Windham-The Windham Eagles opened their 2013 baseball season with a close loss to rival Marshwood. Shawn Francoeur gave up five hits and struck out three. Marshwood’s pitcher, Robert Jones, struck out 10 Eagles to help his team.
Marshwood got on the board in the second inning after Tanner Laberge missed a ground ball at shortstop. Two batters later, the Hawk batter crushed a shot to left field which Andrew Whiting tried to stop on a diving play. Nate Boyle picked up the missed ball and gunned it to the infield. With the leadoff batter across the plate, the batter got caught in a rundown between second and third and was put out by Spencer Hodge.
The Eagles wouldn’t answer the scoring challenge until the following inning. Zach Conley reached on a single and advanced on Spencer Hodge’s sacrifice. Tanner Laberge moved Conley to third on a nice single. Conley scored on a passed ball and Laberge made it to second base. There, the scoring ended for Windham.
The Hawks answered to break the tie in the fourth inning. Leadoff batter Mark Brenner cranked a hard triple to the outfield. The next Marshwood batter popped out to right field which allowed Brenner to score and seal the victory.