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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sharks rout Hudon, Knights

NASHUA – Merrimack’s Tom Hudon wanted to use this summer to fix whatever was broken for him in the spring at Saint Anselm College.

But the Nashua Silver Knights lefty, nearly an automatic win on the mound last summer, has continued to struggle. Wednesday night he dropped to 0-1 in two starts with Martha’s Vineyard’s 11-1 win at Holman Stadium. ...

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NASHUA – Merrimack’s Tom Hudon wanted to use this summer to fix whatever was broken for him in the spring at Saint Anselm College.

But the Nashua Silver Knights lefty, nearly an automatic win on the mound last summer, has continued to struggle. Wednesday night he dropped to 0-1 in two starts with Martha’s Vineyard’s 11-1 win at Holman Stadium.

The loss, Nashua’s second in a row, dropped the Silver Knights to 5-6 on the year. Three errors hurt the home team’s cause as well, while the defending FCBL champion Sharks improved to 7-4 as they outhit Nashua 12- 4.

“We didn’t pitch great, didn’t field great, didn’t hit great,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. “We got beat in all facets, that’s why it’s 11-1.”

Currle felt Hudon, after a slow start, picked things up in the fourth and fifth innings, but the lefty was not happy.

“It’s tough; I haven’t thrown in 10 or 11 days now and it’s hard to get a rhythm going,” Hudon said. “I let it affect me, and I shouldn’t be doing that. It’s on me.

“Games like this start with the starter, and I didn’t do the job. What are you going to do?”

Hudon lasted five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and an error, but with five walks.

He’s walked seven in 10 frames this year, and has given up eight runs (six earned) on nine hits, including four doubles.

The Sharks touched him up for a run in the first as he walked leadoff man Ryan Kelly, who eventually scored on a grounder off the bat of Will Toffey through the wickets of second baseman Mike Pierson.

Wade McNabb doubled in a run in the second as once again Hudon walked the leadoff batter in the inning. He did it again in the third and that led to two runs, as Toffey doubled one home and Steve Buckley, Jr. smacked an RBI single.

Nashua cut it to 4-1 as Quin Whalberg singled off MV starter Matt Quintana leading off the third, stole second and third and scored on Harry Oringer’s RBI groundout. But the Sharks sent 10 to the plate to break things open in the seven with six runs off three Knights relievers, thanks in part to three hit batsmen and a big two run single by McNabb.

Walsh out

The Silver Knights were without catcher/reliever Brandon Walsh on Wednesday, as he is recovering from a scary incident that took place during Sunday’s win at Pittsfield, Mass.

Walsh went behind the plate to catch a foul ball in the second inning, and while looking up to track the ball near the screen, ran smack into the backstop. He suffered a cut under his right eye that needed stitches and a fractured orbital bone.

“I kept looking up and back at the backstop,” Walsh said. “I just ran into the backstop, just ran right into it. It wasn’t that bad though.”

Others who were there, including Currle, say otherwise.

“He hit it hard,” Currle said. “It was pretty scary situation, there was a lot of blood. The EMTs and nurses in the crowd, and the trainer in Pittsfield did a great job. They got to him pretty quick.”

Walsh was taken immediately by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center, accompanied by coach B.J. Neverett. He was there just over four hours, and the team waited until he was good to travel before bussing back from Pittfield.

Walsh says he should be “good to go” once he gets his stitches out, presumably by Friday or Saturday.

He says he won’t even return to the doctor, that his mother, Linda, who is a nurse, will take the three or four stitches out. Walsh lives in North Andover, Mass.

“He seems to think he’ll be back by the end of the week,” Currle said. “But we’ll wait to hear from a professional on that.”

Walsh, who when he isn’t catching has been used in a setup relief role on the mound, says he wasn’t scared. “No, not really,” he said. “I wasn’t in that much pain.”

Notes

ANOTHER INJURY: Add the Silver Knights’ R.J. Warnock to the injured list as he pulled a muscle in his non-throwing shoulder while taking batting practice on Monday, the off-day.

Currle says he will be out of any hitting duty until at least Thursday or Friday, but could pitch if needed.

Outfielder Carson Helms remains out with a groin injury.

ON DECK: A lot of firsts take place Thursday at Holman. Fans will get their first look at Mike Geannelis (1-0, 0.00) as a starter at home since he tossed seven no-hit innings at Wachusett a week ago. Local fans will get their first look at the newest team in the FCBL, the Worcester Bravehearts, who edged the Silver Knights 6-5 at Fitton Field on Tuesday night.

Finally, Thursday is the first Dollar Beverage Night, with beer and fountain drinks one dollar.

PROBABLE: Nashua native Jake Mellin (0-1, 6.23) gets the start for the Silver Knights on Friday night at Torrington.