Hartford sports round-up, May 26, 2022

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TanaForts upset Whitehall in baseball

By Keith Harrington

The fifth-seeded Hartford-Fort Edward baseball team made their inaugural foray into Class C sectional play one to remember as the TanaForts avenged a loss from earlier in the season and rode the pitching gem of Drake Stewart to a 7-2 upset of fourth-seeded Whitehall.

Hartford-Fort Edward came into the contest as one of the hottest teams in the area after a slow start, and the trend continued. The TanaForts entered the afternoon winners of four of their last five.

The Railroaders beat Hartford-Fort Edward 17-12 back in April at Bob Wilkins Field, but the TanaForts were in charge of this meeting right from the start.

Stewart was outstanding on the bump. The junior fired a 2-hitter and struck out seven in a complete game effort.

Hartford-Fort Edward plated a pair of runs in the first to take the lead, then increased the lead to 4-0 with two more runs in the third.

Hartford-Fort Edward tacked on a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to stretch their advantage to 7-0.

Whitehall scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 7-2, but that as close as they could get.

Bryce Tyler was 2 for 4 with an RBI for Hartford-Fort Edward. Cole Gauthier, Joe Allen and Jimmy Lavin added RBIs for the TanaForts.

Brandon Bakerian gave up just five hits for the Railroaders but was hindered by four fielding errors. Bakerian finished with seven strikeouts.

Ethan Eggleston and Jake Whiting had the lone hits for the Railroaders.

The win punches the TanaForts ticket to the Class C semifinals, scheduled for Monday night at East Field Stadium against top seeded Galway.

Hartford-Fort Edward is 6-5. Whitehall finishes 5-6.


Mayfield tops Hartford-Fort Edward, 3-0

By Keith Harrington

The youthful Hartford-Fort Edward softball team saw their season come to an end despite a solid effort as they fell to Mayfield, 3-0, in a Class C play-in game.

Hartford-Fort Edward was seeded 18th and hoped to advance to the main bracket with a win over the 14th seeded Panthers, but they came up just a bit short.

Mayfield scored a run in the third and two more in the fifth to take the victory.

Marissa Wille earned the shutout in the circle for the Panthers. Wille struck out seven batters in her seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits.

Natalie Durkee had a pair of hits for Hartford-Fort Edward. Gabbie McFarren, Olivia Lindridge and Soleia Lamoureux also had hits.

Wille helped herself at the plate with a double for Mayfield.

Kelsey Meca had a double, single for Mayfield.

Raeghan Liebig pitched well for Hartford-Fort Edward, giving up just five hits.

Mayfield moved to 14-7 on the season. Hartford-Fort Edward ends the season 4-9.