Silver Knights open the season on the wrong foot in Worcester

The Nashua Silver Knights certainly didn’t start the 2018 Futures Collegiate League season as planned on Wednesday night in Worcester.

The Silver Knights gave up nine runs in the third inning en route to a 13-2 loss at the hands of the Bravehearts, the team they’ve beaten in the FCBL finals the last two seasons.

Dan Shaw started for Nashua, and took the loss as the Silver Knights trailed 4-0 after two innings. Manny Ray came on in relief and Aidan Welch perhaps had the best outing as he pitched scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth. Worcester had 12 hits.

Nashua got its two runs in the fifth, the first on a Tyler Littlefield RBI single in the fifth. In that same inning, Thomas Joyce reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored to make it 13-2.

Nashua, which made four errors on the night, is back on the road on Thursday night at Brockton at 7 p.m. The Rox were beaten on the road by Pittsfield on Wednesday, 9-3.

The big night for Nashua is Friday. The Silver Knights will face North Shore in their Holman Stadium opener on Friday night at 6:45. Prior to the start, at 6:15, the team – actually, according to Knights general manager Rick Muntean, season ticket holders – will hand out championship rings to the members of the 2017 FCBL title team. Nashua Mayor James Donchess is expected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

New Nashua righty Luke Dawson, who was second in the FCBL in strikeouts last season, was named the Holman opener starting pitcher by manager B.J. Neverett earlier in the week.

“It’s great,” Dawson, who pitched this spring for Bentley University, said. “It’s a great atmosphere here, and they definitely have a winning culture. I’m happy to be a part of it this summer.”

Silver Knights fans hope he fares better than their pitchers did on Wednesday.