Neverett after 10-3 loss: Hang in there, Silver Knights fans

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua Silver Knight Thomas Joyce hangs his head after being stranded at third duiring the Silver Knights early inning struggles Monday at Holman Stadium.

NASHUA – Hang in there, Silver Knights fans.

That’s the message Nashua manager B.J. Neverett has for the fans after Monday night’s 10-3 disaster against Martha’s Vineyard before an announced Holman Stadium crowd of 645.

“These kids are very young, they’re all very young,” Neverett said. “I just hope the fans hang with us. I do have to correct some things, I’m going to. It’s not an excuse; the things I see, the things they do out on the field, it’s just a very, very young team.”

As first innings go, Monday night’s start was probably as bad as it gets as Nashua starter Spencer Langdon was touched up for six runs on six hits and five – yes, five – Silver Knights errors. Three of them were by shortstop Bryce Reagan, giving him seven in seven games.

The Sharks, who sent 12 to the plate in that first inning, are now 8-1 on the season. The two teams meet again on the Vineyard on Tuesday.

“It’s the youngest team I’ve had here,” Neverett said after the Sharks pounded out 14 hits. “They’re going to be good players, especially as they get older in college. But they’re not good now.”

Thus the Knights are a work in progress, but it’s been a struggle to watch, especially at Holman where they are 1-4.

MV added a seventh run on a solo homer to left by Kellen Hatheway leading off the fourth off Langdon, and they picked up a run in the seventh and two in the ninth off the Nashua pen.

But defense and pitching weren’t Nashua’s only problems. The local FCBL entry left the bases loaded twice, in the second when MV starter Bob Hamel caught Nick Biddison looking and in the fifth when Teddy Beaudet lined into an inning-ending double play off reliever and winner Brendan Ebert.

Nashua did score a run in both of those frames, in the second on back-to-back doubles by Ryan Berardino and Thomas Joyce and in the fifth on a Joyce sac fly. Joyce also doubled in a run in the third, giving him three RBIs on the night.

But Nashua needs more, and Neverett knows it.

“I’m not discouraged, it’s the roster I brought in here,” Neverett said. “We’ve got some other guys that are under achieving, and I’ve said that already. We’ll just go out and play every day and see what happens. … We don’t have a lot going good.”

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Nashua’s pitching plans were altered a bit thanks to some injury woes. Pat Maybach, who was set to throw in the next home game, Wednesday vs. Worcester, will have to skip a start due to numbness in his fingers. “He’s going to see a doctor,” Neverett said. “We think he’s OK, but the fear is his college coaches (at Salvae Regina) may want him shut down.”

Brandon Dufault will go in his place on Wednesday while Manny Ray will get the road spot start at Martha’s Vineyard tonight (Tuesday). Nashua North alum Spencer Bergeron, who is 1-0, 0.00 in three relief appearances, will make his first start of the season at North Shore on Friday.

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Elsewhere on the injury front, catcher Mitch Baker (shoulder) will have an MRI, according to Neverett. Also out is another catcher, Kyle Maurice, this time with a non-throwing shoulder injury.

“His status is up in the air,” Neverett said…

Cody Morissette, who just won a state championship with the Exeter Blue Hawks Monday, 6-2 winners over Bedford, will join the team later this week.

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