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Fine finish for Timber Wolves

Baseball boys beat Laconia, Inter-Lakes in final week

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

ZACH BOUSQUET picked up two wins in the final week of the season for the Prospect baseball team. Staci Bousquet - Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
June 02, 2014
MEREDITH — In a season where wins have been hard to come by, the Prospect Mountain baseball team chose a fine way to close out the season.

The Timber Wolves defeated Laconia and Inter-Lakes in the final week of play, capping off their season in style.

"For the last two weeks, they've played great baseball," coach Bubba Noyes pointed out. "We could've self-destructed, but they stuck together as a team."

In Meredith on Friday, May 30, the Timber Wolves defeated the Lakers of Inter-Lakes by a 4-1 score.

In the top of the second, the Timber Wolves got on the board first, as John Barnes walked and came around to score on a base hit by Brandon Clement.

Prospect added three more runs in the top of the third inning. Dillon Barnes started things with a double and after walks to Brian Borelli and John Barnes, Sam Borelli delivered an RBI base hit. Clement and Connor Loan then worked back-to-back walks to plate two more runs, giving Prospect the 4-1 lead.

Inter-Lakes came back and scored one in the bottom of the third inning, but that was all they'd muster and Prospect picked up the 4-1 win.

Zach Bousquet pitched his second game of the week and picked up his second win as well, striking out seven.

"He kept them off balance, he and Connor (Loan, the catcher) did well today," Noyes said. "He had them guessing pretty well."

Noyes also praised the defensive work of Sam Borelli at third base.

Prospect opened the week with a holiday matchup with Laconia in the final home game of the season.

John Barnes doubled home his brother Dillon in the bottom of the first inning for a 1-0 lead for the Timber Wolves.

Prospect added another run in the bottom of the second inning. Loan singled and after a Dillon Barnes walk, Brian Borelli reached on an error, allowing Loan to come around to score for a 2-0 lead.

Laconia got two runs back in the top of the fourth inning, but Bousquet got out of the inning without letting the Sachems take the lead, as he struck out the final batter of the inning.

Prospect took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brian Borelli started the inning with a single and John Barnes followed with his own single. Christian Parenteau then singled to right to drive home the go-ahead run.

Bousquet then set down the Sachems in order in both the sixth and the seventh, striking out two in the seventh to seal the 3-2 win for the Timber Wolves.

"We finally played defense and figured out a way to win," Noyes said.

The veteran coach also pointed out that the Timber Wolves have had the ability to play that well in them, it was just a matter of it coming out.

"I told them all along that I believe in them," Noyes said.

The Timber Wolves finished the regular season at 3-13, with the other win coming against Gilford. Prospect played its best baseball down the stretch.

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

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