Bulldogs pound North

NASHUA – Logan Gillis knew there’d be days like Tuesday when he took the Nashua High School North varsity baseball coaching job.

He just didn’t expect them to be all in one cluster at the beginning of his first season.

The Titans could do nothing right in their 15-0 five-inning, mercy rule-
shortened loss to the Bedford Bulldogs at Holman Stadium.

The loss dropped North to 0-4 on the young season, certainly not what Gillis or his players expected.

The Titans made six errors and were outhit 12-5 by the Bulldogs, who are now 3-2 on the year. The Titans allowed two runs in the first (one earned) and then Bedford broke it open with eight in the second as North starter Spencer Bergeron lasted just two innings.

"We didn’t have it all over, we just didn’t come to play today," Gillis said. "It’s a slow start, I’m not worried, we just have to overcome the adversity.

"It’s part of baseball. Teams go through skids, unfortunately ours is happening at the beginning of the season. Hopefully we can rebound from this and get going."

The Bulldogs got it going early and never looked back, taking advantage of the fact that every fly ball seemed to be an adventure for Titans outfielders. Bedford sophomore Grant Lavigne went 3 for 4, including a two-run homer, drove in three, and reached base four times to pace the Bulldogs’ offense.

Lavigne drove in the first run of the game as Bedford scored two in the opening inning and then a couple of misplayed fly balls, one off the bat of Conner Collins for a run and the other a deep double by Cooper Anibal. Plus a Ryan Linehan RBI single didn’t help Bergeron’s cause. Neither did two hitters he plunked or a couple of wild pitches.

But the Titans’ outfield defense had to frustrate Gillis.

"We just didn’t get good jumps on balls, didn’t read balls well off the bat today," Gillis said. "Just kind of one of those days, unfortunately."

Bedford starter Connor Lee didn’t give the Titans any chance to get back into the game, either. He needed to go just three scoreless frames, allowing four harmless hits (one a double by North’s Connor Mullaly), with no walks and two strikeouts.

"We’ve had some growing pains losing 14 seniors but we’ve got a talented group," Bedford coach Billy Chapman said. "Hopefully we’re gaining confidence and experience as we go and today they had a good approach at the plate.

"Once the score keeps moving that way you just keep your foot on the gas pedal."

Bergeron seemed to have velocity and movement for the Titans, but the approach Chapman talked about helped do him in.

"He’s got good stuff," Gillis said. "The whole thing with our team is being mentally tough, and we just weren’t mentally tough. Plus they’re a good hitting team."

The Bulldogs seem to win games this way. In their three wins this year, they’ve outscored the opposition 32-1. Their two losses (to Dover and Keene) have been each 5-2 games.

"They’re working hard, coming to practice putting in a good effort," Chapman said. "They’ve got to stay hungry. They’re only as good as their latest win and they have to keep moving forward."