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Monday, August 11, 2014

Wild loss not how Silver Knight wanted to end the season

TORRINGTON, Conn. – The 2014 Nashua Silver Knights season didn’t end the way reliever Travis Landry or any of his teammates had envisioned.

“I wanted to go out with the game (ending) on the mound,” said the Nashua closer, fighting back his emotions late Saturday night after a tough 9-8 FCBL Wild Card play-in game loss to the Torrington Titans in 11 innings. “That’s the way to go. End of a great year, but it didn’t go the way we wanted to.” ...

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TORRINGTON, Conn. – The 2014 Nashua Silver Knights season didn’t end the way reliever Travis Landry or any of his teammates had envisioned.

“I wanted to go out with the game (ending) on the mound,” said the Nashua closer, fighting back his emotions late Saturday night after a tough 9-8 FCBL Wild Card play-in game loss to the Torrington Titans in 11 innings. “That’s the way to go. End of a great year, but it didn’t go the way we wanted to.”

For the first time in the Futures League’s four-year history, the 28-27 Silver Knights, two-time champions, won’t be in the finals. That was made certain when Titan cleanup hitter Langston Calhoun, who went 4-for-5 and reached base five times, delivered a knockout blow in the form of an RBI single up the middle off Landry with one out in the bottom of the 11th.

He drove in R.J. Going, who has also been a constant thorn in Nashua’s side. Going drew a one-out walk and when he attempted to steal second, Knights catcher Brandon Walsh’s throw went through to center, allowing Going to go to third.

“We had a lot of fight,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said, his team rallying from an early 6-1 deficit to take a 7-6 lead in the fifth on Carson Helms’ two-run homer as part of a five-run frame. “But it was a battle. They had opportunities, we had opportunities. Tip your hat to them, they made the plays when they needed to and they got the big hit. ... There were a lot of factors.”

Both ineffective starters, Sam Nepiarsky for Nashua and Mike Gibbons for Torrington were long gone and forgotten when this one ended. With the score tied at 7, Nashua regained the lead 8-7 on Michael Pierson’s RBI double in the sixth. But Torrington knotted it with an unearned run in the seventh off reliever Trevor Holmes (Nashua committed three errors).

The Silver Knights had opportunities to regain the lead. They left two on in the ninth, two in the 10th, and had a runner at second in the top of the 11th but came up empty, an example of what plagued Nashua all season.

“We were all pumped up, we had momentum on our side,” Knights infielder Michael Pierson said. “And we were thinking it was meant for us to win it. But we just couldn’t pull it out. It’s just baseball. It happens.”