Season Ends for West Hartford’s Legion Teams

Bryan Renker slides. Photo credit: David Heuschkel

West Hartford’s Senior and Junior American Legion baseball teams ended their runs Sunday in state tournament play.

Pitcher James Gadue. Photo credit: David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel, West Hartford Press Sports Editor

Sunday was an elimination day for two American Legion baseball teams from West Hartford as the seasons ended for both the Senior (19-U) and Junior (17-U) squads in their respective state tournaments.

Three outs away from staying alive, the Senior Legion team gave up two unearned runs in the last inning and watched Waterford celebrate a 6-5 walk-off win at South Windsor’s Rotary Park.

Post 96 erased an early two-run deficit and scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. Waterford’s winning rally was aided by two errors by West Hartford in the bottom of the seventh.

About an hour later at Conard High School, West Hartford’s Junior Legion team had its season end with a 4-3 loss in extra innings to Northeast.

Northeast, which has players from Tolland, Stafford, Ashford and Willington, broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the top of the eighth. West Hartford nearly tied it in the bottom half, staging a two-out rally and scoring a run before leaving the bases loaded.

A complete story and more photos will be available in the Aug. 2 edition of the West Hartford Press.

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Colby Jones at bat. Photo credit: David Heuschkel

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