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Prospect boys roll to three wins

DANNY MILLER (right) greets Ethan Henderson (left) and Zack Drouin (hidden) after the pair scored in the Timber Wolves’ 16-1 win over Newfound Friday Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 18, 2010
ALTON — It was the kind of week that the Prospect Mountain baseball team badly needed.

The Timber Wolves picked up three wins, including two mercy rule-shortened contests that allowed the boys to get off the field to enjoy Edith Miller's home-cooked treats in quick fashion, scoring 16 runs against both Epping and Newfound.

The week ended on Friday, May 14, with a home game with Newfound, and the Prospect bats exploded right out of the gate in support of starting pitcher Anthony Frangione.

Frangione helped his own cause by leading off the bottom of the first inning with a base hit and Danny Miller walked. A perfectly-placed Jake Biscoe bunt moved both runners to scoring position.

Brian Jones followed with a long drive that cleared the fence in left field. However, the umpire ruled that the ball had bounced over the fence and Jones had to stop at second. Both runners scored for a 2-0 lead and Jones didn't stay on the bases long. An Austin Perrin double put runners on second and third and Zack Drouin beat out an infield hit, scoring Jones to make it 3-0. Ethan Henderson followed with a base hit to plate Perrin and a base hit from Ben Couch made it 6-0. After a pop-up to second for the inning's second out, Couch stole second and Frangione walked. Miller followed with a base hit to plate another run and Biscoe's base hit plated the team's eighth run of the inning. A wild pitch plated the inning's ninth run and the Timber Wolves had a 9-0 lead after one.

Newfound was able to get one of those runs back in the top of the second, as a pair of base hits, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly pushed a run across. However, Frangione got a strikeout and a pop up to left to end the inning.

The Timber Wolves got back at it in the fourth inning. Base hits for Jones and Perrin started the inning and a fielder's choice by Drouin kept the inning going. Henderson reached on an error and Couch had a base hit. Andrew Hederman reached on an error and Frangione walked and the Timber Wolves were up 12-1.

Miller followed with a bases-loaded walk for a 13-1 lead and a Biscoe base hit made it 14-1. Jones followed with a base hit for a 15-1 lead and Drouin walked to plate the Timber Wolves' 16th run before the Bears got out of the inning.

Frangione, who pitched the first four innings, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out two, didn't head out to the hill for the fifth, as Drouin took over and survived an error to open the inning, getting the next three batters in order to seal the game.

The Timber Wolf bats were also quite alive on Wednesday, May 12, as Epping came to town and the Timber Wolves recorded a 16-0 win.

Prospect Mountain scored five in the first inning, keyed by doubles from Biscoe and Jones. They added five in the second inning, with Matt Apkarian chipping in with a double, then added three in the third inning, with Miller contributing a key base hit. The final three runs were scored in the fourth, with Spencer Goossens and Jones each knocking doubles.

Couch pitched well for the Timber Wolves, as he struck out six, including three in the top of the fifth inning and picked up the victory.

Prospect picked up a much closer win on Monday, May 10, traveling to Whitefield to take on White Mountains Regional and walking away with a 5-2 win.

Biscoe got the scoring started in the first inning with a solo homer. The Timber Wolves plated another run in the inning and took a quick 2-0 lead.

White Mountains came back with one in the third inning off Hederman, cutting the lead to 2-1.

However, the Timber Wolves netted three in the seventh inning to stretch the lead to 5-1. Base hits from Frangione, Biscoe, Jones and Perrin helped to push the runs across.

Those runs came in handy when the Spartans plated one in the seventh inning.

Hederman pitched six innings and struck out three. Pat Cassidy pitched the seventh inning and escaped an early jam.

"It was a great week," said coach Bubba Noyes. "They really kind of put it together."

He noted that good pitching was key to the Timber Wolves' success in the week, as Hederman, Couch and Frangione all had solid outings on the hill.

"The biggest thing is I think they've all accepted each other," Noyes said of his team's improved play over the last couple of weeks after starting the season 1-6.

He also noted that versatility has been a huge part of his team's success, as he has a number of players that can play just about anywhere on the field.

"Each of them will go anywhere and play and they play great defense," the veteran coach noted.

Noyes pointed out that this week was big for the Timber Wolves, with games against Belmont and Inter-Lakes after deadline and Farmington coming to town on Friday.

"This is a huge week because we play three tournament teams," the Timber Wolf mentor said.

The Farmington contest will be the team's final home game of the season and it starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 21. The team finishes the regular season with a 4 p.m. contest on Monday, May 24, at Raymond.

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