Silver Knights rally for 8-7 win in Holman opener

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua Silver Knights shortstop Tyler Littlefield is ready and waiting for North Shore's J.P. Knight as Knights second baseman Jared Brescia looks on during Nashua's Holman Stadium opener on Friday night.

NASHUA – Andrew Gorham answered his phone on Thursday morning while home at nearby Westford, Mass.

It was Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett, who had seen the Tulane University redshirt freshman during the Futures League’s tryout camp at Holman Stadium a week ago.

A week later, Gorham was in a Nashua uniform and delivered a two-run double in the seventh inning Friday night to provide the deciding runs in an 8-7 Silver Knights win over the North Shore Navigators before a Holman opening night crowd of 2,124.

“(Neverett) asked if I could be at the stadium on a bus by 2:30,” Gorham said. “I said sure.”

And the Knights are certainly glad he did. They needed those runs as the Navs got a run in the eighth and then another in the ninth on two of Nashua’s whopping six errors, three by shortstop Tyler Littlefield, who made up for it somewhat with two hits, including a solo homer, and reaching base five times. He’s at a .545 start.

On Gorham, Neverett said, “We figured we’d take a shot. We needed another outfielder. He had a big hit (Thursday) night (at Brockton), too. I like his swing.”

Nashua pitching gave up 11 hits with reliever Nick Couhig getting the win and Aidan Welch surviving the wild ninth to grab the save.

Down 5-4, Nashua took advantage of North Shore reliever Shayne Audet’s (New England College) lack of control as he walked three in the inning and hit Thomas Joyce with the bases loaded to tie it. A bases loaded walk to Teddy Beaudet gave Nashua the lead and Gorham’s two run double padded it to 8-5.

The Knights needed those two runs as the Navs

It didn’t start out well for the Knights as North Shore grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first on a walk, single, the first of two Tyler Littlefield errors and two RBI groundouts.

Nashua got one back with a Joyce RBI hit and then, down 4-1 (RBI single by North Shore’s Andrew Olszak in the third), Littlefield hit a blast over the left field wall for the team’s first homer of the year to cut the gap to 4-2. Jared Brescia added an RBI single to make it 4-3, and the teams traded runs in the fifth before Nashua began its rally two innings later.

“We didn’t look good in the field at times, but that will change,” Neverett said. “We hung in there. I like how they just kept chipping away.”

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The Silver Knights made a big signing on Friday, inking former Souhegan standout Bryce Reagan, who left Souhegan to attend IMG Academy in Florida, sports-oriented prep school,for his final season before attending the University of Texas this coming fall. According to Neverett, Texas had placed him in the Northwoods League for the summer but Reagan and his family preferred to play at home if possible. A perfect fit, and he’s expected to be at shortstop on Sunday with Littlefield moving over to third. “I think he’s more of a second baseman, but I also think he’ll be good at third,” Neverett said. “I don’t really think he’s a shortstop. … But he’s going to stay in the lineup, because he can hit.”

Nashua’s own Spencer Bergeron made a great play running from the mound to second in the sixth to grab a relay throw and tag North Shore’s Michael Wynne trying to stretch a bloop single into a double…

Catcher Mitch Baker was unavailable with a sore shoulder, and slated to undergo an MRI…

Sunday at noon the Silver Knights will put on a clinic for about 100 Nashua Cal