Torrington edges Silver Knights in 11, 9-8
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By TOM KING
TORRINGTON, Conn. - The Nashua Silver Knights fourth season has come to an end.
The Knights dropped a 9-8 Wild Card play-in game at Fuessenich Park on Saturday night at the hands of the Torrington Titans as Langston Calhoun's single up the middle drove in the game-winner against Knights reliever Travis Landry.
"We had a lot of fight," Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. "We had opportunities. Tip your hats to them, they got the big hit."
R.J. Going scored the winning run, as he walked with one out, stole second and advanced to third on catcher Brandon Walsh's throwing error on the attempt. Calhoun then delivered the tough blow.
"Tough way to go," Landry, who was in his third inning of work, said. "End of a great year, didn't go the way we wanted to."
Torrington will go on to face Martha's Vineyard in the semis, while Pittsfield will take on Worcester in the other best of three series.
Nashua committed three costly errors but outhit Torrington 13-12.Nashua left runners on first and third in the 10th and on second in the 11th, and Torrington was stopped in the ninth on a sparkling defensive play by Nashus shortstop Michael Pierson.
The teams were deadlocked 7-7 after five innings and 8-8 after seven. Mike Pierson's RBI double gave Nashua an 8-7 lead in the sixth but two infield errors allowed Torrington to tie it in the seventh.
Nashua starter and ace Sam Nepiarsky didn't have it. He lasted only three innings, allowing six runs on eight hits as Torrington grabbed an early 6-1 advantage.
But the Silver Knights rallied, eventually grabbing a 7-6 lead on Carson Helms' two-run homer in the fifth. Jimmy Ricoy's infield hit and an error made it 6-4 earlier in the frame and Joe Napolitano's RBI double closed it to 6-5.
Torrington, though, tied it on R.J. Going's triple (misplayed by Helms in center) and Calhoun's RBI double off Nashua reliever Carmen Giampatruzzi.
Nashua grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second on Matt Mottola's solo homer to left. But then Torrington erupted for five runs in the second on five hits off Nepiarsky.
Calhoun led off the inning on an infield hit that Knights third baseman Joe Napolitano appeared to snare before it hit the ground, but that argument was lost. A Matt Batten double, walk, two groundouts and an Anthony Capuano single later it was 3-1 Titans. They added two more on Chris Scura's RBI bloop single.
Taylor Olmstead's RBI double in the third gave Torrington a commanding 6-1 lead.
Nashua closed the gap off Torrington starter Mike Gibbons to 6-3 in the fourth on RBI singles by Guy Davidson and Matt MacDowell.