Silver Knights set to begin critical home stretch on the road

NASHUA – Road trip.

The Nashua Silver Knights, now that the Futures Collegiate League All-Star Game is in the rear view mirror, are looking ahead – through the windows of a bus.

Those windows will show them the way to, beinning tonight, to Pittsfield, then Worcester, Brockton, Bristol, Lynn (North Shore), then back to Pittsfield before a day off July 25 and back home vs. Martha’s Vineyard on Thursday, July 26.

It may be the most critical stretch of a season that has just two-and-a-half weeks to go, with Nashua (13-24) in a virtual tie with North Shore (14-25), trailing just by percentage points for the sixth and final playoff spot. Nashua has never missed the playoffs in the previous seven FCBL seasons.

“You just spend six days in a row on the bus,” Neverett said. “A couple of those trips are to Pittsfield. Those are tough trips. We made our last trip to the Vineyard.

“It is what it is. Everyone’s trying to position themselves. Every game will be really important for everybody after the All-Star break. We’ve got about 18 left, and it will go by fast.”

Indeed it will. In the past, Neverett has made some moves to bolster pitching, etc. prior to the rosters freezing on August 1. In fact, a few of those moves have helped the Silver Knights win back-to-back titles. Now, if he does it, it will be to at least get into the playoffs.

“I would say expect something, yes,” he said. “We’re working on a couple of things now. We’re going to try. We’re going to do what we can.”

Maybe being on the road could be a blessing. Time and time again this year – similar to last season – the Knights have left the top half of the first down a few runs.

“We hit first,” Neverett said about being on the road. “We have a chance to score early and see if we can hold the lead. It’s big.

“But they have a good routine on the road. The kids play pretty relaxed.”

Pop in those movies and enjoy the ride.