The Hartford baseball program is coming off one of its best seasons in history. The Tanagers combined with their merger partner Fort Edward to win the Section II Class D crown and reach the regional finals.
Wednesday evening several players who were part of the historic run were back to work. Hartford went on the road and cruised past Fort Ann 12-0 in Tri-County Middle League play.
The Tanagers had only three hits but it was more than they needed. Hartford took advantage of 18 walks by the Cardinals.
Meanwhile, Jace Venner was silencing the Fort Ann bast on the bump. Venner pitched a five-inning no-hitter, striking out eight while walking just two. It was the first career no-hitter for Venner.
The Tanagers took control right from the start, scoring three runs in the first and four more in the second to fashion a 7-0 lead and were never challenged.
“Today’s game was pretty one-sided,” said Hartford coach Ken Whitney.
Braden Whitney and Joe Allen doubled and provided an RBI each to lead the offense.
Whitney and Allen crossed the plate twice each as 10 different Tanagers scored runs.
Hartford was 1-0 after the win. Fort Ann was 0-1.