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Champs come out of the gate strong

Boys back at home Friday against Sanborn

PROSPECTíS DANNY MILLER dances off second base as the Belmont shortstop tries to keep him close during opening day action April 13 in New Durham. (Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 04, 2009
NEW DURHAM — The Prospect Mountain baseball team seems to have picked up right where it left off last season.

After going 22-0 over the course of the championship season a year ago, the Timber Wolves are off to a 3-0 start this season, as pitchers Brendan Hussey and Mike Stevens led them to three wins in the first week of play.

The Timber Wolves finished the week with the first road game of the season, traveling to Epping on Friday, April 17.

Hussey was on his game against the Blue Devils, as he had a no-hitter threw the first six innings.

The hosts finally got to him in the seventh, and he finished by allowing only three hits, one earned run and no walks while striking out five and the Timber Wolves pulled out the 6-2 win.

Prospect jumped on the board first, netting three runs in the second inning and padded that lead with another run in the top of the fourth, taking a 4-0 lead.

The Timber Wolves picked up some needed insurance in the sixth inning, scoring twice to make it a 6-0 game.

However, the hosts plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and seemed poised for more, but Hussey induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the game, the Timber Wolves' second double play of the game and fifth in two games.

Offensively, almost everybody in the lineup chipped in a bit, as Corey Courchene led the way with two his and two RBIs. Moose Bourdeau had a couple of hits and an RBI, Hussey added two hits and Dan Miller, Mike Jensen and Stevens each added a hit. Stevens also walked and scored two runs on the afternoon.

Chris Gentile ripped a triple for his first varsity hit and drove in a run in the process and Anthony Frangione also picked up his first varsity hit.

Stevens took the ball on the mound for the season's second game, which took place on Wednesday, April 15, in New Durham, with the Timber Wolves hosting Raymond. The senior hurler went the distance, allowing no runs, four hits and no walks while striking out three in the 5-0 win over the Rams.

"He threw strikes and we played defense," coach Gary Noyes Sr. noted. "Stevens pitched very well for us."

The team turned three double plays behind Stevens, two coming on line drives.

The Timber Wolves scored three runs in the second and two in the fifth, with the big blow coming off the bat of Brian Jones, who lofted a homer to left field in the fifth inning.

Jones had two other hits in addition to his homer, and Jensen added a pair of hits, including a double and an RBI. Stevens had a double and two RBIs, Hussey had two hits, including a double, and Bourdeau added a double.

The first game of the season came on Monday, April 13, as the Timber Wolves welcomed regional rival Belmont to New Durham.

Hussey had a bit of trouble in the first inning, as he gave up a double and a base hit to put runners on second and third with one out. After a bouncer back to the mound eliminated a runner at home, Hussey committed a balk and the Raiders got the first run.

However, the senior hurler rebounded well and didn't allow another hit the rest of the way, struck out six batters and didn't walk anyone, in going the distance in the 6-1 win.

"He really settled down for us," said Noyes. "That (no walks) was a big key and that's why I left him (for the whole game.)"

The Timber Wolves put runners on base in the first two innings but couldn't put one across the plate until the fourth inning, when Stevens' grounder took a wicked hop over the shortstop's head to tie the game at one.

Courchene followed in the fifth inning by driving in the go-ahead run in the form of Bourdeau (who reached on a walk) and after a stolen base, Jensen drove in Courchene to make it 3-1.

Bourdeau put the insurance runs on the board with a mammoth homer to left field, plating three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Noyes was very pleased with the fact that the team made no errors in its first game, a good accomplishment on any day.

"That was great for the first game, so I was certainly pleased with that," he said. "And I was very pleased with the way Brendan hung in there."

The Timber Wolves will return to action on Friday, April 24, when they host Sanborn at the high school field at 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday, April 29, the boys head to Belmont for a rematch with the Red Raiders at 4 p.m.

Matin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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