Learning on the go: Wolves gain experience in tourney

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pitcher Ryan Hood signals “Out” while shortstop Matt Gabel applies the tag during Timberland’s 4-0 loss to Cane Bay. The Wolves finished 1-2 over the three-game tournament. DAN BROWN/INDEPENDENT

 
The 2013 baseball season for the Timberland Wolves will be learning as they go in 2013.
These Wolves are young and some flashes of brilliance shine through the cloud of inexperience.
Timberland finished the Post 166 Pre-Season Invitational Tournament with a 1-2 mark, losing to tournament champs Berkeley 7-4 in the opening round, and falling to Fort Dorchester 4-0 in the second round of seeding play.
On Saturday the Wolves exploded to down Stall 26-4 in a game halted after five innings.
Ryan Hood and Matt Gabel split the game for the win.
“The tournament was good because it finally let us see some live pitching and get some real game situations for my players,” said Timberland Coach Chris Pond.
The Wolves held their own against Berkeley, though falling 7-4, Timberland battled back to score four times in the third and fourth innings to keep the game close.
“Berkeley night was a good night because it showed me my kids didn’t quit even though we went down early,” Pond said.
A good sign for Pond’s Wolves was their pitching over the three-game tournament.
Against Berkeley Wyatt Craig fired four innings of 2-hit shutout relief, striking out six.
“Pitching was pretty good for the three games we played,” Pond said of the matchup with the Stags. “Lucas Carr was playing hurt and after the second inning he had to come out with a back problem. Wyatt Craig came in and pitched well. He did a good job of mixing up pitches and keeping them off balance and kept me in the ball game.”
In the 4-0 against Cane Bay Josh Winningham allowed just a pair of earned runs over five innings.
“Josh pitched great and kept Cane Bay off balance for five innings,” said. “He was on a pitch limit and had 61 pitches in five innings.”
Wolves couldn’t push across a run against the Cobras.
“We didn’t hit that night because we were not disciplined enough to just hit ball the other way,” Pond said. “Plus some errors cost us in one inning.”
Pond added that the pre-season tournament gives his team a chance at playing playoff atmosphere baseball early in the season. “Every year especially the Berkeley game my kids get to play in front of a big crowd,” he said, “To experience a playoff crowd, is great.”
Timberland plays at home all week, hosting Pinewood Prep, Cross and Stall.

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