Game one was a pitching duel, while game two was a defensive struggle as both teams combined for six errors, as the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs and the Nashua Silver Knights split the doubleheader.
Scores: Wachusett Dirt Dawgs 2, Nashua Silver Knights 0 | Nashua Silver Knights 7 Wachusett Dirt Dawgs 5
Records: Wachusett Dirt Dawgs (9-6) | Nashua Silver Knights (10-6)
How it Happened
Dirt Dawgs 2, Nashua Silver Knights 0
Eddie Baram (Adephi) got the start for the Dawgs, going 5.0 innings, allowing just four hits and striking out three. Joe Jumonville (Northern Ill) was the lone Dirt Dawgs with multiple hits in game one, going 2-for-3 at the dish with a singled and a key double in the sixth inning.
StigErik McElhinney (Nichols) was the solid on the mound for Nashua, going 5.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, and striking out five.
Baram was able to get out of trouble a few times during the game. In the first inning, he allowed runners to reach first and second with just one out, but then forced two 1-3 ground outs to escape.
The Silver Knights In the top of the fourth inning, Don Walsh (Post) sent the 2-2 offering over the right field wall to make it 1-0 Dirt Dawgs.
Wachusett extended their lead in the top of the sixth. After back to back hits from Kyle Pangallo (SNHU) and Jumonville, Sean Webster (SNHU) laid down a successful suicide squeeze, plating Pangallo from third.
In the bottom half of the sixth, Mike Demarest (Adephi) shut down the Silver Knights rally, inducing a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning. Joe Simeone (UConn) came into the game in the bottom of the ninth to close the door, after allowing a runner to get into scoring position.
Nashua Silver Knights 7, Dirt Dawgs 5
Eddie Santiago (Mitchell) went 4.0 innings, giving up four hits, but struck out four batters. Offensively, Jeff Korte (Eastern Florida) led the way at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance in his Dirt Dawgs debut, including driving in two runs in the sixth inning.
Nashua was lead by Shane Kittila (Franklin Pierce) who picked up the win after going 4.0 innings, allowing just two hits and one run. At the dish, Cam Cook (Nichols) went 3-for-4, with two runs scored out of the two hole for the Knights.
The Silver Knights got things started in the bottom of the first inning, scoring one run despite loading the bases with zero outs. Webster tied the game up at 1-1 in the top of the third inning, as the to-be senior at Southern New Hampshire, hit his first homerun of the season to left field.
In the bottom half of the frame, Nashua plated three runs on just one hit, capitalizing on two Dirt Dawgs errors. The lead quickly expanded to 7-1, as the Knights scored three runs on three hits, and two more Wachusett errors in the fifth.
The Dirt Dawgs rallied in the sixth inning, scoring four times on three hits. Two runs scored on Korte’s base knock to left field, and he scored on a Kyle Cala (Wagner) single to left. The Dawgs would draw within two on a Christian Fedko (UConn) sacrifice fly to center field.
In the top of the ninth, Wachusett would get the tying run to the plate, but would unable to score the game tying run.
Inside the Numbers
- With their win in game one, the Dirt Dawgs set a franchise record seven game winning streak. It was the leagues’ third longest streak this season.
- In the last three games, Wachusett has hit five homeruns.
The Dirt Dawgs head home as they take home the Seacoast Mavericks tomorrow night, with first pitch slated for 6:35pm. Nashua takes to the road on Friday, as they travel to Worcester to take on the Bravehearts, starting around 7:05pm.