It's not that Wellesley South couldn't hit Bedford, NH's ace Grant Lavigne. It just seemed as though every ball that coach Dave Rosenblatt's team hit -- all but two, in fact -- found the gloves of the state champs from New Hampshire.
Wellesley South mustered just two hits against Lavigne and was eliminated from the New England Regional after losing the semifinal, 2-0, on Thursday.
Lavigne struck out just one but only allowed two singles all game to John Frates and Kaeden Bentley in the second and fourth innings, respectively.
Wellesley South pitcher Billy Seidl put together a strong performance as well, allowing two earned runs on four hits and four walks in four innings. He struck out six, including one hitter who went down on strikes after Seidl fell off the mound as he released a pitch.
Bedford started the scoring in the second inning when Patrick Harrington knocked an RBI single to score Joey Barrett. The boys from the Granite State scored again two innings later when Joseph Quintal hit a triple and scored on a wild pitch.
For a moment, Wellesley South appeared to be on the verge of another late-game rally in the top of the sixth inning. Seidl -- who Rosenblatt called "The Natural" after their state championship win -- hit a deep fly ball to left field. It didn't have the distance to go over the 225-foot fence, but if it had fallen in, it would have gone for extra bases. Instead, it landed softly in the mitt of Bedford's Connor Collins. One batter later, Wellesley South's season was over.
Wellesley South, the Massachusetts state champions, finished the regional tournament with a record of 2-3.
On Saturday, Bedford will play Fairfield, Conn. for the regional championship and the right to represent New England at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.