Bulldogs dig in for strong second half

The defending state champion Bedford High boys tennis team flexed its muscle, schooling Hanover, 6-3, in a battle of unbeatens then added a pair of 9-0 whitewash wins to move to 10-0, heading into Friday’s 4 p.m. home test with Bishop Guertin.

Jason Boucher, Derek Dong, Bohdan Higley and Alex Smith all had singles wins over the Marauders.

Boucher and Dong teamed for one doubles victory and Higley partnered with Tyler Whitney for the other.

Boucher, Dong and Higley each added two more singles wins as the Bulldogs walloped Keene and

Londonderry.

Nick Bayer and Alex Tjie continued their strong play as well for Bedford, which faces its toughest remaining test of the regular season on May 15 at Concord.

Softball rolling

The Bedford High softball team continued its strong progression with two more wins, extending the winning streak to four and moving to 5-4 on the

season.

Bedford beat Manchester Central, 4-2, rallying from an early 2-0 hole.

Maddie Fraitzl allowed two runs in the first then shut the door the rest of the way for the victory on the mound.

Jess Lewis and Martara Tamzarian scored in the top of the first on an RBI single by Ally Gerardi and a sac fly by Rania Barton.

Bedford tied the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Fraitzl that scored Erica Barley and Fraitzl later scored on a Caity Lemay double. Bedford took the lead in the fifth when Elise Buchanan led off the inning with a base hit and scored on an a Barley double. Barley scored on a Lemay single. Bedford had 11 hits.

The Bulldogs used a similar formula, falling behind Timberlane Regional of Plaistow, 3-0, early and then charging to a 12-5 win.

Caroline O’Donnell started and won her first game of the season and got run support from the freshman Lemay, who had a solo homer in the second and doubled in two runs in the fourth.

Buchanan had a two-run homer, also in the fourth. Amelia Edwards went 2 for 3 at the plate and Morgan Fraitzl went 3 for 4 with two RBI.

Baseball battles

Following a 1-4 start, the rebuilding Bedford High baseball team has now won four straight, heading into key battles with once-beaten Bishop Guertin and defending state champ Exeter.

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