Offense had been easy to come by for Bedford Post 54, but against Goffstown Post 16 Tuesday night, it was nowhere to be found.
Whether it was fatigue – Post 54 was playing its third game in as many days – or the pitching of Goffstown’s Chris Hood, or a combination of both, Bedford dropped its second in a row and third in its last four, 8-1 to Post 16.
Hood pitched eight shutout innings, giving up eight hits while striking out five and walking no one. The Goffstown pitcher also worked out of a couple of jams, escaping tough situations in the second, fourth and eighth innings.
And after scoring 11 runs Sunday in a win over Laconia, Post 54 (7-5) has scored just three total in its last two games.
“The (bats) have got to cool down at some point and the pitcher for Goffstown threw a good game,” Bedford coach Tim Conway said. “He threw a lot of strikes and kept us off balance with a good curveball. The first couple of innings, he didn’t throw his hardest, and he started to speed up as the game went on.”
Kyle Anderson took the loss for Bedford, despite going seven innings and allowing just three runs – two earned – on eight hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.
Goffstown (4-6) was able to get the leadoff runner on in every inning it scored, pushing across single runs in the first, third and fourth before exploding for five runs against Tyler O’Brien, who managed to get just one out in the eighth in relief of Anderson.
“I thought Kyle threw an excellent game,” Conway said. “I wanted to see him do exactly what he did, and he threw a good game. They kept doing it (getting the leadoff runner on) and we weren’t helping with our defense.”
Bedford made it interesting, loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but Hood got Ryan Lang to line out to right on the first pitch and then struck out A.J. Schiappa on three pitches to end the inning.
Kyle Perrone came in to pitch the ninth for Goffstown, and with two outs, loaded the bases on a walk and two hit batters. Brett Veilleux then walked to bring in Eric Sabean for Bedford’s lone run before Perrone got O’Brien to ground out to end the game.
Bedford was scheduled to go back to work on Thursday at Concord before a road game at Plymouth on Saturday. In its seven wins, Post 54 has averaged 12 runs, but in its five losses, its scored just 12 runs total.