Hartford 9, Harwood 6
Reece Thompson’s five-goal outburst helped Hartford rally from an early deficit and snap Harwood’s 19-game winning streak that dated back to last season.
Down 3-1 after the first quarter, Hartford buckled down, holding the home team to just three more goals over the next three quarters. Hartford led 5-4 by halftime and was up 8-6 after trading goals with the Highlanders in the third.
Logan Hathaway added a goal and two assists to Thompson’s five scores for Hartford.
For Harwood, Jake Wells and Jake Green had two goals apiece, with Wells adding an assist, and Finn O’Hara and Jake Lynn also scored.
Harwood goalie Sully O’Hara, under fire all day, made 18 saves.
Hartford improved to 4-1; Harwood is now 2-1.
Harwood 9, Green Mountain Valley School 4
Ely Kalkstein struck for four goals and two assists to power Harwood to a road win over rival Green Mountain Valley School.
Harwood led a 2-0 after the first quarter, 3-2 at halftime, and broke the game open with five goals in the third quarter.
Mike Aiken had two goals and an assist for Harwood, Finn O’Hara had a goal and an assist and Jake Lynn had the Highlanders’ final goal. Sully O’Hara made six saves for the Highlanders.
Tanner Ketchel scored twice for Green Mountain Valley and Josh Valentine had a goal and an assist.
Lyndon 7, Harwood 1
Lyndon’s starting pitcher, Dave Buckingham, racked up 12 strikeouts and his offense took advantage of a few key mistakes by Harwood’s defense to get the road win over the Highlanders.
Buckingham went the distance, issuing six walks and giving up three hits and one earned run in seven innings. Harwood starter Sean Russell pitched three innings, striking out four and giving up four hits and one earned run.
Chase Reagan’s second-inning double was one of the three hits on the day for Harwood, which scored its only run in the seventh. Lyndon plated four runs in the second, three of them unearned, and added single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh.
“For the second game in a row, walks and errors” were Harwood’s downfall, coach Mitch Casey said. Harwood pitchers issued nine walks, and the team made three errors. Lyndon capitalized on those mistakes with five timely hits, all singles.
Harwood dropped to 0-2; Lyndon is 3-0.
U-32 11, Harwood 10 (8 innings)
A pair of mistakes in extra innings cost Harwood its season opener in a wild finish.
After singling in the bottom half of the eighth, U-32’s Jesse Wild took advantage of a pair of wild throws to second and third to score the winning run in a walk-off.
For U-32, Eli Oliver and Owen Guthrie each had two hits, including a double apiece.
Harwood’s Chase Reagan drove in two runs with his double, and Adyn Oshkello added a two-bagger of his own.
Harwood built an early 7-2 lead, but U-32 rallied to take a one-run lead by the start of the seventh. Harwood’s Bobby Kelly tied the game in the top of the seventh, reaching base on an error and eventually scoring on a wild pitch.
U-32’s Owen Kellington came on in relief to get the win on the mound, striking out four Highlanders in two innings.
Lyndon 25, Harwood 4
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U-32 21, Harwood 9 (six innings)
U-32 scored nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to put Harwood away in the season opener for both teams.
U-32 led 12-4 after five innings; Harwood trimmed the deficit to 12-9 in the top half of the sixth, but U-32 answered with nine runs in the bottom half of the inning, and the game was called under the mercy rule.
Grace Johnson got the win for U-32, striking out two batters and giving up 10 hits.
Harwood pitcher Cassie James took the loss, striking out three and giving up just three hits.
Harwood’s Cam Ravelin had three hits, James had two triples and Emma Ravelin added two more hits for the Highlanders.
Track and field
Boyden second, Thamm third at Essex Invitational
Harwood’s Hale Boyden and Zuzu Thamm both earned spots on the podium, and four Highlander relay teams finished in the top six at the annual Essex Invitational.
Boyden was second in the 3,000 meters, running a 9:57.86 to finish behind only Champlain Valley Union’s Jared Leonard.
Thamm was third in the triple jump at 28 feet, 2.25 inches, just behind Colchester’s Madison Chagnon. Hannah Nedo of Essex won with a distance of 33 feet, 4.5 inches.
The Harwood boys team of Boyden, Brendan Magill, Zenner DiMario and Carlton Cummiskey finished second in the 4x800-meter relay; another Harwood relay team was fourth in the boys 4x400-meter relay, a girls relay squad was third in the 4x800-meter relay and another squad was sixth in the 4x100-meter relay.
U-32 19, Harwood 6
U-32’s Emily Ehret and Cypress Levitt scored six goals each to lead their squad to a dominant road win over rival Harwood.
Harwood hung tough in the first half, and U-32 led just 8-5. But U-32 ran away with the game in the second half, outscoring Harwood 11-1.
In addition to the 12 goals scored by Ehret and Levitt, U-32 got three goals from Charlotte Harris and two from Sasha Kennedy.
Kelly Tynan led the Harwood offense with two goals.
Kathryn Jones made eight saves for U-32; Harwood’s Kaylee Cameron made 15 stops.
Lamoille 12, Harwood 2
Lamoille’s Morgan Burnham and Ryley Cota scored three goals apiece in a road win over Harwood. It was the season opener for both teams.
Renny Cota and Addie Martin each scored twice for Lamoille, and Savannah Aiken and Phoebe Loomis added single scores.
Lamoille goalie Wenzdae Wendling made 13 saves.
Montpelier 4, Harwood 3
Harwood won every match it played, but had to forfeit four matches for a lack of players, which allowed Montpelier to win the day.
The Highlanders won at No. 1, 2 and 3 singles. Jesse McDougall came storming back to beat Ben Hancock-Song 1-6, 7-5, 10-0, Peter Laino beat Josh Golonka 6-3, 6-3 and Asher Martley beat Greg Golonka 6-3, 6-3.
A shortage of players forced Harwood to forfeit No. 4 and 5 singles and both doubles matches.
So, Montpelier earned the win without actually winning a single match.