Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Well, how's it going everyone? I haven't blogged in a few days as I am on vacation in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with my family. We are having a fantastic time, but I had a little free time on my hands this morning so I decided to catch up with you.
When we are not out touring around in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge I have been watching a lot of the Olympic coverage. I have loved the Olympics since I was a kid. I love seeing sports that we would not normally be able to watch. As a matter of fact I am watching them while I am typing this as new Knick Luca Vildoza is playnig for Aregentina. I also love supporting the athletes of our country. When no Americans are competing I pull for the athletes and teams from my wife's native land, China.
The highlight of my Olympic watching expereience came last night when I watched former Williams College women's soccer star Kristi Kirshe score a pair of tries, the equivalent of a football touchdown, for Team USA in a win over China. Kirshe's two scored broke open a 7-7 tie. Kirshe was a Division III All-American for the Ephs. I called countless Williams games for NSN while Kirshe was playing for the Ephs.
Hartford Advances to TCML Softball Finals
Hartford, the #3 seed, went on the road and upset #2 Granville in a 5-4 thriller in the TCML softball semifinals. It was the second time that Hartford defeated Granville this season.
Hartford scored two runs in the top of the first to take the lead. Hartford led 2-1 after two innings as Granville got on the board in the bottom of the second.
Hartford scored a run in the third and two more in the fifth to lead 5-2.
Granville pulled within 5-4 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and threatned in the seventh, getting the a runner to third before Hartford got a big strikeout to close the door.
Emma Wade picked up the win in the circle for Hartford.
Ava Nadeau was 2 for 4 for Hartford. Wade doubled. Sierra McDermott was 1 for 2.
Raegan Swain was 2 for 2 with a double for Granville. Melissa Beaver also had two hits.
Granville ends an outstanding season at 8-5.
Hartford is 7-6 and moves on to face Warrensburg in the championship game.
Earlier in the week Hartford finished off the regular season with a 16-14 win over Adirondack.
Sierra McDermott was the winning pitcher.
Nadeau had a huge game for Hartford, going 3 for 4 with a grand slam, double and five RBIs. Cailin Severance was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Cassandra Wade and Emily Cutler added two hits each.
Laci Bruno was 3 for 5 for Adirondack.
Hartford ended the regular season 6-6. Adirondack finished 0-12.
Warrensburg 11 Salem 1
Warrensburg 3 Hadley-Luzerne 2
Albany 6 Glens Falls 3
American Legion Baseball
Essex Post #91 2 Rutland Post #31 0
With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Photo Credit-Stacie Arnhold