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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pitch count keeps Knights’ Mike Geannelis from trying for no-hitter

By TOM KING

NASHUA – In some respects, the decision Nashua Silver Knights manager Ted Currle made the other night was an easy one.

On the other hand, it was extremely difficult. Right-hander Mike Geannelis was unhittable against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs at Doyle Field in Leominster, Mass., the other night. ...

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NASHUA – In some respects, the decision Nashua Silver Knights manager Ted Currle made the other night was an easy one.

On the other hand, it was extremely difficult. Right-hander Mike Geannelis was unhittable against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs at Doyle Field in Leominster, Mass., the other night.

But he had thrown 93 pitches, and pitchers in the Futures Collegiate League are on strict pitch counts. After all, as the league name itself implies, they have futures to protect.

So Currle pulled his starter, who will be a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the fall, despite the fact he was six outs away from a no-hitter.

“I had to make the awful decision to take him out,” Currle said. “We have to go by pitch counts. If he was getting paid to pitch at the next level, 100 percent of coaches would’ve sent him back out.

“But he’s a college kid, and we’re not going to send him home hurting.”

College coaches are trusting summer wooden bat league managers like Currle to handle their athletes, especially pitchers, with care.

It’s not only good for the athlete, but also good for the future relationship with that school for a team like the Silver Knights.

Meanwhile, Currle said Geannelis, who got the win in the 11-0 blowout, took it in stride.

“He was awesome,” Currle said. “He was great and said he respected the decision.”

Geannelis has now pitched eight scoreless innings on the season with 10 strikeouts.

Warren OK

Bedford’s and Southern New Hampshire University’s Cole Warren (shoulder) was given the medical OK to resume pitching and did just that with an inning of work in the 5-2 loss Thursday morning at North Shore.

Warren gave up two runs on four hits and, as Currle put it, “looked like someone who had a month off. He looked a little rusty.”

However Warren did throw strikes (two strikeouts, no walks), his velocity was OK in Currle’s eyes. The question is, how much will the shoulder soreness delay him from joining the starting rotation?

He was supposed to be the starter in the season opener at Old Orchard last week before his shoulder tightened and he had to be scratched. Basically, he’ll need some innings to get back to form.

“I think he’s going to come out of the pen for now,” Currle said.

Fireworks, PAL and dogs

Friday’s game with former Pride owner Chris English’s Brockton was called by mid-day due to field conditions and the threat of more rain later in the day.

It has been rescheduled for a doubleheader on Wednesday, July 9.

However, the post-game fireworks that were scheduled for Friday will now take place on Saturday night after the Silver Knights home game with Wachusett.

Because of the city ordinance not allowing fireworks to begin after 10 p.m. on weekends, Saturday’s game will start 20 minutes earlier at 6:45 p.m.

Besides the fireworks, Saturday night is Youth Baseball/Softball/PAL Night, and also Bark in the Park Night, as fans are allowed to bring their dogs.

Notes

INJURY UPDATES: Trevor Holmes (ankle) DH’d the other day and is back in the lineup mix.

Outfielder Carson Helms (groin), however, still hasn’t been back on the field since getting hurt last Sunday and is day-to-day.

HOT AND COLD: Who’s hot? For Nashua, after seven games, it’s Appalachian State’s Mike Pierson, who is hitting .382 with a triple and four RBIs in 34 at-bats.

Who’s not? You’d have to say Oklahoma high school grad Quinn Whalberg, who is 2 for 19 (.105).

“But his numbers don’t really indicate how he’s swung the bat,” Currle said. “He’s hit some good line drives, he just needs some at-bats.”

PROBABLES: he rainout just moved the pitchers back a day, as Friday’s original starter, Sam Nepiarsky (1-0, 0.00) gets the Saturday nod.