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After 14-4 loss in Rhode Island, Muskrats' playoff hopes may come down to tonight's game against Sanford

SOUTH KINGSTON, Rhode Island — The race for the third and fourth playoffs spots in the Eastern Division of the NECBL will come down to the last day of the regular season, Friday, after both Laconia and Mystic failed to lock up berths on Thursday night. Sanford trails the two teams right above it in the standings by one game, with one to play.

On Thursday, the Mainers (20-23) were forced to play a day-night doubleheader in different cities and came away with a split, losing to division leading Newport (29-14) 4-1 in the afternoon and then beating Mystic (21-22) 5-3 last night. The Muskrats (21-22) were blasted 14-4 by Ocean State here in Rhode Island. The Waves (24-19) are in second place

Tonight, Laconia hosts Sanford at 6:30 p.m. at Robbie Mills Field and Mystic hosts Plymouth (Mass.).

Ocean State jumped off to a 4-0 lead in the first inning last night and never looked back, adding 7 runs in the fifth.

Nevin Wilson (Vanderbilt) started for Laconia and gave up 9 runs in just 4-1/3 innings. He surrendered six hits and allowed 5 walks. Adrian Longoria (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) followed Wilson on the mound and he was tagged for 3 more runs in 2/3 of an inning. Next came Luke Stephenson (Vanderbilt), who didn't get an out and gave up 2 more runs. Rob Koski (Hartford CC) was Laconia's most effective pitcher, striking out 4 and allowed just a single run over the final 3 innings.

Shortstop Joey Bielek (Arizona State) had a very productive night at the plate for the Muskrats, going 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 03:44

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Teen pleads guilty to trespass of cemetery

LACONIA — A young local man pleaded guilty yesterday to one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass for entering the Union Cemetery on July 12, 2012 when he knew he wasn't supposed to be there.

Jagger Richer, 18, of 61 Asheulot Drive in Tilton was sentenced to serve one year in the Belknap County House of Corrections with all but 45 days suspended. He was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service at the cemetery and reimburse it $255. Court records show Jagger will serve 12 days.

One charge of felony interference with a cemetery was not prosecuted as part of the negotiated plea arrangement. Richer was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury in December of 2012 when he was alleged to have entered the Union Cemetery and knocked over one gravestone marker at plot 176.

On the morning of July 13, a cemetery employee noticed about 20 stones in one of the oldest sections of the cemetery had been knocked over and some of them had broken.

City police had said at the time of Richer's arrest that they didn't believe he acted alone. It is not known if any additional arrests were made.

At the time of his indictment, Richer was living in Laconia.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 03:38

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Police say passing on right caused Belmont wreck

BELMONT — A Loudon man suffered what police described as minor injuries and was cited for illegally overtaking on the right when the car he was driving struck a tractor trailer on Route 106 at Higgins Drive yesterday.

According to police, the tractor trailer, owned by All Metals Industries, Inc. of Belmont and driven by Leonard Pickering, 43, was making a right hand turn from Route 106 on to Higgins Drive, where the firm is located. As Pickering turned, Junru Feng, 25, of Loudon, driving a four-door Honda Civic tried to pass his truck on the shoulder. In the collision, the front-end of the Honda wedged itself under the step on the passenger side of the truck.

Feng was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. The step and the fuel tank of the truck were damaged, but the fuel tank was not ruptured.

Officers from the New Hampshire State Police, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (Troop G) assisted with the investigation.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 03:35

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Head-on ties up upper Union Avenue

LACONIA — The southbound lane of Union Avenue was closed and northbound traffic slowed to a crawl between Lakeport Square and McIntyre Circle for about an hour after two vehicles collided in the center of the roadway just south of Lake Street shortly before noon yesterday.

A Honda Ridgeline, driven northbound by Karen Craver, 51, of Gilford and a Jeep Liberty, driven southbound by Zachary Pearson, 20, of Laconia, collided obliquely near where the center lane on Union Avenue ends and the left turn lane to Lake Street (Weirs Blvd.) begins.

Neither motorist was with a passenger and both were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Lakes Region General Hospital. Both vehicles suffered severe damage. Police officers from both Laconia and Gilford diverted traffic around the scene of the accident for nearly an hour.

Lieutenant Rick Simmons said that the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

CAPTION: Both vehicles suffered severe damage, but their drivers escaped without serious injury when they collided nearly head-on on Union Avenue near McIntyre Circle around noon yesterday. Traffic crept along Union Avenue for nearly an hour until the vehicles were towed and the roadway cleared. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).

 

Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 03:32

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