Bedford 13s break through to top Goffstown for state Babe Ruth title
Geoff Mosseau drove in four runs and pitched the first four innings to help Bedford post a 12-2 victory over Goffstown in the championship game at Monsignor Simard Field.
"We really stressed that it was going to be important to score first in the second game," Bedford coach Kevin Lavigne said. "We felt that if we could score two or three runs early in the game it would negate their momentum.
Goffstown coach Paul Hunt said he planned to start Cody Morel on the mound in the second contest, but scrapped that plan when Morel said he had some tightness in his elbow. Morel pitched the final 1 1/3 inning in the first game.
"At 13 years old I'm not going to take a chance," Hunt said. "We were excellent in the first game, but then the wheels started to come off a little bit. It was hard to take that momentum forward."
Bedford's Connor Collins walked three times, was hit by a pitch and scored four runs in the championship game. Mosseau had a two-run single and a two-run double.
By winning the state title, Bedford earned a spot in the New England Regional, which begins Saturday at Gill Stadium. Bedford will face Eastern Massachusetts in the 1 p.m. game.
"We're looking forward to it," Lavigne said. "It's in our backyard and we'll definitely have great fan support."
Matt Woodard pitched into the sixth to collect the win and had three hits to help Goffstown force a second game.
One of Woodward's hits was a two-run single in a four-run second inning than handed Goffstown a 5-0 lead.
Bedford made three errors in the inning.Woodward struck out seven and surrendered three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Morel pitched the final 1 1/3 innings. Tyler Santoro also collected three hits for Goffstown.