H.S. Softball: Captains connect to lift Bedford in extra innings
BEDFORD — Tri-captain karma determined the outcome of Bedford's 3-2, 10-inning marathon softball win over rival Goffstown Wednesday afternoon.
The Division II Bulldogs improved to 8-6 with their second extra-inning win of the week and avenged an early season one-run defeat at Goffstown.
Sensing a need to shake things up heading into the bottom of the 10th inning, captain Heather Fyfe implored several student spectators to move behind the backstop and get vocal. The Bulldogs needed more support against second-place Goffstown (10-3), which was riding a five-game win streak.
Three pitches later, captain Kelsey Kennedy led off by collecting her third single of the game and scooted to third on a two-base throwing error on Alex Haskell's bunt. Fyfe was intentionally walked to load the bases.
One out later, captain Carly Rosenfeld's sacrifice fly to deep center scored Kennedy and ended the game.
Previously, Rosenfeld had followed Fyfe's RBI single with another run-producing sacrifice fly to tie the game in the sixth inning.
Otherwise Bedford was having a tough time cracking Goffstown sophomore Haeli Campbell. Making her second varsity start, Campbell didn't work a three-ball count until the fifth inning. Eight of her 10 strikeouts came with runners on base and five registered the third out.
“She did a good job against us but I had figured out her rhythm by then,” said Rosenfeld of her 10th inning wallop to center. “I came to the plate relaxed in that situation, figuring all I had to do was put the ball in play to win the game.”
The Grizzlies built a two-run lead in the fifth when Hannah Gifford fouled off five two-strike pitches before dropping a single to left and plating Sarah Peirce. Brionne Turcotte's double plated Erin Trnka.
Goffstown had runners at second and third with one out in the sixth but didn't score. Shortstop Fyfe threw out a runner attempting to score before sophomore starter Kelly Woodmansee collected her second and final strikeout before reliever Emily Grassert took over in the seventh.
“That's the fifth time we've switched pitchers like that this season,” said Bedford coch Derek Geddes. “Both have different pitches and clearly different pitching speeds. Hitters have a tough time adjusting.”
In four innings of work, Grassert induced seven pop fly outs and one line drive, which second baseman Ashley Abade snared with a diving effort.
“We were reaching and had a hard time adjusting to the slower speed. Still, we had our chances and couldn't connect,” said Goffstown coach Wake Stillman. “We may see them a third time, in the tournament.”