Lincoln-Sudbury is one of the top-ranked high school softball teams in the state, losing only once. The Bedford High School Buccaneers weren’t intimidated.
The Warriors escaped with a 6-5 home victory over Bedford High on Thursday in a game that came down to the last pitch.
The Bucs, now 8-3, return home on Saturday for an 11 a.m. showdown with Concord-Carlisle as part of a softball-baseball doubleheader on Military Appreciation Day.
Bedford has already clinched the Foley Division (small schools) in the Dual County League, thanks to Wednesday’s 12-0 win over a respectable Boston Latin team.
Trailing 6-0 in the top of the sixth inning in Sudbury, the Bucs cut the lead in half on a three-run bomb by Lexie Masters. Then they added two more in the seventh and had the tying run on first before L-S finally got the final out.
“This team just does not quit,” said Head Coach Dennis Walsh. He cited the performance of his two pitchers in this game, Coco Steele and Audrye Dumlao, “for keeping us in the game vs. a very strong lineup.”
Each team had eight hits, and the Bucs committed only one error. Defense has become a hallmark of the team, which was error free against Boston Latin. Not only that, but there were two sparkling fielding plays by second baseman Maggie Carluccio and a great defensive play early in the game by Kate Patterson, playing first base.
Bedford led 9-0 after three innings behind long home runs by Masters and Patterson. Kaylee Grace pitched a complete game, holding the Wolfpack to three hits.