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Tierney no-hits Lakers

CHELSEA TIERNEY fires a pitch against Inter-Lakes on Wednesday, April 20. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 25, 2011
ALTON — The Prospect Mountain softball team found its offense in the season's second week, only to run into Franklin's Kate Laliberte in the week's final game.

The Franklin hurler allowed only two hits and struck out 11 Timber Wolves on Friday, April 22, at Alton Central School, as the Tornadoes roared past the Timber Wolves by a 3-1 score.

The Prospect girls lived dangerously the first two innings, as Franklin loaded the bases in both frames but couldn't score. They finally got two runs in the third and added another in the sixth.

Chelsea Tierney and Danielle Beckett managed Prospect's lone hits on the day.

The Timber Wolves had the bats going earlier in the week.

On Wednesday, April 20, while everyone else was postponing games, the Timber Wolves traveled to Meredith to take on Inter-Lakes and jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two and never looked back, taking a 13-0 win over the Lakers.

The star of the game was Tierney, who fired a no-hitter while striking out 10 batters in five innings of play.

"She was relaxed today," coach Steve Woodcock said of his pitcher. "And this was the best we've played as a team."

Tierney helped her own cause with an RBI base hit in the first inning, scoring Michelle Lizotte for a 1-0 lead.

In the second, Kirby Beranger walked with two outs and successive hits for Lizotte, Allison LaRoche, Sahara Brown, Tierney and Rachel Roberge resulted in five more Timber Wolf runs for a 6-0 lead.

Tierney followed that up by striking out the side, working around a hit batter.

In the third, Monica Buffum got the rally going with a walk and walks to Alexa Hingston and Beranger loaded the bases. Lizotte then reached on an error to plate two runs. LaRoche walked to load the bases again and Brown laced a double to chase all three runners home, but was called out after going around second too far. Tierney doubled and Roberge and Jenny Carter walked, but the Timber Wolves couldn't plate another and took the 11-0 lead to the bottom of the third.

The Timber Wolves tacked on two more runs in the final two frames to pull away for the win.

"Except for ML (Lizotte), we had no offense in the first three games," Woodcock said. "But we're looking forward to seeing some of those teams we lost to later in the season."

The hitting started for the Timber Wolves earlier in the week when they made the trek to Mascoma and came away with an extra inning 11-9 win.

"It was great to get the kids going," Woodcock said of the win. "We started hitting the ball."

The Timber Wolves didn't practice on their field until the day after the Mascoma game, but the Prospect coach was pleased to get the team out and moving around on a diamond after squeezing practices wherever they could the first few weeks.

"Fly balls don't look the same in the gym," he stated.

The Timber Wolves will be in action on Monday, May 2, when they host Hopkinton at 4 p.m. On Wednesday, May 4, the girls will be at Bow for a 4 p.m. contest.

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Martin Lord Osman
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