Americans: Welcome

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"Proud To Be An American"

Welcome to the Melrose Americans Baseball Club

The Melrose Americans compete in greater Boston's Intercity League and play their home games on Morelli Field in Melrose, Massachusetts. 

The Americans enter each season intent on giving Melrose residents and fans from neighboring cities and towns, a team they will be proud to embrace, and a team that fulfills great expectations, making Morelli Field on game nights the favorite destination for a loyal following of baseball enthusiasts and their families. 
We wish to extend our utmost thanks to team founder, Eddie DiGiacomo, for his generous, invaluable and continued support of the Melrose Americans Baseball Club, and to the residents and governing body of the City of Melrose for welcoming the team into their city.   
Scroll down for the latest updates on the Melrose Americans 2015 season. 

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Saturday, June 3
Americans Beat Blue Sox 4-0 in Opener

The Americans opened the 2017 season Friday night with a 3-0 win over the Lexington Blue Sox in Lexington. Chris Mitchell, pitching his first Intercity League game, tossed a 4 hit, complete game shutout for the Americans while striking out 4 and walking none.

On the offensive side, the Americans had just 5 hits but they were timely. Catcher John Jennings tripled to right in the 4th to drive in shortstop Will Shackelford, who had walked, with the game's first run. First baseman Dave Center followed with a single to right to drive in Jennings. In the seventh, the Americans got their 3rd run when, with one out, center fielder Dan Cacciola dropped down a bunt single, stole second and scored on left fielder Nick Herzog's single to center. Right fielder Mike Goddu singled in the 4th for the Americans 5th hit.

The Americans return to action Monday night at 7:30 when they host the Wakefield Merchants in their home opener at Morelli Field in Melrose. Shawn Smeglin will be on the mound for the Americans.


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Royals Reign Over Americans 7-2

The Somerville Royals visited Morelli Field Sunday and quickly put a damper on the Americans' home opener festivities, scoring four first inning runs on the way to a 7-2 win. The Americans, who with ten errors had played shoddy defense in their first three games, made but one physical error against Somerville but a mental error resulted in the first inning deficit. 

The Royals loaded the bases with one out off Melrose starter Christian Rosati (0-1). When 3B Isaiah Berg dropped a popup called out on the infield fly rule, the runner at third took off for home and was caught in a rundown while the runner on second moved up a base. The rundown resulted in two men standing on third, but catcher Anthony Licciardello failed to tag either. The runner who had moved up from second, realizing that nobody had been tagged out, ran back safely to second as Licciardello inexplicably held the ball. Instead of the inning ending scoreless, the bases remained loaded with two outs. Rosati then uncorked a wild pitch scoring the first run. That was followed by a three-run homer off the bat of Adam Johnson that put the Americans in a four run hole. 

Rosati got Somerville in order in the second and third but ran into trouble in the fifth, surrendering a run on three hits before departing for Zeke Berg with two outs in the inning. Berg got the final batter to end the threat and worked a scoreless fifth leaving the score at 5-0. 

The Americans, who managed just three singles while striking out five times through four innings against Somerville starter Ryan Covelle and fared no better against Chuck Gibson in the fifth, finally got on the scoreboard and closed the gap to 5-2 in the sixth when they scored two runs, thanks in great part to five walks issued by Royals' pitcher Paul Pollanco. 

The momentum swung back in the Royals' favor when Berg ran into trouble in the sixth, getting touched for a pair of unearned runs on three hits that made the final score 7-2. Mike Peters was summoned from the bullpen to get the inning's last out before pitching a perfect seventh. 

Dan Cacciola, Kevin Kelley, Tom Petry and Isaiah Berg had the Americans' hits, all singles. Harrison Engstrom's sacrifice fly and Kelley's bases loaded walk in the sixth drove in the Melrose runs.

With a record of 2-2 through four games, the Americans are hitting .192 with just 20 hits, all but one of those hits a single. Leading the way at .333 are Cacciola (4-12) and Kelley (3-9) at .333. The team has also struck out 34 times in those four games. A combination that leads to few scoring chances and even fewer runs.

They will again try to get the bats going Monday night when they travel to Maplewood Field in Malden to take on the Andre Chiefs at 8:15. Kyle Autilio will be on the mound for the Americans.

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Americans Comeback, Nip Arlington 4-3

The Americans improved to 2-1 with a hard-earned 4-3 win at Summer St. Field in Arlington Friday night. Down 3-2 entering the sixth, the Americans scored a run in each of the final two innings to secure the comeback victory.

Arlington took a 1-0 lead in the second when they scored an unearned run off Melrose starter Shawn Smeglin. Melrose answered in the top of the third with two runs to take the lead. With one out Dan Cacciola and Kevin Kelley set the table with back to back singles to put runners at the corners. Both scored when Austin Masel crushed a towering triple to right center field. The Trojans tied the game at 2-2 with an error aided unearned run in the home half of the inning and took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, again with the help of an error. 

Bobby Tramondozzi (1-0) relieved Smeglin with runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the fourth and got the third out on a grounder to short and threw shutout ball the rest of the way, earning the win when the Americans pushed the final two runs across. 

Leading off the sixth, Masel singled to right. He took second on a wild pitch and stole third. With two out, he scored on a clutch Tom Petry single to left that tied the game at 3-3. In the seventh the Americans scored the winning run when Cacciola walked with one out, stole second and scored on another clutch single, this time off the bat of Kelley. Tramondozzi got the Arlington side in order in the seventh to end it.

The Americans will host the Somerville Royals on Sunday at 4:00 when they play their 2016 home opener at Morelli Field. Christian Rosati will be on the mound when the Americans seek their third win.  

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Thursday, June 9
Blue Sox Top Americans 8-0

The Americans fell to 1-1 Wednesday night at Lexington where the Blue Sox defeated the Americans 8-0. Lexington jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead against Americans' starter Dillon Corliss, who gave up only two singles in the inning but hurt himself by walking three batters, two of whom scored. Aided by an American error, the Blue Sox added two more runs in the second on a single by Josh Hassell.

After pitching a scoreless third, Corliss (0-1) was replaced on the mound by Aran Hamilton-Grenham. He was touched for three runs in the fourth, two of which were unearned following another error, before getting through the fifth unscathed.

Dylan Gaita pitched the sixth, surrendering one run on one hit with a balk that allowed the run to score from third.

The Blue Sox used three pitchers in the game. Starter Drew Leenhouts and relievers Ryan Filipowicz (1-0) and Elvin Florentino combined to shut out the Americans on three singles off the bats of Mike Addesa, Tom Petry and Nick Herzog.

The Americans, who have struggled at the plate through the first two games, will try to get the bats going Friday when they visit Arlington at Summer Street Field to take on the Trojans in a 7:00 start. Shawn Smeglin will be on the hill for Melrose. They will play their opening home game at Morelli Field Sunday when they host the Somerville Royals at 4:00. Opening game winner Zack Kirby is expected to make his second start in that one.

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Tuesday, June 7
On the Road Again

The Americans return to action Wednesday, June 8 when they travel to Lexington High School to take on the defending playoff champion Lexington Blue Sox at 8:00. Dillon Corliss, who fashioned a 3-4 record with an ERA of 3.44 in his rookie 2015 season, will be on the mound for the Americans.

Friday, June 10, the Arlington Trojans host the Americans at Summer Street Field in a 7:00 start. Shawn Smeglin will pitch for Melrose.

The Americans will play their first home game of the season Sunday, June 12 at Morelli Field. The league's newest franchise, the Somerville Royals, will be the opponent. Game time is 4:00.


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Saturday, June 4
Americans Win 4-1, Kirby Shines With Opening Day Gem

Making his first Intercity League start Friday night, Zack Kirby hurled a complete game 4-hitter, allowing just one unearned run while striking out 12 to lead the Melrose Americans to a 4-1, opening day victory over the Reading Bulldogs at Endicott College.

Kirby, who this spring completed a four-year college career at Framingham State University, was dominant throughout the contest. He walked two batters in the game. One came around to score as a result of a pair of Melrose errors in the fourth, but he escaped that frame with a 6-3-5 double play. From that point on he slammed the door and kept it shut. He gave up a two-out single in the fifth but got the final batter of the inning on strikes. He then struck out the final six Bulldogs in order to end the game. Kirby also struck out the second batter in the fifth. Count them up and that's 8K's out of the last nine outs. Dominant.

The Americans scored all of their runs in a gift-wrapped second inning. Zeke Berg followed a Harrison Engstrom single with a single of his own. A Dave Center ground ball to third erased Berg at second and left runners at the corners. Connor Henry worked a walk to load the bases. Nick Herzog followed with a ground ball to third that was thrown wide to the plate, allowing Engstrom to score and reloading the bases. Dan Cacciola then hit a grounder back to the mound. When Bulldog pitcher Joe Lundgren had trouble finding the handle it was too late to throw home, and his wild, hurried throw to first ended up down the right field line, clearing the bases as Cacciola raced all the way to third. 

The Americans had 5 hits in the game, all singles. In addition to the Zeke Berg and Engstrom hits, Cacciola, Herzog and Isaiah Berg also picked up a hit in the victory. 

The Americans are idle until Wednesday, June 8 when they travel to Lexington to take on the defending playoff champion Lexington Blue Sox at 8:00. Friday, it's off to Summer Street Field in Arlington to play the Trojans at 7:00. The Americans play their Morelli Field home opener Sunday, June 12 when they host the Somerville Royals at 4:00.