Bedford, Milan both roar off to 11-1 starts

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TECUMSEH – Bedford’s Brendan Hammer had never pitched in a varsity game before.

“He had never even thrown in practice,” Mules coach Craig Trychel said.

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But Bedford was out of arms in the second game of a doubleheader against Tecumseh Saturday after playing two games the night before.

Trychel told his players that someone was going to have to step up for the team.

Hammer was ready.

The junior was summoned with the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh inning and his team nursing a 1-run lead. He induced a weak pop up to preserve a 9-8 Bedford win and earn a save.

Bedford's Joey Nagle slides safely back into first base Saturday against Tecumseh.

“He was up for the challenge,” Trychel said.

The Mules also won the first game 7-2 and now own an 11-1 record.

“We’ve played pretty good baseball,” Trychel said. “They’ve done what they needed to do and we’ve been a little bit lucky.”

Tyler Ripple was strong on the mound in the first game with eight strikeouts.

Brady Pridgeon went 2-for-4 and Luke Carver doubled and drove in two runs.

Chace Cinglie fields a ball at shortstop for Bedford against Tecumseh Saturday.

The win in Game 2 went to Adan Reed, and Ethan Brickner also threw well. Carver went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI, Joey Nagle, Brickner and Noah Weiher each had two hits and Chace Cingle tripled.

Milan puts ball in play

MILAN – You won’t hear the hitters for Milan’s baseball team talking about exit velocity or launch angle.

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