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Fairbank leads Bears past Belmont

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

Dahlton Fairbank fires a pitch in action against Belmont on April 28. Stephen Greenwood. (click for larger version)
May 05, 2014
BRISTOL — The Newfound baseball team had just one game over the vacation week, but the boys bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 4-2 win over Belmont on Monday, April 28.

Dahlton Fairbank got the start on the hill for Newfound and went six innings, striking out nine and walking three while giving up nine hits.

"Belmont can hit real well," Newfound coach Shaun Bean said.

Fairbank got himself a run in the bottom of the first inning, as he had a sacrifice fly to drive in the game's first run. He finished two-for-three on the afternoon.

Zach Desrochers finished off the game with the final inning to pick up his second save of the season.

Anthony Talamini worked a walk, reached on an error, scored two runs and knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly. Cam Colby was one-for-three with a run and Tyler Adams was one-for-two with a run. Desrochers was two-for-two with an RBI and Nick Tapply earned a bases loaded walk to plate a run in the sixth inning.

Bean was pleased to see his team starting to hit the ball after their offensive struggles against Kearsarge three days earlier.

"The bats are starting to come around," Bean said.

The Bear coach noted that the team had some good practices over the course of vacation and he pointed out that the team had almost a full squad for an optional practice on Sunday night.

"We practiced hard for the last four days," Bean said. "They know what it takes."

The Bears had a busy week, playing after deadline Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They will play their fourth game of the week at Berlin on Friday, May 9, before heading to Laconia on Monday, May 12, hosting Laconia on Tuesday, May 13, and hosting White Mountains on Wednesday, May 14, all at 4:30 p.m.

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

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