By Dan Brosgol
Wednesday night saw the opening of the Bedford Babe Ruth American League playoffs, with two thrilling games kicking off postseason play in dramatic fashion, with a pair of play off games on Saturday evening.
Good luck to all of the teams this weekend, and the rest of the way.
Second Round Begins on Saturday, June 13, with Championship Round Starting on Wednesday, June 17
The championship round will feature a 2-0 team against a 2-1 team, and in this double-elimination format, the winner of Monday night’s game would have to win against the winner of the Saturday late game on both Wednesday and Thursday to raise the championship trophy, while a victory by the Saturday night winner in the Wednesday game would settle the matter once and for all.
- Orioles and Red Sox at 5:30 pm: The Orioles and Red Sox will take the field at 5:30 on Saturday, with their seasons on the line. A win sends the victor into Round Three on Monday at 5:30, while a loss will end the losing team’s season.
- The A’s and Angels at 7:45 pm: The A’s and Angels will meet under the lights on Saturday at 7:45, with a berth in the championship at stake. A victory puts the winning team into the Wednesday night championship round, while the loser will have to battle it out against the early game’s winner on Monday.
Playoff Update: Wednesday’s Games
Angels 4, Orioles 2 : At I Field, the Angels faced off against the Orioles in a tight, low-scoring game, with the Angels winning by a 4-2 final score. The bats were alive early in the opening game of the playoffs between the Angels and Orioles. The Orioles stuck first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to some timely hitting and clutch baserunning by Dylan DiGangi and Jack Venuti, but Angels pitcher Max Alper was able to get a strikeout with the bases loaded and two outs to hold the Orioles to two runs… and they would not score again. Cameron Horne’s second inning single led to the Angels’ first run of the night, but in the top of the third, an Alper double plated Declan Garrity and Ben Croteau, and the Angels kept up the pressure, eventually grabbing a 4-2 lead. From that point on, pitching and stellar defense from both teams held both offenses in check for the remainder of the game. Adam O’Brien and Ben Croteau combined for 5 innings of shutout baseball for the Angels, while Nick Solitro shut the Angels down in innings four, five, and six.
A’s 7, Red Sox 6: Across town at Page Field, the Red Sox gave the top-seeded A’s all they could handle in a game that featured lead changes, clutch hitting, and big plays on both sides. Red Sox starting pitcher Owen Hickey delivered two hits and three RBI in addition to three innings of pitching, and teammate Matt Mulligan’s two-run triple in the top of the fifth inning gave the visitors a 6-4 lead. But with one out in the bottom of the inning, back-to-back singles by Adam Legere and James Brosgol set the table for Nick Puglielli, whose home run over the left field fence gave the A’s a 7-6 lead. Brosgol came in for the 6th inning to close out the game for the A’s and send them into a second round matchup with the Angels. For the A’s, Legere’s 2-hit night also featured a first inning triple, and third baseman Matt Kazangian’s 2 hits and fine defensive play were a critical part of the victory. Puglielli’s home run punctuated his three-hit night that also featured his excellent defensive play at the catcher position, where he threw out a runner trying to steal third and made a tough play in the fifth inning on a swinging bunt to end the Red Sox rally.