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Nashua Silver Knights waiting for Ricoy to bust out

NASHUA – Jimmy Ricoy was part of a Nashua Silver Knights attack last summer that struggled until he got going.

Could that be the same situation this year? On this young season, Ricoy leads the Silver Knights with seven RBIs in seven games, but he’s hitting just .179. ...

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NASHUA – Jimmy Ricoy was part of a Nashua Silver Knights attack last summer that struggled until he got going.

Could that be the same situation this year? On this young season, Ricoy leads the Silver Knights with seven RBIs in seven games, but he’s hitting just .179.

And that comes after a spring when he struggled at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, hitting .225 with no homers and 19 RBIs.

“I felt good,” Ricoy said. “But now I want to get back to my good place where I used to be.”

Last summer, it was no mystery why Ricoy struggled through the first two-thirds of the season, because he had an injured hand.

But he was healthy all spring and is healthy now. And he feels that he’ll get going, and so will the Knights’ offense, as they went into their game against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs at Holman Stadium on Saturday night hitting .231 as a team.

“We’re very talented,” Ricoy said. “We just haven’t figured it out yet. It takes a couple of days, a couple of weeks. But nobody here is worried. Sooner or later we’ll figure it out.”

That’s Silver Knights manager Ted Currle’s feeling, too.

“He seems to have a couple of 1-for-5s in there, so the numbers don’t jump out at you,” Currle said. “But he’s had some good at-bats. But obviously we need quite a few guys to get going in the middle of the lineup.

“I think we’ve seen some pretty good arms, too. Teams are pitching us well, so we need to make a few adjustments.”

Currle said his hitters are being challenged inside often. True, the Knights hit five homers last week in a game at Leominster’s Doyle Field, but the dimensions there are small.

“Eventually,” Currle said, “one of them will bust out, and hopefully all of them will bust out.”

“I’m hitting the ball, just hitting it right at people,” Ricoy said. “I feel like a couple of guys are like that. We’re struggling a little bit, but we’re swinging all right, I think.”

Ricoy said the spring was difficult. The River Hawks made the move from Division II to Division I, and he had to adjust.

“It was a rough transition for me, personally,” he said. “You can say it was (the division switch), but I just struggled all spring personally. I really don’t know why. It happens to everybody, I guess.”

No no-hitter, no problem

Mike Geannelis said he understood the reasoning why he was lifted after seven innings and 94 pitches against the Dirt Dawgs the other night despite the fact he was throwing a no-hitter. Even FCBL Commissioner Chris Hall was contacted via text, and Hall’s response was to be cautious. So the Silver Knights pulled him.

“The commissioner explained the situation,’ Geannelis said. “It was all right. We were up 11-0. It would’ve been nice to keep going – I wanted to. But I understood the situation. You’ve got to respect” the decision.

Geannelis, who pitches for UMass-Amherst and is from Williamstown, Mass., pitched a no-hitter once before, when he was a repeat sophomore at Proctor Academy in Andover, Mass.

Geannelis pitched for Pittsfield last summer and is looking forward to returning to Waconah Park when the Knights travel there Sunday for a 4 p.m. game.

Notes

Outfielder Carson Helms sat out yet again Saturday night with his injured groin. Currle said he may be out the entire week. …

The rotation is still a work in progress, but lefty Tom Viehoff (0-0, 6.00) takes the hill at Pittsfield. After the off day Monday, it will be lefty Tom Hudon (0-0, 5.40) or righty Shawn Heide (0-1 1.22) on Tuesday night at Worcester. Currle said whoever doesn’t go Tuesday will pitch the next home game Wednesday night versus Martha’s Vineyard (7:05 p.m.) …

The Silver Knights went into their game Saturday night leading the series with the Dirt Dawgs 12-2.

Going into Saturday, former Nashua Pride owner Chris English’s Brockton Rox had yet to lose, at 7-0.