ZACH BOUSQUET prepares to take a throw at second base in action against Belmont last week. Kathy Sutherland. (click for larger version)
April 28, 2014ALTON — The Prospect Mountain baseball team got started a little late on Friday, April 25, but solid pitching and good defense made up for the early lack of offense and the Timber Wolves were able to put runs on the board when they needed to.
The result was the first win of the season, a 9-2 victory in Gilford.
"The bats finally came to life," coach Bubba Noyes said of his team's fifth inning five-run rally, which turned a 1-0 Golden Eagle lead into a 5-1 Timber Wolf lead.
The story of the game was on the hill for the Timber Wolves, as Brian Borelli went the distance, striking out six, allowing just four hits and two runs.
"He pitched well," Noyes said of his junior hurler. "He got stronger as the game went on.
"And we played some defense behind him, which certainly helped out," the veteran coach continued.
Seven of the nine Timber Wolf starters had hits in the game and Borelli helped his own cause, driving in four runs, while Dillon Barnds drove in three runs and Christian Parenteau drove in a pair.
The Timber Wolves added three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to help open the game up. Gilford got its second run in the bottom of the seventh after scoring the other run early.
The story was a bit different in the team's first home game (and lone home game in April) on Tuesday, April 22, at Alton Central School, as the Timber Wolves dropped a 10-2 decision.
"That was not a pretty game," Noyes said.
Chris Morris got the start on the hill and took the loss. He contributed on offense with a triple in the fourth and scored on a John Barnes sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Christian Parenteau scored on a Brandon Parenteau fielder's choice to plate the other run. Barnes and Connor Loan also had hits for the Timber Wolves in the loss.
The Timber Wolves were hampered by the fact that they haven't had tons of time on a field. The high school field still wasn't ready, though Noyes was hopeful it would be this week.
"It still had a few wet spots," the Timber Wolf coach said. "Hopefully we'll get on it this week."
He noted that the team was grateful for the use of Alton Central's field for practices and the lone home game. The Timber Wolves have worked around the Alton Central team's schedule in getting in practice time
Looking ahead, the Timber Wolves won't have an easy time of it, as they had Laconia after deadline and Pelham and Somersworth coming up.
"There's no question we've got a tough schedule," Noyes said. "It doesn't get any easier with Laconia and Pelham."
The Timber Wolves will be at Pelham on Friday, May 2, and at Somersworth on Monday, May 5, before finally hosting another home game, as Winnisquam visits on Wednesday, May 7. All games are slated for 4 p.m. starts.
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