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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Nashua Silver Knights head to Torrington for playoff

NASHUA – It seemed as if everything was in line for the Nashua Silver Knights to enjoy a weekend at home.

But Friday night’s 3-0 loss to the Worcester Bravehearts, coupled with Torrington’s 7-6 win over Seacoast, means the Silver Knights will have to visit Torrington, Conn., on Saturday night at 7:05 or a wild-card, one-game-elimination game. ...

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NASHUA – It seemed as if everything was in line for the Nashua Silver Knights to enjoy a weekend at home.

But Friday night’s 3-0 loss to the Worcester Bravehearts, coupled with Torrington’s 7-6 win over Seacoast, means the Silver Knights will have to visit Torrington, Conn., on Saturday night at 7:05 or a wild-card, one-game-elimination game.

“Have to go out there, I guess,” said Silver Knights first baseman Jimmy Ricoy, who had one of just two Nashua hits, said. “Whatever we need to do.”

Conventional wisdom says Friday’s game against the Bravehearts, who had nothing to play for with the top seed clinched, should have been a golden opportunity for Nashua (28-26), which finished a half-game behind Torrington (28-25) in the wild-card standings. But Worcester’s use of eight pitchers actually worked in the Bravehearts’ favor, as the Silver Knights were unable get a feel for any of them.

Nashua hit into three double plays – they lead the league with 65 – and had only four base runners.

“We didn’t have many good at-bats,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. “It was pretty ugly.”

Nashua starter Shawn Heide (2-4), who pitched well over five innings, unfortunately got off to a slow start, giving up a run on three hits in the first. Dylan Harris’ RBI single made it a 1-0 game.

With Nashua’s bats silent, two Braveheart runs off Knights reliever John Hauck were deadly. Hauck walked Jordan Berry, gave up a single to Nate Pajka and an RBI single to Ian Strom. Andy Lack’s sac fly off reliever R.J. Warnock made it 3-0.

Worcester reliever Andrew Bergman, who started the second inning and was the only Bravehearts pitcher to throw two frames, was awarded the win.

Now the Knights, who will start ace Sam Nepiarsky (5-1, 2.80) on Saturday, will have to travel. If they face eight pitchers Saturday, that might mean a good night.

Notes

PITCHING PLANS: With Nepiarsky working Saturday, Currle said that should the Silver Knights win and move ahead, righty Mike Geannelis would get the nod Sunday to pitch Game 1 of a semifinal series. That would likely be a 7:05 p.m. game at Holman.

COMMUNITY MINDED: Designated hitter Matt Mottola, who works for the team as an intern during the day, was presented the other night with the Commissioner’s Award for his work representing the team in the community.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Longtime Nashua and New Hampshire Bambino Baseball official Fred Lajoie threw out the ceremonial first pitch with his granddaughter Katie.