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Nashua Silver Knights rout Wachusett Dirt Dawgs

NASHUA – Some streaks end, some streaks continue on.

When the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs scored a run in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game at Holman Stadium, it snapped the Silver Knights pitchers’ longest scoreless home streak ever at 24 straight innings. ...

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NASHUA – Some streaks end, some streaks continue on.

When the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs scored a run in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game at Holman Stadium, it snapped the Silver Knights pitchers’ longest scoreless home streak ever at 24 straight innings.

But it certainly didn’t matter as the Knights were already in full control en route to a 12-1 win, their fourth straight and ninth in their last 12, before a lively crowd of 815.

The Knights took advantage of nine walks and banged out 10 hits.

“I think we’ve just figured it out,” said Silver Knights first baseman Jimmy Ricoy, who went 3 for 4 with a double, homer and four RBIs. “We’re playing better baseball at the right time.”

It looked as if the scoreless streak would snap at 21 when Starter Shawn Heide out of St. John’s began the game by walking the bases loaded. But a strikeout, force out and line out allowed him to escape unscathed.

The Knights then plated five in the first inning off Wachusett starter Connor Johnson (UMaine) and never looked back. RBI
singles by Ricoy, Carson Helms and Guy Davidson did the trick. Ricoy doubled in a run and then smacked a two-run homer (his fourth of the summer) off Dirt Dawg reliever Billy Goncalves in the fourth.

The negative? Silver Knights pitchers in the first six innings walked seven and hit two, which is why Heide only lasted four innings and reliever Tim Viehoff (3-1) two – despite the fact they hadn’t allowed a hit. Wachusett’s Kevin Marciano broke it up with a bloop single to right off Knights reliever Trevor Holmes in the seventh.

“I didn’t even know we had a no-hitter,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. “Shawn is obviously a lot better than he showed tonight. The bullpen did the job.”

Cam DiSarcina singled in a run in the seventh, and Nashua added three more in the frame on a walk, hit batsman and wild pitch, all with the bases loaded, for an 11-1 lead.

Shorthanded

The Silver Knights were a catcher and a pitcher short on Tuesday night.

First, righty Matt Tulley has left the team, a decision Currle said the pitcher from Virginia Tech made of his own accord.

Currle wouldn’t expand on the news but it’s likely Tulley, who was 0-1, 3.68 in seven games wanted a rotation role as he had just two starts. Currle said no additions will be made.

Meanwhile, catcher Pat Florence, who was hitting .324 in 19 games and arguably could have deserved All-Star consideration, is ill with mononucleosis and will be out a minimum of a week.

Notes

STAR QUALITY: Knights ace Sam Nepiarsky (UConn) is thrilled to be taking part in Thursday’s FCBL All-Star Game at Brockton’s Campanelli Stadium, bringing with him a 5-0, 2.63 mark.

“That was one of my goals coming in,” he said. “I worked hard for it.”

Catcher Brandon Walsh, another of the Knights seven All-Stars, should be player to watch in the game as well. “He has the best throwing arm of any catcher in the league,” Currle said…

PROBABLES: Lefty Tom Hudon (1-4, 4.36) takes the hill at Torrington 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Jake Mellin (1-4, 4.50) goes

Friday at Old Orchard while Nepiarsky pitches the next game at Holman on Saturday night (7:05) vs. Seacoast.