Top-seeded Bedford High School’s softball team hosts Dracut in the first round of the MIAA Division 2 North tournament Monday at 5:30 p.m.
And the Buccaneers had better be ready.
Most of the time, a 1-16 matchup serves as a tune-up for the deeper rounds. But Dracut sent a message with its qualifying game Friday night — a 22-0 drubbing of Salem. Dracut’s 2021 record is 6-10, most of it compiled against larger schools in the Merrimack Valley Conference.
Also this week, five softball Bucs were recognized as Dual County League all-stars: Bella Fernald, who was named DCL co=player of the year. Katie Kranz, Ellie Mitchell, Cassidy Schuman, and Kaylee Grace.
BHS girls lacrosse and boys’ tennis advanced to quarterfinal rounds after success on Friday.
The girls, competing in the Division 2 East sectionals, registered a 17-1 home-field triumph over 10th-seeded Arlington Catholic.
The opposition will be tougher for the Buccaneers – second-seed Foxboro High, which will host the match on Monday at 7 p.m.
Coach Nicole Lespasio’s lax team spread the wealth – all 18 girls on the roster got playing time, and there were 11 different scorers, led by Abby Morrissey (four goals); Allie Zorn (three), and Astrid Yerardi (three). Notable defenders were Katherine Vaughn and Julia Dearing; each caused multiple turnovers.
The tennis team travels to Marblehead courts for a Division 2 North showdown on Tuesday. Friday the team vanquished Central Catholic High School, 4-1. Bedford’s results were not close. Malcolm Mayanja (6-0, 6-4) and Owen Goss (6-1, 6-0) were the singles winners, and both doubles combinations also came out on top: Rohan Manne/Ittai Weisman (6-0, 6-1) and Jake Klingenburg/Leo Chen (6-2, 6-2).
The Bedford baseball season ended with a 9-4 win by Wilmington Friday afternoon. The Wildcats came into the tournament with only two wins, but their Middlesex League schedule was more demanding than Bedford’s Dual County League Small Schools opponents.
The Bucs trailed 2-0 when they erupted for three runs in the bottom of the fourth. But Wilmington stormed back with four in the fifth inning and was not threatened after that. Bedford left nine men on base.
Sophomore catcher Owen Brazee belted two long doubles for Bedford, which features a roster with only three seniors.
Also finishing their seasons Friday afternoon were the boys’ lacrosse team, which fell at second-seed Medway, 19-7, and the girls’ tennis team, blanked by undefeated Winchester, 5-0.
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