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Bravehearts Beat Silver Knights in Rain-Shortened Game, Earn 4th Straight Win

Win Streak Marks Worcester's Longest of the Season

The Worcester Bravehearts never trailed Thursday en route to a fourth consecutive victory, shorted to seven innings by rain, over the Nashua Silver Knights at Fitton Field. Four straight wins marks the longest streak of 2024 for the ’Hearts.

The Bravehearts struck first, when three singles in the bottom of the 1st — by Shea Grady (Bryant), Holden’s Cody Smith (Assumption), and Owen Pincince (New Haven) — staked Worcester to a 1-0 lead. The ’Hearts expanded that lead to 3-0 three innings later after Lawrence’s Kevin Matos (Wheaton) hammered a run-scoring base hit to right field and a Max LeFrancois (Assumption) ground ball plated another.

In the top of the 5th inning, Acton’s Jordan Gottesman (Endicott), the Worcester starter, walked back-to-back Nashua hitters with one out, after having retired 13 of the first 14 batters faced. A wild pitch and consecutive singles plated three Silver Knights runs to tie the score. Gottesman left the game after 42/3 innings, surrendering three earned runs on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts. John Connolly (Endicott) entered in relief to get the final out of the 5th.

The game tied, Worcester responded quickly in the bottom half, answering with three runs of its own. After Grady and Charlton’s Joey Rubin (Alabama) knocked no-out singles, Smith dropped a bunt in front of the mound. Grady scored when Nashua’s pitcher threw the ball away. Rubin raced home on a wild pitch, Dylan LaPointe (FAU) drove Smith home with a sacrifice fly, and Worcester re-gained its three-run lead.

In the 7th, Nashua cut the lead to two with an unearned run, but the Bravehearts padded that advantage, building their largest lead of the game when Pincince scored on an error and Timmy Wagner (Wheaton) on a wild pitch.

Before the 8th inning began, home plate umpire Matt Ball huddled with managers Alex Dion (Worcester) and Kyle Jackson (Nashua). The game was called and, after seven innings, was considered final, marking the fourth consecutive 

Worcester win.

The Bravehearts (13-9) and Silver Knights (8-13) rematch Friday at Nashua’s Holman Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.


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