The #2 Blue Sox beat the #5 Somerville Royals 11-4 on Wednesday night in Lexington and in the process competed a three game semi-final sweep. The Blue Sox used a big seven run sixth inning to ice the win and the series. The big hit was a bases clearing double by Thomas Russo, who had four RBI in the game. Drew Leenhouts picked up the series clinching win. The lefty allowed just one run and five hits, while striking out nine, in his six innings of work. With the win, the Blue Sox advance to the ICL’s championship series for the 11th straight season and the for the 14th time in the last 15 years.
At Pine Banks, the #1 Andre Chiefs used a seven run first inning to stay alive and beat the Reading Bulldogs 8-5 in game three of their series. Tony Serino led the Chiefs with three hits, Matt Nuzzo added three RBI’s, and Nate Witkowski had a single, double and two RBI’s. Darren Hartwell and Kevin Marciano had three hits each for the Bulldogs and Zac Talis picked up a double and single. Josh Deasi went the distance for the Chiefs and struck out ten, including the side in the seventh. Steve Hueston took the loss. Zac Levine allowed just two runs for Reading in 6.1 innings of relief work.
The Bulldogs, who lead the series 2-1, will host the Chiefs in game four on Friday night at Morelli Field in Melrose at 8:00 PM,