Melrose – Lexington powered its way to an 8-1 win over Reading Wednesday night behind four home runs in game two of the Intercity League finals.
Dan Graham led the long ball parade with two home runs and drove in three. His two-run shot in the first put the Blue Sox up quickly and his second one came in the seventh. In between his home runs he was walked twice.
Chris Ruocco hit his first home run in a Lexington uniform in the sixth, a solo shot to left. He had an RBI double in the second and finished the night with three hits and two RBI.
The Sox fourth home run was by Dorian Rojas, who hit his a batter after Graham’s in the seventh. It was Rojas’ first post season home run and second in a Blue Sox uniform.
Reading was not left out of the home run parade, as Johnny Hayes hit a solo shot to left in the third to cut the lead to 3-1. This was his first playoff home run for the Bulldogs.
Drew Leenhouts pitched six strong innings for his second win of the playoffs for Lexington. He scattered three hits, walked one, and struck out one.
Colby Morris made the start for Reading falling to 2-2 in the post season. In 6.1 innings he gave up 10 hits, eight runs, walked three and struck out three.
Game three of the finals is Thursday night at Morelli Field in Melrose with an 8:00 pm start.