Offense was the theme of the day as five of the eight ICL teams hit double digits in the annual Jerie DeAngelis Memorial Day of Baseball that was played in Lexington on Saturday.
In the opener, the Andre Chiefs rung out 15 hits on the way to a 10-4 win over the Wakefield Merchants. Tim Dunphy (2-0) went the distance to pick up the win. Danny DiMare had two hits and three RBI’s and Peter Copa had two hits and two RBI’s to lead the Chiefs’ offense. Steve Gambale added three singles and Tony Serino, Mike Burgoyne, and Mike DiCato, chipped in two hits each. Scott Searles and Josh Band picked up two hits apiece for the Merchants.
In the second game of the day, Sean McPhee drove in four runs and Wagner Gomez added three more RBI when the Somerville Royals came back to edge the Arlington Trojans, 11-10. Somerville jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the third only to see Arlington put up a half dozen runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. The Trojans led heading into the seventh 10-8 before the Royals rallied for three runs to take the win. Paul Pollano (1-0) picked up the win in relief of Mike Masuli. Rob Caggiano added two hits and two RBI for the Royals. Mark Webber had a 4 for 5, 3 RBI game, and Morgan Brown recorded two hits and two RBI’s for Arlington.
The Watertown Reds exploded for 10 runs in the fourth inning, and broke open a close game, before going on to beat the Reading Bulldogs 16-1 in the third game. Bill Sullivan (2-0) went five innings and picked up his second win of the season. Along with Dante Padovani, the Reds’ pitching duo scattered seven hits and struck out six Reading batters in the game.
In the nightcap, Aidan Freeburg, Alsis Herrara, Elvin Florentino, and Bill Christopher, combined on a two-hitter, with 12 strikeouts, when the Lexington Blue Sox shutout the Melrose Americans, 10-0. Herrara (1-0) was credited with the win and Freeburg struck out seven in just three innings. The Blue Sox had 13 hits in the game led by Alex Voitik and Josh Hassel who each had three hits and two RBI’s.