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Dragons Softball organization holding tryouts Aug. 10 & 16

BARNSTEAD — The Dragons ASA Softball organization invite any girl wishing to play fast pitch competitive softball to tryout for a team. The Dragons are an organization whose goal is to provide girls the opportunity to improve their softball skills while playing competitive softball and being part of a softball family and having fun.
Tryouts will be held on August 10 and August 16. The 16U (16 years old and younger) girls will tryout from 9 to 11 a.m.; 14U will tryout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 12U from 1 to 3 p.m. and; 10U tryouts will be from 3 to 5 p.m.

Tryouts will be held at the Barnstead Elementary School, 91 Maple Street, Center Barnstead. For more information, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 05:59

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Muskrats battling to protect playoff spot

Ten games remain in the New England Collegiate Baseball League regular season and the Muskrats are occupying the third playoff spot in the Northern Division. The top four teams advance to the postseason. The upcoming week could see the Muskrats secure a playoff spot early and give them time to rest and regroup for a deep playoff run. "This is a huge week for us in regard to the playoff seeding," GM Noah Crane said. "A good week can secure a playoff spot instead of fighting for a spot down to the last game."

Most of the team had Sunday off for the NECBL All-Star game but returned to action on Monday, handing the Valley Blue Sox a 2-0 loss. Shea Spitzbarth (Molloy College) gained the win, facing 26 batters over seven innings of work. The right hander struck out seven batters to add to his league leading strike out count totaling 44 on the season. Matt Byrne (Iona) drove in both runs on a fifth inning double.

Tuesday night Laconia continued the shutout streak, blanking the North Adams SteepleCats 4-0. The Muskrats jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the top of the second inning. The two runs proved to be enough for Jack English (Florida Gulf Coast) and the bullpen in the shutout. Laconia tacked on two more runs in sixth to cap the scoring. Shortstop Nick Massonia (Troy) led the offense with a two run home run.

The team was washed out on Wednesday and traveled to second place Sanford last night, hoping to gain ground on the Mainers. Tonight they will host the last place Valley Blue Sox. The weekend has major playoff implications when the Muskrats head to North Adams on Saturday. The SteepleCats are a game off Laconia's third place 16-16 mark. On Sunday the Muskrats will host Sanford for the second time in three days. "This is always the toughest part of the year as we have many games to fit into a few days," Continued Crane. "Also the players are fatigued and the desire to go home starts to set in. We need to finish strong as we have a chance to make a run in the playoffs."

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 05:44

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Armand J. Laramie Babe Ruth All-Star Team advances to state tournament

The Armand J. Laramie Babe Ruth All-Star team, based in Laconia and including players from Gilmanton, Gilford and Loudon, recently won the Pool A tournament by going undefeated in pool play. The team is advancing to the State Babe Ruth Tournament in Salem next week. Shown here in the back row left to right: coach Steve Ostrowski, Alex Thornton, Connor Hayes, Brandon Sasserson, manager Sean Hayes, Braedon Lacroix, Branden Lemay, Josh LeClaire, and Coach Corey Bickford. Front row left to right: Ryan MCcrea, Jacob Nelson, Dom Troiano, Brett Lima, Joe Ostrowski, and Mark Young. Not pictured: Cole Winkelmann. (Courtesy photo)


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 06:50

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Five Muskrats named to NECBL All-Star roster

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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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