Friday afternoon comeback in Alton

Seventh inning rally propels girls to big win

CATCHER SAHARA BROWN doesn’t give any ground to a Campbell runner during action on Friday, May 1, in Alton. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 05, 2009
ALTON — Things looked a little bleak for the Prospect Mountain softball team on Friday, May 1.

The Timber Wolves trailed by five runs heading to the bottom of the seventh inning against Campbell and the bottom of the order was due up.

However, the Timber Wolves put on their rally caps and plated six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the hosts a 7-6 win.

Campbell quickly took a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Ali Cormier, but a solid play by third baseman Andrea Hillsgrove got the Timber Wolves out of trouble in the first.

However, an Alison LaRoche walk was the only base runner the Timber Wolves could muster in the bottom of the inning.

The Cougars came back with three runs in the top of the third, with LaRoche taking over for Cormier in the pitcher's circle with two outs in the frame.

The Timber Wolves got a great defensive play in the top of the fifth inning, as first baseman Kaela Plante snared a foul ball and stepped on first to double off the Cougar runner.

The Timber Wolves couldn't get anything going in the fifth inning either and solid defensive plays from Plante, Kim Grant and Chantelle Harris got the Timber Wolves out of the top of the sixth inning.

Sahara Brown got the Timber Wolves on the board in the bottom of the frame. The freshman catcher drilled a shot to left center that rolled all the way to the fence. She circled the bases and plated Prospect's first run of the game, making it 5-1.

Campbell put together a rally in the seventh, taking advantage of an error to plate their sixth run. However, Brown and Hillsgrove kept the rally limited as they teamed up for a key out.

With the bases loaded and one out, the runner from third strayed down the line and Brown rifled a shot to Hillsgrove for a pickoff. The runner broke from home and Hillsgrove fired a shot home and Brown held on for the out. LaRoche came back to get the final out of the inning, setting the stage for the rally.

Hillsgrove led off the inning with a base hit and Harris walked. Alex Zaino then blooped a hit over shortstop to load the bases and with the infield drawn in, Michelle Lizotte drilled a base hit to plate one run. LaRoche followed with a double to plate three runs, bringing the Timber Wolves to within one at 6-5.

Brown followed with a base hit to put runners on the corners with nobody out. After a pop up to left for the first out, the Campbell pitcher uncorked a wild pitch and the game was tied at six.

Plante followed with a rocket that blew past the Cougar second baseman, scoring Brown with the winning run.

"That was a great comeback," said assistant coach Mike Green, who was standing in for coach Steve Woodcock, who was ejected from the team's previous game. "What they did was they didn't give up the whole game. They came back and worked hard, start to finish."

The Timber Wolf assistant praised the girls for a solid effort all the way around.

"I give these girls all the credit in the world," he added. "I knew we were against a good team, but they came out and did what I asked them to do."

The Timber Wolves opened the week with a game at Belmont, the same team the Prospect girls beat in the season's opening game.

This time, the Timber Wolves came out on the losing end, as the Red Raiders recorded a 4-1 win on Wednesday, April 29.

LaRoche got the start against the Red Raiders and struggled in the third inning, loading the bases with nobody out. However, the sophomore hurler escaped the jam allowing only one run, as she got a line drive to short, a pop up to first and a strikeout. The Raiders also loaded the bases in the fourth but didn't score against Cormier, who pitched the final three innings, giving up one run.

The Timber Wolves got their lone run in the second inning, cutting a 2-0 lead to 2-1. Hillsgrove drove in Cormier with a grounder to second.

The Timber Wolves will be in action Friday, May 8, as they had to Raymond for a 4 p.m. game. On Monday, May 11, the girls head to Gilford for a meeting with the Golden Eagles at 4 p.m. The Timber Wolves play at home on Wednesday, May 13, against Farmington at 4 p.m.

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