I-L pitching keeps Laconia scoreless, 5-0

MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes shut out the Sachems 5-0 on Friday afternoon, behind a complete game pitching performance from Chase Dickinson.

Dickinson held Laconia to two hits on six strikeouts and one walk, giving up a single in each of the first two innings. "Chase had great control of his second pitch," said Lakers coach Dan Curnyn. "We normally throw our starters five innings and bring in a reliever for the last two, but it was a no-brainer keeping him on the mound." Chase threw a total of 84 pitches on the evening.

The Lakers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning on a single from left fielder Travis Manville. Manville drove in leadoff hitter Dillon Mailand, who reached on a single to start the inning.

Inter-Lakes added four more runs in the fifth inning. Peter Ballard led the inning off with a walk, Mailand lined a shot to the Sachems shortstop who could not handle the play cleanly and everyone reached safely. The big hit came off the bat of Eamon Bean (3 for 3), who doubled and drove in a pair of runs. "It was the first time we had a team effort at the plate." finished Curnyn. The Lakers compiled eight hits on the afternoon.

Sachems starter Andrew Salta went 4⅔ innings. "Andrew pitched well," stated Laconia coach Jon Myers. "We made too many mistakes in the field." The Sachems committed five errors behind Salta. The two hits were recorded by Pat Guyer and Matt Leblanc. "We are struggling right now, but I am confident we will turn it around. This is a very talented team," ended Myers.

Laconia fell to 4-3 and hosted Newfound Sunday. The Lakers improved to 5-1 and welcomed Gilford Sunday afternoon.

Sports Roundup: Winnisquam softball continues on a roll

The Winnisquam Bears (7-1) softball team continued to roll this week, extending their winning streak to seven games. The Bears played the first two games of six consecutive games on the road over the past week, beating Gilford 13-8 and Prospect Mountain 4-2. They visited White Mountains yesterday and will continue the trip in Franklin on Monday and Belmont on Wednesday.

The Red Raiders (4-3), who began the year 0-3, have won the last four games in a row. Belmont has pushed across 51 runs over the four game span. The Red Raiders beat Inter-Lakes 13-1 last Monday and Franklin 3-2 on Wednesday. They traveled to Farmington yesterday and will be in Somersworth on Monday before hosting a streaking Winnisquam team on Wednesday.

Gilford (6-2) suffered its second loss of the season to the Bears last Monday, but edged out a 5-4 win over Laconia to split the week. The Golden Eagles are in Alton today facing off against Prospect Mountain and will continue their travels this Monday at Inter-Lakes and Wednesday at Farmington.

The Sachems (1-5) have dropped five consecutive games after winning the season opener. The Last two losses came against NHIAA Division II team Plymouth on Monday 6-1 and a 5-4 loss to Gilford. Laconia will be in Meredith today to take on Inter-Lakes. The Sachems have a busy schedule next week, hosting Newfound on Monday, at Newfound on Tuesday, and finishing up in Franklin on Wednesday.


The Golden Eagles (3-4) handed Winnisquam their first loss of the season 6-4. Gilford then dropped the next game to Laconia 5-4. The team will begin a five game stretch on the road, beginning tonight at Prospect Mountain. The will continue the week on the road at Franklin tomorrow, Inter-Lakes on Monday and Farmington on Wednesday.

Winnisquam (6-1) suffered their first loss on Monday to Gilford 6-4 then bounced right back in the win column with a 19-1 pounding of Prospect Mountain. The Bears were at White Mountains yesterday and will travel to Franklin on Monday and Belmont on Wednesday.

Belmont (4-3) ended a three game skid,shut g out Franklin 11-0 on Wednesday. The Red Raiders are in Farmington today and then travel to Somersworth on Monday before hosting Winnisquam on Wednesday.

Laconia's (4-2) last two wins have been won by one run, beating Belmont 3-2 with a walk off single last Friday and edging Gilford 5-4 on Wednesday. The Sachem's dropped a game on Monday to the Division II Plymouth Bobcats 7-4. Laconia will head to Meredith today to play the Lakers. They host Newfound on Monday then travel to Newfound on Tuesday. The Sachems end the week in Franklin on Wednesday.


The Golden eagles remained unbeaten, beating Monadnock 9-0 and Kearsarge 8-1. Gilford is a perfect 9-0 going into this week. Gilford traveled to Sanborn yesterday and continue the road schedule at Kingswood on Monday and Inter-Lakes on Wednesday.

Gilford's Girls' improved to 6-4 shutting out both Kearsarge and Prospect Mountain last week 9-0. The Golden Eagles hosted Sanborn yesterday and remain at home hosting Kingswood on Monday and Inter-Lakes on Wednesday.

Laconia (4-6) split last week, losing to Monadnock on Monday 7-2 and beating Pelham 5-4 on Wednesday. The Sachems host Bow today, travel to Plymouth on Monday, and back home to host Kingswood a day later.

Girls' Lacrosse

Laconia (5-1) suffered their first defeat on Monday, dropping a game to undefeated John Stark 9-8. A day later they rebounded with a win over Kingswood. The Sachems were in Gilford yesterday and return home Monday to host Kearsarge. Tuesday the girls' will host Oyster River before ending the week in Pelham on Thursday.

Gilford beat Merrimack Valley 17-2 on Monday before losing to top ranked Derryfield 18-3 on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles hosted Laconia yesterday, and then head to John Stark on Monday and back home to host Belmont on Wednesday.

The Red Raiders (1-6) fell to Oyster River 15-5 and Pelham 24-16 last week. Belmont hosts John Stark today and heads to Belmont on Wednesday.

Boys' Lacrosse

The Sachems are above the .500 mark for the second time this season, beating Kennett on Tuesday 13-2 and Merrimack Valley on Wednesday 7-6. The Sachems headed to Concord yesterday to visit Bishop Brady. They will continue the road trip this week at Hopkinton on today and Hollis-Brookline on Monday.

Gilford (1-6) picked up their first win of the season, beating Kennett 15-9. The victory was short lived, losing the following day to Bishop Brady 6-5. The Golden Eagles host Hollis-Brookline today before heading to Pembroke on Tuesday and Kearsarge on Thursday.​

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.

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.