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Surging offense sends Laconia Muskrats on three-game streak

LACONIA — The Laconia Muskrats improved to 6-8, riding a three game win streak into last night's contest in Sanford versus the Mainers. Laconia has pushed across 20 runs over the three games. "We are playing really well right now," General Manager Noah Crane explained. "Our offense is clicking and we are getting run production from all places in our lineup."

Matt Byrne (Iona) has been the offensive leader over the last four games with a batting average of .692. He has nine hits, four runs scored, two stolen bases, and two RBI over the last week.

The Muskrats starting pitching has also settled in nicely over the past week. "Jack English (Florida Gulf Coast) and Shea Spitzbarth (Molly College) have been very good so far," Crane added "They've thrown strikes and taken us deep into games, which provides relief for our bullpen." The Muskrats have been shorthanded in the bullpen due to the College World Series. "Our lack of depth gets exposed when a starter gets knocked out early. It's tough to play four or five games in a row with only ten pitchers."

The three game winning streak began in Sanford on Saturday evening, doubling up the Mainers 10-5 in ten innings. The Muskrats fell behind 5-3 in the fifth inning, before scoring one in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie things up. The offense exploded for five runs in the tenth inning to secure the victory. Center fielder Cory Geisler (Texas State) led the team with three hits and three runs scored.

On Sunday Laconia topped Danbury 4-3 at Robbie Mills Field. Geisler, fresh off the good day at the plate, was credited with the win after going three innings. Byrne went 2-4 with two RBI.

The Muskrats shut out Keene 6-0 riding the arm of Jack English. English went six innings with eight strikeouts and three walks. Vinny Zarrillo (Rutgers) opened the scoring with a leadoff homerun in the first inning. Byrne continued his hot ways at the plate going 4-4 on the evening. The shutout was completed by reliever Huston Droel (Angelo St University), throwing three perfect innings while striking out three.

The Muskrats have a pair of home games this weekend, hosting the Valley Blue Sox tonight and Sanford tomorrow. Laconia will enjoy a two day break before hosting the Ocean State Waves on Tuesday. Wednesday the Muskrats travel to New Bedford.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 07:24

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Waukewan Ladies heating up in third week of golf

For our third week on the course, the Waukewan Ladies League was greeted with sunshine and a very warm afternoon. Temperatures soared and so did golf balls on the front nine. This week the game was "Count the Odd Holes Only." Only the best 2 scores were counted for each team and congratulations go to: Lauri Fox, Denise Doyle, Nancy Vercauteren and Sharon Corcoran with a team sore of 28.

The 4th hole was designated as a contest hole for closest to the pin on the 2nd shot. Linda Ridlon took honors with a shot landing 20 feet from the hole. Gerry McGillicuddy showed her prowess on the 7th hole landing her second shot only 14 inches from the pin, while Jan Pano came in a close second only 20 inches away.
The winning women chose prizes from the table and modeled their winnings.

Three ladies chipped in shots to split the pot: Mary Dickerson on #1, Jane Frasca on # 8, and Kathy Sweeney on # 2.

Quite a few women played well this week. Scoring 50 were players: Linda Ridlon, Denise Doyle and Lauri Fox. 3 more players scored a 48: Jan Pano, Kathy Sweeney, and Val Langbehn and Jane Flynn beat all with a 47.

Brenda Trudeau walked off with a nice cash prize for winning the 50/50 raffle. All in all, a great afternoon for the Waukewan Ladies League.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 08:04

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Ortiz pitches no-hitter, the second this season for Laconia Little League

Jordan Ortiz pitched the second no-hitter in Laconia Little League in the last week as Elks defeated Stafford 7-1 Saturday morning at Colby Field. Ortiz was dominant in striking out 13 and allowing just one ball to be hit out of the infield. He struck out 8 of the first 9 batters he faced until Connor Blake flew out to short center field in the fourth. A lead off walk to Kaleb Shumway in the 5th inning was the only blemish that kept Ortiz from a perfect game. Shumway advanced to third on a wild pitch and passed ball and would score Stafford's only run of the game on an RBI bunt by Colin Corneau. Ortiz struck out four in a row after that and got the last out of the game on a pop up to first base. He was immediately surrounded by his teammates on the first base line as the celebration began. Ortiz didn't realize he had pitched a no-hitter at first and was momentarily speechless. The accomplishment hit home though when the public address announcer congratulated him. Elks manager Eric Nelson said, "I'm so happy for Jordan. He's worked so hard during his time with Elks. To see him accomplish something like this is very satisfying. He is a special young man and I will miss him next year as he moves on to the next level." Nelson went on to say, "The entire team came together the past two weeks and should be very proud of how they played. We won our last 5 games of the season and to end with a no-hitter is memorable." Ortiz threw just 68 pitches in the game. Forty-nine of them were strikes. Elks jumped out early scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Trent Fountain singled in Nick Rowe after he led off the game with a triple. Two batters later Jake Miner's ground ball fielder's choice made it 2-0. Bases loaded walks by Evan Rollins and Karter Dolloff finished the scoring in the first inning. Elks added two more runs in the second and a single tally in the fourth to make it 7-0.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:56

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Gunstock Nordic Association again offering summer training programs

On the heels of yet another strong Nordic season, one that included Gilford's Jack Schrupp taking a National Championship, Gunstock Nordic Association is preparing to begin its summer training programs. Traditionally, these programs have been focused on training Nordic skiers, whose success during the racing season is largely dependent upon their off-season training. This year, however, GNA's head coach, Olympian Nina Gavrylyuk, is planning to expand the program to accommodate athletes of all disciplines. The programs will be offered in three options: six days of combined training, two to three days of Nordic training or two to three days of non-Nordic training. All of the programs integrate strength, agility and endurance exercises. No matter the sport, if it requires fitness Nina's programs are world-class.
Also, GNA will once again hold its week-long summer training camp for Nordic skiers 15 years old and younger. This is an intensive camp for those with prior Nordic training and space is limited. Lastly, GNA will be supporting a summer mountain bike racing series to be held at Gunstock (details to come) as well as the return of its trail running series. For more information about all of GNA's programs, visit gunstocknordic.com or email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:51

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