A recap of recent results among Bedford Babe Ruth baseball summer teams:
After an undefeated week, Bedford’s entry in the 15-and-under Lou Tomkins League stands in second place in the 20-team division with a 5-0-1 record. The team plays four home games next week, including undefeated Brookline on Monday and third-place Reading Black on Tuesday.
Thursday Bedford traveled to Sudbury and capped the successful week with a 14-4 victory. Will Hickey pitched six innings to collect the win, allowing just three hits. He was backed by outstanding defensive play all game.
In the bottom of the second Sudbury had runners on first and second with nobody out and the game tied at one. Sudbury’s Sam Shuckerow grounded to shortstop Ryan McGrath. He flipped to second baseman Ronan Melfi for the force, and he relayed to first for a double play. Hickey got the next hitter to fly out lazily to right field to end the inning.
Bedford then scored seven runs on six hits in the top of the third to seal the win. The team added three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Chris Randazzo was three-for-three with a walk, to runs scored and two driven in. Drew Siwik had two hits and four runs scored.
Wednesday, in a showdown between two of the league’s top teams, Bedford beat Watertown/Belmont, 7-3. Ryan Capobianco pitched almost the entire game. He allowed just five hits and two runs, striking out five and walking zero. Grant Bouchard finished the game from the mound.
Bedford jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Cian O’Donnell and Siwik led the offense.
Earlier this week, Bedford defeated Concord 4-1. Sam Campbell gave up one run and three hits in the complete-game victory. He didn’t walk a batter.
The sole blemish on the perfect season so far was a 2-2 finish against Wellesley/Weston. Aiden LaCamera, Capobianco, and Bouchard combined to pitch a two-hitter while striking out 12.
Bedford tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Melfi was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Siwik had a base hot and caught all eight innings.
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Bedford Blue, Middlesex U-12s, beat Winchester in extra innings. 10-9. Nicholas Ducharme’s base hit in the bottom of the seventh drove home Luke Robinson for the winning run.
Sam Sardzinski went four-for-four, including two home runs and a triple. His second homer was in the bottom of the sixth with two outs to tie the game
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The 5-1 Bedford Junior Babe Ruth team came into Wednesday night’s home game riding high. The top spot in the league was at stake vs. Belmont.
Things started well for Bedford when Isaiah Triplett drove in Gabe Thompson and later scored on a passed ball to make it 2-0 after an inning. Anderson Marino scored in the second, but the home team couldn’t capitalize any further, leaving the bases loaded. Belmont tied the game with three runs in the third.
Bedford added a run in the fourth, but then Belmont broke through with four runs in the fifth. That was the decisive inning, and the final was 8 -5.
Jacob Hollingsworth, Alex Colangelo, and Oren Brosgol combined on the mound for Bedford.
Miles Trant was a wall at catcher (the opposing coach was heard saying, “That’s the best stop I’ve ever seen at this age” after he prevented an errant pitch from getting past him). Matteo Oliveri Kuhnle and Derek Gallant each made nice catches on deep fly balls to center field. Triplett may have made the catch of the night to stop a potential rally in the sixth – laying out to catch a pop fly in foul territory.
There’s an old baseball expression that players need a short memory, to put mistakes or losses behind them quickly. The team had that opportunity Thursday night, traveling to Charlestown for their third game of the week. Bedford sent nine players to the plate in the first, scoring four. Charlestown answered with three, and over the next two innings, each team scored a run.
Bedford broke the game open in the fourth inning, scoring six times on five hits and two walks.
One highlight was when Oliveri Kuhnle seemed to earn two hits in one at-bat. After a hard ground ball inside the third-base bag was called foul, he then sent a fly ball into left for the leadoff single that got things started. The final score was 20 – 5.
Triplett and Marino pitched three innings each, with Marino notching seven strikeouts. The entire lineup contributed offensively – everyone either scored or drove in runs. Trant batted in three, Gabe Thompson and Brosgol each drove in two.
Games Next Week
Bedford teams have three games next week, including a home contest Wednesday at 5:30 p,m. at the high school.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 781-983-1763