The rampaging Bedford High School softball team finishes the regular season with a flourish next week.
Coach Dennis Walsh’s Buccaneers, with a record of 11-3, host Lincoln-Sudbury on Monday at 4:30 p.m., visit Lexington on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. and Belmont on Wednesday at 4 p.m., and return home for Friday’s 4 p.m. finale against Acton-Boxborough.
And next Thursday is the senior prom.
Bedford High was placed 10th in the MIAA Division 2 softball power rankings – before Thursday’s victory.
Both of this week’s games ended after five innings because the Bucs reached the run differential threshold requiring an early finish.
And although Bedford outscored its two Middlesex League opponents, 25-1, a big part of the success story was pitching and defense.
On Thursday, senior Kaylee Grace blanked Melrose on two hits, striking out nine on Miss G Field as her teammates scored 12 times. Grace threw 70 pitches, and 52 were strikes – almost 75 percent.
Nine Buccaneers registered base hits, led by Alice Cooprider and Kate Patterson with two apiece.
Coco Steele got the start in the circle on Monday at Watertown, and Grace pitched the last two innings. They combined for 11 strikeouts and just a single hit allowed.
Bedford, which earlier this month needed a seventh-inning rally to come from behind and beat Watertown, led 10-0 after two innings on Monday. Patterson and Lexie Masters had two hits each, and the team took advantage of seven errors. Seven Bucs drove home runs.
The Buccaneer defense committed only a single error in each game.