Muskrats forced into 4th place playoff game on Saturday after dropping season finale to Sanford, 5-2
LACONIA — Needing a win or at the very least some good luck to clinch a NECBL Eastern Division playoff spot on the last night of the regular season, the Mustangs got neither. The combination of Friday's 5-2 loss to Sanford at Robbie Mills Field and a 5-1 Mystic win over Plymouth (Mass.) secured a third place finish for the Connecticut team and a fourth place tie between Laconia and Sanford.
Mystic finished at 22-22, while the Muskrats and the Mainers deadlocked at 21-23.
A one game play-in game is now necessary and it will be played Saturday night in Sanford at 6:30.
The winner of the Laconia-Sanford game will open a best of three, first round playoff series at division winner Newport (30-14) on Sunday. Second place Ocean State (24-20) will host Mystic in the other Eastern Division first round series.
The second game in each series will be played on Monday night on the home field of the lower seeded team. Scores and other information about game times will be available online at www.necbl.com.
Laconia took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning against Sanford last night but the Mainers tied the game in the next to last frame and then pushed across 3 more runs in the top of the 9th.
Evan Rahn (Wheaton) pitched 7 and 2/3 innings for Laconia, scattering 8 hits and giving up just one earned run. He was relieved by Jacob Moody, who took the loss.
Moody got two outs in the ninth before Robert Wayman reached on a throwing error by shortstop Carter White (U Memphis), who is primarily a catcher, and Nate LaPointe scored the go-ahead run from second base. Troy Black then doubled home the second run of the inning and an error on left fielder Taylor Drake (McNeese St.) allowed the third run to score.
Laconia managed just 5 hits. Right fielder Eddie Macaluso (listed on the roster as a pitcher) had 2 hits and drove in a run.
All Star second baseman Joe Torres (Iona) scored Laconia's first run a a fielders choice in the fourth. Third baseman Nick Freeberger (Hartford CC) led off the seventh inning with a single and later scored on a single by Macaluso.
Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 03:28
BELMONT — A ceremony at the The Province Road Meeting House Thursday morning marked the completion of exterior renovations to the historic structure, built in 1792 and by far the oldest church in town.
Built when Belmont was still a part of Gilmanton (the township was separated by an act of the Legislature in 1859 and adopted the name Belmont in 1869), the church also served as the site of a town meeting in 1796.
Wallace Rhodes, president of the Belmont Historical Society, said that the meeting house was constructed to serve the needs of the northern part of Gilmanton, a huge town at that time which extended all the way from Barnstead to the Weirs, around the same time that another meetinghouse was built on Gunstock Hill in Gilford.
He said that the Province Road Meetinghouse was used by residents of Upper Gilmanton, and what would later become Laconia, until a meeting house was constructed there in 1815.
As was the style of churches then, it was fitted with box pews and contained a gallery on three sides and a high pulpit. The church was cut down to one story in 1836 and in 1854 the pulpit was rebuilt. Over the years the church served about 75 families, but by 1981 the Third Free Will Baptist Meetinghouse Society of Upper Gilmanton had dwindled to three members, who turned the building over to the Belmont Historical Society in 1981.
Rhodes recalled that when he first toured the building in 1968 he noticed that the roof was in poor condition and that was indeed one of the major challenges faced by the Historical Society once it took over the building.
He said that work was completed on the exterior renovations to the building last fall, a $117,000 project which was helped by a $50,000 grant from the state's Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and that the society is now looking to raise at least $50,000 to complete interior renovations, which will allow the group to use it for meetings and rent it to community groups.
Amy Dixon, historic resource specialist with LCHIP, presented a plaque to Rhodes and the historical society for their efforts in restoring the meetinghouse.
She noted that LCHIP in 2007 had funded a building assessment study which led to the restoration project.
Also unveiled at the ceremony was a new sign for the building and a plaque which will be placed inside the building in memory of Meredith Bergeron, who worked to help preserve the meeting house and who died in an automobile crash in Meredith in March at the age of 22.
Linda Frawley of the Belmont Heritage Commission said a garden at the Meeting House will be named in Bergeron's honor. Her parents, Richard and Jean Bergeron, were present for the ceremony.
The Bergerons were also presented with an American flag, courtesy of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, by Kelly Hayes of Belmont Girl Scout Troop #21532, which had worked on many beautification projects at the meeting house.
Linda Frawley of the Belmont Heritage Commission shows a plaque to Richard and Jean Bergeron honoring their daughter, Meredith, who worked to help preserve the Province Road Meeting House and died in an automobile crash in Meredith in March. A garden at the meeting house is named in her honor. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 03:07
BELMONT — A local man was sentenced to 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections Thursday for being in possession of 75 used car batteries stolen from MetroCast Cablevision on July 17.
Dean LaPlante, 20, of 129 Lamprey Road pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday. A count of breach of bail was not prosecuted.
Six months of the 12-month sentence were suspended and LaPlante was given credit for 12 days served.
LaPlante took 75 used batteries that had been stored on pallets by MetroCast and were slated to be recycled by the company that provides the cable company with its batteries, said Belmont Prosecutor David Estes.
Estes said the batteries are a lead-acid type about the size of a standard car battery and are used to power the cable and phone line grid during outages. He said MetroCast valued each of the used batteries at about $12. A new one, he said, costs the company about $160.
According to affidavits submitted to court by Belmont Police, one of MetroCast's neighbors heard some loud banging outside her window around 1 a.m. on July 17, looked out and saw an unfamiliar pickup.
Police questioned LaPlante and Stephen Cote, 31, of 62 Randlett Drive and Cote told them LaPlante had brought the batteries to his home because he said he couldn't store them at his own.
Estes said the batteries were taken into evidence and are stored at the Belmont Police Station. He said Cote is also charged with one count of receiving stolen property and is scheduled for arraignment in late August.
Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 02:57
LACONIA — After a setback of about two weeks and $67,000, School District Business Administrator Ed Emond told the Joint Building Committee yesterday that there are no more issues with the new playing fields behind the high school.
Emond said the additional money went to pay for drainage, tipping the new road to direct storm water runoff to a swale and creating an overflow dam at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium.
"Everything is really set up and we are in a good position to protect the field," said Emond.
The drainage problems with the fields were two-fold.
Initially, the subsurface of Jim Fitzgerald Field — the primary playing field that will be covered with synthetic turf — was not absorbing water at the required rate. The cost of removing most of the material and changing the mixture to fix the drainage was the responsibility of the contractors.
Secondly, drainage from the upper field (Bobotas Field) was inadequate during heavy downpours, leading to washouts.
The Fitzgerald Field drainage issues were known before the torrential rains over the weekend before the July 4 holiday. However, the damage to the drainage system around the fields came as a complete surprise and it wasn't until the deluge that engineers and members of the JBC realized there was a problem.
"I'm kind of disappointed with the end result that this is more of a drainage problem than we thought," said JBC Co-Chair Bob Hamel yesterday, telling the committee that drainage they have now should have been anticipated in the original design.
Hamel went on to say he believes the problem is now solved and noted it cost the district more by having to go to an after-bid rather than including it in the original scope.
"But (the fields) will be fantastic and, if we didn't do this, then we would have paid for it in the end," Hamel said.
Joint Building Committee Co-Chair Joe Cormier said at a School Board meeting on July 16 that there will be no additional drainage piping work done at or around the fields located behind the high school saying the School District got an engineering and construction estimate from the contractor overseeing the project and decided to reject the additional work because it was cost-prohibitive.
At the time, Cormier said he had every confidence the erosion problems that occurred during the storms won't recur and the work to fix the damage and the drainage — some of which is still under construction, would be fixed by the engineers and contractors at their expense.
After the JBC met in an emergency meeting on July 3, it voted to give Cormier and Hamel the authority to approve any drainage engineering changes and expenses
Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 02:54
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