NHIAA Baseball: Lancer arms quiet Bedford
BEDFORD - There are two weeks remaining in the NHIAA baseball regular season, and no Division I team has a better resume than Londonderry.
The Lancers raised their record to 10-3 and extended their winning streak to eight games by beating Bedford 6-1 Friday. Londonderry is alone in first place, and each of its three losses came by one run.
"We're on a roll," Londonderry shortstop Jake Welch said. "This is my third year as a varsity player and I feel a lot more confidence this year than I did my first two years.
"After every game the intensity just gets better and better, and you can see it in practice, too. We're building confidence and getting more excited for the playoffs."
Welch, one of six seniors on the Londonderry roster, collected three of his team's 11 hits Friday.
Londonderry led 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Bulldogs had a runner thrown out on a suicide squeeze. Londonderry took control by scoring four runs in the top of the sixth. The inning featured consecutive hits by Geoff Kayo (single), Zach Tavano (double), Jake Welch (double) and Brett Evangelista (double).
"Londonderry is a real good team, but the league is real even," Bedford coach Billy Chapman said. "This year it's going to come down to who's the hottest team come time for the playoffs."
Londonderry's Tom Corey started on the mound and gave up one run on one hit in 4 2/3 innings before leaving because of a leg injury. Rob Del Signore allowed one hit over the final 2 1/3 innings. Del Signore hasn't allowed a run in his last 19 1/3 innings.
Bedford, which entered the day with seven wins in its last nine games, dropped to 7-5. Andy Lalonde, who is usually the team's starting catcher, made the first start of his high school career on the mound and held the Lancers to one run on three hits in four innings.
The Lancers received two hits from both Kayo and Tavano. Cory Snell and Brett Veilleux had Bedford's two hits.
Corey, Del Signore and ace Ryan Maloney give Londonderry as much pitching depth as any team in Division I. Maloney will pitch for the University of Massachusetts next season.
"I like how we're playing and I like our chances," Londonderry coach Brent Demas said. "We're in a good position as long as we keep working and don't get complacent. Come playoff time, momentum starts and stops with a pitcher, and I'll take my chances with any of our three pitchers."