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Timber Wolf rally comes up short

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

INDIANA JONES dances off third base during her team's game at Winnisquam on Wednesday, May 7. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 12, 2014
TILTON — The Prospect Mountain softball team was scheduled to play a home game against Winnisquam on Wednesday, May 7.

The game was supposed to be only the team's second home game of the season.

However, the Prospect fields weren't ready and the Timber Wolves were forced to travel across Route 140 to Tilton to play the home game on the campus of Winnisquam Regional High School.

As for the game, it was all about missed opportunities, as the Timber Wolves loaded the bases in the first inning and didn't score and left the bases loaded in the seventh inning as well and dropped a 4-2 decision to the Bears.

Winnisquam was able to get on the board first in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of a walk, a base hit and an error to take a 1-0 lead against Prospect Mountain starter Brianna Burley.

The Timber Wolves looked to make a little noise in the bottom of the first inning. Laura Fraser worked a leadoff walk and stole second. Burley worked a walk and a sacrifice bunt from Indiana Jones moved both runners up. Samantha Misiaszek followed with an infield hit that loaded the bases with just one out. However, a strikeout and a grounder back to the pitcher's circle ended the threat and the Bears got out of the jam.

Winnisquam then came up with three runs in the top of the third inning, taking advantage of a couple of Prospect miscues to stretch the lead to 4-0.

The Bears threatened to stretch that lead in the top of the sixth inning, but a strong play in the infield cut down a run at the plate. Montminy made a nice snag of a grounder in the hole at shortstop. While her throw to first wasn't in time to get the runner, Misiaszek was able to fire the ball home to her sister, Deanna, who got the tag on the runner trying to score to keep the score at 4-0.

Brooke Burley was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but she was forced at second on Montminy's bloop hit to center field and a strikeout ended the inning.

The Bears started the top of the seventh inning with a base hit. Brianna Burley came back and struck out the next two batters and Montminy followed with a great play at shortstop to end the inning.

Prospect had one final chance to get on the board and with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Brianna Burley lined a base hit. Jones then beat out an infield hit, with Burley going first to third in the process.

Samantha Misiaszek followed with a base hit to drive in one run and Haley Mellon took over on the basepaths for the Prospect first baseman. Deanna Misiaszek followed with a base hit to load the bases and Shannon Meyer reached on an error to plate the second run of the game.

With the bases still loaded, a foul to third and a nice play by the Winnisquam shortstop brought Prospect's rally to a close and handed the Bears the 4-2 win.

"Those first couple of innings, the errors cost us," coach Rick Burley said.

The second-year coach was happy that his kids hung in against the Bear pitcher, who kept them off balance most of the day.

"But the slow start doesn't help," Burley said. "If we can find a way to break loose in the early innings and get a few of the runners on base in, it will be easier on us.

"But I think they're pressing a little bit," the Timber Wolf coach continued. "They press a little too hard instead of letting the game come to them."

However, he noted that the mistakes are something that he and assistant coach Ryan Stockman can fix and adjust.

The Timber Wolves opened the week with a 12-4 win over Somersworth on Monday, May 5.

Prospect Mountain will be back in action on Friday, May 16, at home against Raymond at 4 p.m. On Monday, May 19, the Timber Wolves host Farmington at 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 21, they will play host to Berlin for a doubleheader starting at 2:30 p.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com

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