Muskrats jump into first place

The Laconia Muskrats took to the road last week winning four of the five games away from Robbie Mills Field. The successful trip, followed by another win at home on Monday night, vaulted the Muskrats into first place in the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Northern Division with a record of 8-5. "This has been a great week for us," General Manager Noah Crane said. "We nearly have our full roster and the offense came alive to provide some pop."

The Muskrats scored 23 runs on the week-long trip. The offense was led by catcher Deon Stafford. The sophomore from St. Joseph's University is hitting .392 on the season with six doubles and nine RBI. The Muskrats are hitting .252 as a team.

The starting pitching staff has a team earned run average of 2.20 striking out 85 batters in the 11 games. Tim Viehoff gave up his first two runs of the season in a 10-2 win over Vermont. Viehoff struck out six over six innings while only giving up four hits. The Derry N.H. native has spread out

The Muskrats won the first two games of the trip 2-0 against the Valley Blue Sox and 5-3 at Sanford. The loss came at Newport R.I. in the middle of the week before bouncing back with wins against Valley 6-3 and Vermont 10-2.

The team returned home on Monday to finish a game against Keene that was suspended in the thirteenth inning with a 6-6 score. Keene managed to add one run to take the win. Once the game was completed the same teams played a full game at Robbie Mills, which the Muskrats took 5-1 behind a six inning performance by Brandyn Sittinger, who gave up a run, allowed four hits, walked four and struck out four.

Last night Laconia welcomed the Ocean State Waves. The Muskrats host Newport Thursday and Keene Saturday to wrap up the home games for the week. First pitch for both games is 6:30.

Muskrats enjoying great pitching to start the season

The Laconia Muskrats' season got underway on June 5. After losing 3 of the first four contests, Laconia's entry in the New England Collegiate Baseball League has built a a 5-3 record, most recently topping Sanford on Monday night.

"It's been a very good first week and a half," said general manager Noah Crane. " We started the season with only 21 players so we were very shorthanded. Slowly more players have arrived and we are nearly at full capacity, 30 players."

The season started with a home loss to the Sanford Mainers, 4-1, but bounced back a day later with a 3-0 victory over the Keene Swamp Bats behind a stellar pitching performance from Derry native Tim Viehoff. The Southern New Hampshire University pitcher struck out 13 batters over six innings. "We knew Viehoff would be good but he has exceeded expectations," continued Crane. "His performance highlights how strong of a program SNHU is. His pitching coach is former Muskrat, Zach LeBarron 2011." Viehoff continued to impress in his second start of the season against the Valley Blue Sox. The Muskrats topped the Blue Sox 2-0 behind a seven inning five strikeout performance.

"Our pitching has been outstanding," Crane said, interviewed at the beginning of the week. "We have a team ERA of 1.98 which is second only to Newport's 1.92." The Muskrats are first in strikeouts and first in fewest walks allowed per nine innings.

The offense has been lead by second baseman Brian Mims. The University of North Carolina Wilmington sophomore is batting .438 with seven hits a pair of doubles and a homerun on the young season.

The Muskrats visited Sanford on Monday and headed to Newport on Tuesday nght. The team returns home Monday for a double header against in state rival Keene. Tickets are $5 for adults and students and active military are free.

U11 lacrosse Sachems complete undefeated season

The Laconia U11 Boys Lacrosse team wrapped up its regular season this past weekend with a pair of wins on the road. On Saturday the team traveled south to Peterborough and put on an offensive display. Eight different players scored for the Sachems. Middie Zach Whitney led the charge with 5 goals and attack Cole Roy notched 4 scores in the team's best offensive performance of the season. Also contributing for Laconia was Evan "Papi" Carignan, with 2 goals, Zach Linkkila with his first goal of the season, Edgar Conroy's first goal of the season, and Cody Newman, Ty Barlett, and Bree Ricker all scoring. Defensively, goalie Noah Potter pitched his first shutout of the season while turning aside 3 shots to help Laconia secure a 16-0 victory.
Sunday saw the Sachems square off against Manchester PAL in a game with playoff implications. The winner would secure first place in the division while the loser would fall to fourth. Fortunately for Laconia, the offense picked up right where it left off. Roy and Whitney once again led their team with Roy getting 5 goals and Whitney 4 goals. Carignan got another 2 and Ricker chipped in her 2nd goal in two days to round out the Laconia scoring. The defense came up big in this one as Jacob Mello, Keith Corriveau, and Edgar Conroy played tough in front of Potter, who had his best game of the year in turning aside 12 shots. As the final horn sounded on the 12-3 win, Laconia had not only clinched first place in their division but had also given their fans an undefeated season at 7-0-1.
The Sachems with be participating in the annual Londonderry Festival this weekend with a chance to grab Laconia's first ever U11 championship.

Trophy #1 for Laconia girls' lacrosse

The Laconia Sachems girls' lacrosse team took home its first NHIAA Division III state championship Wednesday evening, topping Derryfield 12-10. The Sachems entered their first championship game with one blemish on the season. The 6-5 loss came early in the season to defending champion Derryfield School.

Helen Tautkus and Mackenzie Howe helped the Sachems jump out to an early 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest. Derryfield did not hesitate to return the favor, scoring the next three goals over a four minute span.

The seesaw battle saw five ties and four lead changes in the first half before Laconia jumped out to an 8-6 lead on a free position goal scored by Becca Howe with three second remaining in the half.

Derryfield (16-1) could not keep up with the Sachems attack in the second half. The Cougars came within two goals with 8:00 left in the game but could not stop Tautkus as she picked up her sixth goal of the game and secured a state title with a minute to go.

Tautkus' six goals led all scorers. Mackenzie Howe and Becca Howe netted three goals apiece for the Sachems.

The Laconia victory was the first for the Sachems in girls lacrosse in their first finals appearance. The team only graduates one senior.