After rolling to an 11-0 regular-season record, Bedford’s entry in the Arlington Summer League pulled out three straight one-run victories to capture its second consecutive championship in Babe Ruth baseball, ages 13-15.
It came down to the last batter in the last inning in the title game against 11-1 Medford last week.
Brendan Orr singled with the bases loaded and Joe Kaiser raced home for the walk-off win. Bedford scored its other run in the first inning when Orr drove in Derek Gallant with a double.
Defense and pitching were keys to the outcome, as Bedford was error-free and Medford several times stranded runners on third. Infielders Sasha Bailey, Zach Wirth, Ryan Nelson, Max Marchionna, Kaiser, Gallant, and catcher Cam Lewis led the defensive effort. Meanwhile, Orr, Henry Lewis, and Alex Colangelo combined to throw a three-hitter.
Reflecting on his 14-0 team, Head Coach Scott Wright said it was “an all-around team, with different players taking home game balls every night and production coming from every part of the lineup.”
“I couldn’t have asked for a better group to coach. The season demonstrated what a team should look like, with veteran players showing younger players the way,” said Wright. “Such a great group of kids who bought into bringing their best effort and attitude every night to the field.”
Assistant coaches were Dave Stewart and Bobby Indeglia. Wright is the son of legendary Bedford Babe Ruth Coach Tom Wright.
Bedford won its playoff quarterfinal over Waltham 8-7, despite falling behind 4-0 in the top of the first inning. Henry Lewis’s two-run double keyed a three-run response in the bottom of the first, but Bedford still trailed 7-5 entering the bottom of the sixth. That’s when Orr stepped up and, with two outs, blasted a two-run homer.
Colangelo held Waltham in the top of the seventh, and then Wirth drove in Matteo Oliveri Kuhnle to win in a walk-off.
In the semifinals, Wirth threw all seven innings as Bedford edged Belmont, 6-5. Wirth scattered six hits and three earned runs, and he finished with a flourish, striking out the final batter with the bases loaded.
Bedford scored five times in the top of the third, with consecutive hits from Orr, Henry Lewis, Wirth, Marchionna, Paul Stewart, Camden Lewis, and Riley Leavell-Coldwell. Others who wore the Bedford jersey this summer were Mikey Noh, Jai Voleti, and Noah Machado.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763