Mount View baseball scores early, hangs on late to dominate Maranacook
THORNDIKE — Entering the week after seeing its winning streak bitterly shattered, the Mount View baseball team was hungry to right the ship.
A loss in Game 2 of a Saturday doubleheader against Old Orchard Beach ended the Mustangs’ six-game winning streak. Mount View returned to the win column on Tuesday, however, with a 5-4 win over Maranacook.
“We had a good six game streak and then we lost that second game and lost it,” said Mount View sophomore Noah Hurd. “We wanted to come back, treat our next game like a playoff game and fight hard.”
Mount View has been pretty cold at home for much of this Class C battle against a Maranacook team with playoff ambitions of their own. Still, an offensive burst early in the game proved enough for the Mustangs, who scored five runs on six first-inning hits and survived a fifth-inning Black Bears rally en route to a narrow victory.
Tyler Hreben opened the game with a single for Maranacook (10-4) and quickly moved to third base on a stolen base and a passed ball. He then scored the game’s opener with two outs in the inning as a Nick Florek RBI single gave the Black Bears an early 1-0 advantage.
Mount View (9-5), however, would tie it at the bottom of the frame after Hurd scored a single, stole the second and headed home on an RBI single from Hunter Penney. The Mustangs would go on to add four more runs in the inning with Dakota Harriman and Levi Winslow hitting RBI singles, Sam Valleau hitting an RBI double and Miles Carter recording an RBI groundout.
“I think the key was that we had the focus and the level of excitement to, ‘OK, we want this to work; we want to hit,” said Mount View head coach Brandon Hurd, whose team struggled in the first inning. “Once we started hitting the ball, it kind of worked its way up the lineout.”
Mount View would hold onto its four-run lead over the next three innings as Hurd kept Maranacook hitless in that span. Still, the Mustangs’ failure to extend the lead in that span left the door open for the Black Bears, who used three hits, a field error, two passed balls and a refusal to tackle three runs in the top of the fifth. .
With a runner on third and a single out, however, Hurd got back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning. After the Mount View ace pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth, reliever Draedyn Furrow did the same in the seventh to earn the stoppage and secure the victory.
Hurd finished with six strikeouts and two walks and added two Mount View hits at home plate. The Mustangs also got a double and two singles from Harriman, a double from Valleau and a single each from Penney, Winslow, Declan Knowlton and Bernie Dodge.
Florek pitched 5 1/3 scoreless baseball innings for Maranacook after Alex Trafton, who gave up all five runs, left with two outs in the first. At home plate, the Black Bears got two singles from Hreben and one each from Florek, Jake McLaughlin and Travis Lemelin.
“We’re not focusing and showing the intensity that we need as a team at this stage of the season,” said Maranacook head coach Eric Brown. “I think we can compete with anyone, but it’s our level of intensity that’s the problem. We need to be more focused and more intense.
That gap in intensity put Maranacook at an early disadvantage against a Mount View side eager to bounce back from their tough loss to Old Orchard Beach. Even as the Mustangs’ bats cooled after the first inning onslaught, Hurd and Furrow’s late pitch stoppage combined with two key defensive plays from Penney at second base gave the home side the victory she needed.
“We really fought at Old Orchard, and I said, ‘Let’s see how we react against a good team,’ coach Hurd said. “We came out with a lot of energy with those five runs. obviously would like it to spread a little more, but in the end, I will get the win.
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