Blue Sox Edge Bulldogs 3-1 as ICL Play Resumes after Holiday Break

Drew Leenhouts, Borja Jones-Bersaluce and Manny Delcarmen combined on a four-hitter when the Lexington Blue Sox scored three times in the fourth inning and went on to beat the Bulldogs 3-1 in Reading. Leenhouts (1-0) got his first win of the season while Delcarmen chalked up his second save. Andrew Moccia (1-1) took the loss in relief of Gabe Van Emon for the Bulldogs who also allowed only four hits.

On Monday, the Americans host the Bulldogs in Melrose at 7:30 PM and the Andre Chiefs visit the Blue Sox at Lexington High at 8:00 PM.

Alibrandis, Bulldogs & Blue Sox Take Tuesday Wins

Matt Horan (1-1) went six strong innings to get win when Alibrandis beat the Andre Chiefs 6-2 at Victory Field. Juan Parra reached base three times and Dave Lightbody had a double and scored twice for the winners. R.J. Libby had a solo homer for the Chiefs while Jack Fargo (0-2) took the loss,

Darren Hartwell, Mike Taylor, Chris Webster and Matt DeBenedetto each drove in two runs when the Reading Bulldogs knocked off the Malden Bulldogs 10-7 at Maplewood. Jack Wallace (1-1) went four innings and picked up the win.

In Lexington, the Blue Sox erased a 2-0 fourth inning deficit and went on to beat the Somerville Royals 4-2. Dom Zaher’s two RBI double was the big hit when the Sox took the lead with three runs in the fifth. Matt Karis got the win while Manny Delcarmen recorded the save. Somerville jumped out to an early lead in the second inning on a two RBI double by Joe Ward.

Americans, Merchants & Blue Sox Kick-Off July with Wins

Ian Libby homered and had three RBI’s to lead the Americans to a 5-3 win over the Reading Bulldogs in Melrose. Mike Peters (1-0) went five innings to get the win. He had bullpen help from Shawn Smeglin and Chris Mitchell who worked 1.2 innings to record the save. Charlie Huegi added a double and a single while Josh Bohn and Dennis Crowley drove in the Americans’ other runs. Tyler Cedeno and Brendan McDonald each had two hits for the Bulldogs. Kyle Wollman (1-2) took the loss.

At Maplewood, the Wakefield Merchants got a two run homer from Bobby Losanno on the way to beating the Andre Chiefs 5-2. James McNamara (2-2) went 6.1 innings to get the win. Jon Luders added two hits including a double and an RBI and Chris Butler chipped in with a double and a single. Ben Waldrip gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead in the first inning with his second homer of the year. Zach Kirby (2-2) took the loss despite striking out 13 batters in six innings while Mitchell Clegg struck out the side for the Chiefs in the seventh.

The Blue Sox made six runs in the third inning stand up in a 6-1 win over the Malden Maddogs in Lexington. Ross Curley led the way at the plate with a double and a single. Anderson Jimenez, Kyle Adie, Morgan Brown, Mitch Schroeder and Dom Zaher all drove in single runs for the Sox. Mike Geannelis (2-0) worked five innings and struck out seven to gain the win. Zak Levine (2-2) was tagged with the loss.

On Tuesday the Chiefs visit Alibrandis at Victory Field in Watertown and the Bulldogs meet the Maddogs at Maplewood, both at 7:45 PM. The Blue Sox host the Somerville Royals at Lexington High at 8:00 PM.


Alibrandis Beats Wakefield in Only Sunday Game Not PPD

Alibrandis beat the Wakefield Merchants 6-3 in a rain shortened five inning affair on Sunday at Walsh Field. It was the only ICL game that survived the torrential downpours. All other games, including the second game of the doubleheader at Walsh, were washed out. Jake Miller knocked in three of the runs while Brian Saffelle (1-0) got the win.

Three games are scheduled on Monday. The Melrose Americans host the Reading Bulldogs at Morelli at 7:30 PM, the Andre Chiefs play host to the Merchants at Maplewood at 8:00 PM, and the Malden Maddogs and the Blue Sox tangle in Lexington, also at 8:00 PM.

Alibrandis Beats Americans 3-1 in Lone Friday Game

Ryan Corriveau (3-1) tossed a complete game five-hitter, striking out eight, when Alibrandis edged the Melrose Americans 3-1 on Friday night at Morelli Field. Jake Miller paced the offense with two doubles and an RBI and Juan Parra had an RBI and reached base three times. Alibrandis tallied single runs in each of the last three innings to gain the win.

It was the only ICL game that was played on Friday. There are no ICL contests scheduled for Saturday.


Bulldogs Blank Merchants 3-0, Maddogs-Blue Sox End in 2-2 Tie

Andrew Moccia tossed five innings of two-hit shutout ball, and Jack Theriault and Max Mardany each struck out the side respectively in the sixth and seventh innings, when the Reading Bulldogs shutout the Wakefield Merchants 3-0 at Morelli Field. Tyler Cedeno led the Bulldogs offense with a couple of hits that included a triple and two RBI’s. Zac Talis and Brandan McDonald chipped in with two singles each while Darren Hartwell drove in the Bulldogs third run. Moccia (1-0) struck out seven and Mardany picked up the save as the trio of Reading pitchers recorded 13 strikeouts. Greg Johnson (0-2) worked 5.1 innings but took the loss.

The Malden Maddogs and Lexington Blue Sox battled to an eight inning curfew shortened tie. The Bulldogs tied the game in the top of the seventh on a single, an error, and a pinch-hit squeeze bunt by Pet Maltzan. The Blue Sox took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning on RBI singles by Anderson Jimenez and Kyle Adie.

The Melrose Americans host Alibrandis at Morelli Field at 7:30 PM in the only ICL game that is scheduled for Friday.

Reading Wins Big, Alibrandis Beats Royals Behind Costa’s 13K Effort

Mike Taylor had four hits, and Darren Hartwell, Cooper Marengi and Chris Webster drove in two runs each, when the Reading Bulldogs knocked off the Wakefield Merchants 12-1 at Walsh Field. Gabe Van Emon (1-0) didn’t allow a hit and struck out five in four innings to get the win. Zac Talis contributed three hits to the Bulldogs’ 15 hit offense. Joseph Maguire (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season for the Merchants.

Alibrandis scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie, and went on to defeat the Somerville Royals 4-1 at Victory Field. Chris Costa (1-0) struck out 13 batters and allowed just two hits to grab the complete game win. Jake Miller had a double and two RBI’s and Dave Lightbody added two hits for Alibrandis. Jonathan Richard (1-3) allowed only five hits in six innings but took the loss.

On Thursday, the Bulldogs and Merchants are at it again in a 7:30 PM makeup game at Morelli Field and the Blue Sox host the Malden Maddogs in Lexington at 8:00 PM.


Chiefs Win, Alibrandis-Wakefield Suspended in 2nd, Game at Trum PPD

Newcomer R.J. Libby turned in a four hit and three RBI performance in his ICL debut, and Andrew Caulfield and Matt Nuzzo hit back to back fourth inning homers, when the Andre Chiefs held off the Malden Maddogs 11-8 on Tuesday night at Maplewood. Tim Dunphy (3-0) picked up the win for the Chiefs while David Kerns recorded his fourth save. Derek Bauer hit a two run homer for the Maddogs.

The Wakefield Merchants-Alibrandis game at Victory Field was suspended in the top of the second inning due to rain while the Melrose Americans-Somerville Royals game at Trum Field was postponed.

On Wednesday the Reading Bulldogs travel to Wakefield to meet the Merchants at 6:00 PM and Alibrandis hosts the Royals at Victory at 7:45 PM.

Monday Night Wins for Chiefs & Blue Sox

Zach Kirby (2-1) spun a one-hitter, striking out 11 batters, to pitch the Andre Chiefs past the Melrose Americans 10-0 at Maplewood on Monday night. The former Framingham State righty allowed only a single to Elias Varinos leading off the top of first. Ben Waldrip led the Chiefs at the plate going 3 for 3 with a two-run homer and five RBI’s. Manny Cabral added a pair of doubles for the Chiefs who had seven extra base hits. Chris Mitchell (1-2) took the loss.

In Lexington, Matt Karis (1-0) got his first win of the season when the Blue Sox beat the Reading Bulldogs 5-2. Anderson Jimenez, Jeff Costello, Julian Alvarez, and Kyle Adie each drove in and scored a run for Lexington. Tyler Cedeno had three hits, an RBI,  and stole a base for the Bulldogs. Kyle Wollman (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season.

On Tuesday, Wakefield visits Alibrandis at Victory and the Malden Maddogs meet the Chiefs at Maplewood in 7:45 PM starts. At 8:30 PM the Somerville Royals will play host to the Americans at Trum Field.

ICL has a great Day of Baseball

2019 Day of Baseball

By Bruce Hack, Intercity League correspondent

Lexington – The Jerie DeAngelis Memorial Day of Baseball featured four good baseball games that saw comebacks in two of the games and history in the first game of the day.

What follows is a recap of games 2, 3, and 4, going in reverse order. The historic outing by the Chiefs Evan Walsh has a separate outing.

Game Four – Lexington 6, Somerville 4

Lexington used a pair of three-run innings to win its fourth straight game 6-4 over Somerville.

In the third the Sox had two outs and no one on base. Aaron Barbosa started the rally with a single to left for the Sox first hit of the game. Barbosa stole second with Anderson Jiminez up and then scored on Jiminez’ single. Jiminez stole second during Kyle Adie’s at bat, who then walked. Both runners scored on a double to center by Julian Alvarez that gave Lexington a 3-2 lead.

The Blue Sox added three more runs in the fourth. They loaded the bases on a double, single and a walk with no outs. The Royals forced Alex Voitik at home for the first out, but the bases were still loaded. Barbosa followed with a two-run single to right and it was 5-2 Lexington. The third run scored on a Royals error.

Somerville took a 2-0 lead in the second as Joe Ward (walk) and Martin Marintchey (double) put Royals on second and third with one out. Patrick Forelli drove in Ward with an infield out and Anibal Peno’s single drove in Marintchey.

The Royals final two runs came in the seventh. Graham Smith led off and reached on an error. He scored on Nick Valdarrio’s double to cut the lead to 6-3. A Ryan Noone single put runners on the corners with no outs. Blasé Cormer hit a foul ball heading toward the bleachers that the Blue Sox third baseman Rory Bordiuk tracked and reached into the stands making the catch for the first out. Ward drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly to left to make the final score 6-4.

Kelvin Guzman started for Lexington and pitched four innings to earn his second win of the season. He gave up three hits, three walks and struck out two. C.J. McKinnit picked up the save with three innings of relief work.

Luke Gustavson pitched a complete game for Somerville in falling to 0-3. He allowed six hits, walked three and struck out two. The lefty had two 1-2-3 innings in the first and sixth innings.


Game Three – Wakefield 3, Alibrandis 1

Chris Butler’s two-run double with one out in sixth gave the Merchants a 3-1 and the win their game against Alibrandis that moved them into a three way tie for third with Malden and Alibrandis.

Joe Barry started the sixth inning rally with a lead-off walk. Bobby Losanno followed with a triple to center to score Barry and tie the game at 1-1. After the first out, Dillon Koster was intentionally walked to set up a double play. Butler ruined that move by lining the first pitch he saw into right field for run-producing double.

The game had a ten minute delay in the middle of the first inning due to rain. Once play resumed the Alibrandis took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Juan Parra walked to lead off the inning. He stole second and moved to third a fly ball to right by Teddy Dziuba. With two outs Dave Lightbody delivered with a single to left to plate Parra.

Alibrandis starter Matt Horan made the lead hold up through five innings. He retired 10 straight Merchants from the second through fifth innings and 11 of 12 batters, including four strikeouts.  In his complete game effort Horan allowed four hits, walked four and struck out eight.

James McNamara earned the win for Wakefield,  also going the distance. He allowed four hits, one run, walked one and struck out two.


Game Two – Malden 7, Melrose 1


The Malden Maddogs used a five run second inning to pull off a the biggest margin of victory of the day with a 7-1 win over Melrose.

The inning started with Jack Whorf being hit by a pitch by Melrose starter Brent Greeley. A walk to Brendan Roach and a single by Steve Shamnoski loaded the bases with no outs. Henry Butterfield walked on four pitches to bring in the first run and give the Maddogs a 2-1 lead. Ethan Harris followed with another walk to make it 3-1 Malden. That walk ended Greeley’s day on the mound and Mike Peters took over for the Americans. Derek Bauer greeted Peters with a single for a 4-1 lead and the bases were still loaded. After an infield out, Cal Christofori drive in the fifth run with a single for a 6-1 lead.

Melrose struck in the first. Elias Varinos reached on a fielding error to start the game. Varinos stole second and eventually moved to third on a wild pitch. Ian Libby walked and stole scored to put runners on second and third with one out. Kyle Cortese brought in Varinos with an infield out for the 1-0 lead.

The Merchants had base runners in every inning but the third and sixth and left five runners in scoring position.

Maddogs starter Eddie Hardiman, 1-0, pitched five innings, scattered four hits and gave up an unearned run. He walked three and struck out two.

Bauer had three hits for Malden and scored and drove in a run. Shamnoski had two hits and scored twice. Christofori drove in two runs.



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