Wakefield, Reading & Lexington Win on Wednesday

Steve Keskinidis tossed a neat four-hitter, striking out 11, when the Merchants turned back the Arlington Trojan 8-2 in Wakefield. Bobby Lossano (pictured above) and Louis Tarrantino both had perfect nights at the plate going a combined 7 for 7 and each stealing a base for Wakefield, who won their second straight to open the season. Lossano went 4 for 4, scored two runs, and had two RBI. Tarrantino went 3 for 3, scored three times, and drove in a run.

At Maplewood, the Chiefs and Bulldogs hooked up in good one with Reading coming out on top 8-7 in nine innings. Hank Oringer, who had a 3 for 5 night, scored the game winner in the top of the ninth after reaching on a single. Mike Andre (2 hits) tied the game up for the Chiefs in the bottom of the 7th with an RBI single and Mike Burgoyne did the same with a ground rule double in the 8th. Jordan Roper and Mike Taylor each had two hits for the Bulldogs. Nate Witkowski hit a solo homer for the Chiefs. Jack Burke picked up the win in relief and Sam Kasten struck eight for the Chiefs in five innings out of the bullpen.

In Lexington, Tom Russo had three hits and three RBI to lead the Blue Sox to an 8-0 win over the Melrose Ameriacns. Veteran Ross Curley (3 runs scored, 2 hits), Josh Hasell (2 hits, 2 RBI), and John Puttress (2 hits ), paced the offense. Ryan Filipowicz pitched four innings in relief to earn his first win. He gave up one hit and struck out six. Dillon Corliss started for Melrose and pitched three innings, taking the loss. Mike Addesa, Nick Herzog and Tom Petry had the Americans hits.

There are two games on the ICL schedule on Thursday. The Merchants travel to Victory Field in Watertown at 7:45 PM to meet the Reds and the Blue Sox entertain the Chiefs in Lexington at 8:00 PM.

Merchants, Reds & Americans Get Opening Week Wins

Joe Barry had two hits, including a double, and added three RBI’s to lead the Merchants to a 10-0 win over the Somerville Royals last Wednesday night as the 2016 ICL season kicked off at Walsh Field in Wakefield. Patrick McKenna and Scott Searles added a couple of hits each for the Merchants. Joe Westeman allowed just three hits and struck out four in his five innings to get the win. Steve Keskinidis and John Russolillo tossed a shutout inning each. Wyatt Stanley and James McConville had two hits each for the Royals.

On Friday, Aric Dama went six innings to get the win and Lamare Rey chalked up the save when the Watertown Reds edged the Trojans 2-1 in Arlington. Dama struck out six batters and scattered four hits.
Kyle LaVigne, Will Brennan & Steve Tramontozzi (RBI) had the hits for the Reds.

Framingham State righty Zack Kirby made his first ICL start an impressive one, striking out a dozen and giving up just four hits, when the visiting Melrose Americans beat the Reading Bulldogs 4-1.  Dan Cacciola (RBI), Isaiah Berg, Harrison Engstrom, Zeke Berg and Nick Herzog had the Melrose hits.

Both of Sunday’s games were rained out.


Blue Sox & Chiefs Open with Monday Wins

Aidan Freeburg tossed a complete game four-hitter, striking out six, when the defending champion Blue Sox opened up their season and knocked off the Watertown Reds in Lexington 5-2. Julian Alvarez and Alex Voitik supplied most of the offense each hitting a two run homer. Jonathan Bishop (0-1) took the loss for the Reds.

At Maplewood, Jared Freni struck out ten and allowed just three hits in five innings as the Chiefs blanked the Somerville Royals 5-0. Veterans Tim Dunphy and Mike DiCato each threw a scoreless inning to keep the shutout intact. Tony Serino had two hits and a couple of RBI’s and Mike Barbati (2 RBI) and Danny DiMare each added a triple for the Chiefs.

There are no ICL games scheduled for Tuesday.

Intercity League welcomes the Somerville Royals

The Intercity League would like to welcome new franchise Somerville Royals to the league. The Royals led by manager James McConville, will play their home games at Trum Field. The Royals roster will consist of returning Somerville Thunder players as well as former and current college players from colleges throughout New England.