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Local roundup: Kellington, U-32 end Hartford baseball’s title run

Staff Reports
Published: 6/9/2021 9:51:59 PM
Modified: 6/9/2021 9:52:02 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford High baseball team’s bid for an undefeated VPA Division II state championship ran into a buzzsaw on Wednesday night.

UConn commit Owen Kellington tossed a complete-game three-hitter and struck out 17 batters to lead No. 5 U-32 to a 4-1 win over the top-ranked Hurricanes in a D-II semifinal at Maxfield Sports Complex. The defeat prevented Hartford (16-1) from making the state championship game since winning its last crown in 2009.

Alex Bushway swapped zeroes on the scoreboard with Kellington — who is bound for summer college ball with the Vermont Lake Monsters after the high school season is done — until the top of the fourth. The Raiders (13-3) used three singles around a sacrifice bunt for a 1-0 lead. U-32 added three more runs on four hits in the fifth for a 4-0 cushion.

Hartford scratched out its run in the home sixth, using a walk, single and a Kellington wild pitch to plate Zach Johnson and to break the goose egg. The U-32 senior held serve from there.

“It was a disappointing finish to a very successful season,” first-year Hartford coach Kris Keelty said. “U-32 is an excellent team, and Owen is a tremendous pitcher. They simply played better than we did tonight.

“Our players have accomplished great things this season. They should all be proud, and I was very proud to coach them.”

Bushway tossed a complete game for the Canes, allowing nine hits, fanning six and walking three.

The Canes’ 16 wins were the most they’ve had in one season since 2008, when the fell to Essex in the D-I finale. Keelty loses six to graduation: Alex Bushway, Danny Bushway, Aiden Brooks, Nick Martin, Jacob Dwinell and Cam Tucker.

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