Tigers bounce Timber Wolves from playoffs
|SPENCER GOOSSENS drove in one of Prospect Mountain’s four runs at Newport in Thursday’s playoff opener. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)|
June 06, 2011NEWPORT — After playing their way in to the Division III tournament over neighboring Gilford, the Prospect Mountain baseball boys had to board a bus for the long trip to Newport for the first round of the tournament on Thursday afternoon.
While things got off to a solid start for the Timber Wolves, the fifth-seeded Tigers rallied and came away with a 6-4 win to move on in the Division III tournament.
"It was pretty nip and tuck the whole way," coach Bubba Noyes said. "It was a good game."
While Newport scored once in the bottom of the first inning against Prospect starter Andrew Hederman to get a 1-0 lead, the Timber Wolves bounced back with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning.
Pat Cassidy got credit for the runs, as he had a base hit to plate both, giving Prospect a 2-1 lead.
The Timber Wolves added another run in the top of the third inning, as a double off the bat of Spencer Goossens plated Zack Drouin, who had also doubled.
Newport came back to tie the game at three and eventually took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Timber Wolves weren't done yet.
Base hits from Ethan Henderson and Austin Perrin and a Newport wild pitch helped the Timber Wolves push across another run in the top of the sixth, cutting the lead to 5-4.
However, the Tigers got a homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to put a little insurance on their side of the scoreboard.
That insurance was almost needed, as Prospect rallied in the seventh. The visitors had runners on first and second with one out in the seventh, but they couldn't find a way to drive the runs home and took the 6-4 loss.
"It was a good showing, I'm not displeased," Noyes said.
Hederman got the start on the mound for the Timber Wolves and pitched into the fourth inning. Henderson followed him to the hill and pitched into the sixth inning and Drouin finished up the final inning.
While the Timber Wolves weren't able to advance past the first round, Noyes was not at all disappointed in what his team accomplished, especially given the fact that the squad lost three of its first four games and played a very tough schedule.
"The schedule we played, we played some pretty good teams," Noyes said.
The Timber Wolves played second-seeded Campbell twice, top-seeded Somersworth twice and also had games against playoff squads Bow, Mascoma, Hopkinton and Belmont.