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‘We’re close, but not there yet’: Mascoma baseball looks for traction

  • Relief pitcher Alex Jenness looks for the sign from catcher Michael Evans while throwing to a Laconia batter in the fifth inning of their game in West Canaan, N.H., on May 1, 2019. Laconia scored six runs in the inning, closing out the game with a 14-1 win in five innings. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • As the ball is thrown back to the pitcher, Mascoma's Caleb McAlister walks back to the dugout after striking out in the third inning as the Royals trailed 4-1 against Laconia in West Canaan, N.H., on May 1, 2019. Laconia opened up their lead later in the game and won 14-1 in five innings. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Coach Dave Isom speaks with his team before the team goes up to bat in the fourth inning of their game against Laconia in West Canaan, N.H., on May 1, 2019. Laconia won, 14-1. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Wednesday, May 01, 2019

WEST CANAAN — It’s a slow and steady process for the Mascoma High baseball team. But second year head coach Dave Isom said he’s seeing progress from his inexperienced group.

Soon, he said, it’ll start to click.

The Royals fell, 14-1, to Laconia at home on Wednesday, its third consecutive defeat to fall to 2-5 this spring. Logan Briand went 3⅔ innings giving up seven hits, six walks and no strikeouts. He also scored Mascoma’s only run in the second innnig, its first in three games.

“I think the toughest part of our schedule is done,” said Isom, who served as the team’s junior varsity coach for two seasons.. “I think we’ve got a lot of winnable games in our future. ... We’re close, just not quite there yet.”

Brennen Murphy knocked in Briand in the second inning. Mascoma has been outscored 39-1 in its last three games.

Laconia led, 4-1, headed into the fourth inning, and scored four runs in the fourth and another six runs in the fifth. Its pitcher, Cam Haynes, struck out seven.

Mascoma hosts Newport on Friday.