Tanagers finish season with 10-3 mark
By Keith Harrington
The Hartford-Fort Edward softball team began the season with a 0-8 record. The Flying Tanagers reeled off three straight wins, all over North Warren to conclude the regular season. With only four teams entered in the Section II Class D tournament, Hartford-Fort Edward must have felt they had just as good a chance as anyone to win it all. Especially with all of the teams coming from the Adirondack League.
Salem wasted no time putting those notions to bed as they jumped out to a big first inning lead and cruised to a 20-3 five inning win in the sectional semifinals.
The Generals got to Hartford-Fort Edward starter Mattie Viele right away, scoring nine innings in the bottom of the first.
Salem added five runs in the third to extend their lead to 14-0.
The Flying Tanagers scored three in the top of the fourth to get on the scoreboard.
The momentum was short-lived, however, as the Generals responded with six runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to put the game out of reach.
Sarah McCauliffe had another strong outing the circle for Salem. McCauliffe has been one of the top pitchers in the Adirondack League all season, and nothing changed on this day. McCauliffe tossed a three-hitter with eight strikeouts.
Tori Cary was 4 for 4 at the plate for the Generals with a double, a home run and six RBIs. Taylor Cary and Blake Riche were both 4 for 4. Sophia Keays was 3 for 4 with four RBIs.
Andrea Cary and Kayla McCauliffe added doubles for Salem. Sarah McCauliffe chipped in a couple of RBIs.
Emma Wade doubled for Hartford-Fort Edward.
Hartford-Fort Edward finished the season 3-9.
Salem went on to defeat Argyle 7-3 to win the school’s first ever Section II softball championship.
The Generals end the season with a 10-3 mark.
TanaForts finish baseball season at 6-6
By Keith Harrington
Despite a strong effort, number-five Hartford-Fort Edward saw its season come to an end as the team fell to number-one Germantown, 12-9, last Saturday, June 12, in the Section II Class D semifinals at Bard College in Red Hook.
The TanaForts led in the fourth, but a six-run fifth inning for the Clippers proved to make the difference.
Hartford-Fort Edward led 2-0 in the top of the first, but Germantown tied the game by plating two runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Clippers were clinging to 4-2 advantage in the fourth when Bryce Tyler blasted a grand slam to give the TanaForts a 6-4 lead.
Trailing 10-6, Hartford-Fort Edward scored three runs in the top of the sixth to pull within 10-9.
The Clippers responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to advance to the final.
Tyler went 4 for 4 for the TanaForts. Brandon Hunt was 3 for 4. Peyton Ottens and Mike Taylor added three hits each.
Hartford-Fort Edward advanced to the semifinals by riding a solid pitching effort from Ottens in an 8-2 Class D quarterfinal victory over number-four Salem last Thursday.
Ottens went the distance, firing a four-hitter with eight strikeouts to earn the win.
Ottens also was 2 for 4 at the plate. Bryce Tyler and Mike Taylor had two hits apiece for the TanaForts.
Blake Baylor doubled for Salem.
Hartford-Fort Edward finishes the season at 6-6.