Alibrandis wins game three 8-4, Finals go to game four on Friday.

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Media Relations Director

      Melrose – Ryan Leung’s two-run double in the top of the seventh broke a 4-4 tie and propelled Alibrandis to an 8-4 win over Lexington Wednesday night. The victory cut the series lead to 2-1 and sent the finals to a fourth game for the first time since 2014.

Game four will be at Morelli Field on Friday night at 7:45 P.M. as the Intercity League will take Thursday night off due to Steve Buckley’s Old Time Baseball Game played at St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge.

Leung’s heroics were set up when the Alibrandis loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single off of Junior Pena, who started the seventh for Lexington. Manny Delcarmen entered the game at that point and battled Leung for eight pitches, six of them foul balls off Leung’s bat, a college rising sophomore at UMass-Boston, before he drove the ninth pitch into center for the tie-breaking double. The final two runs came on a Texas looper down the left field line by JP Songin that drove in a run and a wild pitch.

Game three was a tale of three different games.

It started like the first two games as again both teams scored in the first inning.

Alibrandis scored three times in the top of the first. Bobby Barrett doubled to drive in Juan Parra (walk) with the first run. Jake Miller also doubled to center driving in Teddy Dziuba (single) and Barrett and it was quickly 3-0 five batters into the game.

Lexington responded with its own crooked number tying the game at three in the bottom of the first. Aaron Barbosa and Kyle Adie walked and Barbosa scored on Ross Curley’s RBI single. Julian Alvarez singled to load the bases with no outs. After an infield popup, Ryan Beradino walked to force in Adie. Morgan Brown completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center for the 3-3 tie.

Matt Henriksen singled to start the Alibrandis second. A sacrifice and a single put him on third where he scored from on Michael Maguire’s single for a 4-3 lead.

After the second inning the game quieted down. Alibrandis starter Chris Costa set down 12 straight Blue Sox batters until Barbosa singled with one out in the fifth. Costa struck out the next two Sox to make it 14 out of 15 batters retired from the first through fifth innings.

Meanwhile Borja Jones-Berasaluce had replaced Sox starter Matt Karis in the third and set down eight of the nine batters he faced. He stranded Leung at second, after his first double of the game, in the third. Jake Vesling pitched the sixth for Lexington and walked one batter, but did not allow a run.

The Sox tied the game in the sixth and in the process knocked Costa from the game. Alvarez doubled to left for his second hit of the night. Anderson Jimenez entered the game as a pinch runner for Alvarez. After an infield out, Beradino doubled to center to scored Jimenez and knot the game at 4-4. It was Beradino’s second RBI of the game and fifth in the finals. James Cramphin came in for Costa and struck out the first batter he faced for the second out. Dom Zaher was intentionally walked and a wild pitch moved him and pinch runner John Barry to second and third. Nate Wolf popped out in foul territory to third and the Blue Sox could not take the lead.

Lexington had runners on first and second with two outs against Cramphin in the seventh but he closed the door on the Sox for the win. In his 1.2 innings Cramphin he allowed one hit, walked two and struck out two as he earned his first win of the playoffs.

Pena took the loss for the Blue Sox. He pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, two walks and three runs.

There were no errors in the game, the first errorless game of the finals. The pitchers for each team combined to throw 252 pitches (126 by each team), 142 for strikes.

2019 ICL PLAYOFFS, SCHEDULE & RESULTS

PLAY-IN GAME
Malden Maddogs 7, Somerville Royals 0
(Malden Maddogs get 6th seed)

FIRST ROUND (Best of Three)
#5 ANDRE CHIEFS VS. #4 READING BULLDOGS
G1-Andre Chiefs 6, Reading Bulldogs 3
G2-Andre Chiefs 6, Reading Bulldogs 1
(Andre Chiefs win series 2-0)

#6 MALDEN MADDOGS VS. #3 WAKEFIELD MERCHANTS
G1-Wakefield Merchants 3, Malden Maddogs 1
G2-Wakefield Merchants 4, Malden Maddogs 1
(Wakefield Merchants win series 2-0)

SEMI-FINALS (Best of Three)
#5 ANDRE CHIEFS VS #1 LEXINGTON BLUE SOX
G1- Lexington Blue Sox 1, Andre Chiefs 0
G2- Lexington Blue Sox 9, Andre Chiefs 6
(Lexington Blue Sox win series 2-0)

#3 WAKEFIED MERCHANTS VS #2 ALIBRANDIS
G1- Alibrandis 9, Wakefield Merchants 0
G2- Wakefield Merchants 2, Alibrandis 1 (12 innings)
G3- Alibrandis 4, Wakefield Merchants 3
(Alibrandis wins series 2-1)

ICL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best of Five)
#2 ALIBRANDIS VS #1 LEXINGTON BLUE SOX
G1- Lexington Blue Sox 5, Alibrandis 2
G2- Lexington Blue Sox 6, Alibrandis 2
G3- Alibrandis 8, Lexington Blue Sox 4
(Lexington leads series 2-1)
G4- Friday, August 23, Morelli Field, Melrose 7:45 PM (if nec)
G5- Sunday, August 25, Morelli Field, Melrose 7:45 PM (if nec)

Lexington goes up 2-0 with game two win

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Media Relations Director

      Melrose – Lexington moved to within a win of the Intercity League Championship with a 6-2 victory over Alibrandis Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best of five finals.

For the second straight night both teams scored in the first inning, but this time it was Lexington that struck first as the teams switched home and visitor roles.

Aaron Barbosa started off the first for Lexington by reaching on an infield error. After two outs, Richie Burgos doubled to the fence in center and Barbosa came all the way around to score for a 1-0 lead.

Alibrandis quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first. Juan Parra singled through the left side to start the inning. After a strikeout by Blue Sox starter Drew Leenhouts, a walk to Teddy Dziuba and David Lightbody reached on an error to load the bases. Bobby Barrett hit a high chopper that Leenhouts fielded behind the mound. His throw to second was not in time and Parra come home on the fielder’s choice.

The home squad took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, but it could have been more. With one out Ryan Leung reached on an error. He stole second and when Parra singled down the leftfield line Leung tried to score, but was thrown out by Blue Sox left fielder Dom Zaher on a perfect strike to catcher Nico Frelick. Parra took second on the throw to home. Michael Maguire reached on an infield single, but when second baseman Anderson Jimenez made a throwing error attempting to get Maguire, Parra was able to come home for the 2-1 lead.

The lead did not last long as for the second consecutive night Ryan Beradino gave Lexington the lead for good.

Beradino drove a pitch from starter Anthony DelPrete well over the right field fence for a two-run home run, his first in a Blue Sox uniform. Kyle Adie scored ahead of Beradino after reaching on a one-out walk.

After the second Alibrandis run, Leenhouts retired the last seven batters he faced, including 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth. He pitched four innings and earned his first win of the 2019 playoffs. The veteran southpaw gave up three hits, two uneared runs and struck out five.

The Blue Sox bullpen took over in the fifth and shutout Alibrandis over the final three innings.

Dawy Lebron pitched the fifth and sixth innings. He got out of a bases-loaded two-outs jam in the fifth by getting Jake Miller on a called third strike. Lebron pitched a 1-2-3 sixth for the third such inning for the Blue Sox.

Bill Christopher started off the seventh and retired the first batter, Parra, on a ground out. A walk, single and hit batter loaded the bases for the Alibrandis. Christopher struck out Barrett for the second out, but was relieved by Sox skipper Rick DeAngelis who brought in closer Manny Delcarmen. Three pitches later Delcarmen got a ground ball by Miller for the final out to secure the win.

Taylor Ferguson and Morgan Brown drove in the last three Lexington runs, Brown with a two-run single through the left side to make it 6-3 in the top of the fifth.

Game three is scheduled for Wednesday night with first pitch coming at 7:45 at Morelli Field.

Lexington wins game one of the Finals, 5-2

By Bruce Hack
Lexington Media Relations Director

Melrose – Lexington grinded out a 5-2 win over Alibrandis Monday night at Morelli Field to take a 1-0 lead in the best of five finals.

Game two of the finals is Tuesday night at Morelli Field in Melrose. Game time is scheduled for 7:45.

The Blue Sox knocked out 14 hits, 13 of them singles. The Sox had a hit in every inning, including two four-hit innings.

Despite all that offense it was Alibrandis who struck first. In the top of the first, with two outs Teddy Dziuba homered to right, his first of the playoffs, to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Lexington wasted no time and came right back in the bottom half of the first. Aaron Barbosa, Kyle Adie and Ross Curley hit three straight singles, with Curley driving in Barbosa to knot the game at 1-1. After a strikeout, Richie Burgos knocked out the fourth single of the frame to load the bases. Ryan Beradino grounded out to second driving in Adie and Lexington took the lead for good at 2-1.

Dom Zaher had a leadoff double to start the second inning. John Puttress dropped down a sacrifice bunt and Matt Horan came off the mound to field it, his throw to first was high and sailed into foul territory allowing Zaher to come home and give the Sox a 3-1 lead after two.

A Juan Parra solo home run, also his first, to left in the third cut the lead to 3-2, but Alibrandis would not cross home plate again.

Lexington added on two insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

In the sixth Zaher singled to drive in Beradino. In the sixth it was Burgos who singled to drive in Adie with his second run of the game.

Mike Geannelis pitched five innings to improve to 2-0 in postseason play. He scattered four hits, walked three and struck out five.

Zaher and Burgos each had a three hit night. They also each drove in a run and Zaher scored once.

Matt Horan, 1-1, pitched a complete game for the Alibrandis. He gave up 14 hits, five runs, four earned, struck out eight, and walked two.

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Intercity League to host Inaugural Golf Tournament Oct. 4

The Intercity Baseball League will host it’s Inaugural Golf Tournament on Friday, October 4 at Hillview Country Club in North Reading.

For more information on the fund raising event check the ICL website for updates.

Alibrandis-Lexington Championship Series to be Broadcast Live

The 2019 Intercity League Championship Series between #2 Alibrandis and the #1 Lexington Blue Sox begins Monday night at Morelli Field in Melrose.

All games in the best of five series will be broadcast live by Sam Feeley. To listen to the broadcast go to
www.localsportsproductions.com/live/

All games in the series will begin at 7:45 PM.

There will be no game on Thursday as the ICL continues its support of Steve Buckley’s Old Time Baseball Game which will be played at St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge at 7:00 PM.

Here is the schedule for the ICL Championship Series:
Game 1- Monday 7:45 PM
Game 2- Tuesday 7:45 PM
Game 3- Wednesday 7:45 PM
Game 4- Friday 7:45 PM (if nec)
Game 5- Sunday 7:45 PM (if nec)

Lightbody HR Sends Alibrandis to Finals

Watertown, MA– Veteran Dave Lightbody’s two run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning erased a 3-2 Wakefield Merchants lead and propelled Alibrandis to a 4-3 series clinching victory on Friday night at Victory Field.

Alibrandis wins the series 2-1 and will now move on to their first ICL Championship Series. That best of five series will begin at Morelli Field on Monday night at 7:45 PM against the defending champion Lexington Blue Sox.

Chris Butler had given the Merchants a 3-2 lead with a two RBI double in the top of the sixth inning.

The Merchants took a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first inning on Mike Sorrentino’s RBI single.

Alibrandis came back with two runs and took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third on RBI’s from Mike Maguire and Teddy Dziuba.

Ryan Corriveau, who was 6-1 in the regular season, worked the first six innings for Alibrandis to get the win. 2018 ICL Pitcher of the Year Matt Horan retired the Merchants’ side in order in the top of the seventh to record the save.

Greg Johnson went the route and took the loss despite some brilliant pitching.

The Merchants, who were looking to return to the ICL finals for the first time since 1994, conclude the 2019 campaign with an overall 17-14 mark. Alibrandis was dominant in the Yawkey League for two decades and joined the ICL in 2018.

Merchants Even Series in 12 innings 2-1, Game 3 Tonight at Victory 7:30PM

Mike Sorrentino’s single knocked in Scott Searles with the game winner when the Wakefield Merchants walked off with a 12 inning 2-1 win over Alibrandis on Thursday night at Morelli Field.

With the win, the Merchants evened the best of three series at 1-1. The deciding game three will be played tonight (Friday) at Victory Field in Watertown starting at 7:30 PM.

Game two featured an outstanding early duel between Alibrandis’ Chris Costa and Wakefield’s Colin Jaena.

The Merchants took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Tyler Lyne drove in Jon Luders.

Alibrandis evened things up at one each in the top of third when a Teddy Dziuba two out single scored Ryan Leung who had doubled.

The game stayed 1-1 until the 12th. Searles led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored when Sorrentino delivered a base hit down the leftfield line.

Joseph Maguire got the win with three innings of scoreless ball in relief of Jaena.

The winner of Friday’s game three will move on to meet the Lexington Blue Sox in the best of five championship series.

Lexington sweeps Andre with a 9-6 win

Malden – What a difference a day makes!

In a game that was the opposite of the first game’s pitcher’s duel, Lexington outslugged Andre for the 9-6 win and a sweep of their semifinal series at Pine Banks Park Thursday night and advance to the finals.
Ross Curley’s grand slam in the top of third gave the Blue Sox the lead for good at 5-2. The first Blue Sox run in the inning came after a walk to Taylor Ferguson and a single by John Puttress put runners on the corners with no outs. Aaron Barbosa followed with a single up the middle that scored Ferguson and it was 2-1. Kyle Adie reached on a fielder’s choice and the bases were loaded for Curley. He quickly cleared them with a drive that went well over the leftfield fence.
Last night a lone run won the game. In game two that number was eclipsed in the bottom of the second when the Chiefs finally put a crooked number on the scoreboard.
With one out Matt Maloney walked and was followed by singles by Nick Leva and Mike Burgoyne to load the bases. Tony Serino singled for his second of three hits on the night, and was 1-0 Chiefs. Mike Gedman walked with the bases loaded to force in a run for a 2-0 lead.
Though Andre’s Zach Kirby lasted until the sixth, neither starting pitcher was as good as in the first game.
After his teammates gave him a 5-2 lead, Lexington starter Junior Pena could not shut down the Chiefs who cut the lead to 5-3. The Chiefs also suffered a loss in the inning. Maloney, who hit a line drive into center for what appeared to be a single, and that drove in Nate Witkowski (double). Unfortunately Maloney had collapsed at home plate and was eventually tagged out by Sox catcher Puttress. Maloney left the game with a knee injury.
Sox reliever Jake Vesling had come in in the third and struck out Leva to end the threat. He started the fourth by getting Mike Burgoyne on a fly ball to right. The next five Chiefs batters reached base on three singles and two walks to close to within 7-6. Ben Waldrip’s RBI single brought in the first run and Kyle Dembrowski closed out the scoring for Andre with a two-run single.
Bill Christopher entered the game for Lexington after Dembrowski’s single and got a strikeout and ground out to end the fourth. He retired the Chiefs in the fifth, despite giving up two walks and was the first Sox pitcher to not give up a run.
Borja Jones-Berasaluce had a 1-2-3 sixth with two strikeouts and Lexington was three outs from a sweep.
Lexington closer Manny Delcarmen entered the game in the seventh and gave up a two-out single to Burgoyne before getting Serino looking for the final out and the Blue Sox were on the way to the championship round.
Curley was 4-for-4 with three runs and four RBI to lead Lexington. Richie Burgos added a two-run single in the fourth. Number nine hitter Puttress had two hits and scored twice.
Serino had three hits and scored and drove in a run for Andre. Waldrip scored and drove in a run for the Chiefs.
Lexington awaits the winner of the Alibrandis – Wakefield series which Wakefield knotted at 1-1 with a 2-1 win in 12 innings Thursday night. The third and final game will be at Victory Field Friday night starting at 7:30.
The finals will for the held at Melrose’s Morelli Field for the sixth consecutive season.

By Bruce Hack, Lexington Director of Media Relations

Alibrandis Takes Series Lead Over Wakefield, 9-0

Watertown, MA- Matt Horan tossed a complete game four hitter to get Alibrandis a 9-0 win over the Wakefield Merchants in game one of their best of three semifinal series at Victory Field on Wednesday night.

Alibrandis took early command scoring six runs in the bottom of the second inning. Teddy Dziuba led the way with three hits and two RBI’s and Dave Lightbody (2 doubles, 3 RBI), Mike Maguire, and Mark Addesa, added two hits each to lead the 14 hit offense.

Horan struck out seven batters. Scott Searles had two of the Merchants’ four hits. Mike Andrews worked four innings and took the loss.

Game two will be played tonight at Morelli Field in Melrose at 7:30 PM. If the Merchants win and force a game three, that game will be played on Friday at Victory Field at 7:30 PM.