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Sweep of Schooners puts Muskrats in charge of post-season fate

A two game cushion separates the Muskrats' current third place playoff position and fifth place, the first team out of postseason play. Two regular season games remain for the Muskrats before the deadline of this article. Last night the team traveled to Newport to take on the Gulls. Tonight the team is in Keene for what could shape up to be a huge division battle. "I like our chances in the playoffs, if we make it," said Noah Crane, Muskrats GM. "This is the most roster depth we've ever had at this point in the season over the past five years. We are healthy and not missing any of our key contributors."

The Muskrats are 20-20 before last night's contest. Both Keene and North Adams are two and a half games back at 17-21 with four games to play prior to Thursday. Laconia could secure the third postseason spot by winning the final two games. Laconia won the season series against North Adams earlier this season and holds a three games to two lead over Keene with the final game tonight in southwest New Hampshire.

The Muskrats played back to back double headers on Tuesday and Wednesday. The team split a pair with Keene on Tuesday, coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win 6-4. They dropped the nightcap 7-6 at Robbie Mills Field. Laconia headed to Mystic, Conn. the next day for a pair versus the Schooners. Laconia swept the pair to keep a hold on the third place position in the Northern Division.

The Muskrats would head to Sanford if they hang on to the third place spot. Should they fall to fourth place the Muskrats will head to Vermont to take on the Mountaineers. If the team falls to the fifth place spot, they will be headed home for the season. Chances are much better for Laconia to reach the playoffs after the sweep of the Schooners. Keene has the hardest schedule for the last two games. The Swamp Bats played North Adams last and host the Muskrats tonight for the final game of the regular season.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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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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