators tying the game 4-4 in the top of the ninth. "We’re undermanned. We got out of some tough innings out there and did a nice job."
Glancy had quite a night, with a homer, double, single and two RBIs. Closer Jake Nelson, who blew the save in the top of the ninth, picked up the win in relief. Nashua pounded out 12 hits.
"This was really cool, really cool," said Glancy, who singled off North Shore reliever Sean O’Neil after Harry Roberson reached on an error, Ryan Sullivan was intentionally walked and Chris Sullivan had a bloop hit.
"We pieced together some hits in front of this great crowd."
The Silver Knights got the the home crowd fired up early, picking up two runs in the first on Sullivan’s RBI double and a Brett Evangelista’s RBI single. Both were hit off North Shore reliever Bill Twiss as starter Tommy Parsons had to leave after two hitters in the first inning complaining of elbow pain.
Nashua expanded its lead to 3-1 on Ryan Sullivan’s second RBI hit, a single, in the second. North Shore closed to within 3-2 on Kyle Devin’s second RBI, a sacrifice fly in the third.
The teams traded runs again, as Glancy homered to left-center to the roar of the crowd, giving Nashua a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the third.
North Shore chased Knights starter Mike Geannelis in the fifth on Drew Delsignore’s RBI single, closing to 4-3.
Delsignore followed that up with his RBI single off a Nelson off-speed offering to tie things at 4-4.
"We didn’t want a changeup there," Neverett said. "Jake battled, and these guys will get to know us just like we need to get to know them.
"But I liked how they reacted. … I’m happy for the kids, happy for the fans. They saw a great college game. Hopefully we can do this the rest of the summer."
Cruz in limbo
What’s the deal with shortstop Manny Cruz, who was expected to be on this summer’s roster? The Southern New Hampshire University shortstop is waiting for the upcoming Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
"And if he doesn’t get drafted, it’s still 50-50 whether he comes," Neverett said. "A lot of people forget these guys have already played 50-60 games."
Harry Roberson has been stellar at short in two games, but as Neverett said, the biggest need will be to find a backup.
– Center fielder and leadoff hitter Charlie McConnell was having X-rays on Friday after he hurt it in Brockton on Thursday night. The hope, Neverett said, is that it’s just a bone bruise. Cam Cruz moved over to center and Daniel Webster College and former Nashua South player Dan Mullins started in left.
– The pitching rotation is as follows the next three games: Plymouth State’s David Sampson on Saturday at Pittsfield, Lemoyne’s Alex Dhionis at Holman on Sunday vs. Bristol, and back to Jeremy Roberts (1-0) vs. Wachusset for Tuesday’s Education Day game at 11 a.m.