KIRBY BERANGER and her Prospect teammates return home Monday to host Somersworth. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 30, 2012LITCHFIELD — The education of the Prospect Mountain softball team continues.
The Timber Wolves made the trip to Litchfield on Wednesday, April 25, and had victory in their grasps against a strong Campbell squad.
However, a homer in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Cougars a 6-5 win, sending the Timber Wolves down to defeat in their lone vacation week game.
"Even though we lost, it was a big win for them," coach Gordon Bilodeau said of his squad. "It came down to a breaking ball that didn't break and a girl who can hit."
As the Cougars celebrated the walk-off win, Bilodeau noted his girls were quite disappointed and he loved seeing that level of passion in their eyes.
"They were quite upset, which is good," he said. "It shows they care. They know they had it and they let it get away from them. That's a good way to learn."
The Timber Wolves made the trip to Litchfield coming off a tough loss at Franklin and Bilodeau was happy to see his girls bounce back with a solid effort, though admitted taking the defeat was tough when the Timber Wolves led heading to the bottom of the seventh inning.
"When they got there, they were ready to play ball," Bilodeau said. "If they can play like that every game, I'm happy."
He noted that the Timber Wolves continue to cut down on mental mistakes. At the beginning of the season, the first-year head coach noted that there were four to six mental errors a game and now that number is down to two or three.
"At this level of skill, that's the difference in the game," he said. "They handled themselves very well."
Bilodeau noted that he changed up the lineup a little bit, with freshman Laura Fraser getting called up from JV. She put together a great game at Campbell, driving a bases loaded double with two outs to plate three runs for the Timber Wolves.
"That's a huge confidence booster for a freshman," he said.
Fraser slid into the left field slot, while Ella Montminy, who had been patrolling the outfield, moves in to third base to try and fill that spot. Bilodeau has been looking to try and solidify the hot corner all season long, trying a number of different options.
"There's still a learning curve, figuring out where everybody goes," Bilodeau said. "But we're getting consistent hitting and the younger kids are getting a decent amount of hits."
The Timber Wolves are in a stretch where they will be playing some decent teams, so their coach is hoping they can keep up the solid level of play they demonstrated against the Cougars.
"Playing tougher competition helps the kids learn to play better," Bilodeau said.
Prospect will be in action at Belmont on Friday, May 4, at 4 p.m. On Monday, May 7, the Timber Wolves host Somersworth at 4 p.m. The girls head to Raymond for a 4 p.m. game on Wednesday, May 9.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126