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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Silver Knights fall to Seacoast Mavericks in Education Day game

NASHUA - Education Day at Holman Stadium provided an age-old lesson learned once again for the Nashua Silver Knights:

Good pitching will always beat good hitting – or, any kind of hitting, really. ...

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NASHUA - Education Day at Holman Stadium provided an age-old lesson learned once again for the Nashua Silver Knights:

Good pitching will always beat good hitting – or, any kind of hitting, really.

“Every time, every time,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said after his team dropped its third straight, 4-1, at the hands of the Seacoast Mavericks before a student-dominated crowd of 1,616. “Their starter (Austin French) threw great and their relievers were lights out.

“We’ve got to do a better job of putting the ball in play and putting pressure on the defense. We didn’t do that today.”

Nashua (2-3) managed just five hits, and while the Silver Knights bullpen shut the door, starter Matt Tulley (0-1) was touched up for four runs over four innings, the tough juncture a three-run fourth snapped a 1-1 tie.

Silver Knights pitching recorded 10 strikeouts on the day but Tulley issued five walks and hit a batter. He gave up an RBI single to Logan Quimuyog in the second, and with the score 1-1, Seacoast recorded five hits against him in the fourth. Six straight Mavs reached base to start the inning, with RBI hits by Dakota Higdon, Alex Merritt and bases loaded walk to cleanup hitter Dalton Davis giving Seacoast (nine hits) its 4-1 lead.

“We haven’t gotten big hits but we haven’t gotten quality starts on the pitching mound, either,” Currle said. “We’ve got to shore that up. We’ve got to get a quality start and get some timely hitting. ... Too many walks. You can’t put guys on in this league. You’ve got to throw strikes and let your defense work.”

Jimmy Ricoy knocked the team’s only run in in the third to briefly tie the game 1-1. But it ended up being the team’s only run in its last 24 innings. Ouch. Nashua had runners at second and third with one out in the first but French struck out Joe Napolitano and got Ricoy to ground out.

Currle feels his team’s hitting will improve.

“I do,” he said. “We’ll be back at it (Wednesday) night at Wachusett (Leominster, Mass.) and see if we can turn it around.”

Notes

PITCHING HELP: With pitchers Cole Warren (shoulder) and Trevor Holmes (ankle) ailing, the Knights signed two right-handed pitchers to 10-day deals, Eddie Dionne out of Keene State and Jack Mahan (Eckherd College). “Holmes is day-to-day and if Cole has to go on the DL, we’ll be OK,” Currle said.

DAY OF REST: Outfielder Carson Helms injured his groin muscle making a play on Sunday and sat out Tuesday’s game. Currle says he’s day-to-day.

FROM THE PEN: Former Trinity ace Carmen Giampetruzzi was impressive out of the bullpen with a scoreless eight. Nashua needs a lefty reliever and it’s likely, Currle said, that will be his role.

PROBABLES: Nashua starters the rest of this week will be Mike Geannelis on Wednesday, Jake Mellin on Thursday (10:30 a.m. game vs. North Shore in Lynn, Mass.), and Sam Nepiarsky for the team’s next home game, Friday night against Brockton.