Hartford Prress Box By Jerrod Birmele
Well, unfortunately, the week in Hartford Athletics can be easily defined in one simple word – wet. Mother Nature wrecked havoc on the Tri-Cities area, cancelling games, matches and meets across the board from Monday right on through Thursday. In the end, Hartford’s student-athletes faced competition in just five contests. The baseball team played in two weekend games, while the track teams competed in a trifecta of meets. Hopefully, during the coming week, our area will receive a well-deserved break from the weather and can return to regularly scheduled spring sports activities!
Hartford Baseball splits in Coloma round-robin tournament
The Hartford Indian Varsity Baseball team was scheduled to compete in two conference doubleheaders and a weekend tournament last week. But Mother Nature threw a curveball to their plans, and rained them out last week on Monday and Thursday. However, the weather did break enough for the team to compete in Coloma on Saturday, where the team played two games. With the team back at full strength, they could finally see where they are at.
COLLISION COURSE… Hartford’s Elijah Rodarte slides safely past Coloma third baseman Nick Eastman, who catches the throw but is pulled off the bag, in the second inning of play Saturday. Hartford won the contest 7-5. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
In Saturday’s Coloma round-robin tournament, Hartford faced off with the host Comets in game one and played local powerhouse, Schoolcraft, in game two. The Indians opponent in game one has played solid baseball so far this season, and the Indians opponent in game two has made back-to-back runs to the state semifinals. So, both games would be considered a good mid-season test for this team.
In their first game of the day, Hartford defeated Coloma, 7-5. The Indians got on the scoreboard first in a big way, turning hit-after-hit into five runs in the top of the third inning to take a commanding 5-0 lead after two-and-a-half innings. However, the host Comets failed to give in, holding Hartford to no runs in the fourth inning, before turning the tide on the Indians.
Coloma scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth, one in the bottom of the fifth and two in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 5. However, Hartford got the bats hot once again, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh to regain the lead. The defense was solid in the bottom half of the final inning, and the Indians held on to win.
Aaron Sinclair earned the victory on the mound for Hartford. The offense turned in seven hits, led by Sinclair, who pounded out three hits, including two singles, a double and two RBI. Evan DeLaRosa added two singles and two RBI, while Elijah Rodarte posted a stat-line that included two singles and an RBI.
In their second and final game of the day, Hartford was defeated by Schoolcraft, 15-0.
Weather permitting, the Hartford baseball team will be rather busy this week playing three conference doubleheaders in the span of four days. On Monday, May 6, they will have traveled to Cassopolis to take on the Rangers, before traveling to Bangor on Wednesday, May 8 for a showdown with the Vikings. However, the Indians return home to conclude the week on Thursday, May 9, when they host Centreville for Senior Night. Check back next week to see how the team did!
Hartford Track dodges weather to earn season-best performances
The Hartford Indian track teams didn’t mind running in the rain last week, as the teams competed in a Southwest 10 Conference triangular and ended with two Friday invitationals. The teams have faced some adversity early on the season. They have limited numbers, and most are young, and in many cases, inexperienced. However, that does not mean they aren’t giving it their all – they are all working hard every single day.
On Wednesday, the teams traveled to Eau Claire to compe