Baseball: Concord downs Bedford in D-I powerhouse battle

  • Dan Revellese slides in safe at third in Concord’s 5-3 win over Bedford on Friday. Brackett Lyons / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 4/16/2022 10:30:24 AM
Modified: 4/16/2022 10:29:05 AM

Things felt like they might slip for Concord in the third inning. After two innings of tidy work, Matt Drewes gave up a double. Then an infield error made it 1-0 Bedford. The Bulldogs’ offense that had scored 10 runs in their previous game looked to have found a grove versus Drewes in his first varsity start. Only a tremendous outfield assist from center fielder Nather Wachter kept Bedford’s lead from extending. 

Down a run in the bottom of the third, Concord went hitless for the third inning in a row. Things looked bleak. 

But in the bottom of the fourth, the Tide changed its approach at the plate. 

“It felt like we were taking ourselves out of at-bats early on,” said Concord head coach Scott Owen. “We weren’t hitting the ball where they were giving it to us. Just trying do to much.”

The Tide drew two walks to open the inning and Cam McGonigle (2-for-3, run, RBI) knocked a base hit to the opposite field that scored the tying run, exactly the kind of hitting CHS had lacked up until that point. A Bedford error kept things going to make it 2-1. Then Drewes knocked in another with a base hit to make it 3-1 Concord after three. 

“We just put it together in the fourth,” said Owen. “Great hitting by Matt Drewes and Cam to give us the lead.”

Drewes was back to work on the mound in the fifth and retired the side. His teammates were back to work at the plate and more errors from Bedford, along with another base hit from McGonigle, extended Concord’s lead to 5-1. The Tide looked poised to cruise for the last two innings and take the win against their rivals. 

But the Bedford bats that had fallen silent since the third roared once more in the top of the sixth. A double lined to the left-center wall scored one. Then a passed ball pulled Bedford within two.

But Drewes – who allowed five hits and three runs while walking three and striking out two in six innings on the mound – didn’t let the pressure get to him.

“I just breathed,” said Drewes. “I knew my team was behind me.”

His teammates proved that just moments later.

Bedford smashed a fastball high into center field. Wachter stepped up to make the catch, but bobbled the ball. Concord hands went on heads in disbelief all around Memorial Field when it looked like that error could cost the Tide the lead. But Wachter turned what could have been a botched play into a highlight-reel worthy diving catch just as the ball was about to hit the ground to end the inning.

Dylan Miles was called in to close and the senior retired the side to secure a 5-3 victory and 3-0 record to open the season.

Dan Revellese (hit, two RBI), Jack Reynolds (hit and RBI) and Kalan Gaudreault (two runs) were the Tide’s leaders at the plate.

“I’m happy with the way we played,” said Owen. “They’re a good team, they (scored 10 runs against) their last opponent, so for Matt to keep them to three is great in his first varsity start.” 

CHS has a busy week coming up so there will be no time to celebrate the perfect start to the season. 

“Next week will be tough. We have four games. We need to have a good practice. If we are satisfied with 3-0 in April then there’s something wrong,” said Owen. 

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