LACONIA — Losers of 7 of 10, the Muskrats are now holding on to the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Division by one game in the loss column with just two games left in the NECBL regular season.
Laconia (21-21) lost 6-1 to Keene at Robbie Mills Field on Wednesday night while Mystic (also 21-21 and slumping) lost 6-4 at Vermont. Fifth place Sanford (19-22), meanwhile gained ground on both by beating second place Ocean State 6-5. The Mainers have won 6 of their last 10.
Thursday night, Laconia travels to Ocean State and Sanford plays a crucial game at Mystic. Then, on Friday, the Muskrats return home to host, conveniently, Sanford and Mystic entertains Plymouth (Mass.).
The Muskrats managed just 6 hits against Keene lastnight and did not score their lone run until the bottom of the ninth. Nick Freeberger (Hartford CC) had two of the hits, including a double.
Eddie Macaluso (Iona) started for Laconia and pitched 6-2/3 innings, giving up 2 homers and all 6 runs. Ryan Agnitsch (Jefferson) pitched an inning and one-third of hitless relief.
Keene (26-16) holds down first place in the Western Division.