Silver Knights bounce back strong vs. Worcester

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua Silver Knights' Luke Tyree leaps to home plate ahead of the throw to Worcester catcher Derek Adamson during the first inning of Wednesday night's FCBL game at Holman Stadium.

NASHUA – Now that was more like it.

If you were one of the 755 Nashua Silver Knights fans at Holman Stadium Wednesday, you went home happy as they played a near flawless game in beating the Worcester Bravehearts, 6-1.

Pitching? Superb. Defense? Much better. Hitting? Very timely.

“We’ve played down a lot early,” Silver Knights shortstop Tom Blandini said. “Scoring runs early, and we kept scoring, it’s what we have to do every game.”

“We’re continuing the process and getting better,” Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett, who was also happy with how his team played in a 3-2 loss Tuesday at Martha’s Vineyard.

The Knights gave Windham’s Brandon Dufault an early lead and he set the tone on the mound with 4 2/3 scoreless frames.

Nashua, which snapped a four-game Holman losing streak to improve to 4-8 overall, got a run in the first on Jeff Costello’s RBI single off Worcester starter Sebastian Gruszecki. However, most of the damage by the Knights was done off the Bravehearts (6-7) bullpen. An error on a Luke Tyree hard hit ball by Worcester shortstop Alex Gionis made it 2-0 in the fifth.

But Nashua broke it open off Bravehearts reliever Matt Stansky with four runs on RBI hits by Dylan Jones, Tyree (two RBIs) and Jeff Costello.

After Dufault, former Souhegan hurler Joe Grassett (Hartford) and Michael Guerrero (Marshall) tossed scoreless frames. But Dufault’s shutout start – two hits, two walks, eight strikeouts — was a big boost.

“Huge,” Neverett said. “It’s huge because we scored first.”

As for defense, Nashua got a huge play to save a run by shortstop Tom Blandini, and also a diving catch by Costello in center in the eighth.

“I feel good over there (at short)” said Blandini, who had also played at third and in the outfield. “I think we found it around the infield right now. We’ve just got to get some runs and keep it going. We’re going to be good.”

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The Silver Knights released Kyle Maurice, as he’s set to have surgery on his sore shoulder in the next day or two, ending his season…

Exeter’s Cody Morissette, son of former Rivier University men’s hoop coach Dave Morissette, has joined the team, and started Wednesday at second before moving to third. He had a hit and a sac bunt…

Nashua is off on Thursday but will visit North Shore on Friday, with native Nashuan Spencer Bergeron getting the start.

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