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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nashua Silver Knights back at .500 with win over Torrington Titans


NASHUA – The Nashua Silver Knights have been waiting to catch a winning wave this young season.

Now, the surf may be up. The Knights won their third straight on Tuesday night, topping Torrington 8-5 before a paltry Holman Stadium crowd of 583. ...

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NASHUA – The Nashua Silver Knights have been waiting to catch a winning wave this young season.

Now, the surf may be up. The Knights won their third straight on Tuesday night, topping Torrington 8-5 before a paltry Holman Stadium crowd of 583.

The win evens Nashua’s record at 8-8 and while it featured shaky starting pitching, it included great relief work, timely hitting, and clutch defense.

“It’s always great to get a roll going,” Silver Knights Michael Pierson, who had three hits and three RBIs, said.

“Our team has had great pitching performances by our guys recently, and hopefully we’ll get our offense going.”

Nashua’s relief trio – Trevor Holmes (12⁄3 scoreless for the win), Carmen Giampetruzzi (one scoreless) and Travis Landry (unearned run in ninth) did the job.

“Three straight nights we’ve played really well,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. “The bullpen once again
was awesome.”

With the game tied at 4, Nashua grabbed the lead for good, 6-4, off Titans reliever Kevin Connolly (1-2) in the sixth on Pierson’s RBI single and the second of two Joe Napolitano RBI ground outs.

The Silver Knights (nine hits) added two insurance runs on Pierson’s third RBI hit of the night and a Napolitano sac fly, his third RBI as well.

Nashua squandered early leads of 3-0 and 4-2. A Pierson RBI double, a Napolitano RBI ground out, and run-scoring single by Carson Helms produced a 3-0 first inning lead.

The teams then traded homers, Torrington’s James DeNomme blasting a two-run shot on a 3-1 Shawn Heide offering in the second and Helms blasting a solo shot over the brick wall in left off Titan starter Mike Bonaiuto in the third.

Down by two, Torrington knotted it in the fifth on Langston Calhoun’s two-run double.

Defense also played a part in the win. In the fourth, the Silver Knights recorded a 5-4-2 double play. Then, in the eighth newcomer Donnie Cimino’s throw from center on Titan Taylor Olmstead’s fourth single of the night nailed Torrington’s Calhoun at the plate.

“When he made that throw,” Currle said, “we looked at each other and said, ‘Oh, glad we have him.’ ”

More moves

Besides signing Cimino, the Silver Knights signed middle infielder Guy Davidson, both out of Wesleyan University.

Cimino, who hit over .300 in the FCBL last year with Martha’s Vineyard, was released from Chatham of the Cape Cod League, while Davidson was cut from Harwich.

Cimino hit .329 with six doubles and 26 RBIs for Wesleyan, but also stole 15 of 19 bases. Davidson hit .273 with a homer and 24 RBIs.

“Cimino is just an overall good player,” Currle said, as he started Cimino in center on Tuesday and inserted Davidson, who scored a run, into the game at short in the sixth. “Guy can play all three infield positions except first. Good hands,good size.”

To make room for the signings, the Knights placed pitcher Cole Warren (shoulder, elbow) and pitcher-infielder R.J. Warnock (non-throwing shoulder) on the seven-day disabled list.

The move with Warren seems to be prompted by his coach at Southern New Hampshire University, Scott Loiseau, who talked with the pitcher this past weekend and suggested he rest his injured arm.

He missed ome time with the Penmen during the spring as well with injury woes.

“I’m not happy about it,” Warren said, “It’s my coach’s decision to shut me down.”

Will he be out for the rest of the summer?

“Not necessarily,” Warren said, adding his main problem is more fatigue than anything else.

“We’ll just play it by ear, see how I feel by late July maybe.”

“You don’t want to hurt a kid,” Currle said.

“Obviously we’re disappointed for him, he’s a good kid. Both him and R.J. are sticking with us, they’re here every day.”

Important night

Currle said Wednesday’s 6:35 p.m. game at Brockton is a big start for lefty Tom Hudon, who is 0-1, 5.40 and lasted just four innings his last start, leaving the game trailing 4-1.

“He needs to rebound from his last start,’’ Currle said. “We’re playing one of the top teams in the league as of now. So yeah, it’s a big start. Hopefully it’s a big crowd, a rowdy one too.”

Currle smiled when he said that, as he makes his return to Brockton, where he was a member of the coaching staff in 2013.

“I love it there,” he said. “It’ll be a good time.”


HONORED: Nashua’s Lucas Olen was named FCBL Pitcher of the Week, thanks to his stellar relief.

He allowed no runs over six innings on two hits, no walks, and four strikeouts.

REYES VISIT: The Silver Knights are back in Nashua on Thursday against North Shore with righty Mike Geannelis (1-1, 4.09) on the mound.

Nashua’s Kendall Reyes, defensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers, will sign autographs in the picnic area down the left field line after the first pitch.