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Friday, August 8, 2014

Nashua Silver Knights top Torrington Titans in FCBL baseball

NASHUA – Jimmy Ricoy wasn’t very happy after a tough loss in the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader with Torrington, having had words with Titan R.J. Going.

But, on Thursday night, things changed dramatically. Ricoy let his bat do the talking, as he knocked in five runs with three hits while Going couldn’t play due to a rib injury sustained in batting practice. The turnaround helped the Nashua Silver Knights top the Titans 7-3 before a Bruins Night crowd of 2,811 at Holman Stadium and move one step closer to hosting a wild-card playoff game on Saturday. ...

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NASHUA – Jimmy Ricoy wasn’t very happy after a tough loss in the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader with Torrington, having had words with Titan R.J. Going.

But, on Thursday night, things changed dramatically. Ricoy let his bat do the talking, as he knocked in five runs with three hits while Going couldn’t play due to a rib injury sustained in batting practice. The turnaround helped the Nashua Silver Knights top the Titans 7-3 before a Bruins Night crowd of 2,811 at Holman Stadium and move one step closer to hosting a wild-card playoff game on Saturday.

The Knights (28-25) are now a half game up on the Titans (27-25), who committed five errors Thursday, with one each left to play. Nashua hosts Worcester, which has already clinched the West Division title, Friday.

“We just used the energy we had (Wednesday) night,” Ricoy said. “We weren’t going to do anything stupid.”

“We had a nice long talk,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. “We were going to beat them on the field. We didn’t talk, we didn’t hit anybody, they didn’t hit anyone. I’m glad it went to rest.”

Torrington got two runs on four hits off Knights starter Jake Mellin (3-4) in the first inning, but he was superb after, allowing one hit over the next five before turning things over to the bullpen after fanning six with no walks.

Meanwhile, Nashua tied it in the bottom of the first on Ricoy’s RBI groundout and Joe Napolitano’s RBI single.

Two Titan errors gave Nashua a 3-2 lead in the second, and the Knights added to that with Ricoy’s RBI single in the fifth and his two run hit with the bases loaded in the sixth.

With the score 6-3, Nashua reliever Eddie Dionne got the final two outs of the eighth with the bases loaded in the eighth and Trevor Holmes pitched a scoreless ninth to close it out.

Ricoy, meanwhile, added an RBI double in the eighth.

Notes

LATE LOSS: For those who missed it, the Silver Knights suffered a tough 11-7 loss in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader, as Torrington rallied from a 7-5 deficit in the top of the seventh to tie it and scored four runs in the extra eighth frame to win it.

ON LEAVE: Knights pitching coach Kyle Jackson won’t be with the team until Sunday, if they make it that far in the playoffs, as he is getting married Friday.

FOREWORKS FRIDAY: Friday’s game will start at 6:45 p.m., about 20 minutes earlier than usual, to help the chances of starting the post-game fireworks by the city-imposed 10 p.m. deadline.