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Chiefs Finish Season at 29-9
 
 
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Chiefs RHP Jared Freni had one of the best seasons in ICL history.
**Chiefs Final Overall Stats are Below **



2013 Chiefs Overall Statistics

BATTING (Regular Season & Playoffs)

 Name

    G

 AB

    R

    H

  2B

  3B

 HR

 RBI

  BB

  SO

HBP

SAC

 SB

 CS

.AVG 

 Peter Copa

 35

 89

 12

 29

 5

 0

 1

  20

 19

 11

 3

 4

 0

 1

 .326

 Juan Portes

 27

 87

 11

 28

 8

 0

 1

 14

 8

 10

 1

 3

 4

 1

 .322

 Tony Serino

 33

 109

 19

 35

 2

 1

 0

 13

 16

 13

 0

 1

 10

 2

 .321

 Mike Andre

 37

 105

 10

 33

 3

 0

 0

 11

 11

 22

 0

 3

 0

 0

 .314

 Nick Leva

 27

 67

 8

 19

 0

 0

 0

 5

 7

 11

 3

 1

 0

 0

 .284

 Paul Yanakopoulos

 36

 95

 15

 26

 4

 2

 0

 8

 9

 13

 0

 4

 3

 0

 .274

 Mike Barbati

 36

 97

 15

 24

 1

 0

 0

 6

 6

 18

 1

 8

 5

 0

 .247

 Nate Witkowski

 35

 93

 15

 23

 1

 1

 1

 9

 17

 8

 4

 3

 2

 0

 .247

 Tony Deshler

 33

 108

 10

 25

 4

 1

 0

 9

 10

 13

 1

 3

 1

 2

 .231

 Matt Boleski

 32

 67

 5

 13

 5

 0

 0

 15

 5

 15

 3

 4

 0

 0

 .194

 ********************                              
 Matt DiCato

 7

 2

 0

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .500

 Chad Conner

 10

 22

 4

 9

 0

 0

 0

 5

 1

 6

 1

 2

 2

 0

 .409

 Rob Caggiano

 3

 3

 1

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .333

 Corey Brammer

 4

 7

 1

 2

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 4

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .286

 Jon Byrne

 7

 13

 2

 3

 0

 0

 0

 2

 0

 4

 0

 1

 0

 0

 .231

 Mike DiCato

 21

 14

 4

 3

 1

 0

 0

 1

 1

 1

 2

 5

 2

 0

 .214

 Hal Landers

 2

 5

 3

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 2

 1

 2

 0

 1

 0

 .200

 Rob Machado

 9

 0

 4

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 .000

 Dan Bonito

 7

 1

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .000

 Jon Chotkowski

 3

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .000

 Anthony Carbone

 2

 3

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 2

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .000

 Totals  

 988

 140

 275

 35

 5

 3

 118

 113

 154

 21

 52

 31

 5

 .279

 

 

 

 

 

 



Pitching (Regular Season & Playoffs)

 Player

G

 W-

  IP

 H

 R

ER

 BB

 K

SV

 HP

WP

BK

 ERA

 Jared Freni

 13

 13-

0

 90.1

 29

 7

 7

 18

 140

 0

 3

 5

 0

 0.54

 Mike DiCato

 19

 3-

 4

 35.0

 27

 14

 10

 8

 30

 1

 3

 4

 0

 2.00

 Tim Dunphy

 13

 6-

 4

 78.0

 74

 35

 23

 11

 37

 0

 3

 3

 0

 2.06

 Matt DiCato

 10

 6-

 1

 46.2

 40

 16

 14

 14

 28

 0

 3

 2

 0

 2.16

 *******************                            

 Rob Machado

 2

 1-

 0

 5.2

 1

 0

 0

 3

 4

 0

 1

 1

 0

 0.00

 John Chotkowski

 3

 0-

 0

 7.1

 5

 2

 2

 7

 7

 0

 1

 1

 0

 1.91

 Dan Bonito

 1

 0-

 0

 0.2

 1

 1

 1

 3

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 10.50

   

 29-

 9

 263.2

 177

 75

 57

 64

 246

 1

 14

 16

 0

 1.51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall Record: 29-9 (Regular Season 24-6,1st, Playoffs 5-3)
Winning Percentage: .763
Home: 16-4 (Tufts 4-1, Maplewood 12-3)
Away:  13-5

vs. Opponents
Arlington Trojans  4-1
Lexington Blue Sox 4-5
Melrose Americans 4-1
Mooney Dental 4-0
Reading Bulldogs 6-1
Wakefield Merchants 4-0
Watertown Reds 3-1

 



Monday, August 26
Lexington Takes Game Five to Win Series

By Bruce Tillman 

Malden, MA- The Lexington Blue Sox took Game Five of the Intercity League Championship Series, beating the Chiefs 7-2 at Maplewood Park on Sunday night. With the win, Lexington reclaims the ICL crown that the Chiefs took from them in five games last season.

The Chiefs and Blue Sox have now played 15 championship series games in the last three seasons with the Blue Sox holding a narrow 8-7 edge in the games played.

The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Dave Ahern hit a solo homer to left off Chiefs’ starter Mike DiCato.

Lexington added four more runs in the fourth against DiCato and reliever Tim Dunphy. Steve Gath walked, Ahern singled, Jeff Vigurs drew another walk. and Josh Klimkiewicz delivered Gath with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Dunphy replaced DiCato to face a couple of left-handers. Tom Haugh then lined a single to right scoring Ahern and Tom McKenna reached on an infield single scoring Vigurs to increase the lead to 4-0. Ross Curley’s double down the left field line scored Haugh to jump the margin to 5-0.

Klimkiewicz’s two run homer gave the Blue Sox a 7-0 lead in the fifth inning.  

The Chiefs scored a single run in the bottom of the fifth on singles from Nick Leva, Tony Serino and Tony Deshler, and a sacrifice fly from Juan Portes.

Nate Witkowski hit a solo home run to centerfield in the bottom of the sixth to account for the 7-2 final.

Drew Brzozowski went the distance to get the win while DiCato took the loss going 3.1 innings.

Both the Chiefs and Blue Sox each had seven hits in the game. The Blue Sox made the most of their opportunities while the Chiefs left six men on base.

The Chiefs conclude the season with the 2013 Intercity League’s regular season pennant and an overall final record of 29-9.



Saturday, August 24
Freni & Deshler Send Series to Game Five in 1-0 Win

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Tony Deshler delivered game winning hit in 6th inning

By Bruce Tillman 

Lexington, MA- They called on the ace to get them back home.

And for the umpteenth time in his long Intercity League career Jared Freni answered.

Working on three days rest, after winning the series opener on Monday night 4-2, Freni turned in probably his best, and certainly most gutsy effort of the season, in what has been a summer full of memorable performances by the right-hander.

In one of the quickest ICL championship games ever played, Freni hooked horns with former Boston College standout Hunter Gordon in the Chiefs “win or go home” Game Four of the annual late summer showcase.

The result was a seat squirming 1-0 win for the defending champions that sends the series back to Malden Catholic on Sunday night for a winner take all Game Five at 8:00 PM.

This was a text book pitching clinic by both Freni and Gordon, who allowed just five hits between them, in a game that took all of a one hour and fourteen minutes to complete. If not for former Brandeis star and Chiefs’ veteran Tony Deshler’s sixth inning RBI single, the two teams may be still playing on Saturday morning. The two pitchers were just that good.

Gordon dispatched the Chiefs in the top the first and Lexington mounted their best scoring chance in the bottom of the inning. After Ross Curley grounded to Juan Portes for the first out, former Chicago Cub farmhand and Bryant University catcher Jeff Vigurs drilled a 3-1 Freni fastball into the left-centerfield gap for a standup triple. With the Chiefs infield drawn in, Freni recorded a mega strikeout of Steve Gath and then got Game Three hero Dan Graham to bounce to Mike Barbati at second base.

That was it in the scoring opportunity department for the next four innings as the game moved along at an amazingly rapid pace.

Freni proceeded to retire seven Blue Sox in a row before hitting Gath with a 3-1 pitch with one out in the bottom of the fourth. He left Gath stranded when he struck out Graham and Dave Ahern in succession to end the inning.

Gordon was equally as good, facing the minimum 15 batters through the first five innings. The only baserunner the Chiefs had was a leadoff single by Tony Serino in the top of the fourth inning. Serino was promptly erased when Portes grounded into a 4-6-3 doubleplay.

Paul Yankopoulos got things going in the Chiefs’ game deciding sixth inning when he led off with a single to center. Barbati bunted his sacrifice attempt a bit too hard and Gordon pounced off the mound and gunned Yanakopoulos out at second. Gordon then retired Nick Leva on a fly ball before Serino reached on the only miscue of the game, when Gath kicked his grounder, putting runners at first and second with two outs. Deshler then came up huge when he drilled a 1-0 Gordon pitch to left for a single. Ahern put a charge on the ball and threw a strike to Vigurs at the plate with the ball beating the oncoming Barbati by a solid two steps. Vigurs applied the tag but in the slide/semi-collision, the ball somehow squirted loose. Barbati was called out, then safe, when the ball dropped between he and Vigurs. Lexington manager Rick DeAngelis protested the call feeling that Vigurs had held the ball long enough to have recorded the out. In the ensuing and animated discussion, the veteran skipper was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Henry. When order was restored, the Chiefs still had an opportunity to add to their 1-0 lead with Serino now standing at third and Deshler at first. Gordon stayed tough and kept it a one run game when he got Portes to line out to left to end the inning.

Freni protected the slim lead in the bottom of the sixth when he got Dan Capra on a dribbler in front of the plate with catcher Leva throwing him out, Curley to ground out to Barbati, and Vigurs to bounce to Peter Copa, unassisted at first.

Copa led off the Chiefs’ seventh with an infield single between third and short. Mike Andre then popped up his sacrifice bunt attempt for the first out before Gordon sent the game to the bottom of the seventh, getting Bentley’s Nate Witkowski to hit into a Joe Eramo to Gath to Tommy Haugh 4-6-3 doupleplay.

Yanakopoulos ran down Gath’s fly in right for the first out of the seventh. The Blue Sox then got the tying run on base when Freni walked Graham on a full count fastball. Ahern followed with a grounder to Barbati at second who flipped to Portes to force Graham but with no chance of turning a doubleplay. With the count 1-2 to Haugh, Ahern stole second and was representing the tying run. Barbati then came up with the defensive play of the game when he went far to his right to snag Haugh’s grounder and was able to throw him out at first by a step to end the game.

Freni won his third straight post-season decision to go along with a perfect 10-0 mark in the regular season. The former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst standout struck out ten and allowed just Vigurs’ first inning triple.

Gordon, who concluded his career at BC this past spring, gave up just four hits, struck out three, and allowed just the sixth inning unearned run. The former Swampscott, MA star did not walk a batter and threw just 83 pitches, 57 for strikes, in his seven innings of work.

More Championship is Coverage Soon !!!!!!



Thursday, August 22
Graham's 7th Inning Two Out Grand Slam Gives Lexington 2-1 Series Lead

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Mike Andre put Chiefs in front with 6th inning double

By Bruce Tillman 
Malden, MA- The Chiefs were one out away and then one strike away from taking the pivotal Game Three of the ICL’s Championship Series before the Lexington Blue Sox rallied for four runs on Dan Graham’s two out grand slam to win 5-2. With the seventh inning dramatics, the Blue Sox take a 2-1 lead in the best of five series. They can close out the Chiefs when the teams meet in Lexington on Friday at 8:00 PM.

Blue Sox ace Matt Karis and the Chiefs’ Matt DiCato engaged in an old fashioned pitcher’s duel until Lexington finally broke through for a run in the top of the fifth inning. Tommy Haugh led off with a single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt from Tom McKenna. DiCato struck out Ross Curley for the second out of the inning before Jeff Vigurs delivered Haugh with the first run of the night when he drilled a double to right-center.

The Chiefs came back to tie it up in the bottom of the fifth when Paul Yanakopoulos led off with a gap double to left-center and was sacrificed to third by Matt Boleski. Nick Leva then hit an RBI fielder’s choice grounder into the shortstop hole to Steve Gath. Gath threw Leva out at first as Yanakopuoulos read the play perfectly and slid across the plate with the tying run.

The Chiefs came up with a little two out magic in the bottom of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead. After Deshler and Portes both grounded out, Peter Copa laced a double to right-center and Rob Machado came on to run for him. Mike Andre then gave the Chiefs the lead when he doubled to left to easily score Machado. Chad Conner pinch ran for Andre as Nate Witkowski came to the plate. Witkowski hit a little chopper in front of the mound that Karis fielded and threw a bit high to first. Conner never stopped running but was gunned out on a close play at the plate, as Vigurs applied the tag to end the inning.

The seventh inning began harmlessly enough as Haugh flew out to Tony Deshler in left and DiCato struck out McKenna swinging. The trouble began when DiCato hit Curley with the first pitch of his at bat. Vigurs was next and he a high liner toward third baseman Witkowski. Witkowski leaped and got a glove on the ball preventing it from going into left field. With runners at first and second with two outs, DiCato went to a 2-2 count on Gath when a close pitch was called ball three. Gath drew a walk on the next pitch to load the bases for Graham. Graham swung and missed the first pitch before he sent the next DiCato offering over the right-center field fence for a grand slam to give the Blue Sox a 5-2 lead.

The Chiefs didn’t go quietly in the bottom of the seventh as they tried to make some two out noise of their own. Karis struck out Yanakopoulos to lead off the inning and then got Matt Boleski on a grounder to Gath at shortstop. In ironically similar fashion to the top of the seventh, Karis kept the Chiefs alive when he plunked Leva with an 0-2 pitch. Tony Serino then reached on an infield single and Deshler drilled a single to center to load the bases and bring the winning run to the plate in Juan Portes. Karis got Portes to hit a grounder to McKenna at second to end the game and send the Blue Sox home with the win.

Andre, (10-20, .500) in the playoffs, and Yankopoulos (6-17, .353), led the Chiefs at the plate with a double and single each. Serino, who is 7 for 19, and hitting at a postseason clip of .368, added three singles.

Karis picked up the win despite allowing ten hits. He struck out two, walked one, and hit a batter. DiCato surrendered eight hits, struck out five, walked two, and also hit a batter.

If they Chiefs win Game Four on Friday, the deciding Game Five will be played at Maplewood on Sunday night at 8:00 PM.



Wednesday, August 21
Blue Sox Even Series with 4-0 Win in Game Two

 Lexington, MA- Drew Brzozowski threw a complete game shutout, turning back scoring chances all night long, as the Blue Sox took Game Two of the Championship Series 4-0 in Lexington on Tuesday night.

With the win, the Blue Sox even up the series at a game apiece with Game Three scheduled for Thursday night at Maplewood Park at 8:00 PM.

Brzozowski allowed nine hits and three doubles but pitched his way out of each jam. The former Brandeis right-hander was aided by some dazzling Lexington defense to help the Chiefs strand eight men on base.

Tony Deshler got the first of the Chiefs hits with one out in the top of the first inning but he was erased when Juan Portes bounced into a 4-6-3 doubleplay.

Lexington took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Ross Curley set the tone when he fouled off five Tim Dunphy pitches before lining a single to right. Jeff Vigurs followed with an infield grounder that moved Curley to second. Steve Gath’s single to right scored Curley and Gath went to second when the ball scooted by Matt Boleski for an error. Dunphy got Dan Graham to ground out before Dave Ahern’s single to center scored Gath with the second run of the inning.

The Chiefs missed the first of their scoring opportunities in the top of the second inning. Mike Andre and Nate Witkowski both singled to center with one out. Paul Yanakopoulos was next and he hit an infield grounder that forced Witkowski at second and sent Andre to third. With runners on the corners, Brzozowski got Boleski to ground out to Curley at third base to end the inning.

Dunphy struck out Josh Klimkiewicz and Tommy McKenna, sandwiched around a Tom Haugh single, before getting Curley to ground out to end the Blue Sox second.

The Chiefs missed another scoring chance in the top of the third inning. Nick Leva led off with a sharp single to left. Brzozowski then struck out Tony Serino looking and got his former Brandeis teammate Deshler on an infield fly. Portes then drilled a single to left but the runners were left stranded when Peter Copa got caught looking at strike three.

Gath and Graham both singled with one away in the Lexington third before Ahern bounced into a doubleplay.

The Chiefs got another runner in scoring position in the top of the fourth on Witkowski’s two out double, but Boleski grounded out to Haugh at first to end the frame.

The Blue Sox went in order in the bottom of the fourth while the Chiefs left another runner in scoring position in the top of the fifth. After Leva grounded out and Serino popped up, Deshler lined a double to right-center. Curley then turned in the defensive gem of the night when he robbed Portes of extra bases when he leaped high to snag a liner that was headed for the leftfield corner.

The Blue Sox doubled their lead in the bottom of the fifth. McKenna beat out an infield chopper to first base, stole second, and went to third when Leva’s throw went into centerfield. Curley flew to right and Dunphy struck out Vigurs for the first two outs of the inning. Three straight singles by Gath, Graham and Ahern, then gave the Blue Sox some breathing room at 4-0.

Andre doubled and Witkowski singled with one out in the Chiefs’ sixth. Brzozowski thwarted yet another prospective scoring chance when he struck out Yanakopoulos and got Boleski to ground out.

Dunphy, kept the Sox off the board in the bottom of the sixth and Brzozowki got the Chiefs’ side in order in the seventh to seal the win.

Deshler and Andre had a double and single each and Witkowski had two singles for the Chiefs. Gath was three for three and Graham and Ahern each had two hits for Lexington.

Brzozowski struck out three and didn’t walk anyone. Dunphy allowed ten hits, two earned runs, and struck out a season high seven batters.

More Championship Series coverage coming soon.
  



Tuesday, August 20
Freni & Portes Give Chiefs 1-0 Lead in Championship Series

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Tony Serino scored two runs

Malden, MA- The Chiefs took the opening game of the Intercity League’s Best of Five Championship Series with a 4-2 win over the Lexington Blue Sox at Maplewood Park on Monday night.

If you were caught in traffic or simply arrived a few minutes late to the yard, you probably missed all the scoring.

There was nothing new in the pitching department for the Chiefs. Jared Freni overcame a rocky second inning to toss five consecutive scoreless frames. The right-hander earned his twelfth straight decision of the year and his second straight in the postseason.

Freni started strong and struck out both Tommy Bourdon and Steve Gath to end the Blue Sox first inning.

The Chiefs touched up Blue Sox starter Borja Jones-Berasaluce for a first inning run to give their ace a 1-0 lead. Tony Serino drew a leadoff walk and the Chiefs played some immediate small ball when Tony Deshler sacrificed him to second. Juan Portes made that move pay a quick dividend when he doubled to deep center to score Serino. When the Blue Sox cut the throw back to the infield they caught Portes with a wide turn at second and veteran shortstop Steve Gath tagged him out for the second out. Peter Copa drew a walk but Mike Andre lined out to center to end the inning.

The Blue Sox came right back to take a 2-1 lead off Freni in the top of the second inning. Danny Graham drew a leadoff walk and Dave Ahern dropped a single to left. Lexington played a little small ball of their own when Josh Klimkiewicz moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Tommy Haugh was next and he lined a single to left that scored Graham to tie the game at 1-1. With runners on the corners and one out, Northeastern catcher John Puttress pushed a suicide bunt towards Freni that easily scored Ahern putting the Sox up 2-1. Lexington left two runners on base when Tommy McKenna and Ross Curley both flew out to Deshler in leftfield.

 
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Juan Portes drove in two of the Chiefs' four runs in Game One
The Chiefs scored the last three runs of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Nate Witkowski got things started with a line single to left. Jones-Berasaluce then struck out Paul Yanakopoulos and Mike Barbati, both looking, for the first two outs of the inning. Catcher Nick Leva then hit a ball deep into the shortstop hole. Gath went far to his right, came up with grounder, but threw low to first allowing Leva to reach and sending Witkowski to third. Serino followed and lined an opposite field single down the left field line to score Witkowski, tying the game at 2-2. Deshler then singled to right-center, scoring Leva, to put the Chiefs in front for good at 3-2. Portes (pictured left)  drove home the game’s final run when he lined a single to left scoring Serino to make it a 4-2 ballgame. Jones-Berasaluce got Copa to lineout to Gath to send the game to the third inning.

The Blue Sox got Graham to second base with two outs in the top of the third when he beat out a high chopper infield single and a wild pitch. Freni kept it 2-1 game when Ahern grounded out to Portes at shortstop with Copa making a run saving pickup of his low throw ending the inning.

Andre led off the Chiefs’ third with a line single to right but nothing came of it after Jones-Berasaluce got Witkowski, Yanakopoulos and Barbati on three consecutive infield grounders.

Freni got the Blue Sox side in order in the top of the fourth and Jones-Berasaluce did the same to the Chiefs in the bottom of the inning.

Lexington made their last run at Freni in the top of the fifth inning after two were out. Tommy Bourdon reached on an infield single to the right side and Gath drew a walk. Freni went full to Graham before striking him on a breaking ball to end the threat.

The Chiefs appeared ready to add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth when Portes was hit by a pitch and Copa singled. But Portes was picked off second when Andre missed a sacrifice bunt attempt. Andre ended up grounding out and Witkowski lined out to,left to end the inning.

Ahern and pinch-hitter Justin Wright both flew out to Yanakopoulos in right and Haugh bounced out to Barbati in Lexington’s uneventful sixth.

Jones-Berasaluce got Yanakopoulos, Barbati, and Leva to ground out in succession in the bottom of the sixth to send the game to the Lexington seventh with the Chiefs leading 4-2.

Freni came out strong and struck out pinch-hitter Jason Twomley and McKenna before getting Ross Curley on a comebacker to end the game.

Freni struck out eight and walked two batters in a 117 pitch complete game effort. Jones-Berasaluce, the righty from Guilford College in North Carolina, surrendered seven hits, struck out three, walked two, and hit a batter.

The Blue Sox and Chiefs will be right back at it on Tuesday night when they meet in Game Two of the series at Lexington High starting at 8:00 PM. B.T. 



Monday, August 19
Blue Sox & Chiefs Vie for ICL Title Again

By Bruce Tillman
www.andrechiefs.com

It’s become a ritual of late August.

For the third year in a row, and the fourth time in the last five years, the Lexington Blue Sox and the Andre Chiefs will meet to decide the Intercity League Championship.

The Blue Sox earned a spot in the finals with a 6-0 win over the Watertown Reds on Sunday at Bentley College to win their semi-final series three games to one. The Chiefs completed their three game sweep of the Reading Bulldogs with 9-3 win on Friday night.

The Best of Five Championship Series will begin on Monday night at 8:00 PM at Maplewood Park, located on the campus of Malden Catholic. Game Two will be played at Lexington High on Tuesday at 8:00 PM. The teams will take Wednesday off so that players, coaches and fans can attend and participate in Steve Buckley’s Annual Old Time Baseball Game at St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge. Game Three will be back at Maplewood on Thursday at 8:00 PM and Game Four, if necessary, will be in Lexington on Friday night. If a Game Five is required, it will be contested at Maplewood on Sunday, with the starting time to be determined.

The Chiefs enter the series with an overall record of 27-6-0 while the Blue Sox come in at 21-11-2. As history has shown in the championship series over the years, regular season records can be tossed aside.

The Blue Sox and Chiefs are back on familiar turf in the finals. The Blue Sox are making their seventh straight appearance in the ICL’s late summer showcase. For the franchise, it will be their eleventh appearance in the championship series since 1998. Over that stretch they have won nine ICL titles under Manager Rick DeAngelis.

The Chiefs organization will be in search of their nineteenth league championship and the sixth since they became the Andre Chiefs in 1990. The Andre/Hosmer Chiefs have won thirteen ICL crowns since 1968 and as well as five championships in the Suburban Twilight League from 1960-1967. It will be appearance number twenty-two for the Chiefs in the ICL finals, and ironically, just like his counterpart DeAngelis, the eleventh championship series for Manager Chuck Andre.

The franchises, with a combined 33 appearances in the finals, 27 league titles, and two managers with 22 championship series between them, all add up to a wealth of experience in both dugouts.

The Chiefs ended a run of five straight Lexington championships last summer when they took the crown in five games. In 2011, the Blue Sox also won the title in five games.

Adding some flavor to the series and the success of both clubs is the fact that DeAngelis and Andre are very close friends. “Ricky and I are very tight”, said Andre last night. “We talk almost everyday year round and he is one of my best friends. There is no question that he wants to beat me as much as I’d like to beat him, but the nice thing about us is that no matter the outcome, it doesn’t change our friendship that goes far beyond baseball. I know that if we win Rick is happy for me and I feel the same way for him.”

Let the games begin.



Saturday, August 17
Chiefs Sweep Reading to Advance to ICL Championship Series

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Chiefs RHP Matt DiCato

Malden, MA- For the third year in row, and the fourth time in the last five years, the Chiefs will be playing in the Intercity League’s Championship Series.

Matt DiCato and his mates assured that the franchise would be making yet another trip to the ICL Finals with 9-3 win over the Reading Bulldogs at Maplewood Park. With the victory, the defending ICL Champs complete a three game sweep of their semi-final series and raise their overall record to 27-6 on the season. They now move on to finals with a chance to grab the nineteenth crown for the storied franchise and the sixth since the club assumed the Andre Chiefs name in 1989.

The Bulldogs came out of the corner with a flurry to take a 2-0 lead against DiCato in the top of the first inning. Billy Cataldo and Hank Oringer both singled and Zac Talis drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Mike Taylor gave Reading a 2-0 lead before the fans settled into their seats when he drilled a DiCato offering into right that scored Cataldo and Oringer. With Taylor at first and Talis at second and still nobody out, Peter Copa charged Dante Padovani’s sacrifice bunt attempt and threw a strike to force the sliding Talis at third for the first out of the game. That proved to be huge as DiCato then got Colin Sitarz to hit into a 5-4-3 doubleplay to get the Chiefs out of the inning relatively cheaply, trailing by two runs.

The Chiefs chipped a run off the lead in the bottom of the first inning on Paul Yanakopoulos’ single and a Copa double. For the torrid Copa, it was his seventh RBI of the series.

DiCato walked Ryan Wolfsberg to open the top of the second before settling in nicely to retire Paul Crehan, Zac Conti and Cataldo on three consecutive infield grounders.

The Chiefs went ahead for good when they picked up three big runs after two were out in the bottom of the second. Mike DiCato was hit by a Kevin Church pitch and went to third on Matt Boleski’s single to right. Church experienced some wildness and walked Tony Serino and Yanakopoulos to force in DiCato to tie the game at 2-2. Portes put the Chiefs in front when he drilled a seed single to left scoring Boleski. With Copa at the plate, Church uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Serino to score to put the Chiefs up 4-2. Church then recorded his biggest out of the night when he caught Copa looking on a low fastball to end the inning and strand two runners in scoring position.

DiCato breezed through the Reading third getting Oringer, Talis and Taylor on three straight groundouts. The Chiefs threatened again in the bottom of the third. Nate Witkowski drew a leadoff walk and stole second. After Mike Barbati lined out, Mike Andre sent Wolfsberg to the warning track in right-center to track down his long fly for the second out. Church kept it a 4-2 game with his second straight inning ending strikeout.

The Bulldogs tried to make some noise in the top of the fourth inning. Padovani led off with a single to center but was erased when Sitarz hit into a Barbati (unassisted) to Copa doubleplay. Wolfsberg then was hit by a DiCato on a 3-2 pitch and stole second. Barbati kept Reading off the scoreboard when he tracked down Crehan’s pop up in short right to end the inning.

One out singles by Serino and Yanakopoulos appeared to put the Chiefs back in business in the bottom of the fourth. The resilient Church kept the Bulldogs in the game when he struck out Portes and got then Copa on a grounder to Conti at shortstop to send the game to the fifth inning with Chiefs in front 4-2.

DiCato needed just eight pitches to retire the Bulldogs in the fifth on two ground balls and an infield liner to Witkowski.

The Chiefs punched their ticket to the finals when they batted around and scored five times in the bottom of the fifth. Witkowski led off with an infield single and Barbati followed with a line drive to center. Andre then drove them both home with a long double to right-center that jumped the lead to 6-2. DiCato bunted Andre to third and Boleski delivered him with a laser to center. Serino followed with a long triple to left-center scoring Barbati to make it an 8-2 game. Yanakopoulos’ sacrifice fly scored Serino to make it 9-2. Portes then doubled but Witkowski, who started the inning, ended it, with an infield pop up.

Taylor drew the Bulldogs back to 9-3 when he deposited a solo homer deep over the centerfield fence with one out in the sixth before DiCato retired the next two batters.

The Chiefs had an uneventful bottom of the sixth.

In the Reading seventh, Crehan grounded to Portes and pinch-hitter Nick Conti singled before the night and the series ended when Cataldo hit into a Barbati to Portes to Copa doubleplay.

DiCato allowed six hits and raised his overall record on the season to 6-0.

The Chiefs will now enjoy the weekend off and await the winner of the Watertown Reds-Lexington Blue Sox series. The Reds avoided elimination and forced a fourth game with a 2-1 win in Lexington on Friday night. Game Four of that series will be played on Sunday afternoon at Bentley University at 1:30 PM. If the Blue Sox win on Sunday, the Chiefs will host them in Game One of the finals on Monday at Maplewood at 8:00 PM. If the Reds win on Sunday, Game Five would be contested in Lexington on Monday. The Chiefs would then have to wait until Tuesday to meet either the Reds or Blue Sox at Maplewood. –B.T.

**More Playoff Coverage Soon**



Dunphy Retires Last 16 in a Row to Give Chiefs 2-0 Series Lead

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Tim Dunphy

Beverly, MA- Veteran southpaw Tim Dunphy retired the last sixteen batters he faced and the Chiefs took advantage of five Reading errors and rung out ten timely hits on the way to a 7-2 win over the Bulldogs at Endicott College on Thursday night. With the road win, the Chiefs now hold a 2-0 series lead with Game Three scheduled in the best of five match-up for Friday night at 8:00 PM at Maplewood Park.

The game volleyed back and for the first two innings.

The Chiefs came up with the first scoring opportunity with two outs in the top of the first inning. Juan Portes dropped in a single down the leftfield line and Peter Copa followed with a long double to the fence, pushing Portes to third. Bulldog lefty Sean Boyle got out of the inning unscathed when he got Nate Witkowski to ground sharply to Hank Oringer at third.

The Bulldogs took advantage of their scoring chance in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Tommy Buonopane got things started when he led off with a single to right and went to second on Oringer’s groundout. Zac Talis was next and he singled to center sending Buonopane to third. Tony Serino’s throw back to infield skipped away far enough away to allow Talis to go to second on the error. With runners at second and third and the Chiefs’ infield drawn in, Mike Taylor grounded out to Copa at first for the inning’s second out. Dante Padovani followed and beat out an infield single up the middle, scoring Buonopane with the first run of the game. Dunphy escaped further damage when he got Colin Sitarz to fly to Paul Yanakopoulos in right to end the inning.

The Chiefs came right back, capitalizing on two Reading errors, to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. Yanakopoulos and Mike Barbati both reached on consecutive infield errors. Mike Andre then moved them both up with a sacrifice bunt.  Chad Conner, who was handling the catching duties for the Chiefs in the game, then delivered Yanakopoulos with a single to left that tied the game at 1-1. Serino followed and legged out the back end of 6-4-3 doubleplay attempt for an RBI that scored Barbati, giving the Chiefs a 2-1 lead. Boyle then got Tony Deshler to fly out to end the inning.

Reading tied the game up in the bottom of the second but could have come up with much more. Dunphy struck out Nick Conti on a low breaking ball in the dirt to start the inning. Conner recovered quickly but his throw to get Conti at first sailed into rightfield for an error. With Conti now standing on second, Brandon Bingel singled to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Paul Crehan then plated Conti with another single, tying the game up at 2-2. Buonopane sacrificed Bingel and Crehan up to second and third before Dunphy got Oringer on a comebacker for the second out. The Chiefs then opted to intentionally walk Talis to face the left-handed hitting Taylor. The strategy worked when Taylor bounced to Copa to end the inning to keep it a 2-2 contest.

The Chiefs batted around and came up with a huge four-spot in the top of the third inning, scoring all of their runs after two were out. Boyle got Portes to pop up to start the inning before Copa singled to left. Witkowski was next up and he flew to center for the second out. Yanakopoulos then came up large when he drove a Boyle pitch into deep right-center for a triple, scoring Copa for a 3-2 lead. The Chiefs then caught a break when the throw to first on Barbati’s grounder was low, allowing Yanakopoulos to score and putting Barbati at second. Barbati stole third and scored when Andre drilled a Boyle pitch to center for an RBI single and 5-2 Chiefs lead. Conner then followed with another single and Serino reached on another Bulldog error to load the bases. Deshler then picked up an RBI when he lined a single to left that scored Andre. Boyle finally put an end to the inning when he got Portes on a grounder to Oringer at third, with the bases loaded, keeping the Bulldogs within striking distance at 6-2.

Dunphy assumed complete control from that point, setting the Bulldogs down in order in third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Boyle meanwhile was frustrating the Chiefs hitters as well, getting them 1-2-3 in both the fourth and fifth innings. Deshler finally broke up the consecutive out streak for both teams when he reached on a misplayed pop up to short right field with one out in the sixth. Deshler was promptly erased when he was gunned out by Crehan trying to steal second.

A little offense resurfaced when Copa led off the Chiefs’ seventh with his third hit of the night and Rob Machado came on to pinch run for him. Witkowski moved Machado to second with a perfect sacrifice bunt and he went to third on Yanakopoulos’ infield grounder. Barbati gave the Chiefs a little more breathing room when he drilled a double into the left-center field gap, scoring Machado, and opening the lead to 7-2.

In the Reading seventh, Bingle grounded out and pinch-hitter Billy Cataldo lined out to Witkowski at third for the first two outs of the inning. Dunphy ended things when he beat the speedy Darren Hartwell to the first base bag, unassisted, on a chopper between first and the mound to end the game and retire his sixteenth batter in succession.

Dunphy, allowed one earned run, struck out one, and walked one batter intentionally. Boyle surrendered ten hits and only two earned runs. He struck out three and did not issue a walk.

The Chiefs are expected to send righty Matt DiCato (5-0 in the regular season) to the mound on Friday night at Malden Catholic.



Freni 2-Hitter, Copa 6 RBI, Give Chiefs Series Opener vs. Reading, 9-0

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Peter Copa had Grand Slam & 6 RBI

Malden, MA- Jared Freni tossed a complete game two-hitter and Peter Copa drove in six runs, which included a third inning grand slam, to lead the Chiefs to a 9-0 win over the Reading Bulldogs on Wednesday night at Maplewood Park. With the win, the Chiefs take a 1-0 lead in the best of five semi-final series.

Reading got their first hit when Tommy Buonapane drilled Freni’s third pitch of the game to left-field for a single. After Hank Oringer struck out, Freni caught Buonapane leaning the wrong way and picked him off first. Freni struck out Zac Talis swinging to end the inning.

The Chiefs picked up a run in the bottom of the first inning. Tony Serino led off and was thrown out at first on a nice play by Oringer at third. Tony Deshler was next and he hit a ball to left that bounced high on the Maplewood turf and over Dante Padovani’s head, rolling to the fence for a triple. Juan Portes followed and hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Deshler. Reading starter Nick Boutoures then got Copa to fly out to end the inning.

Freni struck out the Bulldog side in order in the top of the second and the Chiefs threatened to add to their lead in the bottom of the inning. Mike Andre got things started with the first of his three hits on the night, a single to center. A Nate Witkowski grounder moved Andre to second and Paul Yanakopoulos’ hopper to shortstop pushed him to third. Mike Barbati was next and he drove a ball into the right-centerfield gap. Colin Sitarz turned in the defensive gem of the game when he tracked it down, robbing Barbati of extra bases and ending the inning.

The Bulldogs made a bid to tie the game in the top of third. Padovani singled with one out. Barbati then turned in his own defensive gem when he went far to his left to take a hit away from John Halsey, with Padovani going to second on the play. With Buonapane at the plate, Padovani moved to third on a passed ball before Freni struck him out looking to keep the Chiefs in the lead 1-0.

The Chiefs broke things open in the bottom of the third. Nick Leva and Serino drew consecutive walks and Deshler moved them up a base with a sacrifice bunt. The Bulldogs then intentionally walked Portes to load the bases. Copa quickly unloaded them when he drilled a Boutoures fastball deep over the leftfield fence for a grand slam upping the lead to 5-0. Andre followed with a single before Witkowski lined to left and Yanakopoulos flew to center to end the inning.

Freni got the Bulldogs in order in the top of the fourth on a pop up to Copa and a couple of grounders to Barbati at second base.

The Chiefs got singles from Barbati and Leva to open the fourth and they moved up to second and third on a wild pitch. They came up empty when Boutoures got Serino to fly to shallow left, Deshler to ground out to third with Originer throwing Barbati out at the plate, and Portes to fly to center.

Both sides went in order in the fifth inning.

The Chiefs picked up four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Yanakopoulos drew a walk, stole second, and went to third on Barbati’s single to center. Leva then drew a walk to load the bases. Serino then lifted a single to center, scoring Yanakopoulos and Barbati. After Deshler flew out and Portes grounded out, singles by Copa and Andre accounted for the Chiefs’ final two runs.

Freni retired the Reading side in order in the seventh for the fourth straight inning to seal the shutout win.

Game Two of the series will be played at Endicott College in Beverly, MA on Thursday night at 7:45 PM with Game Three back at Maplewood/Malden Catholic on Friday at 8:00 PM.

 For fans looking to make the trip to Endicott College on Thursday, the GPS address is 376 Hale Street, Beverly MA, 01915. -B.T.
(Photos by Jim Valente)



Wednesday, August 14
Reading-Chiefs Best of Five Series Starts Wednesday at Malden Cathoilc, 8:00 PM

The Chiefs will begin their Best of Five Semi-Final Series vs. the Reading Bulldogs on Wednesday night at Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic), with the first pitch scheduled for 8:00 PM.

Game Two will now be played at Endicott College in Beverly on Thursday at 7:45 PM with Game Three back at Maplewood on Friday at 8:00 PM. Game Four, if necessary, will be played at Reading High School (Morton Field) on Sunday at 4:00 PM. The day, location and time for Game Five, if necessary, has yet to be determined.

The Bulldogs advanced to the semi-finals with a 5-2 win over the Arlington Trojans at Endicott College on Tuesday night.

The Watertown Reds defeated the Wakefield Merchants 2 games to 1 to move on to the other semi-final series against the Lexington Blue Sox. Game One of that series will be played on Wednesday in Lexington at 8:00 PM.



Saturday, August 10
Intercity League Playoff Schedule

The Intercity League’s First Round Playoff schedule has been set.

The #3 Watertown Reds will meet the #6 Wakefield Merchants and the #4 Reading Bulldogs play the #5 Arlington Trojans. Both series will be two out of the three.

The winners will advance to semi-finals against the #1 Andre Chiefs and the #2 Lexington Blue Sox in the best of five semifinals. The semi-finals will begin at Maplewood and Lexington on Wednesday at 8:00 PM.

Here are the pairings and schedule:


FIRST ROUND (Best of Three)
#6 Wakefield Merchants (11-18-1) vs. #3 Watertown Reds (17-11-2)
GAME 1- Sunday, August 11 at Victory Field, Watertown, 1:30 PM
GAME 2-Sunday, August 11 at Walsh Field, Wakefield, 5:00 PM
GAME 3- (if necessary) Monday, August 12, Location & Time, TBA

#5 Arlington Trojans (14-12-2) vs.#4 Reading Bulldogs (16-11-2)
GAME 1- Sunday, August 11 at Endicott College, Beverly, 7:45 PM
GAME 2- Monday, August 12 at Summer Street Field, Arlington, 5:30 PM
GAME 3- (if necessary) Tuesday, August 13 at Endicott College, Beverly, 7:45 PM

SEMI-FINALS (Best of Five)
#4 Reading, #5 Arlington or #6 Wakefield vs. #1 Andre Chiefs (24-6-0)
GAME 1- Wednesday, August 14 at Maplewood (Malden Catholic), 8:00 PM
GAME 2- Thursday, August 15 at Reading, Arlington or Wakefield, Location & Time, TBA
GAME 3- Friday, August 16 at Maplewood (Malden Catholic), 8:00 PM
GAME 4-(if necessary) TBA
GAME 5-(if necessary) TBA

#3 Watertown, #4 Reading or #5 Arlington vs. #2 Lexington Blue Sox (18-10-2)
GAME 1- Wednesday, August 14 at Lexington High, 8:00 PM
GAME 2- Thursday, August 15 at Watertown, Reading or Arlington
GAME 3- Friday, August 16 at Lexington High, 8:00 PM
GAME 4- (if necessary) TBA
GAME 5- (if necessary) TBA

INTERCITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best of Five)
Dates, Teams, Locations & Starting Times, TBA



Thursday, August 8
Arlington Beats Chiefs as Regular Season Concludes

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Peter Copa had two hits

Malden, MA- Arlington southpaw Brian Chaput fired a complete game shutout when the Trojans blanked the Chiefs in the regular season finale 3-0 at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night. Chaput struck out a season high 13 batters and in the process brought the curtain down on the Chiefs 10 game winning streak.

The Trojans scored single runs in the third, fifth, and sixth innings off Chiefs’ starter Mike DiCato, who looked sharp despite taking the loss.

Derek Pizaro’s RBI single drove in Justin Mansfield, who had doubled, in the third. Pizaro also drove in Arlington’s second run in the fifth inning when he beat the relay to first on the back end of a doubleplay, scoring Joe Bradlee who led off the inning with a double. The Trojans final run came in the top of the sixth when Marcus Way walked, stole second, moved to third on a fielder’s choice, and scored when Tony Deshler, who was playing third late in the game, threw high to first on Dan Csaplar’s ground ball.

Peter Copa and Chad Conner led the Chiefs with two hits each while Mike Barbati, Corey Brammer and Paul Yanakouplos had a hit each.

Chaput (4-0), the former Eastern Connecticut hurler, who pitched on the Independent League circuit over the past few seasons, earned his fourth straight ICL win. He has struck out 37 batters in 28 innings and has allowed just one earned run.

DiCato (3-3), gave up just six hits, two earned runs, and struck out half a dozen in his six innings. Lefty John Chotkowski came on to work a scoreless seventh, striking out two batters.

The Chiefs wrap up the regular season with a 24-6 record, a regular season pennant, and a first round playoff bye already tucked away. They will await their opponent from the first round of the ICL’s playoffs, which will begin on Sunday.The earliest the defending champion Chiefs could begin their best of five semi-final series would be Tuesday night.



Tuesday, August 6
Chiefs Sweep Tanners Behind Freni & Machado

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Jared Freni

Malden, MA- The Chiefs once again got some outstanding pitching as they swept a doubleheader from the Mooney Dental Tanners 6-0 and 9-0 at Maplewood Park on Monday night. With the sweep, the Chiefs extended their winning streak to ten games and raised their record to 24-5 on the season.

GAME ONE RECAP
In the opener, Jared Freni continued his season long dominance, this time tossing a three hit shutout, in his complete game effort. The right-hander struck out eight Tanners and raised his record to a perfect 10-0.

The Chiefs used singles from Mike Barbati, Paul Yanakopoulos and Tony Deshler, along with a sacrifice fly from Tony Serino, to jump on Tanners’ starter Paul Pollano to take a 3-0 lead in the second inning.

The lead went to 4-0 in the third inning on basehits from Mike Andre, Chad Conner, and Barbati.

Peter Copa drove in Serino with a single to make it 5-0 in the fourth inning.

Serino’s fifth inning RBI single scored Nate Witkowski with the final run of the game.

Barbati and Serino each had two hits to pace the Chiefs’ eleven hit offense.

GAME TWO RECAP
Veteran righty Rob Machado made his first start of the season and allowed just one hit in five innings to pick up the win.


The effort was extremely encouraging for the former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst standout (pictured above) who has been hampered with some shoulder issues over the last few seasons. Machado has made 42 appearances for the Chiefs on the mound since 2009 and threw a no-hitter on June 30, 2011, against Reading. He also owns two post season wins for the Chiefs in his career.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead on doubles from Serino and Copa, a Juan Portes sacrifice fly, and an Andre RBI single.

The lead doubled to 4-0 in the third inning on consecutive singles by Portes, DiCato, and Andre.

It went to 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning on doubles from DiCato and Matt Boleski, an Andre RBI single, and a sacrifice fly by catcher Jon Byrne.

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The Chiefs added the final two runs of the night in the sixth inning on singles by Yanakopoulos and Andre (pictured right), doubles from Portes and Boleski, and a sacrifice fly from DiCato.

Machado sruck out four, walked two, and allowed only a fifth inning single to Joe Burnham. Matt DiCato came out of the bullpen and allowed just a single and struck out a couple over the final two innings.

The Chiefs conclude their 2013 regular season with a home game against the Arlington Trojans at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) on Wednesday night at 8:00 PM.



Sunday, August 4
Chiefs Edge Arlington 2-1 for Eighth Straight Win

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Chiefs lefty Tim Dunphy

Medford, MA- Tim Dunphy weathered a bizarre first inning, a couple of Chiefs’ fielding miscues, and then engineered a trifecta of late game escapes that would have made the Anglin Brothers proud. Dunphy’s effort, a couple of downpours, a rainbow, and a game played in an hour and fourteen minutes, all somehow added up at the end of the day to the Chiefs eighth straight win, a 2-1 victory over the Arlington Trojans at Tufts University.

With ominous skies serving as a fitting backdrop, Dunphy and his Chiefs survived a peculiar first inning. Jeff Freidman led things off with an opposite field double down the right field line. Derek Pizarro followed and blooped a single to right that moved Friedman to third. Dunphy then caught Pizarro off first and a rundown ensued and he was tagged out with Friedman remaining at third. Tommy Lenane then singled to right, and Friedman, thinking the ball may be caught, went to tag up. Matt Boleski fielded the ball so quickly that Friedman had to hold at third. It looked as if Dunphy and the Chiefs may escape the inning without allowing a run when Marcus Way hit a tailor made double play ball to Mike Barbati at second base. The ball hit the lip of the infield grass and bounced high over Barbati’s head for a bad hop single, the Trojan’s fourth straight hit to open the game, and a 1-0 lead. With runners back on the corners again, Dunphy shook off the bad luck and came right back to get Dave Cunningham to hit another grounder. This time the Chiefs turned their second chance into a 6-4-3 inning ending doubleplay.

Joe Curran blanked the Chiefs in the bottom of the first and Dunphy enjoyed a much easier 1-2-3 top of the second.

The Chiefs got the game winning runs in the bottom of the second. Mike Andre walked and Chad Conner reached on an infield single. Barbati moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt before Boleski plated both Andre and Conner with a single to center.

The game moved rapidly over the next two innings as Dunphy retired the Arlington side in order in both the third and fourth. Curran was breezing as well, allowing only a fourth inning single to Andre.

Dunphy pulled escape #1 when Joe Bradlee reached on a Paul Yanakopoulos error leading off the fifth inning. Justin Mansfield bunted Bradlee to second and he went to third on Dan Fitzgerald's grounder. Dunphy kept the Chiefs in the lead when he struck out Matt McDermitt to end the inning.

Curran set down the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the fifth and the Trojans threatened again in the top of the sixth. For the second inning in a row, the Trojans got their leadoff man on base via a Chiefs’ error when Andre booted Friedman’s grounder at first base. Pizarro was next and when Dunphy fielded his bunt, he threw low and actually hit the first base bag and everyone was safe. With runners at first and second, the Chiefs got another big doubleplay when Lenane bounced into a Yanakopoulos-unassisted to Andre twin killing. With Friedman standing at third, Dunphy finalized escape #2 when he struck out Way to end the inning.

Curran had no problem with the Chiefs in the bottom of the sixth and Dunphy saved his best for last in the top of the seventh. The Trojans looked poised to tie things up when Cunningham led off with long triple to straight-away center. With the Chiefs infield drawn in, Dunphy got the first out when Bradlee grounded to Yanakopoulos at shortstop. Dunphy then recorded his biggest strikeout of the game when he K’d Mansfield for the second out. The count went full to Fitzgerald before he hit a chopper in front of the plate that Conner pounced on and threw the DH out at first, ending the ballgame and concluding Dunphy’s escape # 3.

With the win, Dunphy upped his record to 5-3 on the season. He surrendered six hits and struck out four. Curran was the tough luck loser and his record dipped to 0-4.

The 22-5 Chiefs host the Mooney Dental Tanners in a twi-night doubleheader on Monday at Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic) starting at 6:30 PM.



Wednesday, July 31
Chiefs Take Regular Season Pennant with 4-2 Win in Melrose

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Paul Yanakopoulos went 3 for 3

Melrose, MA- For the second time in three games the Chiefs overcame a 2-0 sixth inning deficit, this time coming back to beat the Melrose Americans 4-2 at Morelli Field. In the process, the Chiefs won themselves the Intercity League’s 2013 regular season pennant. It is the first regular season crown for the defending 2012 ICL champs since 2001 and the seventh since the franchise assumed the Andre name in 1989.

The clincher did not come easy as the Chiefs had to battle the always tough Americans to raise their record to 21-5 on the season. It was their seventh straight win and their ninth in the last ten games.

The Chiefs used a trio of pitchers in the game (Tim Dunphy, John Chotkowski & Matt DiCato) in an effort to keep the staff busy with a first round playoff bye already in hand.

The Americans jumped out to a 1-0 first inning lead against Dunphy. Singles from Mark Addesa and Devin Perry put runners on the corners with one out. Veteran Mike Addesa then drilled a line drive to center and Perry, who was unsure if Tony Serino was going to make the catch, was forced at second base. Mark Addesa scored on the play and older brother Mike ending up standing at first with a rare 8-4 RBI fielder’s choice.

It stayed a 1-0 game until the third inning when the Americans picked up a run off Chotkowski, who had relieved Dunphy after he worked the first two innings. Gianni Esposito and Mark Addesa greeted Chotkowski with consecutive singles. Mark Fusco then moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt. With the Chiefs’ infield drawn in, Chotkowski got a big out when Perry hit a grounder to Paul Yanakopoulos at shortstop that froze the runners at second and third. The Americans did get their second run when Chotkowski’s first pitch to Mike Addesa went to the backstop, allowing Esposito to score.

Melrose starter Mike Richardson retired the side in order the top of the fourth. The Chiefs turned a 6-4-3 doubleplay behind Chotkowski to keep Melrose off the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning.

The Chiefs finally broke through and tied the game up after two were out in the top of the fifth. The red hot Yanakopoulos led things off with the second of his three singles and stole second. Richardson then got Mike Barbati to fly and out and struck out Matt Boleski. Nick Leva was next and the gritty catcher came up big when he blooped a single to right, scoring Yanakopoulos on the play. Richardson then threw a wild pitch with Serino at the plate allowing Leva to go all the way to third when Esposito’s throw sailed into centerfield. Serino eventually drew a walk before Tony Deshler brought the Chiefs even at 2-2 when he singled up the middle, scoring Leva. Perry went deep into the shortstop hole to make a nice play and throw out Nate Witkowski by a step to prevent the Chiefs from taking the lead and ending the inning.

Chotkowski got the first two batters in the bottom of the fifth before hitting Fusco with a pitch. Matt DiCato came out of the bullpen to face the right-hand hitting Perry and got him to fly out to Serino in center.

Peter Copa got the Chiefs’ going when he drew a leadoff walk in the top of sixth. Mike DiCato bunted Copa to second and Yanakopoulos moved him to third with another single. With runners on the corners, Barbati hit a chopper to Addesa at third and he threw home to try and get Copa, who scored on the play after the ball was dropped by Esposito following a collision at the plate. With Yanakopoulos now at third, Boleski delivered him with a sacrifice fly to left, giving the Chiefs a 4-2 lead.

DiCato set the Melrose side down in order in the bottom of the sixth inning and reliever Alex Wilson blanked the Chiefs in the top of the seventh.

Manny Powers led off the bottom of the seventh with a line single to right-center before DiCato got pinch-hitter Mike Kalfopoulos to bounce into a 3-6-1 doubleplay. Dave Center grounded out to Barbati at second base to end the game and give the Chiefs their pennant clincher.

DiCato, now 5-0, picked up the win with 2.1 innings of one hit relief. Richardson (0-1) worked six innings and took the loss for Melrose.

The Americans travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn to meet the Tanners on Thursday at 8:00 PM. The Chiefs are off until Sunday afternoon when they meet the Arlington Trojans at Tufts University in a 5:00 PM start.



Tuesday, July 30
Freni Pitches Chiefs to Playoff Bye in 3-1 Win Over Arlington

Malden, MA- Jared Freni threw a complete game three-hitter, striking out fourteen batters, and the Chiefs broke a 1-1 sixth inning tie on the way to a 3-1 win over the Arlington Trojans.

With their sixth straight win, the Chiefs improved to 20-5 on the season and in the process clinched themselves a first round playoff bye.

The start of the game was delayed fifteen minutes, then survived two more rain delays, as the scattered heavy rain showers plagued Maplewood throughout the evening.

Freni hooked up with lefty Jed Robinson, who impressed everyone in the yard while limiting the Chiefs to just four hits, two of the infield variety. The Trojans got a runner in scoring position in the top of the first inning courtesy of Tommy Lenane’s long two out double to the fence in left-center. Freni kept the Trojans off the board when he struck out Marcus Way to end the inning.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Tony Serino legged out a little dribbler in front of the plate for a single. Robinson then got Tony Deshler on a groundout. Deshler went to second on a wild pitch and moved to third when Nate Witkowski reached on a single to the left side of the infield. Peter Copa then delivered Serino with a warning track sacrifice fly to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. The inning ended when Paul Yanakopoulos flew to Eddie McDonald in right field.

Arlington tied things up in the top of third. Justin Mansfield and Conor Reensterma both drew walks before Way lined an RBI single to left.

It was all Robinson and Freni for the next three and half innings. Robinson retired twelve of the thirteen Chiefs he faced after giving up the run in the first. Freni meanwhile set the Arlington side down in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

After the second rain delay of the night, the Chiefs won it in the bottom of the sixth inning. Witkowski led off and drilled a Robinson pitch to left-center for a double. Copa then gave the Chiefs the lead when he singled to center scoring Witkowski. Copa went to second on the throw to get Witkowski at the plate and then moved to third on Yanakopoulos’ sacrifice bunt. Mike Barbati's grounder to second brought Copa home with the Chiefs’ third run of the game.

Sam Perkins walked to lead off the Arlington seventh and moved to second when Derek Pizzaro was thrown out at first on a bunt. Freni stranded Perkins and ended the game in style when he struck out McDonald and Mansfield in succession.

Freni goes to a perfect 9-0 with the win. Robinson, who dipped to 2-2, struck out five and walked a couple. The former Winchester and Avon Old Farms standout is transferring to Trinity after spending this past spring with the UConn Huskies.

The Chiefs are off on Tuesday and will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Melrose to meet the Americans at Morelli Field at 7:15 PM. 



Sunday, July 28
Chiefs Rally in Seventh to Beat Wakefield, 3-2

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Tony Deshler delivered game winning sacrifice fly

Wakefield, MA- The Chiefs climbed out of 2-0 hole, scoring a run in sixth and adding two more in the seventh inning, as they came from behind to beat Jarrod Marchesi and the Wakefield Merchants 3-2 at Walsh Field on Sunday.

The game featured a veteran pitching matchup between Marchesi and Chiefs’ right-hander Mike DiCato, who once again shined on the mound to pick up his third straight victory. The former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst standout retired the first ten Wakefield batters he faced before giving up a couple of runs (one earned) in the fourth inning.

Tony Serino led off the game with the first of his three singles on the day.  He got no further than first base when he was caught stealing after Marchesi got Tony Deshler to fly out and Juan Portes to pop up.

DiCato got the Merchants 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first inning and the Chiefs got a mini threat going in the top of the second. Peter Copa was hit by a Marchesi pitch before Nate Witkowski lined out hard to centerfield. Mike Andre then drilled a single to right center but they came up blank when Mike Barbati grounded into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

DiCato retired the side in order again in the bottom of the second inning and a Serino two out single was all the Chiefs could generate against Marchesi in the top of the third.

It was nine up and nine down for Wakefield in the bottom of the third when DiCato struck out both Bobby Losanno and Justin Dahl and got Joe Barry to foul out to Copa.

The Chiefs threatened again in the top of the fourth inning. Marchesi struck out Portes for the first out before Copa singled to center and Witkowski singled to left. Andre followed and flew out to left-center, deep enough for Copa to tag and move to third. It stayed scoreless when Barbati grounded out to Scott Searles at shortstop to end the frame.

The Merchants drew first blood in the fourth. Nick Murray singled to right with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Brooks Townsend followed with another single to short right that Copa chased down. When Copa wheeled and airmailed the throw to the plate in an effort to keep Murray at third, the second baseman scampered home on the error to give Wakefield a 1-0 lead. With Townsend now on second, James Ramsey plated him with a single up the middle to make it 2-0.

Marchesi frustrated the Chiefs once more in the top of the fifth inning. Paul Yanakpoulos led things off with a long double to left-center. Nick Leva then grounded out for the first out of the inning. Ryan Gendron turned in the defensive play of the game when he bare handed a bunt attempt and threw out the fleet footed Serino by half a step at first. With Yanakopoulos now at third, the Chiefs came up empty again when Marchesi caught Deshler looking at strike three.

Barry’s single gave the Merchants a two out base runner in the bottom of the fifth before Leva threw out Taratino at first, on a chopper in front of the plate, to end the inning.

The Chiefs finally got on the board when they picked up a run in the top of the sixth. Portes hit a bomb down the left field line that got lost in the Wrigley Field type ivy and was deemed a ground rule double. Portes went to third on Copa’s grounder and scored on Witkowski’s fielder’s choice bouncer to Searles.

Townsend was hit with a pitch with one out in the bottom of the sixth. He was erased on an inning ending doubleplay when Ramsey hit a line drive seed back to DiCato who made the play and fired to Copa to easily catch Townsend off first.

Marchesi struck out Barbati leading off the seventh and the Chiefs were down to their last two outs before mounting their comeback. Yanakopoulos began the rally with a single to center. Leva fouled off three Marchesi offerings before dropping in a single to left. Enter Rob Machado who came on to pinch run for Leva. Serino followed and tied things up when he singled to right-center, scoring Yanakopoulos, with Machado sliding safely into third when the throw went to plate. Machado’s base running proved to be huge as Deshler then delivered him with a sacrifice fly to center, putting the Chiefs in front 3-2.

DiCato never left the issue in doubt in the bottom of the seventh. He struck out Gendren and got Seales and Lossano on infield grounders, the latter on a nice game ending scoop by Copa of a low Portes throw.

DiCato surrendered just four hits, three in the fourth inning, struck out four and didn’t issue a walk. Marchesi gave up ten hits and also struck out four and didn’t walk anyone.

With their fifth straight win, the first place Chiefs improved to 19-5 on the year. They are back in action on Monday night when they host the Arlington Trojans at Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic) starting at 8:00 PM.



Thursday, July 25
Dunphy 5 Hitter Leads Way to 4-3 Win in Watertown

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Tim Dunphy allowed 5 Hits & 2 ER

Watertown, MA- The Chiefs rode the five hit pitching of Tim Dunphy and took advantage of some untimely Reds’ errors en route to 4-3 win at Victory Field on Wednesday night.

Paul Yanakopulos led off the Chiefs first with a single to center but was promptly erased when Mike Barbati bounced back to Reds’ starter Aric Dama who started a 1-6-3 doubleplay.

Dunphy got the Reds in order in the bottom of the first and the Chiefs got their leadoff man on again in the second inning when Mike Andre singled to left-center. Just like an inning earlier, the threat was derailed when Mike DiCato grounded into a 4-6-3 doubleplay.

The Reds put together a threat in the bottom of the second inning when Justin Forman and Will Brennan both singled but Dunphy got out of it with three ground ball outs.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Rookie Corey Brammer delivered the first hit of his ICL career, a one out double to right-center, that was just out of the reach of the diving Josue Feliciano. Dama then walked Yanakopoulos before Barbati hit a grounder that forced him at second and sent Brammer to third. Dama tried to keep Barbati close at first but threw low for an error, allowing Brammer to scamper home with the first run of the game. Nate Witkowski drew a walk and Barbati stole third, but Dama escaped when he got Peter Copa to pop up.

Dunphy kept the Reds hitless in the both third and fourth inning.

Bentley righty Scot Lueders came on for Dama and blanked the Chiefs in the top of the fifth.

Justin Knight hit a one out bomb double in the bottom of fifth. Kyle LaVinge followed and he grounded to Yanakopoulos at shortstop. As Yanakopoulos was fielding the ball, Knight collided with him and was he ruled out. Dunphy then had apparently picked LaVinge off first and he broke for second. Copa’s throw hit him off the helmet and skipped into right-center allowing him to go to third. Dunphy kept the Chiefs in the lead when he got Mac Jacobson to ground to Copa to end the inning.

The Chiefs took advantage of a couple of errors and scored three unearned runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-0 lead. Barbati reached on an infield error, was sacrificed to second by Witkowski, and moved to third on a passed ball. Peter Copa then walked before Lueders struck out Andre for the second out. The Chiefs caught a break when Knight’s throw on DiCato’s grounder to second pulled Forman off the bag allowing Barbati to score. Both Copa and DiCato moved to second and third on a wild pitch and Matt Boleski made it a 4-0 game when he dropped a single into short right field.

The Reds came back and picked up three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Feliciano drew a leadoff walk before Dunphy got Sean Callahan to fly to deep right for the first out. Forman put the Reds on the board when he tripled down the right field line, scoring Feliciano, to make it 4-1. With the Chiefs infield playing back, Pete John picked up an RBI when he grounded out to Yanakopoulos, scoring Forman, to cut the lead to 4-2. More trouble loomed when Dan Chaisson lined a two out double to left. The Reds then picked up an unearned run of their own when Barbati kicked Brennan’s grounder that scored Chaisson, cutting the lead to 4-3.

Lueders kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard in the top of the seventh.

Dunphy recorded his only two strikeouts of the game, as he struck out LaVinge and Jacobson in succession, to open the seventh. Barbati then made amends for his sixth inning miscue when he a made an outstanding over the shoulder grab of a Feliciano blooper in short centerfield to end the game.

Dunphy needed just 78 pitches to raise his record to 4-3 on the year. Dama (1-2) took the loss for Watertown.

With the win, the first place Chiefs go to 18-5 on the season while the third place Reds dip to 12-10-1.



Tuesday, July 23
DiCato Brothers Deliver Doubleheader Sweep

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Peter Copa drove in both runs in Game 2

Malden, MA- For the second Monday in row the Chiefs rode the pitching of the DiCato Brothers to a doubleheader sweep at Maplewood. Matt handled things in a 3-2 win in the opener and Mike took care of matters in the nightcap 2-1,as the Chiefs took both ends of the twi-nighter from the Melrose Americans. 

Game One
The Americans jumped out to a 1-0 first inning lead when Mark Addesa walked, went to second and then third on infield grounders, and scored on Mike Cunningham’s RBI single.

The Chiefs tied the game up at 1-1 in the home half of the first inning. Melrose starter Mike Massuli experienced wildness and walked Tony Serino, Paul Yanakopoulos and Juan Portes in succession. Peter Copa then bounced into a 6-4-3 doubleplay that scored Serino. Massuli got out of his rocky start cheaply when he got Nate Witkowski to ground out to Mark Fusco at third to end the inning.

Matt DiCato held the Americans scoreless in the top of the second.

The Chiefs took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the inning courtesy of a Matt Boleski double to left that scored Mike Andre (walk) and Mike Barbati (single).

Both clubs went in order in the third inning and the Americans made it a 3-2 game in the top of the fourth when Steve Chamberland singled, moved to second on a walk, to third on a an infield grounder, and scored on a passed ball.

Both Massuli and DiCato settled in nicely over the last two and a half innings as neither team could generate any scoring to account for the 3-2 final.

DiCato went the distance in 107 pitch effort to up his record to 4-0 on the season. The right-hander surrendered six hits, struck out three, and walked three batters.

Massuli gave up just three hits, struck out a couple, but walked six.

Game Two
Just as they did in opener, the Americans jumped out to 1-0 lead against Mike DiCato in the top of the first inning. Mike Addesa led things off with a single to left and stole second. Devin Perry promptly delivered Addesa with a long double down the right-field line giving Melrose a 1-0 lead.

To follow the game one script, the Chiefs came back to tie it up at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning but could have had more. Tony Serino walked and Paul Yanakopoulos dropped a nice bunt for a single. When the throw to get Yanakopoulos at first bounced a few feet away Serino kept running and went to third. Rob DiFranco then got Juan Portes swinging for the first out. Serino was picked off third when the throw to get Yanakopoulos, who was stealing second, was cut off by Perry and he fired to Mark Fusco who applied the tag. The Chiefs did salvage a run out of the inning when Peter Copa dropped a single into right-center that scored Yanakopoulos.

DiFranco and the elder DiCato took control from there as the game stayed 1-1 until the Chiefs got the game winner after two were out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Juan Portes drew a two out walk, stole second, and went to third when Gianni Esposito’s throw sailed into center-field. Copa then delivered his second RBI of the game when he drilled a DiFranco pitch to right to score Portes and putting the Chiefs in front 2-1.

DiCato struck out the first two batters of the seventh before getting pinch hitter Mike Kalfopoulos to bounce to Copa at first to end the game.

DiCato evened his season mark at 2-2 with the complete game win. The veteran scattered six hits, walked two, and struck out a season high nine batters.

DiFranco fell to 1-3 with the loss. The Bates College righty gave up just five hits (three to Copa) and also struck out five.

The now 17-5 Chiefs return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Victory Field in Watertown to meet the Reds at 8:00 PM.



Tuesday, July 23
Chiefs Clinch Playoff Spot

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Joe O'Donnell and John Hosmer in 1968

With their game one win on Monday night the defending champion Chiefs assured themselves a berth in the ICL’s post season. Along with clinching a playoff spot, the Chiefs guaranteed the franchise a winning season for the 48th time.

The Chiefs will return to the playoffs for the sixth straight year. They failed to qualify in both 2006 and 2007 after returning from a two year hiatus from ICL play. It will be 21st time in 23 seasons, since assuming the Andre name in 1989, that they will be in the playoffs.

From 1957 to 1983 the Chiefs were owned by legendary car dealer John Hosmer and participated in the Suburban Twi League and the Intercity League. The franchise was vacated in 1984 and reborn in 1989 when it was awarded to Andre Realty.

Six teams will qualify for the ICL postseason with the top two regular season finishers getting a first round bye. In the first round of the playoffs team 3 will play team 6 and team 4 will meet team 5 in a best of three series. The winners of those series will advance to the best of five semi-finals against the top two seeds. The winners will play in the best of five ICL Championship Series.



Monday, July 22
Chiefs Rally to Beat Blue Sox in Extra Innings, 3-2

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Matt Boleski made key catch in 8th inning

Medford, MA- The Chiefs battled back from a 2-0 fifth inning deficit, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth, eventually taking a 3-2 extra inning win over the Lexington Blue Sox at Tufts University.

In the process, Jared Freni overcame a rough first inning and pitched his way out of a few tight spots to throw blanks the rest of the way and pick up his eighth win of the season.

The Blue Sox jumped out to a quick 2-0 first inning lead on singles from Tommy Bourdan, Ross Curley and a double from Dave Ahern.

It stayed a 2-0 game as Steve Bodnar kept the Chiefs off the board until they scratched out a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Mike Barbati led off with a single, went to second on Paul Yanakopulos’ grounder and to third when Nick Leva bounced out to Curley at third. He scored the Chiefs’ first run when Bodnar threw a wild pitch with Tony Serino at the plate.

The Blue Sox threatened in the top of the sixth when they got leadoff singles from Curley and Steve Gath. Freni escaped to keep it a 2-1 game when he got Jeff Vigurs to fly to Tony Deshler in left and then Ahern to bounce into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

The Chiefs tied it up in the bottom of the sixth. Deshler led off with a walk. Juan Portes was next and he hit a ball down the leftfield line that Tommy McKenna made a nice diving catch on for the first out. The Chiefs caught a break when Copa hit an infield grounder, forcing Deshler at second, before the relay to get him at first was thrown into the Chiefs dugout allowing Copa to go to second. The Chiefs took immediate advantage as Nate Witkowski then singled up the middle, scoring Copa, to tie things up at 2-2.

Neither team could score in the seventh and the game moved to extra innings.

In the Blue Sox eighth, Dan Capra led off with line shot down the right field line and Matt Boleski, who had come into the game a half inning earlier as a pinch runner for Leva, turned in the defensive gem of the day when he robbed Capra of extra bases with a diving catch. Freni then struck out Bourdon before walking Curley, who then moved into scoring position by stealing second. The scoring threat went by the board when Freni got Gath to fly to Serino in center.

The Chiefs won it in the bottom of the eighth. Bodnar hit Deshler with the first pitch of the inning and he then stole second. Portes then drilled a single to right with Deshler being held at third with nobody out. Sean Gustin came out of the Sox bullpen and Copa was issued an intentional walk to load the bases for Witkowski. The count went full before Gustin walked Witkowski, on a very close pitch, to force in Deshler with the game winning run.

Freni, allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out four while raising his record to 8-0.

Bodnar (1-2) took the loss despite surrendering just five hits and striking out two. The righty however walked four and hit two batters.

The Chiefs play the Melrose Americans at Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic) in a doubleheader on Monday with the first game scheduled for 6:30 PM.   



Thursday, July 18
Chiefs Blanked in Lexington, 7-0

Lexington, MA- Drew Brzozowki threw six shutout innings to lead the Blue Sox to a 7-0 win over the visiting Chiefs on Wednesday night.

Brzozowski and Justin Silvestro, who worked the seventh, frustrated the Chiefs all night long, allowing seven hits, walking four, and stranding a dozen runners on base.

The Chiefs appeared poised to make some noise in the top of the first after Tony Deshler walked but was thrown out by centerfielder Tommy Bourdon as he attempted to go first to third on Nate Witkowski’s single.

Tim Dunphy set the Sox down in order in the bottom of the inning and the Chiefs threatened in the top of the second. Mike Barbati reached on an error and Paul Yanakopoulos singled before Brzozowski got out of it when first baseman Tommy Haugh made a nice play on a Matt Boleski grounder that was headed for the right field corner.

Lexington took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Dave Ahern singled and came around to score on Danny Graham’s bad hop triple on a ball that took a huge bounce over Boleski’s glove in right.

The Chiefs left two more men on base in the top of the third after Witkowski walked and Copa singled.

The Blue Sox lead went to 2-0 in the bottom of the third when Ross Curley doubled and scored on Steve Gath’s single that went off Barbati’s glove into short right field.

The Chiefs left the bases loaded in the fourth and two more on in the fifth before the Blue Sox put the game away in the bottom of the inning. Curley led things off with a single to center and Gath followed with another single down the left field line. Jeff Vigurs then dropped a bunt that Nate Witkowski threw wide of first, allowing Curley to score and moving Vigurs and Gath to second and third. Dunphy then got Justin Wright swinging for the first out of the inning before walking Ahern to load the bases. Dunphy then hit Graham with a pitch to force in Gath in make it 4-0. Haugh then hit a chopper over the mound that Dunphy fielded and had to go to first on the play scoring Vigurs with the fifth Blue Sox run. Rob Machado came on for Dunphy and walked Dan Capra and Bourdon in succession to force in Ahern to make it 6-0.

Brzozowski got the Chiefs’ side in order in the top of the sixth before the Sox added another run to make it 7-0 against reliever Dan Bonito.

With the win the Blue Sox go to 8-7-1 on the year while the Chiefs fall to 14-5.

The Chiefs are off until Sunday when they meet the Blue Sox again, this time at Tufts University in Medford, starting at 5:00 PM.  



Tuesday, July 16
Chiefs Sweep Doubleheader From Wakefield, 5-1 & 3-1

Malden, MA- The DiCato Brothers (Matt & Mike) each picked up a win as the Chiefs took both ends of a doubleheader from the Wakefield Merchants, 5-1 and 3-1, at Maplewood on Monday night.

Matt went the distance in a dominating first game performance, allowing just four hits, to get the Chiefs the win in the opener. Mike tossed 3.1 innings of one hit baseball to give his team the sweep in the nightcap.

Game One Recap
The Chiefs jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead and never trailed in the game. Three consecutive singles from Tony Serino, Juan Portes and Peter Copa, along with fielder’s choice RBI from Nate Witkowski, led to the two runs off Merchant starter Connor Mahon.

The Chiefs lead went to 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Mike Andre led things off and reached on an infield chopper over the mound. Nick Leva followed and singled to right. Mike Barbati then moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt. After Mahon got Paul Yanakopoulos to ground out to Scott Searles at short, Tony Serino laced a single to right-center scoring Andre. When Serino tried to stretch it to a double he was thrown out at second before Leva crossed the plate to end the inning.

The Merchants broke through against Matt DiCato in the top off the fifth inning. James Ramsey led things off with a gap double to left-center. After Brooks Townsend grounded out, veteran Steve Langone doubled deep to right-center scoring Ramsey to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 3-1. Jon Davison was next and he flew to Yanakopulos in right and when Langone tagged and tried to go to third, he was thrown out for an inning ending doubleplay.

The Chiefs picked up a couple of more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Barbati led things off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Yanakopoulos. Serino then beat out a bunt single with Barbati moving to third. Portes followed and reached on an infield error allowing Barbati to score with Serino going to third. Copa then delivered Serino with a long sacrifice fly to left to make it a 5-1 ballgame.

DiCato got the Wakefield side in order in the top of the sixth and allowed a two out single to Ramsey in the seventh to close out his third straight win of the season. The righty struck out six and did not issue a walk.Mahon (0-3) struck out three and allowed just three earned runs.


Game Two Recap
Southpaw John Chotkowski made the first start of his two year Chiefs career, going 3.2 innings, before leaving in favor of Mike DiCato with the Chiefs leading 2-1.

The Chiefs picked up two runs off Wakefield starter Christian Ferlan, courtesy of Juan Portes, in the bottom of the third. Ferlan got Matt Boleski and Paul Yanakopulos to both ground out for the first two outs of the inning. Tony Deshler then drew a walk, stole second, and moved to third when catcher Joe Barry’s throw went into centerfield. Portes then gave the Chiefs the lead when he hammered a long two run homer to left-center.

Chotkowski blanked Wakefield over the first three frames. Wakefield came back in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 2-1 and could have gotten much more. Brooks Townsend drew a one out walk before Steve Langone laced a Chotkowski fastball to deep right for a double. Townsend tried to score on the play and was cut down on a nice relay from Mike Barbati to Leva. Bobby Losanno then drilled a triple to right-center scoring Langone. After Chotkowski issued a walk to Nick Murray, the Merchants had runners on the corners with two out. That was the night for Chotkowski and Mike DiCato was brought in from the bullpen to face the right hand hitting Joe Barry. With Murray running on DiCato’s first pitch, Leva caught Losanno wandering off third just far enough for a huge inning ending pickoff.

The Chiefs threatened but couldn’t add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth. Andre and Barbati both singled and were bunted up a base by Leva. The Merchants and Ferlan escaped the jam when Boleski struck out looking and Paul Yanakopulos grounded out to second on a nice play by Murray.

DiCato gave up his only hit of the night when Scott Searles singled with two away in the fifth inning.

Ferlan kept the Chiefs off the board in the bottom of the fifth, despite a leadoff single from Tony Deshler.

DiCato had a strong 1-2-3 sixth with two K’s before the Chiefs picked up an insurance run for him in the bottom of the inning. Andre drew a four pitch walk and Rob Machado came on to pinch run. Barbati then bunted Machado to second before Ferlan hit Leva with a pitch. Brian DiRuzza came on in relief of Ferlan and Boleski greeted him with a line RBI single to right that scored Machado. When the throw home to get Machado skipped to the backstop Leva tried to go to third but was thrown out.

It was all DiCato again in the seventh as he got Lossano to fly to center, struck out Murray, and ended things when pinch hitter Jon Davison grounded to Barbati at second.

DiCato needed just 31 pitches to retire 10 of the 11 batters he faced, striking out four.

Chotkowski gave up just two hits, struck out five, but also walked five.

The 14-4 Chiefs are off on Tuesday and travel to Lexington to tangle with the Blue Sox on Wednesday at 8:00 PM.



Monday, July 15
Chiefs Win in Reading, 2-0

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Juan Portes had 5th Inning RBI

Reading, MA- Jared Freni left runners in scoring position in four innings, including the last three frames, to keep the Bulldogs scoreless and give the Chiefs a hard fought 2-0 win at Morton Field on Sunday evening.

The game featured a fine duel between Freni and Reading right-hander Taylor Robinson.

The Chiefs got their first run in the top of the second inning on a walk to Peter Copa and singles by Paul Yanakopulos and Mike Barbati.

Freni stranded Nick Conti at third in the bottom of the second. The Reading shortstop singled and moved there on two infield grounders before Freni ended the inning with a strikeout.

The Chiefs picked up a big run in the top of the fifth inning.  Nick Leva reached on an infield single but was erased on Tony Serino’s fielder’s choice. Serino moved to second on a passed ball and scored to make it 2-0 when Juan Portes delivered a sharp RBI single just inside the third base bag.

Reading threatened in the bottom of the fifth when Colin Sitarz singled and Brandon Bingel walked. Billy Cataldo moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt before Freni got out of it by getting Dante Padovani to pop up and Paul Crehan to line out to Yanakopoulos in right.

Robinson got the Chiefs in order in the top of the sixth inning and the Bulldogs took another run at Freni in the bottom of the inning. Hank Oringer drew a one out walk and Zac Talis singled. They moved to second and third on Conti’s grounder back to the mound. Freni kept it a 2-0 game when he struck out Sitarz to end the inning.

The Chiefs went 1-2-3 against Robinson again in the top the seventh and Reading threatened one more time in their last at bat. Bingel got things started with a single before Freni struck out Cataldo for the first out. Padovani then singled to left to bring the winning run to the plate. Freni escaped for a fourth time when he got Crehan to fly to Serino in center and Tommy Bounapane to pop to Barbati at second to end the game.

Robinson (2-1) took the loss despite allowing just four hits and striking out six. Freni, now a league best 7-0, surrendered five hits and struck out seven.

The Chiefs stay busy on Monday hosting the Wakefield Merchants at Malden Catholic (Maplewood) in a doubleheader starting at 6:30 PM.  



Wednesday, July 10
Seventh Inning Errors, Perry Single, Gives Melrose 4-3 Win

Melrose, MA- The Melrose Americans took advantage of a couple of two out seventh inning errors, before Devin Perry delivered a game winning walk off single, to hand the Chiefs a 4-3 loss on Family Night at Morelli Field.

The Chiefs squandered several scoring opportunities, which included leaving ten men on base as well as an inning pickoff that at the end of the day came back to haunt them.

Peter Copa’s infield single scored Tony Deshler, who had also singled, to give the Chiefs a 1-0 first inning lead against Melrose starter Manny Powers.

The Americans came back to take a 2-1 lead off Tim Dunphy in the bottom of the second inning on singles from Mike Addesa, James McConnville, Mike Kalfopoulos and Powers.

The Chiefs tied things up in the top of the third when Deshler doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Copa’s sacrifice fly to center.

The Chiefs picked up an unearned run of their own in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Matt Boleski was hit by a pitch and was sacrificed to second by Mike Barbati. Mike DiCato was next and he also dropped a bunt with Addesa bare handing the ball and throwing wide of first allowing Boleski to come around and score the go ahead run.

It stayed 3-2 until two were out in the Melrose seventh. Dunphy issued a four pitch walk to Steve Burke to start the inning. Kalfopoulos then dropped a bunt that third baseman Mike Andre charged and hosed Burke out at second for the first out. Andy Padarat came on to pinch run for Kalfopoulos and the Chiefs brought in righty Mike DiCato to face Gianni Esposito. Esposito hit a chopper in front of the mound and DiCato threw him out at first base for out number two with Padarat moving to second. Pinch hitter Orazio Azzarello then hit a routine grounder to Barbati, the Chiefs’ regular second baseman, who was filling in at shortstop. The ball skipped through Barbati into short centerfield allowing Padarat to score the tying run. When Tony Serino airmailed the throw to the plate for the second error on the play, Azzarello went to second. Perry made the Chiefs pay the price when he drilled DiCato’s first pitch into right field to give Melrose the walk off win.

DiCato (0-2) took the loss while lefty Mike Musulli (1-0), got the win in relief.



Tuesday, July 9
Chiefs Edge Blue Sox 2-1 at Maplewood

Malden, MA- Jared Freni continued his early season mastery, this time outdueling Lexington ace Matt Karis, when the first place Chiefs edged the Blue Sox 2-1 at Maplewood on Monday night.

Karis and Freni, the ICL’s two most dominating pitchers over the last few years, did not disappoint those looking for pitching classic in their first head to head matchup this season.

The Chiefs picked up their only runs of the night in the bottom of the second inning. Mike Andre got things started when he led off with a single to center. Nate Witkowski followed suit and also singled to center to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Matt Boleski was next and he dropped a bunt in front of the mound with Blue Sox first baseman Dave Ahern fielding the ball quickly and throwing to third in an attempt to force Andre. His throw was a little high and went off Ross Curley’s glove into left field allowing Andre to get up and score and sending Witkowski to third. Mike Barbati followed and delivered Witkowski with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 2-0.

It was all Freni and Karis for innings three, four and five, before the Blue Sox broke through and cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the sixth. Second baseman Justin Silvestro drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Dan Capra’s sacrifice bunt. Freni struck out Curley for the second out before Jeff Vigurs drove in Silvestro with Lexington’s first hit of the night, a line drive single to left.

Karis got the Chiefs side in order in the bottom of the sixth. Freni sealed his sixth win of the year in the Blue Sox seventh when he struck out Ahern, got Nick Martinho to fly to Tony Serino in center, and ended things by getting Tommy Bourdon to ground out to Barbati at second.

Freni, now 6-0, struck out nine and walked two in his 98 pitch complete game effort. Karis (3-1) struck out five, issued no walks, and gave up just six hits while retiring the eleven of the last twelve Chiefs he faced over the final three innings. Both of the runs charged to Karis were unearned.

Chiefs Chatter... Monday's game was completed in a brisk one hour and twenty minutes....Karis beat the Chiefs and Mike DiCato by an identical 2-1 score in Lexington back on June 25.... How dominating have Freni and Karis been over the last few years? Well, combined the elite right-handers own a 68-12-3 career record. Freni has gone 32-6-2 and Karis 38-5-1, which includes an overall 13-2 mark the duo have posted in the postseason while each leading their respective teams to ICL championships..... Interestingly, the Chiefs have handed Karis four of his five career defeats while the Blue Sox have tagged Freni three of his six career losses....The Chiefs travel to Morelli Field on Wednesday at 7:15 PM to meet the Americans as the Town of Melrose celebrates ICL Family Night......B.T. 



Tuesday, July 2
Freni, Witkowski Provide 1-0 Win Over Watertown

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Jared Freni

Malden, MA- If you enjoy offense, Maplewood Park was not the place to be on Monday night.

On the other hand, if great defense, dominating pitching, monumental escapes, and flirting with no-hitters and perfect games is your affinity, you would have been well served.

In a gem of pitcher’s duel, where runs and hits were rarer that a dry day this summer, the Reds’ duo of Nick Ahearn and Charlie DeFrancesco and the Chiefs’ Jared Freni hooked up in a classic. Both teams combined for just four hits in the game with the Chiefs’ eventually prevailing 1-0 on Nate Witkowski’s fifth inning RBI single.

Ahearn and Freni were almost perfect through four innings. The first twelve Chiefs that came to plate were retired in succession by Ahearn. Freni was nearly as good, issuing a one out walk to Steve Morganelli in third inning, before picking him off second base.

As they went to fifth inning, the linescore read: twenty four batters up, twenty four batters down. No hits, no runs, and the one baserunner that reached was picked off for good measure.

The Chiefs finally provided some evidence that there was actually a reason to have a Louisville Slugger or two in the yard, when they picked up the lone run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Peter Copa started the inning and singled off Will Brennan’s glove at shortstop. Mike Andre followed and moved Copa to second with a sacrifice bunt. Witkowski then provided the night’s offense when he lined a single to right-center with Copa beating Mac Jacobson’s throw to the plate.

There were a few other scoring threats in the game but neither team could capitalize.

The Reds actually got two men aboard with two outs in the sixth inning when Freni walked Justin Knight and Jacobson in succession. That threat went by the boards when a would be wild pitch didn’t get away from catcher Nick Leva far enough and he hosed Knight out trying to advance to third.

The Chiefs got a big time threat going in the bottom of the sixth inning when they loaded the bases with nobody out. A Leva single and walks to Tony Serino and Tony Deshler finally chased Ahearn from the mound in favor of DeFrancesco. The lefty pulled a Houdini like escape against the Chiefs’ 3-4-5 hitters when he got Juan Portes to ground out, Copa to pop up, and Andre to fly out to left-center, with Josue Feliciano making a nice running catch to end the inning and keep it a one run game.

Feliciano broke up Freni’s bid for a no-hitter and assured that the Reds wouldn’t go quietly in the seventh. After Kyle LaVinge grounded to Portes for the first out, Feliciano drilled a breaking ball into the right-center field gap for a long double. With the tying run in scoring position, Freni struck out the always dangerous Sean Callahan looking for the second out. Brennan, who had hit the ball well all night, was next up but Freni put a close to the evening when he got him to groundout to Mike Barbati at second base.

Ahearn (1-3), went 5 innings plus and allowed three hits and struck out two after his four perfect innings. Freni who is now 5-0, allowed just the seventh inning double, while walking three and added to his impressive strikeout total by setting down 13 Reds.

The Reds and Chiefs are both off for the Fourth of July Break. Watertown returns to action on Sunday when they host the Wakefield Merchants in a doubleheader. The first place Chiefs, who hit the break with a 10-3 mark, also return from their holiday hiatus on Sunday when they entertain the Arlington Trojans at Tufts University in Medford starting at 5:00 PM.  -B.T.



Sunday, June 30
Chiefs Ride Matt DiCato Pitching & Defense to 3-1 Win at Huskins

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Mike Barbati had single, scored run, and had hand in 3 doubleplays

Medford, MA- Matt DiCato scattered seven hits and his teammates provided him with some stellar defense, turning three double plays, as the Chiefs prevailed in rapidly contested 3-1 win over the Mooney Dental Tanners on Sunday evening at Tufts University.

Mooney lefty Chris Pessotti deserved a better fate, allowing just three hits, in a game that took just an hour and thirty two minutes to complete. The customary summer evening strong wind was once again blowing in at hit starved Huskins Field.

The Tanners took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Catcher David Maher singled and was bunted to second by Billy Cuozzo. Evan Andreatta then drew a walk before Carlton Lentini flew to Tony Serino in centerfield for the inning’s second out. Scoop Ruxin followed and delivered Maher with a line drive RBI single to right.

The Chiefs came right back in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Pessotti got Paul Yanakopulos to ground out for the first out before Mike Barbati singled to right-center. Pessotti got himself in trouble when he walked Nick Leva and Serino in succession to load the bases with one away. With Tony Deshler at the plate, Pessotti uncorked a wild pitch allowing Barbati to score to tie the game up at 1-1. Deshler then grounded out to second with Leva scoring on the play giving the Chiefs a 2-1 lead. Pessotti averted further damage when he gloved a Juan Portes seed back to him to end the inning.

That was it in the scoring department until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Chiefs added a big insurance run. Portes drew a walk, stole second, and was bunted to third on a rare sacrifice bunt by cleanup man Peter Copa. Nate Witkowski then hit a sacrifice fly to left allowing Portes to tag and score making it a 3-1 ballgame.

The Tanners got a two out single by Maher in the top of the seventh before DiCato closed the door by getting Cuozzo to ground out to Copa at first.

DiCato, who was the MASCAC Pitcher of the Year this past spring at Framingham State, struck out three and was aided by the Chiefs infield who turned twin killings in the first, fifth, and sixth innings.

Pessotti (1-2) was victimized by his own wildness by walking four batters, two who ended up scoring. The former Burlington standout allowed just three hits despite not striking out a batter.

Jared Freni is expected to get the start when the 9-3 first place Chiefs host the Watertown Reds at Maplewood Park, on the campus of Malden Catholic, on Monday night at 8:00 PM.   



Saturday, June 29
Reading Gets 3-2 Win

Beverly, MA- Dante Padovanni’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and gave Reading a 3-2 win over the undermanned Chiefs at Endicott College on Friday night.

Reading took a 1-0 lead off Chiefs’ lefty Tim Dunphy in the bottom of the first on singles by Hank Oringer and Zac Tallis.

The Chiefs came back and took a 2-1 lead against southpaw Kevin Church in the top of the second inning. Catcher Nick Leva and Mike Barbati both singled and moved up a base on Mike DiCato’s sacrifice bunt. Jon Byrne then delivered an infield single up the middle, scoring Leva, to knot the game at one. Matt DiCato, who was making his first appearance ever in the Chiefs’ outfield, then grounded out for the inning’s second out. Centerfielder Tony Serino gave the visitors the lead when he singled to right scoring Barbati.

Reading tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a Padovanni double and a Paul Crehan RBI single.

In the Reading sixth, Steve Buitkus beat out an infield chopper over the mound and then stole second. Dunphy then got Colin Starz to ground to Paul Yanakopulos at shortstop for the first out of the inning. Ryan Wolfsberg  pinch hit for Bill Cataldo and he was intentionally walked to put runners at first and second with noboby out. Padovanni then drilled a single to left scoring Buitkus with the winning run and went to second when DiCato slipped when fielding the ball on the artificial surface in left.  

Church (2-0) got the win. He surrendered eight hits, walked five, and struck out one.Dunphy, who saw his record fall to 3-2, also allowed eight hits while striking out three and walking just one intentionally.

The Chiefs are back in action on Sunday when they host the Mooney Dental Tanners at Tufts University at 5:00 PM. On Monday they host the Watertown Reds at Maplewood at 8:00 PM before embarking on the ICL’s annual Fourth of July hiatus.   



Friday, June 28
Chiefs Top Reading 3-0 at Maplewood

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Peter Copa had all 3 RBI's

Malden, MA- Jared Freni picked up his fourth consecutive win of the year and his former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst teammate Peter Copa supplied all of the offense when the Chiefs turned back the Reading Bulldogs 3-0 at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night.

Freni again was superb, allowing only a two out triple to Darren Hartwell in the sixth inning. The right-hander struck out fourteen batters and walked just one.

The Chiefs got all of the runs they would need in the bottom of the first inning. Tony Serino reached on an error, Tony Deshler drew a walk, and after a Juan Portes flyout, Copa chased both Serino and Deshler home with a double into the left-centerfield gap.

It went to 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning on consecutive singles from Nick Leva, Serino and Deshler, and a bases loaded walk to Copa.

That was the scoring for the night with the Chiefs managing to strand nine baserunners as Reading starter Nick Kelley (4 innings) and reliever Brian Pedrotti (2 innings) kept the host team off the board the rest of the way.

The Bulldogs best scoring chance came in the sixth when Hartwell drilled a long triple into the right-centerfield gap before Freni struck out Steve Buitkus to end the inning.

The home and home series will continue on Friday night when the Bulldogs and Chiefs are scheduled to meet again, this time at Endicott College in Beverly, starting at 7:45 PM. On Sunday, the Chiefs will host the Mooney Dental Tanners at Tufts University in Medford at 5:00 PM. The Watertown Reds visit Maplewood on Monday night at 8:00 PM before the annual ICL Fourth of July break begins.



Wednesday, June 26
Blue Sox Edge Chiefs 2-1 in Lexington

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Chiefs veteran RHP Mike DiCato

Lexington, MA- Matt Karis (3-0) picked up his third win of the season, outdueling Chiefs' veteran Mike DiCato, to the lead the Blue Sox to a 2-1 win on Tuesday night. With the loss the Chiefs' winning streak was ended at seven games.

The Blue Sox took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Dave Ahearn singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Justin Wright RBI single.

In the Blue Sox fourth inning, Steve Gath drew a leadoff walk and tried to score on a Josh Klimkiewicz double to right but was erased at the plate on a Matt Boleski to Mike Barbati to Nick Leva relay. Klimkiewicz went to third on the throw home and Dan Capra pinch ran for him when he pulled up a bit sore. After Ahearn popped out to Mike Barbati at second base, Jason Twombley drew a walk before Wright drilled a double to right that scored Lexington’s second run.

The Chiefs cut the lead in half to 2-1 in the top of the sixth when Tony Serino drew a walk and scored on consecutive singles by Tony Deshler and Nate Witkowski. Karis left the tying run on base when he got Peter Copa and Mike Andre to both ground out.

The Chiefs threatened to take the lead in the top of the seventh. Karis struck out Paul Yanakopoulos for the first out before Boleski beat out an infield single up the middle. Barbati followed and reached when his grounder was kicked at first base. Leva was next and hit a chopper back to mound and he was thrown out at first with Boleski and Barbati, representing the tying and go-ahead runs, moving to second and third. Karis slammed the door on the Chiefs when he got Serino swinging on a cut fastball to end the game.

Karis allowed five hits, struck out five, and walked just one. DiCato (0-1), who was making his first start of the year, struck out four and surrendered seven hits.

Both teams are back in action on Wednesday. The Blue Sox stay at home and host the Arlington Trojans while the Chiefs return to Maplewood at Malden Catholic to entertain the Reading Bulldogs.



Monday, June 24
Lightning Halts ICL Games on Monday

Both ICL games that were scheduled for Monday night were rained out due to the heavy thunderstorms and lightning that hit the area shortly after 8:00 PM.

The Americans-Chiefs game was halted due to lightning, then heavy thunderstorms, after a 45 minute wait. The Chiefs were batting in the bottom of the fourth inning at Maplewood when the game was called.

In Woburn, the Arlington Trojans-Mooney Dental Tanners game at Ferullo Field was delayed because of lightning and never got started after the heavy rain hit the area.


Saturday, June 22
Chiefs Roll to 7th Straight Win on Saturday

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Jon Byrne went 2 for 3

Lexington, MA- The Chiefs jumped out to 4-0 second inning lead and southpaw Tim Dunphy was perfect for four innings as the Chiefs held off a late Wakefield rally to beat the Merchants 5-3 in the opening game of Saturday’s Jerie D’Angelis Memorial Day of Baseball at Lexington High School. For the Chiefs it was their seventh consecutive win.

After Wakefield starter Conar Mahon and Dunphy matched zeros in the first the Chiefs got what would prove to be the winning runs in the top of the second inning. Mike Andre got things started with a single to right. Nate Witkowski was next and he flew out to center for the first out. Matt Boleski then reached on an errant throw on an infield grounder before Mahon struck out Mike Barbati for the inning’s second out. Eckert bound Jon Byrne followed and chopped an infield single up the middle to load the bases. Paul Yanakopulos quickly unloaded them when he drilled a Mahon pitch deep to left for a bases clearing 3 RBI triple and a 3-0 Chiefs lead. It went to 4-0 a pitch later when Tony Deshler lined a single to left scoring Yanakopulos.

The Chiefs picked up a run to make it a 5-0 game in the top of the fourth but threatened for much more. Byrne led off with another single and Yanakopulos drew a walk. Deshler followed and dropped a perfect bunt single to load the bases for Juan Portes. Mahon got Portes to ground into a 6-4-3 doubleplay with Byrne scoring from third on the play. Mahon then issued his second walk of the inning to Peter Copa before getting Andre to fly out to right to end the inning and keep the Merchants in the ballgame.

Meanwhile, Dunphy was picture perfect through the first four innings, needing just 39 pitches to retire the first dozen Merchants in row.

The Merchants finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Mike Sorrentino tripled to deep right and scored on Ryan Gendron’s sacrifice fly to left cutting the Chiefs’ margin to 5-1.

Jarrod Marchesi came on for the Merchants in the top of the sixth and allowed just a two out single to Portes.

In the bottom of the sixth, veteran John Davison led off with double and Dom Sorrentino pinch ran for him. Sorrentino got as far as third when Dunphy got Joe Barry to fly out and Louis Tarantino and Scott Searles to both ground out to Witkowski at second to keep it 5-1 heading for the seventh.

The Chiefs got a leadoff single from Andre but Marchesi got Witkowski, Boleski, and Barbati on three consecutive infield outs to end the inning.

The Merchants made a big time run at Dunphy in the bottom of the seventh. James Ramsey drew Dunphy’s only walk of the game and Sorrentino followed with his second extra base hit in as many at bats, drilling a double that chased Ramsey to third. Gendron then singled scoring both Ramsey and Sorrentino to draw the Merchants to within striking distance at 5-3. More trouble loomed when Bobby Loscano singled sending Gendron to second and bringing the winning run to the plate in Nick Murray with nobody out. After a missed sacrifice bunt, Murray lined out to Boleski in right for the inning’s first out. Dunphy then got Dom Sorrentino to bounce back to him and he started a 1-6-3 doubleplay to end the game.

Bryne, Portes, Andre and Deshler all had two hits each for the Chiefs.

Dunphy struck out three, walked one, and allowed five hits while raising his record to 3-1 on the season. Mahon, who dropped to 0-2, surrendered eight hits in his five innings of work and struck out two.

The 7-1 first place Chiefs are off on Sunday before hosting the Melrose Americans at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) on Monday night in a game in which the starting time has been changed to 6:45 PM. On Tuesday, the Chiefs travel back to Lexington, this time to meet the Blue Sox, at 8:00 PM. –Bruce Tilman 



Thursday, June 20
Chiefs Take Sixth Straight 5-0 in Woburn

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Chiefs Catcher Nick Leva

Woburn, MA- Jared Freni threw six innings of one hit shutout ball to lead the Chiefs past the previously unbeaten Mooney Dental Tanners 5-0 at Ferullo Field on Wednesday night.

Freni continued his torrid early season strikeout pace and chalked up another fourteen K’s. Matt DiCato worked a scoreless seventh inning for the Chiefs, picking up a strikeout of his own.

Nick Leva had a big night for the Chiefs at the plate with three singles and two RBI’s.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead against Mooney southpaw Chris Pessotti in the second inning on singles by Paul Yanakopulos, Mike Barbati and Leva.

It went to 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning when Nate Witkowski and Peter Copa drew one out walks and moved up to second and third on a Mike Andre fielder’s choice. Witkowski scored when Pessotti uncorked a wild pitch with Yanakopulos at the plate.

The Chiefs added three more runs in the seventh. Andre drew a one out walk from reliever Bennett Deady and Dan Bonito pinch ran. Yanakopulos followed and reached on error with Bonito going to third. Matt Boleski’s then dropped a bunt,and when he was thrown out at first Bonito scored to make it 3-0 with Yanakopulos going to third on the play. Barbati walked and Yanakopulos scored on a passed ball with Barbati moving to second before scoring on another Leva RBI single.

Freni was lifted after experiencing some minor torso discomfort at the end of the sixth inning.

The 6-1 Chiefs are off until Saturday morning when they take on the Wakefield Merchants in the first game of the annual Gerie D’Angelis Day of Baseball at Lexington High. The Chiefs-Merchants game will begin at 10:30 AM, followed by the Americans and Reds at 12:45 PM, the Blue Sox and Trojans at 3:00 PM and finally theTanners and Bulldogs in the nightcap at 5:15 PM. 



Sunday, June 16
Dunphy's Five Hitter, Portes (3 for 4), Lead Chiefs Past Reading, 4-2

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Juan Portes had a 3 for 4 afternoon

Medford, MA- Left-hander Tim Dunphy tossed a complete game five-hitter to lead the Chiefs past the Reading Bulldogs 4-2 on Father’s Day afternoon at Tufts University’s Huskins Field. For the Chiefs, it was their fifth straight win since surrendering a 3-0 lead and losing to the Watertown Reds 5-3 in the season opener.

The Bulldogs took a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Hank Oringer singled, stole second, and scored on Nick Conti’s two out infield single.

The Chiefs came right back and took advantage of starter Brian O’Neil’s wildness to take a 2-1 lead in their half of the first. Walks to Tony Serino, Tony Deshler and Peter Copa, sandwiched around a Juan Portes RBI single and a hit batsman (Nate Witkowski), led to the two runs.

It remained a 2-1 ballgame until the Chiefs pushed across a couple of more runs in the bottom of the fourth. A Portes single, a walk to Witkowski, a misplayed soft liner in left off the bat of Matt Boleski, and a RBI infield single from Chad Conner, gave Dunphy a 4-1 lead heading to the fifth inning.

Reading got an unearned run in the top off the seventh when Dante Padovani reached on a one out error by Witkowski at third and scored on a Billy Cataldo RBI double to account for the 4-2 final.

Dunphy, now 2-1, struck out two and didn’t issue a walk while lowering his ERA to 0.32 in 21.2 innings so far this season. He needed just 77 pitches to record career win 17 in a Chiefs uniform.

O’Neil, who looked dominating at times, allowed six hits and struck out six in his five innings of work. The former Bryant University right-hander walked four (three who scored), and hit Witkowski twice. Lefty Kevin Church came on for the Bulldogs and got the Chiefs side in order in the bottom of the sixth.

Portes, the 2012 ICL Triple Crown winner, finished the day 3 for 4 with an RBI as well as four assists at shortstop.

The starting time for Monday’s game at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) against the Arlington Trojans has been changed to 6:45 PM.



In Memory

Hank Landers
Hank Landers
"One of the Greatest Chiefs of All Time"
Intercity League Hall of Fame & Chiefs Retired Number
April 11, 1961- June 9, 2013



Wednesday, June 12
Chiefs Legend Hank Landers Passes Away at 52

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Hank "The Hammer" Landers
Harold “Hank” Stanley Landers III, 52, of Salem, NH died Sunday, June 9, 2013, surrounded by his loving children and family. Born in Somerville on April 11, 1961 he was the youngest son of the late Harold S. Landers Jr. and the late Irene (Pickett) Landers.

Hank attended Somerville High School and Brown University. In High School, he was an exceptional student athlete, earning three varsity letters each in baseball, football, and basketball. He was also a member of National Honor Society and ranked 18th in Somerville’s graduating class of 645 students.

He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 24th round of the 1979 MLB June Amateur Draft, but Hank decided instead to pursue his college education at Brown University. Hank Landers was highly recruited since he excelled in two sports, football and baseball. While at Brown, he set several individual records as quarterback for the Bears' football team. Baseball was where Hank really made his mark, playing in the outfield. Hank's stats...second in extra base hits, second in total bases, second in slugging percentage, second in career home runs, second in most walks in a season, second in most home runs in a game. All of these diamond accomplishments made it easy for Hank to be selected three times All-Ivy and three times all E.I.B.L. Hank swung a ‘big bat’ earning the nickname “The Hammer”. He was inducted into the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.

In 1982, Hank signed a professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following two years in pro-ball, he settled down in New Hampshire and was father to three children, Jenaleigh, Harold “Hal” IV, and Clayton.

Hank continued following his baseball dream playing in Greater Boston's Intercity League. He played on four Andre Chiefs championship teams in 1990, 1992, 1995 and 1997. He retired in 1998 as a ‘League Legend” and was inducted into the Intercity League Hall of Fame in 2011.

Over the years, Hank worked for MA-COM (East Coast Sales Manager), Progressive
Power Products (Owner), and Vicor Corporation (Director of Sales – America East). He loved his job, but his passion was his three children. His natural abilities were put to good use coaching various teams for his children. Hank was the founder of the New England Rebels AAU baseball program and devoted many years managing and coaching his children and many others.

He was an outstanding father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, coach, and baseball player. He is warmly remembered by many who benefited from his coaching and friendship.

“Live Your Dream” was Hank’s genuine advice.

Hank was a loving father and a great support to his family. He was always there for his children. He leaves behind his daughter, Jenaleigh Landers of Manchester, NH, his son Hal Landers of Salem, NH, and his son Clayton Landers of Salem, NH. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother, David Landers. Hank is survived by his three sisters, Ellen Conroy and husband Brian of Hanson, MA, Patricia Moro of Stoneham, MA, and Clare Morin and husband Joseph of Pelham, NH. In addition to his children and sisters, Hank leaves behind his former wife, Robin (Burba) Landers of Salem, NH, his sister-in-law, Darlene Landers of Lowell, MA, his loving partner, Sharon Siegel of Cape Elizabeth, ME, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be greatly missed.

Calling Hours are on Friday, June 14, 2013, from 4 to 7 PM at Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main Street, Salem, NH. A private funeral service will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Hank’s memory to the Jane Dybowski Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer (http://walkingwithjane.org/contribute/)

To leave an online condolence, please visit: www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com

or facebook.com/GoundreyDewhirstFuneral.

Hank



Thursday, June 13
Freni Throws No-Hitter in 2-0 Win at Watertown

Watertown, MA- Right-hander Jared Freni tossed a no-hitter as the Chiefs shutout the Reds 2-0 on Wednesday night at Victory Field.

For Freni, it was the first no-hitter of his ICL career which began in 2006.

The former UMass-Amherst and Malden Catholic ace raised his record to 2-0 on the season and gave the Chiefs their fourth straight win.

Freni outdueled Babson righty Nick Ahearn (0-2), who was also outstanding on the mound. Ahearn allowed just six hits and was victimized by an infield error and some tough luck when a fly ball was lost in the twilight sky.

The only runs of the game came in the top of the third. Nick Leva led off with a single and was forced out at second on Tony Serino’s infield grounder. The Chiefs caught a break when Tony Deshler’s grounder was booted putting runners on first and second with no outs. Nate Witkowski then grounded out to short with Serino and Deshler each moving up a base. Peter Copa drew a two out walk that loaded the bases. Mike Andre was next and he hit a towering fly to right that was lost by the Reds defense and went for a two RBI single, scoring Serino and Deshler and pushing Copa to third. Ahearn escaped further damage when he struck out Paul Yanakopoulos to end the inning.

For the Chiefs, Andre (2 for 3, 2 RBI), Mike Barbati (2 for 3) and Leva (2 for 3), recorded the only hits for the visitors in the game.

The Reds best scoring chance came in the bottom of the second when Josue Feliciano reached on a one out fielder’s choice, stole second, and went to third when Leva’s throw went into centerfield. Freni got out of the jam by getting Pete John to fly to Serino in shallow center and striking out Rich Boyer.

Barbati and right-fielder Matt Boleski both did their part in preserving Freni’s no-hitter. Barbati made a nice diving backhand stop of a Felicano hard hit grounder and Boleski made a diving circus catch of Steve Tramontozzi liner, that had extra bases written all over, it in the third inning.

It was the Chiefs’ first no-hitter since the 2011season when the team had two in ten days. Rob Machado no-hit the Reading Bulldogs on June 30 and Mike DiCato turned the trick against the Mooney Dental Tanners on July 9.

Prior to 2011, the last Chiefs’ no-hitter was on June 13, 2007 by Keith Forbes against the Wakefield Merchants at Walsh Field. Forbes’ gem was the first in dozen seasons for the team since former Boston Red Sox hurler Mike Carista threw a masterpiece in a July 14, 1995, win over the Cremone A’s at Morelli Field in Melrose.

The now 4-1 Chiefs are off until Sunday when they host the Reading Bulldogs at Tufts University in Medford at 5:00 PM.



Sunday, June 9
DiCato Brothers, Dunphy Lead Chiefs to Sunday Sweep

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Rob Caggiano had first ICL Hit

Arlington, MA- The Chiefs swept both ends of a doubleheader at Summer Street Field in Arlington on Sunday afternoon, winning the opener 8-4 and then riding the shutout pitching of Tim Dunphy to take the nightcap 7-0.

The Chiefs played Sunday’s games with heavy hearts and without right-fielder Hal Landers, after learning that former Chiefs’ great and ICL Hall of Famer Hank Landers, who is Hal’s dad, passed away earlier in the day. (see separate story)

In the opener, Tony Serino, Juan Portes (double, single 2 RBI), Paul Yanakopulos and Mike Barbati all had two hits. Tony Deshler (2 RBI), Mike Andre, Nate Witkowski (triple), Chad Conner and Matt Boleski (double) all chipped in to pace the 13 hit attack. Every Chief in the lineup had at least one hit.

Matt DiCato (1-0) went the first 5.1 innings to get his first win of the season. Big brother Mike DiCato came on to get out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth to pick up the save.

In Game Two, Dunphy’s complete game five-hit shutout gave the Chiefs the 7-0 win.

The Chiefs matched their hit of total of 13 in the first game. Serino led the way with three hits, while Deshler and Witkowski each had a couple of hits each. Portes (double, RBI), Andre (single, RBI), Boleski (double, 2 RBI) and Nick Leva (single, RBI) led the offense.

Babson’s Rob Caggiano recorded the first hit of his ICL career with a pinch hit single in the top of the seventh.

Dunphy struck out five and didn’t walk a batter while bringing his record to an even 1-1 for the year.

The Chiefs will send Jared Freni (1-0) to the mound on Monday night when they meet the 3-0 Mooney Dental Tanners at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) starting at 8:00 PM.

 

 



Wednesday, June 5
Chiefs Get 8-1 Win Over Americans

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Melrose, MA- Jared Freni and Matt DiCato combined for seventeen strikeouts and the Chiefs knocked out some timely hits and took advantage of some defensive lapses to knock off the Melrose Americans 8-1 at Morelli Field on Wednesday night.

Freni (1-0) was dominant throughout the game. The right-hander struck out 15 batters, allowed just one hit, one run, and walked a batter in 6.1 innings. DiCato struck out two in the seventh inning while allowing one hit.

Tony Serino went 2 for 4 with a couple of RBI’s to lead the Chiefs offense while Peter Copa, Mike Andre and Mike Barbati all had RBI hits. Tony Deshler added two singles and Juan Portes a long double for the Chiefs.

Mike Kalfopoulos (double) and James McConnville had the two American’s hits.-B.Tilman



Chiefs Receive 2012 Championship Rings

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2012 Championship Ring

Medford, MA- The 2012 Chiefs received their championship rings over the weekend. The rings were designed by Balfour Ring Company coordinated through the efforts of Hal Smith of NES Jewelry of Littleton, MA. Smith, a former Harvard standout, played in the Boston Park League in the 1970’s for Mass Envelope.

The ring features a replica of the Chiefs logo set over a garnet stone, replicating the colors of the team. Each ring has the players name, number and position etched on one side, with the Intercity logo and the team's overall record on the other. 

The members of last season’s championship squad got their rings at an on field ceremony at Huskins Field, the longtime home of the Chiefs, located on the campus of Tufts University in Medford.



Monday, June 3
Chiefs Drop Opener to Watertown Reds, 5-3

Medford, MA- Dan Chaisson delivered a two out, two RBI double in the top of the eighth inning to get the Watertown Reds past the Chiefs 5-3 at gusty Tufts University on Sunday afternoon.

The Chiefs squandered a 3-0 first inning lead in a sloppily played game that saw each team make four errors. In an ICL rarity, all eight runs scored in the game were unearned.

After starter Tim Dunphy retired the Reds in the top of the first, the Chiefs got all runs they would get in the game in the bottom of the inning. Hal Landers started things with a single and the Reds threw Tony Deshler’s double play ball into rightfield, sending Landers to third. Juan Portes popped up for the first out before Reds starter Cal Carroll walked Peter Copa to load the bases.  Mike Andre then flew to center, and with wind blowing in and knocking it down, it was not deep enough for Landers to tag. Chad Conner followed and drilled a single to right-center, scoring Landers and Deshler for a 2-0 Chiefs lead. The second Reds’ infield error of the inning, off the bat of Tony Serino, allowed Copa to score the third Chiefs run of the inning.

The Reds chipped a run off the lead in the second on an infield error and a Will Brennan opposite field double to left.

Watertown tied the game up 3-3 in unusual fashion in their half of the third. After two were out, Pete John singled. Dunphy then struck out Sean Callahan-Montague swinging on a low breaking ball in the dirt. The Reds stayed alive when catcher Chad Conner’s throw to get Callahan-Montague at first sailed into rightfield, with John going to third. Dunphy came right back to strike out Josue Feliciano on yet another low pitch that hit the front of the plate and caught a piece of Conner’s equipment and sailed up and over the backstop, allowing John to score the tying run. Dunphy got Chaisson to ground out to finally end the inning.

The Reds broke the tie in the eighth. After John grounded out to Portes at shortstop, Callahan drew a walk and moved to second on Feliciano’s bunt.  Kyle LaVigne then reached on an error by Kevin Luciano, who had come on at third base, after Andre was lifted for a pinch runner and Matt Boleski pinch hit for Rob Caggiano in the seventh. Chaisson made that error hurt when he followed with a line shot double over Tony Deshler’s head in left, giving the Reds a 5-3 lead.

Carroll (1-0), went a strong seven innings to get the win. He allowed just four hits (Landers, Conner, Portes and Andre), despite striking out just one.

Dunphy (0-1) was nearly as good, going 7.2 innings, allowing five unearned runs and five hits. Both of his two strikeout victims reached base safely in the Reds two run third inning.

Monday’s scheduled game against Wakefield at Maplewood Park, on the campus of Malden Catholic, was postponed due to field conditions.

The Chiefs are back in action on Wednesday at 7:15 PM when they travel to Morelli Field to meet the Melrose Americans.



THE 2012 SEASON
CHAMPS!!
Chiefs Get Recognized by BoSox
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The 2012 ICL Champion Chiefs were recognized by the BoSox on September 25.
Several Chiefs who were still in the area were able to attend the event at the Sheraton Needham.
Kneeling from L to R: Edward Ovalle, Mike Andre, Matt Boleski and Tony Deshler.
Standing L to R: Coach John Veneziano, Peter Copa, Juan Portes, Coach Anthony
Durkee, Manager Chuck Andre, Tim Dunphy, Nick Leva, Mike Barbati and Assistant Manager Paul Crisafulli
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CHIEFS TAKE ICL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH
3-0 WIN IN GAME FIVE


SCROLL DOWN TO SEE MARK A. CAVANAUGH'S GAME 5 HIGHLIGHTS IN PICTURES
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Lexington, MA- The Chiefs once again rule the Intercity League.
For the first time since 1997 the Chiefs are the kings of the ICL.
The Chiefs rode the pitching of ace Jared Freni, who pitched his second shutout of the series, allowing just six hits and striking out five, to knock off the five time defending champion Lexington Blue Sox 3-0 in Lexington on Sunday afternoon.
Juan Portes & Mike Baillargeon led the offense.
It was the eighteenth championship for the franchise and the fifth since they became the Andre Chiefs. The legendary Hosmer Chiefs won thirteen titles in both the Suburban Twi-League and the ICL dating back to 1960.
**SCROLL DOWN TO MORE PHOTOS & STEVE FREKER'S GAME 5 COVERAGE***
ANDRE 2 RBI WALK OFF
GIVES CHIEFS GAME TWO, 3-2
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Mike Andre delivered another game-winner
Clutch Two Out Single Puts Chiefs in 2-0 Series Lead,
Dunphy Shines on Mound Once Again,

CHIEFS TAKE GAME ONE, 2-0
FRENI K'S 12 in 4-HITTER
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Jared Freni



Thursday, November 1
Bercume MVP, Freni Outstanding Pitcher & Playoff MVP, Portes Named Top ICL Hitter

The ICL is pleased to announce its 2012 award winners. The recipients will be honored on Saturday evening, November 10th as part of the Intercity League’s annual Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.

MVP- JEFF BERCUME (Andre Chiefs)
OUTSTANDING HITTER-JUAN PORTES (Andre Chiefs)
OUTSTANDING PITCHER-JARED FRENI (Andre Chiefs)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR- NICK CONTI (Reading Bulldogs)
ROOKIE PITCHER OF THE YEAR-NICK CARAFA (Testa Corp. Bombers)
PLAYOFF MVP-JARED FRENI (Andre Chiefs)
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD- KEEGAN DENAPOLI (Mooney Dental Tanners)


The events will begin at 6:00 PM on November 10th. Event Chairman Orazio Azzarello can be reached at (617) 839-1488 for tickets or be reached by email at iclhalloffame@yahoo.com


Monday, September 3
Boston Red Sox and BoSox Club to Honor Chiefs on September 25th

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Boston, MA- The accolades continue to pour in for the Chiefs following the winning of the 2012 Intercity League Championship last Sunday.

The Boston Red Sox and the BoSox Club have gotten into the act and will honor the Chiefs at a luncheon on Tuesday, September 25 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel.

At the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 AM, the Chiefs will receive their 2012 championship trophy.

Later that day the Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park at 7:10 PM.



Monday, August 27
CHAMPIONS- CHIEFS TAKE ICL TITLE WITH 3-0 WIN IN GAME FIVE

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Jared Freni delivers last pitch of Game 5

By Stephen Freker
Medford Daily Mercury/Malden Evening News

Jared Freni’s done plenty this summer throwing smoke off the mound for the Andre Chiefs.

But there are two items that could not be brought up prior to last night’s ballgame, another gem by the righthander from Malden.

Now they can be said:

Freni has been the best pitcher in the best semiprofessional baseball league in Massachusetts from his opening start to his last.

And the best pitcher in the Intercity League hurls for the best TEAM in the ICL.

Case closed.

With Freni running the defense through his towering presence on the Chiefs mound, and his Andre teammates finally busting out of offensive funk, a 15-year ICL championship drought for one of the winningest teams in league history came to a end with a 3-0 shutout victory for the Chiefs over five-time defending champ Lexington last night on the road in a winner-take-all Game Five.

It is the Chiefs’ first crown since the 1997 campaign and the eighteenth overall for the franchise and fifth for manager Chuck Andre.

The Chiefs, then known as the Hosmer Chiefs, won thirteen other ICL and Suburban Twi-League crowns from 1960-1980.

In defeating Lexington, the Chiefs stopped a five-year championship streak for the Blue Sox.

In Sunday’s clincher, the Chiefs scored the only run they would need in the first inning. Hal Landers had a leadoff single, Tony Deshler sacrificed Landers to second and Juan Portes doubled to left to drive in Landers.

Freni won his second game of the finals and his second shutout. He scattered six hits, struck out five and walked one.

Portes had two doubles, an RBI and run scored for the Chiefs. Mike Baillargeon doubled and had a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Jeff Bercume drove in the Chiefs’ other run.
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Scoreboard in Lexington at 7:05 PM Tells the Story

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GAME FIVE HIGHLIGHTS IN PICTURES
Courtesy of Mark A. Cavanaugh



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Hal Landers led off game with a single
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Tony Deshler bunts Landers to second

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Juan Portes doubles to left

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Landers rounds thirds and scores first run on Portes' RBI double
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Portes shows Umpire Ed Pilarski ball after Leva hosed out Vigurs

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Game 2 hero Mike Andre has that serious Championship look in 4th inning

Edward Ovalle Game 5
First year Chief and former Minnesota Twin Edward Ovalle got into the act
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Mike DiCato makes catch as the Chiefs keep playing the "D"

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Deshler leads off 6th with a single

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After Portes walked, Bercume reached on a bunt

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Bercume reaches on bunt scoring Desher as John Veneziano discusses the plan
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Mike Baillargeon hit a Sacrifice to left

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Portes tags and scores third run in Top of the Sixth

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Baillargeon grabs pop up as Mike Andre salutes final out of 6th inning
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Chiefs bench reacts with three outs to go

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Not mana from heaven but close as Andre snags 1st out of 7th as Portes looks on

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Landers camps under second out of 7th inning!
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Two strikes, two outs as Jared gets sign for final pitch

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Freni sends final pitch on its way

Rob Machado Game 5
and then ....Rob Machado reaction.....
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then Mike Barbati's reaction.....

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Christian Veneziano's and Jeff Bercume's reaction.....

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..and then Juan Portes & Mike Baillargeon's reaction...
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and Rob Caggiano, Andy Cavanaugh & Tim Dunphy's reaction....

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and finally Andre and Freni's reaction......

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...you know Freni threw strike 3, and then, as they say, the rest is history!

Monday, August 27
2012 Intercity League Champions

2012 Chiefs Team Photo

FIRST ROW (kneeling L to R) Nick Leva, Mike Baillargeon,Christian Veneziano, Brendan Pyburn, Mike Barbati, Mike DiCato, Peter Copa, Andy Cavanaugh, Juan Portes and Manager Chuck Andre
SECOND ROW (standing L to R) Assistant Manager Paul Crisafulli, Coach Steve Calabresi, Nate Witkowski, Paul Yanakopulos, Matt Boleski, Jeff Bercume, Matt DiCato, Dan Bonito, Rob Machado, Tim Dunphy, Tony Deshler, Jared Freni, Mike Andre, Hal Landers, Jon Byrne and Coach John Veneziano. Missing are Tim Quinn, Rob Caggiano, Paul Covelle, John Chotkowski, Sam McDonough & Edward Ovalle


Saturday, August 25
LEXINGTON EVENS SERIES WITH 2-0 WIN, DECIDING GAME FIVE ON SUNDAY AT 5:00 PM

By Bruce Hack
Malden, MA - The 2012 Intercity League season has come down to one game as the Lexington Blue Sox tied the finals at 2-2 with a 2-0 win over the Andre Chiefs at Maplewood Field at Malden Catholic Friday night.

Steve Bodnar, 2-0, pitched a complete game six hitter as he shut down the Chiefs offense. He got 16 ground ball outs and his infielders turned three double plays in the first four innings. In the first inning with Chief runners on first and third Bodnar induced Jeff Bercume to hit into a 6-3 double play. Mike Andre led off the second with single but was erased on a 5-4-3 double play. After a 1-2-3 third inning, all on ground balls, the Blue Sox infield turned its third double play on another ground ball by Bercume, this time it was 4-6-3.

Jason Twomley powered the Lexington offense hitting a towering home run to right center to lead off the third with his first home of the playoffs.

The Blue Sox added an insurance run in the seventh. With one out Dave Ahern singled to the shortstop hole. Jeff Vigurs followed with a perfect hit-and-run single through the left side to put runners on the corners. Vigurs stole second to move into scoring position and put Sox runners at second and third with one out. Twomley delivered again this time with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Ahern and gave Lexington a 2-0 lead.

The Chiefs did not go quietly in the seventh. Bercume had a leadoff single to left and was replaced by pinch runner Rob Caggiano. Andre singled to center, his second hit of the game, and he was replaced by Mike Barbati. With no outs Ed Ovalle attempted to move the runners over by bunting, but hit it right back to the pitcher and Bodnar threw out Caggiano at third for the first out. With Mike Baillargeon at the plate a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. Bodnar struck out Baillargeon swinging for the second out. Pete Copa pinch hit for Mike DiCato and hit a chopper back to Bodnar who threw to Twomley for the final out of the game.

Matt DiCato made his first appearance of the playoffs and went the distance for the Chiefs. He gave up five hits, walked one, the only walk of the game, and struck out six. He gave up lead off doubles in the fourth (Justin Wright) and fifth (Vigurs), but stranded both runners.

Vigurs had two hits for Lexington and did another outstanding job at catcher. The Blue Sox infield of Joe Eramo at third, two putouts and four assists, Steve Gath at short with three assists, two putouts and two double plays, Justin Wright at second who had three assists and four putouts and two double plays and Twomley at first who had 10 putouts, had another great game.

Last season these two teams battled to five games in the finals. In 2011 Lexington won the first two games and then saw Andre win consecutive nights on walk-off hits to tie the series at 2-2. This year Andre jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see Lexington come back and tie the series at 2-2. Will history repeat itself in game five or will there be a new ICL champion. Come to Lexington High School on Sunday at 5 p.m. to find out who will be the 2012 ICL champion.


Thursday, August 23
Karis & Blue Sox Take Game Three in Lexington, 5-1

Lexington, MA- The Lexington Blue Sox won Game Three of the best of five championship series 5-1 at Lexington High School on Thursday night.

The Chiefs lead the series two games to one. Game Four wll be played at Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic on Friday at 8:00 PM.

Over the first three innings the game feautured some fine pitching from the Chiefs' Mike DiCato and Lexington's Matt Karis. Karis retired nine of the first ten Chiefs he faced with the streak broken when Paul Yanakopulos reached on an error by shortstop Steve Gath with two outs in the third. DiCato allowed just a first inning double to Justin Wright and a walk to Dan Graham and struck out the side in order in the bottom of the third.

The night's scoring began when the Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning against Karis. Tony Deshler led off with a single up the middle and Juan Portes followed with a single to right that sent Deshler to third. Jeff Bercume then hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay with Deshler scoring. Mike Andre then reached on an error but Karis got out of the inning when he got Edward Ovalle to fly to left.

Lexington came back to score four times in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Dan Graham's one out double to left-center got the rally started. DiCato was an out away from escaping the inning when he struck out Dave Ahern for out number two before issuing what proved to be a costly walk to Jeff Vigurs. Jason Twomley then tied the game at 1-1 with a single to right. Dan Capra was next up and he singled to center with Landers' throw on target to the plate with Vigurs colliding with Chiefs catcher Nick Leva and scoring on the play. When Joe Eramo followed with Lexington's third consecutive single to right scoring Twomley and Capra, the Blue Sox had a 4-1 lead.

Karis frustrated the Chiefs over the next two innings retiring all six batters he faced.

Eramo closed out the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning that scored Capra who had doubled to jump the lead to 5-1.

The Chiefs made a little noise in the top of the seventh when Bercume and Baillargeon both singled but Karis gave the Blue Sox Game Three when he struck out Leva to end the evening.

Karis threw just 60 pitches in the complete game four hit win. He walked none and struck out two.

DiCato took the loss in a complete game effort. He gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out five
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Wednesday, August 22
MIKE ANDRE TWO RBI WALK-OFF GIVES CHIEFS GAME TWO OF CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES, 3-2

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By Bruce Tilman
Malden, MA-
Mike Andre delivered a two out, two RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel the Chiefs to a come from behind and edge of your seat 3-2 win in Game Two of the Intercity League 's Championship series at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night.

With the win, the Chiefs take a 2-0 lead in the best of five series with Game Three scheduled for Lexington High on Thursday at 8:00 PM.

This one had all the twists and turns of an evening commute on Storrow Drive as the Chiefs pulled off more seventh inning dramatics to put themselves on the brink of an ICL Championship.

The Chiefs appeared poised to take a lead in the bottom of the first inning against Blue Sox starter Drew Brzozowski. Hal Landers got things going with a long double to left-center. Tony Deshler was next and he grounded out to Steve Gath at shortstop with Landers moving to third. Juan Portes followed with a hard grounder to Ross Curley at third, and with Landers going on contact, Curley threw a strike to catcher Jeff Vigurs to erase Landers at the plate. Jeff Bercume then drove Dave Ahern back to the fence in center to make a nice catch in his bid for a two run homer that ended the inning.

It was the Blue Sox who drew first blood and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Ahern went the home run route and drilled a 0-2 Tim Dunphy change-up over the centerfield fence to give Lexington a one run lead.

In the Chiefs second, Andre flew deep to center for the first out and former Minnesota Twin Edward Ovalle singled sharply to left. Brzozowski kept the Chiefs scoreless when he struck out Mike Baillargeon and then got Mike DiCato to fly to center.

Dunphy got the Sox in order in the top of the third inning and the Chiefs threatened with two outs in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t come up with the equalizer. Deshler and Portes both singled with two away before Brzozowski retired the dangerous Bercume on sharp grounder to Jason Twomley at first to end the inning.

Lexington’s lead doubled to 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning, again thanks to Ahern. Gath drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on Dan Graham’s grounder. Ahern picked up his second RBI of the night with a single to left, scoring Gath, to make it a 2-0 ballgame.

The Chiefs got their first run of the night in the bottom of the fourth inning. Andre led things off with a single to center and Ovalle reached on an infield error. With Baillargeon at the plate, he missed on a bunt attempt that was a called strike and was dropped by Vigurs. Unsure if the ball was bunted or dropped, Andre headed for third where he was gunned out by Vigurs for the first out of the inning. The Chiefs then caught a break when Wright misplayed Baillargeon’s grounder sending Ovalle to third. Mike DiCato then a hit a grounder at Twomley at first who tagged the bag but Baillargeon beat his throw to second allowing Ovalle to score the Chiefs’ first run that cut the lead to 2-1.With Baillargeon in scoring position, Brzozowski got Nick Leva to bounce out to Wright at second to end the inning.

Dan Capra reached on an error by Baillargeon on a hard hit ball and stole second with one out in the Lexington fifth. Dunphy kept it at 2-0 when he got pinch-hitter Dan Haugh on a groundout  and Justin Wright on a flyout to Landers in center.

Brzozowski enjoyed his best inning of the night in the Chiefs’ fifth when he struck out Landers, Deshler and Portes in succession.

Gath drew his second consecutive leadoff walk from Dunphy to start the Lexington sixth but he was erased when Graham hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay. The inning ended when Ahern was retired for the first time in the game on a fly to Ovalle in right.

The Chiefs looked to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth but were once again turned back by Brzozowski. Bercume led off with a line single off Twomley’s glove to right. Rob Caggiano came on to pinch for for Bercume who has been nursing a hamstring pull suffered in the Watertown series. Andre then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt moving Caggiano to second. Ovalle followed and drew a walk. With Baillargeon at the plate, Vigurs attempted pickoff of Ovalle got past Twomley moving the runners up to second and third. Brzozowski came up huge when he caught Baillargeon looking at a breaking ball for the second out and then got DiCato to bounce out to Wright to keep it 2-1 heading for the seventh.

Dunphy struck out Vigurs and Twomley for the first two outs of the seventh before Jack Laurendeau singled sharply to left. Capra sent a shot deep to right-center that Landers made a nice running catch on to end the inning an set up the dramatic Chiefs’ seventh.

Brzozowski hit Leva with the first pitch he threw in the bottom of seventh and Paul Yanakopulos came on as a pinch-runner. Landers then moved Yanakopulos to second with a sacrifice bunt. Deshler was next and he beat out an infield grounder to Haugh who was subbing for the injured Curley at third. Portes followed and he worked a full count walk to load the bases for Matt Boleski who was hitting for Bercume who was lifted for a pinch runner an inning earlier. Brzozowski was equal to the task and struck out Boleski swinging to put the Sox an out away from tying the series. Andre took a fastball for a strike and then saw another pitch for a ball to even the count. Brzozowski’s 1-1 offering was the last of the night as Andre singled to right center scoring Yanakopulos from third and the sliding Deshler from second to give the Chiefs the dramatic two out 3-2 comeback win.

For the Chiefs, it was their fourth straight walk off win against the Blue Sox in Malden dating back to last year’s game three of the championship series when they rallied from a 4-1 seventh inning deficit to take a 5-4 win. In game four of that series, Andre delivered a walk off tenth inning grand slam to give the Chiefs a 6-2 win. Back on July 2, Portes provided the walk off game winner with a two RBI single giving the Chiefs a 5-4 win.

Dunphy allowed four hits (Ahern 2, Gath & Laurendeau) and struck out five. Brzozowski allowed eight hits (Andre 2, Deshler 2 and Portes, Ovalle, Bercume & Landers one each) and struck out six.



Tuesday, August 21
FRENI 12 STRIKEOUT 4-HITTER GIVES CHIEFS ICL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES OPENER

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Lexington, MA- Right-hander Jared Freni tossed a twelve strikeout, four hit gem to give the Chiefs a 2-0 win and a one game to none lead in opener of the Intercity League’s best of five championship series on Tuesday night in Lexington. Game Two will be played at Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic on Wednesday at 8:00 PM.

The Chiefs gave Freni the only run he would need in the top of the first inning. Leadoff man Hal Landers drew a walk from Lexington starter Brett Fistes and went to third on Tony Deshler’s single to right. With Juan Portes at plate, Fistes threw a wild pitch as Landers scored standing to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. With Deshler at second, Fistes got Portes, Jeff Bercume, and Mike Andre to all ground out to end the inning.

The Blue Sox got a man in scoring position in the bottom of the first inning on Justin Wright’s single, but Freni got both Steve Gath and Dan Graham on outfield flies to keep it 1-0.

A Nick Leva two out single was all the Chiefs could generate against Fistes in the top half of the second. Lexington took advantage of walks to Jason Twomley and Jeff Vigurs to move two runners into scoring position with two outs in the bottom of the inning before Freni got Dan Capra to fly to Landers in center.

Fistes struck out Landers and Deshler to open the top of the third before Portes singled and

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Bercume was hit by a pitch but Fistes got Andre to fly out to Capra in left.

Wright reached base for the second time when he drew a one out walk in the Lexington third but Freni struck out Gath and Graham to send the game to the fourth inning.

Leva’s second single of the night gave the Chiefs another two out baserunner in the top of the fourth but Paul Yanakopulos flew out to end the inning. Vigurs went the same route with a two out single for Lexington in the home half of the frame but Freni got Jack Laurendeau to bounce out to Portes at short that ended the inning.

Portes gave the Chiefs their fourth straight inning with a two out single in the top of the fifth. Twomley’s nice play on a Bercume grounder to first base ended the inning as the game headed to the Blue Sox fifth. Ross Curley singled to center with one out but Freni stayed tough and got Wright to ground out and struck out Gath swinging to end the inning.

The Chiefs threatened but couldn’t push a run across in the top of the sixth.  Andre got things started when he led off with a single to left and Edward Ovalle sacrificed him to second. Mike DiCato was next and reached on a Wright error at second that sent Andre to third. Fistes then got Leva to bounce back to him with Andre forced to hold at third and DiCato moving up to second. Fistes then came up with his biggest strikeout of the game when he got Yanakopulos swinging to end the inning.

Graham led off the Lexington sixth with a single to center and after two unsuccessful bunt attempts by Capra, he flew to Ovalle in right for the first out. Graham then stole second as Freni struck out Twomley for out number two. Vigurs was next and he struck out swinging on a low breaking ball that got past Leva allowing him to go to first with Graham moving to third. Freni kept the one run lead intact when he got Laurendeau to ground to Portes at short.

The Chiefs caught a break and picked up a big insurance run in the top of the seventh. After Landers and Deshler both grounded out, Portes hit his third consecutive single of the night to left and stole second. Bercume, who was hitting in the cleanup spot in the game, was next and he hit a grounder up the middle that was gloved by Gath but his throw to first was high for an error allowing Portes to score the Chiefs’ second run in unearned fashion.

Freni was immense in the bottom of the seventh striking out the side to preserve the two run lead.

Fistes allowed seven hits (Portes 3, Leva 2, Andre & Deshler 1 each) struck out five, walked one, and hit a batter. Along with his dozen K’s, Freni walked three and threw 123 pitches in his complete game effort.



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Thursday, June 6
Championship Broadcast Links

You can now listen to and download Sam Feeley's
broadcast of all Five Championship Series Games
Just Click the Link Below:
http://www.mediafire.com/?iv8k5mfukgmmh
Follow the links to see Chiefs Championship Coverage:
Boston Globe (9/2/12)
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2012/09/01/bercume-deshler-help-propel-andre-chiefs-intercity-league-baseball-title/12VM58RWPmpHnIhQf4ukoO/story.html
Boston Globe (8/31/12)
http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/minors/2012/08/29/andre-chiefs-topple-blue-sox-capture-intercity-league-title/xAXG7uzNLF6WnNZGdxLihK/story.html
Inside Medford (8/27/12)
http://insidemedford.com/2012/08/26/chiefs-face-blue-sox-sunday-in-deciding-game-5/
Medford Patch (8/27/12)
http://medford.patch.com/articles/andre-chiefs-win-intercity-title
Wicked Local (8/30/12)
http://www.wickedlocal.com/medford/sports/x976204561/Medfords-Andre-Chiefs-win-InterCity-League-championship#axzz25Jkv6Ai5
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Thursday, August 16
CHIEFS SWEEP INTO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES WITH 8-7 WIN OVER REDS

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Mike Barbati

Malden, MA- For the third consecutive night the Chiefs prevailed in a one run game and in the process swept the Watertown Reds three games to none in their best of five semi-final series. The Chiefs will now move on to the Intercity League Championship for the second consecutive season and for the third time in the last four years.

The Chiefs took the series opener 2-1 in a marquee matchup between two of ICL’s best pitchers with Jared Freni’s one-hitter besting Reds ace Brian Casey. A night later they saw the Reds, who were down to their last strike, rally to tie the game at 2-2 before they came back and won it on Matt Boleski’s tenth inning single.

The series clincher came Thursday night at Maplewood Park and by no means did it come easy. In a back and forth game that saw four lead changes, the Chiefs dug themselves out of 1-0 and 4-2 holes to a take a 8-4 lead into the seventh before another Reds’ rally came up a run short as they held on to win 8-7.

In the middle of it all was Chiefs veteran righty Mike DiCato, who surrendered a career high eleven hits. He somehow managed to go the route, including the nail-biting seventh, before he sent his team to the finals with a huge game ending strikeout.

The Reds drew first blood and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on singles by Matt McEvoy, Steve Busby and Brendan Casey.

Watertown starter Andrew LeBrun kept the Chiefs off the board in the bottom of the first.

DiCato pitched himself out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the second and the Chiefs responded in the bottom of the inning to take their first lead of the night at 2-1. After Mike Baillargeon flew to left for the first out, Nick Leva singled. Consecutive walks to Mike Barbati and Paul Yanakopulos loaded the bases for Hal Landers who beat out the back end of an attempted 6-4-3 doubleplay to allow Leva to score and tie the game at 1-1. Tony Deshler followed with a sharp RBI single to left that scored Barbati giving the Chiefs their first lead of the night. LeBrun then issued his third walk of the frame to re-load the bases before he struck out Edward Ovalle swinging to keep it a 2-1 affair.
 
DiCato settled in nicely and enjoyed a seven pitch 1-2-3 third inning. LeBrun had his best inning of the night when he returned the favor and retired the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the inning.

The Reds came back and took their second lead of the game when they scored three times in the top of the fourth to re-claim the lead at 4-2. Dan Chaisson got things started with a line single to left. DiCato struck out Will Brennan for the first out and Steve Tramontozzi followed with another single. Kevin Kelley drew a walk to load the bases for leadoff man Mac Jacobson. Jacobson singled to center to score Brennan with Landers coming up big and throwing out Tramontozzi at the plate on a close play. McEvoy followed and lined a full count fastball into right center scoring Kelley to put the Reds back in front 3-2. Baillargeon then booted a grounder off the bat of Busby that allowed Jacobson to score and give the Reds a 4-2 lead. Deshler tracked down catcher Sean Callahan-Montague’s bid for a three run homer on the warning track in left to end the inning and keep the Chiefs within striking distance.

Two runs came across for the Chiefs in the bottom of the fourth when they tied the game at 4-4. Barbati drew LeBrun’s fifth walk of the game and Paul Yanakopulos followed with a single. They both moved up on a wild pitch before Landers sent Barbati home with a sacrifice fly to left. LeBrun’s control problems continued as he walked Deshler to load the bases. Juan Portes was next and he hit a hard grounder to Casey at third. The former Azusa Pacific standout stepped on third to force Yanakopulos but his throw across the diamond to get Portes skipped by Chaisson at first allowing Deshler to score and knot things at 4-4 with Portes going all the way to third on the error. LeBrun kept the game tied when he got Ovalle to ground to Casey to end the inning.

DiCato got the Reds in order for the second time in the game in the top of the fifth.

Mike Andre got the Chiefs four run uprising started when he lined a leadoff single to right to begin the bottom of the fifth. Baillargeon drew a walk and Charlie DeFrancesco came on for the Reds to replace LeBrun. Leva then legged out a perfect bunt to load the bases. Game Two pitcher Tim Dunphy pinch ran for Leva. Barbati then came up with the Chiefs’ biggest hit of the game when he lined a single down the left field line scoring Andre and Baillargeon to give them a 6-4 lead. Yanakopulos' sacrifice bunt was thrown away by DeFrancesco for an error, allowing Dunphy to score from second to make it a 7-4 game. With runners on second and third, Landers popped up for the first out of the inning before Deshler drew the seventh walk of the night issued by Reds’ pitching to load the bases. Portes was next and he lined to Kelley at second who made the catch but threw low to first in a double play attempt as Barbati came across with the fourth run of the inning.

The Reds went in order on three groundouts and Ryan Augenstene kept the Chiefs bats quiet in the uneventful sixth.

With the Chiefs holding an 8-4 lead, things got more than a bit interesting in the top of the seventh as the Reds appeared poised to pull off some last inning dramatics for the second night in a row. DiCato hit McEvoy with the first pitch of the inning and then walked Busby. When Rich Boyer blooped a single to center the Reds were back in business with the bases loaded and nobody out. Casey then drilled a double down the left field line scoring Busby and Boyer to make it an 8-6 game and setting the Reds up with the tying runs at second and third with still no outs. The biggest play of the game came next when Chaisson hit a grounder to Portes. The shortstop looked at first base and then wheeled and threw a perfect strike to Yankopulos to get Boyer at the plate for the first out of the inning. With runners now on first and third, Brennan hit a chopper back to DiCato who threw to second to force Chaisson for the second out but he beat the relay to first to pick up an RBI, scoring Casey, to make it 8-7. The resilient Reds were still not finished as Tramontozzi kept them alive one more time with a line shot single to center. With the tying run at second base, DiCato came up big and finally ended things and sent the Chiefs to the championship when he struck out Kelley swinging to conclude the series and complete the sweep.

The now 26-7-2 Chiefs played Game Three without the services of Jeff
Bercume and Peter Copa who were both out of the lineup with injuries suffered on Tuesday.

MORE COVERAGE IS COMING SOON.

 



Wednesday, August 15
CHIEFS TAKE DRAMATIC GAME TWO IN 10 INNINGS, 3-2

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Tim Dunphy

Watertown, MA- Matt Boleski’s two out single in the top of the tenth inning gave the Chiefs a 3-2 win in Game Two of their Best of Five semi-final series at Victory Field in Watertown on Wednesday night.

Tim Dunphy, went all ten innings for the Chiefs to get the win.

The Chiefs took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh when Rich Boyer’s two out, two strike, single tied the game at 2-2.

Singles by Mike Andre and Edward Ovalle and a Hal Landers RBI groundout gave the Chiefs a 1-0 second inning lead against Reds’ starter Dave Ryan.

The lead went to 2-0 in the top of the seventh on a double by Nick Leva and triple by Jeff Bercume, who was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it to a home run.

In the Reds seventh, Brendan Casey and Dan Chaisson both singled with one out. They both moved up a base on a Will Brennan ground out setting the stage for Boyer who singled up the middle to tie the game.

In the Chiefs tenth, Peter Copa led off with a single and Andre sacrificed him to second. Reds reliever Pat O’Donnell then got Ovalle to pop up before Boleski lined his game winner to center.

Dunphy, now 7-1-1 overall this season, allowed eight hits and struck out five.

Game Three is scheduled for Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic on Thursday at 8:00 PM.



Tuesday, August 14
Chiefs Take Game One Behind Freni, 2-1

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Paul Yanakopulos scored game winner

Malden, MA- Jared Freni outdueled Watertown Reds' ace Brian Casey as the Chiefs took Game One of their Best of Five Semi Final series 2-1 at Maplewood Park in Malden on Tuesday night.

Freni allowed just one hit, a fourth inning single to Matt McEvoy, and struck out ten. Casey, allowed just five hits and struck out five.

Freni retired the Reds' side in order in the top of the first and t
he Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Leadoff man Jeff Bercume singled, stole second and third, and scored on Juan Portes' sacrifice fly to right.

The Reds went 1-2-3 again in the second, including two more Freni K's. The Chiefs threatened but could score in the bottom of the second. Mike Andre led off with a single to left. Peter Copa followed with a liner off Reds' shortstop Will Brennan's glove that moved Andre to second. Hal Landers then bunted but Casey was quick off the mound and threw Andre out at third for the inning's first out. Casey, the former Tufts star and two time ICL Pitcher of the Year, got out of the inning unscathed when he struck out Paul Yanakopulos and then got catcher Nick Leva to bounce back to him.

Freni and Casey both retired the side in order in the third inning.

The Reds got their first baserunner with one out in the top of the fourth when McEvoy singled up the middle. McEvoy got into scoring position on a passed ball. Freni left him stranded when he struck out Steve Busby and then got Sean Callahan-Montague to ground out.

Casey crusied through his second 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Chiefs picked up what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the fifth. Yanakopulos singled, went to second on a wild pitch, to third on a Leva grounder, and scored on Bercume's RBI single to right center.

The Reds got their run in the top of the sixth without a hit and threatened for more. Trouble started when pinch-hitter Rich Boyer reached on a one out error by Andre at third. Freni then walked Mac Jacobson. The Reds loaded the bases when Portes mis-played McEvoy's potential double play grounder. Busby then delivered a sacrifice fly down the left field line cutting the lead in half at 2-1. Callahan-Montague drew Freni's second walk of the inning to re-load the bases before he struck out Brendan Casey to keep the Chiefs in the lead.

Casey got the Chiefs in order for the third time in the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the Reds' seventh, Dan Chaisson bounced to Andre at third, Brennan grounded to Portes at shortstop, and Freni struck out Steve Trammontozzi to end the game.

Casey didn't walk a batter and retired ten Chiefs in a row from the second thru the fifth innings when Yanakopulos singled. Freni threw 104 pitches in the game and walked two.

Game Two is scheduled for Wednesday night at 7:30 PM at Watertown's Victory Field. Game Three will be played back at Maplewood on Thursday night.



Saturday, August 11
JUAN PORTES: From Twins to Intercity League's Triple Crown

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By Bruce Tilman
Medford, MA- Through the long and storied history of the franchise, whether they were known as the Hosmer Chiefs, Andre Realty, or the Andre Chiefs, they have been blessed with that very special power hitter in the heart of their lineup every year. In the early to mid 1960’s it was player-manager Lenny Dempsey, who handed off the unofficial throne to Sammy Greenwood, who was followed by Dave Polcari in the 1970’s, then Warren Olson and Hank Landers of the 1980’s and 1990’s, and most recently Justin Crisafulli, who assumed the “role” with distinction and who had the longest reign of all, being the Chiefs power guy from 1995 through 2011. During his tenure Crisafulli shattered all team records ending up with 567 hits, 91 homers and 417 runs batted in.

Juan Portes Roster 

Following the recently concluded 2012 regular season, you can now pencil in the name of Juan Portes as the newest addition to that renowned list. In a lineup that already had possessed some well respected veteran ICL bats like Jeff Bercume, Peter Copa, Mike Andre, Tony Deshler and Mike Baillargeon, the Chiefs’ acquired Portes in the off season to fill the big shoes that were vacated when Crisafulli called it an ICL career at the end of last year. It has been a so far so good scenario as the Chiefs finished the regular season with a 23-7-2 mark and earned a first round playoff bye.

Portes’ first regular season in a Chiefs uniform yielded the former Minnesota Twins slugger the Intercity League’s Triple Crown. He becomes the team’s first Triple Crown winner since 1997 when Crisafulli turned the trick on the way to leading them to their fourth championship of the decade. Two days after that memorable season ended with a 35-6 record, Crisafulli signed with the Cleveland Indians before returning to Chiefs for fourteen more seasons.

Hitting a lofty .452 (38-84), Portes also smacked five homers, and drove in 24 runs. The shortstop edged out Wakefield’s Scott Searles (.440), Bercume (.435), and Reading’s Zac Talis (.424) for the batting title. Portes, Searles, Bercume and Talis were the only ICL regulars to hit over the coveted .400 mark during the 2012 regular season.

Portes shared the league lead in homers with Watertown Reds’ slugger Dan Chaisson with five each. Bercume, who played a couple of seasons in the Oakland A’s system, and has combined with Portes to give the Chiefs a dynamic 1-2 punch in almost all of the ICL’s offensive statistical categories, finished in the second spot with four round trippers.

In the RBI category, Portes and Reds’ veteran Steve Busby led the way with 24 runs driven in each. Bercume (5th) with 21 RBI and Andre (7th) with 19 RBI both joined Portes in the ICL’s top ten.

Ben Revere, Juan Portes Pictures & Photos 

 “It’s really an honor winning the ICL’s Triple Crown but we still have some work to do,” said Portes when reached on Friday morning. “It has been an exciting regular season for me and I honestly couldn’t have done it without the lineup I have surrounding around me. From the first day I put on the Chiefs’ uniform I felt like I was at home and that I had known the other guys who I’d just met for years,” he added. “We are like a family now, we stick together on and off the field and our focus right now is to win the ICL championship,” said Portes.

Prior to coming onboard with the Chiefs, Portes spent seven seasons in the Minnesota organization after being drafted in the 15th round of the 2004 MLB draft. During his pro career he played in 666 games hitting .264 with 61 homers and 314 RBI. In addition, he led the Twins major league club in hitting during spring training of 2010 with a .346 average and a team best three homers, including a grand slam (pictured at left being greeted at the plate by Ben Revere) and six RBI against the New York Yankees on March 7. Portes was in the middle of a lineup that featured the likes of Joe Mauer, Ben Revere and Nick Punto. He just missed making the Twins twenty-five man opening day roster and to many observers it was a surprise when was sent back to the minors after such a productive Grapefruit League spring. He spent the rest of that season playing in New Britain and waiting for the call-up to the show that never came. Portes then bypassed a Triple “A” opportunity in 2011 and chose to return to the Boston area to be closer to his family who are in now attendance on a daily basis at virtually every Chiefs game both at home and on the road.

Portes played a year of high school baseball at Malden High before being drafted in 2004. He got his introduction to the Chiefs from Mike DiCato and Jared Freni who he teams up with in the spring to make up the Somerville High coaching staff.

“During the spring, Jared (Freni) and I spoke to Juan about the Chiefs. We told him that even though he had spent all of those years in pro ball that we can play some pretty decent and high level baseball in the ICL too,” said DiCato with a laugh. “Juan was immediately interested in playing for the Chiefs so we contacted Chuck, they talked, and he became a Chief. We are all pretty happy that he did,” added DiCato.

DiCato, who took over as the Somerville High head coach in 2012, has had the opportunity to observe Portes as both a coach and a teammate. “As a first year high school coach, I couldn’t have asked for anyone better than Juan. He is unbelievable with the kids and commands immediate respect”, said the Chiefs veteran and former UMass-Amherst standout who is looking to rejuvenate the Highlanders’ baseball program. “As a teammate on the Chiefs, his approach to the game is outstanding and just being around him brings all of us to a new level of confidence”, added DiCato.  

Chiefs’ seven year veteran Mike Andre, who spent the majority of the season hitting behind Portes in the four hole with usual cleanup man Peter Copa sidelined with a quad injury, echoed DiCato’s comments.“Juan’s just a great teammate and you can just tell how much he loves the game,” said the third baseman. “It doesn’t hurt to have a guy like Juan in the three spot who you think is going to make something good happen each time he comes to the plate. It’s pretty easy to pick up RBI’s when you are hitting behind guys like Juan and Bercy (Jeff Bercume) added the former Merrimack captain and four time ICL all-star.

 “From the moment he first walked into the dugout Juan had an immediate and positive impact,” said manager Chuck Andre. “His ability on the field, how hard he plays the game, his impressive numbers, and his professional resume all speak volumes. But what has impressed me more about Juan is how quickly he became one of the leaders of the team both on and off the field and the way he brings the club together and solidifies our team chemistry. The younger guys gravitate toward him. He’s a class act and we are sure glad to have him,” Andre stated.

On a team whose roster is dotted with no less than twelve former college captains as well as seven other players with professional experience, it is apparent that Portes, who has acquired the nickname “Big Daddy” from his Chiefs’ teammates, has indeed become a leader. 

Portes tried to divert attention away from himself when questioned about his first three months as a Chief. “I really want to thank all of the guys, the coaching staff, and especially Chuck (Andre) for giving me the chance to part of this team,” he added in his now familiar humble fashion. 

The Chiefs must be pretty thankful for him as well. 



Sunday, August 12
BERCUME & FRENI TOP SEVERAL REGULAR SEASON STAT CATEGORIES

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Medford, MA- Statistically, several Chiefs finished the regular season among the leaders in many ICL categories.

To go along with Juan Portes, who won the regular Triple Crown with a .452 average, five homers and 24 RBI, other Chiefs’ players were tops in many categories led by leadoff man Jeff Bercume and right-hander Jared Freni.

Bercume, (pictured left) posted some big time numbers over the regular season. The veteran centerfielder led the ICL in five major offensive categories. The former Oakland A’s farmhand and Merrimack College standout and captain was tops in triples with five, runs scored with 26, slugging percentage (.739), on base plus slugging (1.239) and stolen bases, stealing 24 bases in 24 attempts.

Bercume also finished third in the batting race going 40-92 for a .435 mark, was second league wide in both hits with 40, and on base percentage (.500), third in home runs with four, and fifth in runs batted in with 25. The Chiefs’ veteran, who began his ICL career in 2007, played in New York in 2008 and was with the Oakland A’s in 2010 and half of 2011, before returning to the Chiefs last July. He continues to climb up the Chiefs’ all-time leader lists, and is currently ninth in homers with 13, sixteenth in hits with 141, and nineteenth in runs batted in with 73. Bercume has also stolen 58 bases in 66 attempts during his Chiefs’ career. He has a .342 lifetime batting average in the ICL.

Other Chiefs among the ICL’s regular season batting average leaders included Tony Deshler who was eighteenth at .325 and Mike Andre at .286. Andre was seventh in the ICL in hits with 30 while Deshler finished in the thirteenth spot with 28. Andre was also seventh in RBI with 19 and Deshler had a dozen, good for a top twenty finish in that category. Both Mike Baillargeon (6 for 6) and Hal Landers (5-5) finished in top ten in stolen bases.

 
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Jared Freni

In the pitching department, Jared Freni led the circuit in several categories. The former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst standout, who posted an 8-1-1 regular season record, was tops in wins with 8, strikeouts with 104, innings pitched (69) and strikeouts per inning pitched (1.51). Freni, who was a co-recipient of the ICL’s Outstanding Pitcher Award in 2011, also finished fifth in ERA (1.52), and WHIP (.942). He began his Chiefs’ career in 2006, spent a few college seasons in the NECBL, before returning to the team on a full time basis in 2010. Like Bercume, he also continues to climb the Chiefs all-time leader lists and is now in third place in career strikeouts with 306 K’s, fifth in career wins with 23, seventh in appearances (40), and sixth in innings pitched with 241. He has a career record of 23-6 with the Chiefs.

Right behind Freni and giving the Chiefs a solid 1-2 pitching punch was veteran lefty Tim Dunphy who compiled a 6-1-1 regular season record. He finished third in three categories including; wins (6), ERA (1.14), and WHIP .904. Dunphy was also fifth in innings pitched with 55.1.

Other Chiefs’ pitchers among the leaders were Matt DiCato (4-1), who finished with the fourth best ERA (1.52) and in eighth place in WHIP (1.200) in 31.2 innings pitched. Both Matt and his older brother Mike DiCato were in the top ten in wins with four each.

The Chiefs hit .294 as team over the regular season. They posted a team ERA of 2.23 while compiling a record of 23-7-2. 



Wednesday, August 8
Reading Beats Chiefs 6-3 as Regular Season Ends

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Christian Veneziano had first ICL Hit in 7th

Malden, MA- The Reading Bulldogs got a complete game effort from Kevin Church to beat the Chiefs 6-3 in the regular season finale at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night.

The Chiefs finished the regular season at 23-7-2 but saw their ten game winning streak come to an end despite outhitting the Bulldogs 8-7. They now enjoy a first round bye and await their semi-final opponent. They will play either Watertown, Wakefield or Reading, depending on the first round results, in a best of five series most likely starting next Tuesday. Both the Watertown-Medford and Wakefield-Reading best of three series are expected to begin on Friday.

The Chiefs used five pitchers in Wednesday’s game; Rob Machado, Sam McDonough, John Chotkowski, Paul Covelle and Dan Bonito. Machado (1-1) took the loss. The righty worked the first three innings giving up five runs on three hits. He also walked four, struck out one, and hit a couple of batters. McDonough worked a scoreless fourth with an inning ending strikeout, Chotkowski gave up a run on a couple of hits in the fifth, Covelle allowed a hit and walked two in the sixth, and Bonito worked a 1-2-3 seventh for the Chiefs.

Church kept the Chiefs off the board until the bottom of the sixth when they picked up two runs on Jeff Bercume’s second triple of the night, Juan Portes’ double, and a RBI fielder’s choice by Mike Andre.

The Chiefs picked up their third run in the bottom of the seventh on singles by Mike Baillargeon, rookie Christian Veneziano and Bercume and an RBI groundout from Andy Cavanaugh. For Veneziano, it was the first hit of his ICL career and for Cavanaugh, his first RBI.

Steve Buitkus had a big night at the plate for Reading going three for four with three RBI. Bercume reached base four times for the Chiefs (walk, two triples, single) and Portes went two for three, including his sixth inning double.

More regular season wrap-up and playoff coverage tomorrow.



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Dan Bonito retired side in order in 7th

Monday, August 6
Chiefs Win Tenth Straight 4-2 Over Watertown

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Malden, MA- The Chiefs won their tenth game in a row, behind veteran right-hander Mike DiCato’s complete game effort, 4-2 over the Watertown Reds in the late game at Maplewood on Monday.

The Reds took a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Brendan Casey lined a one out single off DiCato’s foot and Matt McEvoy singled when his fly ball dropped on some miscommunication between Juan Portes and leftfielder Tony Deshler. Will Brennan then singled to load the bases. Ryan Manning followed with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Casey.

The Chiefs scored all of their runs in the bottom of the second inning against former Triple A pitcher Randy Newsom. Mike Andre got things going when he lined a double off the wall in right. Peter Copa then singled sending Andre to third. Hal Landers tied the game at 1-1 when he lined a single to left that scored Andre. Newsom got Mike Barbati to fly to short right for the first out before Paul Yanakopoulos singled to center load the bases. Jeff Bercume then drilled a shot into the right field corner that appeared to clear the bases but was ruled a ground rule double. The disputed call scored Copa and Landers but Yanakopulos was sent back to third and Bercume returned to second, having to settle for two RBI’s and a double and a 3-1 Chiefs lead. Deshler then drew a walk to reload the bases for Juan Portes who picked up his team leading 24th RBI of the season on an infield grounder scoring Yanakopulos making it a 4-1 contest.

Watertown chipped a run off the lead to make it 4-2 in the top of the third. Mac Jacobson doubled, went to third on Luke Begley’s infield grounder, and eventually scored on another grounder to third with veteran Steve Busby getting the RBI.

DiCato kept the Reds off the scoreboard over the next three innings. Newsom gave way to reliever Pat O’Donnell to start the fifth and the former Tufts standout blanked the Chiefs over the next two frames.

It was still a 4-2 game entering the top of the seventh. Dan Chaisson led off the inning with a sharp single to left. DiCato then hit pinch hitter Kyle Thebado with a pitch. He then got a big out when he struck out Steve Panza. Mike Giordarno was next up and was thrown out at first by DiCato on a chopper in front of the mound with Chaisson and Thebado moving into scoring position. Sean Callahan-Montague then drew a walk to load the bases. Barbati ended the game when he came up with defensive play of the year to date when he ranged far to his right to glove and flip a grounder in one motion to Portes covering second to force Callahan-Montague and rob Casey of a sure game tying hit.

DiCato (4-3) allowed seven hits and struck out six. Newsom (0-1) went four innings and surrendered eight hits while striking out one.

 



Monday, August 6
Dunphy's 6-0 Shutout Earns Chiefs Playoff Bye

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Juan Portes had three hits

Malden, MA- The Chiefs clinched a first round playoff bye with a 6-0 shutout of the Arlington Trojans in the opening game of a three team doubleheader at Maplewood Park on Monday night. It was their ninth straight win.

Lefty Tim Dunphy was once again superb, raising his season record to 6-1-1 on the season. Dunphy allowed just five hits, struck out three, and pitched the Chiefs to their eleventh shutout of the year. He also helped himself defensively recording four putouts, two of the line drive back to the box variety, to go along with one assist.

The Chiefs, who were the visiting team in the game, struck for a couple of runs in the top of the first inning and threatened to blow the game open against Trojans starter Justin Mansfield. Jeff Bercume and Tony Deshler both drew walks and then executed a double steal. Consecutive RBI singles by Juan Portes and Edward Ovalle made it 2-0 Chiefs and left runners at the corners with nobody out. Mike Andre was next and he hit a rocket right at Trojans first baseman Kevin Hart who easily doubled up Ovalle at first, keeping the Chiefs from a bigger first inning. Portes was left stranded at third when Peter Copa bounced out.

The Chiefs doubled their lead to 4-0 in the top of the second. Hal Landers got things started with a long triple into the left-centerfield gap. Mansfield struck out Nick Leva for the first out and Mike Barbati followed and plated Landers with a sacrifice fly to right jumping the margin to 3-0. Bercume was next and he drilled a sinking opposite field liner to left. Trojan leftfielder Dan Fitzgerald tried to make a running catch and the ball got by him and rolled all the way to the wall with Bercume circling the bases. The play was ruled a single and a three base error, to make it a 4-0 game.

Singles by Portes, Andre and Landers loaded the bases in the top of third but reliever Sean Gustin  (Holy Cross) came on and got Leva to fly out to keep it a 4-0 ballgame.

Dunphy cruised through the next three innings and Gustin kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

The Chiefs picked up a couple of more runs and some breathing room in the top of the seventh. Barbati got things started with a double down the left field line. Bercume moved him to third with a right side grounder and Barbati scored the fifth run on Deshler’s sacrifice fly to right. Portes then singled and Ovalle reached on an infield error before the final run came when Andre lined a single to right, scoring Portes, making it 6-zip.

Dunphy got the Arlington side in order in the bottom seventh to lock up the win. For Dunphy it was his third complete game shutout of the season and his second straight. He blanked Lexington 5-0 in his previous start on July 28 at Tufts University. Dunphy’s ERA now stands at 1.14 in 55.1 innings so far this season.

Portes had three singles, Landers a triple and single, and Andre a single and double to lead the eleven hit attack.

 

 



Sunday, August 5
Freni & Chiefs Edge Tanners for Eighth Straight Win, 2-0

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Edward Ovalle

Medford, MA- The Chiefs beat the stormy skies as well as the Mooney Dental Tanners 2-0 at Tufts University on Sunday evening.

In a game that was delayed twenty minutes at the start due to threatening conditions and finished in a steady rain shower, the Chiefs rode the two-hit pitching of ace Jared Freni to take their eighth straight win.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.  Mike Andre got things started when he doubled into the right field corner off Tanner lefty starter Chris Pessotti. Mike DiCato moved Andre to third with a sacrifice bunt and when the throw to first to get DiCato was low, the Chiefs had runners on the corners with nobody out. Pessotti got then Nick Leva to pop up for the first out. Mike Barbati’s infield grounder to shortstop scored Andre with DiCato being forced at second. Pessotti got Jeff Bercume swinging to keep it a 1-0 game after two innings.

The Tanners mounted their most serious scoring threat in the top of the third. After an infield throwing error by DiCato at first, Johnny McDonald singled sharply up the middle. With runners at first and second, Carlton Lentini grounded to Juan Portes at short with both runners moving into scoring position. Freni and the Chiefs got out of the inning and kept the shutout intact when Edward Ovalle made a nice running catch of a Joe Burnham liner to left.

The lead doubled to 2-0 in the home half of the fifth inning. Leva blooped a 3-2 pitch into right for a single. Barbati moved Leva up to second with a sacrifice bunt. Jon Byrne, making his first start of the season in the DH role, was next and he grounded out to McDonald at second base with Leva moving to third. Bercume then delivered Leva with  long double to right. McDonald robbed Hal Landers with a diving stop of a hard grounder earmarked for a RBI single to right to retire the side.

That was all the scoring either team could generate as Freni retired the last ten Tanners in a row and Pessotti blanked the Chiefs over the final two innings.

Freni raised his record to 8-1-1 on the year and recorded nine strikeouts while walking just one. Pessotti, now 2-4, scattered six hits, struck out three and walked a couple.

Chiefs Chatter......The Chiefs are now 21-6-2 on the season. Sunday’s shutout was the tenth thrown by the pitching staff in 29 games so far in 2012.....On Monday, the Chiefs will host a three team doubleheader at Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic). In the opener, the Chiefs will play the Arlington Trojans at 6:30 PM and then take on the Watertown Reds in the nightcap at approximately 8:30 PM........The Chiefs will conclude their regular season schedule on Wednesday night when they host the Reading Bulldogs at Maplewood at 7:45 PM.



Friday, August 3
Mike DiCato's Relief Effort Gets Chiefs 6-4 Comback Win Over Bombers

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Welcome Sight! Peter Copa was 2-4 in return to lineup

Malden, MA- Brotherly love can go a long way.

Veteran Mike DiCato came on in the top of the fifth inning to get his younger brother Matt out of a bases loaded one out jam to keep the Chiefs in the lead in a hard fought 6-4 win over the resilient Testa Corp. Bombers on Friday night at Maplewood Park.

It was the seventh straight win for the Chiefs who improved to 20-6-2 on the season with four regular season games left to play.

This one did not come easy as the Bombers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.

Testa Corp. picked up a run in the top of the first inning against Matt DiCato on a walk to Mark O’Flynn, a Mike Addesa base hit, a Devon Perry HBP, and a RBI single from journeyman Aaron Finklestein.

The lead went to 3-zip Bombers in the top of the second inning when O’Flynn hit a two run homer to right-center.

The Chiefs came back quickly and tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the second. Peter Copa, who was making his return after missing ten games with a quad injury, singled to left to get things started. Hal Landers then doubled into the left-center field gap sending Copa to third. Bomber’s starter Airel De la Cruz then struck out Mike Barbati swinging and got Nick Leva to line to Perry at shortstop for the first two outs of the inning. De la Cruz was a strike away from getting out of the predicament when Jeff Bercume came up big, tripling to left-center, scoring Copa and Landers getting the Chiefs on the board but still trailing 3-2. Tony Deshler then drilled a De la Cruz fastball into right scoring Bercume to even things up and make it a new ballgame at 3-3.

The younger DiCato got the Bombers in order in the top of the third and the Chiefs responded to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the inning. Edward Ovalle, who was another returnee to the lineup after missing the last four games with a calf injury, walked, stole second, and scored on Mike Andre’s long RBI double off the fence in right-center.

DiCato worked his second 1-2-3 inning in a row in the top of the fourth and the Chiefs picked up a couple of more runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 6-3 lead. Bercume lead off the inning with his fourth homer of the season, a moon shot to straight away rightfield off Bombers reliever John Jennings.  Deshler and Juan Portes followed with consecutive singles to left. Jennings got Ovalle to pop up for the first out before Andre lined a single to right-center scoring Deshler to make it 6-3 with Portes being thrown out trying to go to third on the play. Copa then hit a ground rule laser double to left sending Andre to third. Landers drew a walk to fill the bases but Jennings kept the Bombers within three runs when he got Mike Barbati to fly out to end the inning.

O’Flynn  got the Bombers back within two runs when he led off the top of the fifth inning with his second homer of the game to straight away center, making it a 6-4 game. DiCato then walked Dan O’Flynn. After an infield out the Bombers got another threat brewing when Adessa drew the second walk of the inning and Perry singled to right to load the bases. That was the night for DiCato as he gave way to older brother Mike who was summoned from the bullpen. Big brother didn't let his younger sibling down as he got out of the jam by striking out Finklestein and Joe Barry in succession to keep the Chiefs in front at 6-4.

Mike was superb over the next two innings, allowing just one baserunner, hitting O’Flynn with a two strike picth with two outs in the sixth. The former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst standout struck out four while picking up his third win of the season. Addesa, formerly a GBL all-star pitcher at Revere High as well as making mound appearances during his collegiate career at Salem State, blanked the Chiefs over the final two innings to account for the 6-4 final.

The Chiefs are off on Saturday and will host the Mooney Dental Tanners on Sunday at 5:00 PM at Tufts University in Medford.



Monday, July 30
Freni, Deshler Lead Chiefs to 6th Straight Win, 5-0

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Jared Freni

Medford, MA- Jared Freni threw the third three-hit shutout for the pitching staff in three days as the Chiefs blanked the Arlington Trojans 5-0 at Maplewood Park on Monday night. Freni’s three-hitter followed mirror efforts by Tim Dunphy who beat Lexington on Saturday 5-0 and Matt DiCato’s 3-0 win over Mooney on Sunday night.

Tony Deshler’s two run homer in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Jeff Bercume ahead of him who had singled, gave Freni all the runs he would need.

The Chiefs made it 3-0 in the third when Mike Andre fielder’s choice grounder with the bases loaded was thrown wide of home allowing Bercume, who had singled, to score.

It went to 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth when Mike Barbati scored when Bercume beat out an infield single and the throw to get him at first skipped away.

The Chiefs added their fifth and final run in the sixth inning on Andre’s RBI single to right.

Freni struck out eleven Trojans and retired the last 14 batters in a row. The right-hander raised his record to 7-1-1 on the season.

The Chiefs, who are now 19-6-2, are off on Tuesday and will return to Maplewood to face the Reading Bulldogs on Wednesday at 7:45 PM.



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Tony Deshler had 2 Run Homer

Sunday, July 29
Matt DiCato Gives Chiefs Another Three-Hit Shutout in 3-0 Win Over Tanners

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Mike Barbati had RBI & Scored Run

Woburn, MA- For the second consecutive Sunday Matt DiCato threw a gem.

Last week he held the Wakefield Merchants to five hits and one unearned run as his mates pulled off a seventh inning two out rally to give him a 2-1 win. On Sunday night at Ferullo Field he was even better.

The now 4-1 right-hander threw a complete game three-hit shutout, never allowing a runner to get beyond second base, and took a no-hitter into the fourth inning in a 3-0 Chiefs win over the Mooney Dental Tanners. It was the Chiefs second three hit shutout in as many days as lefty Tim Dunphy turned the trick against the Lexington Blue Sox on Saturday.

The game featured a fine pitcher’s duel between DiCato and Mooney righty Max McKenna of Amherst College. McKenna deserved a much better fate as he only allowed one earned run and six hits while striking out a half dozen.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the top of second inning when Mike Baillargeon singled and stole second. McKenna then struck out Mike DiCato looking at a breaking ball and got Paul Yanakopulos to fly to right. Veteran Mike Barbati was next and he came up big with two outs when he drove home Baillargeon with a liner off first baseman’s Bill Manley’s glove.

It went to 2-0 in the top of the third. After Tony Deshler bounced back to McKenna for the first out, consecutive line drive singles by Juan Portes and Mike Andre put runners at first and second. McKenna got Baillargeon to fly to right for out number two. The Chiefs caught a break when Mike DiCato’s pop up was dropped in short right field allowing Portes to score the unearned run.

The Chiefs scored another unearned run in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. McKenna started the inning by striking out Matt Boleski. He then hit Barbati with a pitch. Bercume was caught looking at a McKenna fastball on a 3-2 count with Barbati running and stealing second on the pitch. The Chiefs caught break number two of the night when Deshler’s grounder went through the wickets of shortstop Carlton Lentini as Barbati was crossing in front of him, allowing him to score the third and final run of the night.

Lentini broke up DiCato’s hitless run with a clean single to right leading off the fourth. After Joe Burnham flew to Bercume in center for the first out Manley drew a walk to give the Tanners two base runners on for the only time in the game. The Tanners only real scoring threat ended when Keegan DeNapoli bounced into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

McKenna and DiCato threw blanks the rest of the way as the Chiefs left Woburn with their fifth straight win and an 18-6-2 record.

Chiefs Chatter.....Mike Andre reached a milestone with his third inning single that was the 200th hit of his Chiefs career. The third baseman is currently in tenth place on the Chiefs’ all time career list. He is in some pretty impressive company in the “200 Hit Club” trailing Justin Crisafulli (567), Mike Langston (538), Mike Barnes (365), Dave Clivio (328), Warren Olson (304), Steve Daley (273), Hank Landers (238), Brian Macrina (227), Alex Masel (213) and now Andre at 200.....Matt DiCato lowered his ERA to 0.51 in 27.1 innings of work so far this season.....For the 47th time in 49 seasons the Chiefs have clinched both a playoff spot and a winning record.....Both Peter Copa (quad) and Edward Ovalle (calf) are expected back into the lineup later this week.....The Chiefs will send Jared Freni (6-1-1) to the mound on Monday night when they host the Arlington Trojans at Maplewood Park on the campus of Malden Catholic at 7:45 PM.....



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Mike Andre recorded his 200th Career Hit on Sunday night

Saturday, July 28
Dunphy Shuts Out Lexington withThree-Hitter, 5-0

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Hal Landers had 2 RBI Single in 3rd

Medford, MA- Veteran Tim Dunphy twirled a complete game three-hit shutout to pitch the Chiefs by the Lexington Blue Sox 5-0 on Saturday afternoon at Tufts University’s Huskins Field.

Dunphy was in control from the outset, allowing just four baserunners on the day, two of which were erased on Chiefs’ doubleplays.

The Blue Sox got the first of their hits in the top of the first inning when Dan Capra lined a one out single to right. Capra was forced at second when Dunphy got Steve Gath to bounce into a 6-4-3 (Portes-Baillargeon-DiCato) doubleplay to end the inning.

The Chiefs went right to work in the home half of the first inning. Leadoff man Jeff Bercume was hit by a Drew Brzozowski pitch. Brzozowski caught Bercume leaning and picked him off for the first out. Tony Deshler then drew a walk and Juan Portes was next. For the third consecutive game Portes gave the Chiefs a lead when he hit his third first inning home run in a row and fifth of the year, a line drive to right-center, scoring Deshler ahead of him for a 2-0 lead.

It was three up and three down for the Blue Sox in the top of the second against Dunphy and the Chiefs picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the inning. After Hal Landers fouled out, Mike DiCato reached on a two base throwing error and scored when Paul Yanakopulos drilled an RBI single to right-center.

Joe Eramo reached on a Portes error with two outs in the top of the third and stole second before Dunphy got Ross Curley to fly to Bercume in center to end the inning.

The Chiefs made it a 5-0 game in the bottom of the third. Mike Andre got things started with two outs when he lined a Brzozowski pitch to center. Mike Baillargeon then drew a walk and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Hal Landers then singled to right-center scoring Andre and Baillargeon jumping the lead to 5-0.

Capra singled to start the top of the fourth but Gath lined into a doubleplay before Dan Graham singled and Jason Twomley flew out to end the inning.

The Chiefs threatened but couldn’t add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Yanakopulos lined a shot down the left field line but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Bercume was hit by a pitch for the second time in the ballgame and Deshler drew another walk. That was it for Brzozowski as Tyler Kendrick was summoned from the Sox bullpen. The lefty got Portes on a foul pop up to keep it a 5-0 game.

Dunphy got the Sox side in order in the fifth. The Chiefs got two aboard with one out when Baillargeon singled and Landers was hit by a pitch. Kendrick got out of it when he got DiCato to hit into a 1-6-3 doubleplay.

Lexington went 1-2-3 again in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Jon Byrne gave the Chiefs a start when he led off the bottom of the inning with a single to right. Andy Cavanaugh came on to pinch run for Bryne and was gunned down at second on a nice throw by catcher Mike Abraham on a Yanakopulos unsuccessful sacrifice bunt. Bercume followed with a single but Deshler hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay to send the game to the top of the seventh.

Dunphy again retired the side in order (Gath, Graham & Twomley groundouts) to give the Chiefs the win as the skies over Tufts were quickly darkening.

Dunphy needed just 79 pitches to pick up his fifth win of the season. He struck out just one but retired the last ten batters in row. The former Brandeis star is now 5-1-1 on the campaign and lowered his ERA to 1.30 in 48.1 innings.

The Chiefs stay busy with a road game on Sunday night at 8:00 PM when they travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn to visit the Mooney Dental Tanners. On Monday, the Chiefs will host the Arlington Trojans in a 7:45 PM start at Maplewood.



Wednesday, July 25
Freni, Portes & Deshler Lead 8-1 Win Over Reading at Maplewood

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Jared Freni Won 6th Game

Malden, MA- Jared Freni went 6.1 innings to get his sixth win and Juan Portes and Tony Deshler swung the big bats as the Chiefs topped the Reading Bulldogs 8-1 at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night.

For the second game in row, Portes gave the Chiefs a first inning lead with a home run, this time a solo blast to left-center, for his fourth of the season.

That was all the scoring either team could generate as Reading lefty Sean Boyle and Freni matched zeros until the Chiefs put up a three spot to take a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Deshler got things started with double into the left-centerfield gap. Portes followed with shot off the fence in center that came back quickly to Darren Hartwell with Deshler only advancing as far as third. With Mike Baillargeon at the plate, Boyle balked Deshler home and moved Portes to third. Baillargeon drew a walk and stole second and Mike Andre’s RBI infield grounder then brought Portes across with the third run. Hal Landers was next and he was hit by a Boyle pitch. With runners on the corners, Landers stole second and when catcher Zac Talis’ throw skipped away, Baillargeon trotted home with the fourth run of the inning.

The Bulldogs answered with their only run of the night in the top of the fifth inning on consecutive hits from Nick Conti, Trevor Manzi and Talis.

Kevin Church came on in the bottom of the fifth for the Bulldogs and kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard. Freni enjoyed a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth and the Chiefs put it out of reach when they scored four more times in the bottom of the inning.

After Andre flew out to right, Landers singled and stole second. Paul Yankopulos then delivered Landers with a double into the leftfield corner making it a 5-1 game. Mike Barbati then made it 6-1 with a single to center that scored Yanakopulos and went to second on the throw home. Jeff Bercume then hit a long fly to right that was dropped on the warning track for a three base error that scored Barbati. Deshler followed and drove home Bercume with Chiefs eighth run of the night.

Freni (6-1-1) allowed six hits and struck out eleven before giving way to Rob Machado with one out in the seventh. Machado gave up a hit and also recorded a strikeout.

With the win, the Chiefs move to 16-6-2 on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 10-13-1.

The Chiefs are off until Saturday when they host the Lexington Blue Sox at Tufts University in Medford in a 2:00 PM start.

 



Monday, July 23
Dunphy Gets 4th Win, Portes & Bercume Lead Chiefs Over Watertown, 9-4

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Jeff Bercume

Malden, MA- Tim Dunphy went the distance to pick up his fourth win of the season as the southpaw pitched the Chiefs past the Watertown Reds 9-4 at Maplewood Park on Monday night.

Looking to avenge two lopsided losses earlier this season to the Reds in Watertown, the Chiefs started quickly on this night scoring four times in the bottom of the first and adding three more in the second to take a 7-0 lead after two innings.

The Chiefs got to Watertown starter Ryan Augenstene early when Jeff Bercume led off with a double and scored on Juan Portes’ third homer of the season, a towering two run shot to left center, for a 2-0 lead. Walks to Edward Ovalle, Mike Baillargeon and Hal Landers sandwiched around a Mike Andre single to left center led to two more runs and a 4-0 Chiefs’ lead after an inning.

The lead went to 7-0 in the second inning on a triple by Portes, an Ovalle single and a Baillargeon double.

Dunphy held the Reds scoreless in the top of the third and Watertown reliever Pat O’Donnell restored order and kept the Chiefs off the board in the bottom of the inning.

The Reds closed the gap to 7-3 when they scored three times in the top of the fourth on singles from Steve Busby, Brendan Casey and Matt McEvoy and an opposite field double by Ryan Manning.

The Chiefs answered right back in their half of the inning when they scored a couple more runs on a Bercume two RBI double, increasing their margin to 9-3.

Dan Chaisson’s fifth homer of the year, a solo blast to left, leading off the sixth inning closed out the scoring for the night to account for the 9-4 final.

Dunphy, now 4-1-1, allowed nine hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.

Augenstene (1-2) took the loss for Watertown.

The Reds play the Arlington Trojans on Tuesday at Bentley at 6:00 PM. The Chiefs enjoy a night off and return to Maplewood to host the Reading Bulldogs on Wednesday at 7:45 PM.



Sunday, July 22
Chiefs 7th Inning Rally Gives Matt DiCato 2-1 Win in Wakefield

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Mike Andre
Wakefield, MA- Make no mistake about it. The crowd was heading for the exits and emptying onto Farm Street. The Chiefs were poised for a long ride home with nobody on base and two gone in the top of the seventh as the locals seemed destined to a take a very frustrating 1-0 loss to the Merchants at Walsh Field on Sunday afternoon.

After squandering scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity and stranding eight men on base, including leaving the bases juiced twice, it appeared that the outcome would result in the one of the Chiefs’ most “tough to take” shutout losses of the season as well as wasting an outstanding effort by righty Matt DiCato.

Not so fast.

Enter Juan Portes. Then Mike Andre.  Followed by Mike Baillargeon. And finally Andy Cavanaugh.

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With two quietly and quickly  gone it the top of the seventh Portes (pictured left) gave his team some life with a seed single to left. Andre was next and delivered maybe his biggest clutch hit so far this season when he drilled a full count Connor Mahon offering to right sending Portes to third.

Cavanaugh came on to pinch run for Andre and Baillargeon brought the crowd back into the ballpark when he delivered an opposite field triple into the right field corner with Portes scoring and Cavanaugh beating the relay home to catcher Mike Sorrentino to give the Chiefs a sudden and improbable lead at 2-1. Kevin Flight came on to relieve Mahon and got Mike DiCato on an infield grounder to send the Chiefs back onto the field for the bottom of the seventh leading 2-1.

The Merchants did not go quietly. Joe Papa was first up to face the younger of the two DiCato Brothers and he grounded to Portes at shortstop for the first out. Dave Orlowitz followed with a sharp single to left and promptly stole second. With Orlowitz in scoring position, DiCato got Joe Breen to bounce to Baillargeon at second for out number two with Orlowitz moving to third. With the tying run ninety feet away, Nick Napoli grounded to Mike Barbati, who had come on to replace Andre at third, and he threw Napoli out at first by a couple of steps to end the game.

Mahon frustrated the undermanned and ailing Chiefs lineup through the first 6.2 innings. The Merchants gave him what appeared to be the only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Orlowitz drew a one out walk and DiCato threw Breen’s comebacker low to second for an error. Napoli made DiCato pay when he drilled a single to left scoring Orlowitz giving the Merchants a 1-0 lead on the unearned run.

DiCato, who raised his record to 3-1 and lowered his ERA to 0.69 in 20.1 innings so far this season, allowed just five hits and struck out one. Mahon, who named as a mid season ICL all-star, took the tough loss and fell to 2-3. The Norwich University righty surrendered ten hits, walked three and struck out four in his 6.2 innings.

With the win the Chiefs go to 14-6-2 while the Merchants fall to 11-14 while suffering their sixth straight loss and their third consecutive one run defeat.

The Merchants are off on Monday and will look to rebound on Tuesday when they visit the Bulldogs in Reading. The Chiefs meanwhile will play their fourth game in four days when they host the Watertown Reds in a big game at Maplewood Park, on the on campus of Malden Catholic, on Monday night at 7:45 PM. Southpaw Tim Dunphy (3-1-1, 1.02 ERA) will draw the starting assignment. -Bruce Tilman



Saturday, July 21
Americans Beat Chiefs at Tufts, 4-1

Medford, MA- Former Atlanta Braves right-hander Kevin McGlinchy tossed a neat two-hitter, striking out eight, to get the Medford Americans past the Chiefs 4-1 at Tufts University on Saturday afternoon.

The Americans jumped out to 1-0 lead against Mike DiCato in the top of the first inning on singles from Mike Burgoyne and Kevin Davis, a walk to Joe Sheehan, and a sacrifice fly from Jon Barber.

The Americans’ lead went to 3-0 in the top of the fourth on singles by Barber and Mike Kalfopoulos, a walk to James McConnville, and a wild pitch.

McGlinchy allowed a run, without yet giving up hit, in the Chiefs fourth when Jeff Bercume walked, stole second and third, and scored on a Juan Portes RBI grounder to shortstop.

The Americans got that run right back in the top of the fifth when Chris Salvati reached on a throwing error by Tony Deshler and a Sheehan double making the score 4-1.

McGlinchy meanwhile was sailing along with a no-hitter for 5.2 innings until Bercume broke it up when he beat out an infield single on a close play at first. Deshler followed with the Chiefs’ only clean hit of the day, a single up the middle. McGlinchy ended the Chiefs lone scoring threat when he struck out Portes swinging to end the inning.

McGlinchy evened his season mark at 4-4 with the win while DiCato fell to 2-3.

The Chiefs stay busy travelling to Walsh Field in Wakefield to meet the Merchants on Sunday at 5:00 PM before returning to Maplewood to meet the Watertown Reds on Monday night at 7:45 PM.

Chiefs Chatter...The Chiefs' walking wounded added another member when Edward Ovalle went down with a calf injury in the third inning. Ovalle joins Peter Copa and Hal Landers and a number of others who are already ailing.... The Chiefs ended Saturday's game with the absurd number of 15 players not available including; Ovalle, Copa, Landers, Mike Baillargeon, Tim Quinn, Nick Leva, Brendan Pyburn, Rob Caggiano, Andy Cavanaugh, Paul Covelle, Rob Machado, Jared Freni, Zarif Pajazetovic, Sam McDonough and Dan Bonito....Pitcher Matt DiCato, who had a couple of at bats at Framingham State this spring, was forced into the lineup due to so many players being unavailable when Ovalle was injured.....



Friday, July 20
Chiefs Hold On to Edge Arlington 3-2 as Freni Gets 5th Win

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Edward Ovalle

Arlington, MA- Jared Freni went six innings to pick up the win and Juan Portes had a 3 for 4 evening as the Chiefs escaped Summer Street Field in Arlington with a sloppy 3-2 win over the Trojans on Friday night.

The Chiefs were cruising along with a 3-0 lead with one out in the seventh until three infield errors cut the lead to 3-2 and brought the winning run to plate with two outs. Only an outstanding play by Tony Deshler on an infield chopper avoided more trouble as he threw Justin Mansfield out at first on a close play to end the game.

The Chiefs staked Freni to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Edward Ovalle doubled in his first Chiefs’ at bat and scored when Portes, his former Minnesota Twin teammate, drove him in with a single.

The lead went to 2-0 in the second when Deshler led off with a single to right, Mike DiCato was hit by a pitch, and Paul Yanakopulos drew a walk from Arlington starter Eric Oberg to load the bases. Jeff Bercume then delivered Deshler with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Deshler.

It stayed a 2-0 as the Chiefs missed scoring opportunities in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings while stranding 13 men on base.

Freni was tough when he had to be as the Trojans got two men on in the second (walk, single), a runner to second in the third, and another runner in scoring position in the fifth (Justin Friedman single).

The Chiefs added what proved to be their all important third run in the seventh. Mike Andre singled into the shortstop hole and when Morgan Brown’s throw was low to first he moved to second. Reliever Marcus Way then struck out Deshler swinging for the first out. Pinch runner Rob Caggiano then went to third on a wild pitch and scored what proved to be the game winner on a DiCato single to right.

Tim Dunphy came on for Freni to start the seventh and things begin uneventfully enough when he got Kevin Hart to groundout to DiCato at first. Dan Csapler then grounded to Portes at short and when his throw sailed high over DiCato’s head at first Csapler was standing at second with one out. Dave Cunningham followed and reached on Pyburn’s error to put runners on the corners. Pinch hitter Paul O’Neil then hit a slow roller at Deshler at third which he charged and threw wide of first allowing Csapler to score to make it 3-1. Friedman then grounded to Pyburn who forced O’Neil at second with Cunningham scoring as the Trojans closed to 3-2. Mansfield then hit another chopper between the mound and third. Deshler charged the ball and fired to DiCato on a banger at first to end the game.

Freni (5-1-1) struck out eight and walked one. Dunphy allowed two unearned runs and picked up his first save of the season.

The Chiefs had eight hits against a trio of Trojan pitchers as Portes (3 singles) and Ovalle (double & single) were the only Chiefs to have multiple hit games.

The 13-5-2 Chiefs are right back in action on Saturday afternoon when they meet the Americans at Tufts University in a 1:30 PM start.

 



Tuesday, July 17
Chiefs Chatter.....

CHIEFS CHATTER........The Chiefs return to action on Wednesday night when they host the Testa Corp. Bombers at Maplewood starting at 7:45 PM.......First baseman and former Malden Catholic/UMass-Amherst/California Angel Peter Copa remains day to day with a quad injury suffered last week against Lexington.....Sam McDonough made his first appearance of the season in Sunday’s loss at Reading. The former UMass-Amherst righty had a standout career at Conrad High in West Hartford CT, before moving on to UMass where injuries limited his appearances. An all around athlete, McDonough was named all Central Connecticut League as a three year quarterback as well as all conference as a senior in basketball. He was a three time CCL all league selection as pitcher for Conrad as well......The Chiefs also added former Minnesota Twins outfielder Edward Ovalle to the roster last week. Ovalle, was a teammate of shortstop Juan Portes on a number of occasions in the Twins system. Ovalle played in 573 professional games over a span of six seasons where he hit 37 homers and drove in 258 runs to go along with a .265 career average.....Two young right-handers will making their ICL debuts over the next few weeks. Malden Catholic righty Paul Covelle of Medford, who is headed to Franklin Pierce in the fall, as well as Everett standout Zarif Pajazetovic have joined the club. Covelle and Pajazetovic give the Chiefs’ staff some added bullpen depth and youth as they join fellow rookies John Chotkowski of Tewksbury and Dan Bonito (Western New England) formerly of Malden Catholic, on the staff.......Former Chief catcher Mike Romano made certain his old team had plenty of good wood to swing this summer as he helped supply the club with Zorian Bats. Another former Chief, Rob Zorian, is the owner of Zorian Bat Company and the two ex-teammates made sure that the Chiefs would be swinging plenty of Zorians this summer.....The Chiefs head into the stretch run with eight players who had previously signed a pro contract on their roster. Jeff Bercume (Oakland A’s), Tony Deshler (Penrith Panthers), Juan Portes and Edward Ovalle (Minnesota Twins), Mike Baillargeon and Mike DiCato (Worcester Tornadoes), Peter Copa (California Angels) and Tim Dunphy (Namur Angels) have all inked professional pacts at some point in their careers....The 2012 ICL playoffs are scheduled to get underway around Thursday, August 9. The top six teams will qualify with the two top regular season finishers getting a first round bye. Team #3 will meet Team #6 and Teams #4 & #5 will meet in a best of three first round. The winners will meet the two top teams in a best of five semi-final series. The ICL championship series is also a best of five series......Mike Andre climbed into the top ten in all time hits last week when he recorded his 194 hit, passing the aforementioned Mike Romano. Andre is currently in eighth position on the career RBI list with 129 and 13th in home runs with nine. The former Merrimack co-captain is in his seventh ICL campaign....Speaking of former Merrimack co-captains, Bercume is also steadily moving up the Chiefs’ career leader list in home runs (12 HRS, 9th), RBI (63, 16th) and hits (123, 17th).....Staying on the subject of career leaders, Mike DiCato has moved into the top five all-time in both mound appearances (51) and innings pitched (227).....-Bruce Tilman



Sunday, July 15
Bulldogs' Blank Chiefs 4-0 in Reading

Reading, MA- Brian O'Neil allowed no runs and only one hit in six innings as the Bulldogs shutout the Chiefs 4-0 in Reading on Sunday afternoon.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Darren Hartwell's two run single up the middle with the bases loaded gave the Bulldogs all the runs they would need against Chiefs’ starter Matt DiCato.

DiCato pitched himself out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning when he experienced some wildness and walked three batters. He escaped by catching Pete Castoldi looking at strike three to end the inning.

Jeff Bercume singled to left (the Chiefs only hit) with two outs in the top of the third and got into scoring position by stealing second. O’Neil ended the threat by striking out Tony Deshler swinging at a fastball.

It remained a 2-0 game until Mike Taylor led off the Reading fifth with a solo homer to center. Sam McDonough came to replace DiCato and got out of the inning with two strikeouts.

The Bulldogs added a run off McDonough (W. Hartford CT/UMass-Amherst) in the sixth on a Hartwell single, two walks, and a sacrifice fly to right from Alex Fischer.

O’Neil (North Reading, MA/Bryant) struck out four and evened his record to 2-2 on the season. Brian Pedrotti worked a scoreless seventh for Reading despite issuing a couple of walks.

DiCato, now 2-1, went four innings plus and allowed six hits. He struck out four and walked four. McDonough, in his first appearance as a Chief, went two innings and gave up one hit while striking out a couple but issuing four walks.

The Chiefs are off until Wednesday when they host the Testa Corp. Bombers at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) at 7:45 PM.



Saturday, July 14
Chuck Andre Gets 500th Win as Chiefs Rally to Beat Wakefield, 4-1

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Medford, MA- The Chiefs rewarded veteran manager Chuck Andre with his 500th career win in a come from behind 4-1 win over the Wakefield Merchants on Saturday afternoon at blistering Tufts University.

The Chiefs tied the game up at 1-1 in bottom of the fourth inning on a single by Hal Landers and an RBI double from Juan Portes.

It stayed 1-1 until the Chiefs scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the victory for starter and winner Jared Freni.

Jeff Bercume got things started in the home half with a single to right-center. Bercume then stole second as Merchants righty Ed Donovan (Trinity) struck out Landers for the first out. Portes walked and Bercume stole third. Mike Andre was next he delivered Bercume with the winning run with a single to center making it 2-1. Donovan then got Mike Baillargeon to fly to center for the second out but the Chiefs weren’t done scoring. Deshler lined a single to left with the runners going on a full count scoring Portes making it a 3-1 game. Mike DiCato then doubled into the left-centerfield gap scoring pinch runner Rob Caggiano running the margin to 4-1.

Freni worked a 1-2-3 seventh to close out the Merchants. The righty upped his record to 4-1-1 on the season. He allowed six hits, struck out eight, walked five and hit a batter. Donovan, now 3-1, suffered his first loss of the season. Mike Sorrentino had two of the Merchants' hits.

Andre now has a career managerial record of 500-290-68.

The 12-4-2 Chiefs stay on the road on Sunday when they visit the Bulldogs at Morton Field-Reading High School in a 5:00 PM start.

 



Thursday, July 12
Chiefs Lose to Blue Sox in Lexington, 3-1

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Lexington, MA- For the first time since last August the Chiefs lost their second consecutive game in a tough 3-1 setback to Blue Sox on Thursday night as Lexington ace Matt Karis went to 5-1.

The Blue Sox scored all of their runs with one out in the bottom of the third inning against tough luck loser Tim Dunphy. After Mike Abraham flied out, Jack Laurendeau hit a routine fly to right which Matt Boleski couldn’t find in the twilight sky and it fell for a double. Dunphy then walked leadoff man Ross Curley and was a step short of getting out of the inning when Justin Wright beat the throw to first on an attempted 3-6-1 doubleplay.  Steve Gath was next and he drilled a two RBI double to left scoring Laurendeau and Wright. Jeff Vigurs then reached on an error by Mike Barbati at second base with Gath moving to third. Dan Graham then hit a single off Barbati’s glove up the middle scoring Gath making it 3-0.

The Chiefs threatened but could not score in the top of the fourth. Tony Deshler singled and was forced at second on a Juan Portes grounder. Peter Copa then flew out to the warning track in left before Mike Andre lined a single to right-center pushing Portes to second. The threat ended when Karis got Boleski to pop up.

The Chiefs got two more men on in the fifth on a walk to Nick Leva and a Barbati single before Karis ended the inning by getting Deshler to fly out.

Mike Andre’s two out solo homer to right finally got the Chiefs on the board in the top of the sixth.

The Chiefs made one more run at Karis in the top of the seventh. After Leva struck out Barbati singled up the middle and Hal Landers reached on an infield single behind the mound. The bases went full when Deshler lined a single to left. Portes was next and he grounded into a 6-4-3 doubleplay to end the game.

The Chiefs outhit the Blue Sox 9-6 but left eight men on base.

Karis, struck out two and walked one. Dunphy (3-1-1) suffered his first loss of the year. The lefty struck out four and walked two.

Chiefs Chatter..... Copa pulled up lame on infield grounder in the sixth inning on what appeared to be a muscle pull in his leg.......The Chiefs are back home at Tufts University in Medford on Saturday at 1:30 PM when they host the Wakefield Merchants......On Sunday they travel to Reading to meet the Bulldogs at 5:00 PM....

 

 

 



Wednesday, July 11
Reds Tag Chiefs with 11-1 Loss at Victory Field

Watertown, MA- For the second time in three weeks the Chiefs traveled to Victory Field and took it on the chin from the Watertown Reds. This time it was an 11-1 loss on Wednesday night. That followed a 19-3 beating that they took back on June 20.

This one got ugly early despite the Chiefs taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  Mike Baillargeon walked, Tony Deshler dropped an opposite field ground rule double behind first base and Juan Portes drove home Baillargeon with a sacrifice fly to right.

That was all the scoring the Chiefs could muster against Reds’ starter Andrew LeBrun (2-0), who went five innings to get the win, and reliever Rob Bertucci.

The Reds put up a four spot against Chiefs’ starter Mike DiCato (2-2) in the bottom of the first and added five more in their half of the third inning to take a 9-1 lead.

Rob Machado came on with one out in fourth when the Reds added their final two runs on a Danny Chaisson two run homer.

The Chiefs were held to just three hits (Deshler, Portes & Paul Yanakopulos) while the Reds knocked out thirteen hits.

Machado held the Reds scoreless over the last 2.2 innings while recording three K’s.

The Chiefs, now 11-3-2, stay on the road when they visit the Lexington Blue Sox on Thursday night at 8:00 PM.



Monday, July 9
Chiefs Top Arlington 7-2 at Tufts University

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Juan Portes

Medford, MA- Right-hander Jared Freni went six strong innings and upped his season record to 3-1-1 in a 7-2 Chiefs’ win over the Arlington Trojans on Monday evening at Tufts University.

The Chiefs gave Freni a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Arlington starter Mike Griffin. Mike Baillargeon reached on a two base outfield error and scored when Juan Portes singled to right. Peter Copa was next and drilled a long double to the base of the wall in left-center scoring Portes to make it 2-0. Catcher Tim Quinn then walked and Copa came around to score on a Mike Andre infield single.

Freni retired the first seven Trojans he faced before hitting Kevin Hart with a pitch with one out in the top of the third.

The Chiefs doubled their lead in bottom of the third inning. Copa got things started with a triple to center and Quinn walked for the second time in as many at bats. Andre made it 4-0 when he delivered Copa with a sacrifice fly. A Tony Deshler RBI single scored Quinn to make it 5-0. Matt Boleski drew a walk and Deshler scored on a Nate Witkowski RBI infield grounder.

The Trojans got their first hit and run of the game in the top of the fourth when Justin Mansfield doubled and scored on Dan Csaplar’s RBI single, cutting the Chiefs lead to 6-1.

The Chiefs got that run right back in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of Portes. The former Minnesota Twin singled, stole second, and when the throw to get him stealing third sailed into leftfield, he scored standing.

It stayed 7-1 until the Trojans scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh against reliever Matt DiCato on Hart’s long RBI double to the wall in right.

Freni, allowed one earned run and three hits in his six innings. The former UMass-Amherst  and Malden Catholic standout struck out nine, hit a batter, and didn’t issue a walk.

Manager Chuck Andre will be looking to record his 500th career win when the Chiefs get back in action on Wednesday night at 7:45 PM when they travel to Victory Field in Watertown to meet the Reds.

 



Sunday, July 8
EMASS CLASSIC: ICL Takes EMass Tourney, Dunphy Throws 2 Scoreless Innings in 6-5 Win

By Bruce Hack
ICL Correspondent


Lexington, MA - Steve Gath's (Lexington) two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth drove in Devin Perry (Testa) from second base with the winning run to give the Intercity League a 6-5 victory over the Cranberry League in the Inaugural Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Baseball Classic.

In a game that epitomized the best of amateur baseball in Eastern Massachusetts both teams had leads, lost them, regained them and finally the home team took a lead for good in the bottom of the eighth.

The Intercity league was up 2-0 through five innings and then the offenses took over as the teams combined to score nine runs over the next three innings.

The Intercity League had taken a 2-0 lead after four thanks to Mark O'Flynn (Testa) who drove in the first two runs. The rightfielder singled to drive in Wakefield's James Ramsey in the second and then brought home Joe Sheehan (Medford) with a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the fourth.

The game changed in sixth as the Cranberry League roared back to take a 3-2 lead. Nick Carafa (Testa) was on the mound for his second inning of work. After a 1-2-3 fifth Carafa gave up consecutive singles to start the sixth to the eight (John Keating, Rockland) and nine (Dustin Brown, Plymouth) hitters. Two fly outs and a wild pitch had runners on second and third with two outs. Lexington manager decided to go with a lefty on lefty match up and brought in Watertown's Charlie DeFrancesco to face Ryan Morgan (Braintree). Morgan took a 2-2 pitch over the fence in right and into a windshield for a 3-2 Cranberry league lead. It was Morgan's second 3-run home run in as many days.

The Intercity League mounted its own comeback in the seventh.
The bases were loaded with two outs thanks to three walks by Cranberry League hurler Tim Cooney (Rockland). CBL manager Tony DeSilva brought in Kyle Musco after the third walk to face Lexington's Justin Wright. On a 2-2 count Wright drove a fastball into rightfield for a triple that drove in Devin Perry (Testa), Nick Conti (Reading) and Pete Copa (Andre) to the gave the home team a 5-3 lead.

In the top of the eighth the visitors rallied to tie the game at 5-5 off of two ICL pitchers.
Watertowns Pat O'Donnell walked the first two batters he faced and ICL manager DeAngelis had the quick hook and brought in Lexington's Steve Bodnar. A sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one out. Morgan came to the plate and delivered an RBI single for his eighth RBI of the tourney to make it a 5-4 game. Frank Curreri (Braintree) followed with a sacrifice fly to center that scored David Billotte (Easton) with the tying run.

Bodnar closed out the game by striking out the last two batters to earn the win in the first championship game of the Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Baseball Classic.

"It was a great baseball game by two evenly matched teams," said ICL manager Rick DeAngelis of the Lexington Blue Sox.

It was a great baseball game was expressed by fans, players and coaches alike. It was also a great tournament that many players were glad to see had finally come into being. Thanks to the hard work of the Cranberry Leagues Joe Paulucci, Dave McKay of the Yawkey League, Walter Bentson of the Boston Park League and Rick DeAngelis of the Intercity League this tournament was put together and finally realized.

Thanks to all the coaches and players who gave their time and dedication to the game to make the first EMASBC successful.

Thanks to all the fans who came out for the three games to support their favorite team.

Finally thanks to all the people who worked behind the scenes to help make this event happen and be as successful as it was.

With the end of the 2012 event fans and players alike are all ready looking forward to 2013. But for now the Intercity League has won the bragging rights to being the best amateur league in Eastern Massachusetts.


Sunday, July 8
EMASS CLASSIC: Copa Gets RBI, Freni Save in ICL's Win over Boston Park League

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Peter Copa had 5th Inning RBI
By Bruce Hack
ICL Correspondent


Lexington, MA - The Intercity League defeated the Boston Park League 5-2 Saturday afternoon and will play the Cranberry League Sunday at 3:00 p.m. for the championship of the Inaugural Eastern Masschusetts All-Star Baseball Classic.

The tournament which brings together the best of the best from the Intercity League, Cranberry League, Boston Park League and Yawkey League is being held at Lexington High School, home of the ICL's Lexington Blue Sox.

The ICL All-Stars took a 2-1 lead in the second. Watertown's Steve Busby had a lead off infield single. An infield out moved him to second. James Ramsey (Wakefield) walked to put runners on the corners. Kevin Davis (Medford) singled to load the bases with one out. Justin Mansfield (Arlington) singled to center to drive in Busby. Devon Perry (Testa) followed a strikeout with a walk to force in the second run and give the home team a 2-1 lead.

The Park league answered back in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. With one out Francis Gonzalez (Padres) doubled to left and scored when J. P. Songin (Palmer Club) followed with a double to right.

The ICL took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth. Bill Cataldo (Reading) singled and took second on the throwing error by BPL shortstop Manuel Soto (Padres). Scott Searles (Wakefield) walked and then Jason Twomley (Lexington) loaded the bases on an infield single. Catcher Zak Tallis (Reading) walked to force in his Bulldog teammate Cataldo with the go-ahead run. Pete Copa (Andre) reached on fielders choice and Searles scored for a 4-2 lead.

"It was a workman like effort," said ICL manager Rick DeAngelis (Lexington). "We got good pitching and made some nice defensive plays."

The host team used five different pitchers and the final three faced 12 batters over the last four innings.

Winning pitcher Nick Kelley (Reading) pitched a 1-2-3 sixth, retiring the last four batters he faced.

Jonathan Richard (Medford) faced six batters in his two innings (7th and 8th) of work despite giving up a single and a walk. He was helped out by two double plays. In the seventh Bobby Sabatino (Cannon Club) singled with one out. Devon Davis (Cannon Club) hit a fly ball to right that Arlington's Jeff Friedman caught. Sabatino was off on contact and reached second base before heading back to first where he was forced out by Friedman's throw to Copa. In the eighth a more conventional 6-4-3 double play ended the inning as Joe Sheehan (Medford) to Morgan Brown (Arlington) to Copa to stop the BPL rally.

Andre's Jared Freni pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with the righty striking out the first two batters for the save.

Lexington's Matt Karis (4-1 regular season) started for the ICL and gave up a run in two innings of work and struck out a game-high three. Teammate Mike O'Brien followed Karis on the mound and gave up the second run and struck out two. Both Blue Sox hurlers struck out the first and last batter they faced.

The eight ICL hits were generated by eight different players and five different players scored and four different players drove in a run. The Intercity leaguers took advantage of six walks by BPL pitchers as two walks scored and two more drove in runs.

In the first game of the tournament the Cranberry Leagues's Ryan Morgan (Braintree) drove in four runs to lead his team to an 8-3 win over the Yawkey League. Morgan broke open the game in the second with a three-run home run to right well over the fence for a 5-1 lead. He singled in the seventh CBL run in the sixth inning. He was the only player on the day to hit a home run and to drive in multiple runs.

Both starters picked the decisions. For the Cranberry League Brendan Pittsley (Middleboro) got the win going two innings, allowing one run and giving up two hits. Chris Foundas (Somerville) took the loss pitching the first two innings for the Yawkey League. He gave up five runs, four hits, walked two and struck out one.

The tournament is an idea that has been in the making for a long time and has finally come to fruition. The championship game will offer the opportunity for the winning team (league) to have bragging rights, for at least a year, as to who is the best of the best in Greater Boston amateur baseball.


Monday, July 2
Chiefs Walk Off with 5-4 Win Over Lexington

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Jared Freni

Malden, MA- Maybe there is something that agrees with the Chiefs in the late night City of Malden water supply.

The Chiefs and Blue Sox have met in Malden three times in last ten months. And in each of the three meetings the Chiefs have come away with a dramatic eleventh hour last inning walk off win.

The first two meetings came last August in Games Three and Four of the 2011 championship series at Pine Banks with Mike Barbati’s single bringing the Chiefs back from the grave in Game Three as they overcame a 4-1 seventh inning deficit to win 5-4. Two days later Mike Andre’s walk off grand slam gave the Chiefs a dramatic 6-2 win, concluding a Game Four ten inning classic.

Now Monday night’s game may not have had the implications of last year’s championship series but you would be hard pressed to convince the Blue Sox and Chiefs of that fact.

In a playoff atmosphere, albeit it only being the first week of July, the Chiefs pulled off yet another heart pounding and this time controversial last inning comeback to beat Lexington 5-4 at Maplewood.

Oh, this one had its twists and turns just like many of the Chiefs-Blue Sox matchups over the last few years.

It started quietly enough as two of the ICL’s best pitchers, Matt Karis and Jared Freni went head to head in the first inning.

The Chiefs drew first blood in the bottom of the second when Brendan Pyburn hit an opposite field double to left and scored on Mike Baillargeon’s RBI single.

Meanwhile Freni was cruising and allowed just one hit through the first four innings and the Chiefs doubled the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Tony Deshler lined a single to right and was sacrificed to second on a Nick Leva bunt. Jeff Bercume then reached on an infield single over the mound with Deshler forced to hold at second. Hal Landers then dropped a Texas League ground rule double down the left field line scoring Deshler to make it 2-0. With runners at second and third, Karis pitched out of the jam by getting Juan Portes looking at a breaking ball and Peter Copa to ground out to Ross Curley at third base.

Things got a bit hot and heavy in the Blue Sox sixth. Curley led off with a laser double to left-center. Freni then got Justin Wright to line to Landers in right for the first out. Steve Gath was next and he flew to Deshler in left for out number two. Freni walked Mike Moragn and Jeff Vigurs in succession on close pitches with the Chiefs dugout not pleased with the ball four calls. Ageless veteran Dan Graham was next up and deposited a Freni fastball deep over the center field wall to give the Blue Sox an instant 4-2 lead. As Graham was rounding the bases, Freni expressed his disapproval with home plate umpire Bill Carroll’s calls and was subsequently ejected. Mike DiCato came on to restore order and got Mike Abraham to ground out to end the inning.

The Chiefs made some noise in the bottom of the sixth but came up empty. After Karis got Pyburn to fly to left, Baillargeon singled up the middle and Andre drew a walk. Deshler then grounded into a Gath (unassisted) to Morgan doubleplay seemingly taking the air out of the Chiefs balloon as the game moved to the top of the seventh with the Sox holding on to the 4-2 lead.

DiCato kept the Blue Sox off the board in the top of the seventh setting the stage for the Chiefs’ dramatics in the bottom of the inning.

Leva got things started when he led off with a single to left with Barbati coming on to pinch run.

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Bercume was next up and he drew a walk, with the Blue Sox bench and Karis not pleased with the strikezone, to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Landers then dropped a perfect bunt and when the throw to get him at first skipped into right field, Barbati came around to score to make it 4-3. With Landers at second and Bercume at third, Portes (shown right) avenged two earlier strikeouts and drilled a Karis pitch into right-center with Bercume and Landers scoring easily to give the Chiefs their tenth win of the season in walk off fashion, 5-4. The Chiefs got to Karis (4-1) for ten hits. The right-hander struck out five and issued two walks. DiCato (2-1) got the win in relief of Freni, who allowed four runs and four hits while striking out four in his 5.2 innings.

With the win, the Chiefs move into first place as the ICL heads into the annual Fourth of July Break with a 10-2-2 mark. The Blue Sox are close behind in second at 10-3-1.



Sunday, July 1
Dunphy Blanks Ameriacns, 4-0

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Tim Dunphy

Medford, MA- Veteran left-hander Tim Dunphy (3-0-1) won his third straight decision in a 4-0 blanking of the Americans at humid Playstead Park in Medford on Sunday afternoon. For Dunphy, it was his second win over the Americans in less than a week as he was the winner in last Monday’s 12-3 win at Maplewood.

The Chiefs scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the first inning. Jeff Bercume beat out an infield single to second base and Nat Witkowski singled to left. Mike Baillargeon followed with a line single to right that loaded the bases with nobody out. Tony Deshler, hitting in the cleanup spot, then grounded into a 4-6-3 doubleplay with Bercume scoring. Medford’s Ryan McNiff got out of the early jam with just the one run when he got Matt Boleski to fly out to right to end the inning.

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The Chiefs got to McNiff for another run in the visitor’s second. After Mike DiCato grounded out, Mike Andre singled to right and Mike Barbati (pitcured left) dropped a single into short leftfield. Catcher Nick Leva was then hit by a McNiff pitch to load the bases. Bercume delivered Andre with a single to right to make it 2-0. McNiff got Witkowski to pop up and Baillargeon to fly to center to keep it a ttwo run game.

It stayed 2-0 until the top of the seventh when the Chiefs picked up a couple of insurance runs to double their lead to 4-0. Witkowski singled to left to get things started. McNiff got Baillargeon to fly to center for the first out. Witkowski then stole second and went to third when Deshler’s outfield fly was dropped to put runners at second and third with one out. Boleski drilled a single to right scoring Witkowski and when the ball was bobbled, Deshler came across with the fourth run.

Dunphy set the Americans down in order in the seventh to give the Chiefs their ninth win (9-2-2)of the year. He allowed just four hits, struck out four, and issued just one walk. He did not allow a runner to get beyond second base.

The Chiefs return to action on Monday when the host the 10-2-1 Lexington Blue Sox at Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic) at 7:45 PM. The Blue Sox were also 4-0 winners on Sunday, beating the Merchants in Wakefield.

Jared Freni (2-0-1) will draw the starting assignment for the Chiefs on Monday while the Blue Sox are expected to counter with ace Matt Karis (4-0).

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Saturday, June 30
Chiefs 9, Brooklyn, NY 4 (Non-League)

Friday, June 29
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Wednesday, June 27
Callahan Knocks in 10 Runs in 19-3 Watertown Win

Watertown, MA- Sean Callahan had a career day, hitting a grand slam and a two run homer as well as a triple and a single, driving in, what surely has to be a modern day ICL record 10 runs, to lead the Reds to a 19-3 demolition of the Chiefs at Victory Field. It was the Chiefs worst defeat since July 6, 1997, when they lost a 24-4 decision to the Augustine A’s at Devir Park.

The Reds erupted for the 19 runs (all earned) and 15 hits against a trio (Jared Freni, Rob Machado & Dan Bonito) of Chiefs’ pitchers. They also allowed nine walks.

Mike Andre (2 RBI double) and Tony Deshler (sacrifice fly) knocked in the Chiefs runs when they scored three times in the fourth inning to close the Reds lead to 4-3.

Freni (2-1-1) worked four innings and was clearly not as his sharpest. The Chiefs’ ace surrendered six runs on five hits but was uncharacteristically wild, allowing a career high seven base on balls. Rob Machado had a tough fifth inning getting roughed up for seven hits and nine runs. Rookie lefty Dan Bonito didn’t fare much better allowing three hits, including a sixth inning grand slam to Callahan.

Chris Constantine also had a three run homer for the Reds in the fifth inning.

MIT righty Rob Bertucci (1-1) went the first five innings for Watertown to get the win. 



Wednesday, June 27
Mike DiCato Gets Win in East Boston, 9-3

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Tony Deshler

East Boston, MA- Veteran right-hander Mike DiCato went the distance, scattering eight hits, to pitch the Chiefs past the Testa Corp. Bombers 9-3 at East Boston Stadium on Tuesday night.

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The Chiefs took advantage of some early wildness by Bombers starter Rob O’Neil to stake DiCato to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Walks to Jeff Bercume, Mike Baillargeon, Brendan Pyburn, Mike Andre and Matt Boleski, sandwiched around an infield single to Tony Deshler, led to the runs.

The Chiefs made it 6-0 in the third inning when Andre singled up the middle and Deshler hit a two run homer to right.

The lead climbed to 9-0 in the top of the fifth against reliever Ronnie Wallace on singles from Andre (pictured below), Deshler and Bercume and a long two RBI triple from Matt Boleski.

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The Bombers picked up all of their runs in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 9-3 on singles from T Corea, Mark O’Flynn, an RBI infield grounder by John Jennings, and a two RBI double from Matt Pugh, who was three for four on the night.

DiCato (1-1) struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

The Chiefs will send Jared Freni to the mound on Wednesday night when they travel to meet the Reds at Victory Field in Watertown starting at 7:45 PM.



Monday, June 25
Pyburn, Portes & Baillargeon Lead 12 Hit Attack as Dunphy Gets Win, 12-3

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Juan Portes

Malden, MA- Lefty Tim Dunphy went six solid innings to get the win and his mates backed him with a dozen hits as the Chiefs beat the severe weather, as well as the Americans, 12-3 at under the lights at Maplewood Park on the campus of Malden Catholic on Monday night.

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Brendan Pyburn, who is shown at left, went 4-4, with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, Former Minnesota Twins slugger Juan Portes (2-3, 3 Run Homer, 4 RBI) and Mike Baillargeon (2-4, triple, 3 RBI) led the Chiefs twelve hit attack. Jeff Berume (2-4, RBI), Mike Andre and Tony Deshler drove in the other Chiefs runs.

For Portes, it was his second homer of the season and he raised his RBI total to nine.

Dunphy (2-0-1), the former Brandeis standout, worked six innings, gave up five hits, three earned runs, struck out three, and walked just one. Bentley University’s Nate Witkowski worked a 1-2-3 seventh for the Chiefs.

Kevin McGlinchy (1-4) took the loss for the Americans. The former Atlanta Braves righty worked three innings, surrendered eight runs (all earned), nine hits, struck out five and hit a batter.

The Chiefs begin a two game road trip on Tuesday when they meet the Testa Corp. Bombers at East Boston Stadium at 8:00 PM with Mike DiCato expected to get the starting assignment. On Wednesday, the Chiefs travel to Victory Field in Watertown to tangle with the Reds at 7:45 PM. The Chiefs are off on Thursday before they return to Maplewood to host the Brooklyn Rams of New York in a non-league contest on Friday at 7:30 PM.

 


Saturday, June 23
Morning Rain Causes Postponement of Saturday Afternoon's Reds at Chiefs Game

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Paul Crisafulli

Medford, MA- Despite the drying out forecast, the morning rain has caused the postponement of Saturday's Reds at Chiefs game that was scheduled for Tufts University's Huskins Field at 1:30 PM.

"We were at the field at 8:00 AM this morning" said Chiefs' Assistant Manager Paul Crisafulli. "The clay area around both the mound and plate were both very deep and slick. With light rain still falling and the chance of more storms developing this afternoon, it forced us to make the early decision to postpone, Crisafulli stated."

No make-up date has been scheduled. The Reds-Chiefs game was the only one on the schedule for Saturday.

On Sunday with better weather in the forecast, the Reds will hopefully get back into action when they travel to Walsh Field in Wakefield to meet the Merchants in a doubleheader, with the first game slated to begin at 3:30 PM. In other Sunday action, the Americans host the Lexington Blue Sox at Playstead Park in Medford and the Arlington Trojans and Bulldogs tangle at Morton Field in Reading with both of those games scheduled for 5:00 PM starts.

The Chiefs will be back in action on Monday when they host the Americans at Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic at 7:45 PM. On Tuesday, they travel to East Boston Stadium to meet the Testa Corp. Bombers at 8:00 PM and on Wednesday the Chiefs and Reds will hook up at the newly referbished Victory Field in Watertown at 7:45 PM. After an off day on Thursday, the Chiefs will host the Brooklyn, New York Rams in a non-league contest at Maplewood on Friday evening starting at 7:30 PM.



Thursday, June 21
Chiefs Blank Tanners 9-0

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Peter Copa 3 for 4 with 3 RBI

Malden, MA- Matt DiCato and Nate Witkowski combined on a five-hit shutout and their mates knocked out a dozen hits to lead the Chiefs past the Mooney Dental Tanners 9-0 at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night.

DiCato, who won his second game of the year in as many decisions, worked five innings to get the win. Witkowski worked the final two innings in his impressive pitching debut for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs scored in each of their first four at bats to put this one out of reach early. They took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a walk to Mike Baillargeon and consecutive singles from Juan Portes and Peter Copa.

It went to 2-0 in the bottom of the second on singles from Brendan Pyburn and Hal Landers and a ground rule RBI double from Baillargeon.

 
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Paul Yanakopulos had 2 RBI single

The Chiefs sent 12 men to the plate and scored six times to take an 8-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Copa got things started with a double to left-center. Mike Andre promptly delivered Copa with an RBI single to center making it a 3-0 game. Mooney starter Chris Pessotti (0-2) then struck out Tony Deshler for the first out before Pyburn drew a walk. Landers then bounced back to Pessotti for the second out with Andre and Pyburn moving to second and third. Paul Yanakopulos then delivered a sharp two RBI single, scoring Andre and Pyburn, to make it 5-zip. A Bercume double, followed by an infield error, a Portes RBI single, and Copa’s second hit of the inning ran the score to 8-0.

The Chiefs scored their final run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Pyburn walked, went to second on a passed ball, and scored on a Bercume RBI single.

DiCato allowed four hits in his five innings, struck out five and walked one. Witkowski allowed just an infield single and struck out a couple.

Copa had a big night at the plate going three for four including a double and three RBI’s. Carlton Lentini recorded two of the Tanners’ five hits.

The Chiefs, now 6-1-2, are off until Saturday when then they host the Watertown Reds at Tufts University at 1:30 PM.



Monday, June 18
Karis & Blue Sox Hand Chiefs First Loss, 2-1

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Righty Mike DiCato

Lexington, MA- The Chiefs came home from Lexington with a healthy dose of frustration in their bags, as well as their first loss in eight games, in a tough to digest 2-1 defeat to the three time defending Blue Sox on Monday.

On most nights when a team has ten hits, 14 base runners, and receives outstanding pitching that allows just one earned run, you could assume that the check would safely go into the win column. Such was not the case for the Chiefs on this night in the initial meeting of the season between the 2009 & 2011 championship series participants that was eventually decided by a bad hop fifth inning single.

Chiefs’ starter Mike DiCato (0-1) and Blue Sox ace Matt Karis (3-0) bobbed and weaved their way throughout the evening with both righties landing squarely on their feet after escaping some major league jams.

Karis was the first to escape in the top of the first inning, pitching out of a one out bases loaded situation. After Karis got Jeff Bercume to bounce out, Hal Landers reached on an infield error. Juan Portes and Peter Copa followed with consecutive singles before Mike Baillargeon grounded into a 6 unassisted-3 doubleplay (Steve Gath to Jason Twomley).

Ross Curley led off the Blue Sox first with single but DiCato got Justin Wright on a grounder to first, Gath to pop up and struck out Jeff Vigurs to end the inning.

Mike Andre singled to left center to start the Chiefs’ second but Karis proved once again why he has posted a 29-2 record in his last 31 decisions (both losses against the Chiefs) when he struck out the next three batters (Tim Quinn, Brendan Pyburn & Nate Witkowski) in succession to end the inning.

The Blue Sox appeared poised to take the lead in the bottom of the second. Twomley led off with a long triple to right-center but was thrown out at the plate by Nate Witkowski when he tried to score on Chris Sintetos’ infield grounder.

The Chiefs put two more runners on in the top of the third inning with Landers again reaching on an infield error and Portes drawing a walk. Karis (pictured left) got out of this one when Copa hit the hardest ball of the night, a line shot that was tracked down in deep center by Jack Laurendeau, and by striking out Baillargeon.

 

The Sox broke through for an unearned run against DiCato in the bottom of the third. Laurendeau flied to Landers for the first out before Curley reached on a two base throwing error by Witkowski. Consecutive singles from Wright and Gath plated Curley with the first run of the game. DiCato averted further damage when he got Vigurs to hit into a 4-6-3 (Pyburn to Baillargeon to Copa) doubleplay.

The Chiefs managed to tie things up in the top of the fourth but threatened for much more. Andre led off with his second consecutive single, a liner to right center. Quinn was next and the big catcher from Assumption drilled a single to left with Andre moving to second. Pyburn followed with a perfect bunt single that stayed fair after rolling all the way to the third base bag putting the Chiefs in business with the bases loaded with nobody out. Witkowski then hit a liner that appeared headed up the middle for two run single. Not so on this night as Wright made an outstanding grab and in stride turned it into a 4-unassisted doubleplay. The Chiefs did salvage a run out of the inning when Bercume singled to score Andre, tying the game at 1-1. Karis then got Landers to fly to left to leave two more men stranded.

DiCato worked a 1-2-3 fourth and the Chiefs left two more aboard in the top of the fifth. Copa reached on a one out infield error and Baillargeon beat out a bunt single. Karis got tough once again and struck out Andre swinging and then got Quinn to fly to deep center to end the inning.

The Blue Sox won the game in the fifth. After two were out, singles by Curley and Wright put runners on the corners. The winning run came on Gath’s bad hop single to left-center that hit the infield lip and bounced high over Baillargeon’s head, scoring Curley.

Bercume’s two out single gave the Chiefs another baserunner in the top of the sixth. Karis got tough when he had to be once again and got Landers to ground out end the inning.

DiCato retired the Sox in order again in the bottom of the sixth inning including two K’s.

The Chiefs made one more run at Karis in the top of the seventh. Portes led off with a sharp single to center but Copa grounded out, Baillargeon struck out looking and Andre grounded out to Curley to end the game.

Karis allowed ten hits, struck out eight and walked one. DiCato surrendered seven hits, struck out four and did not issue a walk. Both teams made an uncharacteristic three errors each.

Both teams are back in action on Wednesday with the Blue Sox hosting the Arlington Trojans at 8:00 PM and the Chiefs returning to Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic to meet the Mooney Dental Tanners at 7:45 PM.



Sunday, June 17
Bercume 2 Homers, Portes 3 Run Shot, Give Freni 14-4 Win

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Jeff Bercume had two homers

Medford, MA- Jeff Bercume had three hits, including two home runs, and Juan Portes added a three run shot, to give the Chiefs a 14-4 win over the Americans on Sunday afternoon at Playstead Park.

The Chiefs rung out a dozen hits and jumped out to a 6-0 lead when they sent nine men to plate in the second inning. That was more than enough for starter Jared Freni (2-0-1) who went five innings to get the win.

After a scoreless first inning the Chiefs jumped on Medford starter Paul Pollano (1-1) in the visitor’s second. Nick Leva gave the Chiefs a 2-0 lead when he drove in Tim Quinn and Tony Deshler who had both walked. Singles by Bercume and Hal Landers, in his first game back from the D-3 College World Series with Wheaton, drove home Leva. Portes (pictured below) was next and he deposited a Pollano offering over the left field fence for a 6-0 lead.

 Juan Portes Roster

The margin went to 7-0 in the fourth on Bercume’s solo homer to left-center.

The Americans cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Mike DelPonte hit a two run homer off Freni, scoring Danny Gunn (single) ahead of him.

The Chiefs put the game away when they scored seven times in the top of the sixth inning to run the margin to 14-2. Bercume’s two run homer, pinch hitter Matt Boleski’s two RBI single, Quinn’s RBI double an RBI single from Mike Andre accounted for the Chiefs’ runs.

John Chotkowski came on to work the bottom of the sixth inning and gave up an RBI single to Gunn.

Western New England University's Dan Bonito of Swampscott worked the seventh and surrendered a solo homer to Joe Sheehan for the 14-4 final.

Freni pitched five innings, allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked three.

The Chiefs head to Lexington High School on Monday night to meet the Blue Sox at 8:00 PM in the first meeting of the season between the 2011 championship series teams.  Mike DiCato is expected to make his first start of the year for the Chiefs. The Blue Sox are expected to counter with ace righty Matt Karis.

Andre Chiefs 14, Medford Americans 4

at Playstead Park, Medford 
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Chiefs 0 6 0 1 0 7 0 14 12 1
Americans 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 7 3
W: J Freni (2-0), L: P Pollano (1-1)
Chiefs AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Jeff Bercume, cf 5 3 3 3 0 0 .600
Hal Landers, rf 5 1 2 1 0 2 .400
Juan Portes, ss 3 2 1 3 2 1 .333
Pete Copa, 1b 1 1 0 0 2 0 .000
 Caggiano, ph 1 0 0 0 0 .000

Mike Andre,3b

5 1 1 1 0 1 .200
Tim Quinn, dh 3 2 1 1 1 0 .333
Tony Deshler, lf 2 1 1 0 1 0 .500
  Matt Boleski, ph 1 1 1 2 0 0 1.000
  A Cavanaugh, lf  0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Mike Barbati, 2b 1 0 0 0 1 0 .000
  N Witkowski,2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
   C Veneziano,2b  0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Nick Leva, c 3 1 2 2 0 0 .667
   PYanakopulos, c  1 1 0 0 0 0 .000
   Jon Byrne, c 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 32 14 12 13 7 4 .375
2B: Tim Quinn
HR: Jeff Bercume 2, Juan Portes
RBI: Jeff Bercume 3, Hal Landers, Juan Portes 3, Mike Andre, Tim Quinn, Matt Boleski 2, Nick Leva 2
SB: Jeff Bercume, Hal Landers, Juan Portes, Tony Deshler
E: Pete Copa
Americans AB R H RBI BB SO AVG

Chris Salvati, ss

4 0 1 0 0 1 .250
Kevin Davis,lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Mike DelPonte, dh 3 1 2 2 1 0 .667
Joe Sheehan, 3b 4 1 1 1 0 1 .250
James McConville,rf 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
    ACacciatore, ff  1 1 0 0 1 0 .000
Mike Kalfopoulos, 1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000
   Jack Davis, 1b 2 0 1 0 0 0 .500
Jose Polanco, 2b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
    Thomas Flores, 2b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Luke Pashos, cf 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000
    Mark Fusco, cf 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Dan Gunn, c 3 1 2 1 0 1 .667
Totals 29 4 7 4 5 8 .241
HR: Mike DelPonte, Joe Sheehan
RBI: Mike DelPonte 2, Joe Sheehan, Dan Gunn
E: Joe Sheehan 2
Chiefs IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Jared Freni (W 2-0) 5 4 2 2 3 7 2.80
John Chotkowski 1 1 1 1 2 2 7.00
Dan Bonito 1 2 1 1 0 0 7.00
Americans IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Paul Pollano (L 1-1) 5 8 7 7 3 2 9.80
Andy Padarat 1 4 7 4 2 2 28.00
Mike DelPonte 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
HB: Paul Pollano 2
Weather: Sunny
Umpires- Plate Ed Palarski, Bases Rick Cacciatore


Saturday, June 16
Dunphy 11 K 4-Hitter, Quinn & Portes Give Chiefs 4-1 Win

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Tim Dunphy 4-Hitter with 11 K's

Medford, MA- Veteran lefty Tim Dunphy tossed a complete game four-hitter to lead the Chiefs by the Testa Corp. Bombers 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at Tufts University.

Dunphy, who was 7-3 last season, picked up his first win of the 2012 campaign. The former Brandeis standout struck out 11 batters which is the most strikeouts in a game that he has had since coming onboard with the Chiefs in 2010. He allowed just one run and has not surrendered an earned run in 14.1 innings so far this season.

The Chiefs had to battle back from a 1-0 deficit in this one as Bombers starter Rob O’Neil kept the them off the scoreboard until they took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Bombers broke a 0-0 tie in the top of third inning. Mark Addesa doubled to rightcenter with one away. Dunphy then got Devin Perry swinging for the second out. Dunphy’s former Cassell Club teammate Josh Klimkiewicz (Harvard) was next and he beat out an infield single to shortstop. When Mike Baillargeon’s throw to get Klimkiewicz was low and skipped a few feet away from Peter Copa at first base, Addesa kept running and scored on the error.

It stayed 1-0 until the Chiefs’ fifth.  Baillargeon got things going with a single. Juan Portes drew a walk before O’Neil got Copa to fly to deep center with Baillargeon tagging and going to third. Mike Andre followed with a single scoring Baillargeon to tie the game at 1-1. Tim Quinn was next and he delivered a bomb double to straight away center that scored Portes and Andre to give the Chiefs a 3-1 lead.

The Chiefs extended their lead to 4-1 in the sixth inning when Tony Deshler singled with one out and stole second. Portes followed with a line RBI single that scored Deshler on a close play at the plate.

Dunphy threw 101 pitches in his seven inning outing and walked only one.

Quinn, the former Assumption captain and former NECBL all-star, (pictured right) had a big day at the plate going 3-3. Portes, formerly of the Minnesota Twins, went 2-2 and reached base four times, which included a couple of walks and a long double off the base of the wall in left field in the third inning.

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The Chiefs are right back in action on Sunday when they travel to Playstead Park in Medford to meet the Americans in a 1:30 PM matinee. The Bombers stay on the road and head to Wakefield to visit the Merchants in a 5:00 PM start.  

Sat, 16 June, 1:30PM, at Tufts University
Andre Chiefs 4, Testa Corp. Bombers 1

  Box Score
at Tufts University, Medford MA
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Testa Corp. 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 3 1 x 4 9 2
 
W: T Dunphy (1-0) L: O'Neil (0-1)
Bombers AB R H RBI BB SO  
Mark O'Flynn, cf 3 0 1 0 0 0  
Mark Addesa, ss 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Devin Perry, 2b 3 0 0 0 0 2  
Josh Klimkiewicz, 1b 3 0 2 0 0 0  
Mike Addesa, 3b 3 0 0 0 1 1  
Joe Barry, c 3 0 1 0 0 2  
Dan O'Flynn, lf 3 0 0 0 0 2  
Nick Wosny, rf 3 0 0 0 0 3  
Kevin Barry, dh 2 0 0 0 0 1  
Totals 26 0 4 0 1 11  
2B: Mark Addesa
E: Mark Addesa
Chiefs AB R H RBI BB SO  
Tony Deshler, cf 4 1 1 0 0 1  
Mike Baillargeon, ss 4 1 1 0 0 0  
Juan Portes, dh 2 1 2 1 2 0  
   Rob Caggiano, pr  0 0 0 0 0 0  
Pete Copa, 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0  
Mike Andre, 3b 2 1 1 1 1 0  
Tim Quinn, c 3 0 3 2 0 0  
Matt Boleski, rf 3 0 0 0 0 1  
Paul Yanakopulos, lf 3 0 0 0 0 1  
Mike Barbati, 2b 2 0 0 0 1 0  
Totals 27 4 9 4 4 3  
2B: Juan Portes, Tim Quinn
RBI: Juan Portes, Mike Andre, Tim Quinn 2
SB: Tony Deshler
E: Mike Baillargeon, Pete Copa


Pitching

Testa Corp
                                            IP    H    R   ER     BB   SO
Rob O' Neil  (L 0-1)               6      9    4     4       4        3

Andre Chiefs IP H R ER BB SO  
Tim Dunphy (W 1-0) 7 4 1 0 1 11  
Weather: Cloudy

Umpires- Home Plate: Don January, Bases-Jeff January



Friday, June 15
Matt DiCato Gets Win, Bercume, Andre & Pyburn Lead 8-0 Shutout in East Boston

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Mike Andre went 3-3 with 2 RBI

East Boston, MA- Matt DiCato made his debut a winning one, throwing 3.1 innings of two hit shutout baseball to get the Chiefs past the Testa Corp. Bombers 8-0 at East Boston Stadium on Thursday night. For the Chiefs pitching staff it was their fourth shutout in the first five games of the season.

After a scoreless first inning, the Chiefs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning courtesy of a Jeff Bercume grand slam to right-centerfield. Mike Andre got the inning started when he drew a walk off Testa starter Matt Pugh. Brendan Pyburn moved Andre up to second with a sacrifice bunt and Paul Yanakopulos drew the second walk of the inning. Catcher Nick Leva followed with a single to right to load the bases and set the stage for Bercume’s bases loaded laser.

Starter Rob Machado got the Bombers side in order in the bottom of the second and the Chiefs made it 5-0 in the top of the third. Former Assumption and NECBL standout Tim Quinn drew a walk and Andre singled to right. Pyburn followed with a RBI double to right scoring Quinn.

Machado surrendered a two out double to Matt O’Flynn in the bottom of the third and Pugh set the Chiefs down 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth.

Matt DicatoDiCato (pictured left) came on to start the bottom of the fourth after Machado experienced some stiffness in his back between innings. The right-hander, who was 7-3 this spring at Framingham State and the younger brother of Mike DiCato, took immediate control getting the side in order and striking out two in his first inning as a Chief.

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Brendan Pyburn

The Chiefs loaded the bases in the fifth when Quinn drew a walk and Andre and Pyburn followed with consecutive singles. Reliever Ronnie Wallace (UMass-Amherst) kept it a 5-0 affair when he struck out pinch hitter Matt Boleski swinging and got Leva to line out to end the inning.

DiCato was solid again in the bottom of the fifth with two more K’s.

It went to 7-0 in the top of the sixth when Andre’s bases loaded two out, two RBI single to center plated Tony Deshler who had doubled and Juan Portes who had walked.

DICato worked his third straight scoreless inning in the bottom of the sixth despite giving up a two out triple to Devin Perry.

The Chiefs added their final run in the top of the seventh. Pinch hitter Rob Caggiano (Medford, MA, Babson) worked a walk and rookie Christian Veneziano of St. John’s Prep made his initial ICL appearance when he pinch ran. Veneziano went to second on a passed ball, to third when Bercume reached on an infield error and scored on a wild pitch.

Dan O’Flynn led off the Bombers’ seventh with a single and DiCato recorded his sixth K of the night before being lifted for rookie lefty John Chotkowski. The former Tewksbury ace faced two batters, allowing a single to Joe Barry before recording his first ICL strikeout. Another rookie lefty, Dan Bonito (Swampscott, MA/ Western New England) came on to strikeout the only batter he faced to end the game.

It was a big night at the plate for three former Merrimack College teammates as Bercume (2-4, 4 RBI), Andre (3-3, 2 RBI) and Pyburn (2-3, RBI) drove in all of the Chiefs runs.

The Chiefs are off on Friday before hosting the Bombers on Saturday at Tufts University at 1:30 PM.



Wednesday, June 13
Chiefs Face Bombers in East Boston on Thursday

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LHP John Chotkowski

East Boston MA-  The Chiefs will travel to East Boston Stadium, adjacent to Logan Airport, to meet the Testa Corp. Bombers on Thursday night at 8:00 PM.

Rob Machado, who is 1-0 on the season, is expected to be the starter for the Chiefs. The big right-hander threw a 77 pitch complete game shutout vs. Wakefield on Saturday. The former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst standout allowed just three hits while striking out seven.

Last season Machado went a deceptive 4-6 with an ERA of 2.85, striking out 69 batters in 61.1 innings of work. He recently moved into the top ten on the Chiefs all time appearnace list with 34.

Following Thursday's game the Chiefs and Bombers will meet again on Saturday afternoon at Tufts University at 1:30 PM.

Chiefs Notebook....Tufts University rookie Scott Staniewicz made his first start in Chiefs' uniform last Saturday vs. Wakefield. The infielder had an outstanding high school career at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, FL....The Chiefs have added Tewksbury High ace John Chotkowski to the roster.  Chotkowski had an outstanding career for the Redmen which included three shutouts this past season. He will take his talents to the University of Alabama in the fall.....The Chiefs picked up former Malden Catholic star and current Bentley standout Nate Witkowski when the RHP-IF joined the club on Monday....



Monday, June 11
Freni and Bercume Provide Chiefs with 1-0 Walkoff Win

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Former Minnesota Twin Juan Portes was 2 for 3 in Chiefs debut

Malden, MA- Jared Freni was on top of his game once again and this time his teammates finally provided him a run, albeit that they waited until the seventh inning to do it, in a 1-0 Chiefs walk off win against the Wakefield Merchants on Monday night at Maplewood Park.

The game’s only run came when Jeff Bercume (pictured right) led off with a triple to right field and scored on a wild pitch with Juan Portes at the plate and one away in the bottom of the seventh.image_name2

The game featured a scoreless pitcher’s duel between Freni (1-0) and the Mulhenberg College (PA) ace Christian Ferlan of Litchfield NH (0-1).

Freni was perfect thru five innings before rookie Jason Dahl broke up the streak with a long triple off the base of the fence in left-center with one out in the top of the sixth inning.

The Chiefs threatened and had runners in scoring position in the first, third and fifth innings but each time they were denied by Ferlan.

In the Chiefs sixth, Tony Deshler singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Matt Boleski. Ferlan then got Mike Barbati to fly to right for the second out. Nick Leva followed and drilled a sharp single to center. A perfect throw home from Merchants’ centerfielder David Orlowitz  to catcher Mike Sorrentino nailed Deshler at the plate to keep the game scoreless.

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Jared Freni

Ferlan allowed eight hits and struck out four. Freni struck out sixteen and walked two.

Brendan Pyburn (2-4, double), Leva (2-3) and Juan Portes, who went 2 for 3 in his Chiefs debut, all had multiple hit games.

The Merchants are back in action on Tuesday when they take on the Americans at Playstead Park in a 6:00 PM start. The Chiefs are off until Thursday when they travel to East Boston Stadium to meet the Testa. Corp Bombers at 8:00 PM.



Sunday, June 10
Chiefs and Bulldogs Play to 2-2 Tie in Reading

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Peter Copa had both RBI's

Reading, MA- The good news is that the Chiefs pitching staff has not allowed an earned run over the first three games and 25 innings of the season.

The bad news is that the bats remain mired in an early season slump, hitting at an anemic .187 as a team over the same period.

If offensive baseball is what you are looking for look elsewhere, at least for the moment, as atotal of six runs have been scored (four by the Chiefs-two earned and two by the opposition-none earned)  over the first 25 innings of baseball so far this season.

The solid pitching has netted a Chiefs win and two nine innings ties, good for four out a possible six points.

Sunday in Reading was no different as either the Chiefs and Bulldogs could have easily comeimage_name3 away with a win. Both southpaw starters, Tim Dunphy and Sean Boyle, both pitched well enough to get the “W”. Neither did. The two clubs were forced to settle for a point apiece and a 2-2 final at Morton Field.

The Chiefs got a run in the top of the first inning when Jeff Bercume beat out another infield single and Mike Baillargeon lined a single to left. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Bercume eventually scored on Peter Copa’s RBI infield grounder.

It went to 2-0 in the top of the third when Bercume reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on a Baillargeon grounder, and scored on Copa’s sacrifice fly to center.

The usually solid Chiefs defense (no errors in the first two games) temporarily abandoned Dunphy in bottom of the fourth as the Bulldogs tied the game at 2-2 on three infield errors (Pyburn 2, Mike Andre 1) and Matt Zajac’s two out, two RBI single.

Both teams had chances to take the lead over the next four innings with the biggest threat coming in the Reading eighth when they loaded the bases with one out. Mike DiCato, who was on in relief of Dunphy, escaped the jam when he got Doug Flutie to bounce into a 1-2-3 doubleplay.

Dunphy allowed four hits in 7.1 innings while Boyle went the distance and surrendered just four hits.

The Bulldogs head to Lexington on Monday at 8:00 PM to meet the Blue Sox while the Chiefs entertain the Wakefield Merchants at Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic starting at 7:45 PM.



Saturday, June 9
Machado Three Hit Shutout Gets Chiefs Past Wakefield, 2-0

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Jeff Bercume was 3 for 4

Lexington, MA- Rob Machado threw a three-hit shutout to lead the Chiefs past the Wakefield Merchants in the second game of the annual Gerie DeAngelis Memorial Day of Baseball on Saturday afternoon in Lexington.

The Chiefs staked their big righty to a two run lead in the top of the first inning against Merchants starter Connor Mahon. Jeff Bercume beat a dribbler down the third base line and Mike DiCato followed with an infield single to deep shortstop. Peter Copa was next and he reached on an infield error to load the bases. Mahon got Mike Andre to pop up for the first out before Matt Boleski delivered Bercume with a long sacrifice fly to right. Copa and DiCato then executed a double steal with Mike Sorrentino’s throw to second hitting Copa and going into left field allowing DiCato to score.


Machado (1-0) went the distance, throwing just 77 pitches, striking out seven and hitting a batter.Mahon allowed eight hits (four of the infield variety), struck out four and walked two.

Bercume (3-4), DiCato (2-3, sacrifice bunt), Andre, Copa and Nick Leva accounted for the Chiefs eight hits. Scott Searles (double), Nick Napoli and Bobby Losanno had the Merchants hits.

The Chiefs are back in action on Sunday when they travel to Reading High School to meet the Bulldogs in a 5:00 PM start. On Monday, the Chiefs have a rematch with the Merchants in their home opener at Maplewood Park on the campus of Malden Catholic starting at 7:45 PM.



Wednesday, June 6
Chiefs and Tanners Battle to 0-0 Nine Inning Tie

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Jared Freni

Woburn, MA- Right-handers Jared Freni of the Chiefs and Jonathan Bishop of the Tanners locked up in a classic nine inning pitcher’s duel as the teams battled to a 0-0 tie at Ferullo Field on Wednesday night.

Bishop went all nine innings for Mooney while Freni got some relief help from his former UMass-Amherst and Malden Catholic teammate Mike DiCato, who worked out of a tight spot and got all three outs in the ninth.

Bishop, who came off a tough 14 strikeout 2-1 loss to Reading last week, was equally impressive in his second start. The big righty from Plymouth State allowed just five hits on Wednesday (three of the infield variety) and struck out nine. He pitched out of Chiefs’ scoring chances in fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth innings.

Freni went eight innings plus before giving way to DiCato after surrendering a leadoff single to Corey Collins leading off the bottom of the ninth. He allowed four hits and struck out 16.

Matt Boleski (infield single, opposite field single), Tony Deshler (4th inning double), DiCato (bunt single) and Mike Baillargeon (infield single) accounted for the Chiefs hits.

Along with Collins, Carlton Lentini, had two singles and Ryan McCarthy added a 7th inning base hit for Mooney.

The Chiefs return to action on Friday when they travel to Summer Street Field in Arlington to meet the Trojans at 7:00 PM. The Tanners are off until Saturday when they take on the Blue Sox in Lexington at 6:30 PM.

Go to www.intercityleaguebaseball.com for Wednesday Night's Boxscore.

Chiefs Notebook.... Babson infielder Rob Caggiano made his Chiefs debut when he pinch ran in the top of the ninth inning......Leadoff man Jeff Bercume as well as Juan Portes were out of the Chiefs lineup for the opener.....Friday's game in Arlington is a 7:00 PM start. On Saturday, the Chiefs play Wakefield at Lexington High School in the annual Gerie DeAngelis Memorial Day of Baseball at 1:30 PM......



Tuesday, June 5
Chiefs Open Season on Wednesday Night in Woburn

Medford MA- If the weather improves as expected, the Chiefs will hopefully kick off their 2012 season when they travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn on Wednesday to meet the Mooney Dental Tanners at 8:00 PM.

On Friday, the Chiefs travel to play the Arlington Trojans at Summer Street Field at 7:00 PM and on Saturday they meet the Wakefield Merchants at Lexington High at 1:30 PM. The four game road trip concludes on Sunday when they travel north to meet the Reading Bulldogs at Reading High at 5:00 PM.

The Chiefs home opener is slated for Monday when they host the Wakefield Merchants at Malden Catholic's Maplewood Park at 7:45 PM.

The Chiefs will split their home dates this season, playing day games at Huskins Field on the campus of Tufts University in Medford and weekday night games at Maplewood.

The 2012 Chiefs Roster is expected to be posted soon.



Tuesday, June 5
Dario Pizzano Selected in 15th Round by Seattle

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Dario Pizzano

NEW YORK - Columbia junior outfielder Dario Pizzano was chosen by the Seattle Mariners in the 15th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.

In 2012, Pizzano was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Year and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy League honoree. He batted .360 during the season with four home runs, 16 doubles and 36 runs batted in. He drew 31 walks and struck out just 16 times during the season. Pizzano improved his batting average to .409 during Ivy League play with two home runs and 20 runs batted in.

A three-time first team All-Ivy League outfielder, Pizzano was the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year in 2010 and is tied for the program record in home runs with 25, matched by former Major Leaguer Gene Larkin '84.

During his three years at Columbia, Pizzano has batted .364 in 133 games. He ranks among Columbia's top ten in career batting average, slugging percentage (.647), on-base percentage (.448), doubles (43), home runs (25), runs batted in (108) and total bases (293).

Dario, a former Malden Catholic standout from Saugus MA, played for the Chiefs in 2009 when he batted .205 in 23 games.

He becomes the 113th Chiefs player to enter the professional ranks.



About the 2012 Chiefs: A Capsule Look

General Manager/President: Chuck Andre
Phone: 617-312-7156
Website: www.andrechiefs.com
Email: AndreChiefs@aol.com
Home Fields: Huskins Field, (Tufts University) Medford, MA

                         Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic) Malden, MA
Team Colors: Cardinal, Vegas Gold & White

Manager: Chuck Andre (22nd Year)
Assistant Manager: Paul Crisafulli (14th Year)
Coach: Steve Calabresi (2nd Year)
Coach: John Veneziano (1st Year)


The Chiefs and outstanding baseball tradition have been synonymous in Medford, MA since 1957. Carrying the Hosmer Chiefs name from 1958 to 1984 and the Andre Chiefs banner from 1989 to the present, the Chiefs have exemplified a consistent winning baseball atmosphere. Last season marked the 54th anniversary of the founding of the Chiefs.

The Championships - Through the years the Chiefs have brought 17 baseball championships to the City of Medford, Massachusetts. They have won 21 Suburban Twilight League or Intercity League pennants. Remarkably, the Chiefs have recorded a winning record and have made the playoffs in 46 of their 48 summers of playing baseball.

The Franchise- The Chiefs franchise carries a winning percentage of almost .700 over the 2,300 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 2012 Coaching Staff-
Chuck Andre-Manager (Boston College) completed his 21st year at the helm in 2011. He begins the 2012 season just thirteen wins shy of his 500th win. Andre, who has a career managerial record of 487-286-66, has piloted the club to 19 playoff appearances, seven regular season pennants and four Intercity League Championships. A former right-handed pitcher, Andre played for the Chiefs from 1974-1980. He has missed the ICL postseason just twice as a player or manager in 29 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 organization from 1989 to 1995.
John Veneziano- Coach (Westfield State) Veneziano joins the Chiefs Staff for the 2012 season. A former Westfield State standout outfielder, Veneziano played for the Chiefs and was part of several Chiefs championships in the late 1970’s and 1980’s.

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 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 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 110 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.
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.
Maplewood Park  at Malden Catholic Located in Malden, Massachusetts- Starting in 2012, the Chiefs will play their night games on the artificial surface of Maplewood Park on the campus of Malden Catholic.

Record Book
- The Chiefs 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 victories. Former Cleveland Indian outfielder Justin Crisafulli is the career home run leader with 91, hit leader (567) and RBI leader with 417. For a complete history of the Chiefs franchise visit our website at www.AndreChiefs.com
The Chiefs continue to develop young talent from the college level and at the same time showcase players with professional baseball experience. For information e-mail AndreChiefs@aol.com.



Looking Back at the 2011 Season

Category Leaders, Year in Review & More Pictures of the 2011 Season
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Captain Justin Crisafulli and the Chiefs congratulate Blue Sox
**Scroll Down to Read Bruce Hack's Game 5 Coverage**
Game 4
ANDRE 10th INNING GRAND SLAM GIVES CHIEFS GAME FOUR, 6-2
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Mike Andre is greeted at the plate after 10th inning walk off grand slam
Game 5 to Decide ICL Championship
Crisafulli 2-4, 2 RBI's Carries Chiefs Extra to Innings
Freni (11 K's) Outduels Karis to Tie Series
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Jared Freni struck out eleven and went all ten innings to get the Game Four win
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Captain Justin Crisafulli reacts to Andre's grand slam
**Scroll down to read Steve Freker's Game 4 Coverage **

Friday's Game 3
W O W !
Gutsy Four Run Rally Gives Chiefs 5-4 Walk-Off Win
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Mike Barbati is swarmed after dramatic walk off single to cap 7th inning rally
Chiefs Overcome 4-1 Deficit
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Pinch Runner Andy Cavanaugh (44) scores winning run


2011 Chiefs Final Overall Batting Statistics (Including Playoffs)

Player

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

HBP

SAC

SB

CS

Pete Copa 7 21 5 10 2 0 0 5 1 1 .476 1 0 0 0
Justin Crisafulli 41 131 23 52 11 0 3 24 8 7 .396 1 3 1 0
Tony Deshler 27 93 17 31 6 1 1 18 1 13 .333 4 0 3 0
Jon Byrne 4 12 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 .333 0 0 0 0
Vinny Pennell 26 78 17 24 7 1 1 13 14 12 .307 1 2 2 1
Jeff Bercume 23 80 15 24 5 0 2 10 5 13 .300 1 1 7 2
Mike Maguire 7 21 7 6 0 0 0 1 3 5 .285 1 0 3 0
Mike Baillargeon 28 97 19 27 4 2 1 9 4 26 .278 2 2 2 0
Mike Andre 45 140 14 38 9 0 4 28 13 27 .271 3 3 0 0
Mike Barbati 41 119 18 31 6 0 0 16 9 18 .260 5 2 2 0
Dave Scioli 8 24 3 6 0 0 0 2 1 3 .250 1 0 1 0
Paul Yanakopulos 35 84 13 20 4 2 0 6 6 24 .238 0 4 1 1
Mike DiCato 38 84 7 20 3 1 0 12 6 8 .238 8 1 4 2
Rick Vail 6 13 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .230 0 0 0 0
Jesse Bruinsma 10 31 10 7 0 0 0 2 7 7 .225 0 0 4 0
Nick Leva 29 74 10 16 4 0 0 7 7 9 .216 1 3 0 0
Matt Boleski 43 120 16 25 5 0 5 20 12 40 .208 0 8 0 0
Chad Conner 4 12 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 5 .166 0 0 0 0
Anthony Weiner 7 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .111 0 0 0 0
Andy Cavanaugh 20 18 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .000 0 0 0 0
Bernie Driscoll 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Overall Totals

45

1264

205

347

67

  7   

  18

176

100

227

.274

29 29 30 6


Chiefs Overall 2011 Pitching Statistics (Including Playoffs)

Pitching
Player
 G  W L T S    IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA HB WP
Alex Cronkite   1  0 0 0 0   2.0   0   0   0   0     0 0 0.00   0 0
Jared Freni 15  9 3 0 0 87.0 56 26 22 22 114 2 1.81   2 4
Mike DiCato 11  4 5 0 0 58.0 50 31 22 13   42 2 2.66   9 3
Rob Machado 14  4 6 0 0 61.1 60 37 25 18   69 0 2.85 12 5
Tim Dunphy 16  7 3 1 1 75.0 92 39 31 10   40 0 2.89   3 1
Keith Forbes   4  1 1 0 0 14.0 15 10   8   5   14 1 4.00   0 1
Jake Crawford   8    0 1 0 0 13.2 15   9   9   7     8 0 4.61   3 0
Paul Yanakopulos   1  0 0 0 0   1.0   5   5   5   0     1 0 35.00      0 0
  45 25 19 1 1 312 293 157 122 75 288 5 2.74 29 14


Tuesday, August 30
Lexington Wins Historic Fifth Straight Title

By Bruce Hack 

Lexington, MA- The Lexington Blue Sox became the first team in Intercity League history to win five consecutive championships with a 10-0 win over the Chiefs in Game Five of the ICL's Championship Series.

Drew Brzozowski threw a complete game three hitter for his second win in the finals. In 2009 he won the title game 8-1 for the third straight title for Lexington. He struck out five and walked two and in his two starts in the finals gave up one run in 14 innings.

Jeff Vigurs paced the 10-hit Lexington attack with a 4-for-4 game and three RBI. Justin Wright and Dan Graham each had two hits. Wright, Graham and Steve Gath each scored two runs.

Chiefs' starter Tim Dunphy took the loss going four plus innings. The veteran lefty gave up seven hits, six runs, four earned, three strike outs and walked one. It was his second loss of the finals. Both came against Brzozowski in a matchup of former Brandeis pitchers.

Lexington was the fifth team to have won four straight ICL titles. The Blue Sox joined North Cambridge who won from 1960-63, the Chiefs who won from 1968-71, the Augustine A's who won from 1981-84 and the Melrose Rams winning in 1986-89. North Cambridge had a chance at five straight, but lost the championship to Winchester in 1964 and then won in 1965 over Reading to make six consecutive finals appearances.

Lexington won its ninth overall championship, its seventh in the last eight years and eighth in the last ten years.



Tuesday, August 30
Chiefs Tie Series on Andre Walk-off Grand Slam & Freni's 10 Inning Gem

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Mike Andre connects on 10th inning grand slam

By STEPHEN FREKER 

MALDEN, MA— If you told anyone leaving last Friday night’s “thrill-a-minute”Intercity League playoff barnburner win by the Andre Chiefs over the vaunted Lexington Blue Sox that yes, another game could be just as good, they’d have laughed in your face and giggled all the way home. 

We agree. You would have been dead wrong. 

Because last night’s Game Four was BETTER! In a day and age where, bottom line, a dollar has go farther than ever, rest assured every single person in the ballpark got their money’s worth last night.  

And then some.

 In what goes down as not only an “Instant Classic,” but perhaps one of the best games, period, ever played in Intercity League history, the Medford-based Andre Chiefs won Game Four last night, 6-2, to force a winner-take-all Game Five Tuesday at Lexington High School, 8:00 p.m. start. 

For starters, or should we say, “enders,” the game concluded in only the most dramatic and exciting manner possible, a two-out, walkoff homer in the bottom of the 10th inning. 

Oh, we almost forgot, slugger Mike Andre’s roundtripper was a grand slam, a bases-loaded bomb off Lexington ace Matt Karis to end the game with a peaks-and-valleys finish, with celebration on the Chiefs’ side. 

The wild finish was the second in as many tries for the Chiefs, who won the aforementioned walkoff job Friday on a Mike Barbati single, this, also with the Chiefs down to their last out in the bottom of the seventh. 

Chiefs manager Chuck Andre is ecstatic with the way his team has responded to adversity.“I’m proud of my guys and the way we’ve answered the bell each time we’ve faced elimination in this postseason,” Andre told the Medford Daily Mercury and Malden Evening News last night. “We’ve done it four times and we will come to play (Tuesday).” 

Andre’s son, Mike, who delivered the dramatic, game winning blow, was actually matter-of-fact following the game.“I was looking to get a base hit, any kind of hit, and I really went up there with a clear head and I got the pitch I wanted,” Andre said, who got a1-1 count fastball from Karis and boomed it over the right field fence, into the night. “We’ll be ready to go (tonight),” Andre said. 

While Andre’s gamewinning shot was the exclamation point on the night, the foundation was the unprecedented pitching performance of righthander Jared Freni. A solid performance on the hill which catapulted the Chiefs to a deciding Game Five would have been sufficient from the Chiefs big gun. 

Freni did more. 

Carrying them on his back for the entire night, Freni pulled a “Star Trek,”going where he, and no other Chiefs pitcher has ever gone before — he pitched all 10 innings in the 10-inning win. 

“The thought of coming out never crossed my mind,” Freni said last night. “If we had to go another one, I was out there for the next inning, too.”

Freni’s pitch count is under lock-and-key at an undisclosed CPA’s office on Commonwealth Ave. in Brighton, but we know it wasn’t obscene, somewhere in 120s or so, but 10 innings is 10 innings. 

“That was a first for me, but I really think my fastball was getting better as the game went along,” Freni added, who blew Lexington away in the first inning, buzzing them in the low 90s and then hitting the same note in the ninth inning when they threatened again. 

Justin Crisafulli was the veteran star that he is at the plate, driving in the first two Chiefs runs in first and third innings with singles for a 2-0  lead. 

The Sox answered with two runs to tie it in the fourth, on a pair of hits, a physical error and a mental error by the Chiefs. 

Freni and Karis then locked up in a pitcher’s duel for the next six innings,neither giving an inch. Freni finished with a seven-hitter and 11 Ks while Karis allowed nine hits and struck out eight.

Freni started the game percolating on the mound, gassing it up bigtime with a pair of strikeouts with the Sox nary fouling off a pitch. That might have motivated his mates, as the Chiefs got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the inning, an omen, perhaps, since they scored first in their other series win Friday night. After leadoff hitter Jeff Bercume grounded out, Mike Baillergeron, quiet for most of this series, broke out with a single to rightcenter, followed by a bobble, to end up on second. Vinny Pennell grounded out, pushing Baillergeron to third. He scored on veteran Crisafulli's line shot  single to left field. 

In the bottom of the third, after zeroes tossed by Freni in the second and third innings, the Chiefs extended their lead to 2-0. Nick Leva (2-for-4) led off with single and after Bercume took a called third strike from Karis, Baillegeron, singled to put runners at first and second. Pennell then popped up for the second out, but Crisafulli drove in the second of his two RBIs with a bloop single to right field, scoring Leva for a 2-0 Chiefs lead. Andre grounded out back to Karis to end the inning. 

Lexington awoke in the top of the fourth inning and scored a pair of runs to forge a 2-2 tie. Steve Gath reached base on an error by Andre at third base. He stole second, then scored on a double to leftcenter by catcher Jeff Vigurs, the Sox first hit of the game. Matt McEvoy then beat out an infield single to the right side when first base was left uncovered by the Chiefs after Mike DiCato had to vacate the bag to field the grounder. Freni struckout Ross Curley, looking, for the first out of the inning, but Vigurs came across with the tying run on a passed ball for the 2-2 score. Tom Haugh grounded out back to Freni and the Chiefs hurler left runners at second and third with perhaps the biggest strikeout of the night, a swinging by Sox veteran Pete Frates. 

Andre's next best threat was in the bottom of the fourth when DiCato was hitby a pitch, as he emulates Don Baylor with his fifth hit by pitch of the postseason, he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Friday's hero, Barbati, but after a walk to Matt Boleski, was stranded on a flyout to rightfield by Leva and a caught looking strikeout by Bercume. 

From the fifth inning through the end of the regulation seventh, it was "too much Freni" from  Chiefs mound...and "too much Karis" ...when the Sox righty was on the mound. Freni retired the next nine in a row, including a heat-seeking missile of a fastball to whiff Lexington High star slugger/manchild Chris Shaw (6-3, 220) to erase the Sox in the bottom of the seventh.

DiCato singled in the sixth, but was stranded. Karis needed a measly seven pitches to get the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the seventh. 

In the top of the eighth, with neither pitcher budging in "overtime, Lexington made some noise when Justin Wright led off with a single and went to second on a broken bat single up the middle by Lexington veteran slugger Dan Graham. With nobody out, Gath popped out to first on an infield flycall. Freni then bewildered Vigurs with a saw-you-off changeup for a strikeout and McEvoy grounded out to Barbati at second to strand both runners in a strategically pitched inning for Freni. 

Karis bounced the Chiefs, 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth.

 It was Freni's turn for another 1-2-3 inning in the top of the ninth, as he K'ed Curley and Haugh and then got pinch hitter Wil Marcal, a recent Lexington High graduate, to ground out to Barbati at second. 

It was three-up and three-down for the Chiefs again in the bottom of the ninth and it was Lexington's turn to threaten again in the top of the 10th, still facing Freni, as the big righthander returned for another go-round, his self-admitted first time ever pitching into the 10th inning. Frates blooped a single to rightcenter to lead off the inning. Wright, Lexington's team-leading hitter then unselfishly laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Frates to second. With first base open, manager Chuck Andre opted to put Graham on intentionally. Freni bore down and got Gath to pop out and Vigurs to ground to Baillergeron at shortstop for the final out, as the Blue Sox stranded two more baserunners. 

The Chiefs got real vocal as the bottom of the 10th began and it paid off in spades for the Medford-based team. Leva lined a single up the middle to start the inning, his second leadoff hit of the night. Malden Catholic three-time All-Scholastic Paul Yanakopulos, who was yanked from the starting lineup due to food poisoning before the game, was called in to pinch run for Leva. Bercume failed at two consecutive sacrifice bunt attempts and then slapped a grounder to shortstop, erasing Yanakopulos at second for the first out. After Baillergeron popped out to Haugh at first base, Pennell stepped up and delivered his biggest hit yet as a Chief, a line shot in the leftcenter gap, pushing Bercume to third. With two out, Sox manager Rick DeAngelis chose to walk Justin Crisafulli to load the bases for Andre. On a 1-1 count, Andre turned and absolutely crushed a 1-1 fastball from Karis over the right field fence. 

A game winning homer and a grand slam no less!  

Chiefs win, 6-2.     



Friday, August 26
Dramatic Comeback Gives Chiefs Game Three, 5-4

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Rob Machado

(Coverage and Photos by Mike Mills, Mark Cavanaugh & Patrick Holloway)
Malden, MA- In one of the most dramatic ICL playoff games in decades, the Chiefs somehow picked themselves up off the canvas with a heart fluttering four run seventh inning rally, with Mike Barbati providing the walk-off game winning single, to live another day and take Game Three of the Championship Series 5-4 under the lights before a large crowd at Pine Banks.

Make no mistake about it, the fat lady was most definitely in the building, the pulse was fading away, the family was summoned to the bedside, and the trio was striking up the opening stanza of Londonderry Air on the deck of the Titanic. Any of the above scenarios seemed fitting and proper after the Blue Sox scored three times to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh to take a seemingly insurmountable 4-1 lead.

Not so fast. At least not with this band of Chiefs who have gutted out rubber game wins over the Watertown Reds and Wakefield Merchants this playoff season to earn the right to play the four time defending champion Blue Sox.

This was one for the ages. To go along with an old fashioned pitcher’s duel between Lexington’s Steve Bodnar and the Chiefs’ Rob Machado, the game featured some truly outstanding defense, three Houdini like escapes, and 22 strikeouts and 22 hits for good measure.  Both right-handers landed solidly on their feet enough times to somehow keep the game a 1-1 tie into the seventh when the tone of the game changed course and the two teams combined for seven runs.

The night started quietly enough when Machado set the Sox down in order in the top of first inning.

Former Oakland A’s farmhand Jeff Bercume got the Chiefs off to the start they desperately needed, after being dominated in the first two games of the series, when he led off and deposited a Bodnar fastball over the center-field wall for a quick 1-0 lead. After Bodnar struck out Mike Baillargeon and Mike Andre in succession, Justin Crisafulli drilled a long double off the fence in right-center. Blue Sox third baseman Ross Curley then made the first of his two outstanding defensive plays in the game when he saved a run and snagged Mike DiCato’s liner earmarked for the left field corner to end the inning.

A Matt McEvoy two out single was all the Blue Sox could generate against Machado in the top of the second and Curley was at it again defensively in the bottom of the inning to keep it a 1-0 game. Barbati led off with a double down the leftfield line and Matt Boleski sacrificed him to third. With the infield playing halfway, Bodnar got Nick Leva to ground out to Steve Gath at shortstop, with Barbati being forced to hold at third for the second out. Paul Yanakopulos was next and he drilled a Bodnar pitch to the left of Curley who made a diving stop and recovered quickly enough to throw out the speedy Yanakopulos out at first by a half step.

The Blue Sox had a mixed bag in top of the third inning as singles from Tom Haugh and Justin Wright alternated with three Machado strikeouts (Dan Capra, Pete Frates & Dan Graham) as the Chiefs and their big UMass-Amherst righty clung to their 1-0 lead.

Bodnar had his best inning of the night in the third as he struck out the top of the Chiefs order (Bercume, Baillargeon & Andre) in succession. 

The Blue Sox tied things up at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Gath and Vigurs got it started with consecutive singles. McEvoy followed and he sacrificed the runners up to second and third. Curley then lofted a long fly to right-center they appeared to be heading for extra base territory. Enter Boleski who made the Chiefs’s web gem of the night, with a diving grab to rob Curley as Gath tagged from third and scored the tying run. Haugh then drew a walk but Machado struck out Dan Capra on a blistering fastball to end the frame.

Bodnar cruised through a 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth and Machado pulled another big escape in the top of the fifth. Frates grounded out to Barbati for the first out before Wright singled. Machado then struck out Graham for the second out and the Chiefs caught a huge break when Gath unloaded a ground rule bomb double to left-center with Wright, who easily would have scored, being sent back to third. Machado came up big once again when he struck out Vigurs with runners on second and third to end the inning.

The Chiefs appeared poised to take the lead and then some in the bottom of the fifth but Bodnar pitched out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam. Boleski and Leva led off with singles and Yanakopulos dropped a perfect bunt to fill the bases with no outs. Bodnar got tough and got Bercume on a grounder to Gath with Boleski being forced at the plate for the first out, struck out Baillargeon, and got Andre to fly to McEvoy in left to end the inning.

McEvoy led off the Lexington sixth with a single and Curley struck out after attempting to bunt a two strike pitch. Machado seemingly got stronger and struck out Haugh and Capra stranding McEvoy.

Bodnar got the Chiefs in order for the third time in four innings in the bottom of the sixth (Crisafulli and DiCato fly outs and Barbati ground out) to send the game to the eventful seventh.

Frates led off the seventh and was hit on the elbow by a Machado pitch. Wright followed with a sharp single to center. Graham then bunted and Machado fielded the ball but threw low to third with Frates being called safe on a very close and disputed call. With the bases loaded and no outs, Gath hit a deep sacrifice fly to the warning track in left-center easily scoring Frates to give Lexington the lead at 2-1. Vigurs then hit a grounder up the middle to Baillargeon at shortstop that forced Graham at second but allowed Wright to score to make it a 3-1 game.  McEvoy then singled sending Vigurs to third and Curley followed with another single, scoring Vigurs, with the McEvoy being thrown out at third on a close play to end the inning.

Trailing 4-1, Boleski gave the Chiefs a ray of hope when he led off and drilled a Bodnar pitch deep over the right-field fence. Leva was next and he cracked a double to right-center. Yanakopulos then put the comeback into a high gear mode when he lined a triple off the fence in right, scoring Leva, to put the Chiefs back in business at 4-3, with the tying run at third and nobody out. Sam Finn was summoned from the bullpen and, with the infield drawn in, got Bercume to ground to Gath at short, with Yanakopulos holding at third. Finn got the second out when Baillargeon hit a check swing grounder to Haugh at first. Andre was next and he worked a walk with Andy Cavanaugh coming on to pinch run for him. Crisafulli came up big and he lined a 2-1 Finn pitch down the left-field line, scoring Yanakopulos, to tie things up at 4-4. Finn then hit DiCato with a pitch to load the bases and set the stage for Barbati. The second baseman took Finn’s first pitch back up the middle, scoring Cavanaugh, to complete the dramatic comeback and propel the Chiefs back into the series.   

Machado went the distance with a Herculean 121 pitch effort. Eleven was his number for the night as he allowed a career high eleven hits but also struck out a career high eleven batters.

Bodnar worked 6+ innings and surrendered nine hits and struck out seven. Finn took the loss in relief going 0.2 innings. 

(MORE PLAYOFF COVERAGE AND PHOTOS SOON)
  



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Barbati and Andre

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Jeff Bercume homers to lead off game
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Justin Crisafulli's game tying hit in bottom of 7th

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Matt Boleski got rally started when he led off 7th with his 5th HR of the year

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Paul Yanakopulos slides into third on huge 7th inning triple
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Catcher Nick Leva and happy group of Chiefs

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Matt Boleski rounds third after 7th inning homer

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Mike Barbati gets congrats from Chiefs Captain Justin Crisafulli

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Chiefs legends Ed Rideout, Bob Spinney & Jack Trischitta are all smiles

See Patrick Holloway's Game 3 Photostream from Medford Patch at:

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Thursday, August 25
Blue Sox Take Game Two, 8-1, Chiefs Face Must Win Situation on Friday at Pine Banks

Lexington, MA- The Blue Sox offense rung out thirteen hits to rough up the Chiefs 8-1 and take a 2-0 series lead in Lexington on Thursday night.

With the win, Lexington is in a position to lock up their unprecedented fifth straight Intercity League Championship on Friday night at Pine Banks in Malden at 7:45 PM.

Lexington’s Drew Brzozowski and Chiefs’ starter Tim Dunphy both cruised through a 1-2-3 first inning.

Justin Crisafulli led off the Chiefs second inning with a single and moved into scoring position on Mike Andre’s groundout and went to third when Mike DiCato grounded to Steve Gath at shortstop. Crisafulli was left at third when Brzozowski struck out Mike Barbati swinging to end the inning.

The Blue Sox struck for four straight two out hits and two runs in the bottom of the second. Matt McEvoy got things started when he beat out an infield single up the middle. Three more singles from Ross Curley, Tom Haugh and Dan Capra accounted for the two runs. The inning ended when Jeff Bercume fired a strike to Andre at third base to get Haugh attempting to go from first to third on Capra’s RBI single.

Brzozowski got the Chiefs in order again in the top of the third.The Blue Sox threatened for more in the home half of the inning on singles by Pete Frates and Gath before Dunphy got out of the jam when Jeff Vigurs flew to Vinny Pennell in left.

The Chiefs cut the lead in half to 2-1 in the top of the fourth. Baillargeon led off with a single. Pennell flew to center for the first out and Brzozowski struck out Crisafulli for out number two. Andre kept things going when he singled to left and DiCato followed with a single up the middle driving in Baillargeon. Brzozowski didn’t let the Chiefs get any closer when he struck out Barbati looking on an inside pitch, stranding Andre and DiCato, to end the inning.

Lexington picked up three runs to take a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. McEvoy singled and Curley sacrificed him to second. Haugh then singled to left scoring McEvoy to make it 3-1. Capra followed with a gap triple that scored Haugh to make it 4-1. Frates then singled over the drawn in Chiefs’ infield to score Capra to jump the lead to 5-1, Frates stole second but Dunphy kept the Chiefs within four runs when he struck out Justin Wright and Dan Graham in succession.

Brzozowski held the Chiefs scoreless in the top of the fifth. Jake Crawford came out of the bullpen to relieve Dunphy with one out in the bottom of the inning and kept the Sox off the board.

The Chiefs last opportunity to get back into the game came in the top of the sixth. Baillargeon singled up the middle before Pennell grounded out. After Crisafulli flew to left for the second out, Andre followed with a ground rule double that skipped off the first base bag and went out of play down the right field line putting runners on second and third. Brzozowski ended the inning when he got DiCato to ground sharply to Curley at third base.

The Blue Sox put it out of reach against Crawford in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three more runs, to take a 8-1 lead. Walks to Haugh, Graham and Gath combined with singles by Frates and Vigurs led to the runs.

Two out singles from Nick Leva and Bercume gave the Chiefs two more baserunners in the top of the seventh but Brzozowski brought the evening to a close when he caught Baillargeon looking at strike three on an inside fastball.

The Chiefs are expected to send right-hander Rob Machado to the mound in the must win Game Three on Friday while the Blue Sox will counter with Steve Bodnar.

Friday’s game is being played at Pine Banks due to the fact that Tufts University does not have lights. Pine Banks is located on the Malden-Melrose line. The GPS address is 1087 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176.

If the Chiefs can force a Game Four, the time and location will be set for either Monday or Tuesday and will be announced after the impact of Hurricane Irene is known.  

Regardless of Friday’s outcome, there will no games played on Saturday or Sunday..  



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Nick Leva gets ready to apply tag to Jeff Vigurs in Game 1
Wednesday, August 24
Blue Sox Take Game One of Championship Series, 3-0

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Jared Freni unleashes a third inning fastball

Lexington, MA- Babson left-hander Mike O’Brien and former Princeton and Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Tim Lahey combined on a three hit shutout to get the Lexington Blue Sox past the Chiefs 3-0 in Game One of the Intercity League Championship Series on Wednesday night.

Game Two of the best of five series is scheduled back in Lexington on Thursday at 8:00 PM.

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Dan Graham had a 2 RBI double

Chiefs’ starter Jared Freni and O’Brien kept the game scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Blue Sox scored twice to take the lead. Veteran Dan Graham (pictured left) gave Lexington all the runs they would need when he crushed a two out, two RBI double to straight away center, scoring Tom Haugh (Bentley) who had walked and Pete Frates (Boston College) who had singled. Graham, the former Central Connecticut star is a two time Intercity League MVP. He played professionally in the Can-Am Legaue with the Brockton Rox.

The Blue Sox added their third run on former Virginia Commonwealth standout Justin Wright’s solo homer to right-center field in the bottom of the fifth inning.

O’Brien worked five innings, allowed three hits and struck out five. Lahey came on to pitch the final two frames to pick up the save and did not allow a hit.

Vinny Pennell (double), Jeff Bercume (infield single) and Mike Barbati (single) was all the Chiefs could show in the hit column for the evening.

The Chiefs were not without their scoring chances as they had men on base in every inning but the seventh. Pennell doubled to left with two outs in the first inning but O’Brien struck out Justin

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Former KC Royal Vinny Pennell had a double
Crisafulli to end the inning. Barbati’s single came with two outs in the second but O’Brien got Boleski to pop up. In the third, Bercume reached on his infield single and Mike Baillargeon drew a walk. With Pennell at the plate, Bercume tried to steal third but was thrown out by Jeff Vigurs. Pennell eventually drew a walk but Crisafulli grounded out to end the inning. An inning later in the fourth, Mike Andre was hit by a pitch leading off but Mike DiCato grounded into a doubleplay. Nick Leva led off the sixth with a ball earmarked for the left-center field gap that Frates made a diving catch on to rob him of extra bases. Bercume then drew a walk before Matt McEvoy made the second good defensive play of the inning when he ran down Baillargeon’s liner to left. The Chiefs final chance came against Lahey in the sixth when Crisafulli led off and reached on an infield error. Andre then hit a short hop laser to Ross Curley at third who made Lexington’s third outstanding defensive play of the game and started a 5-4-3 doubleplay.

Freni pitched very well despite taking the loss. The former UMass-Amherst righty went six innings, allowed three runs (all earned), six hits, and struck out nine.

Weather permitting, a pair of former Brandeis University pitchers will get the starting assignments in Game Two on Thursday. The Chiefs will send southpaw Tim Dunphy, who is 7-1-1 overall this season and 3-0 in playoffs, to the mound while the Blue Sox will counter with righty Drew Brzozowski, who is 5-0 so far this season.

Game Three of the series will be played on the turf of Pine Banks Park, on the Malden-Melrose line on Friday at 7:45 PM.

League officials will be closely monitoring weather conditions over the next few days. The possibility exists for severe thunderstorms on Thursday and the prospect of Hurricane Irene is looming boldly for the weekend.

Any weather related changes to the schedule will be immediately posted at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com. as well as local media outlets.

(Mike Mills, Dave Galehouse and Mark Cavanaugh Photos)



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Mike Barbati lines a 2nd inning single

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The Chiefs discuss some things
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Chiefs' 3B Mike Andre is plunked by a Mike O'Brien pitch in 4th inning

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Chiefs & Sox during National Anthem along with Umpire Joe Cacciatore & his crew

Tuesday, August 23
Schedule Set for First Three Games of Series

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Game Three will be played on the Pine Banks Turf on Friday at 7:45 PM

The schedule for the first three games of the Intercity League’s best of five Championship Series between the Chiefs and Blue Sox has been set.

The first two games of the series will be played at Lexington High on Wednesday and Thursday nights starting at 8:00 PM.

On Friday, the Chiefs will use the turf field at Pine Banks Park, on the Malden/Melrose line, as their home field and play Game Three under the lights there at 7:45 PM.

Due to the late starting date of the Championship Series and early sunsets in the later part of August, the Chiefs are unable to play any weeknight games at their longtime home of Huskins Field, on the campus of Tufts University, because there are no lights.

The schedule is as follows;

GAME 1: Wednesday, August 24- Chiefs at Blue Sox, Lexington High, 8:00 PM
GAME 2: Thursday, August 25- Chiefs at Blue Sox, Lexington High, 8:00 PM
GAME 3: Friday, August 26 – Blue Sox at Chiefs, Pine Banks Park Turf, 7:45 PM
GAME 4: TBA, (if needed)
GAME 5: TBA, (if needed)

For those fans heading to the Championship series and using GPS:

Lexington High School is located at 100 Worthen Road, Lexington, MA 02421
Pine Banks Park is located on Main Street, on the Malden/Melrose line.
The GPS address is approximately 82 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176


Tuesday, August 23
Chiefs and Blue Sox Back on Familiar Ground: The ICL Championship Series

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Joe O'Donnell & John Hosmer with the ICL Trophy in 1971

Lexington, MA- The Chiefs and Blue Sox will open their best of five Championship Series at Lexington High School on Wednesday night at 8:00 PM. The Blue Sox earned their ticket to the finals by coming from behind to beat the upstart Reading Bulldogs 4-3 on Monday night in Game Five of the their semifinal series. The Chiefs won their Game Five against the Wakefield Merchants on Sunday afternoon, 5-3.

Game Two of the series will be also be played in Lexington on Thursday at 8:00 PM. The Chiefs will host Game Three at Pine Banks Park, on the Malden/Melrose line on Friday at 7:45 PM. The schedule for Games 4 or 5, if needed, will be posted soon.

The Blue Sox and Chiefs are back in familiar territory as championships have been synonymous with both franchises. For the Chiefs, it will be their twenty-fourth trip to a championship series since 1960. The Hosmer-Andre Chiefs franchise has won seventeen previous crowns. Five were won by Manager Lenny Dempsey, eight by Joe O'Donnell, and four by present manager Chuck Andre. Both Dempsey and O'Donnell were inducted as charter members of the ICL's Hall of Fame last November. The Chiefs were named the ICL's "Team of Decade" for the 1970's and 1990's. They also received special recognition for the 1960's, when they won five titles when participating primarily in the then rival Suburban Twi-League.

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Rick DeAngelis

The Blue Sox have been the dominant team in the Intercity League since 1998, when they succeeded the Chiefs to the title after the Medford based club won their fourth crown of the decade in 1997. Their initial 1998 championship started a run that has seen Rick DeAngelis' club ring up eight titles in the last thirteen seasons, including the last four in a row, and six of the last seven beginning in 2004. The only interruption of the Blue Sox streak was in 2006, when they were upset by the Watertown Reds in the semifinals. Last season the Blue Sox defeated the Reds in the Intercity League's Championship Series. The Blue Sox were named as the ICL's "Team of the Decade" for 2000-2009.

Surprisingly, the Chiefs and Blue Sox have met only one previous time in the Championship Series. In 2009, the Blue Sox overcame a 1-0 Chiefs lead in the series, to win the title three games to one.

 



Sunday, August 21
Dunphy Pitches Chiefs to Championship Series

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Mike DiCato (27) greets Mike Baillargeon at the plate

Wakefield, MA- Tim Dunphy won his third game of the 2011 postseason to lead the Chiefs to a 5-3 win over the Merchants in the decisive fifth game of their best of five series on Sunday at Walsh Field.The Chiefs now head to the Intercity League’s Championship Series and await the winner of the Reading-Lexington series which will conclude with their fifth game on Monday.

For the Hosmer-Andre Chiefs franchise, the 2011 finals will be their 24th appearance in either the Suburban Twi-League or ICL Championship Series since 1960. They have won seventeen championships.

The Chiefs won the first two games of the series 6-3 and 4-1 on Wednesday and Thursday before the Merchants came back with a 6-2 win on Friday night and a 3-0 win on Saturday afternoon to even the series.

Dunphy was masterful on Sunday, taking a shutout into the seventh inning, before the Merchants refused to go quietly, scoring three unearned runs. The former Brandeis University and Cassell Club standout, who pitched professionally in Europe in 2007, is now a perfect 3-0 in the playoffs and 7-1-1 overall this season.

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The game was a scoreless battle between Dunphy and Merchants’ veteran starter Kevin Flight over the first two innings before the Chiefs broke through for a run in the top of the third inning. Mike Barbati led off the inning with a single but was forced out at second on Matt Boleski’s unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempt. Nick Leva was next and he grounded out to short with Boleski being forced at second. Jeff Bercume and Mike Baillargeon followed with consecutive singles to load the bases. The Chiefs got the first run of the game when Flight hit Vinny Pennell with a pitch to force in Leva to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Flight escaped further damage when he got Justin Crisafulli to ground out to Dom Sorrentino at second base.

It stayed 1-0 Chiefs until the top of the sixth inning. After Crisafulli flew to center for the first out, Mike Andre doubled to right. Andre pulled up a bit lame at second and Paul Yanakopulos came on to pinch run for him. Conar Mahon came on in relief of Flight and Mike DiCato greeted him with a long triple to right-center, scoring Yanakopulos, to make it a 2-0 game. Barbati followed with an RBI single to left, scoring DiCato, to run the lead to 3-0.

Dunphy cruised through the bottom of the sixth and the Chiefs made it 5-0 in the top of the seventh. Bercume singled deep into the shortstop hole and when the throw to first was low, he went to second. Baillargeon drew a walk and Pennell reached on an infield error to load the bases. Crisafulli gave the Chiefs some more breathing room when he drilled a single to left, scoring Bercume and Baillargeon, to make it 5-0. Colin Quirk came on for Mahon and kept it a five run game when he got Yanakopulos and DiCato to both fly out, walked Barbati to load the bases, but struck out Boleski to end the inning.

The Merchants made some one out noise in the bottom of the seventh. Dunphy got Crispin to fly to Pennell in left for the first out. Joe Papa, pinch hitting for Bobby Losanno, then hit a long fly to right-center that was dropped for an error. Dom Sorrentino followed and grounded to DiCato at firstbase for the second out of the inning. Brooks Townsend then broke up Dunphy’s shutout bid with a line single to center, scoring Papa, to make it 5-1. Scott Searles then doubled deep to left-center scoring Townsend to cut the lead to 5-2. Things got a little tighter when Mike Sorrentino singled, scoring Searles to make it 5-3. That was as close as the Merchants’ got as Dunphy got Jason Roth to ground to Barbati at second base to end the game and propel the Chiefs to the ICL finals.

Reading knotted up their series at 2-2 with Lexington with a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon in Reading. Game Five of that series will be played on Monday night at 8:00 PM at Lexington High School.

The ICL’s best of five Championship Series is expected to begin on Wednesday.

(More Chiefs & ICL Playoff Coverage Soon is Coming Soon) 



Saturday, August 20
Wakefield Ties Series with 3-0 Win

Medford, MA- Stephen Cool threw a one-hit shutout gem to lead the Wakefield Merchants to a 3-0 win over the Chiefs at Tufts University on Saturday afternoon.

With the win the Merchants tie the best of five series at 2-2 with the deciding Game Five to be played at Walsh Field in Wakefield on Sunday at 4:00 PM. Sunday's winner will earn a trip to the Intercity League's Championship Series.

Cool, who allowed just a second inning single to Matt Boleski, struck out three and walked just one.

The Merchants scored twice in the second inning. Dave Orlowitz was hit by a Rob Machado pitch and stole second. After Machado got the next two outs, Brooks Townsend sent a line double off the fence in left scoring Orlowitz. Scott Searles then singled to right scoring Townsend to make it a 2-0 game.

The Merchants picked up another run in the top of the seventh on a Townsend single (his third hit of the day) and a Searles RBI double.

Cool only allowed three baserunners in the game, Boleski's single in the second, a walk to Paul Yanakopulos in the sixth, and Justin Crisafulli, who reached on an infield error with one out in the seventh.

Machado, now 3-6 on the season, went all seven innings for the Chiefs allowing three earned runs on seven hits. He struck out eight, walked none, but hit two batters.



Friday, August 19
Merchants Take Game Three Behind Bisso 5-Hitter, 6-2

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Jake Crawford allowed just one run over three innings

Wakefield, MA- Darren Bisso twirled a complete game five-hitter, surrendering just two unearned runs, to lead the Merchants to a 6-2 win over the Chiefs in Game Three of their best of five semi-final series. With the win, the Merchants narrow the Chiefs lead in the series to 2-1.

Bisso retired the Chiefs in the first and the Merchants struck quickly in the home half of the inning. Brooks Townsend led off with a double down the left field line and Scott Searles reached on an  infield single. Mike Sorrentino then singled to score Townsend for a 1-0 Merchants lead. Loenzo Papa quickly made it a 4-0 game when he drilled a Mike DiCato pitch over the left field fence for a three run homer.

Bisso got the Chiefs in order in the top of the second and DiCato escaped a bases loaded jam in the Merchants half of the inning.

Mike Andre recorded the Chiefs first hit in the top of the third, a two out single.

The Merchants made it 5-0 in the bottom third when former Chicago Cub and ICL veteran Andy Hartung hit a solo homer to left.

The Merchants handed the Chiefs two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Matt Boleski singled with one out but was forced at second on Mike Barbati’s ground out. Paul Yanakopulos then reached on an infield error and Nick Leva drew a walk to load the bases. Jeff Bercume then hit what appeared to be an inning ending fly ball that was dropped in centerfield, allowing both Barbati and Yanakopulos to score to cut the lead to 5-2.

Jake Crawford replaced DiCato on the mound to start the bottom of the fourth inning. After he got the first two outs of the inning, Crawford walked Papa and then gave up a bomb centerfield double to Jason Roth that scored Papa making it 6-2.

Crawford and Bisso threw zeroes the rest of the way.

Bisso, who raised his season mark to 7-2, struck out five and walked three.

Game Four is scheduled for Tufts University in Medford on Saturday at 3:00 PM.

 



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Jared Freni gave Chiefs 2-0 series lead with one-hitter
Thursday, August 18
Freni One-Hitter & Bercume's 2 Run Homer Give Chiefs 2-0 Series Lead, 4-1

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Jeff Bercume unloads on 2-run homer in 5th inning

Medford, MA- Jared Freni tossed a neat one-hitter, retiring 19 in a row after allowing a first inning run, and Jeff Bercume hit a two run homer, to lead the Chiefs to a 4-1 win over the Wakefield Merchants at Tufts University on Thursday. With the win, the Chiefs take a 2-0 lead in the best of five semi-final series.

Freni was untouchable after the first inning when the Merchants played some small ball to take a 1-0 lead. Leadoff man Brooks Townsend got the Merchants started when he drew a full count walk. Scott Searles then dropped a sacrifice bunt with Townsend going to second. Catcher Mike Sorrentino then gave the Merchants a quick 1-0 lead when he lined a single to center scoring Townsend and taking second on the throw home. Freni left Sorrentino stranded when he struck out Lorenzo Papa and Jason Roth in succession to end the inning.

The Chiefs threatened but did not score in the bottom of the first when Bercume led off with a single and went to third on Mike Andre’s one out line single to right-center. With runners on the corners Wakefield starter Conar Mahon escaped the jam when he got Justin Crisafulli to bounce into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

Freni retired the Merchants side in order, with two more K’s, in the top of the second and the Chiefs tied the game at a run each in the bottom of the inning. Mike DiCato led off with a single to center. With Mike Barbati at the plate, Sorrentino attempted to pick DiCato off first but his throw sailed into right field with DiCato going all the way to third on the error. With the infield drawn in, Mahon recorded a big out when he got Barbati swinging at strike three. Matt Boleski followed and he delivered DiCato with a bloop single to right scoring DiCato, to tie the game at 1-1.

Freni breezed in the top of the third and Mahon did the same in the home half of the inning.

Freni’s streak went to eleven in row when he set the Merchants down in order for the third straight inning in the fourth. The Chiefs got two more men aboard in the bottom of the inning when DiCato singled again and Barbati drew a walk. Mahon kept it a tie game when he got Boleski to fly to left and struck out Paul Yanakopulos swinging.

Two more Freni K’s ended the Wakefield fifth, his fourth straight 1-2-3 inning.

Nick Leva came back from a 0-2 count to single to right to begin the Chiefs’ fifth. Bercume then put the Chiefs in front 3-1 when he drilled a Mahon offering over the right field fence. Veteran right-hander Kevin Tidmarsh came on for Mahon and Mike Baillargeon greeted him with an infield single. Baillargeon then stole second before Tidmarsh got Andre swinging for the first out of the inning. Crisafulli followed and he gave the Chiefs a 4-1 lead when he singled to center, scoring Baillargeon.

In the top of the sixth, Bobby Losanno flew to Bercume, Townsend flew deep to right with Boleski making a nice catch before crashing into the wall, and Searles grounded to Baillargeon at short.

Tidmarsh, the former Trinity right-hander, blanked the Chiefs in the sixth.

Freni got Sorrentino to ground to Barbati for the first out of the seventh and Papa to pop to Baillargeon for out number two. Freni’s retired batters in row streak came to end at 19 when he walked Roth on a 3-2 pitch. The former UMass-Amherst and Malden Catholic standout then ended things when he got Andy Hartung to pop to DiCato at first base.

Freni struck out eight and walked two. He threw an even 100 pitches over the seven inning route and raised overall season mark to 8-2.

Game Three of the series will be on Friday evening at Walsh Field in Wakefield with the first pitch scheduled for 5:30 PM. 



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Jeff Bercume is greeted at plate after 5th inning homer

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Justin Crisafulli hit solo homer
Wednesday, August 17
Chiefs Take Game One in Wakefield, 6-3

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Mike Andre had a double & 3 hits, incliding this 2 RBI single in 4th inning

Wakefield, MA- Lefty Tim Dunphy went the distance, taking a shutout into the bottom of the seventh, to lead the Chiefs to a 6-3 win in the opening game of their best of five semi-final series against the Wakefield Merchants at Walsh Field.

With the win, Dunphy goes to 6-1-1 on the year and 2-0 in the playoffs.

Dunphy was matched up against Wakefield’s Jarrod Marchesi, the former Bentley University standout.

The Chiefs got two out singles from Mike Andre and Justin Crisafulli in the top of the first inning before Marchesi struck out Matt Boleski swinging to end the threat.

Scott Searles singled with one away in the Merchants first but Dunphy got catcher Mike Sorrentino to hit into a doubleplay started by Chiefs’ shortstop Mike Baillargeon.

Two more Chiefs got aboard in the top of the second. Mike Barbati led off and was hit by a Marchesi pitch. Paul Yanakopulos then flew to centerfielder Jason Roth for the first out. Rookie Jon Byrne then reached on an infield error but Marchesi got another rookie, Andy Cavanaugh, to pop up and Jeff Bercume on a strikeout to end the frame.

Dunphy got his second doubleplay in two innings in the Merchants’ second inning after Lorenzo Papa singled but was erased on 3-6 (Boleski to Baillargeon) twin killing.

Crisafulli gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead with two outs in the third inning when he launched a solo shot to left.

Dunphy recorded two strikeouts in the bottom of the third inning.

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Andy Cavanaugh runs down Mike Sorrentino's fly
The Chiefs picked up four runs, sending nine men to the plate, to take a 5-0 lead in the top of the fourth. The inning started quietly enough when Marchesi got Barbati to ground out. Yanakopulos got things going with a single to center and Marchesi surrendered a second single to Byrne. Cavanaugh then reached on a fielder’s choice with Byrne being forced at second for out number two. Bercume then hit a slow roller to first that was misplayed for an error, allowing Yanakopulos to score to make it 2-0. The Chiefs picked up their third run when Baillargeon’s grounder to third was thrown away with Cavanaugh scoring and Bercume going to third and Baillargeon to second. Andre was next and he lined a Marchesi fastball into the right-center field gap scoring Bercume and Baillargeon to open the lead to 5-0.

Dunphy got the Merchants in order again in the bottom of the fourth and Marchesi only allowed a one out Yanakopulos single in the top of the fifth.

Roth singled to lead off the Merchants fifth before Andy Hartung grounded to Andre at third for the first out. Jon Davison then singled to center to put runners on the corners with one out before Dunphy got Dale Crispin to bounce into Wakefield’s third doubleplay of the game to end the inning.

Andre launched a long two out double to center in the top of the sixth and Dunphy set the Merchants down in order in the bottom of the inning.

The Chiefs made it 6-0 in the top of the seventh when Yanakopulos singled with two out, stole second, and scored on Byrne’s opposite field single down the right field line.

The Merchants finally broke through against Dunphy and made things a little interesting in the bottom of the seventh. Consecutive singles by Mike Sorrentino, Papa and Roth loaded the bases with nobody out. Hartung then delivered a long double to left, on which Bryne slipped, allowing Sorrentino and Papa to score to make it 6-2. Davison followed with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Roth, to cut the lead to 6-3. Dunphy then re-assumed control and ended the game when he got Crsipin on a grounder to Barbati and struck out Dom Sorrentino.

Game Two is scheduled for Tufts University on Thursday at 5:30 PM.  



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Bercume reaches first in 4th, leading to 4 runs, with Marchesi covering

Wednesday, August 17
Chiefs-Merchants Start Best of Five Series in Wakefield

Wakefield, MA- The Chiefs will travel to Walsh Field in Wakefield for Game One of the ICL's Best of Five Semi-Finals series on Wednesday at 5:30 PM.

Game Two will be played at Tufts University on Thursday at 5:30 PM.

The rest of the schedule will be announced shortly. 

 



Saturday, August 13
Chiefs "Walk-Off" with Series in 9th, DiCato Drives in Game Winner

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Rookie Jon Byrne beat out key pinch hit single

Medford, MA- Mike DiCato’s dramatic ninth inning single scored Nick Leva with the winning run as the Chiefs beat the Watertown Reds 3-2 in the rubber game of their best of three series at Tufts University on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Chiefs move on to the ICL’s final four, meeting the Wakefield Merchants in a best of five semi-final series that is expected to begin early next week.

The Chiefs won the final two games of the series after dropping the opener 4-1 on Thursday. They tied the series up at a game apiece on Friday night as Tim Dunphy pitched them to a 3-2 win at Bentley University.

Watertown lefty Charlie DeFrancesco (Stonehill) and Chiefs starter Jared Freni (UMass-Amherst) were both immense over the first three innings. The only base runner Freni allowed was a one out walk to Steve Panza in the first. DeFrancesco was one better, retiring the Chiefs in order in each of their first three at bats.

The Reds broke the scoring drought in the top of the fourth. After Freni struck out Panza (his seventh K in 3.1 innings) veteran Steve Busby got the Reds going with single to right center, just over the leaping Mike Barbati’s glove. Catcher Sean Callahan followed and he delivered a double to right-center that scored Busby all the way from first to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. With Callahan at second, Freni got Mike Giordano to fly out before Brendan Casey singled to put runners on the corners. The right-hander left both runners stranded when he got Justin Forman to ground out to Barbati to end the inning.

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image_name3The Chiefs finally got to DeFrancesco in the bottom of the fifth. After the southpaw struck out Matt Boleski to start the inning, he walked Barbati and Paul Yanakopulos (pictured left) in succession. Leva then popped up for the second out. Rookie Jon Byrne, who will be starting his senior year at Arlington Cathoilc in the fall, pinch hit for another rookie, lefty  Andy Cavanaugh. Byrne beat out a slow roller to the right side for a hit, getting to the bag a half step ahead of DeFrancesco. Jeff Bercume followed and blooped a seeing eye single to center, just out of the reach of three Reds, to score Barbati and Yanakopulos to give the Chiefs the lead for the first time in the game at 2-1. DeFrancesco got DiCato to fly to center to end the inning.

Busby and Callahan were at it again in the Reds sixth, when the duo combined to tie the game up at 2-2. After Freni got Panza on a grounder to Barbati for the first out, Busby lined a single to left and went to second when the ball skipped past Byrne. Callahan wasted no time in delivering his second RBI of the game when he singled off the 379’ foot sign in right, scoring Busby to tie the game at 2-2. Giordano then drew a walk before the Chiefs and Freni escaped further trouble when they turned a 4-6-3 doubleplay.

The Chiefs got Boleski to second with two outs in the sixth when the back end of an attempted 4-6-3 doubleplay was thrown into the Chiefs dugout. DeFrancesco got out of it when he got Barbati to fly to Busby in right.

Freni set the Reds down in order in the top of the seventh.

The Chiefs had their second opportunity to win it, in as many innings, in the home half of the seventh. After Yanakopoulos grounded out, Leva doubled into the left field corner. Byrne grounded to Panza at second for out number two, sending Leva to third representing the winning run. Bercume was issued an intentional walk and took second on defensive indifference. DeFrancesco kept the Reds in the series when he got DICato swinging to send the game to extra innings.

Rob Machado came on for Freni to start the eighth inning and retired the Reds in order.

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Rob Machado Picked up win 
The Chiefs had their third chance to win it in the bottom of the eighth. Andre led off with his second single of the day to right. Crisafulli was next and he hit a high chopper to third baseman Brendan Casey who threw him out at first with Andre taking second on the play. Boleski then drove a long shot to right-center that Chris Burke ran down on the warning track for the second out. DeFrancesco pulled another escape when he struck out Barbati, sending the game to the ninth.

The Reds threatened to take the lead in the top of the ninth. Callahan led off with his third hit of the day, this time a sharp single to left. Giordano then popped up his sacrifice bunt attempt to Leva for the first out before Machado walked Casey. Machado then recorded a huge K, when he got Justin Forman swinging. Chiefs’ fans had a few anxious moments when Machado plunked Steve Tramontozzi with a pitch to load the bases. He pulled an escape of his own when he got Dan Renzella to bounce back to him.

Mike DiCato 09Yanakopulos drew a full count walk to begin the Chiefs ninth. After an unsuccessful bunt attempt, Leva drilled a single to left, sending Yanakopulos to second. Bryne’s attempted sacrifice bunt was just a bit too hard as DeFrancesco pounced off the mound to field the ball and fire a strike to Casey at third to force Yanakopulos for the inning’s first out. Bercume was next and he hit a grounder to Panza forcing Byrne at second but beating the relay to first to put runners on the corners with two away. In a mirror image of the seventh, Bercume took second on another defensive indifference. This time DiCato (shown left) provided a different ending, drilling a single up the middle, scoring Leva with the winning run as the Chiefs dugout emptied out in celebration.

(More Playoff Coverage Soon)  



Friday, August 12
Dunphy Gets Chiefs Even in Series with Reds, 3-2

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Tim Dunphy

Waltham, MA- Veteran southpaw Tim Dunphy went the distance, outdueling Reds ace Brian Casey, to lead the Chiefs to a series tying 3-2 win over the Watertown Reds at Bentley University on Friday. The deciding Game Three will be played at Tufts University in Medford on Saturday at 1:00 PM.

The Chiefs scored single runs in each of the first three innings and the Reds tallied a run in their first two at bats as all the scoring was done early in this one. Dunphy and Casey threw zeroes over the last four and one half innings.

Vinny Pennell led off the Chiefs first with a long triple to right-center and Mike Baillargeon promptly delivered him with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

The Reds tied it in the bottom of the first on a Steve Panza single and a Danny Chaisson RBI double.

The Chiefs took the lead back in the top of the second when Mike Andre led off with a single to right-center, was moved to second on a Mike Barbati sacrifice bunt, and scored on Mike DiCato’s RBI single.

The Reds tied it up again in the bottom of the second on singles from Brendan Casey and Sean Callahan and a sacrifice fly from Chris Burke.

Baillargeon led off the top of the third with a long triple to right-center and scored, what proved to be the game-winner, when Jeff Bercume blooped a double into short right-field.

Casey, the ICL's co-Pitcher of the Year in 2010, and Dunphy took charge in innings four through six.

The Chiefs threatened but did not score in the top of the seventh. DiCato led off with a long double to the left-center field gap. Paul Yanakopulos then failed on a sacrifice bunt for the first out and Pennell lined to Steve Busby in right for out number two.  DiCato was left stranded at second when Baillargeon grounded to Luke Begley at shortstop to end the inning.

Callahan got the Reds off to a good start in the bottom of the seventh when he lined a single to left-center and Colby Mattheson pinch ran for him. Burke then attempted to sacrifice Mattheson to second but Andre was charging from third base and gloved the attempted bunt for the first out. Dunphy then struck out pinch-hitter Justin Forman for the second out. With Begley at the plate, Mattheson attempted to steal second and was gunned out by Yanakopulos, with Barbati applying the tag, to end the game.

The Chiefs are expected to send either Jared Freni or Rob Machado to the hill on Saturday while Reds are expected to counter with Charlie DeFrancesco. Game time is 1:00 PM at Tufts University.   

 



Wednesday, August 10
Reds Take Game One, 4-1

Medford, MA- Karl Alexander tossed a complete game six-hitter, striking out seven, to lead the Watertown Reds to a 4-1 win over the Chiefs at Tufts University on Wednesday evening. With the win, the Reds take a 1-0 series lead and put the Chiefs in a must win situation when the series resumes on Friday at 5:30 PM at Bentley University in Waltham.

Alexander, the Bates College right-hander, has been a Chiefs killer over the last two seasons, owning a perfect 4-0 record against the locals in four starts.

Once again, the Chiefs victimized themselves with the proverbial “one bad inning” that paved the way for the loss.

The Reds appeared poised to open the scoring in the top of the first inning against Chiefs starter Mike DiCato. Luke Begley and Steve Panza both singled to open the frame. DiCato got Sam Sager to fly to Jeff Bercume in center for the first out before hitting Steve Busby with a pitch to load the bases. He worked a big strikeout when he got Danny Chaisson swinging for the second out of inning. Mike Giordano followed and he hit a grounder behind the bag at third that Mike Andre made a diving stop on and scrambled to beat Panza to the bag to end the threat.

Alexander got the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the first inning and DiCato had an easier second frame that included two strikeouts.

The Chiefs scored their only run of the game, to take a 1-0 lead, in the bottom of the second on singles by Justin Crisafulli and Matt Boleski and two walks, one to Paul Yanakopulos and a second to Nick Leva, with the bases loaded, to force in a run.

Things stayed quiet until the Reds scored three times in the top of the fourth to erase the Chiefs lead. Mike Giordano led off with a single and Colby Mattheson pinch ran and stole second. Sean Callahan then reached on an error by Vinny Pennell at first base, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. The Chiefs hit batsman woes of the last few weeks continued when DiCato hit Brendan Casey with a pitch to load the bases, still with no outs. Chris Burke then hit a grounder to Mike Baillargeon at short who flipped to Mike Barbati to force Casey at second but Barbati’s relay to first went into the Chiefs’ dugout, allowing both Mattheson and Callahan to score, putting the Reds in front at 2-1. Burke went to third on a wild pitch and scored when Begley delivered him with a sacrifice fly to Bercume in center. DiCato ended the inning when he caught Panza looking at strike three but the damage had been done.

The Reds added their fourth and final run in the top of the sixth inning. Casey reached on an infield single to the shortstop hole and when Baillargeon’s throw to first was low he went to second. Burke then followed with a bunt single as the Chiefs were late in covering first. Begley then picked up his second RBI of the game with an infield grounder to Barbati that scored Casey from third.

Alexander retired six of the last seven batters he faced to preserve the win.  He got eleven fly ball outs.

DiCato worked six innings, surrendered seven hits, struck out six, walked two and hit three. Rob Machado came on in the seventh and struck out one and hit one, the Chiefs fourth hit batsman of the game.

Lefty Tim Dunphy will be the starter for the Chiefs on Friday while the Reds are expected to send either Brian Casey or Charlie DeFrancesco to the mound.

 



Tuesday, August 9
Merchants "Walk Away" with 3-2 Win to Gain Playoff Bye

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Wakefield's Darren Bisso finished regular season with 1.29 ERA

Medford, MA- The Wakefield Merchants beat the Chiefs 3-2 on Tuesday night at Huskins Field to finish in second place and claim a first round bye in the ICL playoffs.

The third place Chiefs will now play the number six seed Watertown Reds in a best of three series that will open on Wednesday at Tufts at 5:30 PM.

The Merchants scored three times in the top of the fifth inning, without the benefit of a hit, to claim the win. In fact, hits were rare at Huskins on Tuesday, with a total of five by both teams combined. Of the five hits in the game, two were of the infield variety.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, against Wakefield’s Darren Bisso, when Jeff Bercume doubled with one out and then stole third. Mike Baillargeon then plated Bercume with a long sacrifice fly to center.

Chiefs’ starter Jared Freni was cruising along with a 1-0 lead heading into the Merchants’ fifth. He struck out Jason Roth for the first out of the inning. Things started to unravel a bit for the Freni and the Chiefs when the right-hander walked Andy Hartung and Jon Davison in succession. Bob Losanno then hit a grounder to Mike DiCato at first base. DiCato looked toward second briefly but then bobbled the ball just long enough for an error, as Losanno beat Freni to the bag at first to load the bases. Freni then threw a wild pitch, allowing Hartung to score to tie the game at 1-1 before striking out Brooks Townsend for the second out. Scott Searles and Mike Sorrentino then drew two more uncharacteristic walks from Freni, forcing in another run to give the Merchants the lead at 2-1. Rob Machado was summoned from the bullpen and he issued the fifth walk of the inning to Lorenzo Papa to it make it 3-1 game.

The Chiefs got their second run in the bottom sixth when Baillargeon was hit by a Bisso pitch, went to second when Vinny Pennell walked, to third on Justin Crisafulli’s long flyout, and scored on a wild pitch.

Bisso, 6-2, allowed just three hits, (two doubles to Bercume & a Mike Andre infield single), struck out four and walked four.

Freni, 7-2, took the loss while only allowing two hits (a Sorrentino infield single & Townsend third inning single) while working 4.2 innings. He struck out six, walked four, and threw a wild pitch. Machado went the last 2.1, did not allow a hit, struck out two, walked two and hit a batter.



Monday, August 8
Merchants-Chiefs PPD for Second Straight Day, Teams Will Try Again on Tuesday at 5:30 PM

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Paul Crisafulli
Medford, MA- Despite the best effort of the Tufts University grounds crew & Chiefs staff, the torrential downpour that hit South Medford shortly after 3:00 PM today put an end to any hope of tonight's Merchants at Chiefs game being played at 5:30.

"Despite the field already being marginal from Sunday's rain, we had a real good shot of getting the game in before the late afternoon downpour," said Paul Crisafulli of the Chiefs. "It's too bad because the storm only lasted 20 minutes and the sun came out, but the damage was done and there was no chance of having Huskins ready for a 5:30 PM start," he added.

The Chiefs and Merchants have re-scheduled the game for Tuesday at 5:30 PM.


Sunday, August 7
Sunday's Games Postponed, Re-Scheduled for Monday

The ICL will need the final two games of the regular season schedule, that were postponed due to rain on Sunday and now re-scheduled for Monday, to determine its final playoff seeding.

In a game that will decide who finishes second and gets a first round bye, the Chiefs will now host the Merchants at Tufts University in Medford on Monday at 5:30 PM. The Merchants enter the game one point ahead of the Chiefs, and a win or a tie will clinch second place for Wakefield. A Chiefs win will vault them past Wakefield and give the Medford based club their third consecutive first round bye.

In the other game now scheduled for Monday, the Reading Bulldogs will need a win or a tie against the Blue Sox in Lexington at 8:00 PM, to clinch the fifth playoff spot. A Reading loss would leave them and the Watertown Reds in a virtual tie, with both teams finishing the regular season with identical records. Because the ICL’s tiebreakers would not (more wins or head to head record) resolve the issue, a coin flip would be required to determine the fifth and sixth spots.

This much is certain regarding the playoffs. The Blue Sox will be the number one seed and have a first round bye. The Chiefs or Merchants will finish second, with the other finishing third. The Bombers are locked into the fourth playoff spot. And depending on Monday’s results, the Bulldogs and Reds will finish either in the fifth or sixth positions.

If the weather cooperates on Monday, the Chiefs or Merchants, as well as the Bombers, will be hosting a first round playoff game with the Bulldogs and Reds as the visiting teams.

Updates regarding weather and playoff schedules will be immediately posted on this website.



Saturday, August 6
Deshler Signs to Play Pro Ball in Australia

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Tony Deshler

Sydney, Australia- Chiefs outfielder Tony Deshler has signed to play professional baseball for the Penrith Panthers of the South Wales Major League in Australia.

Deshler will fly to Sydney on Sunday and report to Penrith on Monday. The former Brandeis University star was hitting .333 for the Chiefs (31-93), with one homer and 18 RBI in 27 games so far this season. He will miss the 2011 Intercity League Playoffs which will begin next week.

Deshler becomes the 113th Chief to sign a professional contract and the third this year. First baseman Peter Copa signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Angels back in June and Mike Gedman signed with the Worcester Tornadoes earlier this year.

Deshler is expected to return to the United States in time for the start of the 2012 Chiefs ICL season.



Friday, August 5
Blue Sox Beat Chiefs 4-3 in Lexington

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Jeff Bercume had two RBI's

Lexington, MA- Mike Morgan drove in Ross Curley, with a two out single in the fourth inning, to provide the winning run as the Blue Sox edged the Chiefs 4-3 in Lexington on Thursday night.

The Chiefs jumped on Lexington starter and winner Matt Karis for four hits in the top of the first inning but could only muster a single run. Jeff Bercume got things started with a single to right and went to second on a wild pitch. Mike Baillargeon beat out an infield single to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Karis then got Vinny Pennell to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, with Bercume scoring on the play. Justin Crisafulli followed with a sharp single to left and Mike Andre then hit a long double into the left-center field gap, sending Crisafulli to third. Karis stranded both runners when he caught Tony Deshler looking at strike three to end the inning.

The Blue Sox came right back in the bottom of the first against Chiefs’ starter Tim Dunphy to tie the game at 1-1. Pete Frates beat out an infield single to short and scored when Justin Wright crushed a double to right-center.

Karis set the Chiefs down in order in the top of the second and the Blue Sox scored a couple of more runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. Ross Curley got things started with a sharp single to right and Dunphy plunked Matt McEvoy with a pitch. Dunphy came off the mound to field Tom Haugh’s attempted sacrifice bunt and fired a strike to Andre at third to force Curley. Mike Morgan then singled to load the bases. Dan Capra was next and he drilled a long two RBI double into the right field corner giving the Sox the lead at 3-1. The Chiefs escaped more damage when they turned an inning ending and unusual 4-3-2 doubleplay off the bat of Frates.

Karis held the Chiefs scoreless in the top of the third. The Chiefs turned their second doubleplay (3-unassisted-6) in as many innings, following Wright’s leadoff single, in the bottom of the inning.

The Chiefs made more noise in the top of the fourth when they knotted the game at 3-3. Andre got things going with a line single to center and Deshler singled sharply to left. Matt Boleski then moved both runners up a base with a perfect sacrifice bunt. Mike Barabti then drew a walk to load the bases for Nick Leva. Leva bounced a one-hopper right back to Karis who threw home to Morgan to force Andre. Bercume then drilled an opposite field double just out of the reach of the diving McEvoy in left to score Deshler and Barbati. McEvoy recovered quickly enough to throw a strike to shortstop Steve Gath who made a perfect relay throw home to get Leva, who was trying to score the go ahead run from first.

The Blue Sox got the winning run in the bottom of the fourth when Morgan’s single drove home Curley.

Karis allowed just a two out fifth inning double to Crisafulli the rest of the way as he retired nine of the last ten batters he faced.

Dan Graham’s two out single in the bottom of the fifth was only hit the Sox had against Dunphy in their last two at bats.

Karis (5-1) avenged his only loss of the season, back on July 5th, to pick up the complete game win. The right-hander allowed ten hits and struck out seven.

Dunphy (4-0-1) suffered his first loss of the year. The southpaw surrendered nine hits, struck out one, walked none, and hit a batter.

The Chiefs and Blue Sox are both off until Sunday when the ICL’s regular season concludes. The Chiefs will host the Wakefield Merchants at Tufts University at 3:30 PM, in a game that will have major playoff implications, while the Blue Sox entertain the Reading Bulldogs in Lexington. 



Wednesday, August 3
Kelley, Reading Hold Off Chiefs, 3-2

Reading, MA- The Reading Bulldogs scored three times in the first two innings, then rode the five hit pitching of right-hander Nick Kelley, to hold off the Chiefs 3-2 at Morton Field on Wednesday night.

The Chiefs loss, coupled with the Wakefield Merchants 0-0 tie against the Watertown Reds, and the Testa Corp. Bombers 11-0 win over the Tanners, leaves three teams (Chiefs, Merchants & Bombers) still in the race for second place and an opening round playoff bye.

Kelley retired the Chiefs side in order in the top of the first inning.

The Bulldogs picked up their first run of the night against starter Rob Machado in the bottom of the inning. Brett Flutie flew out, Billy Cataldo reached on an error, stole second, and after Talis was hit by a pitch, Cataldo scored on Alex Fischer’s RBI single to right-center.

The Chiefs went in order again in the second. The Bulldogs upped their lead to 3-0 in the home half of the inning on singles by Andy Gagnon, Cataldo and Trevor Manzi, sandwiched around Machado’s second hit batsman (Flutie).

Kelley made it nine Chiefs up and nine Chiefs down, when he cruised through a 1-2-3 third and Machado settled in nicely and struck out the Reading side in order in the bottom of the inning.

Jeff Bercume broke up Kelley’s streak with a single leading off the fourth and went to second when Manzi bobbled the ball for an error in leftfield. Tony Deshler followed a with a single to left, scoring Bercume, cutting the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-1.

Machado got Reading in order for the second straight inning in the bottom of the fourth and the Chiefs chipped another run off the lead, but missed an opportunity to tie the game, in the top of the fifth. Matt Boleski led off with a gap double. Kelley then popped Nick Leva up for the first out. Mike Baillargeon followed with a double, just inside the third base bag, scoring Boleski to cut the lead to 3-2. The Chiefs missed two chances to tie the game when Kelley got Bercume on an infield popup to shortstop and Deshler on a foul out to first.

That was the last scoring threat for either team as Kelley and Machado tossed zeroes the rest of the way.

Kelley (2-1), struck out two batters and walked none. He retired the first nine batters of the game and finished equally as strong, setting down the last eight Chiefs he faced in succession.  

Machado (2-5), gave up six hits, two earned runs, hit two batters and walked none.

The Chiefs travel to Lexington for a make-up game on Thursday at 8:15 PM against the Blue Sox. The final regular season game of the year, against the Wakefield Merchants, is expected to be played either Saturday or Sunday at Tufts University. The day and starting time is expected to be announced sometime tomorrow.  

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Monday, August 1
Crisafulli (4-4, 2 Run HR), Freni Wins Seventh in Reading

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Jared Freni is now 7-1

Reading, MA- Justin Crisafulli had a four for four night, including a double and homer number 90 of his career, to lead the Chiefs to a 6-3 win over the Bulldogs in Reading on Monday evening. Crisafulli’s offensive show backed the complete game effort of Jared Freni who raised his record to 7-1 on the season.

The Chiefs staked Freni to a one run lead in the top of the first. Jeff Bercume led off the inning with an infield single behind the first base bag. Bercume stole second and scored on Vinny Pennell’s RBI single to left. Crisafulli followed with an infield single but Reading starter Sean Boyle got out of the inning when he got Mike Andre to hit into a 6-3 doubleplay.

Freni set the Bulldogs down in the bottom of the first and the Chiefs added a couple of runs in the top of the second to take a 3-0 lead. Tony Deshler and Matt Boleski got things started with consecutive singles and Mike DiCato moved them to second and third with a perfect sacrifice bunt. Nick Leva's slow roller to the right side, with the infield back, allowed Deshler to score and when the grounder was mishandled, Leva reached first. Bercume then drove in Boleski with the Chiefs’ third run with a sacrifice fly to left. Mike Baillargeon followed with a single to right-center sending Leva to third. It stayed 3-0 when Boyle got Pennell to ground out to end the inning.

Freni escaped a minor jam in the Bulldogs’ second when Andy Gagnon singled and Nick Kelley walked.

The Chiefs added their fourth run in the top of the third inning when Crisafulli led off with a long double off the base of the fence in left-center, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Andre’s bad hop infield single.

The Bulldogs stormed back in the bottom of the third inning, scoring three times, on five singles (Brett Flutie, Billy Cataldo, Trevor Manzi, Alex Fischer and Kelley) cutting the Chiefs’ lead to 4-3.

The Chiefs wasted little time in answering the Reading rally, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning when Crisafulli hit a two run homer to left-center, scoring Bercume, who had singled, ahead of him.

Freni retired Reading in order in the bottom of the fourth and the Chiefs went quietly in the top of the fifth.

The Bulldogs’ appeared poised to make their second run of the night at closing a Chiefs’ lead in the bottom of the inning. Manzi led things off with a single. Andre then turned in the defensive play of the night when he snagged Fisher’s one hop bullet that was labeled for the left field corner to start a crisp 5-4-3 doubleplay.

Freni and Reading reliever Mike Nich both tossed zeros the rest of the way accounting for the 6-3 final.

Freni, allowed eight hits, struck out four and walked a batter. Boyle (1-3), who gave up only three earned runs in his five innings, took the loss.

The Bulldogs enjoy a night off on Tuesday while the Chiefs stay on the road and visit the Blue Sox in Lexington at 8:00 PM     



Monday, August 1
DiCato & Dunphy Pitch Chiefs to Doubleheader Sweep in Wakefield

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Catcher Nick Leva put Chiefs ahead in Game Two

Wakefield, MA- The Chiefs rode the pitching of veterans Mike DiCato and Tim Dunphy, both who turned in complete game efforts, to sweep a doubleheader from the Merchants, 4-0 & 8-2, on the road at Walsh Field on Sunday.

DiCato was immense in the opener, tossing a one-hit shutout. The former Malden Cathoilc and UMass standout allowed a leadoff bloop single to Scott Searles, in the first inning, and was lights out from there on. The right-hander retired the last 16 Merchants in a row. The only other base runner the Merchants’ had was when he walked Andy Hartung with one out in the second inning.

Mike DiCatoThe Chiefs supplied the DiCato (pictured left) all the runs he would need in the top of the first inning. Justin Crisafulli drove home Jeff Bercume, who had reached on an infield error, with a RBI single.

Two more Chiefs’ runs came across in the top of the fifth inning, when they upped their lead to 3-0, on two more Merchants’ errors, a Paul Yanakopulos sacrifice bunt and Matt Bolseki’s opposite field RBI single.

The Chiefs got their final run with a little small ball in the top of the sixth. Mike Barbati drew a leadoff walk, was bunted to second by Boleski, and scored on a Yanakopulos RBI single to center, the last of only three Chiefs’ hits in the game.

DiCato (4-3) struck out five. James Ramsey (3-3) took the loss for Wakefield.

The Chiefs overcame a 1-0 fifth inning deficit, scoring eight times over the final three innings, to take Game Two, 8-2.  Southpaw Tim Dunphy chalked up his fifth decision without a loss, in going the complete game route.

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Tim Dunphy is now 4-0-1 
The Merchants took a 1-0 first inning lead when Searles reached on Mike Baillargeon’s error at shortstop and eventually scored the unearned run on a Mike Sorrentino infield single

.It stayed 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning as Dunphy and Merchants’ starter Darren Bisso cruised through the middle innings.

The Chiefs finally got to Bisso and took a 2-1 advantage in the fifth. Tony Deshler singled and was sacrificed to second by Boleski. Barbati then lifted a double down the rightfield line, scoring Deshler, to tie the game at 1-1. Catcher Nick Leva then switched places with Barbati when he delivered a long double into the right-centerfield gap, scoring Barbati and putting the Chiefs in front.

The lead went to 6-2 an inning later when Vinny Pennell led things off with a single and Bisso hit both Crisafulli and Mike Andre with pitches to load the bases. Deshler then singled, scoring Pennell and Crisafulli, to up the lead to 4-2. After Boleski popped out and Deshler stole second, Barbati came through again, this time with a two RBI single, scoring Andre and Deshler to run the lead to 6-2.

The Chiefs final two runs came in the top of the seventh when Pennell walked, Crisafulli doubled, and Andre had an RBI single.

Dunphy scattered seven hits, three of the infield variety, and struck out two. Bisso (5-2) took the loss for Wakefield.

The Chiefs are right back on the road on Monday evening when they travel to Reading High School to meet the Bulldogs at 6:00 PM.  



Friday, July 29
Chiefs Ticket Punched to 2011 Playoffs

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Lenny Dempsey piloted Chiefs to 1961 crown

Medford,MA- For the 46th time in 48 years, the Chiefs will be heading to the post-season.

As club enjoyed a day off on Friday, they quietly clinched a playoff spot by virtue of the Watertown Reds 2-1 win over the Arlington Trojans.

The Chiefs have won 17 playoff crowns, with the first coming in 1961 under the tutelage of legandary player-manager Lenny Dempsey.  Dempsey was posthumously enshrined into the ICL’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

The Chiefs can still finish the regular season anywhere from second to sixth place, depending on the results over the last six games of the season. The ICL’s first two regular season finishers will receive first round byes. The third place team will meet the sixth place finisher and teams four and five will hook up in the best of three first round series, tentatively scheduled to begin on Sunday, August 7. Both the semi-final and championship series will be best of five.

The Chiefs will begin the last week of the regular season schedule on Sunday when they travel to Walsh Field in Wakefield for a doubleheader that will begin at 3:00 PM. 



Thursday, July 28
Blue Sox Pull Away From Chiefs, 9-4

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Mike Barbati

Lexington, MA- The Blue Sox broke open a 4-4 fifth inning tie, when they scored five times, to pull away from the second place Chiefs 9-4 under the lights in Lexington. The Wednesday night win was the first for the Blue Sox over the Chiefs this season as the Chiefs had won the previous two meetings 4-0 and 6-4.

Mike Morgan and Justin Wright drove in three runs each for Lexington. Pete Frates, Steve Gath and Wright each scored twice and Frates added three hits.

Matt Karis (4-1) pitched six innings, giving up six hits and four runs, while striking out three. Karis gave way to Tim Lahey who worked a scoreless seventh.

Jared Freni (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season giving up eight runs in four plus innings. He allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out five. Tim Dunphy worked 1.2 innings and Jake Crawford 0.1 innings, with a strikeout, out of the Chiefs’ bullpen.

Matt Boleski had a single in the first inning and Jeff Bercume worked a bases loaded walk in the fourth to pick up RBI’s for the Chiefs. The Chiefs other two runs came when Mike Barbati’s infield grounder was thrown low to first, allowing two unearned runs to score.

Chiefs’ rookie Jon Byrne, from Arlington Catholic, recorded his first career ICL hit with a fourth inning single.



Tuesday, July 26
Alexander & Reds Deal Chiefs 4-2 Setback at Bentley

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Bercume moved into career Top 20 in hits

Waltham, MA- Karl Alexander tossed a neat five-hitter, striking out nine, to pitch the Watertown Reds to a 4-2 win over the Chiefs at Bentley University on Tuesday evening.

The Chiefs squandered an early 2-0 advantage and Alexander, who was 5-3 for Bates this past spring with a 2.50 ERA, shut down the offense over the last four innings.A Tony Deshler RBI single, driving in Vinny Pennell, who had doubled, gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Chiefs’ starter Mike DiCato got the Reds in the bottom of the first inning and Alexander retired the side in order in the top of the second.

DiCato and the Chiefs got themselves out of a bases loaded nobody out jam in the Reds’ second. Sean Callahan walked, Ryan Nicholas singled, and Brendan Casey was hit by a pitch to fill the bases. DiCato then served up a tailor-made 1-2-3 doubleplay off the bat of Jim McLaughlin to get two big outs. He completed the escape by getting Steve Tramontozzi to bounce back to the box.

The Chiefs picked up an unearned run in the top of the third inning when Jeff Bercume singled, stole second, and scored when Deshler reached on an infield error.

The Reds answered back and cut the lead t