Updated: Aug 7, 2022
Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Report, I'm Keith Harrington.
Get out the broom in Warrensburg! After the Burgher girls won their first ever softball crown, the baseball team made it two for two as they blanked Hartford 4-0 in the TCML championship game held at Hartford's Bob Wilkins Field.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Pierce Byrne fired a no-hitter with 10 strike outs and the Burgher offense gave their ace more runs than he needed to hold off a Tanager team that came in playing their best ball of the season.
Hartford upset the top seed in the Eastern Division Whitehall in the semifinals after being swept by them during the season, but Byrne proved to be too much to handle.
The game was scoreless after the first inning, but the Burghers took the lead in the second. Caleb Remington walked and advanced to third on a pair of passed balls. Then Cameron Allen walked and prompltly stole second. Next, Austin Shepler delivered a two-run single to give the Burghers a 2-0 lead.
Warrensburg added single runs in the third and fourth. In the third Remington doubled and scored on an RBI single from Allen. In the fourth Byrne smacked an RBI single to close out the scoring.
Meanwhile Byrne was on cruise control. Hartford's best chance to score came in the first when leadoff hitter Jace Venner walked, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Byrne struck out the next two Tanagers and induced an infield pop up to end the inning. The Tanagers only had one other runnes reach second base and two others get on base at all.
Jace Hubert went 3 for 3 for Warrensburg.
Tri-Counry Middle League President Mike Jones was on hand for the trophy presentation. Jones is pleased that the TCML now has 10 teams after a couple of lean years due to Covid-19.
Warrensburg finishes the season 15-1. Hartford ends with a mark of 6-7-1.
Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game is Today
"Strong legs run so weak legs may walk." That has long been the motto of the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl game. Today is the big day.The 69th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl game kicks off at noon at Castleton University's Dave Wolk Stadium.
The game features the top seniors from New Hampshire against the top seniors from Vermont. 76 young men from the Granite and Green Mountain states play their hearts out for the benefit of the children in the Shrine facilities. Both squads have been working hard at training camp all week and want to claim the victory for bragging rights. However, the real winners are the are the children in the Shrine hospitals.
The Shriner's Hospitals provide care for children up to the age of 18 with special health care needs, and conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of the children and their families.
NewHampshire leads the series all-time 49-16-2. -1. The one reprsents the Covid year when the game was not played.
New Hampshire won last year's contest 21-0.
The game will be streamed live on the Northeast Sports Network. The game can also be heard on the Shrine Radio Network on 1230-AM and 94-FM in White River Junction and Claremont, New Hampshire.
Legendary sports announcers Jack Healey of Vermont and Bob Lipman of New Hampshire will be on the call of both broadcasts.
With the Border Country Sports Report, I'm Keith Harrington.