Published DateLACONIA — Laconia High School pounded out 16 hits as it routed Inter-Lakes 19-3 for its eight win of the season Thursday afternoon at the Robbie Mills Field.
''It's the most runs we've scored in a game in my short tenure here,'' said LHS baseball coach Jon Myers, who is in his third year at the helm of the Sachems, who are starting to show dominance in the Lakes Region in their first year in Division III.
The only loss to date for the Sachems was a 6-3 loss Monday to Plymouth, a Division II team.
They rebounded with a 10-4 victory at Gilford Wednesday and had their hitting shoes on yesterday as they put the game away with a nine-run fourth inning, leading to the invocation of the 10-run lead ''mercy rule'' and the shortening of the game to four and a half innings.
Leading the attack was James Salta, who went three for three with a triple and an RBI, Graham Nyhan with a pair of hits and two RBIs, winning pitcher Riley Stone with two hits and two RBI and Cam Lyons and Pat Guyer, who also had two hits.
Leadoff hitter Drew Morin was on base four times, three of them when he was hit by a pitch, and he added a single and scored three runs.
Winning pitcher was Freshman Riley Stone, who surrendered three hits while walking three and striking out five in five innings of pitching.
''It was a gritty performance. He struggled with his control early on, but after the first inning he pitched very well with good velocity and a good curve that he tossed in from time to time,'' said Myers, adding ''of course it's nice to have some run support.''
Inter-Lakes took a lead in the first inning when Eamon Bean led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second. Brandon Kreuger walked and both runners moved up when Ryan Hambrook singled to short left. Sean Mahoney walked to force in a run but an attempted suicide squeeze failed and Kreuger was tagged out in a run down.
Stone then struck out the next hitter to prevent further damage.
Laconia struck back quickly in the bottom of the inning. Morin was hit by a pitch, then moved to third on a wild pickoff throw by Inter-Lakes starter Brandon Kreuger and scored on Nyhan's single to left. Nyhan advanced to second on a outfield error and scored on Stone's single to left.
Laconia struck for five runs in the third with Cam Lyons leading off with a single and reaching third when the ball skipped past the right fielder. Drew Morin was then hit by a pitch and Pat Guyer followed with a double scoring both runners. Another run scored on a botched run down play before Salta tripled to right center and came home on an Andrew Kerns single to center.
Laconia's recent wins included 5-3 win over Gilford on April 15 in which Nyhan went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a double. Steven Levasseur recorded the win pitching 4 1/3 innings with 5 strikeouts while Riley Stone earned the save by pitching the last 2 2/3 innings with 3 strikeouts .
On April 17 Laconia beat Belmont 12-2 in five innings. Steven Levasseur and James Salta each hit a homerun. Riley Stone was 4 for 4 with 2 RBI. Pat Guyer and Tim Kneuer were 2 for 3. Levasseur ended the game 2 for 4 with 4 RBI.
On April 19 at Prospect Mountain Laconia won 7-6 in 10 innings. Pat Guyer was 4 for 6. Riley Stone 3 for 5 with 2 RBI. Steven Levasseur was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Graham Nyhan was 2 for 5 with 1 RBI. Jordan Bladecki earned his first career varsity win by throwing 5 dominant innings in relief, allowing no hits or walks while striking out 4.