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Finding a way to win

WLC baseball/softball earns sweep of Mascenic

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Rines led Mascenic with a .347 batting average and collected five of the team’s seven wins. He finished with 17 runs batted in and six doubles. Rines picked up wins over defending champion Hopkinton and Pelham in the season finale to earn a spot in the playoffs. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team defeated Mascenic with a come from behind 5-4 win on Monday, May 13, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

Like most coaches, Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball skipper Paul Trombley enjoys a nice win.

But Monday’s 5-4 come from behind win over Mascenic was more than just an ordinary victory. It helps Trombley forget about the first time the two teams squared off on April 19.

When the Warriors left the field that Friday afternoon, the players and coaches thought they had just defeated the higher division Vikings in walk-off fashion in extra innings. But it was later determined that Pat Martin, WLC’s junior ace, had pitched too many innings that week and the result was a 1-0 forfeit. It was the second defeat of what turned out to be a five-game losing skid following a 3-1 start.

And Trombley put the error squarely on his shoulders. He really felt that he cost his team that win and quite possibly some momentum.

“For me, it’s a little extra sweet,” said Trombley.

But when the Warriors stepped to the plate for their final at bat in the top of the seventh, things did not look good. They trailed Mascenic 4-0 and had done very little on offense all afternoon. There were a few scattered hits against Mascenic starter Jared Stauffenenker, but the sophomore had really kept WLC off balance with his curveball.

Both coaches made substitutions to get a few bench players into the game with what looked like only three outs left. The Warriors though, had other ideas.

Connor Melrose earned a walk to begin the frame and moved to second on a ground out. Tom Crowley, one of Trombley’s substitutions, also received a free pass and Peter Bickerton’s bloop single over second loaded the bases.

At that point it was still a four-run game with one out and WLC had not been able to string anything together. Then it happened. Brendan Hussey roped a two-run double to right-center to make it 4-2.

“I don’t count my guys out. A couple times they’ve come back,” said Trombley. “They stayed focused and I couldn’t have been happier.”

The Vikings looked like they would get the second out of the inning when Nolan Steevens grounded one to third, but Chase Holombo’s throw to first after looking home was low and everyone was safe. It also cut Mascenic’s lead to one and put runners on the corners with still just one out.

Martin’s deep fly ball to right field fell in, allowing Hussey to score and tie the game at four.

A fielders’ choice at second gave the Vikings two outs, but a pick off attempt at third by Mascenic catcher Jalen Rines went into left field. Steevens scored the go ahead run and all the Warriors needed was three outs.

“They had two errors in there that cost them a lot,” said Trombley.

Stauffeneker reached to begin the last of the seventh, but was thrown out trying to steal second. WLC freshman starter Christian Seeley got a grounder back to the mound for the second out and Martin tracked down Brady Pittman’s deep fly to center for the final out.

“They were down and out and came back to win,” said Trombley.”We did what we needed to do to beat a good team that’s a division ahead of us.”

Mascenic scored twice in each of the third and fourth innings.

Seeley had five strikeouts and scattered 11 hits, while walking just one.

“He pitched out of trouble a couple times,” said Trombley. “He pitched a decent game.”

On Tuesday, Mascenic bounced right back with a 12-0, five-inning victory over Hinsdale. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Vikings entering Wednesday’s trip to Hillsboro-Deering.

Sophomore Shane Rautiola pitched the first three innings and Holombo tossed two perfect frames, as Mascenic earned its second shutout of the season. The Vikings led 10-0 after the third and scored the final two runs in the fourth.

WLC hosts Epping on Friday and Mascenic returns to the field on Saturday at Fisher Cat Stadium versus Hillsboro-Deeering. The game is free and first pitch is at 1 p.m.

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