Bedford Post 54 sneaks past Jutras

It was a battle of the pitchers on Tuesday night, and just like it did so many times last year, Bedford Post 54 came out on top.

Post 54 scored three in the bottom of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and held off Jutras Post 43 to win 4-3.

Bedford’s Kyle Andersson went nine innings, striking out eight and walking none.

“Kyle stepped up big,” Bedford coach Tim Conway said. “He’s really young and he’s obviously one heck of a pitcher. He did more than we wanted him to do. I expected him to go six or seven innings max, and he ended up pitching the whole game and we’ve never had a pitcher do that as a freshman.”

Jutras’ Clayton Welch went 72/3 innings with 14 strikeouts.

“Clayton Welch is a great pitcher,” Conway said. “His curve ball is very good and he had 14 strikeouts, so that says a lot about him. He battled and in the second inning he was at 61 pitches and bounced back and had a heck of a game.”

The game was scoreless through three innings. Welch was fighting through a high pitch count early, but his team was able to drive in two runs off Ryan Gancarz’s bat in the top of the fourth.

Jutras lead 2-0, while Bedford had managed to load the bases multiple times but didn’t have any runs to show for it.

“Who wants it more?” Conway yelled to his team in between innings.

Bedford responded. Tim Michaud hit a line drive past first base that brought in Bedford’s first run. The top and bottom of the sixth inning were quick, but the bottom of the seventh is when Bedford secured the win.

All nine batters got a chance at bat. Ryan Mossman drove in Zach Husband with a hit up the middle while Jordan Ford walked with the bases loaded to bring in Cam Crook to make it 4-2.

After a scoreless eighth inning, Jutras got going in the top of the ninth two one-out base hits. Gancarz came up to the plate and drove in his third run of the night, to cut Bedford’s lead to 4-3.

But Andersson, the freshman, had enough left to strike out the last batter.

“I mean I just want to get the respect of all of my teammates,” Andersson said. “It was a good game. It was fun, definitely fun.”

Bedford’s record improves to 3-1, a game ahead of Goffstown in the District A-2 standings.