DAVID NICKERSON dives back into first base in action against New London on July 1. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 07, 2014ALTON — Things came together in a nice way for the Alton Junior Legion baseball team, sponsored by Morin Insurance Agency, on Tuesday, July 1.
In sweltering heat and humidity, the trio of Dillon Barnes, Christian Parenteau and Will Treuel combined to give up just two hits and Alton picked up a 4-2 win over New London at Prospect Mountain High School.
With Babe Ruth finals going on down the road in New Durham, Alton was limited to just nine players, but everyone chipped in and helped get the job done.
"It was a great team win," coach Bubba Noyes stated. "They played strong defense and made just about every play we had to make."
Barnes got the start on the hill and struck out the first two batters before allowing a walk, but he got out of the inning with a fly ball to short.
Alton then came up with two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Treuel led off with a base hit, stole second and took third on a pickoff error. However, two outs later, he was still standing on third base. Cleanup hitter Brian Borelli was able to deliver him home with a base hit to left. The ball got by the New London fielder and Borelli made it all the way to third, which set up a base hit from Parenteau to drive him in for a 2-0 lead for Alton.
Barnes worked around a walk in the top of the second and Alton got an early base runner in the bottom of the inning. Brandon Parenteau reached on an error and moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Hunter Sanborn, but he was picked off and the inning came to a close.
Barnes walked the first two batters of the top of the third but then got a little defensive help on a unique play. On a fly ball down the line in left and runners on first and second, Brandon Parenteau had a bead on the ball, but it ticked off his glove and fell to the ground. He quickly fired it to Treuel, who gunned it to Connor Loan at third to force the runner coming from second. Loan alertly noticed the batter was hung up between first and second and gunned to Borelli, who got the tag down to complete the standard 7-6-5-3 double play to end the inning.
Jay Warthen had a base hit with two outs in the bottom of the third, but he was stranded there and Barnes set the side down in order in the top of the fourth.
Alton struck for two more in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs, David Nickerson worked a walk and he took third on a double by Brandon Parenteau. A Sanborn base hit drove home Nickerson with the third run of the game and a Treuel followed with a grounder to short. The New London shortstop tried to catch Sanborn off of second, but he was unable to gun him down and Brandon Parenteau crossed for the fourth run of the game.
With one out in the top of the fifth, Barnes hit a batter and issued a walk. Noyes went to Christian Parenteau in hopes of continuing the no-hit bid and he delivered, getting a 5-3 double play started by Loan with a nice play to end the inning.
Christian Parenteau had a base hit in the fifth and got around to third on wild pitches, but he was stranded there. New London put two runners on base with a walk and a hit batter in the top of the sixth, but nobody got past second base. Alton went in order in the bottom of the sixth, leaving New London one more chance.
The leadoff batter broke up the no-hitter with a bouncer up the middle. After getting a pop fly to second, a walk put two runners on and Noyes made the move to Treuel. An error loaded the bases and a bloop hit over third base allowed New London to plate its first run. The next batter grounded to short, forcing a runner at second but allowing the second run to score. However, Treuel didn't let them get any closer, striking out the final batter to secure the 4-2 win.
"We wanted to leave Christian in, but we also knew Will would come in and throw strikes," Noyes said.
The veteran coach also praised the work of his lineup.
"In that first inning, Brian had a key hit," Noyes said. "That's an important run.
"And we got great production from the bottom of the lineup," he continued.
Noyes also had praise for his starting battery.
"Jay (Warthen) called a great back behind the plate," Noyes said. "And Dillon pitched very well.
"That was a good win," he added.
Alton's game with Milford, slated for July 2, was postponed until this past Wednesday, July 9. The team will be hosting Meredith today, July 10, at 5:30 p.m. and will visit Meredith on Sunday, July 12, at 1 p.m. On Sunday, July 13, they are at Bedford at 3:30 p.m.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org