Silver Knights suffer another case of the Blues, 6-4

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua Silver Knights hitter Luke Tyree can't believe the called third strike by umpire Scott Belville during Sunday's game vs. Bristol at Holman Stadium.

NASHUA – Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett had seen enough.

Tossed from Sunday’s FCBL game with Bristol at Holman Stadium after a controversial call at second in the ninth inning, he went over and gently covered home plate with dirt and left to a standing ovation from the announced paid Holman Stadium crowd of 1,404.

The frustration is reaching its peak as the Knights fell to 11-19 in last place after a 6-4 loss at the hands of the 19-16 Blues.

Down 6-2, Nashua rallied for two runs in the ninth thanks to two Bristol errors, which made that play Neverett argued about even worse as it allowed two runs to score in the top of the ninth, the difference in the game.

“We’re just snakebit,” Neverett said.

Here’s the deal: In the top of the ninth, Bristol baserunner Richard Brereton went in hard at second on an apparent one-out force play, and the contact forced Nashua infielder Cody Morissette to drop the ball. A run came in on the play and Brereton scored on a single by Justyn-Henry Malloy.

Base umpire Matt Ball – the FCBL uses only two umps per game during the regular season – immediately tossed Neverett when he came out to argue that the contact was illegal after Ball called Brereton safe. Brereton himself was almost picked off as he looked lke he was leaving the field, thinking he was out.

“The umpire doesn’t know what he’s doing, he shouldn’t be out there,” Neverett said. “In college, you can’t take a guy out at a base. You can’t take (infielders) out. You have to slide to avoid. (Brereton) slid to take him out.”

Nashua grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first off Bristol’s Jared Kollar (3-1) on a Morissette sac fly but it was short-lived. Brereton boomed a two-run homer over the wall in left off Knights starter Geoff Mosseau in the third for a 2-1 lead. Jeremy Segun’s bases loaded sac fly made it 3-1 in the fourth, and Knights reliever Aiden Welch uncorked a wild pitch to bring in a run in the seventh for a 4-1 lead.

Mosseau (0-3) lasted just four innings, giving up three runs on six hits. “I’m very concerned about our pitching,” Neverett said. “We can’t have our bullpen come in the fourth or fifth inning every game. We’re not going to last long doing that.”

Nashua, outhit 10-6, managed one run in the seventh on Joe Caparis’ RBI groundout, but with the tying runs in scoring positon, Bristol left fielder Giacomo Brancato made a diving catch of Austin White’s tailing liner to end the threat.

And in the ninth, Jeff Costello grounded out up the middle with the tying runs in scoring position and two out off Bristol reliever Neal McDermott.

“That’s the way it’s been,” Neverett said. “We have guys at second and third, and there’s a diving catch at the line. I don’t know how it happens. Not very much going for us. It’s not that they’re not giving it their best, because they are. The law of averages in baseball are catching up with us. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Notes

The Silver Knights will have two doubleheaders this week, Tuesday and Thursday, and veteran lefty reliever Justin Snyder (0-0, 9.00) will actually start Game 1 on Tuesday. “We just talked and we need someone who can throw strikes and give us a few innings,” Nashua pitching coach Kyle Jackson said. He and Neverett said they are hoping for three innings from Snyder. Ace Brandon Dufault (2-1, 1.57) goes in Game 2…

The start times for the doubleheaders (seven innings each game) this week are 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday and 5:05 p.m. on Thursday. No pitcher has been named for Game 1 Thursday vs. Martha’s Vineyard, but Luke Dawson (3-0, 3.38) will go in the nightcap. ..

In another different start time, Wednesday’s game at Brockton gets underway at 11 a.m. Mason Pelio (0-1, 14.40) gets the nod. “It’s going to be a tough week,” Neverett said…

There’s no word on when injured third baseman Tom Blandini will return from his assortment of injuries. “Could be a week, could be more,” Neverett said. “We haven’t heard yet.”