Silver Knights enjoy a 13-4 pasting of Pittsfield
NASHUA – You never know what’s going to happen at a Nashua Silver Knights game.
You want actual knights jousting? The announced Holman Stadium crowd of 1,780 got that on Friday, thanks to a local group, the Knightmares of Knights Hall. You want fireworks at the end of the seventh? Yes, had that too, thanks to the city ordinance that they have to be done by 10 p.m. Oh, and if you wanted 13 Nashua runs, you got that too, in a 13-4 rout of the Pittsfield Suns.
Nashua battered five Pittsfield pitchers for 11 hits, took advantage of four Suns errors, two big wild pitches, and just the visitors’ mound staff’s wildness in general.
The onslaught stopped a three-game losing streak. Jake Lebel led the way with a 4 for 5 night, homer and three RBIs. Nashua took a 3-0 lead in the first off Pittsfield starter Tyler Briggs, and it went from there.
“The last three games were pretty tough,” Lebel said. “We were in games, we just didn’t have that key hit we needed to pull out any wins. … As an offense, we’ve got to put it together. Once we put it together, we’ll be fine.”
Eight of nine Nashua hitters had at least one hit. All nine reached base, and all nine scored at least once.
“(Lebel) had a real good night, and we had a few other guys who had good nights, too,” Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said. “We kept the lead and we never really lost the lead. I can’t remember the last time we jumped on somebody that quickly.”
Luke Dawson (3-0) left after five with Nashua up 5-4, keeping Pittsfield from doing any major damage even though he gave up four runs on nine hits. Nashua broke it open in the seventh with six runs on just three hits (including RBI singles by Lebel and Ryan Berardino), taking advantage of three walks and two Pittsfield (14-17) errors.
“We’ve got good kids here like I’ve been saying,” Neverett said. “We’re just going to go one day at a time now.”
And many, like Friday, could be eventful.
Before the game, Neverett was officially inducted into the Holman Hall of Fame by the Nashua Lions Club, as he was managing the Knights in Worcester and missed the July 4 ceremony. “I was looking at the names on the wall,” he said. “My former coach, the guy who gave me my start, is there. To be up there with him…That’s pretty impressive.” That coach was the late Nashua High School football coach Ken Parady.
Good news and iffy news on the pitching front. Pat Maybach (shoulder), who was unscored upon in two starts before he left the rotation, has been medically cleared to resume pitching, according to pitching coach Kyle Jackson. The hope is he’d be available to rejoin the rotation, once he gets the OK from the training staff, by the final week of the regular season. Also, Cam Cruz (ankle) also has begun throwing bullpens, and may be added to the roster within a week or two, Jackson said. The “iffy”? Nashua native Spencer Bergeron, whose elbow was still tight, according to Jackson. He may see a doctor soon, but word was he was feeling much better before Friday’s game after being worked on by trainer Bill Closs. Casey Candiotti will take Bergeron’s spot for now.
The Silver Knights lost two infielders and gained another. Utility man Jared Brescia, the team said, has left for unknown reasons. Popular third baseman Tom Blandini has multiple injuries and is out indefinitely. Thus the team signed former Bristol Blues infielder Max Goione, out of Monmouth University where he hit .257 with a homer and five RBIs, starting eight of the 25 games he played in. He had an RBI on Friday and reached base three times.
Infielder/catcher Nick Biddison will be gone next week for orientation at Virginia Tech next week…
Not only is the annual Silver Knights day camp at Holman next week, but so are two doubleheaders, Tuesday vs.North Shore and Thursday vs. Martha’s Vineyard, with a road morning game vs. Brockton in between on Wednesday.