Intercity League wins third Eastern Mass Amateur Baseball Classic

Intercity League wins Amateur Baseball Classic for third time

First league to win consecutive titles

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Blue Sox

Media Relations Director


Melrose – The Intercity League hosted the Fifth Eastern Mass Amateur Baseball Classic and again played the role of poor hosts as they won 6-3 over the Cranberry League in a rain-shortened five-inning contest at Morelli Field.

The ICL hosted the inaugural event in 2012 at Lexington High School and defeated the Cranberries 6-5 for the title. Last year the ICL won 6-3 over the Yawkey League at Brockton’s Campanelli Stadium.

The hosts struck for four runs in the first, the biggest first inning in tournament history, as all nine batters came to the plate. Mike Burgoyne (Andre Chiefs) started the inning with a single to right and moved to second on a walk to Jon Barber (Watertown Reds). After an infield out moved both runners up, Zac Talis (Reading Bulldogs) walked to load the bases for Watertown’s Dan Chaisson. The slugging third baseman doubled down the right field line to drive in two runs and it was 2-0 ICL. After the second out, Kyle Boudrais (Arlington Trojans) singled to center to drive in Talis and Chaisson and it was 4-0 Intercity League.

The offense struck again for the ICL in the second inning. After two infield outs, Scott Searles (Wakefield Merchants) doubled to right. Talis walked again, and Chaisson singled to right to plate Searles and it was 5-0. Watertown first baseman Justin Forman drove in Talis with a single to left for the 6-0 lead.

Chaisson was a unanimous choice for Tourney MVP. On the day, he was 3-for-3 with three RBI, and a run scored. He drove in three of the first five ICL runs in the championship game.

Reading Bulldogs pitcher Wayne Lundgren started the championship game and pitched two shutout innings for the win. He gave up two hits and struck out three. Lundgren set down the first five batters he faced, three by K. He did not allow a ball out of the infield, until consecutive singles snapped the streak.

Sam Kasten (Andre Chiefs), who in his two innings of work also struck out three, walked one, and gave up the first CBL run when Tyler Beach singled to score Marc Doyle, followed Lundgren on the mound.

The Cranberries cut the lead to 6-3 on a two-run single by Matt Nicholson off Mike Curtis (Reading Bulldogs) in the fourth inning.

This year’s tournament had seven inning games, instead of nine, as in the past. Due to that the championship game started almost an hour ahead of schedule, but unfortunately still was cut short by the rain.

Intercity League players had taken the field for the top of the sixth when the skies opened up and the rain came pouring down. The teams waited for 15 minutes and then the umpires declared the game called.

In the first game of the day the Intercity League defeated the Boston Park League 6-3 (sound familiar) to move into the championship game for the third time in five years.


2016 ICL All-Stars lineup for national anthem.

2016 ICL All-Stars lineup for national anthem.

Ben Johnston (Arlington Trojans) had a bases-clearing triple in the second inning to give the host team a 3-0 lead.

The ICLers added two runs on a double by Searles and an RBI single by Tom Petry (Melrose Americans) for a 5-3 lead in the fifth. They closed out their scoring with an RBI single by Barber in the sixth that scored Kyle Devin (Reading Bulldogs).

The Park League chipped away at the Intercity’s 3-0 lead and tied it in the fourth with their third consecutive one-run inning.

With one out in the fourth, the Parkers had three consecutive singles, with JP Knight driving in Sam Miller to knot the score at 3-3.

Knight’s RBI double put the Park League on the scoreboard in the second inning as he drove in Grant Bowen.

In the second the Park League’s Chris Hoyt leadoff with a walk, stole second and took third on a throwing error. He scored on an infield out by Alex Venditti.

Lexington manager Rick DeAngelis guided the ICL All-Stars to victory for the second time. He also led the squad in 2012. Melrose manager Kevin Burgoyne, Wakefield manager Dave Ellegood, Somerville manager James McConville, and Chiefs assistant coach Anthony Durkee ably assisted him. Warming up the relief pitchers were bullpen catchers Derlin Tejeda and Connor Green from the Blue Sox.

For the second time a championship, game was shortened by weather in the five years of the event. Both times the Cranberry League has been on the losing end. In 2013, they lost to the Yawkey League 7-6 in a three-inning game called because of fog.

All three games featured good baseball and entertained the crowds all day long. In the fifth year of the event, that features the best players from the four Greater Boston amateur baseball leagues, once again displayed the best baseball talent in Eastern Massachusetts.

Thanks to the hard work of Joe Paolucci of the Cranberry League, Walt Bentson of the Park League, Rick DeAngelis of the Intercity League, and Marc DesRoches of the Yawkey League this event was again a success. Also thanks to the Kevin Burgoyne and Orazio Azzarello of the Melrose Americans for hosting the event. In addition, thanks to the Melrose DPW who got the field ready for play for all three games.

All four leagues thank all the fans that came out and watched a great day of amateur baseball.


 2016 EMABC Champions

2016 EMABC Champions






2016 Fifth Annual

Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Baseball Classic

Game One Cranberry League vs. Yawkey League

9 July 2016

At Morelli Field, Melrose, MA

Park–               0 1 1    1 0 0    0     –     3    8    1

Intercity –          0 3 0    0 1 1    x    –    6    9    2

Park – Kyle Musco, Connor Farrell (2), Rich Scanlon (3), James Bussiere (4), Tom Simas (5),                                 Kenny Henry (6) and James Patti, Mike Davis (5); ICL –  Aidan Freeburg, Tim Dunphy (3), Steve                                           Keskinidis (5), Christian Rosatti (6), Jimmy Hill (7)  and Alex Voitik, Kyle Devin (5).

WP – Steve Keskinidis (1-0). LP – Tom Simas (0-1). SV – Jimmy Hill (1).

No Home Runs

Game Two Yawkey League vs. Cranberry League

9 July 2016

        At Morelli Field, Melrose, MA

Yawkey  –         0 0 0    0 1 0    0  – 1    4    1

Cranberry –       0 0 0    2 1 0    x     –    3    5    3

YL – Mike Smith, Stephano Stravoravdis (3), Joe Skoczylas (5), Lamarre Rey (5), and Nate          Hodor;  CBL – Nate Koneski, Tim Troup (2), Ian Searles (4), Ryan Earle (6), Trevor Cooley (7)   and Brendan Kates

WP – Ian Searles (1-0). L – Stephano Stravoravdis (0-1). SV-Trevor Cooley (1).

No Home Runs


Championship Game

 Cranberry League vs. Intercity League

9 July 2016

                        At Morelli Field, Melrose, MA


Cranberry   –     0 0 0    1 2  –     3 6 0

Intercity –          4 2 0    0 0  –     6 8 1

Game called after five innings on account of rain.

CBL – Zack Schindler, Mike Nolan (2), Tom MacDonald (4) and Aaron Clancy; ICL – Wayne

Lundgren, Sam Kasten (3), Mike Curtis (5), Shawn Smeglin (5), and Jordan Pallazola, Chris         Butler (5).

WP – Wayne Lundgren (1-0). LP – Zack Schindler (0-1). SV – Shawn Smeglin (1) .

No Home Runs


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Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Classic Scoreboard

Saturday, July 9 at Morelli Field, Melrose MA




INTERCITY LEAGUE  6, CRANBERRY LEAGUE 3 (Rain Shortened 5 innings)

MVP- Danny Chaisson-Watertown Reds

Boxscores and Game Live provided by Bruce Hack at:



EMass All-Star Classic is Today at 1:00 PM at Morelli Field, Friday Results

The Fifth Annual Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Classic will be played today (Saturday) at Morelli Field in Melrose, MA starting at 1:00 PM.

The Intercity League and the Boston Park League will meet at 1:00 PM and the Yawkey League and the Cranberry League will tangle at 4:30 PM. The winners of these games will meet for the championship and the Louis T. DiTullio Memorial Trophy at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $5.00. Morelli Field is located at Melrose High School, 360 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose, MA 02176.

On Friday in the ICL, the Andre Chiefs came from behind to beat the Arlington Trojans 6-4, the Lexington Blue Sox shutout the Reading Bulldogs 7-0, and the Wakefield Merchants edged the Melrose Americans 6-5 in a see-saw extra inning battle.

Due to the EMass Classic, there are no ICL games on Saturday.

Merchants, Bulldogs, Reds & Blue Sox Record Wednesday Wins

John Russolillo tossed five scoreless frames and Steve Keskinidis picked up a two inning save when the Merchants blanked the Arlington Trojans 1-0 in Wakefield. Scott Searles drove in Brendan Barry with the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lou Tarrantino reached base three times for the Merchants with a double and two walks.

At Morelli Field, the Reading Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to edge the Melrose Americans 2-1. Steve Busby and Nick Berno drove in the runs for Reading and Kyle Devin had a two hit game. Cody Hall (2-0) picked up the win with four innings of one hit pitching in relief of Mike Curtis.

Matt Horan allowed just two hits when the Reds shutout the Andre Chiefs 3-0 in Watertown. Horan (1-1) struck out six. Kyle LaVigne had two of the Reds six hits and, along with Justin Forman, had an RBI. Mike Samko scored the game’s first run after doubling in the fifth inning and also played some sparkling defense at third base. Mitchell Clegg (2-2) took the loss.

In Lexington, Julian Alvarez had a grand slam and a double, accounting for six RBI’s, to lead the Blue Sox to 14-3 win over the Somerville Royals. Thomas Russo and Josh Hassel each had three hits to lead the 13 hit attack. Borja Jones-Berasaluce (1-0) got the win with three innings of 8K relief pitching.

There are no games on the schedule for Thursday.


ICL Begins Second Half with Four Wednesday Games

Following the Fourth of July break, the ICL will resume play tonight (Wednesday) with four games on the docket.

The Wakefield Merchants host the Arlington Trojans at Walsh Field at 6:00 PM, the Reading Bulldogs and Melrose Americans will meet at Morelli Field at 7:30 PM, the Watertown Reds host the Andre Chiefs at Victory Field at 7:45 PM, and the Somerville Royals visit the Blue Sox in Lexington at 8:00 PM.

The ICL’s all-stars will participate in the annual EMass Baseball Classic on Saturday at Morelli Field in Melrose. The ICL will meet the Boston Park League at 1:00 PM. The Cranberry League and the Yawkey League will play at 4:00 PM, with the winners of the first two games to meet at 7:30 PM.

Lundgren Fires 1-Hitter for Reading, Merchants-Sox in 3-3 Rain Shortened Tie

Wayne Lundgren (2-1) fired a complete game one-hitter to lead the Reading Bulldogs to a 4-1 over the Trojans in Arlington on Friday. Jordan Roper led the Bulldogs’ offense with two hits, including a triple, and a couple of RBI. Lundgren struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. Mike DeDonato and Kyle Devin drove in the other Reading runs. Richie Cardillo took the loss for Arlington.

In Lexington, the Wakefield Merchants scored three times in the top of the sixth inning, to tie the game at 3-3, before the rains came and the teams played to a weather shortened deadlock. Mike Sorrentino had three hits, scored a run, and had an RBI for Wakefield. Justin Silvestro (2 hits) had an RBI triple for the Blue Sox in the fourth inning.

The ICL begins its annual Fourth of July Break today. League play will resume next Wednesday, July 6th.

Americans & Reds Both Post Comeback Wins on Wednesday

Dillon Corliss tossed six innings of four-hit ball to record the win, and Zack Kirby struck out the side in the seventh to chalk up the save, when the Americans came from behind to beat the Chiefs 4-1 on Wednesday in Melrose. Austin Masel put the Americans in front 2-1 in the fifth with a two RBI single. Tom Petry padded the Melrose lead with an RBI single in the sixth. Mike Burgoyne gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the third. Mitchell Clegg (2-1) took the loss.

In Watertown, the Reds rallied from a 2-0 third inning deficit to overtake the Arlington Trojans 8-5 at Victory Field. More on this game will be posted shortly.

Rosati (9 K’s, 5-Hitter) and Berg Lead Americans to 5-2 Win at Trum

Christian Rosati threw a complete game five-hitter to lead the Melrose Americans to a 5-2 win over the Somerville Royals at Trum Field in the only ICL game played on Tuesday. Isaiah Berg had two hits, including a double and two RBI’s, and Tom Petry had a couple of singles to lead the Melrose offense.  Rosati (2-1) struck out nine batters, allowed just one earned run, and walked only one in the route going win. Ryan Covelle (2-1) suffered his first loss of the year for Somerville.

Three ICL games are on the Wednesday schedule. The Americans host the Chiefs at Morelli Field in Melrose at 7:30 PM, the Trojans and Reds battle at Victory Field in Watertown at 7:45 PM, and the Royals host the Bulldogs at Trum at 8:15 PM.

Walsh Saves it for Trojans, Kasten Shines for Chiefs

John Smokovich (2-1), Graham Stack, and Evan Walsh combined on the mound to pitch the Arlington Trojans to a 4-2 win over the Blue Sox in Lexington. Smokovich went five plus innings to get the win. Walsh, who took the mound in the 6th, recorded the save. Owen Shea and Ben Johnston each scored and drove in a run to lead the Trojans offense. Ross Curley and Justin Silvestro drove in the Lexington runs.

At Maplewood, rookie righty Sam Kasten (1-1) struck out ten of the fifteen batters he faced in five innings out of the bullpen when the Chiefs beat the Reds 6-4. Kasten allowed only a fifth inning double to Justin Forman and struck out the side in order in both third and sixth innings. Peter Copa and Mike Burgoyne each had two hits and Mike Andre had a double for the Chiefs. Forman ended up with two hits and Will Brennan had a two RBI first inning double for the Reds.

On Tuesday, the Somerville Royals host the Melrose Americans at Trum Field in Somerville at 8:15 PM in the only game on the ICL schedule.

Bulldogs, Blue Sox & Trojans Win on Sunday, Chiefs-Reds in 2-2 Tie

Darren Hartwell and Harry Oringer had three hits each and E.J. Martinez had a homer when the Reading Bulldogs beat the Melrose Americans 5-1 at Morelli Field. Anthony Dally (2-1) went five innings to pick up the win for the Bulldogs. Austin Masel had a triple for Melrose.

Ross Curley and Ryan McCarthy each drove in two runs to lead the Lexington Blue Sox to a 7-1 win over the Somerville Royals on Pete Frates/ALS Awareness Day at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Drew Leenhouts (1-1) evened his season record with the win.

Andrew Hamel (1-1) got the win when the Trojans banged out 11 hits on the way to 7-4 win over the Wakefield Merchants in Arlington.

At Victory Field in Watertown, the Chiefs and Reds battled to a 2-2 nine inning tie. Tim Dunphy threw seven consecutive scoreless innings and allowed no runs and only two hits after the second inning. Billy Sullivan, Chris Hendrix, and Lamarre Rey all pitched for the Reds and the trio held the Chiefs to five hits. Jon Barber had two singles for the Reds and Danny DiMare had an RBI for the Chiefs.

On Monday, the Blue Sox host the Trojans in Lexington at 8:00 PM and the Reds and Chiefs meet in a rematch at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) at 8:15 PM.