Bedford pounds Bishop Guertin 22-4 in baseball final

MANCHESTER – The Bishop Guertin High School baseball team’s tournament revenge tour took a horrible wrong turn.

The top-seeded Bedford Bulldogs weren’t playing along, and the result was a horrendous 22-4 thumping of the upstart 15th-seeded Cardinals in the Divison I state title game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Monday night.

The Bedford bats – 20 hits, nine for extra bases – kept booming, as the Bulldogs (19-3) took a 6-0 lead in the first two innings and never looked back. But the game’s low point was an 11-run bottom of the sixth on nine hits.

"We wanted to prove that we’re worthy of being the number one team," Bulldogs coach Billy Chapman said.

The Cards, who had beaten Exeter, Salem, and Alvirne – all teams that handled them during the regular season – weren’t too happy.

"He can coach his team that way, that’s fine," Bishop Guertin coach Scott Painter said of Chapman. "I’ll coach it my way.

"They hit missiles. Their hitters were squaring everything up. In the first and second inning, they were hitting missiles on 0-2 pitches that weren’t supposed to be strikes."

Guertin starter Chase Blazak never got out of the first inning. Ryan Linehan and Cooper Anibal’s double-triple combo made it a 3-0 game and Painter opted to turn to semifinals hero Dan Incropera and he got out of the frame by allowing one more run on a Connor Zendzian sac fly.

"Chase didn’t have it," Painter said. "We didn’t hit our spots. … Coming in as the 15th seed, we’re proud of what we did."

The ‘Dogs got two more in the second on Grant Lavigne’s RBI double and Liam Greene’s RBI single.

Guertin (10-13) responded off Bedford starter Connor Lee with two runs in the third to make it 6-2, thanks to back-to-back RBI doubles by Jake McMaster and T.J. Hart.

But back came Bedford with a run in the third on a Lee RBI double and four more in the fourth on four hits and three BG errors, the big blow a Lee RBI triple during which he came home on a throwing error. Down 11-2, the Cards’ fate was pretty much set.

Hart added another RBI double in the fifth, but the Cards left the bases loaded against Lee in the sixth, and Bedford erupted for 11 more runs in the sixth, as the hits kept on coming.

"That’s what we’ve been doing all year," Chapman said.

And that didn’t change on Monday.