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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tavares homer sinks Silver Knights, 4-3

By TOM KING
Staff Writer
NASHUA - Good pitching is supposed to always beat good hitting.
Well, almost always.
The opposite came true on Saturday night when Seacoast Maverick Martin Tavares smacked a stunning three-run homer off Nashua Silver Knights ace Sam Nepiarsky.
That bomb, Tavares' fourth of the season, erased a 3-1 Knights lead in the seventh and carried the Mavs to a 4-3 win that shocked the Holman Stadium crowd of 1,358 and snapped the Knights' five game winning streak.
Tavares is no slouch. The University of Rhode Island sophomore went into the game leading the Futures Collegiate League in hitting at .378, and he has done damage previously against Nepiarsky, who suffered his 
first loss (5-1) of the summer.
"I was expecting a fastball because he's a fastball thrower," Tavares said. "And I got it."
"It was probably right where he could get it," said Nepiarsky. "That was the last batter (he would face) anyway, I didn't need that."
The stage was set for Tavares when Seacoast's Keith Oren led off the inning with a single, but two outs later moved to third on ninth spot hitter David Hopkins' bloop hit to right on an outside change up. 
Knights pitching coach Kyle Jackson visited with the righty Nepiarsky, who allowed eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was left in to face the lefty Tavares, who had taken him deep to right earlier in the game.
"He's our number one guy, we wanted to give him a chance to get out of it, and he didn't," Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. "He still threw a heckuva game. We've got to score more off their starter (lefty Jordan Quinn) and we didn't. That's the difference right there.
"But I think the pitch to the nine-hole changed the night."
As Currle said, the Silver Knights hitters early on had a hard time solving the off speed offerings of Seacoast's  Quinn, making Nashua native Ryan Gendron's solo bomb over everything in left field off Nepiarsky in the fourth (his seventh) look huge.
But down 1-0, the Knights rallied with two in the fifth to grab the lead. Quinn (1-2) fell behind Cam DiSarcina 2-0 and the Knights right fielder led off with a single, followed by a Matt Sanchez bloop hit.
Mike Pierson's sac bunt moved the runners along, enabling Jimmy Ricoy's sac fly to tie the game and a Quinn wild pitch to put Nashua ahead, 2-1.
Carson Helms led off the sixth with a solo shot to left center, his eighth, and Nashua increased its lead to 3-1.
Down 4-3, Nashua had two on with one out in the seventh but Ricoy hit into a hard 4-6-3 double play off Mavs reliever Mike Driscoll. That was basically the Silver Knights' last gasp.
"He hit it hard," Currle said. "That's just baseball, right at 'em. It's a tough one."


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By TOM KING
Staff Writer
NASHUA - Good pitching is supposed to always beat good hitting.
Well, almost always.
The opposite came true on Saturday night when Seacoast Maverick Martin Tavares smacked a stunning three-run homer off Nashua Silver Knights ace Sam Nepiarsky.
That bomb, Tavares' fourth of the season, erased a 3-1 Knights lead in the seventh and carried the Mavs to a 4-3 win that shocked the Holman Stadium crowd of 1,358 and snapped the Knights' five game winning streak.
Tavares is no slouch. The University of Rhode Island sophomore went into the game leading the Futures Collegiate League in hitting at .378, and he has done damage previously against Nepiarsky, who suffered his 
first loss (5-1) of the summer.
"I was expecting a fastball because he's a fastball thrower," Tavares said. "And I got it."
"It was probably right where he could get it," said Nepiarsky. "That was the last batter (he would face) anyway, I didn't need that."
The stage was set for Tavares when Seacoast's Keith Oren led off the inning with a single, but two outs later moved to third on ninth spot hitter David Hopkins' bloop hit to right on an outside change up. 
Knights pitching coach Kyle Jackson visited with the righty Nepiarsky, who allowed eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was left in to face the lefty Tavares, who had taken him deep to right earlier in the game.
"He's our number one guy, we wanted to give him a chance to get out of it, and he didn't," Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. "He still threw a heckuva game. We've got to score more off their starter (lefty Jordan Quinn) and we didn't. That's the difference right there.
"But I think the pitch to the nine-hole changed the night."
As Currle said, the Silver Knights hitters early on had a hard time solving the off speed offerings of Seacoast's  Quinn, making Nashua native Ryan Gendron's solo bomb over everything in left field off Nepiarsky in the fourth (his seventh) look huge.
But down 1-0, the Knights rallied with two in the fifth to grab the lead. Quinn (1-2) fell behind Cam DiSarcina 2-0 and the Knights right fielder led off with a single, followed by a Matt Sanchez bloop hit.
Mike Pierson's sac bunt moved the runners along, enabling Jimmy Ricoy's sac fly to tie the game and a Quinn wild pitch to put Nashua ahead, 2-1.
Carson Helms led off the sixth with a solo shot to left center, his eighth, and Nashua increased its lead to 3-1.
Down 4-3, Nashua had two on with one out in the seventh but Ricoy hit into a hard 4-6-3 double play off Mavs reliever Mike Driscoll. That was basically the Silver Knights' last gasp.
"He hit it hard," Currle said. "That's just baseball, right at 'em. It's a tough one."