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Laconia Kiwanis Presents 4th Annual Home Run Derby

Colby Field at the Laconia Middle School will be hosting the 4th Annual Laconia Kiwanis Home Run Derby on Saturday, July 19th, with registrations starting at 10 a.m., and opening pitch at 11 a.m. Three divisions will compete; Juniors, aged 14 and under, Seniors, aged 15 to 18, and Masters over 18.

If last year is any indication, competition is going to be fierce. Come participate and show off your batting skills or just to relive your glory days and take a few swings for the fence. Prizes for the winners of each division include batting practice with the Laconia Muskrats followed by a game on July 25th, a $100 gift card for T-Bones/Cactus Jack's, two seats at a Winnipesaukee Playhouse production this summer, 4 tickets to a Manchester Fisher-Cat game, and $10 Funspot tokens for all participants.

If interested visit http://www.laconiakiwanis.com/06.23.14/signupsheet..pdf to download a registration form. Each participant is required to donate or raise $25 to compete, limited scholarships are available. Corporate sponsors are needed to accompany current sponsors Bank of New Hampshire, Meredith Village Savings Bank, CLD Paving, Tanger Outlets, LRGH, Funspot, and The Weirs Times.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:10

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Muskrats continue to roll, with three of four games this week

LACONIA — The Laconia Muskrats (11-12) won three out of four games this week but failed to gain any ground on the streaking Sanford Mainers. Sanford has won nine out their last ten. "It was a great week for us," Said Noah Crane, Muskrats general Manager. "We are starting to realize our potential. When we get quality starting pitching we are very difficult to beat." The team's pitching staff has a pint-sized earned run average of 2.06 over the last seven days. Muskrat bats have been active, hitting .313 over the same span. "The top of our order has been incredibly dangerous," Crane added. "Both (Braxton) Martinez (St Louis) and Colton Bottomley (Florida Gulf Coast) are hitting over .400 for the year." Martinez won player of the week honors last week by the NECBL.

The Muskrats have rescheduled three home games that were postponed. The first make-up is the Belknap Landscape Night game on July 17 against the Keene Swamp Bats. Admission is free for all who attend. Mystic will visit on the 23rd and Keene will be back again for a double header on the 29th of July. First pitch is at 3 p.m.

Laconia's second three game win streak of the season began on Saturday in Vermont, beating the Mountaineers 11-0. The Muskrats scored early and often, opening up the first inning with a two run homer by Martinez. Laconia added four more in the second and another in the third. The two runs proved plenty for Jack English (Florida Gulf Coast), who went seven innings in the win. English struck out five while giving up three hits and walking three.

The offense continued to score at will in a 7-3 win over the Newport Gulls. Martinez homered for the second day in a row, going 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Shea Spitzbarth (Molloy College) earned the win, striking out seven and giving up a run over six innings. Spitzbarth is second in the league with 29 strikeouts on the season.

Laconia beat Vermont for the second time in three days, but the Mountaineers earned one back at home on Wednesday, beating the Muskrats 6-1. Mariano Rivera (Iona) rolled unscathed through the first four innings before giving up a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth. The Muskrats scored their only run in the top of the ninth.

The Muskrats were in Danbury last night. The team will host North Adams tonight, head to Holyoke tomorrow, and host New Bedford on Sunday. All four opposing teams have a losing record. "We have a great opportunity to gain some ground this week. This is a really good team and a lot of fun to watch. I hope the town will come out and support them," Crane said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:01

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Muskrats hoping to secure home playoff series

LACONIA — The Muskrats (8-11) are currently in fourth place of the Northern Division after splitting the week with a pair of home wins and two losses. "There is still more than half of the season left to play," said General Manager Noah Crane. "So much can change between now and August first."

The Muskrats are only four games behind the top spot in the North and currently holding on to the final playoff seed. If Laconia can climb into the top two positions in the division, the Muskrats would earn the chance to host a home playoff series for the first time in the five years the team has been at Robbie Mills Field. "If we continue to hit like we have and continue to play solid defense, I like our chances in the playoffs," Crane added. "We are still short three members of the pitching staff and those additions will be crucial to our success down the stretch."

Friday Night saw some drama when Braxton Martinez (St. Louis) lead off the bottom ninth inning with a game tying home run against the Valley Blue Sox. Martinez, who hit over.400 with six stolen bases this week went 4-5 and scored two runs on the evening. Two innings later the Muskrats took advantage of a four pitch walk by advancing him to second on a fielder's choice, before Vinny Zarrillo (Rutgers) drove him in on a walk off single winning 5-4.

The late night heroics did not carry over to Saturday, losing to Sanford 10-5. The Muskrats gave up six runs in the first three innings and could not recover. Shortstop Kenny Hostrander (Eastern Kentucky) led the Muskrats offense going 2-4 with a homerun and three RBI.

The Muskrats enjoyed a two day break before scoring five runs to beat the Ocean State Waves 5-1. Mariano Rivera (Iona) earned the win, pitching 6.2 innings, striking out six and giving up one run on five hits. Laconia scored two unearned runs in the second and tacked on two more in the eighth to secure their eighth win of the season.

Wednesday Laconia traveled to New Bedford only to lose 13-8. The Muskrats scored three runs in the top of the first, but the lead was short lived when The Bay Sox drove in four in the bottom half. Laconia would tie it in the top of the second. The tie was broken in the fifth inning by New Bedford with two runs. The Bay Sox scored five more in the sixth. Martinez continued his hot streak with three hits and three runs scored on the evening.

The Muskrats have a matinee game today, hosting Keene at 12:30. Saturday will see the team in Vermont before coming home to host Newport on Sunday and Vermont on Monday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 07:41

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Surging offense sends Laconia Muskrats on three-game streak

LACONIA — The Laconia Muskrats improved to 6-8, riding a three game win streak into last night's contest in Sanford versus the Mainers. Laconia has pushed across 20 runs over the three games. "We are playing really well right now," General Manager Noah Crane explained. "Our offense is clicking and we are getting run production from all places in our lineup."

Matt Byrne (Iona) has been the offensive leader over the last four games with a batting average of .692. He has nine hits, four runs scored, two stolen bases, and two RBI over the last week.

The Muskrats starting pitching has also settled in nicely over the past week. "Jack English (Florida Gulf Coast) and Shea Spitzbarth (Molly College) have been very good so far," Crane added "They've thrown strikes and taken us deep into games, which provides relief for our bullpen." The Muskrats have been shorthanded in the bullpen due to the College World Series. "Our lack of depth gets exposed when a starter gets knocked out early. It's tough to play four or five games in a row with only ten pitchers."

The three game winning streak began in Sanford on Saturday evening, doubling up the Mainers 10-5 in ten innings. The Muskrats fell behind 5-3 in the fifth inning, before scoring one in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie things up. The offense exploded for five runs in the tenth inning to secure the victory. Center fielder Cory Geisler (Texas State) led the team with three hits and three runs scored.

On Sunday Laconia topped Danbury 4-3 at Robbie Mills Field. Geisler, fresh off the good day at the plate, was credited with the win after going three innings. Byrne went 2-4 with two RBI.

The Muskrats shut out Keene 6-0 riding the arm of Jack English. English went six innings with eight strikeouts and three walks. Vinny Zarrillo (Rutgers) opened the scoring with a leadoff homerun in the first inning. Byrne continued his hot ways at the plate going 4-4 on the evening. The shutout was completed by reliever Huston Droel (Angelo St University), throwing three perfect innings while striking out three.

The Muskrats have a pair of home games this weekend, hosting the Valley Blue Sox tonight and Sanford tomorrow. Laconia will enjoy a two day break before hosting the Ocean State Waves on Tuesday. Wednesday the Muskrats travel to New Bedford.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 07:24

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