Nashua Silver




Offense Stays Hot, Knights Win Fourth Straight

Photo: Kailey Lane/Nashua Silver Knights

In their latest entry in a season full of win streaks, Nashua’s latest string of victories have been headlined by their offense. Coming off two 10+ run performances and an offensive rally in their last three games, the Silver Knight lineup is turning into a force to be reckoned with. For Westfield, they would get a taste of Nashua’s offensive hellfire in an 8-4 victory for the Knights fourth in a row.

Looking for their fourth straight, Nashua made one last stop in Westfield, Massachusetts before heading home to Holman for the weekend. After getting rained out against the Starfires on Tuesday, a rain free Thursday evening had the two teams set to play ball at Bullens Field.

Nashua, coming off a big comeback against the Bees the night prior, kept their bats awake from the jump. In the first, Wednesday’s hero in Eastern Nazarene’s Shane McNamara got the scoring started with an RBI double. McNamara’s hit marked his fourth RBI on the week, going along with his pinch hit three run blast last game.

Following a quick 1-0 lead, the Knights would make sure their starter in Eastern Connecticut's Nolan Lincoln would have some breathing room to work with. Nashua put up a four spot in the second, creating a five-run separation from both squads. Three consecutive singles opened up the inning with St. Thomas Aquinas College’s Andrew Jemison following suit with a single of his own, scoring two runs in the process. Jemison’s two hit night leaves him with a .388 AVG in his last five games, along with recording a hit in his last seven as he emerges as one of the most consistent bats on the team.

Following Jemison, Amherst’s Jack McDermott decided to join the single party with a two RBI base knock for Nashua's fifth consecutive hit. After one and a half frames, the Knights were out to a 5-0 lead.

On the bump, Lincoln had a solid outing for the red and black. Eastern Connecticut's big righty dealt seven strikeouts on five hits and two earned runs. With Lincoln only going five frames, Nashua called upon Clark’s Zach Gitschier to take over as the game shifted to the back half. Gitschier made his longest outing of the season, going three strong innings with six strikeouts to his name.

Westfield tried to creep back into the ballgame, but the Silver Knight offense kept on running away from them. After the 5-0 start, Nashua would add three more runs in the ballgame with two coming in the eighth and the ninth and sealing their fourth straight win. McDermott would be one of the Knights to add on once again, giving him his second RBI of the night.

Nashua’s one and two hitters in Jemison and McDermott would combine for four hits and four RBIs, spearheading a 12 hit, effective night for the offense. Trumping Westfield’s four run effort, the Silver Knights have now won four in a row as they head home for a three-game weekend home stand.

Historic Holman Stadium will open their gates Friday evening for the Silver Knights 6:00 PM first pitch against the New Britain Bees.