Ronnie Luke and John Witkowski combined on a five-hiiter when the Americans beat the Wakefield Merchants 5-1 in Melrose on Monday night. Charlie Huegi, Nick Cordeau and Jackson Stanton each had two hits for the Americans. Luke (1-0) went four innings to get the win while Witkowski worked the final three frames to record the long save. Greg Johnson (0-1) took the loss for the Merchants.
At Maplewood, the Andre Chiefs got a solo homer from Matt Nuzzo and a two RBI triple from Ben Waldrip on the way to a 4-2 win over the Somerville Royals. Lefty Tim Dunphy (2-0) scattered seven hits in six innings to pick up his second win of the season. Closer David Kerns worked a hitless seventh to chalk up his third save. Ryan Noone picked up two hits and a RBI for the Royals. Seattle Mariners product Paul Covelle (0-1) was tagged with the loss despite striking out seven in five innings.
Three ICL games are on the Tuesday night schedule. Alibrandis travels to Maplewood to visit the Malden Maddogs at 7:45 PM, the Chiefs meet the Blue Sox in Lexington at 8:00 PM and the Royals host the Reading Bulldogs at Trum Field at 8:30 PM.