Nashua Silver




Walk Off Winners


(Nashua, NH): The stars aligned for the Silver Knights on Saturday as they rallied in the ninth to defeat the North Shore Navigators, 5-4 in walk-off fashion courtesy of a Nick Shumski (Merrimack) single. The Knights even their record at 4-4 on the young season, North Shore drops to 6-1. 

The Navs would strike first, getting a run in the opening frame after a trio of singles from Ben Malgeri (Northeastern), Cody Morissette (Boston College), and Logan Bravo (Harvard). Nashua would answer in the bottom of the first, scoring three. Shumski lead off the inning with a double, followed by a towering Ben Rounds (Harvard) home run to right field. John Mead (Franklin Pierce) would be hit by a pitch and score on a Luke Beckstein (Kansas State) sacrifice fly. 

In the fifth, North Shore would knot the score at 3. Sal Frelick (Boston College) lead off the inning with a single and stolen base, followed by a Malgeri walk, which was enough to force Knights manager Kyle Jackson to go into his bullpen, calling upon Kyle Skidmore (Hofstra). A passed ball would advance the runners, before Morissette singled, scoring both. The score would remain tied until the ninth, when the Navs regained the lead off Knights reliever Brandon Dufault (Northeastern). Bravo would single with one out, advance on a passed ball and then score on a ground-rule double by Ryan Cervone (Northeastern).

Nashua would not go quietly, as they put runners on first and second with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth. An error by Navs closer Beau Dana (Dickinson) allowed them to advance. Troy Schreffler (Maryland) would score on a wild pitch to tie the game, moving Beckstein to third. With two outs, Shumski took a 1-0 fastball into left-center field to secure the comeback and the Knights first walk-off win of the season. 

Steven Miller (Penn State) picked up the win as the pitcher of record when Nashua took the lead in the ninth inning. He had come on in the eighth to record the final out. Dana suffered the loss and blown save for North Shore, giving up 2ER on one hit and three walks in 0.2 innings. 

Nashua will head to Leominster Sunday for the first time this summer where they will take on the Worcester Bravehearts at 4PM. The Knights return home on Tuesday when they play host to the Brockton Rox at 6PM.