The 9-3 Bedford High School softball team has a lot to celebrate, but only a little time.
After an emphatic 10-1 victory over rival Concord-Carlisle at Miss G Field on Saturday – Military Appreciation Day – the girls begin the final third of the regular-season schedule on Monday at Watertown.
The remaining six games in 12 days, all against larger schools, will be a good tune-up for the MIAA Division 2 state tournament. The Bucs’ power ranking was 12 on Friday before the Concord result.
Saturday’s fun began when Bella Fernald, a perennial softball all-star who graduated in 2022, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Fernald is now a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Senior Kaylee Grace pitched a complete game, striking out 10 Patriots. And she received all the scoring support she would need in the first inning when Lulu Steele drove in Kate Patterson with a sacrifice fly and then Grace doubled home what proved to be the winning run.
Bedford batted around in the fourth and sixth innings, featuring a home run by Lexie Masters in each frame.
Leading the attack at the plate were Lulu Steele with three hits and Addi Poulter, Grace, Patterson, and Masters with two apiece.
Bedford was solid defensively again with Head Coach Dennis Walsh citing the play of second baseman Maggie Carluccio, catcher Alice Cooprider, and third baseman Sami Langone. Grace only needed three pitches to retire Concord-Carlisle in the fourth inning.