NEWPORT–Wyatt Prue pitched 5 2/3 impressive innings in his first varsity start, but North Country had a hard time getting runs in behind him and the Falcons fell late to the Green Knights of Rice 8-1.
"He had appeared three times in relief, so we decided to give him a start," said Brian Bonvechio of Prue. "I thought he was very strong out there."
Prue also had a productive day at the plate with two doubles and the lone Falcon RBI of the game.
In the first, with the wind blowing out to right, Jon Boyer walked, followed by a double by Nate Stewart to put runners on 2nd and 3rd.
Prue came to the plate and lofted a sac fly deep enough to allow Boyer to tag up and score.
It stayed 1-0 until Prue started to tire late in the sixth, allowing two runs before being relieved.
Rice went on to plate six more runs in the final two innings to hand North Country it's fourth loss of the season.
Bonvechio is starting to show some concern about his teams' run production. Besides Prue, who has 8 RBI's, no other member of the now 1-4 Falcons has more than two, and they are leaving a lot of runners on base.
The coach said simply, "We need to get these runners home."
They will try again to achieve that desired result today at 4:30 against BFA St. Albans on the North Country baseball diamond.