Nashua 3, North Shore 1: Morency Shines as Silver Knights Move Within One Win of Second FCBL Title

Morency, a Nashua native, is completing his second summer with the Silver Knights. He earned the win in Game 1 of the FCBL Championship Series on Tuesday.

by Joshua Kummins

LYNN – The Nashua Silver Knights have not lost much in their second Futures League summer and in Tuesday’s Championship Series opener, that trend was surely not stopped. The defending league champions jumped ahead in the league standings and put themselves in cruise control, finishing the season a full seven games ahead of the second-place North Shore Navigators.

After sweeping the Brockton Rox in two straight games, the Silver Knights earned their 42nd win of the summer with a 3-1 decision over the host Navs, putting them in clinching position on Wednesday night at Holman Stadium.

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Nashua used a very strong pitching performance from hometown star Alek Morency (Merrimack), who scattered seven hits and a walk over six innings with four strikeouts.

North Shore starter Bobby Dean (Rhode Island) allowed singles to SS Rays Roman (Dakota State) and DH James Katsiroubas (UMass-Lowell) in the first inning but retired the final two batters of the inning, but the momentum did not last long as 3B Stephen Rogers (Trinity) singled to center field with two outs.

Nashua doubled its lead in the third inning as 1B Chris Shaw (Boston College) lined another base hit into the outfield.

After an inside pitch hit Katsiroubas with one out, he advanced to second on a wild pitch before coming in on the base knock from the Lexington, Mass. native and incoming Eagles freshman.

Things were quiet in the middle innings before Nashua tacked on one more insurance run as C John Puttress (Northeastern) was balked in from third base with Adrian Benitez (Barry) on the mound.

Benitez, who also made ten regular-season appearances for North Shore, was strong in relief of Dean as he allowed just two hits and a walk over the final four innings. Dean, the Danvers, Mass. native, allowed eight hits over five frames, suffering the loss for the first time since July 21.

With John Coughlin (Keene State) on the mound in the eighth inning, the Navigators were able to muster a single run to break the shutout. After RF Tim Hendricks (Benedictine) led off with a single, SS Jake McGuiggan (Harvard) did the same before CF Tony Serino (UMass) drove in the score with a run-scoring grounder to second base.

Nashua closer and Winchester, Mass. native Matt Olsen (Stonehill) closed the door in the ninth inning, despite allowing a single to LF Brad Elwood (Charlotte). He retired the first two hitters before the hit, while 2B Aaron Silbar (Columbia) fanned to end the frame and earn the save for Morency.

Both teams banged out ten hits in the contest with each of North Shore’s top three batters collecting two each. RF Jon Minucci (Southern New Hampshire) collected three base hits, while CF Connor Lyons (Northeastern) roped two and also reached on a walk.

The teams shift the series to the Granite State for the final two games but the new home team will have two chances to win one contest and take the title. Lefty Josh Desai (Suffolk) takes the ball for the Navs and will face Lynn native Lamarre Rey (Bentley) with a chance to extend the series to a Game 3 on Thursday night.

About jkummins

Joshua Kummins, a senior honors student at Malden High School, is the Associate Editor for He joined BSU18 in August 2010 and also serves as the Co-Head of Sports for the award-winning newspaper at MHS, The Blue and Gold. Under his leadership, the sports section placed first for "Excellence in Sports Writing" as part of the Sufffolk University Greater Boston High School Newspaper Competition. Kummins is a veteran Hockey East reporter and has covered multiple Frozen Fenway events, Beanpots and conference tournaments. He is also a frequent contributor to the site’s baseball coverage as he covers the Red Sox, minor leagues, and college games throughout the season. Each season, he is proud to cover the Cape Cod Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s North Shore Navigators. He also thinks that the CCBL and NECBL provide some of the best baseball in the country, truly showing “how the game should be played.” Contact him via e-mail at [email protected] and follow him @JoshuaKummins on Twitter.
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