Commissioner Sean McGrath announced the NECBL's 2014 schedule earlier this month. The New England League starts its 21st baseball season on Thursday, June 5.
"We are anticipating a very special milestone to the start of our 21st season when our 100th alumnus makes his MLB debut. It is even more special because our very first alumnus, Joe Nathan (Tigers), is thriving in the Big Leagues and is baseball's active career saves leader," said McGrath. "If you think you may know who the 100th alumnus will be, be sure to visit our website at www.necbl.com to make your prediction."
The 2014 season will feature six teams in two divisions. The North Division is comprised of the Holyoke Blue Sox, the Keene Swamp Bats, the Laconia Muskrats, the North Adams SteepleCats, the Sanford Mainers and the Vermont Mountaineers.
Playing in the South Division are the Danbury Westerners, the Mystic Schooners, the New Bedford Bay Sox, the Newport Gulls, the Ocean State Waves and the Plymouth Pilgrims.
"Our fans throughout New England will enjoy seeing a change to our division alignments, which includes two new in-state rivalries, Keene and Laconia in New Hampshire and Mystic and Danbury in Connecticut," McGrath continued. "The All-Star Game returns to Holyoke under second year team president, Clark Eckhoff, which is certain to feature some of the top MLB draft picks in the coming years, like Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), Mark Appel (Astros), or like Red Sox World Series Champions Craig Breslow, Andrew Bailey, and Ryan Lavarnway."
The League returns to its traditional 42 game format, with each team facing a divisional rival six times and a non-divisional team twice. The NECBL is bringing back select scheduled double headers for the first time in years: both New Bedford and Plymouth will play home and home double headers with Danbury.
The top four teams in each division advance to the playoffs. Division champions are determined after two, best-of-three series. The Fay Vincent Cup, awarded to the NECBL champion, is based on a final, best-of-three series between the two Division champions.
The Laconia Muskrats will start their season on Friday, June 6, by hosting the Vermont Mountaineers. The Muskrats will travel to Keene on June 7 and will return home on Sunday, June 8 to host the Sanford Mainers.
The League's All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, July 20 in Holyoke. Players will also get Monday the 21st off as part of the All-Star Break.
The season ends on Saturday, August 2 with the first of three, best-of-three rounds of playoffs commencing on Monday, August 4.
The full schedule is available on www.necbl.com, or by accessing the following link:
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:09
Although they were hoping to achieve better placements, the three Inter-Lakes swim team members that participated in the Division II State Championship over the weekend had a great day in the lanes, each posting personal best times.
Sarah Sundius finished 10th in the 100 free with a time of 58.69, and 8th in the 100 breast, 1:13.01.
Matthew Sundius's 1:09.12 earned him a 12th place finish in the 100 back.
Ben Jaques swam the 100 back in 1:09.73 for a 15th place finish.
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Gilford dropped to 10-6 with a 50-44 overtime loss to Somersworth on Saturday. Gilford took a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and maintained the advantage 25-20 at the half. Somersworth chipped away at the lead and cut the margin to 34-31 entering the 4th quarter. The game was tied at 41 at the end of regulation. The overtime period was all Hilltoppers as they outscored the Eagles 9-3.
For Gilford Jordan Dean and Kelsey Buckley both scored 12 points followed by Kayla Orton who added 9 points. Madison Harrison collected 7 points. For Somersworth Emily Francouer lead all scorers with 12 followed by Jordan Wall with 11 and Maddie Osbon with 10.
Somersworth now improves to 11-5 on the season. Gilford is back in action next week when they close out the regular season with Laconia on Tuesday and rival Belmont on Friday.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 08:53
On Saturday, February 15th, the Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack played the Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes Renegades at the Laconia Ice Arena, looking to rebound from a loss to Belmont-Gilford on Wednesday. The Wolfpack began the game with an aggressive attack and put a number of shots on the Renegades' goal. The Wolfpack finally found the back of the net with Kolby Fournier (senior-Laconia) getting a great pass from Bryce Ricker (sophomore-Laconia) to score with 1:18 left in the first period. On the ensuing face off, the Wolfpack quickly got into the Renegades end and put another goal in :09 seconds later as Dylan Martel (senior-Laconia) broke in and fired a wrist shot into the net. With another burst of speed off the faceoff, Martel put his second goal in :20 seconds later to close the first period with the Wolfpack up 3-1. The Wolfpack increased the lead in the second period, with goals from DK Tyno (senior-Winnisquam), Ricker and Martel netting his third for the hat-trick. The third period saw the Wolfpack continue the scoring with Fournier getting a hat-trick notching two goals in the third. The Wolfpack closed the game with an 8-2 win over the Renegades. With the win, the Wolfpack improves to 5-8 on the season and currently sits in seventh place in NHIAA's Division III.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 08:52
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