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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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Boles, Zimmer represent Belmont at NE Track & Field event

Representing Belmont HS at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field at Bridgewater State University (Massachusetts), senior Joseph Boles placed 9th in the 800m event in a time of 1:56.22, a new school record. This is the third time this season that Boles has broken the previous record of 1:58.54, set by Brendan Collins in 2004. Also competing was Junior Bruce Zimmer who placed 22nd in the shot put with a throw of 45' 7.25".

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:35

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Wins follow as offense picks up for Muskrats

The Laconia Muskrats picked up two wins this week to improve to 3-6 on the season. The Muskrats were rained out last Thursday and Friday to begin the weekend. As of yesterday the team is two behind the division leading Valley Blue Sox nine games into the season. Laconia scored only five runs in the first five games but has improved offensively scoring 19 over the last four.

Laconia split the weekend home stand, beating North Adams on Saturday and falling to Plymouth on Sunday. Saturday the Muskrats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on their way to a 6-2 victory. Christopher Beall (Arizona State University) went 2-4 with a home run, two RBI's, and scored two. Jordan Sheffield (Vanderbilt) gave up two runs in 3.1 innings as the Muskrats starting pitcher. Eric Freeman (Tennessee) earned the win in relief.

Sunday Laconia spotted the Plymouth Pilgrims a 3-0 in the first inning. Mariano Rivera (Iona) worked into the sixth inning, giving up six runs, four earned on eight hits, three walks, while striking out four. Laconia, down 6-3 in the bottom of the eight, plated four runs to take a 7-6 lead into the final frame. Plymouth responded with four of their own in the ninth inning to give the Pilgrims the 10-7 victory. Laconia's shortstop, Douglas Ruhlman (Seaton Hall), went 3-4 and scored two runs.

Tuesday the Muskrats traveled to North Adams to play the SteepleCats for the second time in the last three games. Laconia earned another win at the expense of North Adams, winning 5-3. Vinny Zarrillo (Rutgers) lead the offense with two hits, one RBI, and scored a run. Zarrillo, the leadoff hitter, leads the team with 12 hits, three doubles, and five stolen basses on the season. Laconia scored the first four runs before North Adams scored. The Muskrats scored the five runs on ten hits and three walks. The win is the third of the season and the second against the SteepleCats.

Wednesday fell to Vermont 7-1 for the second time in as many meetings. The Mountaineers scored 3 in the fourth inning and tacked on four more in the ninth before losing their shutout in the bottom of the ninth. Zarrillo drove in the only run, going 2-4 at the plate. Starting pitcher, Shea Spitzbarth (Molly College) gave up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight. Spitzbarth leads the team in strikeouts with 17 in 13 innings of work.

Laconia traveled to Plymouth (Mass) yesterday. The road trip continues tonight in Vermont and then Sanford on Saturday. The Muskrats host Danbury Sunday at 6:30. During the week Laconia will play in Keene on Tuesday and again Wednesday at home.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:20

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