School sports round-up, July 27, 2023

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A Whitehall runner dives back into first base during a game against Hartford. (Photo by Dave Jensen)

Hartford, Whitehall play to a tie

Ties are common in sports like soccer and field hockey but rarely do you see a tie in baseball. However, summer leagues and travel ball typically have time limits, which occasionally cause games to end deadlocked.

That was the case last Friday night, as Hartford and Whitehall played to a 9-9 tie in a TCML baseball game stopped due to time after seven innings. The Tanagers still haven’t lost in their last eight outings but did see a seven-game winning streak snapped.

Hartford had rolled over Whitehall 18-6 just a week ago, and it looked like the Tanagers might do it again. Hartford fashioned a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and led 7-0 after the top of the second.

Whitehall began its comeback in the bottom of the second, plating four runs in the frame. The Tanagers scored a single run in the third to make it 8-4, but Whitehall responded with a four-spot of their own in the bottom of the inning to draw even at 8-8.

Both teams scored a single run in the fourth to tie the game at 9-9 but neither was able to score the rest of the way.

Kile Whitney pitched well in relief for the Tanagers. Whitney went five innings, giving up just two hits and one run. He struck out seven and walked five after entering with the bases loaded in the third.

“Kile (Whitney) came in to pitch with the bases loaded in the third inning and provided five solid innings on the mound to keep Whitehall in check,” said Hartford coach Ken Whitney.

A key moment came when the Tanagers managed to keep the score tied by cutting down what would have been the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the sixth.

Whitehall used four pitchers, with Mason Cigana being the most effective. Cigana tossed 2⅔ innings of scoreless relief, striking out five, walking two and giving up a pair of hits.

Hartford recorded seven hits with seven different batters connecting. Logan Jensen, Kile Whitney, Braden Whitney, Landon Cook, Daman Duhame, Joey Happy and Daniel Peterson all singled for the Tanagers.

Jack Best and Patrick Egan doubled for Whitehall. Steven Mattison was 2 for 2 with two RBIs. Kohl Plude and Porter Silva also contributed hits.

Hartford is now 7-1-1. Whitehall is 3-1-1.

Hartford tops Corinth in softball

Hartford scored early and often and rode the strong pitching of Raeghan Liebig to cruise past Corinth,12-0, in TCML softball. The game was shortened to five innings due to the run rule.

Hartford led 4-0 after an inning and 6-0 after two. The Tanagers plated six runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out the game.

Liebig spun a complete game two-hitter with 12 strikeouts.

Liebig helped her own cause at the plate with a double and stealing three bases.

Maddalyn Meade-Collins was 1-3 with a double for the Tanagers.

Madalyn Benson was 1 for 2.

Esmeralda Braman and McKenna Eastman were both 1 for 2 for Corinth.

Hartford tops Granville in baseball

A Granville batter waits for a pitch against Whitehall in last week’s TCML baseball contest. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Under threatening skies and missing a few players, nothing could stop Whitehall as the Railroaders scored early and often and rolled over a young Granville squad, 22-2, in TCML baseball last Tuesday evening. The game was shortened due to the 10-run rule.

Whitehall scored nine runs in the first and 10 more in the second and was never challenged.

Anthony Towle blasted a massive home run that landed in the front yard of a house in right field.

Camden Woodruff also smacked a homer for the Railroaders.

Seth Arquette scored four runs for Whitehall.

Arquette was also the winning pitcher, giving up just one hit in three innings of work.

Jack Woodell singled for Granville.

Whitehall is now 4-1-1.