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Mike DiCato

Tuesday, June 30
DiCato 4-Hitter, Portes & Sonberg 2 Run HRS, Give Chiefs 8-0 Win Over Wakefield

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Juan Portes had a Two Run Homer


Malden, MA-
Mike DiCato tossed a four hit shutout, and Juan Portes and Ryan Sonberg had a two-run homer each, when the Chiefs blanked the Wakefield Merchants 8-0 at Maplewood on Monday night.

DiCato, who allowed just one earned run in nine innings against Lexington last week, was equally impressive on this night.

Portes, in his first at bat of the season, gave the Chiefs a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when he turned a Clay Yianacopolus fastball around and deposited it deep over the centerfield fence for a two run homer. It was an impressive return to the lineup for the Chiefs’ standout and seven year Minnesota Twins veteran, who missed the first eleven games due to an off season injury.

DiCato retired the Merchants’ side in order in the top of the second and the lead went to 5-0 in the bottom of the inning. Paul Yanakopulos led off with a double off the left-centerfield fence and scored when Tony Serino delivered his second hit of the night, an opposite field double to left. Mike Burgoyne made it a 5-0 game when he tripled just inside the right-field line, scoring Burgoyne, and Mike Barbati who had walked.

Lou Tarantino got Wakefield’s first hit of the night in the top of the third before the Chiefs upped the lead to 7-0 on Sonberg’s two run homer to straightaway center.

Mike Sorrentino led off the visitor’s fourth with a single to center and following and infield out, DiCato got John Davison to bounce into a 5-4-3 doubleplay to end the inning.

The Chiefs pushed the lead to 8-0 in the bottom of the fourth off reliever John Russolillo on three walks and Mike Andre’s sacrifice fly to right.

DiCato cruised through the fifth and sixth innings.

In the bottom of the sixth, Sam Wishnow recorded the first hit of his ICL career with a sharp single to left.

DiCato, 2-1, struck out three and walked just one.

The now 10-2 Chiefs, played the game without Billy Mottram, Mike Gedman (hamstring) and Johnny Welch (concussion).

The Somerville Thunder make a visit to Maplewood on Wednesday at 8:15 PM.



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Sam Wishnow had his first ICL hit in 6th

Wednesday, June 24
Merchants Deal Chiefs 10-7 Loss in Wakefield

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Peter Copa Gave Chiefs a 7-6 Lead

Wakefield, MA- The runs came in bunches at Walsh Field on Wednesday night.

The Merchants jumped out to a 6-0 second inning lead only to see the Chiefs rally back to score seven unanswered runs to take a 7-6 lead in the fifth inning.

Wakefield however had the final say in this one, scoring the final four runs of the night to take their fourth straight win, 10-7.

It was a rough first inning for Chiefs’ starter Jared Freni who gave up five runs and four hits, with the big blows being a bases clearing triple from Josh Band, and RBI singles from John Davison and B.J. Neil. Freni left the game at the end of the inning with his pre-game back muscle tightness certainly being a factor.

Evan Walsh came on to replace Freni to start the bottom of the second and the lead went to 6-0 on singles from Bobby Losanno, Mike Sorrentino, and Band.

The Chiefs chopped the lead in half in the top of the third. Mike Burgoyne walked, Paul Yanakopulos, Tony Serino, and Billy Mottram all singled, to make it a 6-2 game. Serino then scored to make it 6-3 when shortstop Scott Searles made a nice backhand grab of a Ryan Sonberg grounder and turned it into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

Walsh kept the Merchants off the board in the bottom of the third and the Chiefs cut the lead to 6-5 in the top of the fourth. Peter Copa singled and Mike Andre moved him to second. After Mike Barbati flew out, RBI singles by Mike Burgoyne and Danny DiMare made it a one run game.

Sorrentino drew a walk to lead off the Merchants’ fourth but Walsh completed his second shutout inning with two groundouts and a strikeout.

The Chiefs came all the way to take a short lived 7-6 lead in the top of the fifth. Mottram walked, Gedman doubled, and Copa drove them both home with a RBI single to left.

The Merchants used singles from Neil, Lou Tarantino, Losanno, and Sorrentino, to come back and score three times and take the lead for good at 9-7 in the bottom of the fifth.

Brendan Deleire (1-0) blanked the Chiefs over the final two frames to pick up the win.

Walsh, (0-1, 4.0 innings, 8 hits, 2K’s) took the loss. Gedman worked his first inning of the season in relief of Walsh in the bottom of the sixth.

Johnny Welch left the game in the second inning, as a precautionary measure, after being hit in the helmet by a Jason Ferlan pitch in the top of the first. Welch appeared okay and remained in the Chiefs dugout during the game. (Bruce Tillman/Dave Greco)



Wednesday, June 24
Matt DiCato Relief, Burgoyne Homer & RBI Double, Lead to 8-3 Win in Somerville

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Mike Burgoyne

Somerville, MA- Matt DiCato threw 3.1 innings of two-hit scoreless relief, and pitched out of a bases loaded nobody out jam in the bottom of the fifth inning, on the way to an 8-3 win over the Somerville Thunder at Trum Field on Tuesday night.

The Chiefs got three hit nights from both Tony Serino and Peter Copa and added five extra basehits, including a solo homer and a RBI double from Mike Burgoyne.

The Chiefs picked up a couple of runs for starter Tim Dunphy in the top of the first. Serino led off with a double and Billy Mottram sent him home with an RBI single. A Copa double, sandwiched around walks to Mike Gedman and Mike Andre, loaded the bases. Thunder lefty Wyatt Stanley continued to have control issues and hit catcher Chad Conner with a pitch to force in Gedman with the second run of the inning.

Dunphy got the side in order in the bottom of the first and Burgoyne increased the lead to 3-0 when he led off the Chiefs’ second with a solo homer to left.

The Thunder got that run right back in the bottom of the second when Doug Diaz drilled a homer just inside the leftfield foul pole.

A walk to Jake Cintolo and back to back doubles from Devan Jones and Jonathan Sencabaugh tied the game at three each in the bottom of the third.

The Chiefs took the lead again in the top of the fourth when Ryan Sonberg doubled, stole third, and scored when the errant throw skipped into leftfield.

With the Chiefs clinging to a 4-3 lead the Thunder made more noise in the bottom of the fourth. Adam Johnson reached on a Sonberg error and Justin Knight lined a single down the right field line. Gedman turned in the defensive play of the night when he hosed Knight at second trying to stretch the hit to a double. With two outs and Johnson representing the tying run at third, DiCato came out of the bullpen to get Rob Caggiano on a grounder to keep Chiefs in front.

In the Thunder fifth, a throwing error by Mottram at third, a walk to Jones, and a single by Sencabaugh, loaded the bases with no outs. DiCato escaped on a comebacker to the mound, and two strikeouts.

The Chiefs got some breathing room in the top of the sixth when they increased the margin to 6-3 on an infield error, a Burgoyne RBI double, a Serino single, and a double steal.

Two more runs came across in the seventh against reliever Paul Pollano. Singles from Andre, Sonberg, and Serino, scored pinch runners Ceccilio Guante and Dave Wendt to account for the 8-3 final.

DiCato, who is now 3-0 on the year, struck out five. Dunphy went the first 3.2 innings and was charged with three earned runs and allowed seven hits. Stanley (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the year.

The Chiefs travel to Walsh Field in Wakefield to meet the Merchants on Wednesday in an early 6:00 PM start.



Tuesday, June 23
Blue Sox Take 1-0 Win in 9th Despite DiCato Effort

Malden, MA- The two teams picked up right where they left off last August, and in the end it was a familiar face that made the difference.

Veteran Dan Graham drove in the only run of the night with a sharp 9th inning single that gave the Lexington Blue Sox 1-0 win over the Chiefs at Maplewood on Monday night.

For the two ICL heavyweights, this was another in a long line of epic battles. This one came in the first game of the year, instead of in the ICL finals, where they have met for four straight seasons and five times in the last six years.

The Chiefs had plenty of chances to break the scoring ice against Blue Sox starter Alsis Herrera and relievers Tim Duggan and Chris Law. Blue Sox pitching frustrated the defending champs all game long as they had at least one baserunner in every inning except the 9th.

Mike DiCato was just as sharp for the Chiefs, but his teammates just couldn’t get him a run to work with.

Through the first three innings, the Chiefs stranded Tony Serino with a leadoff single, Mike Andre in the second who drew a walk, and Nick Leva in the third with a single. They squandered a terrific scoring opportunity in the fourth when Mike Gedman led off with a gap double. After Herrera struck out Nate Witkowski, Mike Barbati hit a high chopper toward Ross Curley at third. The ball was bobbled allowing Barbati to reach first and when Gedman took a wide turn at third, he was tagged out.

In the bottom of the fifth, Serino reached on an infield error, stole second, but was left there when Herrera got Mike Burgoyne to ground out. The Chiefs loaded the bases in the sixth. After Hererra struck out both Billy Mottram and Gedman to start the inning, Peter Copa followed with a single and Andre and Barbati both drew walks. The threat went by the board when Witkowski bounced back to Hererra to end the inning. In the seventh, Burgoyne singled up the middle with two outs but was forced at second when Mottram grounded out.

The Chiefs got the winning run into scoring position in the bottom of the eighth. Copa singled to left with one out and Danny DiMare came on to run. Barbati then dropped a bunt, with Duggan making a nice play and throwing him out at first by a step. With DiMare now at second, Duggan struck out Ryan Sonberg, who had pinch run in the bottom of the sixth, on a check swing 0-2 pitch.

DiCato walked Mike Hart to open the top of the ninth and he promptly stole both second and third. With the Chiefs infield drawn in, Dorian Rojas grounded out to Mottram at third for the first out of the inning. Graham, the ICL MVP in 2007 and 2009, came up big for the umpteenth time in his career when he delivered Hart with a crisp single to right. That ended DiCato’s herculean night and southpaw Evan Walsh came out of the bullpen to strikeout the left-handed hitting Kyle Adie for the second out. With righty John Puttress coming to the plate, the Chiefs brought in Matt DiCato, who struck him out swinging.

The Chiefs couldn’t generate an answer in the bottom of the ninth as Law got Witkowski and Leva to both groundout and then ended things when Serino flew to Adie in left.

DiCato (1-1) took the loss despite allowing just five hits and striking out three in his 8.1 innings.

The Chiefs, who fell to 8-1 and saw their eight game season opening winning streak come to a close, visit the Somerville Thunder at Trum Field on Tuesday at 8:15 PM. On Wednesday, they meet the Wakefield Merchants at Walsh Field in an early 6:00 PM start. (Text-B.Tillman, Stats-B.Hack)



Thursday, June 18
Freni & Chiefs Take 8th Straight Win

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Mike Barbati (2 Hits) & Mike Burgoyne exchange High 5's


Melrose, MA-
Jared Freni won his fourth straight start of the year and the Chiefs used four fourth innings runs to turn back the Americans 4-1 at Morelli Field in Melrose on Thursday night.

For the first place Chiefs, it was their eighth win in eight tries and pushed their record to 8-0 on the season.

From the outset it was apparent that Freni didn’t have his best stuff on this night and the Americans took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Dan Cacciola led off the inning with a broken bat single to short right and then stole second. Mac Singleton followed and singled to left to put runners on the corners with no outs. Freni got then got veeran Mike Addesa to hit into a tailor made 6-4-3 doubleplay with Cacciola coming across the plate on the play. Matt Brown followed with the first of his two singles in the game but Freni ended the inning by striking out Kyle Devin.

The Chiefs scored all of their runs off Melrose starter Gianni Esposito despite getting only one hit in the top of the 4th inning. Tony Serino drew a walk and stole second. After Esposito struck out Mike Burgoyne for the first out Billy Mottram tied the game at 1-1 with a single to right-center scoring scoring and moved to second on the throw home. Mike Gedman’s fielder’s choice was then thrown away, putting runners at first and third with one away. Peter Copa was next and he hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Mottram, giving the Chiefs the lead at 2-1. Mike Andre and Nate Witkowski both drew walks to load the bases. Danny DiMare came on to pinch run and both he and Gedman scored when shortstop Vinny Scifo kicked Mike Barbati’s grounder to bump the lead to 4-1. Brian Carney made a nice sliding grab of Nick Leva’s fly ball to right to save two more runs and end the inning.

Freni held the Americans scoreless over the final three frames to secure the win. The Chiefs’ right-hander allowed six hits, struck out 11, and walked a season high five batters.

Esposito (1-1) and reliever Mike Peters combined to hold the Chiefs to just four hits, two to second baseman Mike Barbati.



Thursday, June 18
Dunphy Shutout, Welch Solo HR, Leads to 1-0 Win Over Reading

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Johnny Welch


Malden, MA-
Tim Dunphy threw ground balls, Johnny Welch hit the long ball, and the Chiefs defense smothered every ball, all leading to a hard fought 1-0 win over the Reading Bulldogs at Maplewood on Wednesday night. For the Chiefs, it was their seventh consecutive win and raised their record to 7-0 on the season.

Dunphy recorded 16 groundball outs as the Chiefs’ infield flung the leather around all night long.

The only run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Johnny Welch sent a 3-2 Sean O’Neill breaking ball over the left-field fence and half-way to Linden Square. For Welch, it was his first dinger of the season and the tenth in his Chiefs’ career.

Neither team could muster any other scoring threats until the Bulldogs appeared poised to do some damage against Dunphy in the top of the sixth inning. Consecutive singles from Bentley’s Burton Deady and Endicott’s Cody Hall, set Reading up with runners on first and second and nobody out. Dunphy got tough and struck out Darren Hartwell looking for the first out, then got Corbin Hyde on a grounder to Peter Copa at first for out number two. With Reading runners now at second and third and Zac Talis at bat, a low 2-1 pitch was blocked by catcher Chad Conner but the ball squirted a few feet away. Conner quickly recovered and flipped to Dunphy who applied the tag on Deady, who was coming home on a close play at the plate to end the inning.

The Bulldogs made some noise again in the top of the seventh but couldn’t push the equalizer across. Zac Talis put the visitors in business when he led off with a line single to center. Enter the defense of Copa from that point on. The first baseman made a nice stop on a Mike Taylor chopper and threw to Nate Witkowski, forcing pinch runner Cam Farnham at second for the first out, with the relay to complete a 3-6-1 doubleplay being a step late. Ryan O’Conner was next and Copa took a similar path, gloving his grounder and forcing Taylor at second for out number two. Copa saved his best for last when he made a diving stop on a Josh Drew hard hit one-hopper and scrambled to his feet in time to beat him to the bag to end the game.

Copa had 13 putouts to go along with his two assists and second baseman Mike Barbati was perfect in five defensive chances.

Welch’s infield single in the first inning and Barbati’s one out liner in the fifth inning were the Chiefs only other hits off O’Neill who fell to 1-2 on the year. The former Brandeis ace struck out seven.

Dunphy (1-0) allowed five hits and struck out a couple. He didn’t walk a batter and added four assists and a putout to aid his own cause. It was the 31st career win in a Chiefs' uniform for the former Brandeis standout.

The Chiefs are expected to send righty Jared Freni (3-0) to the mound when they travel to Morelli Field to visit the Melrose Americans on Thursday at 8:00 PM. (Bruce Tillman, 400hiter.com)



Monday, June 15
Chiefs' Notebook.......

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New field at South Broadway


Monday’s rainout against the Watertown Reds was the third so far for the Chiefs this season. The season opening postponement against the Wakefield Merchants has been rescheduled for Monday, August 3rd at 8:15 PM…..The rainouts at Lexington on June 9, and Monday night’s against the Reds, have not as yet been rescheduled……The Chiefs are anticipating moving some of their home games from Maplewood Park to the adjacent and newly constructed, and soon to renamed, South Broadway Field. The new field has dimensions of 329’ to left and 315’ down the right-field line……Two Chiefs recorded their first ICL hits over the weekend. Former Bates College two-time all-NESCAC shortstop Ryan Sonberg from Windsor, CT and Medford, MA rookie Danny DiMare chalked up their first base knocks on Saturday against Arlington. Sonberg signed professionally with the Taos Blizzard of the Pecos League in 2013. DiMare, who played at Malden Catholic, attended Seminole State JC in Florida this past year and is expected to play for D-2 St. Leo’s in the fall……Jared Freni has quietly thrown a remarkable 53 consecutive shutout innings. The last run he gave up was in the third inning in a regular season game in Wakefield back on August 6, 2014…..Mike Gedman has been on an early season tear, hitting at a .476 pace over the first six games. He has gone 10-21 with 6 RBI’s over that time frame…….Mike DiCato won his 25th game in a Chiefs uniform in Sunday’s 9-2 in Arlington. His 25 wins puts him in seventh place on the Chiefs’ all-time list. He is third in appearances (78), and fifth all-time in both innings (348) and strikeouts (235)….Mike Andre continues to edge closer to the Chiefs’ top five in both career hits and RBI’s. The ten year veteran trails only Justin Crisafulli, Mike Langston, Mike Barnes, Dave Clivio and Warren Olson in hits with 285 and needs 19 more to move past Olson and into the Chiefs’ all-time top five. In the RBI department, he currently has 171 and needs just 21 more to surpass Steve Daley and Hank Landers to become a member of the prestigious all-time top five…..Freni now trails only ICL Hall of Famer Dave Marsters in career strikeouts with 613. He needs another 166 to pass Marsters (778) on the all-time list….Second year utility man Adam Lucey, besides bearing a striking resemblance to Brock Holt, who has assumed a similar role for the Boston Red Sox, has emerged as the Chiefs’ ultimate utility man. The speedy Fisher College and Malden High product is a valued member of the roster who can play any position and has been utilized in that manner so far this season....Former Lexington Blue Sox Chris Shaw was selected in the first round by the San Francisco Giants and was the 31st player selected overall in last weeks MLB Draft. Shaw, who played at Boston College, broke up Rob Machado's no-hit bid with with a pinch-hit opposite field two out seventh inning single in a 3-0 Chiefs' win on August 9, 2009........   
(Bruce Tillman/stats from 400hitter.com)



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Utilityman Adam Lucey

Sunday, June 14
Mike DiCato 5-Hitter Gets Chiefs 9-2 Win in Arlington

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Tony Serino had 2 hits & 3 RBI in Sunday's 6th straight win

Arlington, MA- Veteran Mike DiCato threw a five-hitter, and his teammates backed him with nine runs and ten hits, on the way to a 9-2 win at Summer Street Field on Sunday.

The Chiefs broke up a scoreless game and scored three times in the top of the third inning. Singles from Chad Conner, Tony Serino, and Mike Gedman, along with a sacrifice bunt from Mike Burgoyne and a run producing sac fly from Johnny Welch that scored Mike Barbati who reached on an error, accounted for the runs.

The Trojans cut the lead to 3-1 in the home half of the fourth on a Kyle Hood infield single and a Jake McGuiggan bomb double to left.

The Chiefs got that run right back in the top of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Peter Copa walked, went to second on a wild pitch, and Mike Andre moved him to third. After Nate Witkowski drew a walk, Barbati plated Copa with a sacrifice fly to center.

An Isaiah Berg two out solo homer to right cut the lead back to two runs again at 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth.

Five big runs put the game away for the Chiefs in the top of the fifth. RBI singles from Gedman, Andre, Barbati, and Serino, were the key hits.

After surrendering a one out double to Colin Reenstema in the bottom of the fifth, DiCato retired the last eight batters in a row to seal the win.

DiCato (1-0), threw 88 pitches, struck out four, and didn’t walk a batter. The complete game effort was his 25th career win in a Chiefs’ uniform.

The Chiefs host the Watertown Reds at Maplewood Park/Malden Catholic on Monday night. (andrechiefs.com/intercityleaguebaseball.com feed)



Saturday, June 13
Freni 2-Hitter, Sonberg & Gedman 2 RBI's Each, Lead to 6-0 Saturday Win

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Ryan Sonberg got 1st ICL hit & 2 RBI


Lexington, MA-
Jared Freni threw a two-hit shutout, and Ryan Sonberg and Mike Gedman had a two RBI single each, to give the Chiefs a 6-0 win over the Arlington Trojans on Saturday afternoon. The game was played as part of the Intercity League’s annual Jerie DeAngelis Memorial Day of Baseball.

The Chiefs gave Freni a 1-0 lead in the top of second inning. Mike Andre drew a four pitch walk. After Arlington starter Dan Kelly of Tufts University struck out Sonberg, Adam Lucey walked and rookie Danny DiMare followed and blooped his first career ICL hit into short left to load the bases. Kelly hit Nick Leva with the first pitch he threw him to force home Andre. Kelly escaped the jam without further scoring when he struck Tyler Brinkley looking and Mike Burgoyne swinging, ending the inning.

Freni would surrender the only hits he would allow in the bottom of the second and had to pitch himself out of a bases loaded situation. He struck out Marcus Way for the first out of the inning. Morgan Brown then singled sharply under the glove of Lucey at third and Seth Coiley followed with a line single to right. When first baseman Dan Bonito misplayed Rollins College's Ben Johnson’s grounder, the Trojans had the bases loaded with one out. Freni got out of the inning unscathed when he reached back and struck out both Reme Portes and Ryan Hood ending the Trojans only threat of the day.

The Chiefs upped the margin to 3-0 in the top of the third. Bonito walked, Gedman singled, and they moved up to second and third on a wild pitch. With the Trojans’ infield drawn in, Sonberg lofted a soft liner to right, just out of the reach of second baseman Kyle Hood, scoring both runners.

Freni got another run to work with in the top of the fourth. DiMare was hit by pitch, stole second, moved to third on Brinkley’s bunt, and scored when Burgoyne’s grounder to Brown at shortstop pulled Tom Russo off the bag at first on a close play.

Freni cruised through both the fourth and fifth innings. Gedman closed out the game’s scoring, lining a single to right-center, scoring Jim Cassidy who was hit with a pitch, and Burgoyne, who reached on a bad hop single.

With the win, Freni goes to 3-0 and the Chiefs move to 5-0 on the young season. The right-hander struck out eleven and walked two. He needed 94 pitches to complete the shutout.

The Chiefs and Trojans are right back at it at Arlington’s Summer Street Field on Sunday in a 5:00 PM start. (Bruce Tillman/Todd Bloniarz)



Thursday, June 11
Mottram & Copa HR's Lead Chiefs Past Americans, 4-3

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Lefty Evan Walsh got big K in 7th

Malden, MA- Billy Mottram and Peter Copa hit third inning homers to lead the Chiefs to a 4-3 win over the Melrose Americans at Maplewood Park on Wednesday evening. With the win they extend their season opening winning streak to four games.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Copa singled, went to second on a bad hop Vinny Scifo error off the bat of Mike Barbati, and scored on a Chad Conner RBI single to left.

The Americans tied things up at 1-1 in the top of the third. Chris Sharpe reached on a throwing error by shortstop Nate Witkowski. Starter Mitchell Clegg then struck out Brian Carney for the first out before the Americans executed a perfect hit and run with Anthony Licciardello lining a single to right with Sharpe running and ending up on third. Clegg ran the count to 3-0 on Scifo, before tweaking a muscle in his side that forced him to leave the game in what appeared to be a precautionary measure. Matt DiCato came on and threw ball four to Scifio to load the bases. 2014 Rookie of the Year Mac Singleton then delivered Sharpe with an RBI infield grounder to Mike Barbati at second. DiCato got out of the jam relatively cheap when he got Matt Brown to ground to Witkowski to end the inning.

The Chiefs responded via the long ball route to retake the lead in the bottom of the third off Melrose starter Dillon Corliss (Winterport, ME/Framingham State). Mottram gave his team a 2-1 lead when he hit his first homer of the year to left-center. Johnny Welch followed with a rocket double to left before Copa made it a 4-1 game with a long two run homer to straightaway left.

In the Americans' fourth, a walk to Harrison Smoske and a single from Sharpe into the shortstop hole, that Witkowski bobbled and was charged with an error that allowed Smoske to go to third, put runners on the corners with two out. Barbati turned in the defensive gem of the night when he nabbed Colby Maiola’s hard grounder that was headed for centerfield and threw him out by a step at first to end the threat.

The Americans chipped a run off the lead to make it 4-2 in the top of the fifth on a walk to Scifo, a single by Singleton, and a RBI double by veteran Mike Addesa.

Melrose closed the gap to 4-3 in the sixth when Carney drew a walk and scored on John Jennings pinch-hit double to right-center.

Smoske made a nice running catch of Mike Andre's gap shot to begin the bottom of the sixth, Corliss struck out Witkowski for the second out, and then retired Barbati on a comebacker, to keep it a 4-3 game heading for the seventh.

Southpaw Evan Walsh (Arlington, MA/Bentley) came out of the Chiefs’ bullpen and struck out the left-handed hitting Singleton for the first out of the seventh. Righty Mike DiCato replaced Walsh and got Brown on a grounder to Barbati before surrendering a two out bloop single to left by Addesa. DiCato ended the night, and picked up the save, when Smoske popped out to Barbati in short right.

Matt DiCato (2-0) picked up the win in relief of Clegg. Corliss (0-1), allowed seven hits and struck out three in his six innings of work. -Bruce Tillman



Chiefs Coaching Satff
Chuck Andre & his Coaching Staff will add Justin Crisafulli
Justin Crisafulli Added to Coaching Staff

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Medford, MA- Former Chiefs' slugger and future ICL Hall of Famer Justin Crisafulli has been added to the Chiefs' Coaching Staff for the 2015 season.

The 16 year Chief veteran is the career leader in all offensive categories. He tops the lists in home runs with 91, RBI's with 417, and hits with 567.

Crisafulli began his Chiefs' career as a rookie in 1994. He starred at Medford High before appearing with Arizona Western Junior College in the JUCO World Series. He went on to complete his college career at Central Missouri State, where he played in another World Series, this time in Divison 2.

He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 17th Round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft and later signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1997.

Crisafulli retired as a Intercity League player in 2011. His number 33 was recently retired by the Chiefs' franchise.

Justin will join Manager Chuck Andre and Coaches Paul Crisafulli, Steve Calabresi, John Veneziano, and Anthony Durkee on the 2015 staff.

He will serve as the Chiefs' Hitting Coach.



Tuesday, June 9
Tuesday's Game in Lexington Postponed Due to Rain

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Rick DeAngelis

Lexington, MA- Due to heavy rain in the Lexington area, Tuesday night's scheduled Chiefs at Blue Sox game has been rained out.

Rick DeAngelis and the Blue Sox management made the call at 6:30 PM.

It was to have been the first meeting of the year between the two teams who have met in the ICL finals for the past four years, and for five out of the last six seasons.

The Melrose Americans vs. Somerville Thunder game, that was scheduled for 8:30 PM at Trum Field in Somerville, was also washed out. 

The Chiefs will resume play on Wednesday evening when they host the Melrose Ameriacns at Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic) starting at 8:15 PM. 



Tuesday, June 9
Chiefs Blank Arlington, 10-0

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Billy Mottram

Malden, MA- Mike Gedman had three hits and three RBI’s and Jared Freni threw five shutout innings when the Chiefs blanked the Arlington Trojans 10-0 at Maplewood on Monday night.

Freni (2-0), picked up his second win in as many starts on the young season. The right-hander allowed four hits and struck out eight. Matt DiCato worked his third straight 1-2-3 inning of the season in the sixth and older brother Mike DiCato did the same when he got the Arlington side in order in the seventh.

Gedman (3-4, 3 RBI) led the way at the plate with a first inning RBI double and RBI singles in both the fourth and fifth innings. Billy Mottram drove in a couple of runs with a fifth inning triple and a sixth inning sacrifice fly. Mike Andre and Peter Copa each went 2-3 with an RBI.

Mike Burgoyne and Nate Witkowski added doubles and Johnny Welch, Tony Serino and Mike Barbati, (all with RBI singles), rounded out the Chiefs’ 14 hit offense.  

The Chiefs are scheduled to play the Blue Sox in Lexington on Tuesday at 8:00 PM.

On Wednesday, they will return home to Maplewood to host the Melrose Americans at 8:15 PM.



Thursday, June 4
Chiefs Edge Somerville Thunder in Home Opener, 3-2

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Johnny Welch had a two RBI triple in 1st inning


Malden MA-
The Chiefs used five pitchers, who combined for eleven strikeouts and a two-hitter, to turn back the Somerville Thunder 3-2 in the home opener at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night.

If you arrived late and missed the first inning, then you missed all of the scoring that the two teams would offer on this unusually cold June evening.

The first year Thunder came out of the box strong as first two hitters recorded their only hits of the night, giving them a quick 1-0 lead off starter Tim Dunphy. Former Chief Rob Caggiano led off and dropped a single in front of Mike Gedman in right. Jake Cintolo followed and promptly drove Caggiano in with a triple to right. Dunphy then struck out Doug Diaz for the first out. With the Chiefs’ infield drawn in, Western Oklahoma’s Elvis Rodriguez hit a grounder to Mike Barbati at second. Barbati fired home, but when Cintolo retreated back to third, catcher Nick Leva wheeled and fired wide of first in an effort to get Rodriguez allowing Cintolo to waltz home on the throwing error. Dunphy stopped the scoring there as he got Justin Scencabaugh (another former Chief) on a grounder and then James McConnville on a fly ball.

The Chiefs went right to work in the bottom of the inning when they scored three times against Zanif Pajaztovic but could have had more. Serino and Paul Yanakopulos started things off with back to back singles. Billy Mottram came on to pinch run for Yanakopulos, who was nursing a hip issue. 2014 MVP Johnny Welch then delivered them both with a triple to right, tying the game at two. Gedman followed and reached when Pajaztovic misplayed his bouncer back to the box with Welch holding at third. With Gedman running on the pitch, Peter Copa drove Welch home with a RBI grounder to third. Gedman never stopped running but was thrown out at third on a rare 5-3-5 doubleplay. Mike Andre was next and drove a Pajaztovic pitch into the right-centerfield gap but was erased at second trying to stretch it to a double.

That was it in the scoring department for the night despite the fact that the Chiefs had nine hits but they left seven men on base.

The Chiefs pitching assumed control from the second inning on. With a rainout on Monday, Jared Freni’s complete game no-hitter on Tuesday, and a light opening week ICL schedule, Manager Chuck Andre chose to give his staff some much needed work. They responded by retiring 20 of the last 21 hitters they faced with a fifth inning walk being the only blip.

Dunphy rebounded and worked a 1-2-3 second, Matt DiCato, who was credited with win, retired the Thunder side in order in both of the third and fourth innings, with four strikeouts. Lefty Evan Walsh worked a scoreless fifth and Mike DiCato cruised through a three up-three down sixth with two more K’s. Mitchell Clegg ended the night in style for the staff when he struck out the Somerville side in order in the seventh to chalk up the save.

In addition to the four first inning hits, two Gedman singles in the second and fifth innings, Leva’s two out single in the fourth, Mottram’s gap shot double and a Copa line single to left in the fifth, produced the other Chiefs’ hits.



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Tuesday, June 2
Freni Tosses No-Hitter in Season Opener

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Mike Burgoyne drove in game winner in 5th

Beverly, MA- Jared Freni picked up just where he left off last August, and then some!

The veteran righty appeared to be right back in playoff form when he spun a no-hitter at the Reading Bulldogs to lead the Chiefs to 3-0 opening night win at chilly Endicott College on Tuesday.

Freni actually took a perfect game into the sixth before he issued a two out walk to Bill Cataldo.

Reading starter Sean O’Neill was nearly as good through the first 4.2 innings until the Chiefs broke up the scoreless game when they picked up all three of their runs in the top of fifth.

O’Neill retired the Chiefs in order in the top of the first and Freni struck out two of the three Bulldogs he faced in the bottom of the frame.

O’Neill went the strikeout route himself, striking out the first two batters in the top of the second. Mike Andre delivered the first Chiefs’ hit of the year to right-center but Nate Witkowski bounced out to Burton Deady at third to end the inning.

Freni struck out the Reading side in order on 14 pitches in the bottom of the second.

O’Neill got Mike Barbati, Nick Leva, and Tony Serino to all ground out in the top of the third. Freni struck out the two Bulldogs in the bottom of third before Deady grounded out to Peter Copa at first to retire the side.

The Chiefs threatened with two away in the fourth but couldn’t break the ice. After O’Neill got Mike Burgoyne to ground out and Billy Mottram line to Darren Hartwell in center, Mike Gedman drilled a triple into the right-centerfield gap. Copa was then hit by a pitch before O’Neill kept the game scoreless when he got Andre to fly to Cam Farnham in left.

Freni struck out the top of the Reading order in succession in the bottom of the fourth.

The defending champs scored all of the runs in the game after two were out in the top of the fifth. Witkowski and Barbati flew out for the first two outs of the inning before Leva singled to left. Tony Serino then followed with another single. Burgoyne gave the Chiefs the lead with the inning's third straight hit, a double down the left field line that scored Leva. The lead went to 2-0 when Serino came across on an infield error and Burgoyne scored the third run on a wild pitch. Gedman was then hit with a pitch and Copa walked to load the bases. Nick Quartro came on in relief of O’Neill and kept the Bulldogs in reach when he got Andre to ground out.

Freni struck out the side for the third time in five innings in bottom of the fifth.

Witkowski led off the sixth and reached when Quartro overthrew his grounder back to the box. Barbati sacrificed Witkowski to second before Quartro struck out Leva for the second out. The Chiefs couldn't add to their lead when Serino grounded out on close play at first to end the inning.

In the Reading sixth, Freni struck out Cody Hall, walked Catado, got Deady on a groundout, and then Farnham on a fly ball to Serino in center to send the game to the seventh.

Burgoyne led off the Chiefs’ seventh and drew a walk. Mottram flew to Hartwell for the third time in the game before Burgoyne went to second on a wild pitch. Gedman grounded out to shortstop, sending Burgoyne to third, before Copa struck out.

In the Reading seventh, Freni got Ryan O’Conner to bounce back to him for the first out. Hartwell followed and became the second Bulldog to reach base when Mottram gloved his grounder but threw wide of first for an error. Following his 15th strikeout of the night, Freni ended things and preserved the shutout and no-hitter when Taylor grounded out to Barbati to end the game.

For Freni, who picked up his 51st win in a Chiefs’ uniform, it was the second no-hitter he has thrown in his ICL career dating back to his rookie season with the Chiefs in 2006. His first career no-hitter came on June 12, 2013, when he struck out 14 batters in a 2-0 win over the Watertown Reds at Victory Field.

Freni needed 99 pitches to complete Tuesday’s gem.

The Chiefs will host the Somerville Thunder in their home opener at Maplewood Park on the campus of Malden Catholic tonight (Wednesday) at 8:15 PM.



Monday, June 1
Chiefs Open Defense of ICL Crown Tonight at Endicott College at 8PM

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Opening Night Starter Jared Freni

Malden, MA- The Chiefs will begin defense of both their 2014 Intercity League Championship, as well as their regular season pennant, when they open the 2015 campaign tonight at Endicott College in Beverly vs. the Reading Bulldogs at 8:00 PM. Monday's scheduled opener against the Wakefield Merchants was rained out. The club will send ace righty and four time ICL Pitcher of the Year Jared Freni to the hill.

After an overall record of 28-10 last season, which gave the Chiefs their 19th championship in franchise history and the second in three years, the team returns the majority of the squad that has gone an overall 87-28-2 since the start of the 2012 season. During that time they have won two straight pennants and two more Intercity League championships.

All members of last years’ pitching staff return led by Freni who has gone 50-8 over his ICL career. Freni followed up his 2013 MVP season (13-0, 0.54 ERA) with an overall mark of 11-2 last year and chalked up his fourth straight ICL’s Pitcher of the Year award. He also won Playoff MVP honors with a perfect 3-0, 0.00 ERA in the post season. He has pitched the deciding game in both of the 2012 and 2014 championship series. The former UMass-Amherst standout will be again joined by veteran southpaw Tim Dunphy (Brandeis/Namur Angels) who he shared the ICL Pitcher of the Year award with in 2014. Freni and Dunphy (9-2) went an overall 20-4 last season. Former Malden Catholic and UMass star Mike DiCato with 25 career wins, Washington Nationals’ product Mitchell Clegg (4-1 in 2014), and former Framingham State righty Matt DiCato (6-1 in 2013) are back as the pitching mainstays. Lefty Evan Walsh, who returns for his third season, is expected to assume a greater role this year after going 4-3 for Bentley University this past spring. The dark horse of the staff could be hard throwing newcomer Jim Cassidy, who is coming back after undergoing a number of arm surgeries. The former Medway star began his college career at South Florida where he was considered a MLB pitching prospect. He returned to Massachusetts and went 5-1 at UMass in 2007 before suffering a torn labrum.

Three of the four starting infielders will return, led by 2014 ICL MVP Johnny Welch. Welch topped the circuit in home runs (9) and RBI’s (36). He led the Chiefs’ to the championship after returning to his hometown of Medford after spending seven seasons in the pro ranks. Peter Copa, who starred at UMass and had a stint with California Angels, will be at first base for the seventh consecutive season. 2014 ICL batting champion Mike Barbati (Malden Catholic/Endicott) will get the nod at second base. Veteran Nate Witkowski, who started at Bentley, will step in at shortstop for the injured Juan Portes. Portes, who spent a number of seasons with the Minnesota Twins, is currently on the the team's inactive list. Other returnees that will provide infield depth are Malden’s Adam Lucey from Fisher College, Swampscott’s Dan Bonito, who started at UMass-Boston this past spring, Tyler Brinkley, Ceccilo Guante, and the newly acquired Ryan Sonberg from Windsor CT. Sonberg was a former two-time all-NESCAC selection at Bates College before signing professionally with the Taos Blizzard of the Pecos League in New Mexico in 2013.

The outfield stays strong with veterans Tony Serino, Mike Gedman, Billy Mottram and Mike Burgoyne. Serino begins his third year with the Chiefs after completing a standout career at UMass-Amherst. Gedman, who played for the Chiefs in 2010, returned to the ICL last season after spending three years in the professional ranks. He delivered several key hits in the championship run that included a homer in the deciding game of the finals. The former UMass star is also the head coach of Framingham State and is the son of Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman. Mottram, who played at Dowling College, joined the Chiefs at the midway point of last season and immediately had an impact after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2007. The veteran lefty hit 55 homers in his five years as a pro. Burgoyne is a ten year ICL veteran who has stolen 76 bases in his career. Second year player Sam Wishnow of Framingham and rookie Danny DiMare gives the outfield some depth.

Veteran Mike Andre will return as the Chiefs’ designated hitter. The six-time ICL all-star hit .346 last season and was in the league’s top ten in most offensive categories. He is among the team’s all-time career leaders with 280 hits and 169 RBI’s. The former Medford High standout third baseman and Merrimack College captain will begin his tenth ICL season.

Last year’s starter Paul Yankopulos (Medford, MA/UMass) will anchor the deep catching crew that includes eight year veteran Nick Leva (Cambridge MA/Southern New Hampshire) and Chad Conner (Bristow, OK/ Texas Tech/San Francisco Giants). The team has also added former Tampa Bay Rays catcher Dave Wendt to the roster. Wendt spent four years in the Rays' organization with his most recent stop being Double A Montgomery of the Southern League.

Manager Chuck Andre (Boston College) will begin his 25th season in search of his seventh ICL championship and his 600th career win. Paul Crisafulli (NEBI), Steve Calabresi (UMass-Boston), John Veneziano (Westfield State), Anthony Durkee (Salem State), and Justin Crisafulli (Central Missouri State/Cleveland Indians) will fill out the 2015 coaching staff.

On Wednesday night, the Chiefs return to Maplewood (Malden Catholic) to meet the expansion Somerville Thunder at 8:15 PM. - Bruce Tillman (Revised 6/2/15 at 11:45 AM)



Saturday, May 30
Chiefs Wrapping Up Pre Season Slate, Open vs Wakefield on Monday at Maplewood

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Mike Gedman and the Chiefs Open on Monday

Malden, MA-  The Chiefs will have thier final tune-up with the Blue Sox over the weekend in Lexington, leading up to the regular season opener on Monday night at Maplewood vs the Wakefield Merchants at 8:15 PM.

The Chiefs wrapped up week three of their pre-season on Friday night with a scrimmage against the Melrose Americans under the lights at Maplewood.

Following Monday's opener, the Chiefs travel to Endicott College in Beverly, MA on Tuesday to meet the Reading Bulldogs at 8:00 PM. On Wednesday, they return to Maplewood Park to host the expansion Somerville Thunder in another 8:15 PM start.

Both the "2015 Roster" as well this year's "2015 Coaching Staff" are now posted under their respective tabs on the left.

 

 

 



Capsule Look at the Chiefs' Franchise

Andre Chiefs - 2015

General Manager/President: Chuck Andre
Phone: 617-312-7156
Website: www.andrechiefs.com
Email: AndreChiefs@aol.com
Home Fields: Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic) Malden, MA
South Broadway Park (Malden Catholic) Malden, MA

Huskins Field, (Tufts University) Medford, MA
Team Colors: Cardinal, Vegas Gold & White

Manager: Chuck Andre (25th Year)
Assistant Manager: Paul Crisafulli (17th Year)
Coach: Anthony Durkee (7th Year)
Coach: Steve Calabresi (5th Year)
Coach: John Veneziano (4th Year)
Coach: Justin Crisafulli (1st Year)
Mailing Address:

12 High St, Medford MA 02155


The Chiefs’ name and outstanding baseball tradition have been synonymous since 1957. Carrying the Hosmer Chiefs name from 1958 to 1984 and the Andre Chiefs banner from 1989 to the present, the Chiefs have maintained a consistent atmosphere of professionalism and winning.

The Championships - Through the years the Chiefs have brought 19 baseball championships to the City of Medford, Massachusetts, including the 2012 and 2014 crowns. They have won 22 Suburban Twilight League or Intercity League pennants. Remarkably, the Chiefs have recorded a winning record and have made the playoffs in 49 of their 51 summers of playing baseball.  

The Franchise- The Chiefs franchise carries a winning percentage of almost .700 over the 2,500 games they have played over seven decades. In 1966, the Chiefs were named as the top semi-professional team in America. Since 1957, they have had only five managers, Ernie Ardolino (1957-1960), Lenny Dempsey (1961-1967), Joe O’Donnell (1968-1981), Bob DeFelice (1982-1984) and current manager Chuck Andre 1989-present. The franchise was named as the “Team of the Decade” for the 1960’s, 1970’s & 1990’s.

The 2015 Coaching Staff
Chuck Andre-Manager (Boston College) completed his 24th year at the helm in 2014. He recorded his 500th career win in July of 2012. Andre, who has a career managerial record of 574-314-68, has piloted the club to 22 playoff appearances, eight regular season pennants, and six Intercity League Championships. A former right-handed pitcher, Andre played for the Chiefs in the 1970’s & 1980’s. He has missed the ICL postseason just twice as a player or manager in 30 seasons. He was inducted into the Medford High School Hall of Fame in 1995.
Paul Crisafulli- Asst. Manager (NEBI). Crisafulli first came aboard with the Chiefs in 1997 and has served as a member of the coaching staff since 2001. He played for the Chiefs from 1997-2000 and was considered one of the ICL’s best power hitters of that era.
Steve Calabresi- Coach (UMass-Boston) Longtime Arlington Catholic coach rejoined the Chiefs staff in 2012. Coach Cal was with the team from 1989 to 1995, has 46 years of experience in the coaching ranks and has been part of five Chiefs’ championships.
John Veneziano- Coach (Westfield State) Veneziano joined the Chiefs Staff for the 2012 season. A former Westfield State standout outfielder, Veneziano played for the Chiefs and was an outfielder on many Chiefs championship teams of the late 1970’s and 1980’s.
Anthony Durkee- Coach (Salem State). Durkee returned to the Chiefs dugout in 2012 after spending a few seasons in Florida. He first came aboard with the Chiefs in 2006. Former standout at Medford High, graduating in 2004.
Justin Crisafulli- Coach (Central Missouri State) The Chiefs’ all-time career leader in all offensive categories comes onboard as a member of the staff in 2015. Over his legendary 16 year Chiefs’ career Justin hit 91 Home Runs, drove in 417 runs, and amassed 567 hits. He first made the club as a rookie in 1994 and made his final appearance as a player in 2011. The outfielder signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1997.


The Tradition- The Chiefs baseball tradition runs deep, as sons have followed their fathers and grandfathers in wearing the uniform. Over the years playing for the Chiefs became a sandlot baseball fantasy place where batboys became managers and players, ball boys became major league pitchers, and many became baseball legends. As former manager Joe O’Donnell (1968-1981) said at a Chiefs reunion banquet, “once a Chief, always a Chief.” Still today, Chiefs players from decades gone by return to watch their team play. There always seems to be a former Chief or two in the crowd.

Alumni- Through the years, Chiefs mystique, championships and professionalism always remained constant. Almost 600 semi-professional ballplayers at one time or another wore the Chiefs uniform. It is estimated that over 115 of those players at some point signed a professional baseball contract. Two former Chiefs have even appeared in the World Series, Mike Pagliarulo with the Minnesota Twins in 1991 and Kevin McGlinchy with the Atlanta Braves in 1999.

Maplewood Park & South Broadway Field at Malden Catholic Located in Malden, Massachusetts- The Chiefs will play their night games on the artificial surface of Maplewood Park and the newly constructed and soon to be renamed South Broadway Field. Both facilities are located on the campus of Malden Catholic.

Huskins Field at Tufts University Located in Medford, Massachusetts- The Chiefs play their daytime home games at beautiful Huskins Field which is located on College Avenue on the campus of Tufts University, considered to be one of the finest natural grass surfaces in the Northeast.

Record Book
- The Chiefs have had the last three ICL MVP’s. Jeff Bercume (2012), Jared Freni (2013) and Johnny Welch (2014). They also have bragging rights to two of the all-time winning pitchers in ICL history, Fred Knox (1957-1973) and Dave Marsters (1989-2008), both who recorded over 110 career ICL victories. Former Cleveland Indian outfielder and now Assistant Coach Justin Crisafulli is the career home run leader with 91, hit leader with 567, and RBI leader with 417. For a complete history of the Chiefs franchise click on the “Chiefs History” tab.



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2014 CHAMPS

Freni Throws Three-Hitter in 4-0 Win,
Welch & Gedman Solo Homers
Give Chiefs 2nd Crown in 3 Years,
19th Overall Title for Franchise

Listen to Local Sports Productions Re-Broadcast of Game 5 with Sam Feeley
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/avk78kxzyt58x3x/2014_ICL_Championship_Series_Game_5_-_Lexington_Blue_Sox_@_Andre_Chiefs.mp3

 



2014 Champs
2014 INTERCITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
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Chiefs Champs 4
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Melrose, MA- Time to exhale!!!

For the second time in three seasons, and the 19th time since 1961, the Chiefs are League Champions!!!!

This championship came on Tuesday night at Morelli Field in a 4-0 win over the Lexington Blue Sox in a winner take all Game Five before a large crowd at the Melrose ball yard.

The Chiefs took a familiar path to the ICL crown, riding the right arm of ace Jared Freni, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before settling for a three-hit shutout.

For Freni, it was his straight third win in the 2014 postseason.

Mike Barbati and Mike Gedman set the defensive tone for the evening on Freni’s first pitch of the game. Barbati went far to his right to glove Jeff Vigurs’ hard hit grounder and fired to Gedman, who made an outstanding pickup, for the first out. Freni then struck out Ross Curley on a 2-2 breaking ball in the dirt but catcher Paul Yanakopulos’ throw was wide of first. With Curley standing at first on the throwing error, Gedman teamed up with third baseman Johnny Welch as the Chiefs continued to throw the leather on the next play. Steve Gath hit a liner at Welch, who made the catch, and fired to first with Gedman making his second strong pick-up of the inning as Curley was doubled up.

The Chiefs threatened but could not score against Lexington starter and loser Matt Karis in the bottom of the first. Tony Serino drilled Karis’ first pitch of the night into centerfield for a single. Billy Mottram was next and he flew to Dave Ahearn in right for the first out. Juan Portes then hit a fielder’s choice with Serino being forced at second. Welch followed with a single to center before Gedman bounced back to Karis to end the inning.

Freni walked Ahearn to begin the top of the second before retiring the next three hitters in succession.

The Chiefs got what proved to be the game winner, without getting the ball out of the infield, in the bottom of the second. Yanakopulos got things started with a perfect bunt single. Mike Andre then dropped a sacrifice bunt that moved Yanakopulos to second. Barbati followed and reached on a dribbler-single down the third base line to put runners on the corners with one out. Mike Burgoyne then hit an RBI chopper to Tommy Haugh at first with Yanakopulos coming across the plate for a 1-0 lead. Karis got Serino on a comebacker to mound to end the inning and strand Barbati at second.

It was three up and three down for the Blue Sox in the top of the third and the Chiefs extended their lead to 2-0 in the home half of the inning. Mottram led off with a bloop single to left. Portes then lined a 0-2 Karis pitch to Ahearn in left-center for the first out. With the count 2-1 on Welch, Mottram attempted to steal second but was gunned out by Vigurs for the second out. Welch then hit Karis’ next pitch over the 385’ sign in left-center, for 2-0 lead. For the Chiefs’ cleanup man, it was his first homer of the playoffs and his ninth of season. Karis got Gedman to groundout to Curley at third to end the inning.

Curley bounced out to Welch to begin the Lexington fourth before Freni struck out both Gath and Ahearn ending the inning.

Yanakopulos opened the bottom of the fourth with a single but the Chiefs couldn’t add to their lead after Andre grounded into a doubleplay and Barbati grounded out to Haugh.

Freni kept the no-hitter going and added two more strikeouts to complete a 1-2-3 top of the fifth.

In the Chiefs’ fifth, after Burgoyne grounded to Gath for the first out, back to back doubles from Serino and Mottram jumped the lead to 3-0. Portes then grounded out for the second out with Mottram taking third. With Welch at the plate, Vigurs picked Mottram off of third base to end the inning.

Lexington mounted their biggest threat of the game after two were out in the top of the sixth. Freni struck out Mike Hart and then retired Tommy McKenna on grounder for the first two outs of the inning. Vigurs drew a walk before Curley broke up the no-hit bid with a single to left, just out of the reach of the leaping Portes at shortstop. Gath then came to the plate suddenly representing the tying run. After running the count to 2-2, including a couple of foul balls back to the screen, Freni put the Chiefs three outs away from the championship when he struck out the veteran on a low breaking ball.

Gedman gave the Chiefs a little more breathing room, with one away in the bottom of the sixth, when he hit a 2-0 Karis pitch over the centerfield wall to increase the lead to 4-0.

Ahearn grounded out to Welch for the first out of the seventh. Graham singled to center before Justin Silvestro grounded out to Gedman, who threw to Portes to force Graham, for the second out. Haugh was next and he dropped a single into right, just out of the reach of Gedman, to put two runners aboard. John Puttress pinch hit for Hart and after going down in the count 0-2, grounded to Gedman, who flipped to Freni to end the game and secure the championship.

Freni struck out nine and needed 97 pitches in his complete game effort.

Karis allowed ten hits and didn’t strike out or walk a batter.



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Chiefs Make Special Presentation to Former Pitcher Victor Garo

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Andre Chiefs stars Jared Freni (left) and Johnny Welch (right) make a special presentation to Medford Attorney Victor Garo on behalf of the team. Garo, who hosted a dinner for the Intercity League Champs on Wednesday night at Carroll’s Restaurant in Medford Square, was an original Chiefs’ pitcher in the late 1950’s. He pitched the first no-hitter in Chiefs’ franchise history against Somerville on July 29, 1959. The Chiefs presented Garo a framed banner signed by the entire team that commemorated the 2014 Championship, which was the 19th since 1961 for the club.



Friday, August 29
Chiefs Championship Chatter.....

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Chiefs “2014 Championship” Chatter….. The Chiefs celebrated the 19th championship in franchise history with a late night victory party at the Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus, MA after their Game Five victory on Tuesday night. The organization thanks Kowloon owners Bobby & Andy Wong for their hospitality & generosity. The Wong Brothers provided the beverages and complimentary champagne for the 2014 ICL Champs and kept their place open “extra late” to help the Chiefs welcome their latest title. The relationship between Chiefs’ championships and the Kowloon have become synonymous and goes back decades. The franchise has had an ongoing bond with the Route One establishment since the 1970’s. The legendary restaurant and the Wong Family have been instrumental in helping the Joey Fund, which was named for the late son of former Chiefs’ manager and ICL Hall of Famer Joe O’Donnell, and the tradition continued once again Tuesday night…..The Chiefs’ will be honored at dinner hosted by former Chief pitcher Victor Garo next Wednesday night at Maury Carroll’s Carroll’s Restaurant in Medford Square. Garo, a prominent local attorney, pitched the first Chiefs’ no-hitter in 1958. Several Chiefs’ alumni, including O’Donnell and Eddie Rideout, are expected to be in attendance…..The dinners don’t end there as the team will be guests of the Boston Red Sox and the Bo Sox Club on Wednesday, September 24 at the Boston/Dedham Hilton Hotel. It will at this annual luncheon that the Chiefs will receive their 2014 ICL championship trophy. In addition, the 2014 individual awards, including the prestigious ICL MVP Award, will be presented at the annual ICL’s Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA in mid-November….Despite giving it his best try, Chiefs’ first baseman Peter Copa was unable to go in Game Five with a quad injury he suffered in Game Three. In addition to Copa, Chiefs’ DH Mike Andre unceremoniously played through the entire playoffs with a hamstring pull he suffered back on July 30 in Lexington on a play when Mike Hart robbed him of extra bases with a spectacular catch of a right-centerfield gap shot. Andre missed two games to conclude the regular season, despite being treated by former Chiefs’ hurler and current Emmanuel College head trainer Ron Laham on a daily basis. Andre made a return for the playoffs despite not being close to 100%. The Chiefs certainly wanted the veteran in the lineup for Game Five as the six time ICL all-star has owned Blue Sox ace Matt Karis over the last few years, hitting four homers of the Lexington ace, including a 10th inning walk off grand slam walk in Game Four of the 2011 Championship Series….Manager Chuck Andre chalked up his tenth ICL ring, winning four as a player and now six as the Chiefs’ skipper….The Chiefs got five straight outstanding pitching performances in the championship series. Two from Jared Freni in Games One and Five, a big Game Three extra inning win from Mitchell Clegg, and strong performances from Mike DiCato in Game Two, and Timmy Dunphy in Game Four. For the first time in ICL history, each of the Chiefs’ starters in the championship series all pitched complete games…..The series was well covered by the ICL, the Blue Sox, and the Chiefs’ media staff. Kudos go out to Bruce Hack, Sam Feeley, Bruce Tillman, Local Sports Productions, John Connolly of the Boston Herald, www.Pointstreak.com , Todd Bloniarz, Allison Goldsberry of www.insidemedford.com, and www.intercityleaguebaseball.com  for another job well done. Of course the ICL is always well covered in depth by ICL Hall of Famer Steve Freker, editor of the Medford Daily Mercury and Malden Evening News, and the 2014 season was no different….Special thanks go out to Joan Bell and Orazio Azzarello for their coordination and help with Morelli Field in Melrose, where the entire Championship Series was contested……More Coverage is Coming SoonText By B.T



Tuesday, August 26
DECIDING GAME FIVE OF SERIES TONIGHT AT MORELLI FIELD IN MELROSE, 8:00 PM

Melrose, MA-The deciding game of the Intercity League’s best of five championship series will be played tonight (Tuesday) at Morelli Field in Melrose, MA starting at 8:00 PM.

The Lexington Blue Sox and the Chiefs are tied up at two games each.

The Chiefs won the series opener 6-0. The Blue Sox took Game Two by a score of 3-2. The Chiefs came back to take Game Three in extra innings 2-1, before the Blue Sox won Game Four 3-1.

In each of the first four games, the home team has emerged victorious.

The Chiefs will be the home team tonight by virtue of winning the regular season pennant and receiving the #1 seed in the ICL’s playoff tournament.

The Blue Sox enter the game with an overall record of 26-8-2 while the Chiefs come in at 27-10-0.

Matt Karis (5-1 overall, 2-0 in postseason) will start for the Blue Sox while the Chiefs will counter with Jared Freni (10-2, 2-0 in postseason).



Monday, August 25
Blue Sox Even Series with 3-1 Win in Game Four

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Tim Dunphy

Melrose, MA- For the fourth consecutive season it will come down to a fifth and deciding game.

Did any anyone really expect anything less from these two teams?

The Lexington Blue Sox vs. The Andre Chiefs.

The Andre Chiefs vs. The Lexington Blue Sox.

And on and on and on it goes…..

Before discussing the particulars of Sunday’s game, a 3-1 Blue Sox win, here is the tale of the tape.

The two ICL heavyweights have played the maximum of 19 games in the Championship Series since 2011 and now they will play a 20th, on Tuesday night at Morelli Field, to crown the 2014 winner.

Over the span of those last 19 championship games, and what is fast becoming a late summer ritual in these parts, the Blue Sox have won 10 times and the Chiefs nine times.

The Blue Sox won the rubber game in 2011 and 2013 and the Chiefs won in 2012.

The teams have already met nine times this season.

Matt Karis for the Blue Sox and Jared Freni for the Chiefs, which (who else?) will be the pitching match-up in Game Five.

The Chiefs franchise has won 18 titles dating back to 1960 and the Blue Sox have taken 10 championships since their first in 1998, including eight of the last ten.

Stay tuned and tie yourself on.

Another chapter in the history of these two storied franchises will be written on Tuesday.

And, oh yes, there was a Game Four on Sunday night.

If you missed the first two innings then you missed all of the night’s scoring.

From the third inning on the game was dominated by Lexington’s Aidan Freeburg and the Chiefs’ Tim Dunphy. Freeburg actually retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced and Dunphy probably deserved a better fate due to some early defensive lapses. But the truth be told, the Chiefs just could not get much going against Freeburg all night long.

Freeburg got both Tony Serino and Billy Mottram to line out for the initial two outs in the top of the first. Juan Portes and Johnny Welch both followed with singles before Freeburg denied the scoring opportunity when Mike Gedman grounded out to Tommy Haugh at first to end the inning.

The Blue Sox took advantage of three Chiefs’ defensive lapses to take a 2-0 lead in their first at bat. Dunphy opened the bottom of the first by getting Jeff Vigurs to ground to Portes at shortstop. Ross Curley followed and hit a hard grounder to Welch at third who came up with the ball but threw low to first for an error. Steve Gath was next and he hit another grounder to Welch, who went diving to his left to make a great stop, and recovered quickly enough to begin what looked like a 5-4-3 inning ending doubleplay. Mike Barbati appeared to take his eyes of Welch’s throw to second and the ball went into right field, with Curley going to third and Gath taking second on the error. Dave Ahern made the miscues hurt when he singled to center, scoring Curley, for a 1-0 Blue Sox lead. Dunphy then recorded a big out when he caught Dan Graham looking at strike three for the second out of the inning. The third defensive lapse came when Dunphy threw a two strike wild pitch, with Justin Silverstro at the plate, allowing Gath to come across with the second run. That stung a little bit more when Dunphy struck out Silvestro on the next pitch. The early damage was done the Chiefs were looking at a 2-0 deficit heading for the second.

The Chiefs responed and cut the lead in half in the top of the second. Paul Yanakopulos singled to left and Mike Andre followed with a single to right. Barbati then dropped a well placed sacrifice bunt that moved both runners into scoring position. Freeburg then got a big out when he got Mike Burgoyne to pop up. Serino was next and he delivered with single to short left, scoring Yanakopulos and sending Andre to third. Mike Hart then tracked down Mottram’s well hit liner in the left-centerfield gap to retire the side.

The Blue Sox got that run right back in the bottom of the second. Haugh singled down the left field line and Hart followed with a line single to right, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Will Marcal then hit a missle at Gedman. The big first baseman got a glove on the potential, but extremely difficult to handle, 3-unassisted doubleplay ball, but it got just far enough behind him for an infield single and a 3-1 Lexington lead. Barbati then turned in the defensive gem of the game and saved a run when he made a diving stop of a Vigurs liner that was labeled for centerfield. The Chiefs finally got their doubleplay, albeit in an unconventional manner, when Curley flew to Serino in deep center and Hart tagged up from second but left the base a bit early and was doubled off to end the inning.

That was it in the scoring department for the evening although both teams had a few more chances.

The Chiefs last scoring opportunity came in the top of the third. Portes drew a walk and Welch reached on a what was scored a single to left when his sky high pop up got above the lights. Freeburg escaped the jam when Gedman and Yanakopulos both popped up and Hart tracked down Andre’s liner in the right-centerfield gap.

The game moved quickly in the bottom of the third, the top of the fourth, and the top of the fifth, as Dunphy and Freeburg didn’t allow a base runner.

Marcal led off the home half of fifth with a single, but Lexington couldn’t add to their lead when Dunphy got Vigurs to fly to Mottram and Curley to hit into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

It was another 1-2-3 inning for Freeburg in the top of the sixth.

The Blue Sox threatened but didn’t score in the bottom of the sixth. Gath drew a leadoff walk and Ahern followed with a single. Graham then bunted them into scoring position before two comebackers to Dunphy, off the bats of Silvestro and Haugh, sent the game to the seventh.

Freeburg got Barbati on a grounder to Gath and Burgoyne on bouncer back to mound to send the Chiefs down to their last out. Serino kept the game alive when he singled up the middle before Mottram struck out swinging to end the game.

Freeburg, the rookie right-hander from WPI, allowed seven hits and struck out three.

Dunphy gave up just one earned run, also allowed six hits, and struck out a couple. (Bruce Tillman, Bruce Hack-Stats & Boxscores-www.Pointsteak.com, Jim Valente-Photos)

 

MORE PLAYOFF COVERAGE ON MONDAY.



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Mitchell Clegg threw a 3-hitter and retired the last 11 batters in a row
Saturday, August 23
CHIEFS WALK OFF WITH GAME THREE

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Billy Mottram delivered game winner in 8th

Melrose, MA- Billy Mottram’s two out opposite field single down the left field line scored Paul Yanakopulos, who had tripled in the bottom of the eighth inning, to give the Chiefs a 2-1 extra inning walkoff win in Game Three of Intercity League’s best of five championship series on Friday night at Morelli Field.

With the win, the Chiefs take a 2-1 series lead over the Lexington Blue Sox with Game Four scheduled for Sunday at 7:30 PM at Morelli Field.

The Chiefs got the opportunity for the win thanks to the lights out pitching of Mitchell Clegg. The big lefty scattered just three hits and was virtually untouchable after Lexington got an unearned run in the top of the first inning. The Washington Nationals product retired the last eleven batters of the game in a row.

The Chiefs got off to an ominous start when Mike Barbati bobbled Jeff Vigurs grounder on the first pitch of the game for an error. Clegg struck out Ross Curley before walking his only batter of the game when he issued a free pass to Steve Gath on four pitches. The Blue Sox took advantage and a quick 1-0 lead when Dave Ahern doubled to right, scoring Vigurs and sending Gath to third. With runners at second and third and one out, the Chiefs escaped pretty cheaply when the Blue Sox ran themselves out of the inning. With the Chiefs infield playing halfway, Dan Graham was thrown out at first on a bouncer to Juan Portes at shortstop. After the putout, Ahern got hung up in a rundown between second and third before being tagged out by Portes to end the inning.

Mottram singled off Blue Sox starter Drew Brzozowski with one out in the bottom of the first before getting both Portes and Johnny Welch to fly out to send the game to the second.

Justin Silvestro led off the Lexington second with a single to left and Tommy Haugh moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Clegg left Silvestro at second when he struck out Mike Hart and then retired Tommy McKenna on groundout to Barbati.

Brzozowski enjoyed a rocking chair six pitch 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the second.

The Blue Sox got their final runner of the night into scoring position in their half of the third. Vigurs reached on a tough chance error by Portes in the shortstop hole and Curley bunted him to second. Clegg kept it a one run deficit when he got Gath on a grounder to Welch at third and then put down the side when Ahern flew to Mike Gedman in right.

Brzozowski cruised through the bottom of the third with a strikeout and two grounders and Clegg returned the favor when he got the Lexington side in order in the top of the fourth.

The Chiefs broke into the scoring column and got the equalizer when Portes hit a one out solo homer to left-center, knotting the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth.

Hart recorded Lexington’s last hit of the night when he led off the top of the fifth with a single up the middle. Lexington played small ball again when McKenna dropped a bunt that Clegg fielded but threw late to second, setting them up with two men on and nobody out. Clegg then recorded a big out when he struck out Vigurs on three pitches. The Chiefs got out of the scrape when they turned a Barbati to Portes to Copa doubleplay, off the bat of Curley, to end the inning.

Copa led off the bottom of the fifth and legged out a slow infield roller to the left side. The first baseman went down in a heap after crossing the bag and had to be helped off the field with an apparent quad injury. Mike Burgoyne came on to pinch run and he was promptly sacrificed to second on a text book bunt by Mike Andre. Brzozowski then got Barbati to pop to Haugh for the second out of the inning. Yanakopulos followed and drilled a single to left. McKenna put a charge on the ball and came up throwing and fired a perfect strike to Vigurs who applied the tag on Burgoyne to end the inning and keep it a 1-1 game.

Clegg meanwhile was assuming command on the mound. He retired Gath on a grounder to Portes, struck out Ahern, and then got Graham to foul out to Welch, in an eleven pitch top of the sixth.

Brzozowski was equally as tough in the bottom of the inning when he retired Tony Serino and Mottram on grounders, walked Portes, before Welch lined out to second.

In the top of the seventh, Clegg caught Silvestro looking at strike three, got Haugh to line out to Barbati, and then struck out Hart swinging.

The Chiefs went quietly in the bottom of the seventh. Gedman grounded to Gath and Burgoyne and Andre both flew out to send the game to extra innings.

Clegg set the Sox down in order for the third straight time in the top of the eighth on a grounder and a couple of popups that set the stage for the bottom half of the inning’s dramatics.

Barbati led off the bottom of the eighth and lined to Ahern in right for the first out. Yanakopulos followed and delivered one of the biggest hits of his Chiefs’ career when he sent a line triple to the wall in straightaway center. Serino was next, and after going to a 3-0 count, Brzozowski came up money and struck out the leadoff hitter with a high fastball for the second out. Mottram then stepped to the plate with the series lead on the line and supplied the game winner. The lefty lofted a 3-1 pitch just inside the leftfield foul line and barely out of the reach of McKenna to send the Chiefs pouring out of the dugout as Yanakopulos came across the plate with the winning run.

Clegg, who struck out seven, evened his postseason record at 1-1 and improved his overall season mark to 4-1. The southpaw threw 102 pitches of which 67 went for strikes. In addition to retiring the last 11 batters in a row, he set down 19 of final 20 Blue Sox he faced.

Brzozowski also was impressive. The former Brandeis standout, who entered the game with a 9-1 ICL postseason record dating back to 2009, allowed just six hits and struck out four in 7.2 innings.

Mottram, a Haverhill, MA product, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2007 out of Dowling College. (Bruce Tillman, Bruce Hack-Stats & Boxscores-www.Pointsteak.com, Jim Valente-Photos)

 



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Paul Yanakopulos 8th inning at bat

Friday, August 22
Series Tied 1-1, Game Three on Friday at Morelli Field at 8:00 PM

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Peter Copa had solo homer in 4th

Melrose, MA- Justin Silvestro’s bases loaded infield single, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, proved to be the difference when the Lexington Blue Sox edged the Chiefs 3-2 in the second game of their best of five Intercity League championship series.

The series is now tied at one game each with the pivotal third game scheduled for Morelli Field on Friday night at 8:00 PM. Game Four will be played at Morelli on Sunday night at 7:30 PM. If a Game Five is needed, it will be contested on Tuesday night at 8:00 PM.

The game featured a fine pitching matchup between two seasoned ICL veterans, Mike DiCato of the Chiefs and Matt Karis of the Blue Sox.

Karis set the Chiefs down in order in the top of the first inning. The Blue Sox used doubles from leadoff man Jeff Vigurs and cleanup hitter Dave Ahern to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning.

The Chiefs came right back to tie things up at 1-1 in the top of the second, without the benefit of a hit, but could have come away with much more. Karis hit Johnny Welch with the first pitch of the inning and Mike Gedman reached on an error by shortstop Steve Gath. Peter Copa then drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Mike Andre was next and he hit a sharp grounder down the first base line that was knocked down by a diving Tommy Haugh. Welch scored on the play and Andre got an RBI, but was thrown out at first with Karis covering the bag. Karis then came up huge, with two runners in scoring position, when he struck out Mike Barbati and Paul Yanakopulos in succession to keep it a tie game.

DiCato struck out Mike Hart and Ross Curley in a 1-2-3 bottom of the second. Karis matched that plus in the top of the third, when he struck out the Chiefs’ side (Tony Serino, Juan Portes & Welch) with a walk to Billy Mottram mixed in.

It was solo home run derby in the fourth inning. Copa gave the Chiefs a 2-1 when he sent a Karis pitch off the light pole in left. Ahern went the same route in the bottom of the inning with a shot to left-center that tied the game back up at 2-2.

Karis set down the top of the Chiefs order again in the top of the fifth (Serino & Mottram groundouts and Portes strikeout).

The Blue Sox got a leadoff single from Haugh leading off the bottom of the fifth. Will Marcal attempted to bunt him to second but a charging Welch made a fine play and gunned out Haugh at second for the first out. Hart was next and he bounced into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

The Chiefs had a bigtime chance to take the lead in the top of the sixth but came up empty. Welch and Gedman led off the inning with consecutive singles. With Copa at the plate, Welch went to third on a wild pitch to put runners on the corners with no outs. Copa then hit a fly to medium depth centerfield that was caught by Hart who then threw a perfect strike to the plate to get the tagging Welch on a close play. With Gedman still at first, Karis got Andre to groundout to end the inning.

The Blue Sox got the game winner without getting the ball out of the infield in the bottom of the sixth. DiCato started the inning strong when he got Vigurs to groundout and then struck out Curley. Trouble began to brew when DiCato walked Gath on a 3-1 pitch and then hit Ahern with a 1-0 pitch. With the left-handing hitting Graham at the plate and the go ahead run in scoring position, Gedman came on in relief but walked him to load the bases. Another lefty was next in Silvestro and he hit a hard grounder up the middle that Barbati made an extraordinary diving stop on. The second baseman just couldn’t recover in time to get the force at second as Gath came across the plate to make it 3-2. With the bases still loaded, Gedman got Haugh on a groundout to Barbati to keep it a one run contest heading into the seventh.

Barbati grounded out to Gath at shortstop for the first out of the seventh. The Chiefs then caught a brief break when Yanakopulos reached on Gath’s throwing error. The veteran shortstop quickly made amends and gloved a Serino grounder up the middle and turned it into 6-unassisted-3 doubleplay to end the game.

DiCato worked 5.2 innings, allowed four hits, walked one and hit a batter.

Karis went the distance giving up just four hits as well while striking out eight and walking a couple.

The # 1 seeded Chiefs will be home team in Friday’s Game Three at Morelli.
(Bruce Tillman- www.andrechiefs.com , Bruce Hack-stats & boxscore (Pointstreak.com), Jim Valente-photos)



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Mike DiCato had a soild outing

Thursday, August 21
Chiefs Take Series Opener 6-0 Behind Freni Six-Hitter

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Jared Freni

Melrose, MA- Jared Freni spun a six-hitter to lead the Chiefs to a 6-0 win over the Lexington Blue Sox in Game One of the Intercity League’s best of five championship series at Morelli Field on Wednesday night.

The big right-hander was solid from start to finish, striking out eleven batters.

The game remained scoreless, although both teams had their chances, over the first two and one-half innings.

The Blue Sox got two men aboard in the top of the first inning on a leadoff single by Jeff Vigurs and a two out single from Dave Ahearn. Freni struck out Dan Graham looking to end the inning.

Lefty starter Jimmy Hill set the Chiefs down in order in the bottom of the first inning.

It was three up and three down for the Blue Sox in the top of the second and Hill kept the Chiefs off the board in their half of the frame.

The Blue Sox threatened and loaded the bases in the top of the third inning after two were out. Ross Curley drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch. Steve Gath followed and singled deep into the shortstop hole. Freni then walked Ahearn on a count full to load the bases before striking out Graham to keep the scoreboard showing blanks.

The Chiefs broke through and took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Mike Barbati led off and reached on error by Hill when he missed first base covering on a grounder to Tommy Haugh. After a couple of missed sacrifice bunt attempts, Hill struck out Mike Burgoyne for the inning’s first out. Tony Serino was next and he legged out an infield single to the right side. Hill stayed tough and chalked up his second strikeout of the inning when he got Paul Yanakopulos swinging. The Chiefs got what proved to be the game winner when Juan Portes singled to center, scoring Barbati. Cleanup hitter Johnny Welch gave the Chiefs a 2-0 lead when he lined a double down the leftfield line that scored Serino and sent Portes to third. Hill got a big out when he struck out Gedman looking at a pitch on the outside corner that ended the inning.

Both teams got a runner to second base in the fourth inning. In the top half, the Blue Sox got a leadoff single from Justin Silvestro and he was sacrificed to second by Will Marcal. Freni kept the shutout intact by getting Haugh to ground to Barbati at second and then striking out Tommy McKenna on a 2-2 breaking ball. Similar scenario for the Chiefs in the bottom of the inning. Peter Copa drew a walk and Mike Andre moved him up a base with a bunt. Copa was stranded at second when Hill struck out Barbati and then retired Burgoyne on a hard liner to Ahearn in right.

The Blue Sox got Curley to second base in the fifth after he singled sharply to left with one out and then advanced into scoring position on a passed ball. Burgoyne then made the co-defensive play of the night and the inning when he went a long way to track down a Gath fly ball down the leftfield line for the second out of the inning. Ahearn was next and Copa turned in the second defensive gem of the inning when he made a big pickup of low Welch throw to retire the side.

The Chiefs threatened to add to their lead in the bottom of fifth. After Serino grounded out to Gath, Yanakopulos singled to left-center. Portes was next up he was called out on strikes for the second out. When the Chiefs’ shortstop he protested the call, he was ejected by home plate umpire Rick Cacciatore. It stayed a two run game when Hill got Gedman to fly to Marcal in left.

After issuing leadoff walk to Graham in the sixth, Freni bore down and struck out Silvestro, Marcal and Haugh, in order, to end the inning.

The Chiefs came up with four two out runs to give Freni some more breathing room in the home half of the inning. After Hill retired Copa and Andre, Barbati kept the inning alive with a single to right. Burgoyne followed and lined a single to center with Barbati moving to second. Serino then drew a full count walk, on a close pitch, to load the bases for Yanakopulos. The Chiefs’ catcher delivered when he singled to center, scoring both Barbati and Burgoyne, for a 4-0 lead. On the throw home to try and get Burgoyne, Yanakopulos went to second. That was the evening for Hill as righty Chris Law came out of the Lexington bullpen. Nate Witkowski, who took over at shortstop after Portes’ ejection, then hit a grounder over the third base bag then was gloved by Curley. Curley came up with the ball but skipped the throw low to Haugh at first with both Serino and Yanakopulos coming across the plate to make it 6-0. The play was scored as an infield single and an RBI for Witkowski and a throwing error. Law then struck out Welch to end the inning and send the game to the top of the seventh.

Freni caught McKenna looking at strike three for the first out before Vigurs lined an opposite field single to left. Curley legged out the backend of a doubleplay ball to Witkowski at short that forced Vigurs at second, to keep the game alive. Gath then drew a full count walk before Ahearn flew out to Serino in center to put the series opener in the win column.

With the win, Freni’s overall 2014 record jumps to 10-2, including 2-0 in the postseason.

Hill took loss for the Blue Sox and saw his season mark drop to 5-2, 0-1 in the playoffs.

Game Two is scheduled for Thursday night at Morelli Field at 8:00 PM with Game Three on tap at the same venue on Friday at 8:00 PM.
(Bruce Tillman, Bruce Hack-Stats & Boxcore, www.Pointsreak.com, Photos by Jim Valente) 



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Barbati & Burgoyne Exchange High 5's in 3rd Inning

Tuesday, August 19
Dunphy Pitches Chiefs to ICL Finals

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Tim Dunphy allowed just four hits

Melrose, MA- The Chiefs will be returning to the Intercity League’s Championship Series for the fourth consecutive season and the for the fifth time in the last six years.

Lefty Tim Dunphy assured the franchise would make yet another trip to the late summer classic with a nifty four-hitter that lifted the Chiefs to 6-2 win over the Reading Bulldogs in a nightcap elimination game on Monday night at Morelli Field.

A familiar dance partner will await the Chiefs in the best of five series in the presence of the Lexington Blue Sox, who punched their ticket on Sunday. For Lexington, it will be their seventh straight trip to the finals.

The Bulldogs got to the final game of the ICL’s first ever double elimination tournament with an impressive 7-0 win over the #3 seed Watertown Reds in the opening game of the evening.

Some fairly sloppy defense was the early theme of the nightcap. The two normally sure handed squads combined to make a half dozen errors over the first three innings.

The sloppiness began in the top of the first inning. Colby Maiola led the game off with a bouncer up the middle for a single. Ryan Wolfsberg followed and hit a hard grounder at Mike Barbati that had doubleplay written all over it after the second baseman made nice pickup of a short hop. But his throw to second base was low and skipped into leftfield with Maiola able to go to third. With runners on the corners and nobody out, the Chiefs came out of it unscathed when Dunphy got Kyle Devin to pop up, Harrison Smoske on a called third strike, and Mike Taylor to ground to Juan Portes at short.

Reading starter Sean Boyle struck out both Tony Serino and Billy Mottram to open the bottom of the first. Juan Portes followed and found himself standing on second base after right-fielder Aaron Santos misplayed his long fly ball to the rightfield fence. After the count went to 2-0 on Johnny Welch the Bulldogs chose to intentionally walk him. Portes and Welch then moved up to second and third on a wild pitch before Mike Gedman legged out an infield single, scoring Portes, to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Gedman stole second uncontested before Boyle got Copa on a grounder to end the inning.

Dunphy retired the Reading side in order in the top of the second.

Boyle hit Mike Andre with a pitch to open the Chiefs’ second but rebounded when he got Barbati to pop up and Paul Yanakopulos to bounce into a doubleplay.

Reading took advantage of some poor Chiefs' defense to tie things up in the top of the third and should have taken the lead but ran themselves out of the inning. Bill Cataldo got things underway when he reached on an error by Welch at third. Maiola then dropped a sacrifice bunt down the first base line which Dunphy fielded and then threw the ball low and into rightfield, sending Cataldo to third. Wolfsberg was next up and he grounded out to Portes at short with Cataldo scoring on the play. Maiola then tried to advance to third and was gunned out by Copa for an unusual 6-3-5 doubleplay. Dunphy then struck out Taylor to end the inning.

The Chiefs used four hits, combined with another error, to score four times and take a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Serino reached on an infield single and Mottram promptly plated him with a triple to right to make it 2-1. Portes gave the Chiefs a 3-1 lead when he drilled Boyle’s first pitch to center for an RBI single that scored Mottram. Welch followed with a single to left and Gedman moved both runners up with a two strike sacrifice bunt. That bunt paid dividends when Copa hit a sacrifice fly to shallow center to that scored Portes. Devin fielded the throw at the plate and then tried to get Welch, who was going to third, but threw the ball wildly into leftfield, allowing Welch to score and increase the lead to 5-1.

The margin went to 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Welch doubled to right-center and scored on Copa’s long single to left. Copa was thrown out on a close play at second trying to extend it to a double.

After an uneventful sixth, the Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the seventh on a Burton Deady double and a couple of infield grounders. Dunphy ended the night when he got Maiola on a grounder to Barbati.

For Dunphy, it was his 30th win in a Chiefs’ uniform. He struck out six and didn’t issue a walk. The former Brandeis standout raised his overall record to 9-1 this season.

Game One of the Championship Series will be on Wednesday night at 8:00 PM at Morelli Field. 
(Bruce Tillman & Todd Bloniarz for www.intercityleaguebaseball.com , Stats/Boxscore by Bruce Hack, Jim Valente-Photos)



Monday, August 18
Chiefs Lose to Lexington 6-1, Need Monday Win at Morelli to Advance to Championship

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Mike Andre had RBI single in 7th

Malden, MA- Drew Brzozowski threw a complete game four-hitter and the Lexington Blue Sox scored three runs in both the second and sixth innings to beat the Chiefs 6-1 in a winner’s bracket game at Pine Banks.

With the win, the Blue Sox advance to the Intercity League finals. The Chiefs will still have to win one more game to join them, as they must beat the winner of Monday’s Reading Bulldogs-Watertown Reds game. The Bulldogs and Reds will meet at 6:30 PM and the Chiefs will play the survivor at 8:30 PM. Both games will be played on Monday night at Morelli Field in Melrose as part of the ICL’s playoff showcase doubleheader that concludes this year’s double elimination format.

After a scoreless first inning, the Blue Sox got all of the runs that Brzozowski would need in the top of the second.  Five consecutive hits off starter and loser Mitchell Clegg produced three runs. After Jeff Vigurs flew out, Will Marcal and Mike Hart both lined singles to center. Justin Silvestro then drilled an opposite field double into the left-field corner, scoring both Marcal and Hart, to make it 2-0. Tom Haugh then followed with another double, scoring Silvestro, to make a 3-0 game. The Chiefs and Clegg escaped further damage when Ross Curley grounded into an inning ending Mike Barbati (unassisted) to Peter Copa doubleplay.

Mike Gedman reached on an infield single in the bottom of the second but the Chiefs couldn’t capitalize.

It stayed 3-0 as Clegg settled in nicely and set the Blue Sox down in order in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Brzozowski was cruising as well over the middle innings, as the Chiefs could only muster a third inning single from Paul Yanakopulos and another Gedman single in the fourth.

Lexington came up with their second three spot of the game in the top of the sixth. Steve Gath led off with a triple to right-center. With the infield drawn in, Dave Ahern grounded out to Juan Portes at shortstop for the first out. Consecutive singles from Vigurs, Marcal, and Hart, and a passed ball, upped the lead to 6-0.

Brzozowski got the top of the Chiefs’ order 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth.

Clegg recorded the first out in the top of the seventh on a comebacker to the mound before giving way to Matt DiCato. DiCato got a couple of infield grounders, sandwiched around Gath’s third hit of the night, to the send the game to the bottom of the seventh with the Chiefs chasing six runs.

The Chiefs broke through and averted the shutout in their final at bat. Johnny Welch led off and reached on a two base error when his sky high pop up was dropped. Gedman lined softly to Gath out for the first out before Peter Copa drew a walk. Mike Andre followed and gave his team a moment of life when lined a single to left-center, scoring Welch, to draw the Chiefs to 6-1. Mike Burgoyne came on to pinch run for Andre and both he and Copa moved up to second and third on a wild pitch. Brzozowski finished as strongly as he started when he completed the deal by striking out Barbati swinging and Yanakopulos looking to end the game.

Brzozowski struck out seven and walked just one.

Clegg allowed 11 hits and struck out four in 6.1 innings.

In Sunday’s other games the Bulldogs eliminated the Wakefield Merchants 5-2 and the Reds scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to walk off for the second straight time over the Melrose Americans, 2-1.

MONDAY’S PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
6:30 PM Reading vs Watertown  (Morelli Field, Melrose MA)- Loser Eliminated
8:30 PM Reading/Watertown Winner vs. Chiefs (Morelli Field, Melrose MA)-Winner to Championship Series

Check www.intercityleaguebaseball.com for boxscores, playoff schedules, and updates.

(Bruce Tillman for www.andrechiefs.com, Boxscore & Stars by Bruce Hack, Photos by Jim Valente) 



Saturday, August 16
Freni Pitching, Gedman Homer, Key 8-0 Playoff Win Over Wakefield

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Mike Gedman broke scoreless tie with a two run homer in 5th inning


Malden, MA-
Jared Freni tossed 6.1 innings of one-hit baseball and Mike Gedman broke a scoreless tie with a two run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Chiefs found their rhythm late and went on to beat the Wakefield Merchants 8-0 at Pine Banks.

With the win, the Chiefs move on in the winner’s bracket of the ICL's double elimination playoff tournament. They will now host the Lexington Blue Sox on Sunday at 8:00 PM at Pine Banks on the Malden/Melrose line. The winner of that game will earn a place in the best of five championship series that begins next week.

Friday’s game had all the early makings of being “just one of those nights”, as the Chiefs stranded eight baserunners in scoring position over the first four innings. Wakefield righty Mike Andrews pulled off four consecutive "Houdini like" escapes, employing some big time clutch pitching while keeping the Chiefs’ side of the ledger blank until Gedman’s homer.

Freni allowed the Merchants’ lone hit of the night to Nick Murray with one out in the top of the first. Murray was then promptly erased when Scott Searles lined into a Mike Barbati to Peter Copa doubleplay to end the inning.

Andrews walked Tony Serino to start the bottom of the first and Paul Yanakopulos’ sacrifice bunt was thrown wide of first by Andrews for an error, putting two runners aboard with nobody out. Andrews then struck out Billy Mottram, got Johnny Welch on a shallow fly, before Gedman flew to the warning track in left-center to complete escape number one.

The Merchants went in order in the top of the second before Andrews sent the Chiefs home empty handed again in the bottom of the inning. Peter Copa drew a leadoff walk and went to third on Mike Andre’s single. Andre took second on the throw to try and get Copa at third and the Chiefs’ appeared to be cooking with men on second and third with no outs. Andrews came up “extra” big when he struck out Barbati, Mike Burgoyne, and Serino in succession to keep it a 0-0 game.

Wakefield got a runner in scoring position in the top of third. Freni hit Lou Tarantino with two outs and he proceeded to move to second on a breaking ball in the dirt. But it remained scoreless when Freni struck out Bobby Lossano swinging for the final out of the inning.

The Chiefs threatened once again in the bottom of the third. Andrews issued another inning opening base on balls, this time to Yanokopulos. Mottram followed and dropped a single down the left-field line. Andrews pitched out of his third straight jam by striking out Welch, getting Gedman on an infield grounder with the runners moving to second and third, and then striking out Copa on a breaking ball.

Freni struck out the Merchants’ side, sandwiched around a walk to James Ramsey, in the top of the fourth.

Round four of frustration came when Andrews thwarted the Chiefs one more time in the bottom of the fourth. After Andre lined to Jon Davison at first, Barbati and Burgoyne reached on consecutive singles. Both runners then moved up to second and third on Serino’s infield grounder to the right side. The Chiefs came up bare once again when Searles made a nice play of a Yanakopulos grounder in the shortstop hole and threw him out at first on a bang-bang play.

The Merchants got their second runner of the night into scoring position in the top of the fifth. Freni issued a free pass to Nick Napoli and Davison bunted him to second. The Merchants also couldn’t break the scoring ice as Joe Barry struck out and Tarantino grounded to Copa, to send the scoreless game to the bottom of the fifth.

Andrews got Mottram to fly to Tarantino in right for the first out of the fifth. Welch followed and tomahawked a single to left. Gedman was next and he finally got the Chiefs on the board when he cranked his two run homer to straightaway center.

The Merchants went quietly the top of the sixth before the Chiefs erupted for six runs to finally put the game away in their half of the inning. Barbati got things going with a single to center and Burgoyne bunted him to second. Serino then upped the lead to 3-0 with a single to left that scored Barbati. Yanakopulos drew a walk and John Russlillo came on in relief of Andrews. Russolillo walked Mottram to load the bases for Welch. The clean-up hitter then drilled a laser double just inside the third base bag that scored Serino and Yanakopulos to make it 5-0. Russolillo then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Mottram to score the sixth run. Gedman picked up his third RBI of the evening when he reached on an infield single, scoring Welch, to run the lead to 7-0. Copa then drew another walk, and Andre followed with his second single of the game, to re-load the bases. Barbati picked up an RBI with an infield grounder, scoring Gedman, to make it 8-0.

Freni got Kevin Mortimer on a groundout for the first out of the seventh before giving way to Gedman. The big southpaw got Napoli on an infield chopper before striking out Davison to end the game.

Freni struck out eight and walked three. With the win he raised his overall 2014 record to 9-2.

Andrews gave up eight of the Chiefs’ eleven hits in 5.1 innings of work, struck out six, and walked four.

ICL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17
# 5 Wakefield Merchants at # 4 Reading Bulldogs- Morton Field, Reading 4:00 PM-Loser eliminated.
# 6 Melrose Ameriacns at # 3 Watertown Reds-Victory Field, Watertown 5:00 PM-Loser eliminated
# 2 Lexington Blue Sox at # 1 Andre Chiefs-Pine Banks, Malden 8:00 PM
(Pine Banks is located on the Malden/Melrose line at approximately 100 Main St, Melrose MA 02176)
 

(Bruce Tillman for www.andrechiefs.com Photos by Jim Valente)



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Jared Freni allowed 1 hit in 6.1 innings

Tuesday, August 12
CHIEFS CLINCH SECOND STRAIGHT ICL PENNANT

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Mike DiCato


Melrose, MA-
Mike DiCato and Jared Freni combined on a five-hit shutout, and Johnny Welch’s sixth inning triple was the difference, when the Chiefs edged the Wakefield Merchants 1-0 in the first game of a three team doubleheader to clinch the Intercity League’s 2014 regular season pennant. In the process they secured the #1 seed as well as an opening game bye in the upcoming double elimination playoff tournament that will eventually lead to two finalists that will play a best of five series.

For the Chiefs, it was their second consecutive regular season crown and the eighth since they became the Andre Chiefs in 1989.

Monday night’s games were switched to Morelli Field after a contractor severed a power line in the parking lot that abuts Maplewood Park late in the afternoon, causing all power to the facility to be lost.

The clincher did not come easy, courtesy of Wakefield lefty Kyle McCarthy who threw an outstanding game and frustrated Chiefs’ hitters all night long.

DiCato, the Chiefs' veteran right-hander, was equally as tough, shutting out the Merchants over the first four innings before giving way to fellow veteran Jared Freni, who blanked Wakefield over their final three at-bats.

DiCato got the Wakefield side in order in the top of the first and the Chiefs’ mounted a mini threat in the bottom of the inning. After two groundouts, McCarthy hit Billy Mottram with a pitch. Welch then singled before McCarthy got Mike Gedman to ground out sharply to second, ending the inning.

The Merchants got two baserunners aboard with two outs in the top of the second when Jon Davison reached on an infield error and Joe Barry followed with a single. DiCato kept it scoreless when he got Anthony Cruz to groundout to Nate Witkowski.

Peter Copa led off the bottom of the second with a single but was erased when Mike Barbati grounded into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

The Chiefs went the defensive doubleplay route as well in the top of the third when Lou Tarantino led things off with a single but was dispatched when Bobby Lossano bounced into a 5-4-3 twin killing.

The Chiefs got a one out infield single from Mike Burgoyne in the bottom of the third before McCarthy got Paul Yanakopulos to bounce out and then struck out Mottram swinging.

The Merchants had their best scoring chance in the top of the fourth. Scott Searles led the inning off with a single. James Ramsey then flew to Burgoyne in center for the first out before Kevin Mortimer singled to put two runners on with one out. DiCato then got Davison to line to Mottram in left and struck out Barry swinging to send the game to the bottom of the fourth.

Welch began things in the fourth with his second straight single of the night. Gedman then drilled a fly to deep right-center than was tracked down by Lossano for the first out. McCarthy stayed tough and got Copa to ground into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, ending the inning.

Freni emerged out of the Chiefs’ bullpen to begin the fifth inning. He got Cruz to fly to Gedman in right, retired Tarantino on a come backer to the mound, before surrendering a right-center field double to Lossano. He kept the Merchants off the scoreboard when Nick Murray grounded to Welch at third.

McCarthy retired the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the fifth when Barbati grounded out, Mike Andre lined out to Lossano, and Witkowski popped up.

Freni was dominant in the top of the sixth, getting Searles on a groundout, and then struck out Ramsey and Mortimer in succession.

The Chiefs got the game winner in the bottom of the sixth. McCarthy got Burgoyne to line out sharply to right-field for the first out. McCarthy’s only free pass of the night would prove costly when he walked Yanakopulos on a full count. Mottram then struck out for the second out. Welch followed and once again put the Chiefs fortunes' on his back and delivered yet another game changing hit. With Yanakopulos running on a 2-2 pitch, Welch drilled a line shot over Lossano’s head in center for a triple, easily scoring Yanakopulos. McCarthy kept it a 1-0 game when struck out Gedman on a breaking ball.

Freni came out of the gate with a just a little extra on his fastball and never left the issue in doubt. The big right-hander struck out the side (Davison, Barry & Cruz) in order, to secure the Chiefs’ second straight pennant.

DiCato gave up four hits and struck out three in his four innings. Freni went to 8-2 with the win. He worked three innings, struck out the last five batters he faced, and allowed just one hit.
Bruce Tillman for www.andrechiefs.com Photos by Jim Valente.

 



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Jared Freni- K'd last 5 in pennant clincher

Tuesday, August 12
Chiefs Edged in Second Game of Doubleheader, 4-3

Melrose, MA- After clinching the regular season crown in the first game, the Chiefs were edged by the Lexington Blue Sox 4-3 in the late nightcap of Monday’s three team doubleheader.

Nick Martinho’s solo homer in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the difference in the game.

The Blue Sox jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead on singles from Ross Curley, Will Marcal, and Mike Hart, and a double from Danny Graham.

The lead went to 3-0 in the third on singles from Graham and Hart, and a sacrifice fly from Justin Silvestro.

The Chiefs’ tied it up at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth on singles by Mike Gedman and Dan Bonito, an infield error, and walks to Matt Boleski and Ceccilo Guante.

Martinho provided the game winner when he led off the Lexington sixth with his first homer of the season

Matt DiCato worked the first four innings for the Chiefs. He allowed seven hits and struck out three. Evan Walsh (0-1) went the final three innings, giving up four hits, including Martinho’s homer, and took the loss.

Bonito and Gedman had two hits each for the Chiefs while Adam Lucey and Mike Burgoyne had the other hits.

The Chiefs finished the regular season at 23-7 while the Blue Sox ended up at 22-6-2.
(Bruce Tilman for www.andrechiefs.com Stats and boxscore by Bruce Hack)



Monday, August 11
Gedman Slams Door for Dunphy, Welch 3 Run HR, Mottram & Serino Pace 5-3 Win

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Mike Gedman

Lexington, MA- Mike Gedman came on with the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning and proceeded to retire all four batters he faced, including two K’s, to keep the Chiefs’ lead intact in a 5-3 win over the Blue Sox on Sunday night. Gedman’s save preserved the win for fellow southpaw Tim Dunphy, who raised his record to 8-1 on the year.

With the road win, the Chiefs’ secured themselves a playoff bye and leapfrogged both the Blue Sox and Watertown Reds and moved into first place. The regular season concludes on Monday night with a rare three team doubleheader at Maplewood. The Chiefs meet the Wakefield Merchants at 6:45 PM and will play the Blue Sox again immediately following.

In Sunday’s game, the Chiefs jumped on Lexington starter Jimmy Hill for a couple for runs in the first inning. Tony Serino got things underway when he led off the game with an opposite field double down the leftfield line. Paul Yanakopulos then grounded to Steve Gath at shortstop for the first out. Billy Mottram gave the Chiefs a quick lead with a line single to right-center, scoring Serino. Hill then hit Welch and walked Gedman to load the bases. Peter Copa popped up for the second out and Hill’s wildness continued when he walked Mike Barbati with the bases loaded to make it 2-0. Hill escaped further damage when he struck out Mike Andre swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

Tommy McKenna was thrown out by Dunphy trying to bunt his way aboard leading off the bottom of the first. Ross Curley then singled before Mottram made a Sports Center worthy stop of a Gath seed to third, fired to second to force Curley, but Barbati’s throw to first was low and skipped by Copa. With Gath at standing at second, Dunphy got Dave Ahern to groundout to Johnny Welch to send the game to the second inning.

Offense abandoned both clubs over the next three frames as Hill settled down and retired the Chiefs in order in the second, third, and fourth. Dunphy was equally as tough, as he faced the minimum of nine batters over the bottom of those innings. The only runner to reach base was when Dunphy walked Gath with one out in the fourth. Gath was dispatched when Ahern hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay.

The Chiefs made some bigtime two out noise in the top of the fifth inning. Yanakopulos lined a single to left and Mottram followed with a double into the rightfield corner. Welch then send a 1-1 Hill pitch deep into the left-center field night, giving the Chiefs a 5-0 lead. For Welch, it was his league leading 8th homer of the year and his fourth in the last four games.

The Blue Sox closed the gap to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Dan Graham led things off with a single to left. Mike Hart then lined a single to right with Graham stopping at second. The Blue Sox then caught a break when Justin Silvestro’s potential doubleplay grounder took a bad hop and Lexington was in business with the bases loaded and nobody out. In one of the more bizarre plays of the year, Tommy Haugh hit a chopper off the plate that went over Copa’s head at first and into short rightfield with Graham and Hart scoring. When Haugh got caught and then was tagged out in a rundown between first and second, Silvestro broke for the plate and scored the third Lexington run. Dunphy regained his form and got John Puttress and McKenna to both ground out as the game headed to the sixth with Chiefs’ holding a 5-3 lead.

Aidan Freeburg came out of the Lexington bullpen and got Copa and Barbati on fly balls and Andre on a groundout in a 1-2-3 top of the sixth.

Curley lined a single to left to begin the Blue Sox sixth. Serino turned in what perhaps is the Chiefs’ defensive play of the year, when he made a spectacular diving grab of a Gath shot that was labeled for the right-center field gap. Serino got to his feet and fired a strike to Barbati, who made a perfect relay to Copa to double off Curley at first. That play turned out to be even bigger when Ahern lined Dunphy’s next pitch for a double. That signaled the end of the night for Dunphy who gave way to Gedman. Gedman went 2-2 on the always dangerous Graham before getting him swinging to end the inning.

Mike Burgoyne reached on an error by Silvestro to lead off the Chiefs’ seventh. Serino then bunted Burgoyne to second and he went to third on a wild pitch. Freeberg recorded two big strikeouts and kept it a two run game when he got both Yanakopulos and Mottram both swinging.

Gedman was in control in the seventh striking out Hart swinging and then getting Silvestro and Haugh on infield grounders.

The Chiefs in winning their seventh straight game, saw their record climb to 22-6 on the year.
(Bruce Tillman for www.andrechiefs.com, Bruce Hack- boxscore & stats, Jim Valente-photos)

 



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Johnny Welch Connected on his 8th Homer

Friday, August 8
Welch (2 HRS, 6 RBI) Clegg, Lead Chiefs By Melrose, 11-3

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Johnny Welch

Melrose, MA- Johnny Welch hit two homers, including a sixth inning grand slam, and drove in six runs, to power the Chiefs past the Melrose Americans 11-3 on Thursday night at Morelli Field.

The Chiefs broke open a 3-3 tie, sending 10 men to plate in the sixth inning, when they scored seven runs.

Chiefs’ starter Mitchell Clegg and the Americans’ Gianni Esposito were locked in a scoreless duel until the Americans took a 1-0 in the bottom of the third. The run came on an opposite field double by Austin Masel and an RBI infield single from Greg Wilson.

The Chiefs came right back and scored three times in the top of the fourth. Juan Portes reached on an infield error and Welch gave the Chiefs a 2-1 lead when he drilled a two run homer to center. A Peter Copa walk and singles from Mike Barbati and Matt Boleski jumped the lead to 3-1.

The Americans tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Shawn Doyle led off with a single off Welch’s glove at third. Masel followed with a single to left. Bobby Rosano moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt before Mac Singleton drove them both home with a gap shot double to right-center. Clegg got Wilson on an infield grounder and then retired Mike Addesa on fly out to keep it a tie game.

Rosano made a nice sliding catch on a Peter Copa liner to leading off the sixth before Barbati doubled into the right field corner. Paul Yanakopulos then reached on a throwing error with Barbati scoring on the play. Matt Boleski and Tony Serino drew consecutive walks and Mike Burgoyne lined a single to right to give the Chiefs a 5-3 lead. Boleski scored the sixth run on a passed ball. Mike Peters came out of the Americans’ bullpen and issued a walk to Portes. Welch made it 10-3 when he crushed a grand slam deep over the left-field fence.

Clegg retired the side in order in the bottom of the sixth, including two K’s.

The Chiefs added their final run in the seventh against Ryan Covelle on a Burgoyne infield hit and an error.

Clegg (3-0) allowed six hits and struck out nine. –Bruce Tillman for www.andrechiefs.com



Wednesday, August 6
Freni Two-Hits Wakefield, Welch Homer, Yankopulos (2 RBI), Boleski & Barbati Lead Way

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Matt Boleski had 2 Hits and an RBI

Wakefield, MA- Jared Freni limited the Merchants to two singles, and his mates backed him with ten hits, when the Chiefs turned back Wakefield 4-1 at Walsh Field on Wednesday night.

After a scoreless first inning, the Chiefs got to Wakefield starter Scott Searles for a couple of runs in the top of the second. Mike Gedman got things started with a single to right-center. After Mike Barbati bunted Gedman to second, Paul Yanakopulos tripled to left, scoring Gedman for a 1-0 Chiefs’ lead. With the Merchants’ infield drawn in, Matt Boleski singled past shortstop Nick Murray to score Yanakopulos giving the Chiefs their second run. Searles got Adam Lucey to ground out and Tony Serino to pop up to end the frame.

A two out single from Anthony Cruz is all the Merchants could generate against Freni in the bottom of the second.

The Chiefs’ lead went to 3-0 in the top of the third when Johnny Welch hit an absolute moon shot solo homer into the trees beyond the left-field fence. For Welch, it was his league leading fifth round tripper of the season.

The Merchants narrowed the margin to 3-1 in the bottom of the third. John Grossi drew a leadoff walk and Bobby Lossano blooped a single to right. Both runners moved up a base on Nick Murray’s sacrifice bunt. Mike Sorrentino then hit a chopper to right of the mound that scored Grossi, with Freni throwing out Sorrentino at first on the play. Freni ended the threat when he got James Ramsey swinging to end the inning.

Freni and Searles matched blanks over the next two innings before the Chiefs added a run in the top of the sixth. After Gedman grounded out, Barbati doubled into the left-centerfield gap. Yanakopulos followed with a line single to center, scoring Barbati, increasing the lead to 4-1. Boleski then singled to center before Searles kept it a three run game when he got pinch-hitter Billy Mottram to pop up and Serino to fly to Sorrentino in left.

Freni walked Sorrentino to lead off the Wakefield sixth before Ramsey grounded out, Kevin Mortimer struck out, and Jon Davison on lined out to Mike Burgoyne in right.

Burgoyne led off the top of the seventh with a long double to left-center but the Chiefs couldn’t capitalize. Seales got Juan Portes to fly out, struck out Welch swinging, and retired Gedman on a deep fly to Lossano in center.

Freni sealed the win when he dispatched the Merchants in order in the bottom of the seventh by getting Cruz to fly to Serino in center, and then striking out Joe Barry and Grossi in succession to end the night.

Freni struck out seven and walked three. With the win, he raised his season mark to 7-2 on the year. Searles (0-1) surrendered ten hits, struck out four, and didn’t walk a batter.

Chiefs Chatter….. Wednesday’s win was the Chiefs fifth in a row….The Chiefs hit the twenty win (overall) plateau for the seventh year in a row and for the 20th time since they became the Andre Chiefs in 1989….Mike Barbati remains torrid at the plate and has taken over the top spot in the ICL batting race. The veteran second baseman currently checks in at lofty .441, ahead of the Watertown duo of Kyle LaVigne (.423) and Sean Callahan-Montague (.406) as the only three ICL hitters above the .400 mark….. The Chiefs have four of the top six hitters in the league as Mike Andre (.375), Juan Portes (.375) and Johnny Welch (.373) occupy the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots…..Welch leads the league in homers with five and RBI’s (tied) with 22. Andre is third league-wide with 20 RBI while Portes is sixth with 18…..The Chiefs played Wednesday’s game without Peter Copa or Andre in the lineup…..The Chiefs travel to Morelli Field in Melrose to meet the Americans on Thursday at 7:30 PM…..Bruce Tillman for www.andrechiefs.com

 

 



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Johhny Welch Homered in 3rd Inning

Saturday, August 2
Chiefs' Veteran Matt Boleski in Saturday Evening Nuptial

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Pete Copa, Jared Freni, Mr & Mrs Boleski, Mike Andre & Mike DiCato

Waltham, MA- Chiefs' outfielder Matt Bolseki had one of the more important at-bats of his career when he got married on Saturday night.

The nine year ICL veteran took the plunge and tied the knot with the lovely Sarah Anne Sergi of Waltham, MA at a ceremony held at Our Lady's Comforted of the Afflicted Church.

Many of Boleski's Chiefs' teammates were in attendance at the reception that followed at the prestigeous Stonehurst at the Robert Treat Paine Estate. 

The new Mr. and Mrs. Boleski will reside in Waltham, MA. 

(Text by Michelle Elliot. Photo Courtesy of Kathy Andre)



Thursday, July 31
Chiefs' Make 3 Run 1st Inning Stand as Freni Throws 3-Hitter in Lexington

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Jared Freni Had a 3 Hit Shutout

Lexington, MA- The Chiefs scored three times in the top of the first inning and then rode the pitching of Jared Freni to shutout the Blue Sox 3-0 on Wednesday night.

The game featured a fine pitching matchup between two of the Intercity League’s best pitchers, Freni and Blue Sox ace Matt Karis.

The Chiefs got all the runs they would need, and all the runs that were scored in the game, in their first at bat. Karis walked Tony Serino on four pitches to start the game. Paul Yanakopulos then dropped bunt with Karis’ throw pulling Tommy Haugh off the bag at first. Juan Portes flew out to center for the first out before Johnny Welch gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead when he singled up the middle, scoring Serino. Mike Gedman then lined a single to right to load the bases. Karis got Peter Copa to pop up for the second out before walking Mike Andre to force in Yanakopulos with the second run. Mike Barbati then hit a slow chopper toward shortstop Steve Gath that went for an infield single and a 3-0 Chiefs’ lead. Karis averted further damage when he struck out Mike Burgoyne with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Freni struck out Tommy Bourdon, got Jeff Vigurs on a grounder to Copa, and retired Gath on a comebacker in the Blue Sox first.

Serino drew Karis’ unusual fourth walk leading off the second, but Yanakopulos bunted too hard forcing Serino at second, Portes struck out swinging, and Welch popped up to end the inning.

Lexington mounted its biggest scoring threat in the home half of the second inning. After Freni struck out Dave Ahern looking, Dan Graham dropped a single into right-center and Ross Curley followed with a thick grass single between the mound and shortstop. Will Marcal then drove a long fly to straightaway center which Serino caught up with on the warning track for the second out, with Graham tagging and going to third on the play. The Blue Sox scoring chance went by the boards when Freni got Haugh to ground out to Portes.

In the Chiefs third, Karis got Gedman to flyout and then walked Peter Copa and Mike Andre in succession. Barbati then grounded out, forcing Andre at second, and sending Copa to third. With two strikes on Burgoyne and Barbati running, Karis picked off Barbati (Haugh to Gath) to end the inning.

Freni had his strongest inning in the bottom of the third when he struck out the side in order.

Karis walked Serino for the third consecutive time with one out in the fourth but then struck out Yanakopulos on a breaking ball and then got Portes to groundout.

Ahern doubled into the leftfield corner with one out in the Blue Sox fourth before Freni struck out Graham and Curley popped up to Welch ending the inning.

Welch reached on an infield error to start the Chiefs’ fifth before Gedman struck out for the first out. Copa then got Welch to second with an infield grounder. Lexington centerfielder Mike Hart turned in the defensive play of the night, when he made a diving catch of an Andre shot to deep right-center, keeping it a 3-0 game.

Freni got the Lexington side in order in the bottom of the fifth, including two strikeouts, and Karis set the Chiefs down 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth.

Hart drew a walk to start the Lexington sixth before Freni picked him off for the first out. He then got Jeff Vigurs to fly to Gedman in right and Gath to ground to Welch to end the inning.

Karis enjoyed his second 1-2-3 inning in row in the top of the seventh when Yanakopulos grounded out and Portes and Welch both struck out.

Freni walked Ahern to start the bottom of the seventh before he got Graham to ground into a 4-6-3 (Barbati to Portes to Copa) doubleplay. The final out of the game came when Curley grounded out to Portes at shortstop.

Freni raised his record to 6-2 with the win. He struck out eight and walked two and needed 106 pitches (67 for strikes) to complete the shutout.

Karis (2-1), did not allow a hit after the first inning and finished with a three-hitter as well. The big righty struck out six, but also walked six batters. He threw one more pitch than Freni (107) in the game.

After the Blue Sox travel to Woburn on Thursday to play the Tanners at Ferullo Field, the Chiefs and Blue Sox will meet in a rematch on Friday back in Lexington at 8:00 PM. -
Bruce Tillman for www.andrechiefs.com



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Johhny Welch Delivered Game Winning Hit

Wednesday, July 30
Chiefs Roll Past Woburn 11-1 at Ferullo

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Mike Burgoyne had three hits (Jim Valente photo)

Woburn, MA- Mitchell Clegg threw five innings of two-hit baseball, retiring the first nine batters he faced in a row, and the Chiefs got shutout innings from Matt DiCato (sixth) and Evan Walsh (seventh) when they knocked off the Mooney Dental Tanners 11-1 on Tuesday night at Ferullo Field.

The Chiefs banged out 16 hits led by Mike Barbati, who went a perfect 4 for 4, and Mike Andre and Mike Burgoyne, who had three hits each.

The Chiefs struck early, putting up a three-spot in the top off of the first inning against Woburn starter Pat Maher. Paul Yanakopoulos singled with one out and scored the game’s first run on Johnny Welch’s long RBI double to center. Mike Gedman was hit with a Maher pitch and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Mike Andre then singled to left, scoring Welch and Gedman, to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead.

Clegg set the Tanners down in order, with a strikeout, in the bottom of the first and the Chiefs added a run to their lead in the top of the second. Burgoyne led things off with a double to left-center, stole third, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.

Two outfield fly balls and a strikeout gave Clegg a rocking chair second inning and the Chiefs extended the margin to 6-0 in the top of the third. Barbati singled, Billy Mottram drew a walk, and Burgoyne singled, driving in Barbati with the fifth run. Tony Serino then singled, sending Mottram to third, and Yanakopoulos upped the score to 6-0 with a sacrifice fly to left.

Clegg had his strongest inning in the bottom of the third when he struck out the Woburn side in order.

The Chiefs made it a 7-0 game in the top of the fourth against reliever Chris McNall. Andre singled up the middle with two outs, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Barbati’s double to right-center.

The Tanners broke up Clegg’s streak when Corey O’Neil led off the Woburn fourth with an infield single. Bill Cuozzo then reached on a bad hop grounder and both runners moved up on a passed ball. Clegg struck out Chris Ruocco and Jake Cintollo followed with a single, scoring O’Neil, to make it 7-1. With runners at second and third, Clegg got the final two outs of the inning on groundouts to Welch at third.

The Chiefs’ lead went to 11-1 in the top of the fifth. Burgoyne led off with his third straight hit and Serino drew another walk. After Yanakopoulos popped up, Nate Witkowski drove Burgoyne home with an RBI single to left. Welch popped up for the second out before Gedman made it a 10-1 affair with a long double to right-center, scoring Serino and Witkowski. Andre followed with his third single of the game, with Gedman stopping at third, before Barbati completed his perfect night with a bloop single down the right-field line that plated Gedman. Both Mottram and Burgoyne lined out sharply to end the inning.

Clegg worked a scoreless top of the fifth and Mike Rodriguez came out of the Tanners’ pen to set the Chiefs down in order in the top of the sixth.

Matt DiCato worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth, including a strikeout.

Rodriguez gave up lead-off double to Witkowski in the top of the seventh before catching Welch looking at strike three, and then getting pinch-hitters Sam Wishnow and Ceciillio Guante to both ground out.

Evan Walsh got two outfield flies and a pop up to set the Woburn side down in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.

Clegg, now 2-0, struck out seven and walked one.

The Chiefs travel to Lexington High to meet the Blue Sox on Wednesday at 8:00 PM.
B.Tillman



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Mike Barbati had perfect night

Saturday, July 26
Dunphy Gets 7th Win as Chiefs Beat Tojans in Arlington, 5-1

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Paul Yanakopoulos had three hits


Arlington, MA-
Lefty Tim Dunphy chalked up his ICL best seventh win of the season when the Chiefs turned back the Arlington Trojans 5-1 at Summer Street Field on Friday night.

Dunphy once again was in control from start to finish, scattering eight hits, and getting stronger as the game went on.

The Chiefs, despite stranding a plethora of runners, eleven to be exact, hit the ball hard all evening long.

The Chiefs threatened but could not score in the top of the first inning. Tony Serino drew a walk from Arlington starter Matt Lounsbury and Juan Portes followed and grounded into a hard hit 6-4-3 double play. Johnny Welch and Mike Gedman then had consecutive singles before Peter Copa hit a seed liner right at shortstop Derek Pizarro to end the inning.

Dunphy set the Trojans down in the bottom of the first and the Chiefs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Mike Andre led things off and drilled a two strike Lounsbury pitch off the base of the fence in right for a double. Paul Yanakopoulos followed with a single to center and Mike Barbati doubled to center, scoring both Andre and Yanakopoulos. After Mike Burgoyne popped up, the Chiefs threatened for more when Serino beat out an infield hit and Portes walked to load the bases. Lounsbury got the dangerous Welch to pop up to end the inning.

The Trojans came right back to make it a 2-1 game in the bottom of the second. Dan Csaplar singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Cooney, and scored on a bomb double to straightaway center from Seth Coiley.

The Chiefs took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third. After Mike Gedman bounced out, Copa singled and moved to third on Andre’s line single down the rightfield line. Yanakopoulos then delivered Copa with a long double to left. Lounsbury kept it a 3-1 affair when he got Barbati to pop out and Burgoyne to groundout to end the inning.

It stayed 3-1 until the Chiefs gave Dunphy a little more breathing room in the top of the fifth inning. Gedman drew a walk and Copa reached on a throwing error to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Andre made it 4-1 when he hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Gedman. Barbati then drilled a single to right-center, scoring Copa, to make it a 5-1 game and close out the scoring for the night.

Dunphy shutdown the Trojans, with some bigtime help from Serino, who was outstanding in centerfield, over the final three innings, to give the Chiefs their 17th win of the season.

Dunphy, now 7-1, struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.

Chiefs Chatter…. A couple of milestones were reached on Friday. Mike Andre tied Steve Daley for sixth place on the Chiefs’ all-time hit list when he recorded his 273rd hit with his third inning single. Andre now trails only Chiefs’ legends Justin Crisafulli, Mike Langston, Mike Barnes, Dave Clivio and Warren Olson in that category. The veteran also needs only three more RBI’s to pass Clivio and move into sixth place all-time in that department…..In addition, Tim Dunphy tied Joey Santagate for fifth place on the career win list with 28. He now trails only Dave Marsters, Ari Koufos, Jon Drew and present staff mate Jared Freni…..Tony Serino was immense in center for the Chiefs. The UMass-Amherst/Malden Catholic product had six putouts, which included tracking down a Matt Cooney bomb with two runners on to end the Arlington sixth inning….The Chiefs are off until Monday night when they host the Wakefield Merchants at Maplewood at 8:00 PM…..On Tuesday, the Chiefs travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn to meet the Tanners….
--Bruce Tillman



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Mike Andre had single, double, and sacrifice fly

Thursday, July 24
Chiefs Blank Americans, 10-0

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Evan Walsh threw two scorelsss innings

Malden, MA- Mike DiCato threw four innings of shutout ball and his former UMass-Amherst teammate Mike Gedman had a grand slam and a double to lead the Chiefs to 10-0 victory over the Melrose Americans on Monday night at Maplewood.

With the win, the Chiefs clinched themselves a spot in the 2014 ICL postseason.

DiCato stranded Bobby Rosano, who had led off the game with a single, at third base in the top of the first courtesy of an outstanding inning ending play by Peter Copa.

The Chiefs put up a couple of quick runs against starter Chris Hayes (0-4) in their first at bat. Tony Serino drew a walk and scored on Billy Mottram’s opposite field triple to left. Juan Portes made it 2-0 when he brought Mottram home with a sacrifice fly to left.

Mac Singleton hit a ground rule double to left with one out in the Americans’ second. DiCato kept Melrose off the scoreboard when he struck out Gianni Esposito and Shawn Doyle in succession to end the inning.

Hayes blanked the Chiefs in the bottom of the second and DiCato did the same to the Americans in the top of the third.

The Chiefs sent 13 men to the plate and scored seven times to put the game away in the bottom of the third. Mike Burgoyne started things off by drawing a walk and Tony Serino followed by dropping a perfectly placed bunt single. Mottram then lofted a fly ball down the left field line that was misplayed, allowing Burgoyne to score and sending Serino to third. Portes then lined a single to left, scoring Mottram, to make it 4-0. Johnny Welch drew a walk to load the bases for Gedman. The lefty unloaded them and doubled the Chiefs’ lead to 8-0 when he drilled a grand slam to left-center. Mike Peters came on to relieve Hayes and got Peter Copa to fly out for the first out of the inning, Mike Andre then doubled to right, Paul Yanakopoulos singled to left-center, and Burgoyne was hit by a pitch, to load the bases again. Serino made it a 9-0 game with an RBI fielder’s choice that scored Andre. Mottram then reached base for the third consecutive time when he drew a walk before Peters got Portes to fly out to right to end the frame.

Nothing across for either club in the fourth and Matt DiCato came on to work a scoreless top half of the fifth, allowing a hit and striking out a batter.

The Chiefs scored their tenth run in the bottom of the inning on a Gedman double that was sandwiched around two infield errors.

Southpaw Evan Walsh (Arlington Catholic/Bentley) worked the final two innings for the Chiefs, allowing just one hit.

Chiefs Chatter…..The now 16-6 Chiefs clinched a playoff spot as well as another season with a winning record…..The win was the 24th of Mike DiCato's Chiefs’ career…..Rookie Tyler Brinkley made a couple of nice plays at second base in the top of the seventh…..The forecast for heavy thunderstorms never came to fruition and the game was played without any delay…..The Chiefs are off on Thursday and travel to Summer Street Field in Arlington to visit the Trojans on Friday at 7:00 PM….Lefty Tim Dunphy (6-1) is expected to get the starting nod…..
B.Tillman-intercityleaguebaseball.com

 



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Mike Gedman had grand slam & double

Tuesday, July 22
Reds Hang on to Edge Chiefs, 5-4

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Tony Serino reached base times

Malden, MA- Dan Chaisson’s opposite field three run double, keyed a five run uprising in the fourth inning, when the Watertown Reds held on to beat the Chiefs 5-4 in a Monday night thriller at Maplewood.

After falling behind 5-1, the Chiefs had their chances to tie or win the ballgame, courtesy of some timely hits and a couple of Reds untimely errors.

After Jared Freni retired the Reds side in order in the top of the first, the Chiefs gave him a quick 1-0 in the bottom of the inning. Tony Serino drew a leadoff walk and was promptly bunted to second by Paul Yanakopoulos. Juan Portes then delivered Serino with a line single to left. Reds’ starter and winner Scot Lueders escaped further damage when he got Johnny Welch to fly out and then struck out Mike Gedman.

Lueders and Freni threw zeros over the next two innings before the Reds came up with the biggest inning against Chiefs’ pitching this season. Josue Feliciano got things underway with a double to right-center. Sean Callahan-Montague then drew a walk before Feliciano stole third. Justin Forman drove Feliciano home with a sacrifice fly to Billy Mottram in left, tying the game at 1-1. Steve Morganelli followed with a single up the middle, just out of the reach of the diving Mike Barbati, to put runners at first and second. Mac Jacobson drew the Reds’ second walk of the inning to load the bases and Freni got Kevin Kelley to pop up to Welch for the second out. Chaisson then delivered the game’s key blow, driving a double just inside the first base bag and into the right field corner that cleared the bases. Pedro Vasquez was next and he singled to center scoring Chaisson on a close play at the plate with what proved to be the eventual game-winner. Tempers flared at the end of the inning when both benches emptied as the teams exchanged words. Order was quickly restored without any ejections.

The Chiefs went quietly against Lueders in the bottom of the fourth and Freni set the Reds down in order in the top of the fifth.

The Chiefs climbed back into the game when they scored three times in the home half of the fifth. Serino and Yankopoulos led off the inning with back to back singles. The Chiefs then caught a break when Portes’ potential double-play grounder went through the legs of Kelley at second, allowing Serino to score to cut the lead to 5-2. Welch then lofted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Yanakopoulos, to make it 5-3. Gedman followed and drilled a long double halfway up the fence in right-center, sending Portes to third. Lueders then recorded his biggest out of the night when he struck out Peter Copa swinging for the second out. Mike Andre was next and he singled off the glove of Lueders, scoring Portes to make it 5-4. When Gedman took a wide turn at third, he was gunned out on a close and disputed play, trying to dive back to the bag to end the inning.

Freni held the Reds scoreless in the top of the seventh and the Chiefs seemed poised to tie or win the game in the bottom of the inning. Lueders got Yanakopoulos to line out to center for the first out. Portes then drilled his third single of the game to left-center. Tyler Campo came out of the bullpen to face Welch. Welch reached on an error when Chaisson knocked down his grounder and then threw wide of first, sending Portes to third, and putting runners on the corners with one out. Mike Burgoyne, representing the winning run, came on to pinch run for Welch. Campo put an abrupt end to the Chiefs’ rally, as well as the evening, when he got Gedman to ground into a tailor made doubleplay.

Lueders (3-1), got the win, going 6.1 innings and surrendering 10 hits. The Bentley University right-hander struck out four and walked two. Campo was credited with his second save of the year.

Freni, who saw his record dip to 5-2, allowed six hits, five in the fourth inning. The big righty struck out six and walked two.

With the win, the Reds move to 17-5-1 while the Chiefs fall to 15-6.
(Tillman)

 



Sunday, July 20
Clegg, Chiefs Blank Bulldogs in Reading, 5-0

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Chiefs LHP Mitchell Clegg

By Bruce Tillman
Reading, MA-
Mitchell Clegg made his first start of the season and responded with five innings of one-hit pitching when the Chiefs blanked the Reading Bulldogs 5-0 at Morton Field on Sunday.

Clegg, who was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 21st round of the 2009 MLB Draft, was dominant. The 6’5 southpaw needed just 44 pitches to blank the Bulldogs over the first five frames.

The Chiefs gave Clegg all the runs he would need when they scored three times in the top of the second inning. Johnny Welch lined a single to center off Reading starter Tim Woods to begin the inning. Mike Gedman then singled and Peter Copa drove Welch home with another single. Mike Andre made it 2-0 when he lined a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Gedman. Mike Barbati followed with a single and Billy Mottram drew a walk to load the bases. Tony Serino legged out the back end of an attempted 4-6-3 doubleplay, scoring Copa, for a 3-0 lead.

The Chiefs made it 4-0 in the top of the third. Welch reached on a two base error when Reading centerfielder Darren Hartwell dropped his warning track fly ball. Gedman then singled sending Welch to third. After Gedman stole second, Copa followed with a single up the middle, scoring Welch, with Gedman being thrown out at the plate by Hartwell.

The Chiefs final run came in the top of the seventh when Welch hit his league best fourth homer of the year to left.

Clegg struck out three, hit a batter, and walked none. The only hit he surrendered was a two out opposite field single to Colby Maiola in the bottom of the first inning. Tim Dunphy made a rare relief appearance and kept the shutout intact, working the sixth and seventh innings. Dunphy allowed a couple of seventh inning singles and struck out one.

Clegg (1-0), strained an oblique back in early June against the Americans. He worked an inning last week as a tune-up for today’s start.

Chiefs Chatter…. The Chiefs are expected to send 5-1 Jared Freni to the hill when they host the Watertown Reds on Monday at 8:00 PM at Maplewood…..Gedman (3 for 4) raised his average to .265…..Welch leads the ICL with 18 RBI while Andre and Juan Portes are in a four way tie for second, both driving in 15 runs each so far this season….Sunday’s win was the Chiefs’ ninth win in their last ten games…..



Tuesday, July 15
Dunphy Gets Sixth Win as Chiefs Beat Reading, 10-4

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Paul Yanakopoulos drops a bunt single

By Bruce Tillman
Malden, MA-
The Chiefs jumped out to a 10-0 fifth inning lead and first beat the rain, and then Reading Bulldogs, 10-4 at steamy Maplewood Park on Monday night. The game was delayed 37 minutes at the start to accommodate the early evening showers.

Lefty Tim Dunphy went six innings to pick up his league best sixth win of the season. For the Chiefs, it was their eighth win in the last nine games, with the only blemish coming in an 8-7 walk off loss in Watertown last week.

Dunphy struck out the side in the top of the first and the Chiefs struck quickly against Reading starter Jack Burke picking up three runs in the bottom of inning. After Tony Serino grounded out, Paul Yanakopoulos reached on an infield error. Juan Portes drilled a single to left and clean-up man Johnny Welch drew a walk to load the bases. Mike Andre then gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead when he laced a single off Burke’s leg to score Yanakopoulos. Peter Copa legged out the back end of an attempted double play for an RBI and a 2-0 lead. Nate Witkowski followed and reached on Reading’s second infield error of the inning, scoring Welch, to make it 3-0.

After Mike Taylor, who was 4-4 on the night, led off the second with a seed single, the Chiefs turned a 4-6-3 doubleplay and Dunphy got Aaron Santos to groundout to send the game to the bottom of the second.

The Chiefs doubled their lead to 6-0 when they added three more runs. Former Chicago Cub draftee Billy Mottram and Serino both drew walks. Paul Yanakopoulos then dropped a perfect bunt. When the Bulldogs were late in covering first, Yanakopoulos beat the throw, which was high, for a bunt single. The play was scored as a hit and an error on the throw, which allowed Mottram to score the Chiefs’ fourth run. After Burke got Portes to ground out, Welch picked up an RBI on an infield grounder to third. Andre gave the Chiefs a 6-0 lead with a line single to right, scoring Serino.

Mottram got his first hit in a Chiefs uniform with an opposite field double in the bottom of the third.

It went to 8-0 in the the fourth. Yanakopoulos led things off with a single and scored on Welch’s long double to left. Copa then delivered pinch-runner Mike Burgoyne with a single to center.

The Chiefs added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Mike Barbati singled and scored on a Serino opposite field and “Maplewood artificial turf bounce” triple to left. Yanakopoulos then brought Serino home with an RBI infield grounder to up the lead to 10-0.

The Bulldogs got to Dunphy for three runs in the top of the sixth on singles by Taylor and Kyle Devin and a double from Andrew Haser.

Reliever Dante Padovani kept the Chiefs off the board in the bottom of the sixth.

Reading added a run off reliever Mitchell Clegg in the seventh, who struck out two batters in the inning, on singles by Darren Hartwell, Devin, and Taylor.

Dunphy (6-1) allowed nine hits and struck out six.

Chiefs Chatter…..Clegg made his second appearance of the year. The former 6’ 5 UMass southpaw was the 21st round selection of Washington Nationals back in the 2009 MLB draft. He had a 28-26 record in the 101 professional games that he appeared in. He suffered an oblique strain after facing just one batter (a strikeout) against the Americans on June 2….. Mottram made his Chiefs debut. The former Dowling star was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2007. After spending time in the Chicago organization, Mottram moved on to Florence (AA) of the Frontier League where he hit 23 homers in 2009. In 414 professional games, he hit 55 career homers, knocked in 249 runs, and was a career .275 hitter….For Dunphy, it was his 27th win in a Chiefs uniform….The Chiefs are off on Tuesday and travel to Morelli Field in Melrose on Wednesday at 7:30 PM to visit the Americans……
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Friday, July 11
INTERCITY LEAGUE STARTING LINEUP

Manager Rick D'Angelis has named the starters for the EMASS All-Star Classic that will be played on Saturday at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton. 

 INTERCITY LEAGUE STARTING LINEUP
CF-Kyle LaVigne, Reds, .424, 1 HR, 3 RBI
RF-Greg Wilson, Americans, .400, 1 HR, 5 RBI
SS-Juan Portes, Chiefs, .447, 3 HR, 14 RBI
3B-Johnny Welch, Chiefs, .447, 3 HR, 16 RBI
C- Sean Callahan-Montague, Reds, .413, 1 HR, 14 RBI
DH-Mike Andre, Chiefs, .340, 0 HR, 12 RBI
1B-Justin Forman, Reds, .359, 0 HR, 14 RBI
LF-Mike Hart, Blue Sox, .333, 0 HR, 4 RBI
2B-Will Brennan, Reds, .321, 0 HR, 15 RBI

P- Jared Freni, 5-1, 0.35 ERA, 51 K’s

 



Friday, July 11
2014 INTERCITY LEAGUE ALL-STARS

2014 all-star Manager Rick DeAngelis has announced the 2014 Intercity League all-star team.
The ICL stars will participate in the 3rd annual EMass Classic at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton this Saturday, July 12, starting at 3:30 PM.

INFIELDERS
Marcus Way 1B Arlington Trojans
Justin Forman 1B Watertown Reds
Will Brennan 2B Watertown Reds
Mike Barbati 2B Andre Chiefs
Johnny Welch 3B Andre Chiefs
Mike Addesa 3B Melrose Americans
Juan Portes SS Andre Chiefs
Chris Ruocco SS Mooney Dental

CATCHERS
Sean Callahan C Watertown Reds
John Halsey C Reading Bulldogs
John Jennings C Melrose Americans

OUTFIELDERS
Kyle LaVigne OF Watertown Reds
Mike Hart OF Lexington Blue Sox
Greg Wilson OF Melrose Americans
Tony Serino OF Andre Chiefs
Ryan Wolfsberg OF Reading Bulldogs
Bobby Lossano OF Wakefield Merchants
Dan Csaplar OF Arlington Trojans

DESIGNATED HITTERS
Mike Andre DH Andre Chiefs
Scot Searles DH Wakefield Merchants

PITCHERS
Jared Freni P Andre Chiefs
Mike DiCato P Andre Chiefs
Tim Dunphy P Andre Chiefs

Matt Karis P Lexington Blue Sox
Aidan Freeberg P Lexington Blue Sox
Jimmy Hill P Lexington Blue Sox
Tyler Campo P Watertown Reds
Aric Dama P Watertown Reds
Scott Lueders P Watertown Reds
Nick Ahearn P Watertown Reds
Brian Chaputt P Arlington Trojans
Brian O'Neil P Reading Bulldogs
Mike Richardson P Melrose Americans
Chris Hayes P Melrose Americans
Christian Ferlan P Wakefield Merchants


Wednesday, July 9
Reds Snap Winning Steak with 8-7 Walk Off Win

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Juan Portes

By Bruce Tillman
Watertown, MA-
The Watertown Reds rallied back from a 7-4 seventh inning deficit to beat the Chiefs 8-7 in walk off style at Victory Field. The Reds scored four times against three Chiefs’ pitchers, who didn’t record an out in the inning. In the process, they put an end to the Chiefs’ seven game winning streak.

It was a game of turnarounds, as the Chiefs rallied back from a 3-0 first inning hole.

The Reds went right to work against Chiefs’ starter Mike DiCato. The hosts scored three times in the bottom of the first inning on a walk, a hit batsman, a single from Steve Morganelli, a double by Justin Forman, and a sacrifice fly from Steve Tramantozzi.

The Chiefs scored five times in the top of the fifth inning to grab a 5-3 lead. Johnny Welch singled, Peter Copa drew a walk, and Mike Andre moved them both up with a sacrifice bunt. Nate Witkowski then grounded to third and Dan Chaisson threw low to the plate and to the backstop, allowing both Welch and Copa to score. Mike Barbati and Mike Burgoyne drew consecutive walks and Tony Serino reached on an infield error that scored Witkowski to tie the game at 3-3. After Paul Yanakopoulos popped up, Juan Portes gave the Chiefs a 5-3 lead with a single to center and went to second on the throw home. Aric Dama then intentionally walked Welch before he got Copa to ground out sharply to end the inning.

The Reds got a run back in the bottom of the sixth inning. Forman doubled to left and Morganelli drove him home with a single. Morganelli then was thrown out at second on a disputed play when the Chiefs cut the relay home. DiCato got out of the inning with a fly out an infield grounder.

The Chiefs extended their lead to 7-4 in the top of the seventh. Andre led off with a single to center and Dan Bonito came on to pinch run. Witkowski then dropped a bunt, but Reds’ reliever Nick Ahearn threw wide of first, sending Bonito to third. Barbati then flew out to right, with Bonito holding at third. Mike Burgoyne followed and delivered a RBI grounder to second that scored Bonito to make it a 6-4 game. Serino then singled to left-center, scoring Witkowski upping the lead to 7-4.

DiCato walked Kyle LaVigne to start the seventh and then hit Kevin Kelly with a pitch. Left-hander Evan Walsh came out of the bullpen to face the left-handed hitting Mike Samko. Samko delivered a single to right, scoring LaVigne, and sending Kelly to third. Matt DiCato then came on to face Josue Feliciano who placed a perfect bunt single down the first base line to load the bases. Sean Callahan-Montague was next and he singled to right-center, scoring Kelly, to close the lead to 7-6. DiCato then walked Forman, forcing in Samko to tie the game. With the Chiefs infield now drawn in, Morganelli delivered the game winner with a ground ball single to right.

Ahearn (3-0) got the pitching win in relief of Dama. Mike DiCato worked six innings plus without a decision. He was charged with six runs, gave up six hits, struck out two, walked two, and hit two batters. Matt DiCato (1-2) was tagged with the loss, giving up three hits and a walk.


Monday, July 7
Gedman & Portes Home Runs Rally Chiefs Past Tanners, 5-3

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Mike Gedman - 3 Run Homer

By Bruce Tillman
Malden, MA-
Mike Gedman drilled a three-run homer, and Juan Portes added a solo blast ,when the Chiefs came up with a four run sixth inning to rally past the Mooney Dental Tanners 5-3 on Monday night at Maplewood. For the Chiefs, it was their seventh straight win and the ninth in ten games.

Mother Nature cooperated and provided just enough of a window between torrential downpours for the Tanners and Chiefs to get the game in on the artificial surface. Heavy showers hit the area just prior to game time and again shortly after the last pitch was thrown.

Left-handers Dave Maestri and Tim Dunphy both threw shutout ball over the first three innings.

Dunphy continued the scoreless streak into the top of the fourth and the Chiefs finally broke through and took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning.  Peter Copa drove home Johnny Welch, who had doubled, with a line single to left.

The Tanners came right back and took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth. Bobby Campbell led off with a single up the middle and Mike Fernandes bunted him to second. Ryson Porter then singled to right putting runners on the corners with one out. Corey O’Neil then hit a grounder that Welch had to range to his left on, looked home, but then fired wide of Copa at first, allowing Campbell to score the tying run. When Chris Brown lifted a sacrifice fly to right, the Tanners had a 2-1 lead.

The Chiefs threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. Barbati dropped a one out bunt single and Nate Witkowski flew to deep right-center for the second out. Mike Burgoyne then singled, sending Barbati to second. Tanners’ shortstop Chris Ruocco then turned in the defensive play of the night when he made a diving stop of Paul Yanakopoulos’ grounder and tossed to second in time to force Burgoyne.

In the top of the sixth, Jake Cintolo singled with one out but was gunned out by Yanakopoulos trying to steal second.

Portes led off the bottom of the sixth and hit his third homer of the season to centerfield tying the game up at 2-2. Welch followed with a single. Paul Pollano came out of the bullpen and pinch-hitter Tony Serino’s attempted sacrifice bunt was too strong, forcing Welch at second. With Copa at the plate, Pollano uncorked a wild pitch that sent Serino to second. With first base open, the Tanners chose to intentionally walk Copa. Gedman was next and he drilled a Pollano pitch deep over the right-centerfield wall giving the Chiefs a 5-2 lead.

The Tanners didn’t go quietly in the top of the seventh. Will rain falling again, Campbell lined a double into the left-centerfield gap and scored on Alec Leblanc’s single to account for the 5-3 final.

With the win, Dunphy raised his record to 5-1 on the year. The veteran scattered ten hits, struck out one, and didn’t walk a batter. He needed 99 pitches in the complete game effort.

Maestri took the loss and fell to 0-4.

The Chiefs are off on Tuesday and hit the road on Wednesday to meet the Watertown Reds at Victory Field in a 7:45 PM start.



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Juan Portes tied game in 6th

Sunday, July 6
Freni 5-Hits Wakefield as Chiefs Start Second Half with 5-0 Win

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Jared Freni is now 5-1

By Bruce Tillman
Wakefield, MA-
The Chiefs stepped off the second half of their regular season in a familiar way, riding the right arm of ace Jared Freni to a 5-0 shutout win over the Wakefield Merchants.

It was the second game of a three team doubleheader at Walsh on Sunday afternoon. The Reading Bulldogs beat the Merchants 5-3 in extra innings in the opener.

After a scoreless first, the Chiefs went another increasing familiar route to score their first run in the top of the second. Johnny Welch doubled into the left-field corner and Mike Andre promptly knocked him home with a line drive single to center.

The Chiefs lead went to 3-0 in the top of the third against Wakefield starter Christian Ferlan. Nick Leva reached on an error and Mike Burgoyne drew a walk. Paul Yanakopoulos then singled to right-center, scoring Leva, for a 2-0 lead. Nate Witkowski followed with a double, scoring Burgoyne, to up the margin to 3-0. Welch reached on an error to load the bases but Ferlan kept it a three run game when he got Andre, Peter Copa, and Mike Barbati to all ground out.

The Merchants biggest scoring threat came in the bottom of the third. Lou Tarantino and Bobby Loscano both singled with one out. Freni kept the shutout intact when he got Scott Searles to line into a Welch to Copa doubleplay.

The Chiefs took advantage of a couple of defensive lapses to score two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead. Witkowski worked a walk and Welch reached on an error. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. With the infield drawn in, Andre grounded out to second for the first out. Before Copa drew a walk, Ferlan threw a wild pitch allowing Witkowski to score the fourth run. Ferlan then struck out Barbati for the second out. With Copa running on a 2-2 pitch, Merchant catcher Joe Barry bounced an errant throw into centerfield, allowing Welch to score the unearned run from third. Ferlan struck out Mike DiCato on the next pitch to end the inning.

Freni (5-1), allowed five hits and struck out ten. Ferlan (2-2) also allowed just five hits, struck out five, but was victimized by four Wakefield errors.

The 12-4 Chiefs return home to Maplewood (Malden Catholic) on Monday night to host the Mooney Dental Tanners at 8:00 PM.



Thursday, July 3
Winning Steak Reaches Five Games as Chiefs Top Trojans, 11-2

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Mike Andre (3-4, double, 3 RBI)


Malden, MA-
Mike Andre, Johnny Welch, and Mike DiCato, went a combined eight for nine at the plate, which included five doubles and eight RBI, to lead the Chiefs to an 11-2 win over the Arlington Trojans at Maplewood on Wednesday night. For the Chiefs, it was their fifth straight win and their seventh in the last eight games. Over that eight game span the Chiefs have outscored their opponents 66-7.

Left-hander Tim Dunphy (4-1) worked six innings to pick up his fourth win of the season.

The Chiefs runs came in bunches in this one. They scored a half dozen times in the bottom of the first and then added a five-spot in the third.

In the six run first inning, Mike Burgoyne drew a walk and scored when Paul Yanakopoulos drilled a triple to right-center. Juan Portes made it 2-0 when he hit a wind-blown RBI single to right. Portes stole second and scored when Welch continued his week-long assault on ICL pitching, drilling a gap shot RBI double. Andre made it 4-zip when he lined a single to left-center scoring Welch. A Nate Witkowski single and a DiCato two RBI double to deep left-center jumped the lead to 6-0.

It went to 11-0 in the third inning against starter Marcus Way. Witkowski got things going with a single and Mike Barbati drew a walk. DiCato then delivered Witkowski with his second double of the night. Burgoyne followed and lined a sacrifice fly to left easily scoring Barbati. Yanakopoulos singled, Welch doubled scoring DiCato, and Andre brought home the Chiefs’ final two runs of the night with a long double into the right-centerfield gap.

Evan Walsh worked a scoreless seventh for the Chiefs, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

The ICL begins its annual Fourth of July break on Thursday. The now 11-4 Chiefs are back in action on Sunday at 5:00 PM when they travel to Wakefield to meet the Merchants at Walsh Field.
-Bruce Tillman



Wednesday, July 2
DiCato Blanks Woburn 10-0 at Ferullo

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Mike DiCato threw 4-Hitter

Woburn, MA- Mike DiCato threw a complete game four-hitter and Johnny Welch hit his third homer in two games when the Chiefs knocked off the Mooney Dental Tanners 10-0 on Tuesday night in Woburn.

The Chiefs struck for four runs in the top of the third inning. Adam Lucey singled up the middle and Mike Burgoyne drew a walk. Paul Yanakopoulos dropped a sacrifice bunt and reached when starter Matt Riley threw wide of first. Mike Gedman then lined to right, with Lucey scoring the first run on the sacrifice fly. Riley then balked home Burgoyne to make it 2-0. Welch quickly doubled the lead to 4-0 when he hit a moon shot homer to left.

The lead went to 5-0 in the top of the fourth when Mike Barbati, who had walked, eventually scored on a wild pitch.

It went to 8-0 in the sixth inning when Burgoyne singled, Yanakopoulos reached on an error, Welch doubled, Mike Andre singled, and Peter Copa had an RBI groundout.

Two walks and rookie Tyler Brinkley’s first ICL hit brought the lead to 10-0 in the seventh.

DiCato (1-1) struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

The Chiefs host the Arlington Trojans on Wednesday at Maplewood at 8:00 PM. Lefty Tim Dunphy (3-1) is expected to get the start for the Chiefs.



Tuesday, July 1
Chiefs Beat Americans 14-0 at Maplewood

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Johnny Welch rounds third on his 2nd homer of the night (Jim Valente Photo)

By Bruce Tillman
Malden, MA-
The Chiefs bats erupted for 14 runs and 19 hits on the way to a 14-0 win over the Melrose Americans at Maplewood on Monday night.

Johnny Welch led the hit parade by clocking his first two home runs in a Chiefs uniform. Welch’s (3-4, 4 RBI) supporting cast included Juan Portes, who had a single, a double, a third inning grand slam, and five RBI, and the torrid Mike Barbati who went three for three with three RBI’s.

While all this offense was going on, Jared Freni (4-1) went five efficient innings to get the win. The righty had help from Nate Witkowski (6th inning) and Evan Walsh (7th inning) as the three combined on the five-hit shutout.

After a scoreless first inning, the Chiefs sent ten men to the plate and scored six times in the bottom of the second. Mike Andre got things going when he led off with a ground rule double. After Mike Gedman popped up, Peter Copa singled to center sending Andre to third. Consecutive singles from Barbati, Mike Burgoyne, and Tony Serino, scored Andre and Copa to give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. Melrose starter Mike Peters (1-1) struck out Paul Yanakopoulos with the bases loaded before Portes drilled a grand slam to center to extend the lead to 6-0.

The Chiefs lead went to 7-0 in the third when Gedman tripled off the fence in right-center and scored on Copa’s sacrifice fly to right.

Doubles by Serino and Portes gave the Chiefs an 8-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth against reliever Dan Moran. Welch made it a double digit 10-0 lead with a homer to left. A walk to Gedman and singles from Copa and Barbati increased the margin to 12-0.

The Chiefs added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth when Yanakopoulos singled ahead of Welch, who hit his second homer of the night to right-center.

Freni struck out three and allowed four hits as his infield turned doubleplays in the first, third, and fourth innings. Witkowski gave up a two out single to pinch-hitter Jake Rayner in the sixth and Walsh struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh.

The Chiefs will send veteran Mike DiCato to the mound when they travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn on Tuesday night at 8:00 PM to meet the Mooney Dental Tanners. On Wednesday, they return to Maplewood to host the Arlington Trojans.



Saturday, June 28
Dunphy Throws Three-Hitter in Arlington

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Mike Barbati


Arlington, MA-
Left-hander Tim Dunphy twirled a three-hitter when the Chiefs finally put away the Arlington Trojans in the late innings, 5-1 on Friday at Summer Street Field.

Dunphy allowed two singles in the third and one in the fourth inning. He had 1-2-3 innings in the first, second, fifth, sixth, and seventh, struck out two, and didn’t walk a batter.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning put appeared poised to score more. Tony Serino beat out yet another infield hit and Trojans’ starter Keenan Szulik hit Paul Yanakopoulos with a pitch. Juan Portes drew a walk to load the bases but the Chiefs could only muster the one run when Johnny Welch bounced into a doubleplay and Mike Andre grounded out.

In the top of the second, Mike Gedman singled sharply to right, stole second, moved to third on a grounder, but was stranded there when Serino bounced back to Szulik.

It stayed 1-0 until the Trojans tied things up with a run in the bottom of the third.Tommy Lenane singled, was sacrificed to second, moved to third on an infield single off the glove of Portes at shortstop, and scored on Jeff Friedman’s groundout.

The Chiefs took a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth when Welch reached on an infield single and was bunted to second by Mike Andre. Gedman then grounded out, sending Welch to third. Peter Copa was hit by a pitch and stole second. Barbati came up big when he drilled a Szulik pitch into right-center, scoring Welch and Copa.

Dunphy got more breathing room in the seventh when Yanakopoulos and Juan Portes both singled ahead of Welch’s bomb double to left. Welch was thrown out at third trying to extend the blast into a triple.

Dunphy raised his record to 3-1 on the year and needed just 67 pitches in his complete game effort.

The Chiefs are off until Monday when they host the Melrose Americans at Maplewood starting at 8:00 PM. - Bruce Tillman



Wednesday, June 25
Freni Blanks Americans at Morelli, 5-0

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Jared Freni

Melrose, MA- Jared Freni recorded his third win of the season, when he went the distance, in a 5-0 shutout win over the Americans at Morelli Field.

Despite rapping out nine hits in the game, four of the five Chiefs’ runs were of the unearned variety off starter Chris Hayes (0-2) and reliever Patrick Duffy.

The Chiefs took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Nate Witkowski and Peter Copa both singled with one out. Mike Barbati then dropped a bloop single into short right, scoring Witkowski. Mike DiCato drew a walk to load the bases for Matt Boleski. Boleski hit a grounder to second baseman Mac Singleton, who flipped to shortstop Vinny Scifo forcing DiCato, but Scifo’s throw to first was wild and allowed both Copa and Barbati to score.

The Americans mounted a scoring threat in the bottom of the third. Two walks by Freni preceded a 4-6 (Barbati to Johhny Welch) line-out doubleplay off the bat of Greg Wilson to end the inning.

The best Melrose scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the fifth. John Jennings walked and Bobby Rosano and Scifo singled in succession to load the bases for Wilson who lined a laser right at DiCato in left to end the inning.

The Chiefs picked up a couple of two out and unearned insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Paul Yanakopoulos singled and Welch doubled to left. Mike Andre was issued a walk to load the bases for Witkowski who hit a hard grounder past Cam O’Neil at third for an error and a 5-0 lead.

Freni (3-1), struck out seven.

The Chiefs are off Thursday and stay on the road and meet the Arlington Trojans at Summer Street Field in Arlington on Friday at 7:00 PM. -Bruce Tillman



Tuesday, June 24
Frustration at Maplewood in 2-0 Loss to Blue Sox

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Chiefs RHP Mike DiCato

By Bruce Tillman
Malden, MA-
The Chiefs came up a bit short against the Lexington Blue Sox in a 2-0 loss on Monday night at Maplewood. To be more exact, about three feet short.

Oh, there were plenty of chances for the hosts to put this one in the “W” column before Johnny Welch’s bid for a walk off three run dinger fell the aforementioned yard shy. But missed opportunities, some bad baseball luck, along with some pretty sparkling Lexington defense, sent them to their third loss in five games so far this year at Maplewood.  

The Lexington defense, and in particular shortstop Steve Gath, stymied the Chiefs for most of the evening before going the “almost giveth away route” in the bottom of the seventh.

Along the way, the Chiefs were unable to take advantage of the superb pitching effort they got from veteran Mike DiCato.

Now to the particulars.

After a scoreless top of the first, the Blue Sox and Gath turned in one of the defensive highlights in the bottom of the inning. After two were out, Juan Portes singled and Johnny Welch was hit on the arm by a Mike Bourdon pitch. Mike Andre was next and he singled a up the middle with Gath making an outstanding play and getting enough of the ball to keep it in short center and forcing Portes to hold when rounding third. Gath’s play proved huge when Bourdon caught Peter Copa looking a strike three to end the inning.

DiCato pitched out of a little jam in the second when Justin Silvestro doubled with one out. The veteran kept it a scoreless game by getting a ground out and striking out Joe Eramo.

The Chiefs got a two out single from Nick Leva in the bottom of the second and the Sox went in order in the third. In the bottom of the third, Portes singled with one out before Gath turned a “6-unassisted-3” doubleplay off the bat of Welch.

The Blue Sox got two men on base in the top of the fourth (Dave Ahern single, JP Pollard walk) before the Chiefs turned a 6-4-3 doubleplay of their own.

The Chiefs went in order against Bourdon in the fourth and the Blue Sox broke through with a run, without getting the ball out of the infield, in the top of the fifth.

Eramo drew a one out walk and John Puttress reached on an infield single into the shortstop hole. DiCato then struck out Ross Curley before Mike Hart reached on an “excuse me” check swing dribbler between the mound and third base. Gath drew a bases loaded walk for an RBI and a 1-0 Sox lead. DiCato got Ahern to ground out to end the inning.

Major frustration for the Chiefs in the bottom of the fifth. Mike Burgoyne drew a walk and Leva bunted him to second. Tony Serino reached on his umpteenth infield single of the year to put runners on the corners. With Serino running and Burgoyne tagging up on a 2-1 pitch, Paul Yanakopoulos lined sharply to Ahern in right who fired to first for an easy doubleplay after Serino had already rounded second ending another Chiefs’ bid.

DiCato kept the Sox off the board in the top of the sixth and enter Gath once again in the bottom of the inning. After Bourdon struck out Portes, back to back singles by Welch and Andre put the Chiefs in business. Pinch-hitter Nate Witkowski then popped up for the second out before Mike Barbati drew a walk to load the bases. Burgoyne was next hit a high chopper that Gath made a sensational bare handed “grab and throw” to nail Burgoyne by a half step to keep the Chiefs off the board.

Lexington doubled their lead to 2-0 in the top of the seventh. Puttress doubled to left-center and Curley bunted him to third. Barbati made a nice play with infield drawn in to keep the runner at third and throw out Hart for the second out. Gath drew another walk before Ahern’s grounder was kicked by Portes at shortstop, allowing Puttress to score the second run.

Leva lined to right and Bourdon struck out Serino to start the bottom of the seventh. Gath almost undid all the good he had done by booting two consecutive and apparent game ending grounders form Yanakopoulos and then Portes. Welch followed and sent a 1-2 Bourdon pitch to the fence in right-center where it was caught by Ahern to end the game.

Bourdon, who allowed seven hits, won his fourth straight decision and is now 4-0. DiCato (0-1), also allowed seven hits and struck out five.



Sunday, June 22
Chiefs Rap Out 13 Hits, Dunphy Gets 2nd Win as Chiefs Beat Woburn, 11-1

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Peter Copa- 2 RBI in first start of the year

Medford, MA- Tim Dunphy picked up his second win of the season and a healthier Chiefs’ lineup backed him with 11 runs and 13 hits on the way to an 11-1 win over the Mooney Dental Tanners at Tufts University late Sunday afternoon at Tufts University.

After Dunphy retired the Tanners side in the top of the first inning, the Chiefs took a 1-0 in the bottom of the frame on Juan Portes two out single, a stolen base, and Johnny Welch’s bad hop RBI single to left-center.

Woburn tied the game up at one each in the top of the second on Mike Powers’ RBI single.

Tanners’ starter Shawn O’Donnell (0-2), kept the Chiefs off the board took in the bottom of the second and Dunphy set Woburn down in order in the top of the third. The Chiefs took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. Portes walked and Welch singled. Mike Andre then lined a single to right scoring Portes for a 2-1 lead. Peter Copa then grounded to shortstop with Andre beating the force at second, while running on a 3-2 pitch, with Welch scoring on the play to make it a 3-1 game.

The Chiefs came up with their biggest inning so far this season in the fourth when they sent 13 men to plate, scoring eight times, on six hits, to take an 11-1 lead. RBI singles by Paul Yanakopoulos, Portes, Andre, and Nate Witkowski, mixed with a couple of walks to Chad Conner and Mike Burgoyne, as well as a sacrifice fly from Copa, accounted for the runs.

That was it in the scoring department for the day as Dunphy cruised through the fifth and sixth innings before giving way to veteran Mike DiCato who worked a scoreless seventh.

Dunphy, now 2-1, surrendered four hits in six innings and struck out three.

Yanakopoulos (3-5, 2 RBI), Andre (2-4, 2 RBI), Portes (2-4, 3 runs scored, RBI), Welch (2-4, RBI), and Copa (1-2, sacrifice fly, 2 RBI) led the Chiefs offense.

Chiefs Chatter….. The Chiefs health finally took a turn for the better on Sunday. Welch returned to the lineup after a 13 day absence. The former Independent League and St. Anselm star was struck in the face with a pitch on June 9…..Copa made his first start of the season at firstbase. The veteran all-star injured an oblique during batting practice back on June 2…..The Chiefs host the Lexington Blue Sox at Maplewood on Monday at 8:00 PM…....On Wednesday at 7:30 PM they travel to Morelli Field in Melrose for a date with the Americans….On Friday at 7:00 the Chiefs play the Trojans at Summer Street Field in Arlington at 7:00 PM….



Chiefs Beat Arlington 10-1 at Maplewood

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Matt DiCato

Malden, MA- After being held to just seven hits in their last two games, the Chiefs bats showed some signs of life when they banged out ten runs and a dozen hits on the way to a 10-1 win over the Arlington Trojans at Maplewood on Wednesday night.

Righty Matt DiCato picked up his first win of the season working the first six innings and his mates played some opportunistic defense behind him turning three double plays.

DiCato retired the first two batters of the game then pitched out of a minor jam by striking out Seth Coiley after two out singles by Dave Cunningham and Marcus Way.

The Chiefs went to work with two outs in the bottom of the first. Tony Serino, who was hitting in the three hole, singled up the middle and Juan Portes followed with a double into the left field corner that went off the glove of third baseman Tommy Lenane. Mike Andre then plated both Serino and Portes with a single up the middle for a 2-0 lead.

The Chiefs turned the first of their doubleplays in the top of the second. Dave Csaplar led things off with a single before former Harvard shortstop Morgan Brown bounced into a 6-4-3 twin killing. Matt Cooney then flew out to Serino to end the inning.

Matt Lounsbury held the Chiefs scoreless in the bottom of the inning before the Chiefs defense erased another Trojan threat in the top of the third. Conor Reensterna drew a walk, stole second, but was erased when Derek Pizarro lined into Portes to Mike Barbati doubleplay. Lenane followed with a single but DiCato got Cunningham to fly out to Serino to end the inning.

The Chiefs made it a 3-0 game in the bottom of the third when Serino singled, stole second, and scored on a Portes’ double.

The Trojans threatened but couldn’t score in the top of the fourth. Way led off with a single and was forced at second on a Way fielder’s choice. Csapler then grounded out before Brown drew a walk. DiCato got out of it unscathed when he struck out Cooney on a breaking ball to end the inning.

It went to 4-0 in the Chiefs’ fourth when Barbati singled, was pushed to second on Nick Leva’s sacrifice bunt, and scored on Mike Burgoyne’s RBI single to left.

The Trojans picked up their run in the fifth. Reensterna was hit by a DiCato pitch, moved to second on an infield grounder, and scored on Lenane’s bloop single to right.

The Chiefs got that run right back in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-1 lead. Portes singled and Andre lined a ground rule double to right. After Chad Conner struck out swinging, Mike DiCato delivered Portes with a sharp single to center.

In the Arlington sixth, Csapler walked and Brown singled into the shortstop hole. Cooney flew to left before the Chiefs’ turned their third doubleplay of the game when Yanakopoulos snagged a Reensterna liner and fired to second to double off Csapler.

It became a rout in the bottom of the sixth after Brett Manley replaced Lounsbury. Two walks, a Burgoyne single, and a Portes sacrifice fly (which was dropped) made it 6-1. School was out when Conner deposited a Manley pitch over the centerfield fence for a grand slam and a 10-1 Chiefs’ lead.

Bentley lefty Evan Walsh came on in relief of DiCato and worked a scoreless seventh.

With the win, DiCato evened his record at 1-1 on the year.

The Chiefs are now off until Sunday at 5:00 PM when they host the Mooney Dental Tanners at Tufts University.



Tuesday, June 17
Chiefs Come Up Empty at Endicott, 3-0

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Mike Burgoyne had two singles

Beverly, MA- Reading’s Tim Woods blanked the Chiefs 3-0, besting Tim Dunphy, in an all southpaw battle and a flawlessly played defensive game at Endicott College on Tuesday night.

Hitting was once again scarce on both sides of the ledger as the game featured a total of 10 hits, six by the Chiefs and four off the bats off the Bulldogs. Simply put, Reading capitalized on their limited opportunities while the Chiefs did not.

Dunphy and Woods matched blanks over the first two and one half innings before the Bulldogs broke through with a run in the bottom of the third. Ryan Wolfsberg put Reading in business when he led off the inning and rolled a triple into the right field corner. With the Chiefs’ infield drawn in, Dunphy got Billy Cataldo to ground to Juan Portes at short for the first out. Trevor Bouvier then plated the game’s first run when he hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Wolfsberg.

After the Chiefs wasted a leadoff single by Mike Burgoyne in the top of the fourth, the Bulldogs added a couple of big two out runs in the bottom of the inning. John Halsey flew out and Mike O’Leary grounded to Portes for the first two outs of the inning. Pat Lucas then drew a full count walk. Harrison Smoske made that hurt when he doubled to right-center, just out of the reach of a diving Tony Serino, to score Lucas from first. Burton Deady followed with a single to left to make it 3-0. Wolfsberg added another single before Cataldo grounded out to end the inning.

The Chiefs best scoring chance came in the top of the sixth. They had three hits in the inning sandwiched around a doubleplay. Serino led off and beat out an infield single. Burgoyne, who had two straight singles in his return to lineup, hit the ball sharply again but this time the result was a tailor made 4-6-3 doubleplay. With the bases cleared, the Chiefs continued to battle when Portes and Mike Gedman both singled. The threat went by the boards when Nate Witkowski lined out to right-center with a nice running catch made by Lucas.

Both teams went in order in their last at bat.

For Woods, it was his second straight shutout of the season. The Salem State product threw a one-hit, 10 K performance at the Arlington Trojans last Tuesday. He allowed six hits and struck out four.

Dunphy, now 1-1, took the loss despite allowing just four hits. The veteran walked just one, didn’t record a strikeout, and got a dozen ground ball outs.

The Chiefs return home on Wednesday night when they host the Trojans at Maplewood at 8:00 PM.  Righty Matt DiCato is expected to get the start for the Chiefs.



Freni (2-Hitter), Andre (3 RBI), Lead Chiefs Past Wakefield, 4-0

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Mike Andre had 3 RBI's

Malden, MA- Jared Freni threw a complete game two-hitter, outdueling Wakefield’s John Russolillo, as the Chiefs shutout the Merchants 4-0 at Maplewood on Monday evening.

On a night when offense was at a premium, veteran Mike Andre provided most of it, driving in three of the four runs scored in the game with a second inning gap shot double and a sixth inning sacrifice fly.

After a scoreless first inning, the Chiefs took a 2-0 lead in the second. Mike Gedman drew a walk and promptly stole second. Nate Witkowski was next and he reached when Wakefield third baseman Kevin Mortimer threw his grounder away with Gedman taking third on the play. Andre then drilled the first pitch he saw from Russolillo to the fence in right-center for a two RBI double, scoring Gedman and Witkowski all the way from first. Russolillo escaped further damage when he got Mike DiCato to ground out with Andre moving to third, Mike Barbati to fly to short center, and struck out catcher Nick Leva swinging.

The Merchants mounted their biggest threat of the night in the top of the third. Nick Murray led things off with an opposite field double to right. Joe Barry then grounded to Gedman at first with Murray taking third. Freni walked Lou Tarantino and he stole second. Bobby Loscano went down swinging for the second out before Freni issued his second walk of the inning to Scott Searles to load the bases. The Chiefs got out of the inning when Brooks Townsend flew to DiCato in left.

It stayed a 2-0 game until the Chiefs picked up their third run in the bottom of the fifth. DiCato was hit by a Russolillo pitch and was sacrificed to second by Barbati. Leva then singled to left-center with DiCato moving to third. Tony Serino legged out the back end of an attempted 6-4-3 doubleplay to pick up an RBI with DiCato scoring. Serino stole second before Paul Yanakopoulos bounced out to end the frame.

Freni cruised through the top of the sixth, getting three infield grounders, before the Chiefs added another run in the bottom of the inning. Juan Portes singled up the middle to get the inning started. Gedman followed and hit a towering fly down the left field line which Tarantino overran for an error. Witkowski then moved the runners up to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Andre followed and drove in his third run of the game when he lined a Russolillo pitch to right for a sacrifice fly, scoring Portes to make it 4-0.

Freni didn’t leave the issue in doubt, striking out the side in the top of the seventh, sandwiched around Murray’s second hit of the night, a two out single up the middle.

Freni, now 2-1, allowed just the two hits to Murray, struck out eight, and walked three. He threw 122 pitches and recorded his 500th career strikeout when he K’d Nick Napoli for the second out of the fourth inning.

Russolillo (Babson/Georgetown, MA) allowed just three hits, walked three, hit a batter, and struck out four. His record fell to 0-2 on the season.

Chiefs Chatter……The still banged up Chiefs played the game without Peter Copa (oblique), Mike Burgoyne (hamstring), and Johnny Welch (still recovering from last week’s HBP)…. Also unavailable due to injuries were LHP Mitchell Clegg and infielder Matt Nuzzo…..Freni joins Dave Marsters and Fred Knox as the only pitchers to have struck out 500 batters in their Chiefs’ careers. Not a bad group to be in as both Knox (2010) and Marsters (2011) have been both inducted into the Intercity League’s Hall of Fame…..Andre also continues to climb the all-time career leader list and hit another milestone when he drove in his 150th run when Witkowski scored from first on his second inning double….. The Chiefs will travel to Endicott College in Beverly on Tuesday night at 8:00 PM to visit the Reading Bulldogs……On Wednesday, the Chiefs return to Maplewood to meet the Arlington Trojans……



Friday, June 13
Chiefs' Notebook (June 14)

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Chiefs' LHP Mitchell Clegg

With Saturday’s game in Lexington against Wakefield already been washed out, the Chiefs don’t return to action until Monday at 8:00 PM when they host the Merchants at Maplewood……..On Tuesday, they make the long trek to Endicott College in Beverly to meet the Reading Bulldogs before returning home to Maplewood to meet the Arlington Trojans on Wednesday at 8……..Johnny Welch’s condition continues to improve after last Monday’s beaning and he is expected back into the lineup as soon…..In the injury department, Peter Copa (oblique) and Matt Nuzzo have not appeared in any of the Chiefs’ first five games…….LHP Mitchell Clegg faced just one batter (a strikeout) before suffering an oblique injury of his own. The former Washington Nationals southpaw is expected back in the next week or so…..The Chiefs started to recover a bit from the injury bug that has plagued them over the first week of the season when Paul Yanakopoulos returned to the lineup on Wednesday night. He immediately contributed with a two run single in his first at bat of the season. Yanakopoulos broke his right hand when playing for UMass-Amherst this past spring……..Rookie Adam Lucey recorded the first hit of his ICL career against Watertown on Wednesday. Lucey hit .327 for the Fisher College Falcons this past spring while appearing in 28 games…..Tony Serino (.467), Mike Barbati (.455), Mike Andre and Juan Portes, both at .308, are among the ICL leaders in the young campaign……Jared Freni has assumed his usual spot atop the ICL strikeout leaders with 23 K’s in his first 13.2 innings, two strikeouts ahead of Arlington’s Brian Chaput who has 21……Tim Dunphy is also among the league leaders in ERA having a 0.68 mark in 10.1 innings……In a league oddity, Mooney’s Chris Ruocco has four hits so far this season, all doubles……Watertown’s Sean Callahan and Will Brennan each have seven RBI’s each to lead the ICL…..Welch leads the Chiefs offense with four RBI……Bruce Tillman



Wednesday, June 11
Dunphy, Chiefs Roll Past Reds at Bentley,11-2

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Adam Lucey had First ICL Hit

Waltham, MA- Tim Dunphy picked up his first win of the season and his teammates backed him with 11 runs and 11 hits on the way to an 11-2 victory over the Watertown Reds at Bentley University.

Dunphy went 6.2 innings and was staked to five run first inning lead.

The Chiefs scored five times in the top of the first when they sent 11 men to the plate against Reds’ rookie left-hander Brendan Shea. Singles by Mike DiCato, Juan Portes and Paul Yanakopoulos (2 RBI) sandwiched around a balk, a wild pitch, and five walks, accounted for the runs.

The lead went to 8-0 in the top of the third on singles by Mike Andre, Mike Barbati, Adam Lucey, and Tony Serino. For Lucey, (Fisher College/Malden,MA) it was the first hit of his Intercity League career.

The Chiefs made it an 11-0 game in the fourth inning on singles by Barbati, Serino, DiCato and Portes.

The Reds finally broke up the shutout bid when they picked up a couple of runs in the bottom of the sixth. 

Dunphy struck out a couple and waked just one. Fellow southpaw Evan Walsh (Bentley/Arlington, MA) finished up for the Chiefs in the seventh.

The Chiefs are off until Saturday afternoon when they play the Wakefield Merchants in Lexington's annual Jerie DeAngelis Day of Baseball at Lexington High School at 1:15 PM.



Tuesday, June 10
JOHNNY WELCH INJURY UPDATE

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Johnny Welch

By Bruce Tillman
After spending the majority of the night at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, there is apparently some optimistic news regarding the injury to Chiefs’ cleanup man Johnny Welch. Welch was struck in the face by a fastball during the sixth inning of Monday’s game against the Reading Bulldogs at Maplewood.

Welch reportedly underwent several clinical tests and the results of a CAT Scan and x-rays on his cheek bone were negative.

“I was with Johnny and his dad at the hospital until early this morning”, said Chiefs’ manager Chuck Andre, who was reached by cell phone shortly after 2:00 AM. “Johnny remains upbeat and was actually texting some of his teammates despite being in quite a bit of pain”, said Andre.

Welch, a Medford native who spent the last several years playing pro ball, required numerous sutures (stitches) to stop the bleeding from a number of cuts inside his mouth.

“Johnny is going to be very sore and could have a few loose teeth in the morning”, added Andre, “but he’s a gamer and it was a very scary moment but the early prognosis seems positive so we are hopeful that he will be okay.”

Welch was realeased from the hospital early Tuesday and his status is day to day.



Monday, June 9
O'Neil Outduels Freni in 2-1 Reading Win at Maplewood

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By Bruce Tillman
Malden, MA- Chiefs’ ace Jared Freni was his usual outstanding self on Monday night.

Reading righty Brian O’Neil was just a little better.

Other than a Juan Portes solo shot in the sixth inning, O’Neil was nearly untouchable. The former Bryant University standout allowed just four hits and struck out 13 when the Bulldogs broke into the win column with 2-1 win at Maplewood.

More bad news in the growing injury department for the Chiefs. It was a scary moment in the bottom of the sixth inning when Johnny Welch was hit with an O’Neil pitch in the mouth and had to leave the game.

The Bulldogs scored both of their runs in the top of the second inning. Mike Taylor led off with a single to right. Freni then struck out the next two batters in succession before Aaron Santos reached on a high hopper infield single behind the mound. Bill Cataldo drew a walk and Andrew Haser drilled a single to center scoring Taylor and Santos.

O’Neil cruised into the fourth before Mike Andre and Mike Barbati both singled with two outs. O’Neil ended the threat when he struck out Matt Boleski to end the inning.

The Chiefs got on the board when Juan Portes hit his first homer of the year to center leading off the sixth.  Welch was then hit with O’Neil’s next pitch and Adam Lucey came on to pinch run. O’Neil got Mike Gedman swinging and Andre to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. 

Freni retired the Reading side in order in the top of the seventh. O’Neil did the same in the bottom of the inning when he struck out Barbati and pinch-hitter Cecillio Guante before getting Nick Leva to bounce out to end the game.

O’Neil struck out 13 batters and walked just one while raising his record to 1-1.

Freni, also 1-1, gave up just five hits and struck out eleven.

Welch was able to leave under his own power and was taken to the hospital where he was undergoing tests and x-rays.



Thursday, June 5
Chiefs Get Past Tanners, 4-1

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Mike DiCato worked first 4.1 innings

Woburn, MA- Johnny Welch keyed a three run top of the seventh inning with a two RBI single and Jared Freni threw 2.2 innings of no-hit, no-run ball, in relief of starter Mike DiCato, when the Chiefs beat the Mooney Tanners 4-1 at Ferullo Field on Wednesday night.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Mike Andre got things started when he lined a single to right-center. Nate Witkowski then drew a walk. Everyone was safe when Woburn southpaw Dave Maestri bobbled Mike Barbati’s sacrifice bunt. With the bases loaded, Matt Boleski hit a RBI fielder’s choice to the right side that scored Andre to make it 1-0 and re-load the bases. Maestri then came up big and struck out Nick Leva, Tony Serino and Mike Burgoyne in succession to keep it a 1-0 game.

It stayed 1-0 until the Mooney fifth. DiCato, who cruised through the first four frames, surrendered a long double to Chris Ruocco leading off the inning. DiCato balked Ruocco to third before striking out Mike Fernandez. Freni then replaced DiCato and on the first pitch he threw Nick Pinneau and Ruocco executed a perfect suicide squeeze that tied the game at 1-1. Freni struck out Corey O’Neill to end the inning.

Maestri and Freni matched blanks in the sixth before the Chiefs won it in the seventh. Tony Serino led off and dropped a perfect bunt single. Burgoyne was next and drew a full count walk with Serino running on the pitch. When Maestri’s pitch went to the backstop, Serino scampered all the way to third. With the infield drawn in, Burgoyne stole second before Mike Gedman drew a walk to load the bases. Welch quickly unloaded them when he provided the game winner with a line single to left scoring Serino and Burgoyne.  Andre was next and dropped a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away, allowing Gedman to score the Chiefs’ fourth run. Maestri averted further trouble when he struck out Witkowski and Barbati before getting Matt DiCato on an infield grounder.

Freni slammed the door when he struck out the Tanners’ side in order in the bottom of the seventh.

DiCato worked the first 4.1 innings and allowed four hits while striking out a couple. Freni (1-0), got the win and didn’t allow a hit while making a rare appearance out of the bullpen.

Maestri, who kept the Chiefs off balance all evening with off speed offerings, gave up just six hits, three of the infield variety, and struck out seven.

The Chiefs stay on the road and head to Lexington on Thursday night to meet the Blue Sox at 8:00 PM. -B. Tillman



Rain Postpones Thursday's Chiefs at Blue Sox Tilt

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Lexington, MA- Due to the forecast of heavy rain throughout the day, Thursday night's Chiefs at Lexington Blue Sox game, scheduled in Lexington at 8:00, has been postponed.

The prudent and early decision was made by Blue Sox management after monitoring forecasts and observing field conditions.

The Blue Sox and Chiefs have met in the Intercity League Championship Series for the last three years and four times in the last five seasons. 

The Chiefs now get a rare extended early season break and don't return to action until Monday night when they host the Reading Bulldogs at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) in a later than usual 8:15 PM start. 

The Chiefs beat the Mooney Tanners at Ferullo Field in Woburn on Wednesday night (see separate story) while the Blue Sox and Melrose Americans played to a 2-2 nine inning tie at Morelli Field in Melrose.



Tuesday, June 3
Richardson Three-Hitter Stops Chiefs, 5-1

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Tim Dunphy threw 3 scoreless innings

By BruceTillman
Malden, MA-
Righthander Mike Richardson tossed a neat three-hitter and the Melrose Americans capitalized on some Chiefs’ defensive lapses to take a 5-1 win in their season opener at Maplewood on Monday night. With the loss, the Chiefs record evens at 1-1 on the year.

The Americans grabbed a two out run in the top of the first when Greg Wilson’s fly ball was lost in the lights and fell for a single, scoring veteran Mike Addesa who had walked.

In the Chiefs’ first, Tony Serino drew a walk but was erased when Mike Burgoyne bounced into a 6-4-3 doubleplay. Juan Portes then singled to right-center before Johnny Welch grounded out to end the inning.

The Americans made it a 3-0 game in the second when they scored a couple of unearned runs, again with two outs, against starter Matt DiCato. DiCato got both Vinny Scifo and Cam O’Neill on infield popups before Devin Perry got things going with a single. Chiefs’ shortstop Juan Portes then bobbled Mac Singleton’s grounder before singles from Addesa and John Jennings gave Melrose a 3-0 lead.

The Chiefs picked up their only run of the night in the bottom of the second when Nate Witkowski tripled into the right field corner and scored on Chad Connor’s RBI grounder.

The Americans added two more runs to close out the scoring in the top of the third. DiCato issued two consecutive walks, got the next two batters, before surrendering singles to Wilson and Mark Fusco. Lefty Mitchell Clegg came out of the bullpen and struck out Singleton to end the inning.

The Chiefs appeared poised to make some noise in the bottom of the third when Mike Barbati led off with a single and Serino drew a walk before Burgoyne hit into another 6-4-3 doubleplay. Richardson got Portes to pop up to end the inning.

Clegg appeared to experience some discomfort in his back when coming out for the fourth inning. Tim Dunphy came on for the Chiefs and provided one of the few bright spots of the evening when he threw shutout ball over the next three innings, allowing two singles and striking out five.

Richardson finished strong, retiring the last seven Chiefs he faced in succession. The Salem State righty struck out six in his complete game effort.

The Chiefs are off on Tuesday and begin a two game road trip on Wednesday in Woburn at 8:00 PM. On Thursday, they travel to Lexington to meet the Blue Sox.

The Americans will look to make it two in a row when they travel to Endicott College in Beverly on Tuesday at 8:00 PM to meet the Reading Bulldogs.

Chiefs Chatter….Peter Copa, Paul Yanakopoulos, Matt Nuzzo and Mike Gedman were all out of the lineup for Monday’s game…..Clegg struck out the only batter he faced before leaving the game prior to the start of the fourth inning…..Scifo had six assists for the Americans at shortstop.....In the milestone department, Barbati recorded his 100th career hit when he led off the third inning with a single....For Dunphy, it was his 50th pitching apperance in a Chiefs' uniform......

 

 



Sunday, June 1
Chiefs Take Opener, 4-3

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Chad Conner drove in first run in 5th


Medford, MA- The Chiefs broke up a scoreless tie when they scored four times in the bottom of the fifth inning, then held on for dear life, when they beat the Watertown Reds 4-3 in the season opener on Sunday afternoon at Tufts University.

Nothing new from Chiefs’ ace Jared Freni who was on an early season pitch count and blanked the Reds over the first four innings.

There were a couple of early minor scoring threats mounted by both teams. The Reds got a couple of runners aboard in the top of the first inning via a Kyle LaVigne single and a Sean Callahan walk before Freni ended the threat by striking out Will Brennan. The Chiefs threatened in the bottom of the inning when Tony Serino singled, moved to second on a Mike Burgoyne sacrifice bunt, went to third on a Juan Portes groundout, but was stranded there when Brennan stabbed a Johnny Welch liner that was earmarked for centerfield.

Freni gave way to Eric Perrault who threw a scoreless fifth. The Chiefs finally got to Reds’ starter Max Ockner in the bottom of the fifth. Veteran Mike Andre got things started when he lined a single to right. Rookie Adam Lucey came on to pinch run and Mike Barbati sacrificed Lucey to second. Matt Boleski drew a walk before Chad Conner lined a single down the left field line, scoring Lucey. Serino then singled up the middle to load the bases. Burgoyne singled to left-center, scoring Boleski, to make it a 2-0 game. Ockner got Portes to pop up before Welch lined a single to center, scoring Conner and Serino to open the lead to 4-0.

The Reds began to chip away in the top of the sixth when Perrault walked Mac Jacobson and then hit Sean Callahan with a pitch. Mike DiCato came on for the Chiefs and got Josue Feliciano to ground out to Portes at short but the relay to first was thrown away by Barbati for an error that allowed Jacobson to score the Reds first run. Brennan then singled before Welch turned in the defensive play of the game when he dove and snagged Danny Chaisson’s grounder and threw him out by a step at first. DiCato got the Chiefs out of the inning when he got Justin Forman to bounce back to him.

Reds’ reliever Tyler Campo struck out the Chiefs side in order in the bottom of the sixth setting up the dramatic top of the seventh.

Steve Tramontozzi led off the Watertown seventh with a line single to left before DiCato hit Kelly with a pitch. Southpaw Tim Dunphy came out of the Chiefs’ bullpen to face the left hand hitting LaVigne who blooped a single to center loading the bases. Jacobson grounded out to Mike Gedman at first who forced LaVinge at second with Kelly scoring the Reds second run. Callahan made it a 4-3 game when he hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Tramontozzi. Dunphy then apparently struck out Feliciano on a low pitch but the ball skipped by Conner allowing Kelly to score and sending Feliciano to first. Matt DiCato came on to face Chaisson and the Reds veteran put a charge into an offering that sent Burgoyne back to the warning track in left to end the game.

Chiefs Chatter…… …..Mike Burgoyne had two hits, a sacrifice bunt, and two nice defensive grabs in his Chiefs’ debut…..Mike Gedman was a late addition the lineup after Peter Copa was a late scratch at first base after tweaking a muscle in his side during batting practice…..Mike Andre recorded his 250th career hit in the fifth inning….. The Chiefs play the Melrose Americans on Monday at Maplewood starting at 8:00 PM…




Saturday, May 31
Chiefs Begin 2014 Season on Sunday at Tufts University, 5:00 PM

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Johnny Welch

By Bruce Tillman

The Andre Chiefs will begin defense of their regular season pennant when they open the 2014 Intercity League schedule on Sunday (June 1) against the Watertown Reds at Tufts University’s Huskins Field at 5:00 PM.

Several new faces returning from the professional ranks have been added to the Chiefs’ roster led by North Medford’s own Johnny Welch. Welch, who starred at both Malden Catholic and St. Anselm’s College, returns to Medford after spending the last seven seasons playing pro ball in the both the Frontier and Can-Am leagues. Over that time Welch has appeared in 461 professional games and racked up 75 homers and 262 RBI. His career average as a pro was .274.

In additional to Welch, other newly acquired Chiefs returning from professional baseball include; former Everett High football and baseball standout Matt Nuzzo, who spent three seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays after starring at Brown University, former Washington Nationals and UMass 6’5 left-hander Mitchell Clegg (Arlington Catholic/Woburn, MA), who spent the last four seasons as a pro, Salem, NH southpaw Eric Perrault, who just wrapped up a stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and lefty Mike Gedman who played for the Worcester Tornadoes, Rockland Boulders, and Newark Bears over the last three seasons. Gedman, who is son of former Boston Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman, played for the Chiefs in 2010 following a stellar career at UMass.

In addition to the newcomers, returning veterans include former Minnesota Twins shortstop and 2012 ICL Triple Crown winner Juan Portes, Peter Copa (UMass/California Angels), five time ICL all-star and former Merrimack captain Mike Andre of Medford, outfielder Tony Serino (UMass/Saugus, MA), Medford’s Matt Boleski, Mike Barbati (Endicott/Melrose, MA), Nick Leva (Southern New Hamshire/Cambridge, MA), Paul Yanakpooulos (UMass/Medford, MA), Nate Witkowski (Bentley/Melrose,MA), Anthony Carbone (UMass/Stoneham, MA), Dan Bonito (Northern Essex/Swampscott, MA) as well as catchers Chad Connor (Texas Tech/San Francisco Giants/Bristow, OK) and Jon Byrne (Eckerd/Arlington, MA).

In addition to Clegg and Perrault, the pitching staff is solid with reigning ICL MVP Jared Freni (UMass/Malden, MA) leading the way. Freni enjoyed one of the best seasons in ICL history last year when he posted a perfect 13-0 mark that included a miniscule 0.54 ERA. Other mainstays include brothers and former Malden Catholic stars Mike (UMass/Winthrop, MA) and Matt (Framingham St/Winthrop, MA) DiCato, lefty Tim Dunphy (Brandeis/Cambridge, MA), Everett’s Rob Machado, and former Arlington Catholic southpaw Evan Walsh of Medford, MA, who pitched for Bentley University this past spring.

Other new additions to the roster are: outfielder Mike Burgoyne (Keene St/Medford, MA), infielders Cecillio Guante (Bunker Hill CC/Salem, MA), and Adam Lucey (Fisher/Malden, MA). The Chiefs may also add another player or two later this week.

Manager Chuck Andre (Boston College/Medford, MA), who has a career record of 546-305 and five ICL championships, will pilot the Chiefs for his 24th season. The former Chiefs' right-hander will be assisted by Paul Crisafulli (NEBI/Medford, MA), John Veneziano (Westfield St/Medford, MA), and Steve Calabresi (UMass/Stoneham, MA).

Following Sunday’s game, the Chiefs will host the Melrose Americans on Monday at 8:00 PM at Maplewood Park on the campus of Malden Catholic.

The Chiefs have won 18 league championships since 1960 under both the Hosmer Chiefs (1957-1984) and the Andre Chiefs (1989-present).

 

 

 



Sunday, May 18
Chiefs Begin Pre-Season Slate

Medford, MA- The Chiefs are preparing for the start of the 2014 season with a host of pre-season games and scrimmages that will begin this week. The pre-season slate will continue for the next two weeks leading up to the opener on Sunday, June 1.

With 36 players currently on the pre-season roster, the club will trim that number down prior to the start of their Intercity League campaign. Seven new faces have joined the Chiefs for the pre-season.

The Chiefs have gone an overall 59-18 (.766) over the last two seasons, which includes the regular season pennant last year and the Intercity League Championship in 2012. They have appeared in the ICL championship series for three consecutive seasons and four times in the last five years.

The Chiefs will host the Watertown Reds in the 2014 opener on Sunday, June 1 at Huskins Field, on the campus of Tufts University in Medford, in a 5:00 PM start. On Monday, June 2 they will take on the Melrose Americans at Maplewood at 8:00 PM. They then hit the road to visit the Mooney Dental Tanners on Wednesday, June 4 at Ferullo Field in Woburn. The first week of the regular season will conclude on Thursday, June 5 with a rematch of the last three ICL finals when the Chiefs reunite with the Blue Sox in Lexington at 8:00 PM. – Bruce Tillman




 
 
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