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Hurricanes happy with split

  • Hartford's Zack Butterfield takes batting practice with sunflower seeds while drenching rain falls and delays the start of their doubleheader with Mount Anthony by 90 minutes in White River Junction, Vt., on May 20, 2019. With their regular season ending on Saturday, Hartford is playing five games this week. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hartford's baseball team, including Alex Bushway at left, waits out the rain in the dugout before their doubleheader with Mount Anthony in White River Junction, Vt., on May 20, 2019. The rain drenched the field and delayed the start by 90 minutes as Hartford's regular season ends on Saturday. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • As rain continues to fall before their baseball doubleheader in White River Junction, Vt., with Mount Anthony on May 20, 2019, Athletic Director Jeff Moreno, left, shows Hartford coaches Jarrod, center, and Dick Grassi the sunny conditions the softball team is playing under in Bennington, Vt., where rain was predicted. The start was delayed by 90 minutes. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hartford left fielder Cam Tucker catches a deep foul ball in the sixth inning of their game with Mount Anthony in White River Junction, V.t, on May 20, 2019. Mount Anthony won, 3-0, in the first game of the doubleheader. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Mount Anthony first baseman Tanner King pulls in the throw just before Hartford's Nick Martin lands on the bag in the fourth inning of their game in White River Junction, Vt., on May 20, 2019. Mount Anthony won, 3-0, in the first game of the doubleheader. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hartford pitcher Alex Bushway delivers from the mound in the third inning of their game with Mount Anthony in White River Junction, Vt., on May 20, 2019. Mount Anthony won, 3-0, in the first game of the doubleheader. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Staff Reports
Monday, May 20, 2019

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Hartford High’s baseball team found its offense at the very last minute of its doubleheader with Mount Anthony on Monday afternoon at the Maxfield Sports Complex, leading to a walk-off win for the Hurricanes in the nightcap.

Hartford lost the first game, 3-0, but turned things around with five runs on five hits in the sixth and seventh innings of game two to erase a 4-1 deficit and win in a walk-off, 5-4.

Riley Packard hit the game-winner, a bloop single into center field. The Canes improved to 4-8 this spring.

“It was one of those days where we hit some balls hard right at them,” said Hartford head coach Jarrod Grassi. “They made plays. We weren’t very good at the plate. But we found a way when it counted.

“It was nice to come away with points under not the greatest field conditions,” he added. “I was very pleased with the way we finished.”

Alex Bushway took the loss in the game, allowing six hits, two earned runs and three walks in seven innings. He also struck out seven to keep the Hurricanes within striking distance.

The problem was Hartford’s offense, which managed only three hits and left four runners on base in the loss. 

“They made every play defensively in that game,” Grassi said. “They made the plays in big spots.”

Freshman pitcher Colin Vielleux went the distance in game two, giving up nine hits, four earned runs and one walk. He also struck out four. 

Mount Anthony scored three runs in the third inning and added an insurance run int he sixth. But Hartford’s offense found its groove in the sixth inning, cutting the deficit to two in the sixth before rallying for a walk-off in the seventh.

The Canes managed 11 hits in game two to get the split.

Hartford travels to Burr & Burton on Thursday.