Another tough night for Silver Knights at Holman

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua Silver Knights right fielder Austin White lays out to try to make a catch but couldn't quite snare a sinking liner during Friday night's FCBL game vs. Worcester at Holman Stadium.

NASHUA – The Mason Pelio Mystery is a novel the Nashua Silver Knights would rather not be reading.

Pelio, a freshman out of San Diego, Cal. bound for Boston College, simply looks overmatched in a starting role for Nashua as the Worcester Bravehearts rolled to a 14-3 win on Friday night before a Cal Ripken All-Star-filled Holman Stadium fireworks night crowd of 2,454.

“I don’t know, I’d hoped he’d be better than that, but all of our pitching was bad tonight,” Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said. “But if our starters aren’t good, we’re screwed.”

Pelio didn’t get out of the second inning, giving up five runs and his earned run average in three starts ballooned to 17.55.

“He’s overmatched right now,” Knights pitching coach Kyle Jackson said, adding that Pelio, no surprise, will now have to pitch out of the bullpen to try to regain his confidence. “The game speeds up on him too much right now. He’ll learn it in college.

“Some kids can adapt well and some can’t. That’s (Worcester) a whole team full of juniors that have been through college already.”

But it was that kind of night all around as Worcester had 16 hits off seven Silver Knight pitchers in total. Chris Rinaldi had four with three RBIs to help lead the charge and help drop Nashua to 13-23.

You could tell the difference between Pelio’s mound presence and that of his future Eagles teammate, Worcester starter Joseph Mancini (2-2), another Boston College incoming freshman. Nashua didn’t get to him until the fifth, when Max Goione drove in a run with a single.

The Silver Knights won’t return to Holman for almost two weeks, the All-Star break and a six-game road trip keeping their return until Thursday, July 26. This was somewhat predictable in a way, as the Knights had two doubleheaders. “We were going to have some of those, six games in four days, playing a team (Worcester) that’s been hot lately,” Neverett said. “That stuff’s going to happen.”

Pelio escaped trouble in the first, but in the second he gave up a two-run double to the Bravehearts’ number nine hitter, Joseph Peace, plus Rinaldi’s first RBI hit and a two-run Dustin Harris (4 for 5, three RBIs) single that spelled his exit as Worcester sent 10 to the plate. And the rout was on.

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Neverett got good news earlier in the day Friday when Tryree’s MRI on his ailing knee found no structural damage. He was cleared to play, with Austin White moving back over to right. Tyree went 1 for 4 with an RBI double…

Why is Kyle Jackson now coaching third for the Silver Knights? So Neverett can work with his team while they’re hitting. “When we’re at bat, Kyle is usually with the pitchers, and Jeff (Dupont) is at first, and there’s no one in the dugout,” he said. Not anymore.

Nashua makes its final trip of the season to the Vineyard today, with Bedford’s Geoff Mosseau (0-3, 4.50) taking the mound. Then the All-Star break begins. The Knights begin their road trip Thursday at Pittsfield…

For the third time this season, the post-game fireworks had to be in-game, with two outs in the top of the ninth, to comply with the 10 p.m. city ordinance.