By Dan Brosgol
With a round-one trophy weekend coming up in North Andover this week, here’s a look back at July’s Baystate A games, along with the team’s improving record.
Bedford’s final first round home game will take place on Tuesday night at 7:30 against Lynnfield at Page Field – make sure to come cheer for the home team under the bright lights on Loomis Street.
Under the cover of clouds and occasional drizzle, Bedford’s A-60 Baystate summer baseball team closed out a 6-4 win over Marblehead on Sunday at Donnelly Field in East Cambridge to improve to 4-2 on the season, inching closer to a berth in this week’s round one trophy weekend in North Andover. Sunday’s clash against Marblehead ended a 4-game stretch that saw the “Dawgs” go 3-1 and showcase excellent play in all three facets of the game: hitting, pitching, and defense.
The A-60 division features players ages 11 and 12 (or 13 with birthdays after April 30) playing on the 60-foot diamond. This summer, the A-60 division is fielding 19 teams from across Eastern Massachusetts that will all be playing 18 games over two rounds of play with the hopes of qualifying for both the end-of-round trophy weekends (that feature the top 8 teams in each round) and the August Tournament of Champions. Bedford currently sits in 5th place overall, and 3rd place in their division, with the final games of first round play taking place this week.
Sunday, July 10 – Bedford 6, Marblehead 4
Bedford avenged their 5-4 defeat to Marblehead in the June Cal Ripken district tournament with a memorable 6-4 victory in a neutral site game in Cambridge. Matty Forman, Owen Hickey, and Dylan DiGangi all pitched in the win, taming the Marblehead bats with their arms. Charlie Naylor’s diving catch in right field and subsequent doubling off the runner on second base capped the defensive effort, and Jacob Canner and Hickey combined to make two outs at the plate, both in the 3rd inning, on Marblehead runners attempting to score on wild pitches. Offensively the Dawgs were led by James Brosgol, who hit a double and a 2-run home run, and Hickey, who hit his first career home run in the 5th inning.
Thursday, July 7 – Billerica 10, Bedford 9
In a game that ended at the stroke of 10:00 in the evening, Billerica held off a late-game rally to eke out a one-run victory over the visitors. Bedford’s bats were alive all night, especially Dylan DiGangi’s, who hit two home runs and collected 4 RBI in the losing effort. Owen Hickey contributed three hits and 2 2/3 scoreless innings on the mound, and James Brosgol’s bases-loaded double in the 6th scored two runs in a late game rally that ended only when the Billerica shortstop made a diving catch on a Jacob Canner line drive to end the game with the tying run on third base.
Tuesday, July 5 – Bedford 5, Allston-Brighton 4 (7 innings)
The lights were on at Page Field and the crowd witnessed a spectacular game that saw A-B come back from an early deficit to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the 6th inning. Owen Hickey’s two-run double and Jake Morrison’s home run led the Dawgs’ offense, while James Brosgol and Nick Solitro’s dominant pitching (the two combined for 10 strikeouts and no runs in 4 innings on the mound) kept Bedford in position to win the game. Jacob Canner’s walk-off single to right field in the bottom of the 7th ended the game in dramatic fashion.
Saturday, July 2 – Bedford 10, Chelmsford 5
At Scully Field in Chelmsford, the Bedford bats were alive early, as timely hitting, including a home run by Jacob Canner and a double by Will Taft, paced the visitors to a comfortable win on a picturesque and pleasantly cool summer morning. Owen Hickey chipped in with two loud hits, and Nick Solitro and Dylan DiGangi contributed with strong showings both on the mound and at the plate.