Hartford U10s Win Title
Manchester, Vt. — Following in the footsteps of their older classmates, the Hartford 10-and-under Cal Ripken baseball team won its respective state tournament last weekend. It was the first time both age group teams won titles in the same year.
Hartford will now head to the Cal Ripken New England Regionals in Cranston, R.I., from July 19-25. This is Hartford’s fourth U10 State Championship in the past six years.
Hartford defeated host Manchester, 11-0 in four innings and then defeated Central Valley, 9-1 to reach the title game. Then, playing Central Valley again, Hartford had to rally from a 4-1 deficit after three innings before pulling out an 8-4 victory.
Hartford scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth and five more in the bottom of the fifth to seal the win.
The previous weekend in Randolph, the team won the district tournament by scores of 14-0, 12-8 and 7-6. Alex Bushway, Jacob Dwinell and William Akers handled the pitching duties, while Danny Bushway has been a wall at catcher. Aidan Brooks (.454 average), Matt Zietz (.388), Matt Roberts (.375) and Nick Clay (.375) led the team at the plate.
Leb. Central Supply 1, Hartford Jrs. 1
Hartford — Lebanon Central Supply kept its unbeaten record intact in dramatic fashion at Dothan Brook School.
GW Wells Bogue scored with two seconds remaining to earn Central Supply (7-0-1) the tie. Bogue ran onto a lofted pass from Jeff Purdy and calmly slotted the ball inside the back post.
Hartford had taken a 1-0 lead in the 80th minute when Zach Arvin pounded home a loose ball from six yards out following a deflected corner kick. Hartford fielded a deep and dangerous team, and pulled ahead after a long stretch of domination.
Miguel Hernandez had nine saves in goal for Central Supply, while Zach Arvin turned aside five shots for Hartford (6-1-1).
Touchline V 5, Lebanon-Mak’s 0
Meriden — Five players found the back of the net as Touchline V (8-3) blanked Lebanon-Mak’s (2-3-4).
Noah Kahan, Konrad Mitchell, Robbie Murdza, Tim Alibozek and Arturo Johnson scored for Touchline, and Kahan, Mitchell, P.J. Shaw and Jamie Dinulas had assists. Connor Edson earned the shutout in goal.
Last night’s game raised several hundred dollars to benefit a fund established to help area residents whose living spaces were affected by last week’s rainstorm runoff and flooding. The fundraising is ongoing.
The teams face off again on Sunday in Norwich.