Merchants-Alibrandis, Chiefs-Blue Sox Start Semifinals Tonight

Both of the Intercity League’s semifinal series will begin tonight.(Wednesday)

The #3 Wakefield Merchants and #2 Alibrandis will begin their best of three series at Victory Field in Watertown starting at 7:30 PM. Game two will be played on Thursday at Morelli Field in Melrose at 7:30 PM. If a game three is required, it will be contested back at Victory Field on Friday at 7:30 PM.

Wakefield reached the semifinal by beating the Malden Madoogs two games to none in the first round. Alibrandis earned a first round bye with their second place finish in the regular season.

No introductions will be required in Lexington when the number #5 Chiefs and #1 Blue Sox meet at 7:45 PM. The Chiefs and Blue Sox have met in the ICL Championship Round seven times in the past ten years. Game two will be played on Thursday at Pine Banks located on the Malden/Melrose line at 7:45 PM. A potential game three would be in Lexington on Friday at 7:45 PM.

The Chiefs got to the semifinal round by sweeping the Reading Bulldogs. The Blue Sox won the regular season pennant and received a first round bye.

The winners of these series will meet in the best of five championship round. All games in the championship series will be played at Morelli Field in Melrose.

Blue Sox & Chiefs in Thursday Win Column

The Blue Sox scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind and beat the Wakefield Merchants 5-4 in Lexington. Ross Curley reached on a fielders choice to bring home Anderson Jimenez with the tying run before Curley scored the winning run on an error. Bill Christopher (1-0) got the win and Manny Delcarmen recorded his fifth save. Joseph Maguire (4-3) took the loss. Jake Nardone drove in two of the Merchants runs.

In Melrose, Central Catholic rookies Jack Anthony and Nick Remy (1-0) combined on a six-hitter when the Andre Chiefs beat the Americans 3-1 in eight innings. Anthony went the first six innings while Remy struck out four batters over the last two frames to pick up his first win. Nate Witkowski led the Chiefs offense with a couple of doubles. Charlies Huegi had two hits as well as the Americans’ RBI. Nick Colucci (0-2) took the loss in relief of Mike Peters and Chris Mitchell.

The Americans visit the Malden Maddogs at 7:45 PM at Maplewood and Blue Sox entertain the Chiefs in Lexington in the two ICL games on the Friday night schedule.

This one’s for Dave

Lexington wins 12th ICL Championship By Bruce Hack Lexington Blue Sox Media Relations Director   Melrose – Determined to win for their stricken Blue Sox brother and teammate, Dave Ahern, Lexington held on for a hard-fought 5-4 win and a sweep of the Andre Chiefs for its 12th Intercity League Championship in 22 seasons. For […]

Blue Sox Edge Reds & Bulldogs Beat Chiefs to Put Both Series at 2-1

Blue Sox 3, Reds 2
Matt Karis pitched five strong innings to record the win when the Lexington Blue Sox edged the Watertown Reds 3-2 at Victory Field on Tuesday night. With the win, Lexington takes a 2-1 lead in the series.

Dan Graham and Jeff Vigurs both had RBI singles and Dave Ahern scored the game winning run on a wild pitch.

Borja  Jones-Berasaluce worked a scoreless sixth and Jeff Blount blanked the Reds in the seventh to get the save.

Dan Chaisson, with a solo homer, and Kyle LaVigne, drove in the Reds’ runs.

Jonathan Bishop went all seven innings for Watertown and struck out five.

Bulldogs 5, Chiefs 2
The Reading Bulldogs used some sparkling defense, and got six solid innings from Wayne Lundgren, to beat the Andre Chiefs in Game Three, 5-2. The Chiefs lead the series 2-1.

Steve Busby had a 3 for 3 evening, and along with Darren Hartwell, turned in several outstanding plays in the outfield. Kyle Devin, Chris Bosco, Johnny Hayes, Mike Taylor, and Busby, all drove in a run for Reading.

Juan Portes provided all the scoring for the Chiefs with a two run homer in the bottom of third inning.

Sam Kasten went the distance for the Chiefs and struck out nine batters.

It’s on to Game Four for both series on Wednesday night.

The Chiefs and Bulldogs meet at Morelli Field in Melrose and the Reds and Blue Sox get together at Lexington High with both games starting at 8;00 PM.





Dan Cha