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Nashua Silver Knights drub Worcester Bravehearts, 10-2

NASHUA – Wednesday was a day of firsts for the Nashua Silver Knights and pitcher Tom Hudon.

The lefty from Merrimack and St. Anselm College checked the Worcester Bravehearts on just two hits over 61⁄3 innings, giving him his first win of the summer (1-4). ...

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NASHUA – Wednesday was a day of firsts for the Nashua Silver Knights and pitcher Tom Hudon.

The lefty from Merrimack and St. Anselm College checked the Worcester Bravehearts on just two hits over 61⁄3 innings, giving him his first win of the summer (1-4).

The 10-2 Nashua triumph was also the first win for the Silver Knights (18-17) over the West Division leading Worcester Bravehearts (20-14) in five tries. The Holman Stadium Camp Day announced crowd of 817 also endured a 1-hour, 40-minute rain delay at the start.

“If we’re going to make it to the playoffs, we’ve got to beat Worcester,” said Hudon, who struck out 10, walked two and hit a batter. “Location was there, and the same with the off-speed. I needed it as well, and we definitely needed to beat those guys. We owe ’em one.”

Tuesday the Knights blew a 5-2 lead with wildness. Well, turnabout was fair play Wednesday, as Worcester pitchers plunked six Silver Knights hitters.

“When they hit six guys, you’ve got to score some runs,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. “Their starter (Jordan Versteeg) was coming off the DL; there was absolutely no intent.

“But we hit the ball well and that’s what we’ve got to do to get this thing rolling, and get Nashua where it’s supposed to be.”

After Worcester scored an unearned run in the first, Nashua grabbed two in the bottom half when Versteeg hit three, forcing in one run and allowing a Pat Florence RBI single.

With the lead for good, the Silver Knights broke it open with five in the third for a 7-1 lead while batting around against Braveheart reliever Charlie Butler. Butler hit two but gave up RBI doubles to Ryan Sullivan and Guy Davidson, and a single to Cam Disarcina.

Davidson had a big afternoon, later hitting a two-run homer to left off Worcester reliever Sam Ross, giving him four RBIs on the day.

But the story, other than the Worcester wildness, was Hudon. He came in with an earned run average above 5.00 and needed a win badly.

“Hudon pitched great,” Currle said. “Kept them off balance, threw his curveball, his changeup, his fastball, he did well. He did a nice job, a real nice job.”

Hudon threw 98 pitches, and credited the prep work done by catcher Pat Florence, who was working with him for the first time.

“The way Pat called it, he clearly did his homework and watched the games I threw,” Hudon said, adding he likes the hot humid weather. “He called everything in the right sequences, I was absolutely very comfortable.

“I think I threw almost every curve ball for a strike, and we just mixed in a cutter. It was a good mix.”

The Silver Knights want to be more in the West Division mix as well.

Notes

STANDING PAT: Currle said before the contest the team is done making moves for now, for the most part. “With 22 games left, we’ll basically go with what we have.”

CALLING IN SICK: There could be a flu bug going around the clubhouse. Davidson missed Tuesday’s game, and pitcher/catcher Brandon Walsh was out sick on Wednesday.

HOMETOWN HURLER: Thursday is Manchester Night, so Currle will give Trinity High School grad Carmen Giampetruzzi, normally a reliever, the start vs. Wachusett, with perhaps lefty Tim Viehoff to follow.