07-05-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

All-Star tourney wraps up, local champions crowned

Mother Nature wanted a piece of the Hartford Council for Recreation’s All-Star tournament and she got it, both on the front and back ends. Originally scheduled to begin Friday, June 22, the tournament was postponed because of rain. Games shifted to a Saturday, June 23 start instead. But, Mother Nature wasn’t done leaving her mark. The 12U championship game had to be moved from Tuesday, June 26 to Wednesday, June 27 after rain waters flooded the field.

In the end, however, host Hartford won championship titles in both 12U and 14U divisions.

NOW THAT’S SPORTMANSHIP… Watervliet and Hartford’s 14U all-star teams joined together for a team photo following play Tuesday, June 26. Hartford nipped Watervliet for the 14U championship, but both teams showed what true sportsmanship is all about. (Photo courtesy of A&A Sports Photography)


In 8U action, River Valley claimed the championship hardware after rolling through the bracket undefeated.  The Mustangs sported a 4-0 record after defeating Gobles, South Haven, and Watervliet twice.

In the semi-final game that saw the Panthers take on the host Indians, Watervliet won 13-9 to move on to the finals. River Valley shut out Watervliet 14-0 for the title of 8U champions. Coloma won the 8U sportsmanship award.

Coloma went 1-3 in the tourney and finished sixth overall. They beat Decatur 19-4 but lost to South Haven (15-11), Gobles (9-7), and South Haven (16-4).

Watervliet ended the tournament in the runner-up spot with a 3-2 record. Watervliet’s wins came against Paw Paw (14-6), Hartford (17-3), and Hartford (13-9). Watervliet’s two losses were to River Valley (16-8 and 14-0).

Hartford closed out their season with a 3-2 record and took third place. The Indians tallied wins over Decatur (15-0), Gobles (18-9), and South Haven (12-11). Hartford suffered two losses at the bats of Watervliet (17-3 and 13-9).

Other teams participating included champion River Valley, Decatur, Gobles, Paw Paw and South Haven.

In 10U competition, River Valley laid claim to that championship title as well. Four teams participated in the 10U division: Hartford, Lawrence, River Valley and South Haven.

River Valley tallied a 5-3 win over Hartford Monday, June 25 for the championship.  The Mustangs were undefeated with a 3-0 record.

Hartford settled for second place with a 2-2 record after they notched wins over Lawrence twice. The Indians lost to River Valley twice.

The 2018 tournament sportsmanship award in 10U went to Lawrence.

Hartford repeated as champions in the 12U division. The Indians went 5-1 in the tourney and topped South Haven twice Wednesday, June 27 for the title. Joining Hartford in the championship hunt was Decatur, Dowagiac, Paw Paw and South Haven.

Originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, the championship games had to be postponed until Wednesday, June 27 due to a flooded field. The reschedule didn’t throw off Hartford, as they won both games to beat South Haven.

Hartford had wins against Decatur (24-4) and two against Dowagiac (8-7 and 12-4). The Indians lost to South Haven 12-10. On the final night of play, Hartford needed two wins against South Haven for the title.  In the early game, Hartford won 10-