Bedford 13s break through to top Goffstown for state Babe Ruth title
ROCHESTER - The Bedford all-stars won Saturday's Babe Ruth 13-year-old state tournament, and they did it the hard way.
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.
Bedford could have won the title earlier in the day, but Goffstown forced a second game by winning 8-3.
"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.
"We didn't do much right in the first game today. Defensively we were pretty porous. We needed to take a deep breath and collect ourselves. This team is good about putting those types of games behind them. Scoring first in that second game was definitely a key."
Bedford scored two runs in the first, five in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth. The game ended after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
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.
Mosseau allowed two hits and four runs in four innings. Tyler Santoro pitched the final two innings.
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.
Manchester will also be in the tournament as the host team. Manchester will face Rhode Island at 8 p.m.
"We're looking forward to it," Lavigne said. "It's in our backyard and we'll definitely have great fan support."
Goffstown 8, Bedford 3
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.