Over 250 Attend 7th Hall of Fame Dinner

The Intercity League welcomed 19 new inductees to its Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, November 11. The Hall of Fame, Awards, & Reunion Dinner was held at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.

The new inductees are:
Jim Adamson-Melrose Rams
Dave Ahern-Cassell Club, Medford Americans & Lexington Blue Sox
Luke Begley-Medford Mustangs & Watertown Reds
Bill Brassil-Wakefield Merchants & Hosmer Chiefs
Kevin Burgoyne-Medford Mustangs, Augustine’s, A’s, Andre Chiefs, Powderhouse Pub, Holovak & Coughlin & Melrose Americans
Joe Cacciatore-Umpire
Peter Centola-Grannan Club & Holovak & Coughlin
Justin Crisafulli-Andre Chiefs
Stan DeMartinis-Melrose Rams & Lynnfield White Sox
Jake Dillard-Lexington Blue Sox
Jon Drew-Somerville Red Sox, Andre Chiefs, Lynnfield White Sox, Guinness Club & Gately A’s
Andy Hartung-Wakefield Merchants
Steve Howe-Hosmer Chiefs & Medford Mustangs
Paul Kelliher-Wakefield Merchants
Ron Luongo-Lynnfield Colonials & Hosmer Chiefs
Sean McElroy-Lexington Blue Sox
Matt Noone- Peter Fuller Club & Holovak & Coughlin
Dave Tallent- Hosmer Chiefs
Rob Zorian- Andre Chiefs & Lexington Blue Sox

Photos of the event will be posted here soon.

2017 ICL Award Winners Announced

The Intercity League has announced their award winners for the 2017 season. The winners will be honored at the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on Saturday evening, November 11 at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.

Here are your 2017 winners:
Eddie Larson Most Valuable Player Award- Bobby Losanno, Wakefield Merchants
Outstanding Hitter- Will Brennan, Watertown Reds
Outstanding Pitcher- Josh Desai, Andre Chiefs
Batting Champion- Jeff Costello, Lexington Blue Sox
Rookie of the Year- Jeff Costello, Lexington Blue Sox
Rookie Pitcher of the Year- Alex Mandrus, Reading Bulldogs
Les DeMarco Sportsmanship Award- Johnny Hayes, Reading Bulldogs
Playoff MVP Hitter- Dan Graham & Ross Curley, Lexington Blue Sox
Playoff MVP Pitcher- Ryan Filipowicz & Drew Leenhouts, Lexington Blue Sox

The 2017 ICL Hall of Fame inductees will be announced soon.

 

Hall of Fame & 2017 Awards Dinner to be held Saturday, November 11

The ICL’s Hall of Fame and 2017 Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday evening, November 11 at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA. Details on the event will be forthcoming.

The new inductees, as well as the 2017 season award winners, will be announced soon.

This will be the ICL’s seventh Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The last inductions were held in November of 2015.

To see those who were elected into the  ICL’s Hall of Fame through 2015, as well as past Award Winners, click on “Awards” tab above.

For more information contact Event Chairman Orazio Azzarello at 617-839-6843.

 

ICL PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE & RESULTS

FINALS (Best of Five)
#6 READING BULLDOGS vs #2 LEXINGTON BLUE SOX
(ALL GAMES AT MORELLI FIELD, MELROSE MA)
GAME 1: LEXINGTON BLUE SOX 7, READING BULLDOGS 3
GAME 2: LEXINGTON BLUE SOX 8, READING BULLDOGS 1
GAME 3: LEXINGTON BLUE SOX 2, READING BULLDOGS 1 (10 innings)
(Lexington wins series 3-0)

SEMI-FINALS (Best of Five)
#6 READING BULLDOGS vs #1 ANDRE CHIEFS
GAME 1: READING BULLDOGS 6, ANDRE CHIEFS 2 (11 innings)
GAME 2: READING BULLDOGS 6, ANDRE CHIEFS 4
GAME 3: ANDRE CHIEFS 8, READING BULLDOGS 5
GAME 4: ANDRE CHIEFS 9, READING BULLDOGS 2
GAME 5: READING BULLDOGS 5, ANDRE CHIEFS 3
(Reading wins series 3-2)

#5 SOMERVILLE ROYALS vs #2 LEXINGTON BLUE SOX
GAME 1: LEXINGTON BLUE SOX 3, SOMERVILLE ROYALS 2
GAME 2: LEXINGTON BLUE SOX 9, SOMERVILLE ROYALS 0
GAME 3: LEXINGTON BLUE SOX 11, SOMERVILLE ROYALS 4
(Lexington wins series 3-0)

FIRST ROUND (Best of Three)
#6 READING BULLDOGS vs #3 WATERTOWN REDS
GAME 1: READING BULLDOGS 6, WATERTOWN REDS 2
GAME 2: READING BULLDOGS 4, WATERTOWN REDS 2
(Reading Wins Series 2-0)

#5 SOMERVILLE ROYALS vs #4 WAKEFIELD MERCHANTS
GAME 1: SOMERVILLE ROYALS 5, WAKEFIELD MERCHANTS 2 (11 Innings)
GAME 2: SOMERVILLE ROYALS 10, WAKEFIELD MERCHANTS 1
(Somerville Wins Series 2-0)

The #1 Andre Chiefs and the #2 Lexington Blue Sox both earned first round playoff byes.

Lexington goes up 2-0 with an 8-1 win

Melrose – Lexington powered its way to an 8-1 win over Reading Wednesday night behind four home runs in game two of the Intercity League finals.

Dan Graham led the long ball parade with two home runs and drove in three. His two-run shot in the first put the Blue Sox up quickly and his second one came in the seventh. In between his home runs he was walked twice.

Chris Ruocco hit his first home run in a Lexington uniform in the sixth, a solo shot to left. He had an RBI double in the second and finished the night with three hits and two RBI.

The Sox fourth home run was by Dorian Rojas, who hit his a batter after Graham’s in the seventh. It was Rojas’ first post season home run and second in a Blue Sox uniform.

Reading was not left out of the home run parade, as Johnny Hayes hit a solo shot to left in the third to cut the lead to 3-1. This was his first playoff home run for the Bulldogs.

Drew Leenhouts pitched six strong innings for his second win of the playoffs for Lexington. He scattered three hits, walked one, and struck out one.

Colby Morris made the start for Reading falling to 2-2 in the post season. In 6.1 innings he gave up 10 hits, eight runs, walked three and struck out three.

Game three of the finals is Thursday night at Morelli Field in Melrose with an 8:00 pm start.

Lexington wins Game One, 7-3

Melrose – The Lexington Blue Sox won game one of the 2017 finals 7-3 to take a 1-0 lead over the Reading Bulldogs Monday night at Morelli Field.

The Blue Sox scored twice in the first inning to get off to a quick start. The 2017 ICL batting champion, Jeff Costello, started off with a single to right. He took second on an errant pick off throw by Bulldogs first baseman Mike Taylor, and then scored on a double to center by Jeff Vigurs. Vigurs scored the second run as he moved to third on an infield out and then came home on Julian Alvarez’ RBI infield out.

Lexington essentially put the game away in the second scoring four more runs. The Sox loaded the bases on a walk Thomas Russo, and singles by Josue Feliciano and Costello. Russo scored on Vigurs’ RBI fielders choice. Ross Curley reached on a hard-hit single off Bulldogs third baseman Johnny Hayes that scored Feliciano and Vigurs. Dan Graham’s second double of the game plated Curley and the Sox had a 6-0 lead.

Reading did not go quietly as Taylor hit his first 2017 postseason home run in the fourth with Zac Tallis aboard to make it 6-2 in the fourth.

Alex Voitik made it 7-2 in the fifth with a solo home run to left, his first of the 2017 playoffs and the teams first.

The Bulldogs added their third run in the sixth. Mike DeDonato and Tallis singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. Taylor’s sacrifice fly to center scored DeDonato. Taylor drove in all three Reading runs.

Ryan Filipowicz started for Lexington and pitched six innings in picking up his second win of the postseason. He allowed all three runs, gave up nine hits, walked none and struck out four. Rob DiFranco closed out the game for the Sox with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

Reading started Zac Levine pitched five innings and took the loss. He gave up 12 hits, walked two and struck out one. Jack Theriault pitched the sixth for Reading.

Game Two is Tuesday night at Morelli with first pitch scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

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Reading advances to finals with 5-3 win

Melrose – The underdog Reading Bulldogs upset the first place finisher Andre Chiefs 3 games to 2 in the semifinals to advance to the Intercity League finals for the first time in team history.

Reading finished sixth in the regular season and since the league expanded the playoffs to six teams in 2009 is the first six seed to move past the first round and reach the finals.

The Bulldogs answered Johnny Welch’s first inning home run with single runs in five straight innings (2-6) to take a 5-2 lead into the seventh.

Reading tied the game in the second when Chris Bosco walked, went to third on Mike Taylor’s single and then came home on a double play for the first of his three runs scored.  Bosco scored his second run in the fourth when he singled, moved to second on Taylor’s single, third on an infield out and scored on Johnny Hayes single. His third run and the Bulldogs fourth was in the fifth. He doubled and scored on an error by Chiefs rightfielder Mike DeCato.

The final run for the Dogs came in the sixth when Corey DiLoretto walked to start the inning. He went to third on Hayes single and scored on Kevin Marciano’s infield out, his second RBI of the game.

Jack Burke started for Reading and pitched 6.2 innings before giving way to Alex Mandrus. Mandrus came in with the bases loaded, one run in and two outs. He threw one pitch to Mike Barbati who grounded out to second base to end the game.

Barbati scored the second Chiefs run in the fourth. He singled to start the inning. Barbati moved to second on Mike Andre’s infield out and then took third on a passed ball. He scored on an infield out by Mike Gedman.

The Chiefs did not go quietly in the seventh loading the bases with one out on a single, fielders choice and walk to Welch. Matt Nuzzo walked on a 3-2 pitch to cut the lead to 5-3. Mandrus then came in and quickly preserved the win and sent Reading to the finals.

In 2011 Reading was the first fifth place team to advance to the semis beating Testa Corp. 2 games to 1. In 2012 the Bulldogs repeated the feat with a 2-1 win over Wakefield in the best of three series. Both years they played Lexington in the semis and lost 3-2 in 2011 and 3-0 in 2012.  They will now face Lexington, in the finals for its 11th consecutive season, in the Bulldogs first appearance in the finals since joining the league in 2010.

Game one of the finals will be Tuesday night at Melrose’s Morelli Field.

Deciding Game 5 of Bulldogs-Chiefs Semi-Final is Sunday at Pine Banks, 7:30 PM

Game five of the best of five series semi-final between the Reading Bulldogs and Andre Chiefs will be played tonight (Sunday) at Pine Banks Park starting at 7:30 PM.

The winner will advance to meet the Lexington Blue Sox in the ICL’s Championship Series which will begin on Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs jumped out to two game to none series’ lead, winning the first game 6-2 in eleven innings, then beating the Chiefs 6-4 in game two. The Chiefs forced tonight’s deciding game by taking the next two games 8-5 and 9-2.

Kezer Field at Pine Banks Park is located at 101 Main St, Melrose MA 02176.

Fans are asked to bring their own chairs as there is limited seats at the facility. Additional parking is available behind the centerfield fence.

Chiefs Tie Up Series 9-2 Behind Dunphy 5-Hitter

Veteran lefty Tim Dunphy spun a complete game five-hitter to keep the Andre Chiefs alive and tie up their semi-final series with the Reading Bulldogs 9-2 on Friday night at Morelli Field.  The deciding game of the best of five series will be played on Sunday night at 7:30 PM at Pine Banks Park on the Melrose-Malden line.

Johnny Welch led the Chiefs’ 12-hit attack with three hits, including a double, and three RBI. Tony Serino had two hits and scored four runs. Shane Stande knocked in a couple of runs with a single and a double, Matt Nuzzo had a two RBI single, Mike Andre had an RBI double, and Mike Gedman pitched in with a double and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Darren Hartwell had two of the Reading hits and scored both runs.

Dunphy struck out five while throwing only 75 pitches in the game. Colby Morris took the loss before giving way to Alex Mandrus in the 5th inning.

The winner of Sunday night’s game five at Pine Banks will move on to meet the Lexington Blue Sox in the ICL’s Championship Series that is scheduled to begin on Tuesday night. The Blue Sox swept the Somerville Royals 3-0 in their series that concluded on Wednesday.

Fans who plan to attend Sunday’s game are asked to bring their own lounge chairs.
Kezer Field at Pine Banks Park is located at 101 Main St, Melrose MA 02176.