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Nashua takes opener, 12-0. Leads series 1-0. Eric Perrault dominant.

POSTED August 05, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Nashua, New Hampshire: Before the Nashua Silver Knights and Torrington Titans did battle in the opening game of the first ever Futures Collegiate Baseball League Championship best of three series, the regular season awards where given out.

They, like the game, where dominated by the Silver Knights.

Nashua took game one in a blowout, 12-0 and comes to Torrington trying to capture the ultimate prize in this best of three series.

Nashua had the FCBL Pitcher of the Year and Top Prospect, Eric Perrault on the mound and the hard throwing lefty was up to the task in his final start of 2011.

Over seven innings, Perrault was nearly untouchable against a depleted Titans team, allowing just one hit while striking out 10.

He had walked four but worked out of trouble each time, thanks in part to two great plays in centerfield and base running errors by the visitors.

In the top of the third with Matt O’Neill on first, Ryan Sonberg hit a drive to deep center that looked to everyone in the park to be trouble except for Matt Jacobs who caught the ball on a dead run and threw back to the infield where O’Neill had already rounded second and was doubled off for the second out of the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Rich Graef led off with the Titans first hit of the night and was doubled off when Jacobs ran down another drive to center, this time off the bat of Andrew Spleth.

The home team piled on the runs over the middle innings, scoring 10 times between the fourth and seventh frames.

Perrault was removed in the bottom of the eighth inning with one out to a standing ovation from a grateful Nashua fan base.

With low to mid 80’s stuff that includes a mean breaking ball and the ability to hit the outside corners, Perrault (a freshman at Keene State) is a player worth watching over the next three years.

The Silver Knights also took home the Defensive Player of the Year award (Rob Benedict), the Relief Picher of the Year (Dylan Maki) and the Top Batter prize (Logan Gillis).

Benedict went 3-for 5 at the plate while Gillis scored a run.

Kyle Murphy had the only other Torrington hit, a leadoff single to start the ninth but was erased on an assist by the Silver Knights right fielder, Kyle Aide on a ball hit by Graef that just went over the second baseman’s head.

All in all, it was a tough night in New Hampshire, but Friday brings the Titans back to Torrington, trying to even things up at one game apiece.

Kevin Bartlett is scheduled to throw for Torrington and will opposed by Geoff Fisher of the Silver Knights.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.













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