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Waukewan lady golfers get 9 holes in despite rain drops

The Waukewan Ladies League finally got to play a full nine holes, however, it still was a bit rainy, but the ladies did not let the weather discourage them. The game for the day was 2 best putts and the gals did a fine job. 1st place went to the team of Carolyn Koczera, Ellen Vail, Shirley Monis and Jackie Belanger with a combined total of 25 putts. 2nd place went to the team of Jan Pano, Sue Connolly, Jane Pillsbury and Wendy Keeler with 26 putts.

The contest holes were closest to the pin with the first shot on #3. Mary Dickerson had no problem putting her ball 18' 5" from the pin. Closest to the pin on #5 in two shots went to Val Cross. The longest drive on hole #8 went to Linda Ridlon.

Showing great finesse Ellen Vail chipped in on hole #6 and Sue Connolly chipped in on hole #3.

Five ladies showed their grit by shooting 50 and below: Laurie Fox posted a 45, Denise Doyle a 49 and Jan Pano, Sue Connolly and Gerry McGillicuddy posted 50s.

Ronnie Harris was the lucky lady who won the 50/50 raffle.

It was great to finally get the league off to a full 9 holes of play.

The League has set the date of September 9 for its invitational tournament .

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:04

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Muskrats to battle Blue Sox tonight for control of 1st place

LACONIA — The Laconia Muskrats picked up three more wins this week to stay atop New England Collegiate Baseball's northern division with a 12-8 record. Laconia is nursing a half-game lead over the Valley Blue Sox. The 12-8 start is the best on record in June for the Muskrats in the six seasons in Laconia. "While you want to be playing your best in late July not late June it is still important to get off to a good start," general manager Noah Crane said.

The offense has been led of late by third baseman Cameron Hanley. The Northeastern junior has a .348 batting average and 12 RBI over 18 games. Catcher Deon, a sophomore at St. Joseph's, is hitting .351 with 9 RBI over 20 games.

"July is always the more difficult month as fatigue and injuries start to creep in," Crane continued. Laconia enters July with a half a game lead in the northern division with 24 games to play. "It is easy to lose focus in this middle part of the season. We are playing well and have a group of confident and intelligent players. They play the game hard but with intelligence and they never panic no matter how far behind we are," said Crane.

The Muskrats are home on Friday against Valley Blue Sox and Sunday against Vermont. "We need more fan support. The community is missing out on a great team and a fun experience in a beautiful ballpark. We actually play better on the road because of the crowd energy. It would be great to get that same type of support and energy at home," he said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:57

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Muskrats jump into first place

The Laconia Muskrats took to the road last week winning four of the five games away from Robbie Mills Field. The successful trip, followed by another win at home on Monday night, vaulted the Muskrats into first place in the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Northern Division with a record of 8-5. "This has been a great week for us," General Manager Noah Crane said. "We nearly have our full roster and the offense came alive to provide some pop."

The Muskrats scored 23 runs on the week-long trip. The offense was led by catcher Deon Stafford. The sophomore from St. Joseph's University is hitting .392 on the season with six doubles and nine RBI. The Muskrats are hitting .252 as a team.

The starting pitching staff has a team earned run average of 2.20 striking out 85 batters in the 11 games. Tim Viehoff gave up his first two runs of the season in a 10-2 win over Vermont. Viehoff struck out six over six innings while only giving up four hits. The Derry N.H. native has spread out

The Muskrats won the first two games of the trip 2-0 against the Valley Blue Sox and 5-3 at Sanford. The loss came at Newport R.I. in the middle of the week before bouncing back with wins against Valley 6-3 and Vermont 10-2.

The team returned home on Monday to finish a game against Keene that was suspended in the thirteenth inning with a 6-6 score. Keene managed to add one run to take the win. Once the game was completed the same teams played a full game at Robbie Mills, which the Muskrats took 5-1 behind a six inning performance by Brandyn Sittinger, who gave up a run, allowed four hits, walked four and struck out four.

Last night Laconia welcomed the Ocean State Waves. The Muskrats host Newport Thursday and Keene Saturday to wrap up the home games for the week. First pitch for both games is 6:30.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 07:22

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Muskrats enjoying great pitching to start the season

The Laconia Muskrats' season got underway on June 5. After losing 3 of the first four contests, Laconia's entry in the New England Collegiate Baseball League has built a a 5-3 record, most recently topping Sanford on Monday night.

"It's been a very good first week and a half," said general manager Noah Crane. " We started the season with only 21 players so we were very shorthanded. Slowly more players have arrived and we are nearly at full capacity, 30 players."

The season started with a home loss to the Sanford Mainers, 4-1, but bounced back a day later with a 3-0 victory over the Keene Swamp Bats behind a stellar pitching performance from Derry native Tim Viehoff. The Southern New Hampshire University pitcher struck out 13 batters over six innings. "We knew Viehoff would be good but he has exceeded expectations," continued Crane. "His performance highlights how strong of a program SNHU is. His pitching coach is former Muskrat, Zach LeBarron 2011." Viehoff continued to impress in his second start of the season against the Valley Blue Sox. The Muskrats topped the Blue Sox 2-0 behind a seven inning five strikeout performance.

"Our pitching has been outstanding," Crane said, interviewed at the beginning of the week. "We have a team ERA of 1.98 which is second only to Newport's 1.92." The Muskrats are first in strikeouts and first in fewest walks allowed per nine innings.

The offense has been lead by second baseman Brian Mims. The University of North Carolina Wilmington sophomore is batting .438 with seven hits a pair of doubles and a homerun on the young season.

The Muskrats visited Sanford on Monday and headed to Newport on Tuesday nght. The team returns home Monday for a double header against in state rival Keene. Tickets are $5 for adults and students and active military are free.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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