Nashua Silver




Late Inning Heroics Fuel Knights Road Win


(New Britain, CT): The Silver Knights were on the verge of defeat Wednesday, but rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to defeat the New Britain Bees 5-4 in their first trip to Connecticut of the FCBL season. The win lifts the Knights back over .500 at 6-5, good for third in the league standings entering Thursday. 

There were no runs scored until the top of the third, when Nashua got on the board. Lucas Stalman (Boston College) would walk to open the inning before stealing second, moving to third on a Nick Shumski (Merrimack) fly ball and scoring on a Troy Schreffler (Maryland) SAC fly. New Britain would get two runs of their own in the fourth, Noah Martinez (CCSU) walked and scored on an Andrew Cain (New Haven) double, who would score after a David Howarth (Northeastern) single.

Both teams would score a run in the fifth inning, Nashua collected a double from Stalman and a single from Shumski. While New Britains’ Matthew Bertochi walked, stole second and would score after an error and a wild pitch. The score remained 3-2 until the ninth inning when the Knight bats would come alive. Ben Talbot (Holy Cross) came on to pitch for the Bees. Stalman lead off the ninth with a solo HR which tied the game, followed by a Shumski walk and Schreffler single. Jared Dupere would ground out, advancing both runners. With two outs and after a 6-pitch AB, left-fielder Mike Rounds (UMass-Amherst) sent a double to right field that scored Shumski and Schreffler. The Bees would threaten, loading the bases in their ninth, but could not convert it to runs. 

Dupere returned to the Knights starting lineup, going 2-3 with a triple, double, and two walks.  Rounds was 2-4 with 2RBI, while Lucas Stalman finished 2-3, scoring 3 runs and collecting an RBI.

The story through eleven games has been the Knights pitching staff. They currently lead the league in ERA (3.69) and strikeouts (127).  On Wednesday, they were again efficient (4IP, 2H, 1R, 5BB, 8K) in relief of starter Josh Roberge (Wheaton), who pitched a season-high five innings, giving up 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB and 8K. Nick Guarino (Clark) picked up the win after pitching two innings of one-hit ball for the Knights. Steven Miller (Penn State) recorded his first save of 2020. Talbot was tagged with the loss, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and two walks in one inning.

Nashua is back in action Thursday as they head to Brockton for a 5PM game. The Knights will return home on Sunday to face the North Shore Navigators at 3PM. Subscribe to the FCBL Network to catch all of the game action (