Bulldogs Beat Blue Sox 9-1, Chiefs Edge Alibrandis in Thursday Action

Jeff Roy and Mike Taylor had three hits each, and Zac Talis recorded three RBI’s, when the Reading Bulldogs beat the Blue Sox 9-1 in Lexington.  Cam Lanzilli (1-0) got the win throwing four innings of two-hit ball in relief of Kyle Wollman.

The Andre Chiefs got a two-run homer from Matt Nuzzo and five innings of seven strikeout pitching from lefty Mitchell Clegg (1-0) to hold off Alibrandis 4-3 at Ferullo Field.

On Friday, the Wakefield Merchants travel to Maplewood Park in Malden at 7:30 PM to meet the Maddogs in the lone ICL game on the schedule.

Merchants, Chiefs, Bulldogs & Royals Gain Wednesday ICL Wins

Mike Andrews tossed six innings of four-hit baseball and Dillon Koster went 4 for 4 to lead the Merchants to a 6-2 win over Alibrandis in Wakefield. 2017 ICL MVP Bobby Lossano had a triple and drove in two runs for the Merchants.

At Maplewood, Jared Freni struck out 12 in just 6 innings and Leivi Ventura, Nate Witkowski and Danny DiMare had two RBI’s each when the Chiefs beat the Malden Maddogs 7-1.

2017 Rookie Pitcher of the Year Alex Mandrus picked up where he left off last season, allowing just three hits in five innings, to pitch the Reading Bulldogs to a 6-1 win over the Melrose Americans at Endicott College. The Bulldogs got two hits each from Darren Hartwell, Jeff Roy, Chris Bosco and Mike Taylor. Kyle Devin drove home the Melrose run.

Ryan Covelle (1-0) got the win in relief when the Somerville Royals won their second game in as many nights in a 4-3 walk off win over the Watertown Reds at Trum Field. Jake Cintolo had three hits, including a home run, to lead the Somerville offense. Justin Forman and Dan Chaisson each had a couple of hits for the Reds while Pat Maher (0-1) took the loss.

Two ICL games are on the schedule for Thursday. The Lexington Blue Sox open up their season when they host the Reading Bulldogs, in a rematch of the 2017 finalists, at Lexington High at 8:00 PM while the Chiefs travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn to visit Alibrandis, also at 8:00 PM.

Royals & Reds Grab Opening Night Wins

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.

Maddogs & Alibrandi Host ICL Openers on Tuesday

The two new teams in the circuit, the Malden Maddogs and the Alibrandi Baseball Club, will act as hosts when the 2018 ICL season kicks off on Tuesday night.

The Maddogs will play their first ICL contest ever when they entertain the Watertown Reds at Maplewood starting at 7:45 PM while Albrandis makes its ICL debut when they take on the Somerville Royals at Ferullo Field in Woburn beginning at 8:00 PM.

Both Malden and Albrandis come into the ICL this summer after playing in the Yawkey League for a number of years. Alibrandi has won 18 of the last 20 Yawkey League championships.

2018 Regular Season to Begin May 29, Schedule is Now Posted

The 2018 Intercity League Regular Season will begin on Tuesday, May 29.

The entire ICL Schedule has been posted on this website.

Two new teams have been added for this year. Multi-time Yawkey League Champion Alibrandis, as well as the Malden Maddogs, have both made the switch from the YBL and joined the circuit this season. They will join the Andre Chiefs, Melrose Americans, Lexington Blue Sox, Wakefield Merchants, Reading Bulldogs, Watertown Reds, and Somerville Royals in the make up of the now nine team loop. After being in existence for over a decade, the Arlington Trojans were disbanded over the winter.


ICL Legend Les DeMarco Passes Away

ICL President Emeritus and longtime Wakefield Merchants owner & manager Les DeMarco passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018. He would have turned 89 on Monday.

Les holds the distinction of being the first person elected to the charter class of Intercity League’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

A great man who will be missed.

Les DeMarco (February 5, 1929-February 2, 2018)

Leslie E. “Les” DeMarco, age 88, a lifelong Wakefield resident died Friday, February 2 at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Born in Wakefield on February 5, 1929 he was the son of the late Joseph and Ruth (Justice) DeMarco.

Mr. DeMarco was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1946. During the 1946 baseball season, Les threw two nine inning no-hitters and was later inducted into the Wakefield High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was drafted by the Philadelphia A’s and played baseball professionally for a number of years. He worked and retired from Fraen Corp. in Wakefield as a Tool and Die maker. Mr. DeMarco had served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the West Side Social Club, and coached the Wakefield Merchants for close to 50 years. Les was the president of the Intercity Baseball League for over 40 years and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Intercity Baseball League Hall of Fame. In 2004 he was selected as the Town of Wakefield Citizen of the Year.

Mr. DeMarco was the beloved husband of Phyllis (Stanco) DeMarco, married for 61 years. He was the loving father of Michael DeMarco and his wife Mary Ellen of Woburn, Sharon DeWyngaert and her husband Keith of Fair Haven, NJ, Susan Colson and her husband Jay of Belford, NJ, and Robert DeMarco and his wife Brenda of Middleton. He was the grandfather of Nicole, Lauren, Rachel, Jessica, and Emily DeMarco, Christopher, Catherine, Alexandra, and Emilia DeWyngaert, and Natalie and Ian Colson. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was the brother of the late Joseph DeMarco, Jr., Robert DeMarco, Paul DeMarco, and Ruth DeFazio.

His Funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Wednesday at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 10am. Interment will be at St. Patrick Cemetery in Stoneham. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-8pm.