NEWPORT–Strong pitching, clutch hitting and an injection of some new blood into the line-up combined to propel North Country's baseball team over Spaulding 12-2 on Friday afternoon.
With some players having recently jettisoned from the team, Bonvechio brought up freshman Bryce Carter and junior Aidan Smith to join the varsity squad.
"When coach Bonvechio asked me to play I was ready to go," Carter said about being asked to suit up for the varsity team.
Neither were in the starting line-up, but that would change as they game moved along.
Wyatt Prue took the hill for the Falcons and would have escaped the first without a run being scored, but Dylan Watts, who reached on an error, eventually came around to score the game's first run.
That would be all from the Tide for a while as it became go time for the North Country bats.
After walking Dan Decelles, Spaulding's starting pitcher Curtis Magnon gave up singles to Tyler Sanville and Nate Stewart. Decelles would be retired, but Prue tied the game, reaching base on a fielders choice.
Next up was Jon Boyer, and the senior homered in his second consecutive plate appearance at home.
Boyer was honest about where he is at the plate versus where he was earlier in the season.
"Things are going really well for me right now. I am on the ball. I started out horribly as far as hitting goes, but now I am hitting .500 in every game.
"I think I am getting used to the pitching again. My mistake was not practicing over the winter, so I had to get myself back into it, and with hard work I did it."
The shot soared high and deep over the center field fence, and after Prue and Boyer crossed home the Falcons were ahead 3-1.
In the bottom of the second North Country kept swinging away.
Back-to-back-to-back singles from Chase Lacourse, Nick Sicard and Decelles loaded the bases with one gone.
Sanville came to the dish and brought in Carter, who had come into pinch run for Lacourse.
Chase, who had taken a nasty shot from a Spaulding base runner in the top of the inning, did not return.
Nate Stewart got his second hit of the day as he hustled and beat the throw for an infield single.
Next up was Prue. Already having one RBI in the game, he added three more to that total as hit a long triple to deep right field, clearing the bases in the process.
"I just did my job and tried to bring in some runs," he said of the hit.
It was now 7-1 North Country.
In the fourth, the Falcons added two more runs, and it was 9-1 in favor of the home team.
Three more runs crossed the plate in the fifth, including Carter who got a his first varsity hit and RBI in the inning.
On the hit Carter said, "I hit a line drive right into left-center and was able to get the man in. It felt great."
"They did a really nice job and will be a big part of team in the future," Boyer said about the youngsters.
Prue, who went the distance for the Falcons throwing 105 pitches in the process, allowed a meaningless run in the sixth and closed the door in the seventh to earn the complete game victory.
"Wyatt was a horse out there," said Stewart. "He went out, battled, and mowed kids down when he needed to."
"I was feeling very good on the mound and my teammates were playing well behind me," said Prue. "I was really accurate with my curve ball and they were a little behind my fast ball."
"We did not have a deep pitching staff, and we needed Wyatt to go deep and he was very solid today," said coach Brian Bonvechio.
Bonvechio spoke of many things after the game, including why the team is suddenly hitting the ball so well.
"We are swinging the bat. For a long time we were taking too many pitches and getting behind all the time. But, for the last five or six games, we have hit the ball hard. We are being much more aggressive, including having a different approach with two outs.
"Also I think having these guys get their 20-25 at-bats at the varsity level underneath them has really helped as well."
Senior day is up next for the Falcons. This Tuesday they will honor their elder-statesmen before their 4:30 match-up with the MMU Cougars.