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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Nashua Silver Knights unload on Torrington for win

NASHUA – For awhile early Wednesday evening, the Nashua Silver Knights looked like a team that couldn’t stand prosperity.

They had resumed a game with the Torrington Titans that had been suspended on July 23 with a 4-1 second inning lead. They coughed that up in three frames, found themselves trailing 5-4 after five innings. ...

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NASHUA – For awhile early Wednesday evening, the Nashua Silver Knights looked like a team that couldn’t stand prosperity.

They had resumed a game with the Torrington Titans that had been suspended on July 23 with a 4-1 second inning lead. They coughed that up in three frames, found themselves trailing 5-4 after five innings.

Then, someone in the Knights dugout found the right switch. The team erupted for five runs in the fifth en route to a critical 11-5 win, buoyed by 20 hits, one shy of a club record.

The game moved Nashua (27-24) a half-game ahead of the Titans (26-24) for the second FCBL wild card spot, which is needed for home field for a Saturday night play-in game.

The two teams were scheduled to play their regularly scheduled game at Holman after the suspended game, a seven-inning affair. Results were not available at presstime.

They play again Thursday night at Holman as well, a single nine-inning game.

“They know what’s on the line; they saw the standings,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said, his team snapping a three-game skid. “These next two (Wednesday’s night’s nightcap included) are big. We want to be at home.”

“I think we just kind of put it together,” said Knights infielder Mike > Pierson, whose two run single gave Nashua the lead for good, 7-5, in the sixth. “It wasn’t a massive change.

“Playoff time is what you play the whole season for.”

After the game resumed, it seemed as if there was no way Nashua lefty Tom Hudon (2-4) had the stuff to be the winning pitcher. But after giving up two in the second, a game-tying homer to Titan R.J. Going in > the third, and a go-ahead RBI double to Langston Calhoun in the fourth.

But then as if on cue he settled down to retire 10 in a row. Cody Gilchrist and R.J. Warnock pitched the final two scoreless innings.

Hudon lasted seven, allowing four earned runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out seven.

“He wasn’t really going after the guys early,” Currle said. “He started doing that when we got a lead.”

In that sixth, a wild pitch with the bases loaded tied things at 5, and after Pierson’s hit, Joe Napolitano and Guy Davidson had RBI hits for a 9-5 lead off Titans starter Mike Bonaiuto (2-6). Davidson (RBI double) and Matt Mottola (RBI single) accounted for the final two runs in the ninth (Nashua was the visitor for the completion of the suspended game).

The game resumed in the bottom of the second with Nashua owning a 4-1 lead. The Knights, back in Torrington, had gotten RBI singles by the now injured Ryan Sullivan and Guy Davidson in the first, a Jimmy Ricoy RBI double and Sullivan groundout in the second.

Torrington’s run came in the first on an RBI double by cleanup hitter Michael Oldenwaelder. Oldenwaelder was not in the new lineup, however.

Notes

PLAYOFF PREPARATIONS: Should the Silver Knights finish as the No. 1 or No. 2 ranked wild card team, they will host a play-in game Saturday, which general manager Ronnie Wallace said would likely begin at 7:05 p.m. If they finish with the third or fourth wild card seed, they will go on the road Saturday for what would likely be a night game.

Playoff tickets are currently available at the team offices, the Holman Stadium box office, and online, Wallace said.

BAD BREAK: Sullivan’s season, unfortunately, is over. The third baseman from the > University of Connecticut who joined the Silver Knights last month after not playing much for Laconia in the NECBL, suffered a severely sprained ankle. In his place, Harry Oringer and Joe Napolitano have shared third-base duties. Sullivan played in just nine games for Nashua, hitting .201.

PROBABLES: Who’s on the mound in the next few days for Nashua? That All-Star pitcher known as TBA. Currle said the team will go day-by-day, depending on the potential playoff situation. One thing is for sure: ace Sam Nepiarsky (5-1, 2.80) will pitch Friday vs. Worcester if Nashua needs to win the game to make the playoffs; otherwise he will start the play-in game on Saturday.

BRUINS NIGHT: The Boston Bruins’ Gregory Campbell will be on hand on Thursday, tossing out the first pitch and signing autographs. Fittingly, Rene Rancourt, who sings the National Anthem at the Bruins home games, will do the same at Holman.