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Silver Knights’ pitching staff thinking about Tom Bowles

NASHUA – Cole Warren got sad the news this past Friday morning when former Nashua Silver Knights teammate Cody Rocha called him.

“It was shocking,”Warren said of the sudden death of Knights pitching coach Tom Bowles. “He was with me the week before, at the (NCAA Division II) Regionals. He came to watch me pitch. He was talking about the summer, how great it was going to be, my third year here.” ...

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NASHUA – Cole Warren got sad the news this past Friday morning when former Nashua Silver Knights teammate Cody Rocha called him.

“It was shocking,”Warren said of the sudden death of Knights pitching coach Tom Bowles. “He was with me the week before, at the (NCAA Division II) Regionals. He came to watch me pitch. He was talking about the summer, how great it was going to be, my third year here.”

Warren, who hails from Bedford and pitched at Southern New Hampshire University this year, is one of just a few returning pitchers to the Knights roster who knew Boles. The others are Merrimack’s Tom Hudon (St. Anselm), Nashua’s Jake Mellin (University of Hartford) and Lowell’s Matt Tulley (Virginia Tech). The team held its first workout on Monday at Holman Stadium.

Hudon had seen Bowles just a couple of weeks ago at a Merrimack-Bishop Guertin game. Bowles was also the Cards pitching coach.

“It was funny, he was supposed to be coaching first base,” Hudon said. “But he was over talking to me for about 10 minutes or so, for about two outs in the inning. We were just talking about how excited for the season we were. It shocked me when I heard it, it’s awful.

Mellin echoed everyone’s sentiments.

“I was in shock,” he said. “I talked to him not long ago. All the pitchers who were here loved him. I’ve known him for awhile, he was my coach in Senior Babe Ruth. I was just really shocked, definitely going to miss him a lot. A really great guy.”

How will the returning pitchers handle it once the season begins?

“We’re just going to play for him and always keep him in our minds,” Mellin said. “Never get too down. Whoever they bring in, I know he’s going to do a good job.”

“It’s going to be different,” Hudon said. “If anything, we should just rally around it. That’s what he’d want us to do anyway.”

“It’s just sad,” Warren said, “ to think about – it’s going to be weird without him here. He was a good guy, he helped us a lot.”

As for Bowles potential replacement on the staff, the team has yet to make an announcement. Team vice president of player personnel B.J. Neverett, asked former Red Sox farmhand and Alvirne standout Kyle Jackson, who coached the Nashua High School South junior varsity this past spring, to help out the first few days.

“I’m just here to help, take some stress out, and help the team,” Jackson said. “See whatever happens, happens. Whatever I can do.”

No. 1 starter

Warren was named the team’s starter for the season opener at Old Orchard on Wednesday night. A reliever most of the last two summers with the Knights, he started all spring at SNHU.

“Experience in the league, number one,” new Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said when asked why Warren. “And experience pitching (overall) number two.”

Warren’s SNHU teammate, Tom Viehoff of Derry, will go Thursday at Martha’s Vineyard and Hudon will pitch the home opener on Friday. Both are left-handed and MV has several left-handed hitters in their lineup.

Young blood

There are as many as three recent – or soon to be – high school graduates on the roster. Including recent Trinity High School pitcher Carmen Giampetruzzi (Boston College bound), Madison, Conn.native Scott Braren (UConn) and Edmond, Okla.native Quin Whalberg, who will be playing for the University of Oklahoma in the fall.

“I’m real excited,” Giampetruzzi said, now available to the Knights as Trinity missed the Division I tournament. “All these guys are great, so it’s nice getting to play with these guys at a high level, see what I can do at this level. It’s a great way to prep for college. Every hitter is a good hitter in this league; it’s going to be a great experience.”

Giampetruzzi has pitched as an opponent at Holman before.

“I love this stadium,” he said. “I love pitching here, great mound, probably one of the nicest ones in the state.”

Whalberg, one of the state of Oklahoma’s top high school players this spring as a shortstop, came to the Silver Knights when former Boston College staffer Peter Hughes, who was familiar with the Silver Knights, told Whalberg he wanted him to play. Whalberg made the trip from Edmond in just over 25 hours by car.

“When they told me I said, ‘That’s pretty far away from home’,” Whalberg said. “But it’s worth it.”

Currle said he will take it slow early on with the high school grads.

“I think it’s a tough transition for them early on,” he said. “I experienced it the last two years (at Brockton) with two hitters. ... I think it usually takes a few weeks. But, obviously there are exceptions and I hope they’re in our uniform. We’re obviously talking to the coaches where they’re headed and we’ll use the kids in the roles that their coaches want us to.”

Welcome back

Former Silver Knights outfielder Connor Lyons, who played on the team with his brother Sean, was with the club to work out on Monday. Lyons graduated Northeastern with a biology degree but hopes to land a pro contract.

“I’ve been to two tryout camps already,” he said. “I want to go as far as the game will take me.”

The team has a volunteer assistant this summer, Bishop Guertin alum Jeff Dupont.

The Knights will work out again at Holman on Tuesday at 4 p.m.