Rey, Silver Knights Conclude Impressive Ride to Another FCBL Title in Win over Rival Navigators
NASHUA, N.H. — The Nashua Silver Knights concluded an impressive and undefeated road to a second consecutive Futures Collegiate Baseball League title on Wednesday night at Historic Holman Stadium, using the hometown crowd of over 1,000 fans in support of the 6-2 victory.
With the win, the 2012 Silver Knights became the first championship baseball team in the city’s rich history in the sport to clinch their title at home. Also, no team had won back-to-back titles for the city since the Nashua Dodgers in the late 1940′s.
Lynn, Mass. native Lamarre Rey (Bentley) was extremely effective for Nashua, allowing just six hits and two runs over six innings for the victory. The Falcons’ rising senior threw a remarkable 61 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
The Knights tagged North Shore lefty Josh Desai for three first-inning runs, although just one allowed by the Shrewsbury, Mass. native was earned. A key factor into Nashua’s success during the entire season was the ability to jump ahead early – a trend that continued in all four playoff games.
RF Jon Minucci (Southern New Hampshire) delivered both of his RBI on one swing of the bat with one out, while C Dan Gusovsky (Wheaton) brought in the third run a couple batters later in the frame.
The Madison, Conn. native, who led the FCBL with 13 regular-season home runs, hit .309 in 51 games and won both the All-Star and Championship Most Valuable Player titles. He will be one of several key members of the team that will not return in 2013 because of college graduation as he will be a senior with the Penmen.
The teams traded runs in the third inning as each team loaded the bases with nobody out before Navs 1B Andrew Harris (Vanderbilt) and his Nashua counterpart Chris Shaw (Boston College) scored on double play balls to second base.
North Shore tagged Rey for one final run in the sixth as CF Tony Serino (UMass) drove in 2B Aaron Silbar (Columbia) on a hard RBI grounder to third base, but Nashua tacked on a pair more as SS Rays Roman (Dakota State) drove in Gusovsky before coming around the diamond on a sac fly to center field from 2B Logan Gillis (Bentley).
As he had done all season long, Miles Landry (Baylor) held Nashua scoreless over the final 2.2 innings but the early offense was too much to overcome for the visitors.
Matt Houston (William and Mary) kept North Shore at bay in the seventh and eighth, while Cody Rocha (Assumption) allowed a single hit before inducing a pop out off the bat of DH Alex Markakis (St. Joseph’s of Maine) to win the title.
The hit column was nearly even as Nashua held the slight 9-8 advantage, including three different Knights with two apiece. Harris paced the Navs with a 2-for-4 effort and a run scored.
With the win, Nashua finishes the season with an impressive 43-13 record, including the four playoff victories. The Silver Knights also swept the Torrington Titans in straight games in their only playoff round to win the title in 2011.