LACONIA — Laconia will be well represented at the NECBL All-Star Game, to be played July 20 in Holyoke, Mass. The Muskrats will be sending five members of this season's squad. Three of the four position players will be in the starting lineup. Matt Byrne (Iona) will start at second along with Braxton Martinez (St. Louis) at third, and Vinny Zarillo (Rutgers) in leftfield. Outfielder Colton Bottomley (Florida Gulf Coast) and pitcher Jack English (Florida Gulf Coast) will also be on the roster. "All five guys were very deserving. I'm excited from them to get the opportunity to play on that stage and be seen by MLB scouts," said Muskrats GM Noah Crane about the selections.
Byrne is hitting .342 with ten stolen basses and 14 runs scored on the year. Martinez has three homeruns; seven runs scored, 13 RBI, and is hitting a team leading .368. Zarillo, the Muskrats leadoff man, has a .333 average with 22 runs scored, 11 stolen bases, and 16 RBI. Bottomley is second on the team in batting average, hitting .342, while driving in a team leading 18 RBI. Closer Jack English has an earned run average of 1.22 with five saves and 27 strikeouts in 29 innings of work.
The Muskrats are in a three way race for the final two playoff spots in the division. Laconia is three and a half games behind the second place Sanford Mainers. The closer race is the third and fourth slots which are currently occupied by Laconia and Keene. Both teams have a 13-14 record and are holding on to the spots by a half a game over North Adams (13-15). "Being healthy is the most important aspect to a successful playoff run. If our roster remains intact we are going to be difficult to beat in a short series," said Crane. "This is the point in the season when teams start to see role players head home and starters getting injured. A team's standing can change wildly in the last two weeks."
The Muskrats had won back to back games before the rain came in this week and cancelled a pair. The first win took a few extra frames against the Valley Blue Sox. Ultimately the Muskrats prevailed with a four run 14th inning and three solid innings of relief from Mariano Rivera, Jr. (Iona). Laconia scored the four runs on six hits and a lot of small ball, starting with a leadoff single by Joey Bielek (Arizona St.). Bielek was driven home on Zarrillo's single to center, which proved to be the game winner.
The next day the Muskrats beat the visiting New Bedford 3-1. All three runs were scored in the third inning, highlighted by the Byrne's single that drove in two men. Shea Spitzbarth (Molloy College) earned the victory for Laconia, pitching seven innings giving up the only run while striking out eight.
Laconia was home last night, hosting Keene. The team will host North Adams tonight before heading out to face off against the Valley Blue Sox. Tuesday will see Laconia in North Adams for the second game out of the last three against a division foe fighting for the last playoff spot. "We play 15 games in 16 days to close the season. If we are going to make a move in the standings now is the time. We still have eight home games left and fans should come out and see this team play. We have a great mix of speed and power and really play quality defense," said Crane.
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July 1, the fifth week on the course for the Waukewan Ladies Golf League, was hazy, hot and humid and the ladies were hot on the putting greens. The game on the front nine was "Count Your Two Best Puts With An Optional Bramble". The ladies focused on counting the two lowest putts for the team. The "Bramble" twist allowed all players to reach the green and show off their putting skills. The winning team of Linda Lee, Betsy Cox and Mary Cross showed their great accuracy and recorded a total of 25 putts.
The 3rd hole was designated as a contest hole for closest to the pin. Judy Taylor dropped her ball 43" from the pin for the win! Hole 5 was for the accurate players who had to sink the longest putt. Barb Barbuto put her ball in the hole from 7'4 ½". The ladies enjoyed their pick of prizes from the game table.
Estelle Smith was the only lady who showed her chipping expertise. On hole 6 she chipped in for the whole pot.
Several ladies had great games this week and turned in impressive scores. Scoring 50 was Roz Gay while Linda Lee scored 49. Three players scored 48: Betsy Cox, Denise Doyle and Linda Ridlon. Faith Bartlett turned in a score of 45 while Laurie Fox turned in an awesome 44.
For the second time Brenda Trudeau walked off with the cash prize winning the 50/50 raffle.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:28
Laconia Chiefs Football and Cheer Association plans meet the coaches events. Football players can meet the coaches on July 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Laconia Community Center. Those who wish to join the cheer squad can meet coaches on July 22 from 6 to 8 p.m., also at the Laconia Community Center.
Athletes attending either event should bring a birth certificate, full medical form and full report card.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:19
Evan Candage and Ryan Nickerson, sophomores at Inter-Lakes High School, participated at the 58th NH Decathlon at Nashua South High School on June 21-22. The Decathlon is a grueling event where the athletes compete in ten events during a two day meet. The first day of the meet consists of 5 events: the 100 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and the 400 meter dash. The second day consists of the 100 meter high hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1500 meter run. Seventy-five NH athletes competed for points that were awarded based on the International Amateur Athletic Federation Scoring Tables. Candage excelled in the long jump with a leap of 20 foot 6 inches, which took the 2nd spot in that event. Nickerson's overall performance was steady and consistent, a very important aspect of being a decathlete. He placed 36th overall. It was a great 2 days for both, especially considering that it was their first time competing in some of the events. It was also a great learning experience, showing them what they can attain personally and where they line up with the rest of the state's athletes. "It was a real pleasure working with Evan and Ryan this year," said Coach Steve Jurius, "I look forward to the next two years with these young men." (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:18
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- Waukewan Ladies heating up in third week of golf
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