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WLC baseball can’t whip Mules

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough first baseman Shane Partridge reaches for a pickoff throw against Newmarket. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Sean Brennan pitches in relief for Wilton-Lyndeborough on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, April 30, 2018 6:15PM

WLC hosted one of Division IV’s best on Thursday. The Warriors hung tough but came up one hit short of a statement win over Newmarket, losing their first game of the season, 4-3. 

“They're a good team,” said WLC head coach Dave Finch of the Mules. “They're a perennial Final Four team every year.” Newmarket’s only loss thus far was to defending champion Hopkinton; WLC came into the game undefeated, making Thursday’s game an early-season showdown to watch.  

Warrior junior hurler Neal Brennan got the start on the mound and got into a little trouble earlier. Newmarket scored in the first, putting together a two-out rally on a double, a single and a balk. The Mules scored again in the second on a double and a single, and it was up to the  Warriors to dig out of a  2-0 hole against Newmarket pitcher Nathan Goodman. 

“[Goodman] throws hard, he's got a good breaking ball and he's consistent, he doesn't walk guys,” Finch said, “and I think it took us a few innings to figure that out.”

Once the Warriors saw some hittable strikes come and go, it was game on. WLC put up a run in the bottom of the second on a pair of singles by Shane Partridge and Sean Brennan. Newmarket scored once in the fourth and again in the fifth and the Mules were up 4-1.

Just as they did against Portsmouth Christian, the bottom of the WLC order sparked the comeback. Eight-hitter Nick Hughes reached on a single in the fifth; Jacob Boette ripped a double out of the nine-hole and then leadoff man Jake Levert drove in two with another single. 

Neal Brennan powered through a few more batters before turning things over to younger brother Sean, who got out of a jam and kept the Newmarket lead at 4-3 in the final frame. The Warriors loaded the bases with two outs for Neal Brennan, who put together a good at-bat but ended a frustrating day at the plate by popping up to end it. 

“We had our opportunities, we could have won,” Finch said. “We play them again, we're pretty confident that we can beat them.”

WLC (4-1) is at Hopkinton (5-1) Wednesday at 4 p.m.