Baseball boys grab a win in three tries
|ZACK DROUIN fires a pitch during action against Raymond on Wednesday, May 11. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)|
May 16, 2011ALTON — With the way the Prospect Mountain baseball team was playing entering last week, a 1-2 week couldn't really qualify as a success.
However, the two losses the Timber Wolves endured were to two of the top teams is Division III.
The Prospect boys made the trek to Campbell on Friday, May 13, and returned with an 11-3 loss to the Cougars. The hosts were likely hungry for revenge after Prospect defeated them by an 8-7 score earlier in the season in Alton.
Zack Drouin led off the game with a homer for the Timber Wolves, but Campbell took over from there. The big turning point was in the fourth, when the Cougars scored five runs with two outs.
"That's tough," said coach Bubba Noyes.
Noyes noted that Jeff Olmsted pitched well in relief and David Chateauneuf had his first varsity hit.
The loss was the second of the week, after the Timber Wolves opened the week with a 3-2 decision loss to Somersworth. That game showed a marked improvement over the 10-0 win the 'Toppers recorded back in April.
Ethan Henderson got the start on the mound and gave up only three hits, four walks and struck out four in his six innings, while Anthony Frangione pitched the seventh inning.
The visitors got all three of their runs in the first two innings, plating one in the first and two more in the second
The Timber Wolves only managed one hit on the day, a double by Henderson in the fourth inning. That double knocked in one of the Timber Wolves runs and the hosts took advantage of two errors in the inning to plate their two runs.
The news was much better for Prospect on Wednesday, May 11, as the Timber Wolves hosted a streaking Raymond squad and delivered a 4-2 victory.
Prospect threatened in the first inning, as Drouin and Jake Biscoe both had hits and both stole bases, but they were stranded on the bases.
Raymond scored one run in the second after a leadoff double against Zack Drouin, but Prospesct came right back and plated a run in the bottom of the inning, as a Danny Miller double chased home Pat Cassidy, who had reached on a hit of his own.
Prospect took the lead in the third, as back-to-back hits by Biscoe and Spencer Goossens and a sacrifice fly by Henderson plated the Timber Wolves' second run and gave them a 2-1 lead.
The hosts upped that lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Andrew Hederman doubled, Miller singled and Drouin grounded out to plate a run.
Raymond cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth inning, but in the bottom of the sixth, the Timber Wolves got a little insurance.
Hederman doubled and Frangione drove him home with a base hit to make it 4-2.
Things got a bit dicey for the Timber Wolves in the top of the seventh inning.
Raymond put runners on first and second with one out and the next batter lofted a fly to center. Cassidy made the catch and fired into Hederman at second, catching the runner sleeping off the bag for an 8-4 double play to end the game.
Coach Bubba Noyes praised his team's all-around solid defense that kept the team in the game, as Timber Wolf pitching recorded just one strikeout on the afternoon.
Drouin got the start on the hill and went four innings and Hederman took over in relief. He pitched the fifth and sixth inning and went out for the seventh. When he walked the first batter, Noyes went to Frangione, and the senior finished out the game.
"One of the best parts of this team is that we've got some good pitching," Noyes said. "And they're basically rested."
With Hederman, Frangione, Drouin and Henderson all able to pick up the ball on a regular basis and throw strikes, Noyes has numerous options if one of them gets in trouble.
The Timber Wolves will be in action on Monday, May 23, at 4 p.m. at home against Farmington for the final game of the regular season.