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Jaffrey Legion ends season with loss to Bedford

Even with a 9-6 record, team comes up just short of postseason tournament eligibility after losing 10-2 in final game

  • The Jaffrey legion baseball team fell to Bedford 10-2 on July 19.
  • The Jaffrey legion baseball team fell to Bedford 10-2 on July 19.
  • The Jaffrey legion baseball team fell to Bedford 10-2 on July 19.
  • The Jaffrey legion baseball team fell to Bedford 10-2 on July 19.
  • The Jaffrey legion baseball team fell to Bedford 10-2 on July 19.
  • The Jaffrey legion baseball team fell to Bedford 10-2 on July 19.
  • The Jaffrey legion baseball team fell to Bedford 10-2 on July 19.
  • The Jaffrey legion baseball team fell to Bedford 10-2 on July 19.
  • The Jaffrey legion baseball team fell to Bedford 10-2 on July 19.

The Jaffrey Legion baseball team lost a hard fought battle with Bedford by a score of 10-2 on Saturday. The loss put an end to the club’s playoff hopes and moved their record to 9-6 for the season. Narrowly missing the playoffs is a tough blow for the Jaffrey club, which has a young core of players who will look to break through in the playoffs in years to come.

“Had we won that game on Saturday, we would have gone on to play in the state tournament. No excuses,” said head coach Mike Clark.

Shortstop Kyle Dupuis went 2-4 with a double on the afternoon. Dupuis finished the season as the team’s top hitter, batting .409. Teammate Shane Rautiola collected both of Jaffrey’s RBIs but was responsible for seven earned runs in four and a third innings on the mound. Rautiola was the team’s top pitcher on the season with a 4.70 ERA, 33 strikeouts and only five walks. Josh Warner came in to relieve Rautiola, ringing up six batters in the final two and two third innings.

Catcher CJ Bilodeau came up big for Jaffrey, throwing out both runners who attempted to steal.

“It was a tough game all around for everyone. Our heads weren’t in it from the start. We were to laid back and we didn’t have the killer instinct that game like we had for other games,” said Bilodeau following the teams loss.

With the team’s season coming to an end just short of the playoffs, Bilodeau reflected on the club.

“We went into that last inning with quite a deficit, and from experience, it’s very hard to fight back, especially with how young of a team we had [this season]. It was a great season though. We had a target on our back for almost the whole season. I’m going to miss playing with this group of guys,” said Bilodeau.

Dupuis echoed Bilodeau’s sentiments following the tough loss, “Bedford showed up confident and ready to play and we didn’t. We let our nerves get the best of us in that game. We couldn’t figure out their pitcher and we made a lot of errors which cost us most of those runs,” he said. “It stinks to see the season end on that note.”

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