Neverett stunned by Holman Fame nomination

Staff photo by TOM KING New Silver Knights catcher Joe Caparis has his hands full with a low throw while Martha's Vineyard's Eric Foggo scores easliy in the first inning of Tuesday night's FCBL game at Holman Stadium.

NASHUA – Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett got the call from Nashua Lions Club official Ed Lecius while riding the team bus to Worcester, Mass. late Monday afternoon.

He is a Holman Stadium Hall of Famer.

“I was pretty surprised,” Neverett said. “It’s quite an honor, it’s really nice for my family, and being a native, it’s a big deal. It’s really cool.”

Neverett won’t be at the July 4 induction ceremony at Holman as the Silver Knights will be at Worcester. Instead, he’ll be honored prior to the game here on July 6 vs. Pittsfield.

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The Silver Knights made two key roster moves. One, they signed designated hitter Jake Lebel, who was in Tuesday’s lineup hitting fifth. If that name is familiar, he played for Seacoast the last two years but hadn’t found a summer team. He goes to the New York Instititue of Technology.

“I had seen him at the (FCBL) tryout but I had a full roster,” Neverett said.

Then why now? Simple. One of the team’s best hitters, Thomas Joyce, is out indefinitely with a groin injury suffered late last week, and Neverett isn’t sure what his status will be the remainder of the season.

The Silver Knights also made a “trade”. The forked over four dozen baseballs to Martha’s Vineyard for catcher Joe Caparis, who plays at Pepperdine. The team started the season with a plethora of catchers, but Kyle Maurice (shoulder surgery) is done and Virginia high school grad Nick Biddison is too young to take the spot full time.

“We needed a catcher,” Neverett said. “I didn’t want to beat (Biddison) up. He’ll move around a bit.”

Caparis played in 45 games, starting 40 for Pepperdine, hitting just. .149. MV had a surplus of catchers, so he was available, and defensively he’s a plus.Tuesday night he threw out two baserunners at second, although he went 0-for-3, striking out twice.

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Shortstop Tom Blandini was out with the flu, and Bryce Reagan is at orientation at the University of Texas, not to return until Friday. Thus Exeter’s Cody Morissette was in the starting lineup at short…

Pitching injury front: Pat Maybach (Salvae Regina, elbow) is due to see the doctor on Monday to see what his future status will be. Another arm, Derek Duffy, is sidelined with a tired arm and Spencer Langdon has the flu…

Wednesday at Holman at 7 p.m. the Knights will send Brandon Dufault (0-0, 1.03) to the hill vs. Brockton.