Basketball still nagging Drouin, T'wolves in May
When the Division III baseball playoffs seedings were announced last week, it surprised no one that Prospect Mountain and Berlin had a date scheduled for the first round.
After all, what's a D-III tournament without the T'wolves and Mountaineers going at it?
The last time these two schools met was on the basketball court in the D-III championship game this winter. Berlin was the top seed and Prospect was the underdog, the team who most thought never should have made it.
Instead, Prospect was winning for most of the game. Winning and dominating. But when Berlin's Curtis Arsenault -- who some consider the best all-around athlete in the state -- sunk a desperation, half-court 3-pointer to end the third, the momentum swung. And swung for good.
Berlin won the championship game. So when Zack Drouin and the T'wolves saw Arsenault on the mound Thursday, they knew they had to get a little taste of payback on the diamond.
But like how the basketball game finished, the baseball game started. It was all Arsenault. He scored on a squeeze bunt and hit a two-run home run to give Berlin a 3-0 lead. He also kept Prospect scoreless for the first four innings.
"He was shutting me down, he was shutting the whole team down," Drouin said. "It was making me mad because of the basketball loss. So I told everyone in the huddle that we got to beat Curtis. He can’t beat me twice in one year."
And he didn't. Prospect scored one in the fifth and added seven more against Arsenault in the sixth inning to take a comfortable 8-3 lead. Drouin roped a three-run double against Arsenault to finish the scoring in the sixth.
Drouin, in relief, then shut down the Mountaineers in the 7th to secure the win and a trip to the quarterfinals.
"I couldn’t stop clapping when I got to second," Drouin said of his three-run double. "When I got to the mound, I couldn’t stop smiling. It was a great feeling."