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.

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.

Gilford girls lose tennis matches to Berlin, Bow

The Gilford High School girls' tennis team stands at four wins, four losses after dropping two decisions this week.

Gilford lost to Berlin 6 to 3 on Monday. Brook Poll's 8-4 win was Gilford's only singles victory of the match, while doubles teams Emily Hanf/Abby Lines and Poll/Sisi Remick were able to earn Gilford's second and third wins.

The Golden Eagles suffered their second loss on Tuesday, a 5-4 decision against Bow. Top-seeded Lindsey Corsack earned Gilford a win in singles play, as did Kayla Vieten in the fifth singles match. Gilford needed to sweep the doubles matches to steal the win, however, only the teams of Lines/Vieten and Poll/Abigail Kourafas were victorious.

Gilford has the chance to earn its fifth win on Monday when the team hosts Kearsarge.

Gilford boys hold off Bow for tennis win #7

The Gilford boys' tennis team raised their record to 7-0 after two wins this week.
On Monday, the Golden Eagles defeated Berlin, 8-1. Winning their singles matches were Andrew Caulfield, Bryce Workman, Grant Workman, Nolan Dwyer, and Brad Bergman. The Eagles swept the doubles: Caulfield/G. Workman, Dwyer/Bergman, and Marek Blais/Sam Shafique all won.
Tuesday's match was a rematch of last year's finals. Gilford beat Bow, 5-4, in an exciting, well-played match. Andrew Caulfield, Grant Workman, and Nolan Dwyer won their matches as the teams split the singles. Caulfield/G. Workman won at first seed doubles, Bow won the second doubles, setting the stage for the decisive third doubles. Dwyer/Bergman played very well, winning, 8-0.
The team is off until next week when they travel to Kearsarge on Monday, host Monadnock Tuesday, and travel to Sanborn on Thursday. All matches start at 4 p.m.