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Nashua Silver Knights rally to beat Pittsfield Suns

NASHUA – The Nashua Silver Knights looked hopeless.

Trailing the Suns 5-0 entering the bottom of the sixth in what was scheduled to be a seven-inning game, one couldn’t blame either side for accidentally looking ahead to Game 2 of their doubleheader Tuesday night. ...

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NASHUA – The Nashua Silver Knights looked hopeless.

Trailing the Suns 5-0 entering the bottom of the sixth in what was scheduled to be a seven-inning game, one couldn’t blame either side for accidentally looking ahead to Game 2 of their doubleheader Tuesday night.

But after being shut down by Pittsfield starter Phil Reese through the first five innings, Nashua’s bats suddenly came alive in the sixth as the Silver Knights scored a whopping seven runs on six hits and two fielding errors to take a thrilling 7-5 victory in Game 1 of their twin bill at Holman Stadium.

The nightcap was not finished at presstime.

Nashua totaled just four hits and six total base runners after five innings, sending no more than five batters to the plate per inning.

In the sixth, the Silver Knights sent 11 hitters to the dish against three different Pittsfield pitchers to steal a much-needed win against a team they’re now tied for second with in the FCBL West standings.

“Obviously we’ve had big innings. We stay on them, play until the last out no matter what the score is,” manager Ted Currie said. “It’s all cliché, but we weren’t giving up because we know they’ve given up big innings too like we have too. That was a great win.”

Cam DiSarcina was the unlikely hero for the Silver Knights.

With his team down 5-2 with the bases loaded and two outs, DiSarcina ripped a pinch-hit double that landed just inside the left field foul line to clear the bases and tie the game at 5-5.

Matt Sanchez followed with a double to right to score DiSarcina for the go-ahead run, giving the left fielder a franchise-record 25 doubles for his career.

Michael Pierson drove in Sanchez to put the Knights up 7-5.

Travis Landry picked up the save with a scoreless seventh.

Facing Merrimack College teammate Nate Spielvogel, DiSarcina said he knew what to expect in the pinch-hit situation.

“I didn’t want to do too much,” DiSarcina said. “The bases were loaded. I’m just trying to keep the inning going.

“It’s nicer when you’re in the game and mentally there all the way, sitting on the bench you kind of let your mind drift. But I had enough time before to get ready, stretch out and everything so it wasn’t a big deal that time.”

Pierson keyed Nashua’s offense with two hits, a run and an RBI, all of which came in the sixth. The shortstop doubled to leadoff the inning, then Jimmy Ricoy reached on a throwing error by third baseman Jeff McGarry.

Joe Napolitano drove in Pierson with an RBI single to cut the Silver Knights deficit to 5-1.

Carson Helms grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to leave Nashua down four runs with two out.

But Guy Davidson singled to score Ricoy, Brandon Walsh reached on an error and Harry Oringer walked to load the bases for DiSarcina.

Pierson, Davidson and Oringer all had multi-hit games for the Silver Knights.

“In summer ball, it’s never over,” DiSarcina said. “That’s why they make you pitch the ball.”

Things were looking bleak for the Silver Knights after a rough outing by starter Mike Geannelis. The normally reliable right-hander from the University of Massachusetts gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits over five innings for one of his worst starts of the season.

Geannelis gave up the game’s first run just two pitches into the contest on a leadoff home run by Luke Reynolds.

After giving up the home run to Reynolds, Geannelis walked Dan Cellucci then gave up a one-out single to center to McGary two batters later that scored Celluci after Griffin Garabedian’s throw to third sailed out of play to make it 2-0 Pittsfield.

Geannelis settled down for seven strikeouts for the game, but was knocked around again for a pair of runs in the fourth.

Zack Tower and Geary led off the inning with consecutive singles and the runners moved to third on a passed ball. Steve Dill singled in Tower to put the Suns up 3-0.

Dan Donahue grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Geary from third to make it 4-0 Pittsfield. Paul Cotler extended the lead to five with an RBI double in the fifth.