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Nashua Silver Knights enjoy big win over Martha’s Vineyard

By BRETT FERRELL

NASHUA – Matthew Sanchez provided spark his Nashua Silver Knights team needed to cruise to a pivotal win over Martha’s Vineyard.

The senior from UMass Lowell contributed a pair of two-run singles in the fifth and sixth innings that initiated a six-run scoring spree to boost the Silver Knights to a 9-3 win over Martha’s Vineyard on Friday. ...

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NASHUA – Matthew Sanchez provided spark his Nashua Silver Knights team needed to cruise to a pivotal win over Martha’s Vineyard.

The senior from UMass Lowell contributed a pair of two-run singles in the fifth and sixth innings that initiated a six-run scoring spree to boost the Silver Knights to a 9-3 win over Martha’s Vineyard on Friday.

The win boosts the Knights to within a half game of the Worcester Bravehearts for first place in the FCBL West Division with the playoffs a week away.

After the Sharks put a pair of runs of the board and with little production at the plate for Nashua, Sanchez launched a shot to right field to bring in Brandon Walsh in the top of the fifth inning. Harry Oringer was next in line and beat out Luke Bonfield’s throw from left field to the plate for the tying run.

The hits kept on coming for the Knights (26-21) in the sixth. Nashua loaded the bases by virtue of a couple of hits and a walk then forced the go-ahead run when Scott Braren was plunked.

Sanchez then replicated his efforts in the bottom of the sixth with another deep shot to right field that raked in two more base runners to open up the Knights’ advantage, 5-2.

Matt Mottola and Harry Oringer each tacked on RBI singles in the bottom of the seventh to expand the Knight’s lead, 7-2. In the eighth, the Knights piled on more hits with a single-shot home run from Jimmy Ricoy and an RBI by Joe Napolitano.

The Knights ended up with a total for 14 hits while the Sharks conjured up eight.

Martha’s Vineyard (25-22) broke out to a 2-0 advantage in the top of the third with lead off hits from Brendan Cox and Ryan Kelly. Nashua pitcher Jake Mellin (nine strikeouts, two walks, 52⁄3 innings) loaded the bases with a walk then brought in the game’s first tally by walking, Bonfield, the ensuing batter.

Sanchez put his defensive ability on display too. Will Toffey pasted a shot through the left side of the Nashua defense that ushered in a run. A second runner headed down the third baseline, but was cut off at the plate by Sanchez’s throw from left field.

The Silver Knights will be poised to take a hold on the division tonight as they head into Worcester to take on the Bravehearts.