Timber Wolves rally to top 'Toppers


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LUKE MOSTOLLER drove in the winning run against Somersworth on Thursday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 16, 2017
ALTON — Trailing for most of their game against Somersworth on May 11, the Prospect Mountain baseball boys rallied in the sixth inning to come away with a 4-3 win. The win was Prospect's second of the week in three games, with the third also involving a rally that came up just short.

"We had a good week of baseball," said Prospect coach Bubba Noyes. "We had some good pitching this week."

The Timber Wolves did score first against the 'Toppers, as they got two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ryker Burke walked, Drew Nickerson followed with a base hit and a Sam Borelli sacrifice fly drove in the first run, while an error allowed the second run to score and Prospect led 2-0 after two.

The visitors were able to get to Nickerson for three runs in the top of the second inning and took the 3-2 lead and held tight for the next few innings.

Noah Sanville led off the bottom of the third inning with a walk and then moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Burke. Nickerson got his second hit of the game to put two runners on and then stole second, but both runners were left stranded and the 'Toppers held the lead.

Borelli made a great scoop at first base in the top of the fourth and Nickerson was able to get a strikeout to end the inning with one runner on base. Prospect went in order in the bottom of the fourth and Nickerson set the side down in order in the top of the fifth inning, thanks in part to a nice play from Luke Mostoller at shortstop, as he went into the hole to track a grounder and fired the ball across the diamond to Borelli for the third out.

Richard Stevens led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield hit and one out later, Burke had a base hit to put two runners on base again. However, a 5-3 double play closed out the inning and Somersworth held on to the 3-2 lead.

Prospect was finally able to break through in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hunter Sanborn had a base hit and Borelli reached on catcher's interference, as his bat hit the catcher's mitt on his swing. Both runners came around to score when Luke Mostoller delivered a base hit and the Timber Wolves had the 4-3 lead.

Nickerson then shut the door on the 'Toppers in the top of the seventh inning to secure the 4-3 win for the Timber Wolves. Stevens also made a great catch in left field to open the seventh inning.

"They're all important now," Noyes said, noting the team is sitting right around 10th place, with just 12 teams making the playoffs this season.

Noyes praised his team's pitching throughout the week, as Nickerson was strong against Somersworth, Caleb Piwnicki pitched well in a win over Mascenic on Monday and Zack McLaughlin pitched well in relief in a loss to Campbell.

In that game, Prospect trailed 7-0 and rallied all the way back before dropping an 8-7 decision. Prospect had the winning run on third base in the bottom of the seventh but could not get the run home.

"They showed a lot of character," Noyes said.

Prospect scored five runs in the fourth inning and one each in the fifth and sixth to tie the game before Campbell scored one in the eighth inning and held on for the win.

Sanborn had four hits to lead the offense while Ryan Dube drove in two runs.

Against Mascenic, Prospect scored a run in the first and another in the third. Piwnicki went the distance and allowed just five hits on the day as Prospect won 2-0.

The Timber Wolves will be in action on Friday, May 19, at Somersworth, then return home to host Gilford on Monday, May 22, and Raymond on Wednesday, May 24, all at 4 p.m.

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

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