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Muskrats top Swamp Bats in the ninth

Joey Bielek drew a bases loaded walk in the ninth inning to push Laconia past the Keene Swamp Bats 2-1 in a New England Collegiate Baseball League contest Thursday at Robbie Mills Field in Laconia.

The win allowed Laconia (14-14) to take sole possession of third place in the Northern Division and the Swamp Bats, who host Vermont Friday at 6:30 p.m., dropped to 13-15.

Laconia entered the home ninth down 1-0 when lead-off hitter Vinny Zarrillo (three hits) started the frame with a double. He scored the tying run on a single by Matt Byrne off toughluck Keene starter and losing pitcher David Sosebee, who was relieved after Byrne’s hit by Alex Robinson.

Byrne stole second and went to third on a groundout by Brayton Martinez. After Colton Bottomley was intentionally walked by Robinson, placing runners at the corners with one one, pinch-hitter Jacob Henson drew a walk to load the bases for Bielek. Byrne scored the winning run when Bielek walked on a 3-2 count.

Laconia reliever Jordan Sheffield, who pitched the last three scoreless innings, gained the mound win. He gave up no walks and no hits with five strikeouts.

Laconia starter Jason Carmichael allowed seven hits and one walk in six innings. The only run off Carmichael was a fifth inning homer by Alex Liquori. Sosebee protected that run until the ninth inning. Sosebee threw a seven-hitter in eight-plus innings. Sosebee walked one and fanned six. Ryan Summers had two of Keene’s seven hits in the game.

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