Silver Knights top Seacoast, 8-6
By TOM KING
NASHUA – The more the merrier for the Nashua Silver Knights.
As in pitchers, that is. And of course, wins.
The last two nights, the Silver Knights have used a combined 10 arms, including six in Saturday night’s 8-6 win over the Seacoast Mavericks before an announced crowd of 1,107 at Holman Stadium on Rico Petrocelli Night.
The formula is working, as Nashua is now 11-3 on the season, and own a two-and-a-half game lead on the second place Mavs (9-6) in the FCBL’s Eastern Division.
"When you get down to Saturday-Sunday in this league, with an off-day Monday, you’ve got to use your guys," Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said. "You’ve got to let it all hang out."
Neverett did, and the Knights responded as they grabbed the lead in the middle innings and didn’t let go. Knights hurler Joe Klingensmith made his first start – and just second appearance – and gutted his way through five-plus innings to get the win.
Then the parade began. Aubrey Solomon, Connor Gavin, Cam LaFleur, Seth Pinkerton and Jake Nelson followed over the next three-plus frames, with Nelson getting his third save.
"It’s good, guys get to pitch in situations that they might see in college," Nelson said. "It’s great to have a bunch of guys get work."
Things started slowly for Nashua (eight hits) as Seacoast grabbed a 3-1 lead off Klingensmith by the middle of the fourth on Kyle Venesky’s RBI triple and Marshall Gei’s sac fly (second inning) and Frankely Gonzalez’s RBI double (fourth).
But the Silver Knights took control somewhat with a four-run fourth after they had scratched out a run on Harry Roberson’s sac fly in the third. Chris Sullivan’s bloop single drove in two while Cam DiSarcina’s double off the brick wall in left drove home two and gave Nashua a 5-3 lead.
"A lot of guys contributed, but that double by Cam was huge," Neverett said. "Their pitcher (starter Jack Fossand of Dartmouth College) made some mistakes and we took advantage of them."
They made it 6-3 in the fifth when Mickey Gasper doubled home Ryan Sullivan, who was hit by a pitch for the second consecutive inning.
However, the Mavs closed to 6-5 in the top of the sixth thanks to some Silver Knight sloppiness. Two walks and a wild pitch set up a run on Cam Crabbe’s sac fly and another scored on a Mickey Gasper throwing error.
However, Nashua got both runs back after loading the bases with no one out, two runs scoring on a fielder’s choice and ground out off the bats of DiSarcina and Roberson, respectively.
Seacoast got one back in the eighth off Pinkerton on Jacob Lebel’s RBI double, but Nelson tossed a scoreless ninth as Nashua has won four out of five at Holman. They’ll look for five out of six in a Sunday rematch at 5:05 p.m. with Martha’s Vineyard.
"It’s fun to win in front of this crowd," Nelson said. "It’s kind of a motivator for us."