Silver Knights can’t get the big hit vs. Sharks

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua's Luke Tyree takes a swing for an infield hit that drove in a run during Tuesday night's game vs. Martha's Vineyard at Holman Stadium.

NASHUA – Some nights it’s been defense. Some night’s it’s been pitching.

On Tuesday night, the Nashua Silver Knights simply didn’t get the big hit, falling 5-4 to the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks before 971 at Holman Stadium.

But they’re not all that upset about it.

“We played a really good game tonight,” Nashua manager B.J. Neverett said, his team now 5-11. “We could have used a couple of hits in big spots, but we didn’t get ’em.”

And on the mound, the Knights made in the estimation of Neverett and pitching coach Kyle Jackson just two mistakes – but they were costly. A Casey Candiotti changeup was blasted for a first-inning RBI double by MV’s Eric Foggo, and the most costly of all was a fastball belt high by reliever Manny Ray (0-2) that the Sharks’ Collin Shapiro sent over the billboards in left for a two-run game-winning homer in the sixth, snapping a 3-3 tie.

“The pitchers hung in there,” Neverett said. “On the mound we made maybe two mistakes – only two. And we got hurt. It happens.”

Especially against a 13-3 team that has now beaten Nashua four times. As has been the case too often at home, the Knights dug themselves a hole, this one 2-0 after the first after three straight hits off Candiotti.

But Nashua tied it at 2 in the second thanks to a Teddy Beaudet RBI single and an MV error. And down 3-2 (Jackson Raper RBI single) in the bottom of the third, Jeff Costello launched one over the billboards to knot things 3-3.

However that scene repeated itself against Nashua in the sixth, although the Knights (12 hits) closed to 5-4 on Ryan Berardino’s RBI single in the seventh. They had two on with one out in the eighth but failed to score and Berardino reached with two out in the ninth but that was it.

“Like I told the kids, it’s not the result we want, but they played a helluva game,” Neverett said. “We were right there at the end. That’s all we can ask for.”