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Softball girls drop a pair of home games



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RACHEL ROBERGE circles under a foul pop-up during the Timber Wolves’ game with Somersworth on April 14. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 27, 2010
ALTON — The Prospect Mountain softball team's offense got back on track against Berlin on Friday, April 23, but the Timber Wolves still couldn't get enough runs to walk off with a win.

The Prospect girls hosted the Mountaineers and the two teams played through the first two innings with neither team able to get on the board.

Berlin, however, took advantage of six walks in the third inning and plated eight runs, then added a couple of more for a 10-0 lead before the Timber Wolves came to bat in the fifth inning.

The Prospect girls finally broke out of their offensive scoring drought in the bottom of the fifth, scoring seven runs to cut the lead to 10-7.

However, the Timber Wolves, who were missing a number of players because of school vacation, couldn't keep the gap closed and the Mountaineers walked off with a 15-10 victory.

Coach Steve Woodcock noted he was pleased with his team's defense effort as well, as the Timber Wolves made only two errors, a significant improvement over the team's previous game.

And the offensive output was also appreciated, as the Timber Wolves had not scored since the team's first game on April 12.

Alexa Hingston helped spark the offense with a three-for-four performance and scored three runs. Sahara Brown added a double and a triple and scored a run to help the Timber Wolves' cause.

Hingston and Michelle Lizotte earned kudos for their defensive play and Hingston moved from shortstop to the pitchers' circle for the final two innings.

The Timber Wolves hosted their first game of the season on Wednesday, April 21, and ran into a solid Somersworth squad. The Timber Wolves also committed way too many errors as the 'Toppers recorded a 13-0 win.

"We had more errors than they had runs," Woodcock said.

The 'Toppers opened the scoring with three runs in the second inning against Ali LaRoche, but the Timber Wolves got a couple of nice plays from Rachel Roberge at third base to get out of any trouble in the third inning.

Somersworth used four errors in the top of the fourth to plate another two runs and then plated another four in the fifth inning for a 9-0 lead. Jenny Carter did make a nice play at third base in the fifth inning.

The visitors added four runs in the final two innings to take the win.

"It shows we haven't played in eight days," Woodcock said, noting the lay-off necessitated by rain the previous week. "They've been working hard at practice though."

The second-year coach gave the Somersworth pitcher credit for a solid game, but pointed to the one thing that was the big difference in the game.

"The errors were the killer today," he said. "A lot of them were fundamental errors. There's no excuses. We just didn't do well."

Woodcock gave LaRoche credit for a solid outing in her first start of the season in the pitchers' circle.

The Timber Wolves will be in Somersworth for a rematch with the 'Toppers on Friday, April 30, for a 4 p.m. game. They then host Raymond on Monday, May 3, at 4 p.m. and Sanborn on Tuesday, May 4, at 4:30 p.m. as the season continues.

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