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.
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