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.