BRIANNA BURLEY fires a pitch in action at Pelham on May 2. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 05, 2014PELHAM — The basic story for the Prospect Mountain softball team has been one bad inning.
That continued on Friday, May 2, as the Timber Wolves traveled to Pelham and struggled through a tough fourth inning, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Pythons.
"Take away that one bad inning, who knows what happens in that game," coach Rick Burley told his team after the game. "Five runs in one inning, that's the story of this game."
The fact that the Timber Wolves made three errors in that inning made the game a little more frustrating for the second-year Timber Wolf coach.
After a scoreless first two innings, the Timber Wolves got on the board first, as they pushed across a run in the top of the third inning.
Brooke Burley got things started with a walk and a sacrifice bunt by Ashlee Roy moved her to second base. Laura Fraser then drew another walk and both runners advanced on a passed ball. Brianna Burley followed with a base hit, chasing home her sister with the first run. Fraser also scampered for home, but she was gunned down at the plate to end the inning, but Prospect had the game's first lead at 1-0.
Brianna Burley came back in the bottom of the inning to retire the side in order and her teammates got her another run in the top of the fourth inning.
Sam Misiaszek led off with a double and took third on a passed ball. Deanna Misiaszek followed with a double to right field, chasing her sister home for a 2-0 lead for the Timber Wolves.
However, the lead didn't last too long, as the Pythons came up with all five of their runs in the bottom of the frame.
The leadoff hitter ripped a shot to right field that tipped off a glove and rolled to the fence and two more errors following helped the Pythons to plate five runs. Deanna Misiaszek helped out the Timber Wolf cause by throwing out a runner stealing second in the inning, but the Pythons had the 5-2 lead and the Timber Wolves had to rally if they wanted to leave Pelham with a win.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, the Timber Wolves attempted to rally, as Fraser beat out an infield hit and Brianna Burley reached on an error, but a line drive to center ended the inning.
The Timber Wolves worked around an error in the bottom of the inning, as Shannon Meyer made two grabs at second base and in the top of the sixth, Prospect loaded the bases and threatened to get back on the board.
Sam Misiaszek led off with a base hit and Meyer followed with a walk. One out later, Ella Montminy worked a walk as well, loading the bases with one out. However, a pop up to short and a fly ball to right ended the rally and Prospect had just one chance left to tie the game.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Brianna Burley ripped a base hit that evaded the left fielder and she reached second. However, she was caught between second and third and tagged out for the inning's second out and the Timber Wolves couldn't get a run across, dropping the 5-2 decision.
While his team only managed two runs, Burley wasn't at all disappointed in the offensive effort.
"We left eight runners on base, so we hit the ball well," Burley said. "We had a lot of line drives caught. If they fall in, it may be a different story."
He also praised Brianna Burley for throwing a solid game.
"Brianna threw an excellent game," the Timber Wolf coach continued. "All five of those runs were unearned. That's stuff we can improve on throughout the year."
He also pointed out that his team has to learn to shake things off and move past mistakes instead of dwelling on them, which would do nothing but help the team down the stretch.
"That's a good team," Burley said pointing to the Pelham bench. "We're a good team, we're right in the mix of it."
The Timber Wolves opened the week with a 7-2 win in Laconia on Tuesday, April 29.
Prospect will be back in action on Friday, May 9, at home against Gilford. They will be at Farmington on Monday, May 12, and will be hosting Somersworth on Wednesday, May 14, all at 4 p.m.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org