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Baseball boys blast Sanborn for fourth win

MIKE STEVENS fires a pitch during the Timber Wolves’ win over Sanborn on Friday, April 24, in New Durham. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 27, 2009
NEW DURHAM — The Class M defending champions kept on rolling in the season's second week, stalled only briefly by Mother Nature.

The Prospect Mountain baseball team's game at Somersworth on Wednesday, April 22, was called in the bottom of the second inning when the rain became too much to take. Neither team had scored and the game was set to be played after deadline on Monday, April 27.

On Friday, April 24, the Timber Wolves were slated to play their first game of the season on the field at the high school, but the rain earlier in the week had wreaked havoc on the diamond and the game was moved to New Durham.

Sanborn came out and loaded the bases in the first inning, but Bourdeau picked a runner off second base with two outs to end the inning and keep Sanborn off the board.

"That's a big out," coach Gary Noyes said.

Prospect started out strong in the bottom of the first inning, as the Timber Wolves capitalized on wildness from Sanborn to plate four runs.

Dan Miller was hit by a pitch to open the inning and Brendan Hussey got the frame's only hit moments later. However, thanks to sloppy defense, the Timber Wolves took a 4-0 lead after one inning of play.

The Timber Wolves kept on pushing in the bottom of the second, plating three more runs.

Miller began the rally with a base hit and took third after a pickoff throw went wild. Hussey drove him in with a base hit and Carlos Ornasanchez took over on the base paths. A base hit by Bourdeau put two runners on and a base hit by Corey Courchene loaded the sacks.

Brian Jones hit a grounder to shortstop to start a 6-4-3 double play, though it appeared the junior third baseman beat the throw at first. However, Ornasanchez scored and the Timber Wolves had a 6-0 lead.

Mike Jensen followed with a base hit to make it 7-0 and a Nick Bachelder base hit put two runners on. However, the Timber Wolves couldn't capitalize with any more runs and settled for a 7-0 lead after two.

Sanborn got a run in the top of the third inning, as an error came back to bite the Timber Wolves. However, a nice play by Jones and Bourdeau to gun down a runner at the plate and a nice scoop by Jensen at first base helped finish off the visitors.

Prospect Mountain didn't score in the third or the fourth, but came back with four runs in the fifth inning to finish off the game, giving them an 11-1 win, with Courchene driving in the deciding run.

Courchene was three for four with an RBI and Hussey was three for four with two RBIs. Bourdeau was one for three with an RBI, Jensen and Bachelder were each one for two with an RBI and Miller was one for two and scored three runs. Ornasanchez was credited with scoring his first varsity run.

Mike Stevens got the start on the hill for the Timber Wolves. He walked four, gave up seven hits and only one earned run.

"And we played basically solid defense again," Noyes said.

The Timber Wolves will continue the season on Friday, May 1, when they host Campbell at 4:30 p.m. They then head to Newfound for a 4:30 p.m. contest on Monday, May 4. The boys return home to host Inter-Lakes on Wednesday, May 6, at 4 p.m.

Martin Lord and Osman
Salmon Press
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