DIVISION IV PRELIMS: Moultonborough 7, WLC 2
WLC falls in playoff opener
Two bad innings on defense lead to 7-2 loss to Moultonborough
The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team surpassed all expectations for this season entering the Division IV tournament.
After losing six seniors to graduation, and without any fourth-year players on this year’s roster, 2013 looked like a bridge season, as coach Paul Trombley was going to count on a number of freshmen to fill positions. But the Warriors played good baseball and finished the regular season 9-7 to earn the eighth seed and a home playoff game.
That was as far as they would go. Two bad innings led to seven Moultonborough runs and WLC saw its season come to an end with a 7-2 loss in Thursday’s D-IV prelims.
“I still feel really good about the team,” said Trombley. “I didn’t expect them to go this far and finish this high.”
Three errors in the first gave Moultonborough two runs. WLC got one back in the bottom of the inning when junior catcher Brendan Hussey scored on a fielders’ choice. It would stay that way until the fifth when the Panthers tacked on five more thanks to another error, three walks and a big three-run double.
“That was really the only good hit they had and it came at the right time,” said Trombley.
Outside of the fifth inning, freshman Christian Seeley pitched well, allowing only five hits total and striking out four.
“Those three walks really hurt,” said Trombley. “All three of them scored.”
But once Moultonborough reached seven runs, Trombley knew it would be hard for his team to come back. The Warriors had only scored seven runs once all season and that came in the season opener.
WLC got one back in the fifth when Hussey doubled and later scored on a Pat Martin sacrifice fly, but that was it.
The Warriors had their chances, as they left a runner on third in the second inning, the bases loaded in the third and two in scoring position in the sixth.
Trombley started Seeley because he felt as though his freshman No. 2 had earned it and if the Warriors made it through, Martin would be ready to go against top-seeded Littleton in the quarterfinals.
“My feeling has always been if you’re the higher seed in the first round, you throw your No. 2,” said Trombley.
Hussey finished 2-for-4 and Connor Melrose had two hits.