Submitted by the Bedford Co-Ed Adult Slowpitch Softball League
On Sunday afternoon, August 11, at E Field, the 2019 Bedford Co-Ed Adult Slowpitch Softball League year came to a dramatic close, with the Orange team pulling out a 25-16 win over the Black team in the summer final.
The league, which just completed its fourth year of play, is open to Bedford residents over the age of 18, graduates of Bedford High School, and residents of Hanscom Air Force Base. The spring season, which runs from mid-April to late June, features Sunday afternoon games, and the summer season, which runs from late June until early August, has games on Sundays afternoons (or evenings) and Wednesday evenings.
Despite the abundance of rain this spring, the league did end up playing a 20-game schedule in spring and summer on fields all over town. This year also featured some rules changes, including allowing women to use composite bats, moving games off of C Field (now the Ms. G Field) and instituting a home run cap to help keep the games from turning into home run derbies, and scheduling night games on E Field under the lights during the summer.
The Final Game
The final game was a back-and-forth affair. Black grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st as Peter Burke and Jeff Gayron scored, but in the home-half of the inning, Robert Maxon’s leadoff triple set the table for a 7-run inning for Orange, which featured a bases-loaded RBI single from Meaghan Henneberry.
The second inning was marked again by scoring from both teams, with Steve Protasowicki and Mike Bailey coming through with back-to-back hits with two outs to score three more runs for Black, but Phil Langone’s two-RBI double in the bottom half of the second helped Orange hold a 10-5 lead going into the third inning.
Black exploded for ten runs in the top of the third, sending 14 batters to the plate. The hitting barrage was highlighted by Jeremy Tate’s double off of the wall of Kids’ Club, but Orange roared back to take a 16-15 lead after an opposite-field 3-run home run from Dan Brosgol that also plated Scott Poulter and Josh Sobol.
Orange’s defense tightened up in the final innings, as Jamie Emerson and Josh Sobol both made diving catches to help the cause and keep Black off of the scoreboard while Jack Bellan’s pitching kept the opposing hitters at bay. Up 18-16 in the bottom of the 6th, Orange tacked on seven runs to take a 25-16 lead into the last inning, and that would prove to be the final score.
With the win, Orange claimed both the spring and summer championships, repeating their performance from the 2016 inaugural season.
Images in the gallery below are all (c) Courtesy, 2019 all rights reserved – Click each to view full size
Before the book is closed on 2019, keep in mind that adult softball is not over. Beginning after Labor Day and running through late October, the league will be offering pick-up softball under the lights on E Field on Sunday evenings. Please indicate your interest on the Recreation Department’s registration portal beginning on August 22 at 9 pm.
The 2020 Season
Information and registration for Spring and Summer 2020 will be going out in the winter Recreation brochure; the league is always looking for new players and anyone who is interested is strongly encouraged to sign up!
For more information, please contact Raeann Gembis in the Recreation Office or league commissioners Dan Brosgol and Rob Bowes.