05-30-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Hartford Prress Box By Jerrod Birmele

First, this writer, on this most solemn of holiday weeks, wishes to send a heartfelt thank you to our men and women serving in uniform, and especially to those who sacrificed their lives, in defense of the freedoms we are given so we can all enjoy High School sports. We honor you, we salute you, and we will never forget you.

And, now, it’s on to the Hartford Press Box for the week – and things are beginning to slow down, as the end of the school year is within arm’s reach. However, Indian student-athletes did see action in a total of 11 games, matches, and meets, and in a few sports conference championships were on the line.

Hartford Baseball finishes final full week of regular season with 0-4 mark

The Hartford Indian Varsity Baseball team played in a pair of doubleheaders during the final full week of the regular season. The team came into play fresh off a 2-2 mark in the week prior.

In Monday night’s doubleheader, which featured two games against conference opponent Centreville, which were rescheduled not once, but twice, due to weather, the Indians and Bulldogs played two very tight, close contests. However, Hartford was not on the winning end of either game, as visiting Centreville took game one, 5-4, before taking the nightcap by a two-run margin, 9-7.

In Wednesday night’s doubleheader, which saw the Indians travel to Bridgman to take on a solid Bees squad, Hartford suffered two more tough defeats. The host Bees took game one, 10-7, before winning the nightcap to sweep the evening’s festivities by a score of 6-3. However, Hartford started players in different positions, as well as saved their best pitching arms for the postseason grind to come.

This week the Hartford Baseball team was scheduled to travel Tuesday, May 28 to Lawrence to take on the Tigers in a single game, before setting their sights on the postseason. That quest begins on Saturday, June 1, when they will play in District action at Bloomingdale, starting at 10:00 a.m. They will play the winner of Coloma and Bloomingdale, and if they win that contest, will play for a championship at 3:00 p.m. Check back next week to see if the team was able to pull off some victories!

CHAMPIONS CROWNED… The Hartford girls’ varsity soccer squad was crowned the SW10 conference champions after the Indians defeated Bangor 5-2 on Monday, May 20. Two days later, the young ladies opened up district action with a 5-1 over Lawton.

Hartford Softball finishes regular season with 2-2 week, postseason looms

The Hartford Indian Softball team was back on the softball diamonds last week, and with it came the conclusion of regular season play. The Lady Indians have had a productive, solid year, as the team has won more than 20 games so far. The final week of regular season play brought with it two doubleheaders in two days. With the postseason on the horizon, and a clash with defending state champion, Coloma, on the way, they have to be at their best – right now.

In Tuesday night’s non-conference doubleheader, which consisted of two road games played at Saugatuck, the Hartford Lady Indians swept the Saugatuck Lady Indians in somewhat dominant fashion. In this battle of teams with the same mascot, Hartford took game one by a score of 12-7, before earning a 12-2 mercy-rule victory in the nightcap.

In game one, Hartford instantly put the game out of reach with 11 runs in the top of the second inning, courtesy of a single, two doubles, a triple, two walks and two errors. It was the second time in eight days that the Lady Indians had put an 11-spot on the scoreboard, as they also did so against Bloomingdale back on May 13. Saugatuck put up a fight, scoring a game-high three runs in the bottom of the third inning, but Hartford held off the charge to score the win.