Nashua Silver




Knights Bats Bounce Back

Saturday, June 17, 2023

By: Dan Allison | Silver Knights media relations

After a Friday 2-1 loss in which Nashua forgot to pack their bats, the Silver Knights would bring an offensive display on Saturday to cap off their two-game road trip as they headed to New Britain. Dodging a barrage of rainstorms across New England that canceled every other Futures League matchup, the Knights were able to knock off the Bees for the first time in 2023 with a final of 7-4.

Nashua’s offense shook off their prior rut in Westfield and posted their second game with seven runs in their last three matchups, along with now scoring five or more runs in their last three of four. 

A big six RBI night scathed off the pesky Bees, who ended up winning the hits battle 9-8 in a contest that Nashua could not get too comfortable in. Mount St. Marys’s Shane Wockley recorded a two-RBI night, now with a scorching 10 RBI in his last five games. Dayton’s Zachary Scott had his best game in a Knight uniform, working three walks from the nine spot to credit him with two RBIs.

Nashua would jump out to an early 4-0 lead, including RBI base knocks from Endicott’s Dylan Pacheco and St. Thomas Aquinas’s Nick O’Connor. But in a familiar sight, the opposition stormed back. New Britain posted a three-run inning in the fifth, cutting the Nashua lead to one. Both teams would exchange punches, with the Knights finally delivering the knockout with a ninth-inning insurance run to stretch the lead to 7-4.

Stonehill’s Braydon Gray had a shaky night on the bump for the Knights, giving up three earned runs on six hits in four and ⅔ frames. Yet, with the game still in the balance at that point, the Knights' bullpen held Nashua’s ground with some great outings. Endicott’s Kyan Bagshaw and Assumption’s Alex Meesig combined for three and ⅓ innings with five strikeouts and no earned runs. 

Heading to the ninth, SNHU’s George Welch came into the ballgame to try and lock down his second save of the season. Despite a one-out single, a strikeout and a 5-3 putout would end New Britain’s night as Nashua picked up their fifth win of the year.

Back in the win column, Nashua will return home for a father’s day matchup versus the Suns. Pittsfield and the Silver Knights are set for a 3:00 PM first pitch on Sunday.