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.