Nashua Silver Knights take down Martha’s Vineyard Sharks
NASHUA – There have been few bright spots this season for the Nashua Silver Knights, but Thursday night at Holman definitely qualifies as one of them.
Nashua expanded their win streak to three games, earning a 7-6 walk-off victory against first-place Martha’s Vineyard Sharks.
Five straight Knights batters reached safely in the first inning, providing Nashua with an early three-run lead. That lead expanded to five runs in the third, a lead which could have grown even larger if the Knights did not squander a bases loaded opportunity in the second.
While Nashua continued to rack up the hits early on, St. John’s University freshman Geoff Mosseau stymied the Sharks, allowing just two hits and a walk during the first four innings of the contest.
Martha’s Vineyard would not break through until the fifth with the arrival of Manny Ray on the mound for Nashua.
Like Mosseau, Ray hails from nearby Bedford, but Ray’s outing stood in stark contrast to his colleague, facing four batters without recording an out.
The Sharks took three runs before Ray departed, with lost fly ball by Knights left fielder Jeff Costello allowing Tyler Wincig to give the visitors their fourth run.
It wouldn’t take long for Martha’s Vineyard to tie things up, with Fordham sophomore Chase Mascolo coming home for the Sharks’ fifth run an inning later, with the visitors appearing poised to take the lead.
Only a laser beam throw to the plate from Knights centerfielder Luke Tyree kept the game the game deadlocked, narrowly catching up to Martha’s Vineyard’s Colin Shapiro at home.
That deadlock broke in the top of the eighth as two Knights errors served as a catalyst for Nick Raposo to provide Martha’s Vineyard the go ahead run.
But that lead would be short lived as well, with a bloop to center by Tyree falling past the glove of Kai Nelson, allowing Nick Biddison to come home for the tying run.
The Sharks would strand runners at second and third in their half of the ninth, and an errant pickoff attempt in Nashua’s half of the ninth put Austin White on second.
The stage was set and Cody Morrisette’s seeing-eye single down the leftfield line was deep enough for White to come home, giving the Knights their 16th victory of the season.
On top of the six errors in the contest, the teams combined for 28 hits, with every batter on both teams earning at least one hit with the exception of Nashua’s Teddy Beaudet.
Tyree, Biddison, Austin White, Nate Cormier, Jeff Costello and Cody Morrissette each grabbed two for Nashua, with Costello also providing a pair of RBI for the Knights.
Martha’s Vineyard got two hits apiece from Wincig, Mascolo Luke Hartman and Kellen Hatheway with Nelso adding a run and two RBI in his 1-for-3 night.
Drew Farkas was the winning pitcher of record, coming in for the final out in the top of the ninth, with Post University sophomore Mike Lisinicchia on the hook for the loss.
The Silver Knights return to Holman Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on Friday as they seek to earn their second win this week against the Pittsfield Suns.