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Monday, June 23, 2014

Knights take what’s given

NASHUA – It’s not every game you’ll see the opposition make three errors in two innings. However, for a Nashua Silver Knights’ offense that has struggled with consistency, it’ll take what they can get.

Nashua capitalized on the North Shore Navigators miscues, scoring five runs in the first two frames as the Silver Knights cruised to an easy 6-1 victory over North Shore. ...

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NASHUA – It’s not every game you’ll see the opposition make three errors in two innings. However, for a Nashua Silver Knights’ offense that has struggled with consistency, it’ll take what they can get.

Nashua capitalized on the North Shore Navigators miscues, scoring five runs in the first two frames as the Silver Knights cruised to an easy 6-1 victory over North Shore.

The Silver Knights didn’t have any issues getting runners on base, as they finished with eight hits and nine walks. The errors certainly helped those base runners cross the plate, though.

Already leading 1-0 in the first, Nashua right fielder Carson Helms hit a rocket to third base. The Navigators earned the force at second, but second baseman Kyle Hood sent his double play attempt soaring over the first baseman’s head. A second Navigator error plated Quin Whalberg, giving Nashua a 2-0 lead.

That wasn’t the end of the Navigators’ mistakes. After a double steal improved Nashua’s lead to 3-0, the Silver Knights found themselves with runners on first and third. Michael Pierson’s hit fell into shallow left field and the throw to second went flying towards the third base dugout. Two Nashua runners scored on the play, giving the Knights a 5-0 lead.

“Some strange plays there early on, but we’ll take them when we can get them,” Nashua coach Ted Currle said. “We’ve been hitting a lot of line drives right at people. There have been some great plays made against us. When another team struggles defensively, we’ll take it.”

Helms led the Nashua offense with a pair of hits, including a home run in the fifth inning. Pierson and Joe Napolitano finished with an RBI apiece while Whalberg scored two runs.

Tim Viehoff earned the win for Nashua, his second of the season. The lefty pitched five innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and three walks. He also stuck out four. Lucas Olen and Travis Landry each pitched two innings of relief.

“Viehoff didn’t have his best stuff but he got through five,” Currle said. “Our bullpen was excellent again, like it’s been all year.”

Having lost four straight last week, the Silver Knights now have a two-game winning streak. They’ll have a day off Monday before taking on the Torrington Titans on Tuesday.

Notes

n Nashua topped the Seacoast Mavericks 10-3 on Saturday night. Sam Nepiarsky earned the win, allowing two earned runs over eight innings of work.

n Having earned three walks on Sunday, Nashua left fielder Matt Sanchez has now reached base in 26 straight games (including last season). The longest streak in franchise history belongs to Logan Gillis, who reached base in 44 straight.

n Following a slow start to the season, Whalberg is starting to heat up offensively. Entering Wednesday, the shortstop was hitting only .219. In his past four games, Whalberg is batting .471 (8 for 15) with four runs scored.

n Helms seems to be recovered from a injured groin that kept him out of the lineup for nearly two weeks. The outfielder is 5 for 8 since returning on Friday.