Wellesley South Little League eliminated from tournament
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It’s not that Wellesley South couldn’t hit Grant Lavigne, the ace from Bedford, N.H. It just seemed as though every ball that coach Dave Rosenblatt’s team hit — all but two, in fact — found the gloves of the Granite State champs.
Wellesley South mustered just two hits against Lavigne and was eliminated from the New England Regional after losing their semifinal game, 2-0, Thursday in Bristol, Conn.
Lavigne struck out just one but only allowed two singles, to John Frates and Kaeden Bentley, in the second and fourth innings, respectively.
Wellesley South pitcher Billy Seidl put together a strong performance as well, allowing two earned runs on four hits and four walks in four innings. He struck out six, including one hitter who went down on strikes after Seidl fell off the mound as he released a pitch.
Bedford started the scoring in the second inning, when Patrick Harrington knocked an RBI single to score Joey Barrett. The boys from New Hampshire added a run two innings later when Joseph Quintal hit a triple and scored on a wild pitch.
For a moment, Wellesley South appeared to be on the verge of another late-game rally. In the top of the sixth inning, Seidl — whom Rosenblatt called “the Natural” after Wellesley South’s earlier state championship win — hit a deep fly ball to left field. It didn’t have the distance to go over the 225-foot fence, but if it had fallen in, it would have gone for extra bases. Instead, it landed softly in the mitt of Bedford’s Connor Collins.
One batter later, Wellesley South’s season was over.
Wellesley South finished the regional tournament with a record of 2-3. The team beat Scarborough, Maine, in a come-from-behind game, and bested Bedford in an earlier round.
Bedford was lined up to play Fairfield, Conn., Saturday for the right to represent New England at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Phil Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.