The Somerville Royals and Watertown Reds welcomed the league’s two newcomers, the Alibrandi Baseball Club and the Malden Maddogs, to the ICL in an impolite fashion taking 7-2 and 15-0 wins as the circuit kicked off its 69th season on Wednesday night.
The Royals jumped out to a 7-1 fourth inning lead at Ferullo Field led by Brady Chant and Jake Cintolo who each had three hits and combined for five RBI’s. Lefty Jonathan Richard (1-0) went the first five innings to get the win and Soren Hansen added a solo homer for Somerville. Mark Addesa had three of Alibrandis’ nine hits. Brian Tanguy (0-1) took the loss.
In Malden, the Watertown Reds got six innings of one-hit, six strikeout pitching from Matt Horan, and rung out 17 hits, on the way to a 15-0 shutout of the Maddogs.
ICL action continues tonight with four games. Alibrandis travels to Wakefield to meet the Merchants at Walsh Field 6:00 PM, the Maddogs visit the Andre Chiefs at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) at 8:00 PM, the Melrose Americans and Reading Bulldogs open their seasons at Endicott College in Beverly at 8:00 PM, and the Royals host the Reds at Trum Field in Somerville at 8:15 PM.