Back-to-back wins on Monday over Lexington, and Tuesday over Waltham secured the Bedford Junior Babe Ruth team a berth in tomorrow’s championship final against Belmont.
Fans are invited to cheer the teams at the JGMS G field; the game begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 12.
Monday’s Win over Lexington
The Bedford Junior Babe Ruth team entered the playoffs on Monday night as the #1 seed in a field of 8 teams. They would be playing a Lexington team that had previously beaten them 3 – 1. Miles Trant set the tone defensively right away with a great play at the plate. There were 2 outs and a runner on second, and the Lexington batter struck a single to center that seemed sure to score a run. The throw from center field took him up the first base line and then he dove to the plate to get the runner!
Trant then got the scoring started in the bottom of the first with a single and savvy baserunning to score on a passed ball. Lexington would not go quietly, and they came back with 2 of their own at the top of the second. The Bucs battled back in the second and scored three more, with Hayden McAllister and Alex Colangelo each knocking in a run with timely hits. The score stayed knotted at 4 – 2 until the bottom of the 5th when Zach Wirth led off with a single, stole second, and then scored on a throwing error by the pitcher.
Lexington scored 2 more in the 6th to make it a one-run game, 5 – 4. Bedford needed 3 more outs and Trant got the first with a sliding catch of a pop-up right in front of the home team dugout. Colangelo then slammed the door with 2 strikeouts to end the game
Isaiah Triplett started the game on the hill for the Bucs, going four strong innings. He passed the ball to Colangelo for the last 3.
Tuesday’s Win over Waltham
Tuesday night the Bucs would be facing Waltham in the semi-finals for a chance to play in the championship game on Thursday. Waltham scored 1 in the first and another in the 3rd to take a 2 – 0 lead into the 4th. It felt like things were not breaking in the home team’s favor – a couple of close plays were called for Waltham, and when Bedford was making contact, the balls were going right to the defense.
Bedford had the top of their order coming up and made the most of their chances. The first five batters to the plate scored, with Oren Brosgol and Hayden McAllister each driving in a pair.
Anderson Marino had pitched the first four innings, giving up 2 runs, and then Brosgol followed. Now pitching with a 5 – 2 lead, he held Waltham scoreless in the 5th and 6th. On the offensive side though, the home team kept pushing, scoring 3 each in the bottom of the 5th and 6th innings.
The visitors kept fighting and added 2 more runs in the top of the 7th. That was where the score would stand though as Bedford wrapped up an 11 – 4 victory.