MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes shut out the Sachems 5-0 on Friday afternoon, behind a complete game pitching performance from Chase Dickinson.
Dickinson held Laconia to two hits on six strikeouts and one walk, giving up a single in each of the first two innings. "Chase had great control of his second pitch," said Lakers coach Dan Curnyn. "We normally throw our starters five innings and bring in a reliever for the last two, but it was a no-brainer keeping him on the mound." Chase threw a total of 84 pitches on the evening.
The Lakers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning on a single from left fielder Travis Manville. Manville drove in leadoff hitter Dillon Mailand, who reached on a single to start the inning.
Inter-Lakes added four more runs in the fifth inning. Peter Ballard led the inning off with a walk, Mailand lined a shot to the Sachems shortstop who could not handle the play cleanly and everyone reached safely. The big hit came off the bat of Eamon Bean (3 for 3), who doubled and drove in a pair of runs. "It was the first time we had a team effort at the plate." finished Curnyn. The Lakers compiled eight hits on the afternoon.
Sachems starter Andrew Salta went 4⅔ innings. "Andrew pitched well," stated Laconia coach Jon Myers. "We made too many mistakes in the field." The Sachems committed five errors behind Salta. The two hits were recorded by Pat Guyer and Matt Leblanc. "We are struggling right now, but I am confident we will turn it around. This is a very talented team," ended Myers.
Laconia fell to 4-3 and hosted Newfound Sunday. The Lakers improved to 5-1 and welcomed Gilford Sunday afternoon.