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Gilford Softballers Edge Laconia 5-4

GILFORD — Gilford High softball team improved their record to 6-2 Wednesday by beating Lakes Region rival Laconia 5-4 on eight hits including 4 doubles. Gilford got on the scoreboard quickly in the bottom of the first inning when Mollie Dignan and Caitlin Houston led off with back to back doubles. Gilford scored one more in the second inning when Mikaela Mattice led off with a double and scored on a Jordan Dean single. Gilford held a slim 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the 5th inning when the Gilford bats exploded for three more runs on 3 hits, 1 sacrifice and 1 walk. Brid Fillion led off with a single and advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Mollie Dignan. Lisa Osborne walked and Sarah Lachapelle launched a two run double to make the score 4-0. Courtesy runner Kristina Hayden went in to run for Lachapelle and Hayden scored on a Maggie Fillion single which proved to be the game winning hit.

Laconia scored one run in the top of the 6th and three runs in the top of the 7th to make the game close at 5-4. In the top of the 7th after scoring 3 runs, Laconia had runners in scoring position with the tying run on 2nd and the go ahead run on 1st with 2 outs. Laconia's Miner hit the ball hard between 3rd and short stop and Gilford's 3rd baseman, Lisa Osborne, dove out toward shortstop to make a great scoop on the grounder and stop the ball from leaving the infield and then Osborne turned and dove back at 3rd base to end the game on a force out.

Sarah Lachapelle was the winning pitcher striking out a career high 11 batters, walking 3 and giving up 8 hits. Gilford combined for 8 hits. Sarah Lachapelle led the offensive attack going 2 for 2 with 2 doubles, 3 RBIs and one sacrifice fly, Mikaela Mattice I double, Caitlin Houston 1 double, and singles by Maggie Fillion (1 RBI), Mollie Dignan, Jordan Dean and Brid Fillion.

Gilford's next game is Friday at Prospect Mtn.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 08:39

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Muzzey shines in U15 Lacrosse team's first win

The Laconia U15 Lacrosse team recorded its first victory of the season on Sunday, as they played host to opponents from Hopkinton. Looking to shake off a rough scrimmage against Concord the day before, the young Sachems came out blazing. LSM Logan Bell started the fireworks, recording his first goal of the day about 2 minutes into the contest. It didn't take him long to record his second on the day, and then it was defenseman/LSM Drew Muzzey's turn. Scooping the ball in his own defensive zone, he raced coast to coast, dodging would-be defenders before firing a bullet top shelf to give his team a commanding 3-0 lead after the 1st quarter. The 2nd quarter was more of the same. The Laconia defense, led by Travis Adams and Brendan Sica, shut down the Hopkinton offense and allowed the play to stay in the Sachems' offensive end. Attackman Lawrence "the" Barbarian and Devon Miles both recorded their first goals of the season and the Sachem's had a 5-1 halftime lead. There was no let up in the Sachem game as the second half started. Bell fired home his third on the day for the season's first hat trick. Middie Kaleb Bartlett was able to find the back of the net to up the lead to 7-1. Hopkinton stole the momentum for a brief time and got 3 quick goals to close the gap to 7-4 but Laconia's Bailey Moore took it back with his first goal on the day. With just over 3 minutes to go in the game, Laconia got called for an illegal stick and would finish the game a man down. The Sachems were looking for someone to come up big, and it was Muzzey who answered the call. He was able to poke check the ball out of the goalie's cross, scoop up the loose ball and sneak it into the open net to secure the Sachems' first victory of the season, 9-4. Coach Rod Roy had high praise for his team after the victory. "We moved the ball extremely well today. They passed, they caught, and they shot. We haven't done that all season. (Goalie Steven) Towers had a big, big day in net for us and that freed up our middies to run our offense." The 1-2 Sachems will host rivals Gilford on a Saturday scrimmage (8:30 at Laconia High School) before traveling to Hooksett for a 4:15 Mother's Day Game.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 07:05

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Salta, Sachems break through in 7th for win over Belmont

LACONIA — Laconia need all seven frames to beat Belmont Friday afternoon, securing a 3-2 victory with a walk off single. Andrew Salta drove in the winning run on a seventh-inning hit that found its way between the first and second basemen of Belmont. Trace Privette, who lead off the inning with a walk and stolen base, came around from second to score the winning run. Salta went 1 for 2 at the plate with two walks, a run scored and two stolen bases. He also had five strikeouts in his first appearance of the season on the mound. "Andrew had great presence on the mound. It was his first time pitching in a few years," coach Jon Myers said. "He had good control and kept the Belmont hitters guessing."

Laconia opened the scoring in the fourth inning when Jordan Bladecki laced a line drive past the outstretched glove of Red Raiders third baseman Jason Taylor. Belmont responded by scoring two in the top of the fifth. The first run came off the bat of Joey Levesque who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Caleb Drouin followed Levesque with a double to drive in the second run. The Sachems tied things up in the bottom of the inning, scoring off a single from Nate Batchelder (1 for 3 with a run scored, RBI and two stolen bases).

Levesque started for Belmont and pitched six-plus innings, allowing five hits, four walks and two earned runs while striking out three. "Levesque kept us guessing out there, mixing in his curve ball," continued Myers "He is a good pitcher on a good team."

Following the win on Friday, Laconia's record improved to 3 wins, 1 loss. The Sachems hosted Plymouth yesterday.

Belmont fell to 3-2 with the loss to Laconia. The Red Raiders traveled to Inter-Lakes yesterday.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 07:02

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U15 Sachems lacrosse drops 10-8 game to John Stark

The Laconia Sachems' U15 lacrosse team traveled to John Stark on a cold, wet Sunday to square off against the Generals. It seemed like it took the Sachems an entire half to get going, as the Generals took a 4-1 lead into halftime. Attack Riley Roy tallied the only score of the first half for the Sachems. The youngsters from Laconia were able to regroup and came out fired up for the second frame. Long stick middie Logan Bell (2 goals, 1 assist) started the comeback just 45 seconds into the half. Attack Bailey Moore (2 goals) and middie Parker Minor (1 goal, 1 assist) were able to knot the score at 5. The Generals took back the momentum and posted a 9-5 lead going into the fourth. Roy recorded his second goal of the day followed by Middie Christian Platon's first of the season. Bell wrapped up the scoring for the Sachems as their second comeback on the day fell just short and the Sachems went home on the short end of a 10-8 score. Defensively Noah Shastany and Garrett Whitney fought hard to limit the General's offense and allow their teammates to climb back into the game.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:42

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