03-28-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

COLOMA WRESTLING CLUB… These wrestlers are advancing on to the state championship competition in the Michigan Youth Wrestling Association (MYWAY). Pictured (from the left) Front row: Ethan Schelling, Robert Brooks, Jayden Hampton, Brody Ashley, Brody Winnell, Drake Goldner; Back row: Dylan Groendyk, Carson Coble, Dakota Packard, Sebastian Martinez, Ross Smothers, Jason Baggett, and Cristian Alcaraz.

Hartford Prress Box By Jerrod Birmele

Wild weather wrecks havoc with Hartford Baseball and Softball openers Well, the Tri-Cities were just starting to get used to seeing the sunshine and the gradually warming temperatures across the area. That piqued the interest of the Hartford Varsity Baseball and Softball teams, who were scheduled to open the season last week with a home, non-conference doubleheader against South Haven. The Indians had been practicing for a little over two weeks, and the teams were ready to show what they are made of.

PLAY BALL! Pitcher Trey Goodson releases the ball during the Hartford Indians’ season opener at home against Paw Paw Monday evening. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other thoughts in mind. Games were initially scheduled to be played in Hartford on Wednesday, Mar. 20. Due to weather and poor field conditions, the games were moved to South Haven and were going to be played the following day on Thursday, Mar. 21. However, the weather actually worsened during the next 24 hours, and games were ultimately scrapped. As of press time, it appears that these games will not be made up. The cancellation of last weeks’ games means that both the varsity baseball and softball teams throw their first pitches of their season this week. The varsity baseball team played their home opener against non-conference foe Paw Paw on Monday. One day later, on Tuesday, Mar. 26, the varsity softball team played their first games in a home, non-conference doubleheader against Comstock. Many more athletic events, including more baseball and softball games, soccer matches and track meets will be contested in the coming weeks. When those events happen, you can read all about them in the Hartford Press Box. As always, Go Indians!

2019 Blossomtime Festival presents the 40th annual Run for the Buds 5K Run/Walk Saturday, May 4

Mark your calendar and lace up your running shoes… it’s Blossomtime and that means the Blossomtime Festival is gearing up for their 40th annual “Run for the Buds.” Run for the Buds is a chip-timed 5K Run/Walk along the Grand Floral Parade route. The 5K route starts and finishes in St. Joseph. The 5K route is an out and back course following Main Street in Benton Harbor. Free parking is available at the Berrien County Courthouse on the corner of Main and Port streets. Fees to participate are as follows: age 15 and over is $25 thru Apr. 19, $30 – Apr. 20 thru 26, $35 – Apr. 27 thru Race Day; 14 and under is $15 thru Apr. 19, $20 – Apr. 20 thru 26 and $25 – Apr. 27 thru Race Day. To register, visit https://www.active.com/saint-joseph-mi/running/distance-running-races/run-for-the-buds-2019. Overall Female and Male Finishers in the 5K Run and 5K Walk will receive awards. Age group medals will be awarded to the top three female and male finishers in each division. Race packets may be picked up the day before the race at Silver Harbor Brewing Company, 721 Pleasant Street, St. Joseph, MI on Friday, May 3 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Same day registration and packet pickup begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Start/Finish line located on Ship Street near the St. Joseph Post Office in downtown St. Joseph. The race starts at 10:30 a.m. The awards ceremony will start at approximately 11:30 a