Hartford sports round-up, Aug. 11, 2022

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Tanagers win division crown, 23-11

By Keith Harrington

Hartford had lost to Whitehall twice during the regular season but the third time was the charm as the Tanagers defeated Whitehall, 23-11, in to claim the TCML Eastern Division baseball crown.

Hartford advances to face Western Division champion Warrensburg in Friday’s title tilt.

Hartford took at advantage of three hit batters to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

Whitehall scored two runs in the first and two more in the second to take a 4-1 advantage.

The Tanagers plated four runs in the fourth to lead 7-4, but Whitehall answered with four in the bottom of the frame to lead 8-7.

It was all Hartford after that. The Tanagers scored 11 runs in the fifth to lead 18-8. Whitehall scored two runs in the fifth to extend the game but Hartford tacked on five in the sixth and held put the game away via the run rule.

Jace Venner earned the win on the mound for Hartford with relief help from Kile Whitney.

Joe Allen had a double and two singles for the Tanagers. Spencer Fehl added three singles. John Gauthier doubled. Braden Whitney and Kile Whitney also had hits.

Porter Sliva had a tripled for Whitehall. Anthony Towle doubled and singled. Kohl Plude, Steven Mattison and Mason Cigana also added hits.

Hartford is 6-6-1. Whitehall ends the season 10-3-1.

Warrensburg batter Jace Hubert connects for a hit as Hartford catcher Jace Venner looks on. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Warrensburg wins softball, baseball titles

By Keith Harrington

It has been a banner summer for Warrensburg sports fans as the softball team won its first-ever Tri-County Middle League championship on Thursday and the baseball team made it a clean sweep on Friday.

The Burghers jumped out to a 2-0 lead, survived a thunder delay and went on to blank Hartford, 4-0, to win the TCML title at Hartford’s Bob Wilkins Field.

Tournament Most Valuable Player Pierce Byrne fired a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and the Burghers’ offense gave their ace more runs than he needed to hold off a Tanagers team that came in playing their best ball of the season.

Hartford upset the top seed in the Eastern Division Whitehall in the semifinals after being swept by them during the season, but Byrne proved to be too much to handle.

The game was scoreless after the first inning, but the Burghers took the lead in the second. Caleb Remington walked and advanced to third on a pair of passed balls. Then Cameron Allen walked and promptly stole second. Next, Austin Shepler delivered a two-run single to give the Burghers the lead.

Warrensburg added single runs in the third and fourth. In the third Remington doubled and scored on an RBI single by Allen. In the fourth Byrne smacked an RBI single to close out the scoring.

Meanwhile, Byrne was on cruise control. Hartford’s best chance to score came in the first when leadoff hitter Jace Venner walked, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Byrne struck out the next two Tanagers and induced an infield popup to end the inning. The Tanagers only had one other runner reach second base and two others get on base at all.

The only thing that slowed down the Burghers on this night was a thunder delay in the sixth, but the storm never dropped any rain and the teams were able to finish the contest.

Jace Hubert went 3 for 3 for Warrensburg.

Tri-County Middle League President Mike Jones was on hand for the trophy presentation. Jones is pleased that the TCML now has 10 teams after a couple of lean years due to Covid-19.

Warrensburg finishes the season 15-1. Hartford ends with a mark of 6-7-1.