Hartford U12s Take Vermont Cal Ripken Title Again

Barton, Vt. — Riding a 16-strikeout effort from pitcher Hunter Perkins and timely hitting up and down the lineup, the Hartford U12s swept to a 9-2 win over Lake Region on Sunday to complete a three-win sweep through the Vermont Cal Ripken state youth baseball tournament.

Hartford powered past North Country, 15-5, to open the tourney on Friday. The U12s followed with a 10-2 win over Lake Region on Saturday before dominating the tournament hosts in Sunday’s final.

Tied 5-5 through three innings, Hartford erupted for seven runs in the fourth to take control of the North Country contest. Ryland Richardson’s RBI single plated pinch runner Jared Vanderpot to break the tie. After an intentional walk to Perkins, Chris Nulty followed with a towering three-run homer to push Hartford to the victory. Perkins finished with 10 strikeouts in a game stalled three times by weather delays.

Kiernan McHugh picked up the win on Saturday with three innings of six-strikeout ball. Nulty went 2-for-2 with a double and triple, driving in five runs. Perkins delivered a solo bomb and Brady Clark and Richardson both had 2-for-3 days at the plate.

Nick Cameron’s double to the fence in the third kick-started the Hartford offense in the championship contest. Hartford got on the board on a bases-loaded walk to Kyle Hamilton, which Nulty followed with a two-run single. Robert Slocum and Riley Packard added RBI singles for a 6-0 cushion that was more than enough for Perkins, who limited Lake Region to just one hit and one walk.

Hartford now advances to the New England regional tournament in Marlborough, Mass., on July 20-25. The championship was the sixth in a row for Perkins with the Hartford program and fourth in five seasons for Hamilton.

On the Run

Montgomery Claims
Debut RW&B 6.2

Lebanon — Claremont distance-running veteran Justin Montgomery led the field by nearly four minutes to win the inaugural Red White & Blue 6.2 road race last Thursday, the final event of the season for the Upper Valley Running Series.

Montgomery was first across the line in the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race, finishing in 34 minutes, 7.68 seconds. Lebanon’s Gregory Hagley followed in 37:53.78, just ahead of Thetford’s Matt Ozahowski (38:03.17). Lebanon’s Laura Hagley won the women’s division and finished fifth overall in 38:31.08.

The series included March’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K in Lebanon, May’s Road to the Pogue in Woodstock and Tuck Run for Kids in Hanover and June’s Skip Matthews Memorial Run in Lebanon and Enfield’s Shaker Seven. Last Thursday’s top runners and the unofficial series champions are listed in the chart on this page.

Frye, Beaudry

Langdon, n.h. — A pair of Walpole, N.H., runners came away with honors from Saturday’s latest Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series race, the Wicked Wildcat Wander at Fall Mountain Regional High School.

Levi Frye won the men’s division over the school’s cross country trail network, clocking a time of 42 minutes, 43.7 seconds to edge Claremont’s Justin Montgomery by 13.7 seconds. Croydon’s Neal Graves (45:42.6) was third. Kirsten Beaudry, also of Walpole, took the women’s division in 52:00.0.

In the Lake

GMA Swims Memphremagog

Newport, Vt. — Lebanon’s Catherine Gavell won her division to lead members of the CCBA branch of Green Mountain Aquatics at last weekends’ Kingdom Swim in Lake Memphremagog.

Competing in the female 13-14 age group, Gavell recorded a time of 20 minutes, 20 seconds in the one-mile race to record her win. GMA’s Andrew Han, 11, of Grantham, and Benjamin van Paassen, 13, of Groton, N.H., both took second in their age divisions, and teammate Katie Aman, 16, of Hanover, ranked third in her class.

Other highlights includes a first-ever open-water competition for Lyme’s Elizabeth Rodi, 12; a second-place finish among adult women for Lyme’s Amanda DiGeorge to go with a fifth place for Lebanon’s Elizabeth Kelsey (two minutes faster than 2012) and top-five finishes for Una DiGeorge and Alicia Sanyal in quarter-mile and 100-yard events.

GMA heads to MIT this weekend for qualifiers for the New England Swimming senior and age-group long-course championships.

In the Pool

UVAC Scholarships Available

White River Junction — Through a grant from the USA Swimming Foundation, the Upper Valley Aquatic Center is making available financial aid for first- and third-grade children in the town of Hartford for summer swim programs.

The money comes from USA Swimming’s Make a Splash program. Interesting families can pick up scholarship applications from the UVAC welcome desk or by sending an email to rsynnott@uvac-swim.org.

Applicants should expect a week to 10 days for the approval process and are asked to keep timing of classes in mind when submitting a scholarship application. Calls UVAC at 802-295-2850 for more information.

On the Water

Lake Sunapee Sailing Day

Sunapee — The Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet will host its second Lake Sunapee Sailing Day on July 13, welcoming all boats from sunfish to cruisers and racers to take part in a poker cruise.

All boats will rendevous with the LSCF committee boat outside Sunapee Harbor at 1 p.m. Using a map, sailors will cruise to four marks and back to the committee boat, receiving a playing card at each stop. Hands will be reveals at an end-of-day reception at Pete’s Shed in Sunapee Harbor, with prizes going to the top hands.

All participating sailboats must meet all vessel requirements as outlined in the Boater’s Guide of New Hampshire. Should inclement weather intervene, the sailing day will be held on July 14. Contact fleet captain Bill Ames at 603-763-4868 or lake.sunapee.cruising.fleet@gmail.com for more information.

In the Saddle

GHMA Eventing Clinic

South Woodstock — The Green Mountain Horse Association has scheduled its first festival of eventing clinic for Aug 5-8 at its home facility in South Woodstock as a run-up to the Aug. 9 one-day competition for elementary, beginner novice and novice riders and the Aug. 10-11 meet for novice through intermediate equestrians.

The clinic will offer riders and horses intruction, briefings, unmounted sessions and fun in such areas as dressage schooling, stadium exercises and cross country gallops. There will also be opportunities to experience fast-pace work on GMHA’s steeplechase course. Registration opens on June 25.

Contact GHMA’s Molly Hutchins at 802-457-1509, ext. 219 or molly@gmhainc.org for more information.