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Wildness leads Lakers past Panthers, 9-5

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

I-L's Logan Nash gets his lead off first base with MA's Aaron Davis keeping guard during the Lakers' 9-5 win over the Panthers on May 7. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
May 12, 2014
MOULTONBOROUGH Walks and errors doomed the Moultonborough Academy baseball team on May 7, as visiting Inter-Lakes took advantage of eight walks and five errors en route to a 9-5 victory in the first of two meetings between neighboring rivals.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as Zach Atwell drew a bases loaded walk to plate Andrew Porusta.

That advantage would hold until the top of the third inning, when the Lakers pushed four runs across against MA starter Riley Swedberg. Nick Hurd was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Ryan Hambrook followed with a bases loaded walk. Travis Manville came through with a two-run single, making it a 4-1 I-L lead.

MA would tie the game in the bottom of the third, as the Panthers scored three runs of their own against I-L starter Peter Baker. Matt Tolman scored a run when he reached on a fielder's choice, while James Orkins also reached on a fielder's choice that plated a run. An error on a ball off the bat of Porusta tied the game at 4-4.

The Lakers went ahead for good in the fourth inning, as Dillon Mailand reached on an error that scored Logan Nash for a 5-4 advantage.

I-L scored two more in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh to account for the nine runs. The Panthers added a run in the sixth, when Noah Smith's groundout scored Scott Harrington.

Peter Baker took the win on the hill for the Lakers, though Ryan Kelly came on in relief with four outstanding innings to hold the Panthers in check. Kelly struck out four and didn't walk a batter, as he allowed just three hits in his four innings.

Swedberg, Smith and Aaron Davis combined on the mound for MA, with the trio totaling four strikeouts in addition to the eight walks.

Harrington led the offensive output for MA with three hits, while Atwell totaled a pair of hits. Hambrook went 2-for-4 to lead the Lakers, while Kelly scored a pair of runs.

The teams meet once more on May 21, when the Panthers travel to Prescott Park in Meredith for the rematch.

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