By Dan Brosgol
The Bedford Baystate A travel baseball team, the Dawgs, capped off their second round of summer baseball with a 4-1 week that featured a thrilling trophy weekend of baseball in Marblehead at Gatchell Field.
After a pair of wins on the road on Monday [July 20] in Winchester and Tuesday in Reading, the Dawgs lost a tight game to Waltham at home on Thursday evening to set up a Saturday night clash against Reading again in the round’s trophy weekend tournament. The Dawgs jumped out to a 4-1 lead early in the game, but a series of errors in the bottom of the 5th inning saw Reading tie the game heading into the final frame. In the top of the 6th, though, Jimmy McGinn doubled and scored, and Nick Puglielli finished his complete game on the mound by blanking the Rockets in the last half and sealing the 5-4 win for Bedford.
Sunday at 2:00 saw a rematch of last Sunday’s game between Bedford and Savin Hill, a game that saw Bedford come up on the short end of a 9-8 score. The trophy game, however, would tell a different story, as the Dawgs came through with excellent pitching, strong defense, and timely hitting that all lead to a 3-2 Bedford victory. Nick Puglielli hit a pair of solo home runs to pace the Bedford hitting attack, while Jack Venuti, James Brosgol, and Jimmy McGinn combined to hold the Savin Hill sluggers to just 2 runs. With Bedford clinging to a one-run lead, McGinn induced a groundout with two outs and a man on first to end the game and earn the Dawgs gold trophies for their second round of play.
The Dawgs will begin their third round of summer play this week, which will feature six games between now and August 6, with a goal of qualifying for the final trophy weekend and perhaps earning a spot in the top 8 for the final Tournament of Champions.
Back Row- Peter Morello (manager), Dave Venuti (coach), Jack Venuti, Nick Puglielli, Jimmy McGinn, Jack Stuzynski, Dave DiGangi (coach)
Front Row- James Brosgol, Matt Mulligan, Declan Garrity, Matty Forman, Dylan DiGangi
Not pictured- Nick Solitro, Ara Changelian, Mark Solitro (coach)