04-18-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

BALL BATTLE… Coloma and Hartford battled on the soccer field Wednesday evening, April 10. Here, Coloma’s Abby Vandermolen (5) and Addy Kimmerly (9) work to thwart the effort of Hartford’s Abigail Lopez as time winds down during the first half of play with the score tied at 0. Coloma would score twice in the second half to seal the 2-0 shutout. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Hartford Prress Box By Jerrod Birmele

Hartford’s student-athletes returned from spring break with an active schedule of sporting events last week. In total, more than 10 games, meets and matches were contested, and many of them were very competitive until the very end.

Hartford Softball competes in seven games, goes 3-4 for the week

The Hartford Indian Varsity Softball team returned to the diamonds last week, after taking a 13-day break for spring vacation. The ladies split both of the first two doubleheaders of the spring, meaning they came into action at 2-2 on the young season. This year’s team has plenty of underclassmen dotting the roster. Every game that they can get will be incredibly helpful for later in the season and throughout the years to come.

BRINGING THE HEAT… In the second heat Saturday of the 100 meter preliminaries, Hartford sophomore Osvaldo Hernandez and Watervliet freshman Mason Pennington depart the blocks and set a frenzied pace. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

The Lady Indians began the week on Tuesday, Apr. 9, when they hosted rival Watervliet at the Indian Softball Diamond. Watervliet won game one, 15-10, before the Lady Indians took the nightcap, 11-3.

In game one, the Lady Panthers busted the game open with a seven-run second inning, capped by five run-scoring hits. The Lady Indians came back and made it interesting in the bottom of the third inning, when they scored four runs in the frame. The teams traded runs the rest of the way, and Watervliet went on to win the game by five runs.

Lainey Goodson took the mound loss for the Lady Indians, giving up 14 runs on 16 hits, while striking out three and walking one. Hartford managed 22 hits in the contest, including four hits from Megan Nelson, who ended 4-for-5 in game one at the plate. Goodson, Ariah Jordan, Mikenzie Chambers, Karlee Scherer, Jaelyne Galvan and Vanessa DeLaRosa also had multi-hit games. On defense, the Lady Indians committed five costly errors, but were led by DeLaRosa, who had eight chances in the field.

In game two, Hartford got out of the gate strong; as they scored two runs in the bottom half of the first inning to take a quick 2-0 lead. After holding the Lady Panthers scoreless in the top half of the second, the Lady Indians put the game out of reach with six runs in the bottom half of the frame, courtesy of five run-scoring hits, to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Both teams would manage three more runs from there.

Karly Manning took the win in the circle for Hartford. She gave up three runs on seven hits, while striking out six Lady Panther batters. The Lady Indians tallied 16 hits in the contest, led by Jaelyne Galvan’s 4-for-4 evening at the plate. Vanessa DeLaRosa, Lainey Goodson, Karlee Scherer and Mikenzie Chambers also added multi-hit games. On defense, Hartford committed three errors, but was led in chances on the field by DeLaRosa, with six.