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JUAN PORTES

Wednesday, July 20
DiCato Brothers, Portes 3 Run HR, Lead to 6-4 Win Over Lexington

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MATT DICATO MADE FIRST START OF 2016

Malden, MA- Brothers Matt and Mike DiCato handled the pitching and Juan Portes supplied a three run homer when the Chiefs beat the Lexington Blue Sox 6-4 at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night. With the win, the 15-6-1 Chiefs clinched a berth in the 2016 Intercity League Playoffs.

The Chiefs opened the scoring and took a 2-0 lead off Blue Sox starter Jimmy Hill in the bottom of the first. Mike Burgoyne and Portes both singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Hill then uncorked a wild pitch and Burgoyne slid home with the game's first run. Peter Copa followed and drove home Portes with a double to left-center.

Matt DiCato stranded Frank Frias after he reached in a lost in the twilight triple with one out in the top of the second, and the Chiefs padded thier lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the inning. Nate Witkowski led off with a single, moved to second and then third on wild pitches, and scored on Steve Gambale's sacrifice fly to right.

Lexington came up with a run on a Justin Silvestro single in the top of the third to make it 3-1 and then loaded the bases with nobody out. DiCato pulled off the escape when he got Alex Voitik on a comebacker, struck out Dorian Rojas, and then retired Frias on a grounder to keep the Chiefs in the lead.

Hill struck out the Chiefs' side in the bottom of the third and Mike DiCato replaced his brother and kept the Blue Sox off the scoreboard in the top of the fourth.

The Chiefs opened then opened the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Tony Serino and Gambale both reached on infield singles before Portes sent a Hill pitch over the left-centerfield fence for a three run homer.

It stayed a 6-1 game until the Blue Sox made things interesting in the top of the seventh. Singles from Tom Russo, Julian Alvarez, and John Puttress, an infield error, and a double by Silvestro, cut the lead to 6-4. The Blue Sox had the tying runs on base before Mike DiCato struck out Ryan McCarthy, swinging on a full count fastball, to end the game.

Mike DiCato (4-1) picked up the win with four innings of relief. He gave up three runs (two earned), four hits, struck out two and walked two. Matt went three innings, allowed one earned run, four hits, and also struck out two.

The Chiefs are off until Monday when they will host the Wakefield Merchants at Maplewood in an 8:15 PM start.

 

 



Monday, July 18
Clegg and Burgoyne Lead Chiefs Past Arlington, 4-1

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MIKE BURGOYNE

Malden, MA- The Chiefs scored three times in the bottom of the fifth inning, to break a 1-1 tie, and went on to beat the Arlington Trjoans 4-1 in an all-southpaw pitching battle at Maplewood on Monday night.

Mitchell Clegg and former Chief Evan Walsh hooked up in a pretty decent pitching duel for 4 1/2 innings until the Chiefs broke through with the game winning runs.

Arlington looked poised to take an early lead when Owen Shea and Kyle Bourdrais opened the game with singles. Clegg got the first two outs of the inning when he got Kyle Hood to pop up and Morgan Brown to groundout. Second baseman Steve Gambale then turned in the web gem of the night when he robbed Ben Johnston of a least an RBI single with a sliding grab of a blooper down the rightfield line.

Walsh retired the Chiefs' side in order in the bottom of the first and both sides went quietly in the second inning.

The Trojans broke the scoring ice in the top of the third. Clegg issued his only walk of the night to Shea and he promptly stole second. After a flyout, Kyle Hood gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with a double into the leftfield corner. That's all the Trojans would get as Clegg struck out Brown prior to Johnston bouncing to Gambale to end the inning.

The Chiefs tied things up when they scored a run in the bottom of the third. Mike Burgoyne singled with two away and moved to second on a wild pitch. Mike DiCato followed and drove Burgoyne home with a single to right.

Nothing happening for either team in the fourth inning and Clegg got the Trojans in order on three groundouts in the top of the fifth.

Hood made a nice diving stop of Mike Andre's hard grounder but couldn't throw him out from his knees at first to open the bottom of the fifth. Adam Lucey came on to pinch run and immediately moved to second on a passed ball. Gambale followed with a high chopper between the mound and first that Brown charged and fired to third to just miss throwing out the sliding Lucey on a close play. With runners on the corners, Burgoyne delivered the loudest hit of the night when he doubled to left-center, scoring both Lucey and Gambale, and then went to third when the throw home went astray. After Walsh got DiCato to groundout, Burgoyne used some heady baserunning on a Sonberg bouncer to third, waiting for Bourdaris to throw to first before using his speed to slide home with the Chiefs' fourth run.

After a one out Johnston single in the top of the sixth, a Billy Mottram to Gambale to Peter Copa 5-4-3 doubleplay retired the Arlington side.

Walsh got the Chiefs on three straight infield grounders in the bottom of the sixth (Jordan Pallazola, Nate Witkowski, and pinch-hitter Sammy Wishnow).

Clegg struck out the first two batters of the seventh before Ryan Hood reached on an infield single. Clegg closed out the game when he got Shea to pop up to Gambale.  

With the complete game 76 pitch effort, Clegg evened his season mark to 3-3. He struck out six and scattered seven hits.

Walsh allowed just six hits and struck out three while falling to 0-4 on the year.  

Chiefs Chatter....The 14-6-1 Chiefs are off on Tuesday and return to Maplewood to host the Lexington Blue Sox on Wednesday at 8:15 PM. The Blue Sox edged the Reading Bulldogs 3-2 on Monday night in Lexington....With Monday's win, the Chiefs assured themselves of a winning season for the ninth straight year and the 51st time in 53 seasons.....
Courtesy Jim Valente



Sunday, July 17
Reading Comes Back to Beat Chiefs, 8-7

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PETER COPA HAD 3 RUN HR

Reading, MA- The Chiefs fortunately haven't experienced too many "tough to take" losses over the past several years. Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Reading Bulldogs may have go to the top of that list.

In a game where they were issued no less than 10 walks, and two others reached via the hit batsman route, the Chiefs still managed to lose leads of 4-1 and 7-2, helped by some inopportune defense, before finally succumbing to a five run Bulldog rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to come away from Morton Field empty handed.

The teams traded runs in the first inning, the Chiefs' tally coming on a bases loaded walk to Steve Gambale, and the Bulldogs' coming when starter Sam Kasten threw away a pickoff attempt.

It stayed a 1-1 game until the top of the fourth when Peter Copa unloaded on a Tim Woods pitch for a three run homer, scoring Billy Mottram (error) and Tony Serino (walk) in front of him, for a 4-1 Chiefs' lead.

Reading cut a run off the lead and closed to 4-2 in the bottom of inning on singles from Hank Oringer and Kyle Devin and an RBI groundout from Corey DiLoretto.

The Chiefs opened up thier lead to 7-2 with three more runs in the top of the fifth on singles from Gambale, Mike Andre, Mike DiCato, and Ryan Sonberg.

Reading picked up a run to make it 7-3 in the bottom of the fifth on singles by Rosario Missiti and Devin, and a double by Darren Hartwell, before Tim Dunphy replaced Kasten on the mound for the Chiefs and got the final out of the inning.

The Chiefs couldn't capitalize on a Juan Portes leadoff double in the top of the sixth and the Bulldogs came back to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Things started harmlessly enough when Dunphy got Zac Talis to fly to Mike DiCato in right for the first out. Two singles from DiLoretto and Steve Busby followed before Dunphy got Missiti to ground out for the second out. Johnny Hayes then beat out an infield roller to short, scoring DiLoretto to make it 7-4. Two more hits by Mike DeDonato and Hartwell cut the lead to 7-6 and put runners at second and third with two outs. Anthony Sullivan came out of the Chiefs' bullpen and got Oringer to bounce to Portes at third but the throw to first was low and skipped by Copa allowing two runs to score and putting the Bulldogs in front 8-7. Jack Burke kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard in the top of the seventh to record the save.

Dunphy (3-1-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season. He went one inning, gave up five runs (three earned) and five hits. Kasten worked the first 4.2 innings, was charged with two earned runs, allowed six hits, struck out one, and walked two. Sullivan (0.1 innings) got the final out of the sixth. 

Chiefs Chatter.....The 13-6-1 Chiefs host the Arlington Trojans on Monday at Maplewood starting at 8:15 PM.....They are off on Tuesday and return to Maplewood on Wednesday to meet the Lexington Blue Sox.......
Courtesy Jim Valente & Steve Hartwell



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Billy Mottram was out trying to go from first to third on a wild pitch

Thursday, July 14
Barbati & Witkowski Bring Chiefs Back in 7th

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HIGH FIVE'S FOR MIKE BARBATI

Malden, MA- For the second time in three nights the Chiefs rallied for a walk-off win at Maplewood. Following Monday's 6-5 extra inning score against the Melrose Americans, the Chiefs were down to their final out last night, erasing Reading leads of 4-1, 5-3 and 7-6, and finally taking a dramatic 8-7 win, thanks to the two out heroics of Nate Witkowski and Mike Barbati.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead from Reading starter Jack Burke in the first, without the benefit of a hit, on a couple of infield errors and a Juan Portes RBI groundout.

Rookie starter Anthony DeSouza, who is bound for URI, was impressive over the first 3.2 innings while holding the Bulldogs' offense scoreless.

It was still 1-0 Chiefs when trouble began to brew with two outs in the fourth. Kyle Devin tripled off the base of the fence in left and scored on a Zac Talis single. E.J. Martinez followed with a line single to right, and when the ball skipped by Tony Deshler on the field turf for a two base error, Talis scored to give the Bulldogs the lead and Martinez ended up at third. DeSouza then walked Mike Taylor, and he stole second. Chris Bosco delivered both Martinez and Taylor, and gave Reading a 4-1 lead, with a sharp single to right.

Singles from Portes, Witkowski, and Barbati, and a Ryan Sonberg double, closed the gap to 4-3 in the Chiefs' fourth.

Reading answered back with a run and chased DeSouza in the top of the fifth. Darren Hartwell's one out double and Devin's single to center gave the Bulldogs the lead at 5-3. Mike DiCato came out of the Chiefs' bullpen and recorded a big strikeout when he got Talis swinging, with Devin at third, to keep it a two run deficit.

The Chiefs came all the way back to take a 6-5 advantage, scoring three times after two were out, in the bottom of the fifth inning. Portes was hit by a Burke pitch and Peter Copa walked. The Chiefs caught a big break when Martinez threw away Jordan Pallazola's grounder to short allowing Portes to score. Singles from Sonberg and Witkowski accounted for two more runs and a 6-5 Chiefs lead heading into the top of the sixth.

The lead didn't last long as the Bulldogs reached DiCato for two runs to pull back in front. Martinez made immediate amends and led off with a double. Following an infield out that send Martinez to third, Rosario Missiti drew a walk and stole second. Veteran pinch-hitter Steve Busby then put Reading back in the lead with a hard single to right. Cam Farnum came on to run for Busby and he was thrown out by Pallazola attempting to steal second before DiCato got Mike DeDonato to line to Deshler in right to end the inning.

Reliever Colby Morris made easy work of the Chiefs in the bottom of the sixth.

DiCato was aided by a Witkowski unassisted to Copa inning ending doubleplay in the top of the seventh, after walking Hank Oringer.

Morris set the stage for the upcoming dramatics when he hit Copa with a pitch to begin the Chiefs' seventh before giving way to Cody Hall. Pallazola grounded out to Missiti at third for the first out with Copa moving to third on the throw. Sonberg then hit another grounder to Missiti, freezing Copa at third, before he threw out Sonberg at first on a nice pick-up by Taylor. Down to their last out, Witkowski, who provided a walk off win on Monday, once again came up big and lined a single to left-center, scoring Copa, to knot the game at 7-7. It didn't stay that way for long as Barbati dropped a double just inside the rightfield line that scored Witkowski all the way from first with the game winner.

DiCato got the win and improved his record to 3-1 on the season. The veteran righty went 2.1 innings, allowed two runs, two hits, and also struck out two. DeSouza worked the first 4.2 innings, was charged with five runs, gave up seven hits, struck out five (including the side in order in the third), and walked two. Hall (2-1) was tagged with the loss for Reading.

CHIEFS CHATTER.....The 13-5-1 Chiefs are now off until Sunday when they will travel to Morton Field at Reading High School for a rematch with the Bulldogs at 5:00 PM.....In other ICL action on Wednesday, Lexington beat Watertown 4-1, Melrose topped Arlington 11-3, and Somerville handled Wakefield 8-5.....
Courtesy Jim Valente



Tuesday, July 12
Royals Knock Off Chiefs at Trum, 3-1

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TONY DESHLER WENT 3-3

Somerville, MA- For the second time this season the Chiefs made the short trek to Trum Field and for the second time they came away empty. The Somerville Royals, who beat the Chiefs 6-2 on June 21, turned the trick again at the ancient ballyard, this time led by the "bend but don't break" pitching of Chuck Gibson on the way to a 3-1 win on Tuesday night.

The watchword on this night for Chiefs' loyalists was "frustration." 

Offensively the Chiefs managed to strand a dozen, had two runners thrown out at third base, and saw the Royals pitching duo of Gibson and Cal Carroll throw four inning ending strikeouts. 

Defensively, they saw a "lost in the twilight sky triple" and an infield groundout out lead to Somerville's first run with the second run coming on a sacrifice bunt that went for a single and fielder's choice, and then handed the Royals their third run on a two out infield error followed by a misplayed fly ball.

Wasted in all of the above was a pretty solid pitching performance from lefty Mitchell Clegg and a three for three night from Tony Deshler.

The Royals took a 1-0 lead in bottom of the first when Jake Cintolo hit a fly ball down the right field line that was never seen off the bat by Mike Burgoyne and went for a triple. Wagner Gomez got an RBI when Cintolo scored on a high infield chopper.

The lead went to 2-0 in the Royals second. Drew Carter drew a walk and Luke Ronchi singled to right. Player-Manager Jim McConville then dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt that got by Clegg toward second base and went for a single to load the bases with no outs. After Clegg struck out Adam Johnson for the first out, the Chiefs came up a half step short of escaping the inning when B.J. Neil just beat out the back end of a 5-4-3 doubleplay attempt.

It went to 3-0 in the third. Cintolo led off with a single but was erased at second when Gomez bounced into a 1-6-4-3 doubleplay off Clegg's glove. George Crowley then reached on an error by Deshler at second and scored when Ryan Sonberg misplayed Carter's warning track fly ball to left into a double.

To recap the scoring chances the Chiefs had would require volumes. Their only run came in the top of the seventh, and even that came with frustration. Jordan Pallazolla doubled into the right-centerfield gap, scoring Peter Copa who had walked, but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it to a triple.

Gibson (1-2), picked up his first win of the year. He went 5.2 scoreless innings, gave up six hits, walked five, struck out seven, and was tough when he had to be. Carroll chaked up the 1.1 inning save.

Clegg (2-3), allowed six hits (three to Cintolo), two earned runs, struck out eight, and walked just one.

Chiefs Chatter....The now 12-5-1 Chiefs host the Reading Bulldogs at Maplewood on Wednesday in an 8:15 PM start...In other Tuesday action, the Watertown Reds beat the Blue Sox 6-3 in Lexington....
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Tuesday, July 12
Witkowski's 9th Inning Single Produces Walk-Off Win

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TIM DUNPHY GOT HIS THIRD WIN

Malden, MA- Nate Witkowski's one out single to right-center in the bottom of ninth scored pinch-runner Danny DiMare with the game winner when the Chiefs came all the way back from a 5-1 deficit to beat the Melrose Americans 6-5 on Monday night at Maplewood. 

Southpaw Tim Dunphy's sparkling 6.1 innings of relief pitching allowed his mates the time to tie the game in the fifth inning and win it in their last at bat.

The Chiefs took a short lived 1-0 off Melrose starter Shawn Smeglin in the home half of the first on a Mike Burgoyne triple and a Billy Mottram RBI double.

After a scoreless second, the Americans took the lead in the top of the third when Isaiah Berg hit a three run shot to left-center off Chiefs' starter Sam Kasten, scoring Tom Petry (walk) and Nick Herzog (single) ahead of him.

Smeglin kept the hosts off the board in the bottom of the third and the Americans scored a couple of more runs off Dunphy in the top of the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Singles from Austin Masel, Petry, Herzog, and Christian Rosati, along with a throwing error, accounted for the runs.

The Chiefs answered with three runs off Smeglin and reliever Brendan McDonough in the bottom of the fourth to close within a run. Mike Andre and Witkowski both drew walks and Tony Serino's two out, two RBI double to left-center, along with an Americans' error, made it a 5-4 game.

Dunphy began to assume control in the top of the fifth and the Chiefs tied things up in the bottom of the inning. Singles from Jordan Pallazola and Tony Deshler, another Melrose error, and an RBI fielder's choice from Witkowski, tied the game up at 5-5.

The game remained scoreless over the next three innings until the Chiefs won it in the ninth. Pallazola led off with a single to left and DiMare pinch ran. Deshler then bunted DiMare to second and Sonberg was intentionally walked. Witkowski drilled a 1-1 pitch into the right-centerfield gap to easily score DiMare with the game winner.

Dunphy was lights out after the fourth inning, facing just one batter over the minimum. He got the Americans in order in the fifth and sixth, allowed a one out single to Rosati, who was erased on an inning ending doubleplay, in the seventh, and retired the side in order again in the eighth. In the Melrose ninth, Dunphy walked Anthony Licardello who got caught in a rundown after a missed sacrifice bunt attempt by Masel. After Masel eventually grounded out, Petry singled, before Dunphy got Herzog to flyout.

Smeglin went the first 3.2 innings for the Americans, striking out six, before giving way to McDonough. Rosati took the loss despite allowing just one run and two singles in 3.1 innings. Kasten worked the first 2.2 innings for the Chiefs and gave up three earned runs.

Chiefs Chatter..... The 12-4-1 Chiefs travel to Trum Field in Somerville to meet the Royals on Tuesday at 8:15 PM before returning home on Wednesday to host the Reading Bulldogs...Juan Portes returned to the lineup for the first time this season and had a first inning single....Both Kasten and Dunphy threw two innings for the ICL on Saturday in the EMASS All-Star Classic....
Courtesy Jim Valante



Saturday, July 9
Six Chiefs, Coach Anthony Durkee, Selected to All-Star Classic

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COACH ANTHONY DURKEE

Melrose, MA- Six Chiefs' players will join all-star Coach Anthony Durkee on the roster when the Intercity League takes on the Boston Park League in Game One of the Fifth Annual Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Classic today at Morelli Field.

Representing the Chiefs, along with Durkee, are outfielders Mike Burgoyne, Tony Serino, and Danny DiMare, pitchers Tim Dunphy and Sam Kasten, and catcher Jordan Pallazola.

The ICL-BPL game begins at 1:00 PM with the Cranberry League-Yawkey League contest to follow at 4:30 PM. The winners of the first two games will play for the championship at 7:30 PM.

Admission to the event is $5.00.

 

 



Friday, July 8
Chiefs Overcome Arlington 6-4 at Summer Street Field

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MIKE DiCATO PICKED UP WIN

Arlington, MA- The Chiefs used a five run top of the sixth inning to overcome a 3-1 lead and then held on to beat the Trojans 6-4 on Friday night at Summer Street Field.

Arlington took a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off rookie right-hander Anthony DeSouza on singles from Kyle Bourdaris, Kyle Hood, and Ben Johnston, along with a double from Morgan Brown.

The Chiefs got their first two men on in the top of the second when Peter Copa drew the first of his three walks and Mike Andre lined a single to right. Arlington starter John Smokovich pitched out of the jam by striking out Danny DiMare and Mike Barbati and getting Nate Witkowski on an infield grounder.

DeSouza settled in nicely and got the side in order in the bottom of the second.

The Chiefs cut the lead in half to 2-1 in the top of the third when Jordan Pallazola singled home Mike Burgoyne who had walked and stole second.

It stayed 2-1 until the Trojans picked up their third run in the bottom of the fourth on an Eddie McDonald RBI single to left.

Richie Cardillo came out of the bullpen and got the Chiefs 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth.

DeSouza gave way to veteran Mike DiCato to begin the Arlington fifth inning and the right-hander got the Trojans' side in order.

Cardillo pitched himself into an immediate jam in the Chiefs' sixth when he walked Copa and then hit both Andre and DiMare in succession to load the bases. Barbati followed and made it a 3-2 game with single to center. Witkowski was next and he put the Chiefs in front 4-3 with a single to left-center, scoring Andre and DiMare. Tony Deshler, in his return to the lineup, sacrificed Witkowski and Barbati to second and third. With the infield drawn in, Brown made a nice play at shortstop to freeze the runners and throw Tony Serino out at first for the second out of the inning. Burgoyne then walked, with ball four being a wild pitch that allowed Barbati to slide home to make it 5-3. Two more walks from Dan Shaw, issued to Pallazola and Copa, accounted for the sixth run.

Arlington chopped a run off the lead to close to 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double from Ryan Spagnoli.

The Chiefs couldn't add to their lead in top of the seventh, despite a Barbati one out double down the rightfield line.

After DiCato got Bourdaris to pop up for the first out in the Trojans' seventh, things started to get interesting when Dave Cunningham reached on an error by Witkowski and Brown reached on a swinging bunt between third and the mound. DiCato then walked Kyle Hood on a full count to load the bases. That was as far as the attempted comeback progressed as DiCato struck out Johnston and Spagnoli to end the game.

DiCato, (2-1) got the win with three innings of work. He allowed one run, gave up three hits, and struck four. DeSouza allowed two earned runs, five hits, and also struck out four. Cardillo (0-2) was tagged with the loss.

Chiefs Chatter....The Chiefs took advantage of seven walks and three hit batsmen in the game....On Monday, the 11-4-1 Chiefs will host the Melrose Americans at Maplewood in an 8:15 PM start...



Wednesday, July 6
Watertown Blanks Chiefs at Victory Field, 3-0

Watertown, MA- Righty Matt Horan shutdown the offense on two hits when the Watertown Reds blanked the Chiefs 3-0 on Wednesday night at steamy Victory Field.

Horan and Chiefs' starter Mitchell Clegg hooked up in pretty decent pitcher's duel over the first three and one half innings. Clegg faced the minimum nine batters, allowing only a leadoff single to Jon Barber in the bottom of third who was cut down trying to steal second by catcher Jordan Pallazola. Horan was equally as tough, permitting only a single up the middle by Tony Serino with one out in the fourth.

The Reds broke through with the only run Horan would need on this night in the bottom of the fourth. Kyle LaVigne got things started with a single to center but Clegg picked him off for the first out. Liam O'Connor followed with an infield single that was allowed to roll and stayed fair between third and the plate. Sean Callahan-Montague was hit with a pitch and Clegg struck out cleanup man Dan Chaisson swinging for the second out. Justin Forman followed and drove O'Connor home, on a close play at the plate, with a single to center for a 1-0 lead. Clegg caught Mac Jacobson looking at a third strike to end the inning.

Mike Barbati reached on an infield single with two outs in the top of the fifth but third baseman Mike Samko recorded his third assist of the inning off the bat of Serino to retire the side.

Watertown opened up some breathing room in the bottom of the fifth when they scored two more runs. Samko doubled to right-center with one out and scored, on another close play at the plate, when LaVigne singled to center. LaVigne never stopped running when Barbati's throw pulled Peter Copa off the bag at first on an O'Connor grounder and slid safely across the plate on the third close scoring play of the game for a 3-0 lead.

Mike Burgoyne reached on a Jacobson error to open the sixth but Horan struck out Danny DiMare, got Copa on a grounder to Samko, and then retired Pallazola on a deep fly to LaVigne in center.

Mike DiCato spelled Clegg for the Chiefs in the bottom of the sixth and worked a quick 1-2-3 inning.

Horan kept the shutout intact in the top of the seventh when Mike Andre lined sharply to right, Ryan Sonberg popped up, and Nate Witkowski grounded to Jacobson to end the game.

Horan (1-1) struck out six, walked two and hit a batter. He avenged a 6-4 defeat to the Chiefs on June 27 when he was tagged with the loss. Clegg (2-2) went six innings, gave up six hits, struck out four and also hit a batter.

Chiefs Chatter....The Chiefs are off on Thursday and stay on the road and travel to Summer Street Field in Arlington on Friday at 7:00 PM for a date with the Trojans.....With the loss the Chiefs fall to 10-4-1 on the season while the Reds improved to 9-4-2.....The Chiefs welcomed back Tony Deshler who was in uniform for the first time since the 2013 season. Deshler has been an assistant coach at Elmira College for the last two seasons. He was with the team for four seasons from 2010-2013 and was a major factor in the 2012 championship.....

 



Sunday, July 3
Mike Pagliarulo Joins Chiefs' Coaching Staff

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MIKE PAGLIARULO

Medford, MASouth Medford native Mike Pagliarulo, who spent eleven seasons as a third baseman in the majors, has joined the Chiefs' Coaching Staff. 

Pagliarulo spent six seasons (1984-1989) with the New York Yankees before moving on to the National League with the San Diego Padres in 1990. He returned to the American League where he played a big role in the Minnesota Twins' World Series Championship in 1991. After two more seasons in Minnesota, Pags concluded his MLB career with the Baltimore Orioles and finally the Texas Rangers in 1995.

"Having Mike on our staff has been a tremendous boost for the franchise, said Chuck Andre, who recently won his 600th career game. "The players respond so well to Pags, they listen to his insight, respect his experience, and just love having him in the dugout", he added. "Mike takes the time to film their swings, works individually with the hitters, and has helped the infielders with positioning and situational baseball. We are so pleased to have him and his influence as part of our staff." 

Pagliarulo recorded 134 home runs and knocked in 515 runs in 1,246 MLB games. He was a 6th round draft pick of the Yankees in 1981 after playing his college ball at the University of Miami.

Pagliarulo's family roots in the Chiefs' franchise runs deep. His dad, the late Charlie Pagliarulo, was a star infielder for the Chiefs in the 1950's before going on to play in the Chicago Cubs organization. His mother Margaret, who passed away in 2011, is the sister of legendary former Chiefs' Manager and ICL Hall of Famer Lenny Dempsey. His uncles Tim, Tom, and Jack Dempsey, also wore the Chiefs' colors in the 1960's.

Mike was a high school teammate of another member of the Chiefs' staff, John Veneziano, at Medford High in 1976 and 1977. He also played with Andre on the Chiefs and then skipper Joe O'Donnell in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Both Pagliarulo and Andre have been inducted into the Medford Mustangs Hall of Fame. Pagliarulo graduated from Medford High in 1978 where he starred in both baseball and soccer.  

Pagliarulo's hitting instruction appears to be paying immediate dividends for the Chiefs as they sit in first place and lead the league in hitting, with a lofty .320 average, as the Intercity League moves to the Fourth of July break.
B.T for www.intercityleaguebaseball.com 



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Wednesday, June 29
Americans Beat Chiefs, 4-1 at Morelli

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MIKE BURGOYNE HAD A SOLO HOMER

Melrose, MA- The Framingham State duo of Dillon Corliss and Zack Kirby combined on a five-hitter when the Americans knocked off the Chiefs 4-1 at Morelli Field on Wednesday night. It was the final game for both squads before the ICL's annual Fourth of July break.

Corliss and Chiefs' starter Mitchell Clegg tossed scoreless ball over the first two frames before Mike Burgoyne gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead with a two out solo homer to left in the top of the third.

Both pitchers breezed through the next couple of innings and it stayed 1-0 Chiefs until the Americans took the lead in their half of the fifth. Mike LaRovere led things off with a single. Clegg whiffed Mike Egito for the first out before Isaiah Berg launched a double into the left-centerfield gap. With runners on second and third and the Chiefs' infield drawn in, Clegg got Kevin Kelley to ground to Billy Mottram at third for the second out. Austin Masel was next and he produced the biggest hit of the night when he lined a two out, two RBI single to left, scoring both LaRovere and Berg for a 2-1 Americans' lead. Masel was tagged out trying to advance to second, when the throw home was cut, to end the inning.

Corliss retired the Chiefs' side in order in the top of the sixth.

The Americans opened their margin to 4-1 with two more runs, after two were out, in their half of the sixth. Zeke Berg got things going with a two out single off Peter Copa's glove at first. Berg then stole second and Tom Petry promptly delivered him with a single down the third base line. LaRovere followed with his second single of the game that sent Petry to third. With runners on the corners, Clegg appeared to have LaRovere picked off first but when Copa's throw to try and get him going to second went into leftfield, Petry scampered accross the plate with the fourth run.

Kirby came out of the bullpen in the top of the seventh, and despite a walk to Jordan Pallazola and a one out single by Ryan Sonberg, the former hard throwing Framingham State ace managed to strike out the side and seal the win.

Chiefs Chatter.....Corliss allowed four hits in six innings to get the win and evened up his season record at 1-1-1......Clegg (2-1) was charged with three earned runs, surrendered seven hits, and struck out a half dozen..... The 10-3-1 Chiefs are now off until Wednesday, July 6 when they will travel to Victory Field in Watertown to visit the Reds at 7:45 PM.....The now 5-7-1 Americans also won't return to ICL play until July 6, hosting the Reading Bulldogs at Morelli in a 7:30 PM start.....The updated and corrected ICL and Chiefs' first half statistics are now available online at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com....
Courtesy Jim Valante



Tuesday, June 28
Kasten is Lights Out in 6-4 Win Over Watertown

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Malden, MA- The Chiefs rode the lights out relief pitching of Muhlenberg rookie right-hander Sam Kasten, who spelled staff ace Jared Freni to start the third inning, to rally past the Watertown Reds 6-4 at Maplewood on Monday night.

Kasten dominated the Watertown hitters, cruising through five 1-2-3 innings. The Manchester NH product allowed only one baserunner, (a Justin Forman one out double in the fifth), and struck out 10 of the 15 batters he faced including the side in order in both the third and sixth innings.

The Reds jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead off Freni in the top of the first. Kyle LaVigne walked, Liam O' Connor reached on a Ryan Sonberg error, and Will Breenan scored them both with an opposite field double into the left-centerfield gap. In between another walk to Pete Burgio, Freni still managed to strike out the Watertown side.

The Chiefs tied the game up at 2-2 in the thier first at bat. Mike Burgoyne singled and Danny DiMare was hit by a Matt Horan pitch. Peter Copa then hit a wind blown single just inside the rightfield line to score Burgoyne. Jordan Pallazolla was next and he plated DiMare with an infield grounder.

The Reds regained the lead at 4-2 in the top of the second on singles from Mac Jacobson, O'Connor and Forman.

The hosts pulled within a run at 4-3 in the bottom of the second when Nate Witkowski was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Tony Serino's RBI single to center.

Kasten came on to relieve Freni to open the third and quickly set the tenor for his performance on this night when he struck out Ryan Pocock, Burgio, and Mike Samko in order on 14 pitches.

Copa blooped a single to left to lead off the Chiefs' third and moved to second on a Pallazola groundout. Mike Andre then flew to left for the second out. Ryan Sonberg followed and singled to left and O'Connor let the ball skip by him, allowing Copa to score the tying run and sending Sonberg to second. Sonberg moved to third on a Horan wild ptch before Witkowski drove him home with a single for a 5-4 lead.

Kasten (infield grounder to short, fly to Serino, strikeout) and Horan, both got the respective sides in order in the fourth.

Forman's double to deep center put him in scoring postion in the top of the fifth before Kasten caught Pocock looking at strike three, on a full count breaking ball, to end the inning.

Andre doubled to right-center with two outs in the Chiefs' fifth but Horan got Sonberg to pop up to Jacobson at second.

Kasten had another overpowering inning in the top of the sixth striking out Burgio, Samko, and pinch-hitter Steve Tramontozzi in succession.

The Chiefs picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead and appeared poised to add more off reliever Dante Padovani. Barbati reached on a one out single, Serino walked, and Burgoyne singled to load the bases. Barbati then came across to score when DiMare reached on an infield error. With the bases still loaded, Padovani kept the Reds in range when he got Copa to ht into a 1-2-3 doubleplay.

Kasten made quick work of the Reds in the top of the seventh getting both Jacobson and LaVigne on called third strikes before retiring O'Connor on a fly to Serino in center to seal the win.

Chiefs Chatter....For Kasten, it was his first ICL win. He had made four previous appearances out of the bullpen. He now leads the pitching staff with five appearances over the first 13 games. Kasten has struck out 20 batters in just 12.1 innings to go along with an impressive ERA of 1.14.....Steve Gambale will remain on DL for at least another week. The veteran infielder injured a finger on his throwing hand sliding into the plate against the Blue Sox last Wednesday.....DiMare saw his season long 12 game hitting streak snapped. The second year outfield from Medford,MA via St. Leo's of Florida, is off to a torrid start and is hitting an even .400 (18-45) with three triples, three doubles, and 15 RBI's.....The Chiefs are off on Tuesday and will visit the Americans at Morelli Field in Melrose on Wednesday at 7:30 PM in their last game before the ICL's annual Fourth of July break....
Courtesy of Steve Hartwell



Sunday, June 26
Chiefs-Reds Play to 2-2 Tie in Watertown

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Nate Witkowski turned in Defensive Gem

Watertown, MA- Tim Dunphy threw seven consecutive scoreless innings, and shortstop Nate Witkowski and first baseman Mike DiCato flashed some serious leather, allowing the Chiefs to leave Victory Field in Watertown with a hard fought point in a nine inning 2-2 tie at Victory Field early Sunday evening.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 1-0 first inning lead off Reds' starter Bill Sullivan. Tony Serino drew a leadoff walk, stole second, and scored on Danny DiMare's single to right.

Watertown came back and scored their only two runs of the night in the bottom of the second. Singles from Jon Barber, Mike Samko, Mac Jacobson, and Steve Tramontozzi, along with a walk to Ryan Pocock, gave the Reds a 2-1 lead and left the bases loaded with one out. Dunphy got the biggest two outs of the game, with a big assist from Mike Barbati, when he got the fleet Kyle LaVigne to bounce into a 4-unassisted-3 doubleplay.

The game stayed 2-1 Reds until the Chiefs got the equalizer in the top of the fifth without the benefit of a hit. Barbati was hit by a Sullivan pitch, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored when shortstop Will Brennan threw low to first on a Serino two out grounder. 

DiCato, who had 14 putouts and an assist, and Witkowski, both shined in the field. Witkowski turned in the defensive gem of the day, and in the process sent the game to extras, when he made an outstanding pickup of of a Liam O'Connor shot with Jacobson on third with two outs in the Reds' seventh.

Dunphy gave up seven hits, and only two after the second inning. He struck out three and walked only one. Sullivan worked five innings before giving way to Chris Hendrix in the sixth and then Lammare Rey, who went the eighth and ninth.

Chiefs Chatter...The Reds and Chiefs are at it again on Monday when they meet at Maplewood at 8:15 PM......Sunday's tie was the first for the Chiefs in over four years. Their last tie was on June 10, 2012, when they battled to a 2-2 deadlock with the Reading Bulldogs at Morton Field.....
Bruce Tillman for www.andrechiefs.com & intercityleaguebaseball.com



Wednesday, June 22
Clegg and Chiefs Overtake Blue Sox in 6-3 Final at Maplewood

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Mitchell Clegg

Malden, MA- Mitchell Clegg overcame a arduous begining, allowing two runs and five hits over the first two innings, before throwing four straight scoreless frames of one hit baseball to allow the Chiefs to rally past the Lexington Blue Sox 6-3 on Wednesday night at Maplewood. With their eighth win in the last nine games, the now 9-2 Chiefs maintain sole possession of first place in the ICL.

Both Clegg and Blue Sox starter Aidan Freeburg tossed blanks in the first inning before Lexington took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Dorian Rojas deposited the first pitch he saw from Clegg over the right-centerfield fence for a 1-0 lead. Singles by Kevin Davis and Alex Voitik, sandwiched around a walk to Tom Russo, loaded the bases with nobody out. Josh Hassel then hit a long sacrifice fly to left, scoring Davis and putting the Sox up by two. Clegg got the inning's second out when he struck out Jeff Vigurs. Ross Curley was next and he hit a fielder's choice grounder into the shortstop hole on which Voitik beat Steve Gambale's throw to second to re-load the bases. Clegg got a big out and kept the deficit at two runs when Justin Silvestro hit a sharp grounder to Mike Barbati at second.

The Chiefs cut the margin in half in to 2-1 the bottom of the second when Jordan Pallazola led off the inning with his second homer of the season to center.

After Clegg breezed through the top of the third his mates took advantage of some uncharacteristicly generous Lexington defense to take the lead in bottom of the inning. Singles by Mike Burgoyne and Gambale along with two Blue Sox infield errors handed the Chiefs a couple of runs and a 3-2 lead.  

Clegg retired the side in order in the top of fourth. Singles from Barbati and Gambale, two more Lexington errors, and a triple from Danny DiMare, accounted for three more runs and 6-2 Chiefs' lead at the end of four.

Clegg and Lexington reliever Alsis Herrera kept it a 6-2 score as the game moved to the top of the seventh.

Nate Witkowski turned in the defensive gem of the night when he gloved a Ryan McCarthy missle to shortstop and threw him out at first leading off the seventh. Jeff Vigurs followed and singled to center before Clegg put the Sox down to their last out when he got Curley to fly to Serino in center. Lexington would not go easy as Silvestro drilled a triple into the rightfield corner, scoring Vigurs, to cut the lead to 6-3. Anthony Sullivan came out of the Chiefs' bullpen and walked Julian Alvarez on a close full count pitch, and then Rojas, to load the bases and bring Davis to the plate representing the go-ahead run. The former Bates standout ran the count to 2-2 before Sullivan struck him out swinging with a fastball to seal the win.

Clegg (2-0) struck out three and allowed seven hits, only two after the second inning. The Former Washington Nationals' left-hander threw 97 pitches, 65 for strikes, in his 6.2 innings. Freeberg (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season.



Tuesday, June 21
Royals Snap Chiefs' Winning Streak at Seven, Take 6-2 Win at Trum

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Somerville, MA- Kevin Sinatra, Wyatt Stanley and Cal Carroll held the offense to just four hits, and their infield turned three doubleplays, in a 6-2 Royals win on Tuesday night at Trum Field. In the process Somerville snapped the Chiefs' lCL best winning streak at seven games. 

The Royals struck for three runs in the bottom of the second off starter Mike DiCato. Singles from Adam Johnson, Paul Pollano and Sean McPhee, along with a Wagner Gomez gap shot triple to left-centerfield, gave them a 3-0 lead.

The Chiefs answered with their only two runs of the night in the top of the third. Steve Gambale singled to right-center, and after Mike Barbati bounced back to Sinatra and Mike Burgoyne struck out, Tony Serino doubled into the leftfield corner, scoring Gambale, to make it a 3-1 game. Sinatra issued then issued three consecutive walks to Danny DiMare, Billy Mottram, and Peter Copa, forcing in a run, but the Chiefs drew no closer than 3-2 when Mike Andre flew to right, ending the inning.

The Royals had an answer with two more runs of their own in the bottom of the third to re-take a three run lead at 5-2. Player-Manager Jim McConville led off with a double off the leftfield fence. Catcher George Crowley followed and made it 4-2 with single to center. Crowley stole second and went to third when the throw went into centerfield. He came around to score on Johnson's second single of the night, giving the Royals a 5-2 lead.

The Chiefs had some chances to draw closer. Jordan Pallazola led off the fourth with a walk but Sinatra got Gambale to bounce into a doubleplay. Mike Barbati worked the second walk of the inning but Sinatra caught Burgoyne looking to end the frame. They loaded the bases with one out in the fifth when Danny DiMare beat out a bunt single and Mottram and Copa drew consecutive walks. Lefty Wyatt Stanley spelled Sinatra on the mound and kept the lead intact when he struck out both Andre and Pallazola in succession. One more chance went by the boards in the top of the sixth when Gambale singled but was erased when Stanley got Barbati to ground into a 6-4-3 doubleplay. The Chiefs got another two out runner on base in the inning when Stanley walked Burgoyne but it stayed 5-2 when he got Serino on a pop-up and DiMare on a groundout.

Somerville got another run in the bottom of the sixth. B.J. Neil led off with a single and scored on Luke Ronchi's RBI double to make the score 6-2. When McConville and Crowley both walked to load the bases, Sam Kasten came on for DiCato and got Rob Caggiano to pop to Copa, keeping it a four run lead.

Cal Carroll worked a scoreless seventh and Somerville came away with the win to even their record at 4-4 while the Chiefs fell to 8-2.

Sinatra (1-2) worked the first 4.1 innings, gave up three hits and struck out four. Stanley went 1.2 innings and allowed only a bunt single, while Carroll worked a hitless seventh. DiCato (1-1) worked 5.2 innings and gave up eleven hits. The righty struck out four and walked three.

Chiefs Chatter....The Chiefs host the Lexington Blue Sox on Wednesday night at Maplewood at 8:15 PM....DiCato became only the fourth Chiefs' pitcher to reach 400 innings. His 403 innings pitched puts him behind only Dave Marsters (1,028), Ari Koufos (615) and Jared Freni (519) in that category. The righty is third all-time in appearances with 92, trailing only Marsters (204) and Koufos (120)....

 



Monday, June 20
Freni Two-Hitter (12 K's) Adds Up to 4-0 Win vs Wakefield

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Malden, MA- Ace right-hander Jared Freni tossed an overpowering two-hitter, striking out a dozen batters, in a 4-0 Chiefs win over the Wakefield Merchants at Maplewood on Monday night. It was their seventh straight win and upped the ICL's early season front-runners' record to 8-1.

The hosts handed Freni all the runs he would need in the bottom of the first inning, courtesy of veterans Peter Copa and Mike Andre. Tony Serino drew a leadoff walk and Danny DiMare reached on an error by Wakefield starter Joe Westerman of Merrimack College. The Chiefs played some early small ball when Ryan Sonberg moved both runners into scoring position with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt. Copa made that move pay immediate dividends when he bounced a Maplewood turf single over Mike Sorrentino's head at third, scoring Serino, for a 1-0 lead. Andre quickly made it 2-0 with a line single to left scoring DiMare with the second run. Westerman got out of the inning with just the two runs when he got Jordan Pallazolla to bounce into a 5-3, Sorrentino unassisted to Dan Monagle, doubleplay.

Freni breezed thru a 1-2-3 second inning, that included two K's, and the Chiefs' lead went to 3-0 in the bottom of the inning. Steve Gambale got things underway with a leadoff single, and more small ball ensued when Mike Barbati sacrificed him to second. Westerman then got Mike Burgoyne to pop up for the first out. Serino beat out an infield single and when Westerman threw high to first, Gambale came around to score the third run of the night.

Freni walked catcher Joe Barry to open the top of the third but retired the next three batters he faced on an infield grounder, a fly to Burgoyne in left, and a pop up to Barbati at second base.

Andre and Pallazolla drew two out walks in the bottom of the third before Westerman caught Gambale looking at a third strike to keep it 3-0 heading for the fourth.

Freni had his most impressive inning of the game in the Merchants' fourth when he struck out the heart of the Wakefield order (Sorrentino, Napoli & Chris Butler) in succession.

The Chiefs made it a four run game when Barbati led off the bottom of the fourth with a long double to center, moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a passed ball.

Barry broke up Freni's no-hit bid with a clean one out single in the fifth before he struck out both Lou Tarrantino and Mark Poli, ending the inning.

After an uneventful fifth inning, Freni retired the Wakefield side in order in the top of the sixth.Westerman issued two out walks to Serino and DiMare in the home a half of the inning prior to getting pinch-hitter Billy Mottram on a called third strike.

The Merchants got their second hit of the night when Monagle tripled into the right-centerfield gap with two away in the seventh before Freni closed them out with his twelfth strikeout. 

Chiefs Chatter.....Freni joined ICL Hall of Famer Dave Martsers as the second Chiefs' pitcher to reach 700 career strikeouts. He reached the plateau in the third inning and finished the night with 708 career K's, trailing only Marsters, who has 778....Andre moved into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time career RBI list when he drove in his 187th run in the first inning. The Chiefs' veteran passed the late Hank Landers and is behind only ICL Hall of Famers' Justin Crisafulli, Mike Langston, Mike Barnes, Warren Olson and Steve Daley in that category.....A visit to Trum Field in Someville is next up for the Chiefs on Tuesday night before they return home to meet the Lexington Blue Sox on Wednesday night. Both upcoming games will start at 8:15 PM........
-Bruce Tillman, Courtesy Photo-Jim Valante, Box Score at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com



Sunday, June 19
Chiefs Go to 7-1 with 10-3 Win Over Wakefield

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Sammy Wishnow had 3rd Inning Single

Lexington, MA- Steve Gambale had three singles, and Tony Serino, Mike Burgoyne, Danny DiMare, Peter Copa and Mike DiCato, added a couple of hits each to lead the Chiefs offense to a 10-3 win over the Wakefield Merchants in the annual Jerie DeAngelis Day of Baseball that was played in Lexington on Saturday.

Veteran lefty Tim Dunphy recorded his second straight complete game win while raising his record to 2-0 on the season. Dunphy struck out one, walked one, and allowed nine hits in a economical 70 pitch outing.

DiMare drove in three of the Chiefs runs while Copa and DiCato plated two each. Burgoyne, Jordan Pallazola and Mike Andre, had the other Chiefs' RBI's. Sammy Wishnow completed the Chiefs' ledger with a third inning single in his first start of the season. Scott Searles and Josh Band led Wakefield with two hits each.

For the league leading Chiefs, it was their sixth straight win and the seventh win in eight games so far this season.

Wakefield visits Maplewood in a rematch on Monday night at 8:15 PM.

B.Hack Stats/Pointstreak.com/B.Tillman Text



Friday, June 17
Chiefs Win Fifth Straight, Beat Trojans in Arlington 10-4

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Anthony Sullivan had encouraging return

Arlington, MA- Rookie right-hander Anthony DeSouza made the first start of his ICL career and allowed just three hits in five innings when the Chiefs took their fifth straight win, 10-4 over the Arlington Trojans on Friday night. For DeSouza, it was his second win of the week. He recorded a win on Monday night with two innings of relief against the Melrose Americans.

DeSouza and Arlington lefty Andrew Hamel tossed blanks over the first two innings before the Chiefs came up with three runs on just two hits in the top of the third. Mike DiCato reached on an error, Tony Serino walked, and Mike Burgoyne singled to load the bases. Danny DiMare stayed red hot at the plate and singled off Hamel's glove to score DiCato for a 1-0 Chiefs lead. With the bases still loaded, the Chiefs were handed two gift runs when Trojan catcher Ben Johnson threw a pickoff attempt into rightfield allowing Serino and Burgoyne to score and make it 3-0.

Arlington got to DeSouza for the only run they would get off the former Malden Catholic ace in the bottom of the third. Hunter Sleeoer drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a close play at the plate after consecutive singles from Ryan Hood and Johnston.

It stayed a 3-1 game until the Chiefs broke things open with a seven run top of the fifth. They sent thirteen men to the plate and recorded seven consecutive hits in the inning and eight overall. After Burgoyne grounded out, Hamel hit DiMare with a pitch. Peter Copa then started the streak of eight straight hits with a double. Mike Andre was next and lined an RBI single, followed by a Jordan Pallozola double, singles from Steve Gambale and DiCato, a Billy Mottram double, and when Serino singled it was quickly 9-1. The streak came to an end at eight straight hits, but still produced a run and a 10-1 margin, when Burgoyne hit a long sacrifice fly to center. 

DeSouza concluded his night by getting the Arlington side in order in the bottom of the fifth and Nick Pascucci did the same to the Chiefs in the top of the sixth.

The most encouraging performance of the night for the Chiefs came in the bottom of the sixth when Anthony Sullivan made a return to the mound for the first time since pitching professionally in 2011. Sullivan, displaying excellent velocity on his fastball, struck out the first two batters he faced before getting a ground ball out.

The Trojans scored three unearend runs via a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh off Sam Kasten, who gave up two walks and a hit before recording a game ending strikeout.

DeSouza, now 2-0, struck out one and walked one as well as making a nice fielding play in the bottom of the third.

CHIEFS CHATTER.....Sullivan was an all-scholastic at Arlington High before going on to a stellar career at St. John's University in New York. He was drafted in the 19th Round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Angels. He appeared in 106 games in the pro ranks, primarily used as closer, and recorded 138 K's in 145.1 innings over six professional seasons before being side tracked by Tommy John surgery.... Gambale made his first start at shortstop for the Chiefs since the 2003 season. He responded with a single and two RBI's....Friday night's win marked the 1,000th game of Chuck Andre's managerial career.... The Chiefs meet the Merchants on Saturday morning at 11:00 AM in the first game of the Jerie DeAngelis Day of Baseball in Lexington....

 

 

 



Thursday, June 16
Clegg Pitches Chiefs to 3-2 Win Over Arlington

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Mike Burgoyne had a Single & Triple

Malden, MA- Cooperstown is not asking for the tape of this one. Neither is anyone else.

On a Wednesday night when both teams could have easily been suspected of inebriated baserunning, the Chiefs held on for a 3-2 win at Maplewood over old friend Evan Walsh and the Arlington Trojans, mainly due the left arm of Mitchell Clegg. 

The Chiefs scored single runs in the first, third, and sixth innings, to take a three run advantage into the top of the seventh, before holding on for the win.

After Clegg set the Trojans down in order in the top of the first, the hosts took a 1-0 lead when Serino drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on Danny DiMare's infield grounder, and scored on Ryan Sonberg's RBI single.

The lead went to 2-0 in the bottom of the third when Mike Andre drove home Sonberg with an RBI single.

The Chiefs got what proved to be a big insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Mike Burgoyne tripled into the leftfield corner and scored on DiMare's two out RBI single to left.

While the Chiefs were building their 3-0 lead, Clegg was immense on the mound cruising through four 1-2-3 innings and allowing just two hits, both to Mark Webber, the first with one out in the fourth and the second with two outs in the top of the sixth.

The lead should have been much more as the Chiefs had three runners thrown out at second or third, one caught in a run down, and yet another picked off, as well as leaving seven others stranded.

Things became interesting and it appeared that the Chiefs basepath miscues would come back to haunt them in the top of the seventh. Rookie Sam Kasten from Mulhenberg College came on to start the inning for Clegg. Catcher Steve Lavasseur greeted him with a line single to right and when Justin Damarco drew a walk, the Trojans were suddenly in business with two on and nobody out. Kasten got the big first out when he struck out pinch-hitter Nolan Brennan, but he put the tying run on base when he walked Ryan Hood. Brother Kyle Hood was next and he bounced back to Kasten who threw home to Jordan Pallazola, forcing Lavasseur at the plate, for the second out. Mike Bridges was next and he bounced to Sonberg at third who made the play but threw the ball away, allowing both Demarco and Ryan Hood to score. Questionable baserunning fittingly ended the night when Copa retrieved the overthrow and threw out Kyle trying to advance to third.

Clegg (1-0), picked up his first win of the season striking out seven while Kasten picked up the rocky save.

Walsh, who was a reliever for the Chiefs in 2014 and 2015, took the loss and fell to 0-2. The Bentley University lefty surrendered two runs on seven hits in five innings before giving way to Graham Stack, who allowed a run and two hits in the sixth. Neither Trojan pitcher recorded a strikeout in the game.

The Chiefs are off on Thursday and will visit the Trojans in a rematch on Friday night at 7:00 PM at Summer Street Field in Arlington. They will then do a quick turnaround and come right back to play the Wakefield Merchants on Saturday morning at 11:00 AM in the ICL's annual Jerie DeAngelis Day of Baseball in Lexington. 
Game Story-Bruce Hack, Photos-Stephen Hartwell,
Boxscore at www.intercityleaguebase.com



Tuesday, June 14
Chiefs Erase 4-0 Lead, Take 17-5 Win at Maplewood

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Rookie Anthony DeSouza Got First ICL Win

Malden, MA- Jared Freni and the Chiefs spotted the Melrose Americans a 4-0 first inning lead before scoring 17 unanswered runs on the way to a 17-5 win at Maplewood on Monday night.

Freni and reliever Anthony DeSouza were dominant from the second inning on, striking out a combined 15 hitters, and allowing just one hit in innings two thru six until the Americans scored a run on a couple of hits after two were out in the top of the seventh.

The Americans struck quickly in the top of the first for four runs on a bunt single, two infield hits, two walks, and a two out, two RBI single from Harrison Engstrom.

The Chiefs cut the lead in half at 4-2 in the bottom of the second when Jordan Pallazola led off with the first homer of his ICL career and Danny DiMare drove in Ryan Sonberg with an RBI single.

It stayed 4-2 into the bottom of the fifth when the Chiefs inched to within a run on back to back doubles from Pallazola and Sonberg.

The Chiefs sent 19 men to the plate in the bottom of the sixth, scored 14 runs, had eight hits against four pitchers, and took advantage of a few defensive miscues, to take a 17-4 lead into the seventh.

The Americans scored their final run after two were out in the seventh on an Anthony Licciardello double and a Mike Addesa RBI single. The Chiefs offense finished the night with 14 hits, including three each from Pallazola, DiMare, and Mike Burgoyne. 

Freni was lights out after the first inning allowing only a leadoff double by Addesa in the third. He struck out ten in his five innings of work. 

DeSouza (1-0) was equally impressive and got the win in his first ICL appearance. The former Malden Catholic ace, who is bound for URI in the fall, worked two innings, had five strikeouts, and allowed just the two hits in the seventh.

Rookie lefty Kyle Atillio from Saugus, MA got the start for the Americans and fared well in his debut, pitching into the fourth inning before departing with a 4-2 lead. Dylan Gaita, who took the loss, Engstrom, Shawn Smeglin, and Mike Peters, all worked out of the bullpen for Melrose.


Chiefs Chatter.....
With the win the Chiefs go to 4-1 on the young season. They are off on Tuesday and return to Maplewood on Wednesday for an 8:15 PM date with the Arlington Trojans. Lefthander Mitchell Clegg is expected to get the start.....Rookie catcher Cal Christofori from Belmont, MA saw his first ICL action when he caught the seventh inning....Peter Copa and Sonberg added two hits each in the game....
Bruce Tillman & .400hitter, Box Score at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com



Saturday, June 11
Chiefs Rally Past Reading at Endicott. 5-3

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Danny DMare had 2 Hits & 2 RBI's

Beverly, MA- The Chiefs rode the "bend but don't break" double digit hit pitching of Tim Dunphy, then rallied back from a 2-0 fifth inning deficit, in large part due to Danny DiMare, and came away from Endicott College with a gutsy 5-3 victory over the Reading Bulldogs late Friday night. It was their second road win in as many nights as they knocked off the Blue Sox in Lexington on Thursday 6-2. They complete the first week of the season at 3-1.

The Bulldogs never make it easy, especially at home, and this night proved to be no different as John Halsey's boys jumped out to a 2-0 second inning lead.

The Chiefs squandered a big scoring chance in the top of the second when Mike Andre led off with a walk and Ryan Sonberg drilled a double to center. With Chiefs' runners on second and third and nobody out, Reading starter Mike Curtis struck out Jordan Pallazola, Mike Barbati, and Mike Burgoyne, in order, to end the inning.

The Chiefs missed another big scoring opportunity an inning later. Tony Serino drew a leadoff walk before DiMare flew to right for the first out. Billy Mottram then singled and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Curtis escaped this jam by getting Peter Copa to pop to short and then Andre to line out to right.

Still trailing 2-0, DiMare led off the Chiefs' fifth inning with a triple to right-center. Mottram cut the lead in half when he easily plated him with a sacrifice fly to left to make it a 2-1 game.

Cody Hall spelled Curtis on the mound to begin the top of the sixth and helped the Chiefs' cause by issuing consecutive walks to Sonberg and Pallazola. Barbati then sacrifice bunted the runners to second and third. The Chiefs finally pulled even at 2-2 when a Burgoyne single scored Sonberg. Hall struck out Serino for the second out as Burgoyne stole second. DiMare then delivered the biggest hit thus far in his two year ICL career when he lined a two RBI single to right for a 4-2 lead.

The Bulldogs cut the lead to 4-3 with one away in their half of the sixth when Hank Oringer singled, stole second, and scored on Zac Talis' RBI single. Everyone was safe when Dunphy bobbled Nick Berno's bunt and Mike Taylor drew a walk to load the bases. The Chiefs escaped the bases loaded jam when they turned a Mottram to Barbati to Copa doubleplay, off the bat of John Hayes, that ended the inning.

A Copa double just inside the left-field line and singles from Andre and Pallazola produced an insurance run and a 5-3 lead. Dunphy secured the win in the bottom of the seventh, allowing only a two out infield single to Darren Hartwell, before getting Jordan Roper on a grounder to Mottram to end the game. The veteran lefty ended up giving up ten hits. He struck out three and walked one.

CHIEFS CHATTER- Next up at Maplewood on Monday night are the Melrose Americans at 8:00 PM....The Chiefs got their leadoff hitter aboard in all seven innings.....The annual ICL raffle and Chinese Food Buffet Dinner is Friday, June 24 in Woburn, MA....

Game Story
Game Statistics- Anthony Zeolie
Box Score at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com



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Veteran RHP Mike DiCato
Thursday, June 9
DiCato Complete Game Leads Chiefs to 6-2 Win in Lexington

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Manager Chuck Andre Got 600th Win

Lexington, MA- Veteran right-hander Mike DiCato went the distance, scattering seven hits, when the Chiefs got a big early season road win in a 6-2 victory over the Blue Sox on Thursday night. With the win, the Chiefs and DiCato, who made his first appearnce eleven seasons ago in 2006, handed Manager Chuck Andre his 600th career win.

Lexington southpaw Jimmy Hill made quick work of the Chiefs in the top of the first and DiCato set the tone for the evening when he pitched out of a tight spot in the bottom of the inning. Ryan McCarthy and Ross Curley opened up the night with back to back singles to put runners on the corners with nobody out. DiCato got out of the jam unscathed when he got both Justin Silvestro and Julian Alvarez to both pop up and then struck out Tom Russo.

It was six Chiefs up and six Chiefs down in the top of the second when Hill cruised through another 1-2-3 inning.

The Blue Sox took a 1-0 lead after two were out in their half of the second when Jansiel Rivera drew a walk, stole second, and scored on Alex Voitik's RBI single to right.

The Chiefs came right back to take a 2-1 lead in top of the third. Nate Witkowski led things off with a single and moved to second on Mike Barbati's infield grounder. Hill issued Mike Burgoyne a four pitch walk before Danny DiMare laced a double to left-center, scoring Witkowski and sending Burgoyne to third, to tie the game at 1-1. Steve Gambale was next and he gave the Chiefs the lead when he plated Burgoyne with an RBI groundout to Curley at shortstop. Hill got Billy Mottram on a towering infield pop up to close the inning.

Curley led off the Blue Sox third with his second straight single. DiCato got Silvestro to lineout to DiMare in right before Barbati turned in a 4-unassisted-3 doubleplay off the bat of Alvarez.

Hill got the Chiefs in order for the third time in four innings in the top of the fourth before the Blue Sox knotted things up in the bottom of the inning on two Chiefs infield throwing errors and a Rivera RBI single. The Chiefs kept it a 2-2 game when they chalked up their second consecutive inning ending doubleplay, this time of the 1-6-3, (DiCato to Witkowski to Peter Copa) variety. The Chiefs took the lead for good in the top of the fifth when the torrid Witkowski led things off with a double to right. Barbati then advanced Witkowski to third with a grounder to the right side before Burgoyne delivered what proved to be the game winner with an RBI single to right.

Curley's third consecutive single of the game was all the Sox could muster against DiCato in the bottom of the fifth before the Chiefs opened up some breathing room by scoring three times in the top of the sixth against reliever C.J. Doskocil, who came on for Hill to start the frame. Ryan Sonberg, pinch hitting for Gambale, led off the inning with a line single to left-center. The Chiefs were in business with runners on second and third with nobody out when Mottram drilled a line single to right and went to second on the throw to third trying to get Sonberg. Copa then delivered the biggest hit of the night when he drilled a 2-2 pitch into the left-centerfield gap for a two run double and a 5-2 Chiefs' lead. Mike Andre followed and flew to deep right allowing Copa to tag and move to third. Catcher Jordan Pallazola was next and he scored Copa with a single up the middle for the Chiefs' sixth run.

The Blue Sox appeared to have a threat brewing in the bottom of the sixth when Tom Russo drew a leadoff walk and Kevin Davis blooped an opposite field, one out single, just inside the leftfield line. The threat went by the boards when the Chiefs turned their third inning ending doubleplay of the game when Rivera hit a grounder to Barbati who flipped to Witkowski and then on to Copa, sending the game to the seventh with the four run lead intact.

Mottam's second single of the night gave the Chiefs a baserunner in the top of the seventh but Borja Jones-Berasaluce got Copa swinging to retire the side. DiCato got the Blue Sox side in order in the bottom of the seventh when Voitik grounded out, pinch hitter Matt Bender lined out to Barbati and Curley flew to DiMare in right to seal the win.

CHIEFS CHATTER......Mike DiCato needed 95 pitches, of which 60 were strikes, to compete his 29th career win. He has made 90 mound appearnaces for the Chiefs....The Chiefs presented Chuck Andre with the game ball in a post game ceremony......Former Chief third baseman/shortstop Mike Pagliarulo addressed the team prior to the game. Paglarulo went on to play eleven major league seasons, including six as the New York Yankees starting third baseman. He enjoyed his best year for the pinstripes in 1987 when he hit 32 homers and knocked in 87 runs. Pags also had stints with the San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins, who he won a World Series with in 1991. He had 134 career MLB homers in 1,246 games....The Chiefs stay on the road on Friday when they travel to Endicott College in Beverly, MA to meet the Reading Bulldogs at 8:00 PM....
Game Story by Bruce Tillman
Statistics from Bruce Hack & Pointstreak.com
Box Score at www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=359856

 



Thursday, June 9
Reading Takes 8-7 Win in Extra innings

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Mike Andre had 2 hits and sent game to extra inings

Malden, MA- It was game two of the regular season but you would have had trouble convincing the Bulldogs and Chiefs that it wasn't the middle of August. In a game that featured three run comebacks by both teams, crucial doubleplays, a reversal of an apparent Chiefs' walk-off win, and a multitude of missed chances by both sides, Reading finally prevailed in a marathon nine inning affair on Wednesday night at Maplewood.

Reading missed a big scoring opportunity in the top of the first when Mitchell Clegg got Hank Oringer to line into a Mike Barbati to Nate Witkowski double-play with runners on the corners. The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning when Tony Serino walked and went to second when Mike Burgoyne's fly ball was dropped. Ryan Sonberg then moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt on which Jordan Roper made the defensive play of the night to throw him out at first by a step. Peter Copa's RBI groundout then scored Serino with the Chiefs' first run. With Mike Andre at the plate, Burgoyne was tagged out trying to score on Max Mardany's wild pitch.

Clegg retired the Reading side in the top of the second and the Chiefs then opened up a three run lead and looked poised to blow things open until the second line drive double-play of the night cut the uprising short. Five consecutive singles from Andre, Jordan Pallazola, Witkowski, Barbati and Danny DiMare gave the Chiefs a 3-0 lead and had them set with the bases loaded and nobody out. Serino then hit a screeching liner right at Roper at third who made the grab and scrambled back to the bag to double up Witkowski. Mardany escaped further damage when he got Burgoyne to line out.

It stayed three-zip until the Bulldogs broke through and picked up a run off Clegg in the top of the fourth on an Oringer single and a long Zac Talis double. Reading picked up five more runs in the top of the fifth to take a 6-3 lead and chase Clegg, who gave way to Rookie Sam Kasten. A hit batsman, two stolen bases, a Chiefs throwing error by Pallazola on a stolen base, and singles from Darren Hartwell, Nick Berno and Mike Taylor, sandwiched around a Roper gap shot double accounted for the runs.

Kasten, settled in nicley and struck out the Reading side in order in the top of the sixth. After two hard outs off the bats of Andre (liner to left) and Pallazola (sharp groundout to short) the Chiefs inched a run closer to 6-4 when Witkowski lined his first homer of the season to center. The Chiefs weren't finished as Barbati drew a walk and DiMare singled off reliever Corbin Hyde but he struck out Serino to end the threat.

Kasten had his second straight impressive inning in the top of the seventh and the dramatics abounded in the bottom of the inning. With one out in the book, Sonberg and Copa cut the lead to 6-5 on back to back doubles. Andre was next and battled Cody Hall to a 2-2 count before he lined a single to right-center, scoring veteran Steve Gamble who had come on to pinch run for Copa, to knot the game at six each. Mike DiCato, suddenly representing the winning run, came on to pinch run for Andre. The Chiefs couldn't push across the game winner, after DiCato moved into scoring position by stealing second, when Pallazola struck out swinging and Witkowski grounded out.

The Bulldogs took the lead again at 7-6 in the top of the eighth when Hartwell singled, stole second, and scored on a Roper single to left. More dramatics and what initially appeared to be a Chiefs' walk off win was reversed in the bottom of the inning. Barbati got things going with a leadoff single and DiMare sacrificed him to second. After Serino struck out for the second out, Burgoyne drilled a liner down the left field line that scored Barbati to tie things up again at 7-7. When Reading leftfielder Cam Farnham attempted to field the ball he knocked it deep into the leftfield corner and Burgoyne never stopped running and slid across the plate with the apparent winning run as the Chiefs' dugout emptied in celebration. The celebration was brief when umpires Jeff & Don January conferred at length and correctly ruled, according to the ground rules, that the ball was dead as soon as it left the field of play even though Farnham's misplay caused it to bounce into the out of play area. Burgoyne was sent back to second with a ground rule double. The game moved to the ninth when Jack Burke retired Sonberg on a sharp grounder to shortstop Rosario Missilli.

Reading quickly took advantage of their second chance for a road win as Oringer singled off Kasten. Kasten didn't help his own cause when he tried to pick Oringer off first but threw low to the bag for an error sending him to second with the potential go ahead run. Oringer became exactly that when Missilli lined a hard and high infield single off Gambale's glove, who had come on to play third after pinch running in the seventh, to put the visitors back up 8-7. Kasten kept it a one run game by getting Taylor on a groundout and striking out Farnham.

More dramatics were in store for the bottom of the ninth as the Chiefs took another shot at game winning comeback. Gambale got things underway by working a four pitch walk. DiCato, who was now hitting in Andre's spot in the lineup, had a couple of sacrifice bunt attempts before going down swinging. Pallazola was then hit with a pitch to put runners on first and second before Burke caught Witkowski looking for the second out. Things got amped up even more when both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Anthony Sullivan came on to run for Pallazola, representing the winning run, before Burke put an end to the night's festivities by striking out Barbati swinging.

CHIEFS CHATTER- Kasten was impressive in his ICL debut. The rookie righty from Muhlenberg College and Manchester, NH struck out eight in five innings and allowed just two earned runs.....The Chiefs embark on a two game roadtrip on Thursday night in Lexington. On Friday, a rematch is on the agenda with the Bulldogs at Endicott College. Both games will start at 8:00 PM.....Sullivan's pinch running appearance was the first of his ICL career.....
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Game Story by Bruce Tillman. Photos-Jim Vallente




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Rookie Sam Kasten had 8 K's in ICL debut

Monday, June 6
Freni & Chiefs Blank Royals 5-0 in Season Opener

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Tony Serino had 2 hits and an RBI in Opener

Malden, MA- Jared Freni went the first five innings to pick up the win when the Chiefs blanked the Somerville Royals 5-0 at Maplewood Park on Monday night.

Freni scattered just three hits and struck out ten batters in the season opener. Lefty Tim Dunphy and right-hander Mike DiCato kept the shutout intact by each throwing a shutout inning in the sixth and seventh respectively.

The Chiefs jumped on Somerville southpaw Kevin Sinatra and took a 4-0 lead in the home half of the second. Rookie catcher Jordan Pallazola got things going when he recorded his first ICL hit and went to second when the Royals' outfield lost the ball in the twilight sky. Shortstop Nate Witkowski followed with a single, scoring Pallazola, to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. The Chiefs' used back to back triples from Mike Barbati and Danny DiMare to jump the lead to 3-0. A Tony Serino infield groundout then plated DiMare for the Chiefs fourth run of the inning.

The Chiefs the final run of the night came in the bottom of the third but they threatened for more. Peter Copa bounced a single up the middle and Mike Andre drew a walk. Pallazola followed and moved Copa and Andre up to second and third with an infield grounder to the right side. Witkowski and Barbati then worked consecutive walks that made it 5-0 and chased Sinatra from the mound in favor of Franklin Pierce righty Ryan Covelle. Covelle kept it a five run game when he got DiMare to bounce into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

Freni was dominant in his first start of the year and struck out the side both the third and fifth innings before giving way to Dunphy and then DiCato. Dunphy, who had a strikeout of his own in the sixth, surrendered a leadoff single to Jake Cintolo before the Chiefs turned a Copa to Witkowski to Copa 3-6-3 doubleplay. DiCato also looked sharp and struck out two batters in the top of seventh.

Chiefs Notebook....Freni threw a no-hitter in the 2015 season opener against Reading at Endicott College on June 2. With tonight's win, Freni raises his career ICL record to 58-10.....Steve Gambale made his return to Chiefs for the first time since the 2003 season. The former Medford High and University of Maine standout last appeared for the club as their starting shortstop way back in 2003. He has been tuning up this spring by getting some at bats with the Senior League Somerville Senators.....The win was the 599th of Manager Chuck Andre's career.....The Chiefs added some pitching depth today when they picked up former California Angels 19th Round draftee Anthony Sullivan. Sullivan, who had a standout college career at St. John University in the Big East, last pitched for the Worcester Tornadoes in the Can-Am League.....The Chiefs are expected to send former Washington Nationals left-hander Mitchell Clegg to the bump when they host the Reading Bulldogs on Wednesday night at Maplewood at 8:15 PM...... 

Tonight's Box Score at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com
Game Story by Bruce Tillman for the Chiefs & Intercity League Baseball

 

 



Friday, May 6
Chiefs Open Monday vs Somerville at Maplewood at 8:15

Malden, MA- The Chiefs will open their 2016 Intercity League regular season on Monday night when they host the Somerville Royals at Maplewood Park on the campus of Malden Catholic at 8:15 PM.

The Chiefs have a busy first week of the season. On Wednesday they will host the Reading Bulldogs at Maplewood at 8:15 PM before begining a two game road trip on Thursday when they travel to Lexington to meet the Blue Sox in a rematch of the last five championship series. They conclude the week on Friday when they head to Endicott College in Beverly to visit the Reading Bulldogs at 8:00 PM.

Click on 2016 Schedule & Results to see the Chiefs' complete schedule.

The entire 2016 Intercity League schedule is posted on the league's website www.intercityleaguebaseball.com. 



Chiefs Prepare for 2016 Season- Franchise Facts and Figures

Andre Chiefs

General Manager/President: Chuck Andre
Phone: 617-312-7156
Website: www.andrechiefs.com
Email: AndreChiefs@aol.com
Home Fields: Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic) Malden, MA
South Broadway Park (Malden Catholic) Malden, MA
Huskins Field, (Tufts University) Medford, MA
Team Colors: Cardinal, Vegas Gold & White

Manager: Chuck Andre (26th Year)
Coach: Anthony Durkee (8th Year)
Coach: Steve Calabresi (6th Year)
Coach: John Veneziano (5th Year)
Mailing Address:
12 High St, Medford MA 02155


The FranchiseThe Chiefs franchise carries a winning percentage of almost .700 over the 2,600 games they have played over seven decades. In 1966, the Chiefs were named as the top semi-professional team in America. Since 1957, they have had only five managers, Ernie Ardolino (1957-1960), Lenny Dempsey (1961-1967), Joe O’Donnell (1968-1981), Bob DeFelice (1982-1984) and current manager Chuck Andre 1989-present. The franchise was named as the “Team of the Decade” for the 1960’s, 1970’s & 1990’s.

The 2016 Coaching Staff
Chuck Andre-Manager (Boston College) completed his 25th year at the helm in 2015. Andre, who has a career managerial record of 598-327-68, has piloted the club to 23 playoff appearances, eight regular season pennants, and six Intercity League Championships. He begins the 2016 season two wins shy of his 600th career victory. A former right-handed pitcher, Andre played for the Chiefs in the 1970’s & 1980’s. He has missed the ICL postseason just twice as a player or manager in 31 seasons. He was inducted into the Medford High School Hall of Fame in 1995.

Steve Calabresi- Coach (UMass-Boston) Longtime Arlington Catholic coach rejoined the Chiefs staff in 2012. Coach Cal was previously with the team from 1989 to 1995. Steve has 47 years of experience in the coaching ranks, including many years as an Assistant Coach for Fran O'Brien at M.I.T. and has been part of five Chiefs’ championships.

John Veneziano- Coach (Westfield State) Veneziano joined the Chiefs Staff for the 2012 season. A former Westfield State standout outfielder, Veneziano played for the Chiefs and was an outfielder on many Chiefs championship teams of the late 1970’s and 1980’s.

Anthony Durkee- Coach (Salem State). Coach Durkee returned to the Chiefs dugout in 2012 after spending a few seasons in Florida. He first came aboard with the Chiefs as a player in 2006. Former standout at Medford High, graduating in 2004.

The Chiefs will be without longtime Assistant Manager Paul Crisafulli for the first time since the 1997 season Paul retired to Maine after the 2015 season..  

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 players, ball boys became major league pitchers, and many became baseball legends. As former manager Joe O’Donnell (1968-1981) said at a Chiefs reunion banquet, “once a Chief, always a Chief.” Still today, Chiefs’ players from decades gone by return to watch their team play. There always seems to be a former Chief or two in the crowd.

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

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

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

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

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 or visit the Chiefs popular website at www.AndreChiefs.com

 



2015


Monday, August 24
Epic Championship Game Three Brings 2015 Season to a Close

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2015 ICL Championship

Melrose, MA – It was the baseball equivalent of Ali vs. Frazier, Hagler vs. Hearns, or Marciano vs. Charles. The Lexington Blue Sox and Andre Chiefs stood toe-to-toe and exchanged blows before the Blue Sox Josue Feliciano delivered the knockout punch in the bottom of the ninth to give the Sox a 16-15 victory and the title.

Both teams appeared to be down and out only to get back up and rally to keep going what will go down as one the greatest playoff games in league history.

Down 15-14 after the Chiefs scored in the top of the ninth, the Blue Sox had one more rally in them finally bringing the season to a close.

Ross Curley led off with a double to center and took third on the overthrow by Chiefs center fielder Tony Serino. With the squeeze play on, Garret Smith bunted down the first line and as Curley crossed the plate with the tying run, Smith was safe when his bunt hit the first base bag and rolled into fair territory. Mike Hart reached on an infield single to put runners on first and second. Dan Graham lifted a fly ball to center and both runners tagged and moved up a base. The Chiefs appealed that Smith had left the base early and the umpire ruled him out for the second out of the inning. The Chiefs intentionally walked Steve Gath and John Puttress worked a walk on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. All of this coming against the Chiefs ace Jared Freni in his third inning of relief work. This set the stage for Feliciano, who bunted for a single to start the Sox seventh inning rally. After swinging at the first pitch, he then bunted the next pitch down the first base line and as Hart raced home with the winning run, Feliciano slid into first to avoid the tag and give the Sox the championship.

No matter how you measure the game, it will go down as an epic battle. Game Three started on Thursday August 20 at 8:36 p.m. After almost three hours of playing, a 29-minute delay occurred when the outfield sprinklers came on. With no way to turn them off, the game was suspended and would be resumed on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Mother Nature intervened and the game was rained out and postponed until Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Finally, 67 hours and 45 minutes after the game began play started again. The teams played three more innings that took an hour and 16 minutes to play. The game took at total of 4:40 to play including the 29-minute delay. From first pitch to last play was a total of 68 hours and one minute, or almost three days.

Besides being epic in time, the teams combined for 31 runs, 40 hits, five doubles, three home runs, 15 walks, 16 strikeouts and the nine moundsmen threw 450 pitches, 281 for strikes. The Chiefs and Sox left a combined 33 runners on base, including the bases loaded seven times. The third and eighth innings were the only ones in which neither team scored and both teams scored in five of the innings. In the 18 innings played, there was only one 1-2-3 inning, the Chiefs fifth authored by Lexington starter Alsis Herrera.

In the first five innings, the teams combined scored 14 runs with Lexington holding a 9-5 lead. In the final four innings, the teams combined to score 17 runs, which included seven runs by the Chiefs in the sixth inning.

That is where we will start this part of the story. With the Blue Sox leading 9-5 and six outs away from victory, it seemed the Chiefs were down and almost out. Someone forget to tell them that as they put together a rally for the ages with eight straight batters reaching base after the frame started with a strikeout. Juan Portes drove in the first run with his fourth hit of the game. Mike Burgoyne had an RBI fielder’s choice and Mike Barbati followed with an RBI single that knotted the game at 9-9. With the bases loaded, a run scored when pitcher Mike DiCato was hit by a pitch. Three Blue Sox errors also contributed to the Chiefs rally, as all of them directly leading to runs.

The Sox kept battling and worked two walks off of Chiefs ace Freni, the last one to Graham that brought in Adie to cut the lead to 12-10.

The game went to the top of the seventh and Johnny Welch had a 2-2 count on him when the sprinklers came on halting the action and leading to the suspension of the game.

Now we move to late Sunday afternoon and play finally resumes. Only to see the Chiefs have to make another move. Witkowski worked a walk and two pitches later came home on Portes fifth hit of the night, a two-run home run to left that give the Chiefs a 14-10 lead.

Now Lexington appeared to be down and facing one of the best pitchers in the league had to score at least four runs to keep playing. An offense that had scored 192 runs in the regular season was up to the task. Feliciano began with a bunt single and went to third on Kevin Davis’ single to right. Adie followed with a single up the middle to score Feliciano and it was 14-11. A pair of ground outs to the Mike Barbati moved the runners up with the second one driving in Davis for a 14-12 score. On an 0-1 count Hart drove a Freni fastball to left that just cleared the leap of Chiefs left fielder Burgoyne for a 2-run home run that tied the score at 14-14.

The Chiefs loaded the bases in the eighth with one out, but could not capitalize. Witkowski was retired on a foul pop up to third baseman Curley and Portes was set down for the first time in the game on a come-backer to Blue Sox hurler Aidan Freeburg, the ninth pitcher of the game.

Freni struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth, but did allow a two out single.

In the top of the ninth, the Chiefs retook the lead for the third time. Burgoyne began with a single to right, stole second base, and Barbati sacrificed him to third. He then scored on Serino’s single to center past a drawn-in infield to make it 15-14. Freeburg struck out the last two batters to give his teammates another shot at coming back.

Now back to the beginning of our story.

The Chiefs struck quickly scoring twice in the top of the first scoring on RBI singles by Welch and Portes. Lexington came right back with a lead-off home run by Adie, his second in as many nights and then a two-run double by Jeff Vigurs to take a 3-2 lead. After Mike Gedman’s RBI double in the top of the second tied the game at 3-3, the Sox responded with three more runs on two sacrifice flies and an RBI single by Curley. Portes drove in two more for the Chiefs with a double in the fourth and Lexington came back with another three spot in the fifth courtesy of Hart’s RBI single, a bases-loaded walk to Dorian Rojas, and an error.

This was the fifth straight finals meeting between these two teams and Lexington now hold a 3-2 lead in that run. The teams have won the last nine league championships.

While the 2015 Intercity League season has come to close and the lights are turned off for the final time the fans will have plenty to talk about over the offseason as they remember the great finish to the 2015 season.

For a complete box score and play-by-play please go to http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/scoreboard.html?leagueid=789.

ICL Championship Notes….. It was ironic that in a game with 40 hits, Josue Feliciano’s bunt, that went less than 90 feet, was the difference. Feliciano returned to Lexington this season after spending the 2013 and 2014 seasons with the Watertown Reds. The veteran outfielder had previously played for many years with the Carlson Club of the Boston Park League. He had started his ICL career with the Blue Sox……The decision to play Sunday’s game was not made until 4:00 PM when league officials Joe Cacciatore and Kevin Loftus inspected the field that was wet due the recent showery rains…..The field was prepared by the Joan Bell led Melrose Park Department, with a big assist coming from Kevin Burgoyne and Orazio Azzarello…..Juan Portes had one of the most productive games in ICL playoff history, going 5 for 6, with a homer and six RBI’s……Jared Freni suffered his first post season loss since August 24, 2011. The Chiefs’ ace right hander had reeled off 12 consecutive playoff wins, including pitching the Chiefs to the championship in the deciding game of both the 2012 and 2014 title series. The former UMass-Amherst standout holds a career 13-2 post season mark and is 57-10 in his ICL career that began for the Chiefs as a rookie back in 2006…..Each team used 18 players in Game Three…..More ICL Championship Coverage will be coming soon…..
Coverage provided by Bruce Hack with contributions from Bruce Tillman, Anthony Greco & www.pointstreak.com


Friday, August 21
Thursday's Game 3 Suspended with Chiefs Leading 12-10 in Top 7th, Friday's Games are Rained Out

Melrose, MA - Due to late hour and the automatic sprinkler system coming on, Thursday's Game Three of the Intercity League Championship Series was suspended at midnight.

The game was halted in the top of seventh inning with the Andre Chiefs leading the Lexington Blue Sox 12-10. The Chiefs had come back from a 9-5 sixth inning deficit and scored seven runs in the inning to take a 12-9 lead. The Blue Sox scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 12-10.
  
Game Three was supposed to resume on Friday but HAS BEEN RAINED OUT. Johnny Welch was at the plate for the Chiefs in the top of the seventh with no outs and a 2-2 count. 

If the Chiefs win Game Three, it would force a Game Four. The revised finals schedule will be posted as soon as it is available.



Thursday, August 20
Lexington Puts Chiefs Backs to the Wall After 14-2 Win in Game Two

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Melrose, MA- The Lexington Blue Sox had 14 hits on the way to lopsided 14-2 win over the Chiefs in Game Two of the Intercity League Championship Series on Wednesday night at Morelli Field.

With the win, the Blue Sox take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of five series with Game Three scheduled at Morelli on Thursday at 8:30 PM.

It went from bad to worse over the first three innings for the Chiefs as Lexington opened a 12-0 lead in the top of the third inning.

Kyle Adie gave an indication of things to come when he led off the game with a solo homer to right off Chiefs’ starter Mike DiCato. The Blue Sox took advantage of some shoddy defense as well three walks, and three more hits, to open the lead to 6-0 in the top of the second inning.

Matt DiCato and Evan Walsh both came on in relief in the top of the third and Lexington scored another six times on six more hits. Walsh finally restored some order in the fourth as the lefty allowed just one run over his 3.1 innings of work. Nate Witkowski gave up the final run in the seventh.

The Chiefs lone bright spot was a long two run homer in the bottom of the fourth off Lexington starter and winner Matt Karis. Karis had a no-hitter until that point in the game. The veteran right-hander struck out five in 5.0 innings. The only other hit he allowed was a pinch-hit single to Mike Burgoyne in the fifth inning. Adam Lucey had the other Chiefs’ hit, a line pinch-hit single to left in the bottom of the seventh inning off reliever Borja Jones-Berasaluce.

Along with his homer, Adie finished the night with three hits and three RBI while Jeff Vigurs also had three hits and three RBI. Mike Hart, Steve Gath, and Dan Graham all chipped in with two hits for Lexington.

Thursday’s Game Three will begin at 8:30 PM due to City of Melrose festivities that are scheduled for earlier in the day.
Bruce Tillman, Anthony Greco & Bruce Hack (Pointstreak.com) contributed to the Game Two coverage.



Wednesday, August 19
Lexington Takes Series Opener 4-2 at Morelli Field

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Championship Series-Game 1

Melrose, MA- Lexington capitalized on their limited opportunities, while the Chiefs didn’t, and that made the difference in Game One of the ICL’s Championship Series, a 4-2 Blue Sox win at steamy Morelli Field on Tuesday evening.

With the win, Lexington takes a 1-0 series lead in the best of five series, with the second game scheduled for Wednesday.

The Blue Sox tallied a couple of runs in both the second and third innings off Chiefs lefty Mitchell Clegg, who certainly kept the defending champions in the game and gave them the chance to come away with an opening game win. It was not to be on this night, as the Chiefs had several solid chances but ended up stranding 10 baserunners, including the tying runs in scoring position in the top of the seventh.

After a scoreless first inning, Lexington took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Veteran shortstop Steve Gath lined a 1-2 pitch to right for leadoff single. Dorian Rojas followed and hit chopper in no man’s land between the mound and third, to give the Sox two aboard with nobody out. Dave Ahern then sacrifice bunted both runners into scoring position. Catcher Alex Voitik followed and delivered the game’s biggest hit when he doubled over the third base bag, scoring Gath and Rojas, and giving Lexington a two run lead. With Voitik standing at second, Clegg retired both Kyle Adie and Ross Curley on outfield fly balls to end the inning.

The Chiefs got a run back in the top of the third off Blue Sox starter Aidan Freeburg. Tony Serino and Billy Mottram both drew walks to start the inning. Freeburg got Juan Portes on an infield popup for a huge first out. The Blue Sox looked to be getting out of the inning unscathed when Johnny Welch hit a hard grounder right at Curley at third. Curley fired to Garrett Smith at second to force Mottram for the second out, but when Smith’s relay to first to double up Welch skipped away, Serino scampered across the plate with the unearned run.

The Blue Sox answered and pushed two runs across in the bottom of the third to increase their lead to 4-1. Smith got things started when he worked a full count walk to open the inning, and when Mike Hart singled to right, the Blue Sox had their first two men on base for the second straight inning. Dan Graham then drilled a single to right, scoring Smith, and sending Hart to third to make it 3-1. Gath was next and plated Hart with a sacrifice fly to right, to open the lead to 4-1.

Clegg and Freeburg both pitched a scoreless fourth inning before the Chiefs cut a run off the lead in the top of the fifth but missed on a big opportunity for more. Nick Leva worked a leadoff walk and was then forced at second on a Serino grounder. Mottram sent Serino to second with a single to right before Freeburg walked Portes with the count full to load the bases. Freeburg then issued his second straight full count walk to Welch, forcing in Serino, to make it a 4-2 game. Freeburg exited in favor of Jeff Blout who got the Blue Sox out of the jam by striking out Gedman swinging and then getting Copa on a grounder to Gath at shortstop.

Clegg retired Lexington in order in the bottom of the fifth.

Mike Andre led off the Chiefs’ sixth with a single up the middle. Blout kept it a two run lead when Barbati flew to center, pinch-hitter Ryan Sonberg struck out, and Serino grounded out.

In the bottom of the sixth, Clegg got Rojas to flyout and struck out Ahern, before Voitik reached on a throwing error by Welch. The game went to the seventh when Clegg struck out Adie swinging.

Closer Chris Law came on to start the seventh for Lexington and retired Mottram on a grounder for the first out. Law then walked Portes on a 3-1 pitch with Welch coming to the plate. Welch put a charge in a Law pitch and drove a liner that Josue Feliciano, who was inserted as defensive replacement to start the inning, ran down on the warning track in straightaway center for the second out. Down to their last out of the night, Gedman followed and came about five feet short of tying things up when he drilled a long double off the fence in center, sending Portes to third. Copa, who had two of the Chiefs’ hits in the game, went to 2-2 on the count before he popped up to Gath in short left to end the game.

Freeburg got the win and allowed four hits, but walked five, in his 4.1 innings of work.

Clegg, who retired seven of the last eight batters he faced, gave up seven hits, struck out five, and walked just one.

Game Two of the series will be played at Morelli Field on Wednesday at 8:00 PM.
Bruce Tillman, Anthony Greco & Bruce Hack (Pointstreak.com) contributed to the Game 1 coverage.



Tuesday, August 18
Freni Punches Chiefs' Ticket to Another ICL Championship Series!

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Watertown, MA- One More Time!

For the fifth consecutive season, and the sixth time in the last seven years, the Chiefs and the Lexington Blue Sox will once again meet to decide the Intercity League Championship.

Jared Freni made certain that the Chiefs would get the opportunity to defend their 2014 title with a lights out effort against the Watertown Reds at Victory Field on Monday night.

In a winner advance, loser go home, scenario, Freni put his mates on his back and really never let the issue be out of his control. The end result was a 3-0 Chiefs win in which Freni struck out a dozen batters and allowed just two hits.

Runs didn’t come easy on this night as the Reds countered with Juan Guzman, who earlier this summer was pitching in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

The Chiefs got what proved to be the only run that Freni would need in the top of the first inning. Billy Mottram hit a long gap shot triple to right-center with one out. Guzman walked Juan Portes, then hit Johnny Welch, to load the bases. Mike Gedman then gave the Chiefs the lead with a long sacrifice fly to left, scoring Mottram. Guzamn escaped further scoring when he got Peter Copa on a soft liner to short right.

Freni came out strong and got the Reds’ side in order, including two strikeouts, in the bottom of the first.

Mike Andre drew a leadoff walk for the Chiefs in the second but it stayed a 1-0 game when Guzman got Mike Barbati on a pop up, struck out Nick Leva swinging, and Tony Serino looking at a nasty breaking ball.

Pete Burgio got the Reds’ first hit of the night with one out in the second inning but Freni struck out Sean Callahan-Montague, and then set down Will Breenan on an infield grounder to retire the side.

Both teams went in order in the third before each threatened in the fourth.

Peter Copa’s one out double in the top of the fourth gave the Chiefs’ a runner in scoring position. Brennan then made a nice play on an Andre grounder up the middle and Guzman got Barbati on a fly to right to end the inning.

Watertown had their best chance to break the shutout in the bottom of the inning. After Freni struck out Steve Rogers, Dan Chaisson lined a double down the right-field line. Matt Bishop then drew a walk before Freni struck out Burgio for the second out. A full count walk to Callahan-Montague loaded the bases but Freni struck out Brennan on three straight pitches to keep the Chiefs’ lead intact.

Guzman and Freni each retired the respective sides in order again in the fifth.

The Chiefs got a big insurance run in the top of the sixth. Guzman started the inning strong and struck out both Portes and Welch to open the frame. Gedman then doubled down the right-field line and Copa drove him home with a sharp single up the middle to bump the lead to 2-0. Andre then flew out to deep left to end the inning.

Two pop-ups and a strikeout by Freni kept the Reds quiet in the bottom of the sixth and the Chiefs picked up their third run of the night in the top of the seventh. Jonathan Bishop started the inning in relief of Guzman and issued a one out walk to Leva. Serino then singled down the left-field line and Bishop walked Portes to load the bases for Welch. Bishop got behind on the count before walking Welch on 3-1 fastball to force in Leva to make it 3-0. Aric Dama came on to face the left-handed hitting Gedman, with the bases still loaded, and got him to groundout to Justin Forman at first to end the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Freni retired Burgio on a grounder to Barbati, got Callahan-Montague on fly to Mike Burgoyne, who had replaced Gedman in right, and then struck out Brennan to end the game.

With the win, Freni’s post season record since 2010 improved to 13-1.

ICL Playoff Notes….The Chiefs enter the 2015 series as the defending champs, looking for their third title in the last four years. They won the title last season in five games with a 4-0 victory at Morelli Field on August 26 ….The Blue Sox won in 2013, the Chiefs in 2012, and the Blue Sox again in 2011…..The two teams have played the maximum of twenty games in the championship series since 2011, and remarkably, they are both 10-10, while alternating the ICL crown in four straight five game series…..The Chiefs enter this series in search of the 20th championship in the history of the franchise. They won 13 titles while playing as the Hosmer Chiefs, beginning with their first in 1960. Since they were renamed the Andre Chiefs when Hosmer Pontiac closed, they have won six titles since 1990. Interestingly, the Chiefs’ franchise won five consecutive titles in the rival Suburban Twi-League from 1961-1965, when the Chiefs left the ICL for a few years after getting their beginning in the ICL in 1958. The Chiefs returned to the ICL in 1966 and went on to win six of the next eight championships from 1967 thru 1974….The 2015 series will be the 30th time a Chiefs’ team has appeared in a league’s finals and the thirteenth championship series under Manager Chuck Andre….The Blue Sox will be looking for their 11th ICL championship since 1998….The Rick DeAngelis led club will be making their unprecedented ninth straight trip to the ICL’s big dance and the 14th in the history of the franchise……The last team to appear in the ICL finals, other than the Blue Sox or Chiefs, were the Watertown Reds in 2010, who the Blue Sox defeated in three straight games….The Chiefs enter the series with an overall record of 24-10 while the Blue Sox currently stand at 27-5.....Fans who can't get to Morelli Field in Melrose to see the series, can follow the action live at www.pointstreak.com/baseball/scoreboard.html?leagueid=789&seasonid=29791. The games can also be heard live on internet radio at www.localsportsproductions.com/livestream with Sam Feeley behind the microphone.........
Bruce Tillman, Anthony Greco & Bruce Hack (Pointstreak.com) all contributed to this coveage.

INTERCITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE
(Andre Chiefs vs Lexington Blue Sox)
Best of Five
All Games Scheduled at Morelli Field, Melrose MA
(Location & Schedule Subject to change due to weather or field conditions)
Game 1: TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 8:00 PM
Game 2: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 8:00 PM
Game 3: THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 8:00 PM
Game 4: FRIDAY, AUGUST 21 (if nec) 8:00 PM
Game 5: SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 (if nec), Time TBA



Saturday, August 15
Blue Sox Take 11-7 Playoff Win in Lexington

Lexington, MA- The Chiefs’ picked an inopportune time to experience their worst two defensive innings of the season on the way to an 11-7 loss to the Blue Sox on Friday night.

The Chiefs squandered a 3-0 fourth inning lead and saw Lexington score eight times in bottom of the fourth inning, then add three more runs in the fifth. The Chiefs battled back to make it interesting in the sixth, but the big Blue Sox lead was just too much to overcome.

While the Blue Sox advance to the ICL championship series for the ninth consecutive season, the defending champs will have to beat the winner of Sunday’s Reading-Watertown game on Monday night to join Lexington in the ICL finals for the fifth straight season and the sixth time in the last seven years.

Chiefs’ starter Mike Gedman kept the Blue Sox off the board over the first two innings.

The Chiefs took a 3-0 lead and threatened to blow the game open off Alsis Herrera in the top of the third inning. Mike Barbati reached on an error by Ross Curley and Nick Leva bunted him to second. Herrera was having trouble throwing strikes and then walked Tony Serino, hit Billy Mottram with a pitch, then walked Juan Portes, to force in Barbati to make it 1-0. Johnny Welch followed and lined a single to left, scoring Serino for a 2-0 Chiefs’ lead. Herrera then recorded a big strikeout when he caught Gedman looking at strike three before Peter Copa singled to left, scoring Mottram, to up the lead to 3-0. Herrera and the Blue Sox stayed within range when Ryan Sonberg flew to Dave Ahern in right, with the bases loaded, to end the inning.

The Chiefs turned a 5-4-3 doubleplay, after a Kyle Adie one out single, to end the bottom of the third and Herrera set the side down in order in top of the fourth.

Things began to unravel quickly for the Chiefs when Gedman exhibited uncharacteristic wildness and walked the first three batters he faced in succession to open the bottom of the fourth. Singles from Steve Gath and Ahern then tied the game at 3-3. A double from Alex Voitik, and then a disputed RBI fielder’s choice groundout by Kyle Adie, on which Leva was ejected for arguing the call, plated two more runs and just like that the Sox were in front 5-3. Mike DiCato replaced Gedman on the mound and a single from Curley and a throwing error by Welch, ran the lead to 7-3. Tim Dunphy came on as the Chiefs’ third pitcher of the frame and Mike Hart drove in the inning’s eighth run with a grounder to first. Dunphy got Dan Graham to line to Welch to finally end the prolonged inning.

The Chiefs went quietly in the top of the fifth and the Blue Sox tallied three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. A double by Gath, singles from Ahern and Voitik, another infield throwing error, and a Curley two run triple, accounted for the runs to make it an 11-3 game heading into the sixth.

The Chiefs actually brought the tying run to the plate when they scored four times in the top of the sixth, without the benefit of a hit. Gedman reached on an infield error, Copa walked, and everyone was safe on Sonberg’s fielder’s choice, which loaded the bases with nobody out. Barbati then grounded out for the first out, with Gedman scoring on the play to make it 11-4. That was the night for Herrera as righty-Borja-Jones Berasaluce came out of the Lexington pen. Berasaluce couldn’t find the plate and walked John Prentice, pinch-hitter Mike Burgoyne, and Mottram in rapid succession to push across a couple of runs and close the lead to 11-6. Jeff Blount replaced Berasaluce and uncorked a wild pitch that sent Prentice across the plate to make it 11-7. Blount got a big out when he struck out Portes swinging before walking Welch to bring the tying run to the plate in Gedman. Blount got tough and retired the side when he got the big lefty swinging on a high 1-2 fastball to end the inning.

Dunphy and Matt DiCato combined to retire the Lexington side in order in the bottom of the sixth.

Blount took any possible dramatics out of the top of the seventh when Copa grounded to second, Sonberg flew to right, and Barbati grounded to third to end the game.

The Chiefs only had two hits and one earned run in the game but were the beneficiaries of eight walks, a HBP, and two Blue Sox errors, while the Blue Sox recorded eleven hits. Five of the Lexington runs were unearned as the two usually sure handed teams combined to make five errors.

The time and location of Monday’s game will not be known until after the Reading vs. Watertown game is completed on Sunday. That game will be played at Watertown’s Victory Field starting at 7:15 PM and can be followed live at: www.pointstreak.com/baseball/scoreboard.html?leagueid=789&seasonid=29791.

Playoff Notebook..... The Reading Bulldogs eliminated the Wakefield Merchants 3-0 and the Watertown Reds did the same to the Arlington Trojans 8-0 in other Friday action.....The Chiefs found themselves in the exact same position a year ago when they had to await the winner of the Watertown-Reading game to join them in Game Nine of the double elimination tournament. Last year the Bulldogs beat the Reds 7-0 in Game Eight before being eliminated by the Chiefs, 6-2....The Chiefs then went on to beat the Blue Sox in five games to win their second ICL title in three years......

-Anthony Greco, Bruce Hack, www.Pointstreak.com


Friday, August 14
Clegg 4-Hitter, Welch 2 Solo Homers, Key 3-2 Comeback Playoff Win Over Watertown

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Johnny on the Spot....Welch hit solo homers


Melrose, MA-
Mitchell Clegg survived a rocky first inning, then proceeded to throw six shutout innings of one hit baseball, to pitch the Chiefs to a 3-2 come from behind second round playoff win over the Watertown Reds on Thursday night at Morelli Field. On a night when offense was at premium, Johnny Welch supplied most of it for the Chiefs with two solo homers.

Coupled with Wednesday’s 13-1 first round win over the Arlington Trojans, the Chiefs now move on to meet the Blue Sox in Lexington on Friday night at 8:00 PM. The winner of that game will automatically advance to the ICL’s best of five championship series next week while the loser will have to win one more game to advance to the big dance on Monday night.

Former Baltimore Orioles’ minor league righty Juan Guzman was lights out for the Reds in the top of the first inning when he struck out Tony Serino, Juan Portes, and Welch, in succession to begin the game.

The Reds went right to work against Clegg in the bottom of the inning. Kyle LaVigne got things started when he beat out a bunt single down the third base line. Clegg appeared to have the fleet leadoff hitter picked off first, but Peter Copa’s throw to second was low and skipped into left, allowing LaVigne to go to third on the error. It was runners on the corners with nobody out for the Reds when the Chiefs and Clegg traded a couple of outs for a run when Sean Callahan bounced into 6-4-3 doubleplay with LaVigne scoring. The doubleplay proved to be mammoth when Dan Chaisson crushed a fastball over the inner half of the plate and sent it well over the leftfield wall for a 2-0 Watertown lead. Steve Rogers kept the Reds’ momentum going when he followed and drilled a gap double but Clegg averted more damage when he struck out Pete Burgio to end the inning.

The Chiefs got their bats on the ball in the top of the second but couldn’t break through against Guzman. Mike Gedman and Mike Andre both lined out to center and Copa lined to second.

Clegg rebounded with a nice 1-2-3 bottom of the second and both he and Guzman dominated the third inning.

The Chiefs cut the lead in half to 2-1 in the top of the fourth when Welch led off the inning with a long homer to right-center. Guzman kept the Reds’ in front when he retired the next three batters in order to end the inning.

The Reds threatened big time to pad their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Rogers led off the frame with his second double of the game. Burgio then drew a walk before Clegg got a big out when he retired Matt Bishop on a towering pop up to Nate Witkowski at shortstop. The Chiefs turned their second doubleplay of the night to escape the jam when Will Brennan bounced into a 1-6-3 twin killing.

In the Chiefs’ fifth, Guzman issued a leadoff walk to Mike Barbati. Billy Mottram pinch hit for Witkowski, but Guzman struck him out swinging for the first out. Ryan Sonberg then came off the bench, as the second pinch hitter of the inning, and came to the plate for Nick Leva. Guzman retired Sonberg for the second out when he got him to fly to Mac Jacobson in right. Serino drew the second walk of the inning, but it remained a 2-1 game when Portes grounded out to close the inning.

Clegg cruised through an easy bottom of the fifth and the Chiefs pulled even at 2-2 in the top of the sixth on Welch’s line drive laser homer to left.

Clegg retired the Reds’ side in order again in the bottom of the sixth.

In the Chiefs’ seventh, Mottram got things going when a long double to right-center. Jhonneris Mendez then came out of the bullpen to replace Guzman. Rookie catcher John Prentice, who went behind the plate after Sonberg hit for Leva in the fifth, dropped a perfect rolling bunt that that stayed fair all the way to the third base bag. With runners on the corners with no outs, the Reds played the infield at doubleplay depth, and Serino plated Mottram with the game winner with a grounder to shortstop. The Chiefs threatened for more when Portes’ double to left-center sent Serino to third. The Reds intentionally walked Welch to load the bases and that strategy paid off when Mendez struck out Gedman swinging, and then got Copa on an infield chopper, to keep it a 3-2 Chiefs lead.

Clegg struck out Burgio for the first out of the seventh before walking Liam O’Connor on a 3-2 pitch to put the tying run aboard. Clegg ended things when he got Brennan to fly to left and then struck out pinch hiiter Ryan Pocock swinging to end the game.

Clegg struck out four and allowed only Rogers’ fourth inning double over the last six innings.

Guzman took the loss. He allowed five hits in six plus innings and struck out ten batters. Mendez allowed two hits and struck out one in the seventh.

Playoff Notebook….For Welch it was his 12th and 13th career homers for the Chiefs….The win was the second big playoff victory for Clegg at Morelli Field. The former Washington Nationals' left-hander threw a complete game, eight inning win, in Game Three of last year’s championship series against the Blue Sox that propelled the Chiefs to another ICL crown in an eventual five game series…..Thursday’s Chiefs’ win, along the Blue Sox 9-2 victory over the Reading Bulldogs, guaranteed that the Chiefs or Blue Sox will be at least one of the participants in the ICL’s championship series for the ninth straight season…Along with Friday’s Chiefs at Blue Sox tilt, the Bulldogs will host the Wakefield Merchants at Morelli Field at 8:00 PM and the Arlington Trojans will visit the Reds at Victory Field at 7:30 PM. The losers of those games will be eliminated while the winners will meet in an elimination game on Sunday……Anthony Greco/Stats from Pointstreak,com



Thursday, August 13
Chiefs Take 13-1 Opening Round Playoff Win

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Jared Freni had 9K's in 4.2 Innings

Malden, MA- Jared Freni struck out nine batters in just 4.2 innings, and Billy Mottram had three hits and four RBI’s, to lead the Chiefs to a 13-1 opening round playoff win over the Arlington Trojans on Wednesday night at Maplewood Park.

With the win, the Chiefs move on to meet the Watertown Reds at Morelli Field in Melrose on Thursday evening at 8:00 PM.

The Chiefs went right to work tallying two runs in the bottom of the first inning off Trojans’ starter Paul Frisoli. Mottram drew a one out walk and scored the first run of the game on Juan Portes’ triple to right-center. Johnny Welch was next and he doubled to left, scoring Portes, to make it 2-0.

The Trojans scored their only run of the night in the top of the second inning when Joe Bradlee’s double to right scored Seth Coiley, who had walked.

Four more runs came across for the Chiefs in the bottom of the second. Nick Leva was hit by a Frisoli pitch and Tony Serino singled him to second. Mottram then singled to right-center, scoring Leva, to make it 3-1. Portes’ fly to left was misplayed for an error, allowing Serino to score the fourth run. Welch followed with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Mottram to make it a 5-1 game. A Mike Andre two out single to right scored Portes to give the Chiefs a 6-1 lead.

Neither team scored in the third inning.

After Freni retired Arlington in order in the top of the fourth, the Chiefs put the game away when they scored five times, despite getting only one hit, in the bottom of the fourth inning off reliever Nick Pascucci. Walks to Peter Copa, Andre, Mike Barbati, and Serino, a Leva HBP, and a Mottram three RBI double, pushed the lead to 11-1.

Matt DiCato came on to relieve Freni with two outs in the top of the fifth and retired Marcus Way on a groundout to retire the side.

The Chiefs picked up their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Welch singled up the middle and Mike Gedman drew a walk. Andre then launched a double to the fence in right-center, scoring Welch to run the margin to 12-1. Ryan Sonberg’s pinch hit sacrifice fly to center scored Gedman with the night’s final run.

DiCato worked a scoreless top of the sixth that included a strikeout. Lefty Evan Walsh came out of the Chiefs’ bullpen and got the Arlington side in order in the top of the seventh.

Mottram’s three hits and four RBI led the Chiefs’ offense while Welch and Andre each had a single, double, and a couple of RBI’s.

Freni allowed four hits while raising his career playoff record to 12-1.

Playoff Notebook….The Reading Bulldogs won their playoff game 2-0 over the Wakefield Merchants on Wednesday. The Bulldogs will now travel to Lexington on Thursday to meet the Blue Sox at 8:00 PM…..The Trojans and Merchants will now wait until Friday to play in the loser bracket games against the losers of Thursday night’s games…..Along with picking up his 12th post season victory, Jared Freni recorded his 56th win for the Chiefs….Mike Andre’s two hits pushed him past former Chiefs’ great and ICL Hall of Famer Warren Olson and into fifth place on the all-time hit list. Andre now has 305 hits and trails only Justin Crisafulli, Mike Langston, Mike Barnes, and Dave Clivio, in that category…..The updated 2015 ICL Playoff Schedule and Scoreboard can be found at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com....
–Anthony Greco/Stats by Bruce Hack, Pointstreak.com



Wednesday, August 12
Playoff Games on Pointsteak and Local Sports Productions

Can't make to either Intercity League playoff game tonight, but still want to follow the action.
For the first time two ICL playoff games will be available to view on Poinstreak live at the same time.

You can watch either the Wakefield versus Reading game at Morelli Field in Melrose or the Arlington at the Andre Chiefs game at Malden Catholic's Maplewood Field. Pointstreak is an online scoring system that is used by the Lexington Blue Sox.

To view the games go to www.pointstreak.com/baseball/scoreboard.html?leagueid=789&seasonid=29791.
The games are presented in a graphical format and scored on a pitch-by-pitch basis. After the game you can see a boxscore and up-to-date statistical leaders.

You can listen to the Wakefield-Reading game on Local Sports Productions as Sam Feeley, the voice of the Lexington Blue Sox, will bring you the play-by-play action. To listen go to www.localsportsproductions.com/livestream/.

Both programs offer you the opportunity to also listen or view the game after it has been played if you cannot watch it live.
All Lexington Blue Sox playoff games will be available on Pointstreak and Local Sports Productions.


Wednesday, August 12
Intercity League Playoffs Begin on Wednesday

Malden, MA- The Chiefs will open defense of their 2014 Intercity League Championship tonight (Wednesday) when they meet the Arlington Trojans in a first round game of the ICL’s double elimination tournament. Tonight’s game will be played at Maplewood Park, on the campus of Malden Catholic, starting at 8:15 PM. The opening game was orginally scheduled for last night but was rained out. 

The surviving two teams from the double elimination format will move on to a best of five championship series.

The Chiefs won the title in 2012 and 2014. The Lexington Blue Sox broke up that streak by winning the crown in 2013.

Playoff games will continue over the next four or five days until the two finalists are determined.

The ICL championship series is scheduled to begin early next week.



Sunday, August 9
Blue Sox Edge Chiefs 4-3 in Final Game of Regular Season

Lexington, MA- The Chiefs lost their regular season final to the Blue Sox 4-3 on Sunday night. The Chiefs will now begin defense of their 2014 ICL championship as the number three seed in the upcoming playoffs which are scheduled to begin on Tuesday. The Chiefs will host the Arlington Trojans in their first game of the post season.

Righty Mike DiCato (4-2) allowed only five hits and three earned runs but took the loss. Both of the batters he hit with a pitch scored, and a third runner scored after drawing one of the four walks he issued. The Blue used five pitchers in the game.

The Chiefs outhit the Blue Sox 10-5 in the game but left 10 on base as well as having two runners thrown out attempting to steal third.

The Blue Sox took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a hit batsman, a walk, and singles from Dan Graham and Dorian Rojas.

The Chiefs chopped the lead to 2-1 in the top of the second inning on two doubles.

The Blue Sox lead advantage increased to 4-1 in the bottom of the second. Another hit batsman, singles from Kyle Adie and Ross Curley, a sacrifice fly by Steve Gath, and an infield throwing error, accounted for what proved to be the winning runs.

The Chiefs cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the seventh on three singles and a double. The Chiefs couldn’t get the equalizer when the game ended on a strike out- thrown out stealing double play.

The Chiefs conclude the regular season with a 21-9 record. -Anthony Greco. Stats from Pointstreak.com 


Saturday, August 8
Chiefs Blank Thunder 9-0, Dunphy Gets 35th Career Win

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Tim Dunphy Got his 35th Chiefs Win

Malden, MA- Tim Dunphy threw five innings of two hit ball when the Chiefs shutout the Somerville Thunder 9-0 at Maplewood on Friday night.

With the win, the defending ICL champs move to 21-8 on the season and will play their final regular season game in Lexington on Sunday night at 8:00 PM. The Chiefs need a win in that game to secure a first game playoff bye. The Watertown Reds have concluded their season at 22-8 but the Chiefs would get the nod in a tie-breaker, having beaten the Reds in three out of their four meetings this year.

The Chiefs got a run in the bottom of the first inning when Tony Serino walked, stole second, and scored on Juan Portes’ RBI single.

The lead swelled to 7-0 in the bottom of the second as the Chiefs scored a half dozen runs, all with two outs. Thunder starter Mike Ganci walked both Mike Andre and Mike Burgoyne to start the inning. Ganci looked like he was on his way to escape the frame when he caught Danny DiMare looking at strike three, then retired Nick Leva on liner to third. Serino was next and he dropped a bunt down the third base line to load the bases. Billy Mottram then drew Ganci’s third walk of the inning, forcing home Andre to make it 2-0. Portes then drilled a Ganci pitch off the fence in left-center, scoring Burgoyne and Serino on the double to make it a 4-0 game. When Mike Gedman followed with another gap double, the Chiefs' lead went to 6-0. Ryan Sonberg then drove home Gedman with the seventh run with an RBI single.

The final two runs came in the bottom of the third when Burgoyne doubled to right-center, DiMare walked, and Leva was hit by a Ganci pitch to load the bases. After Serino flew to left for the first out, the Thunder threw away a potential doubleplay grounder off the bat of Mottram, allowing both Burgoyne and DiMare to score and increasing the lead to 9-0.

Dunphy allowed just a third single to Paul Pollano and fourth inning double to Jake Cintolo. The veteran lefty struck out five and improved his record to 5-1 on the season. It was the 35th victory for Dunphy in a Chiefs' uniform.

Evan Walsh worked a scoreless sixth for the Chiefs. Matt DiCato worked the seventh inning, striking out the Thunder side.

Ganci (0-3) took the loss for Somerville. Pollano worked the fifth and sixth innings for the Thunder keeping the Chiefs off the scoreboard.

The Intercity League’s playoffs are expected to begin next Tuesday.



Thursday, August 6
Chiefs Score 3 Runs in 7th to Walk Off with 4-3 Win Over Watertown

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Juan Portes had 2 RBI, including game-winner in 7th


Malden, MA-
Mike Andre drove in the tying run with a pinch-hit single, and Juan Portes delivered the game winner with a with a long sacrifice fly, when the Chiefs rallied for three seventh inning runs to walk off with a clutch 4-3 win over the Watertown Reds on Wednesday night at Maplewood.

With the come from behind victory, the Chiefs keep their hopes for a playoff bye alive. They would need to win their final two regular season games; Friday vs Somerville at Maplewood at 8:15 PM and then on Sunday in Lexington at 8:00 PM.

The Chiefs gave starter Mike Gedman a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Tony Serino led off the inning with a single up the middle off Jhonneris Mendez. Serino stole second, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on Portes’ infield grounder to short.

Gedman cruised through the first four innings, allowing just two singles. Mendez did the same until the bottom of the fourth, when the Chiefs threatened but ran themselves out of the inning. Peter Copa singled with one out. After Mendez caught Ryan Sonberg looking at a third strike, Mike Barbati singled off the pitching rubber, with the ball deflecting toward second base. Copa was then thrown out when he tried to advance to third on play.

Ryan Pocock tied the game at 1-1 leading off the fifth when he homered deep over the centerfield fence. The Reds looked to go in front when Steve Tramontozzi followed with a single. Gedman struck out Kevin Kelley for the first out, and then got Liam O’Connor to fly to Serino in center for out number two. Will Brennan followed with a single and both he and Tramontozzi moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Gedman kept it a 1-1 game when Dan Chaisson hit a screaming liner right at Billy Mottram at shortstop.

Mendez retired the Chiefs’ side in order in the bottom of the fifth and the Reds took a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Steve Rogers grounded out to start the inning but trouble began when Pete Burgio followed with a double into the leftfield corner. Justin Forman then reached on an infield single behind the mound to put runners on the corners with one out. Pocock grounded out to Portes at third for the second out, with Forman moving to second on the play. Tramontozzi was next and he gave Watertown a two run cushion with a line single to left, scoring both Burgio and Forman. Gedman rebounded and struck out Kelley to retire the side.

Now pitching with a 3-1 lead, Mendez struck out both Mottram and Portes in succession for the first two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Gedman then singled but it stayed a two run game when Mendez struck out Copa swinging to end the inning.

Mitchell Clegg came on in relief of Gedman to start the seventh and he set down the Reds’ side in order on two fly balls and an infield grounder.

Down three runs, the Chiefs’ comeback began when Sonberg singled deep into the shortstop hole to open the seventh. Mike Barbati was next and he worked a 3-1 walk. Mike Burgoyne followed and dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt. Chaisson came from behind the plate to field the ball but threw low to first for an error. When the ball skipped toward the fence in short right, Sonberg came across the plate to make it 3-2, with Barbati moving to third. Andre then came off the bench to pinch-hit for Nick Leva. The veteran lefty delivered a sharp RBI single to right, that scored Barbati, as Burgoyne went sliding into third on the play. With still nobody out, and Burgoyne representing the winning run ninety feet away, the Reds decided to intentionally walk Serino to load the bases. Mendez went to a full count on Mottram, before he got him on infield fly rule pop up to third base for the first out. Portes was next and he completed the comeback when he lofted a sacrifice fly to right, easily scoring Burgoyne with the game winner.

Gedman went six innings without a decision. The big southpaw gave up three runs, eight hits, struck out five, and didn’t walk anyone. Clegg, now 3-1, picked up the win with his seventh inning relief effort.

Mendez fell to 4-3 with the loss. He struck 11 batters, walked four, and gave up seven hits.

With the win, the Chiefs gave themselves their fourth straight 20 win season. It was also the 12th time they have hit the ICL’s coveted 20 win regular season plateau in the last 22 seasons.
Bruce Tillman - www.intercityleaguebaseball.com



Tuesday, August 4
Freni 4-Hits Wakefield as Chiefs Take 4-2 Win at Maplewood

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Jared Freni improved to 5-1

Malden, MA- Jared Freni spun a four-hitter when the Chiefs knocked off the Wakefield Merchants 4-2 on Monday night at Maplewood Park.

The Chiefs came back twice from one run deficits to record their 19th win of the season.

The Merchants got an unearned run in the top of the first inning when Joe Breen doubled home Bobby Losanno, who had reached on a leadoff infield error.

The Chiefs tied the game up in the bottom of the second. Peter Copa led off the inning with his third home run of the season to straightway center off Kevin Flight. The Chiefs threatened for more when Mike Andre singled and Adam Lucey doubled around a strikeout of Mike Barbati. Flight kept it a 1-1 game when he got Nick Leva on a grounder to third and then Tony Serino on a fly to left to retire the side.

The Merchants came right back to take their second lead of the game at 2-1 in the top of the third. Scott Searles got things going when he led off with double to right-center. Freni then struck out Breen, and retired Nick Napoli on a fly to left, for the first two outs of the inning. Mike Manoogian then drilled a single to left, scoring Searles, but was thrown out at second when the throw to the plate was cutoff.

Juan Portes singled in the bottom of the third with one out but Flight stepped off the rubber on a steal attempt and he was tagged out after a rundown. Mike Gedman then flew to Napoli in left to end the inning.

Freni appeared to get stronger in the top of the fourth when he retired the side on two K’s and an infield grounder.

The Chiefs went in front in the bottom of the inning. After Copa popped up, Andre tripled to left. Barbati was next and he hit a long fly to deep right that was dropped on the warning track by Lou Tarrantino, scoring Andre, to tie the game at two. Barbati was credited with a sacrifice fly and an RBI, while Tarantino was charged with a two base error on play. With Barbati at second, Leva delivered him with the go ahead run with a single up the middle that gave the Chiefs the lead at 3-2.

Freni recorded two more strikeouts and then got an infield grounder in a 1-2-3 top of the fifth. Gedman drew a walk and Copa singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Breen then turned in the defensive gem of the night when he made a leaping grab of an Andre liner that was labeled for the right-field corner.

Picking up his velocity, Freni looked impressive in the top of the sixth when he struck out the heart of the Wakefield order on 14 pitches.

The Chiefs picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Barbati led off with a single to right-center and Lucey sacrificed him to second. After Flight retired Leva on an infield popup, a Serino single drove in Barbati with the fourth run.

In the top of the seventh, Freni retired Jon Davison and Joe Barry on infield grounders to start the inning. He then made things a bit interesting when he issued walks to B.J. Neil and Tarantino in succession. But the Chiefs’ ace ended the evening when Losanno grounded out to Barbati at second base.

Freni, now 5-1, struck out nine and walked three.

Flight (0-1), went six innings, struck out four, walked two, and surrendered nine hits.

The Chiefs improved to 19-8 on the season while Merchants dropped to 10-17-1.

On Tuesday night the Chiefs travel to Lexington High to meet the Blue Sox at 8:00 PM.
Bruce Tillman/www.intercityleaguebaseball.com



Thursday, July 30
Clegg Throws No-Hitter, Portes, Welch & Gedman Homer in 6-0 Win in Watertown

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Mitchell Clegg

Watertown, MA- Mitchell Clegg threw a no-hitter and his teammates uncorked a three home run, eleven hit attack, when the Chiefs broke out of a three game sleepwalk with a solid 6-0 road win over the Reds at Victory Field on Wednesday night.

Clegg, who was making his first start since June 10 when he strained an oblique, was impressive. The former Washington Nationals draftee struck out seven batters and needed 99 pitches to complete the first no-hitter of his Intercity League career.

Juan Portes gave Clegg all of the runs he would need when he drilled a solo first inning homer to left-center with two outs off Reds’ starter Jhonneris Mendez.

After Clegg struck out Kyle LaVigne in the bottom of the first, he walked Mac Jacobson before getting both Dan Chaisson and Ryan Pocock to fly out.

The Chiefs made it a 2-0 game in the top of the second when Peter Copa singled, Billy Mottram walked, and Mike Barbati singled to right-center to load the bases. When Mendez walked Tony Serino with the bases full, the Chiefs’ had their second run. Mendez kept it 2-0 when Mike Burgoyne grounded out to end the inning.

Steve Rogers drew a leadoff walk in the Reds’ second but was thrown out stealing by Nick Leva. Clegg then got two infield grounders to move the game to the third inning.

Portes drew a walk to open the Chiefs’ third before Johnny Welch doubled the lead to 4-0 with a bomb two run homer to straightaway centerfield. Not be outdone, Mike Gedman drilled the next pitch to right, resulting in back to back homers and a 5-0 Chiefs’ lead.

Clegg cruised through his best inning of the night when he struck out the side in order in the bottom of the third.

The Chiefs added another run in the top of the fourth on a Serino single, a walk to Portes, and a Welch RBI ground rule double to left-center.

The Reds had their best scoring chance in the bottom of the fourth on a walk and a hit batsman, but Clegg ended the chance when he retired Pete Burgio on fly to Gedman in left.

Copa and Mottram led off the Chiefs’ fifth with back to back singles. The Chiefs couldn’t add to their lead when reliever J.J. Branch got Barbati to lineout to second and Leva bounced into an inning ending doubleplay.

Clegg retired the side in order in the bottom of the fifth.

Portes gave the Chiefs another scoring chance with a two out double in the top of the sixth. He was stranded at second when LaVigne ran down Welch’s warning track liner in center.

It was another three up, three down, inning for Clegg in the bottom of the sixth.

The Chiefs couldn’t cash in on another double, this time by Copa, with one out in the seventh, when Chris Hendrix got Mottram and Barbati to both groundout.

The Reds had their best two chances to break up Clegg’s no-hitter in the bottom of the seventh. Serino made a warning track grab of a Pocock drive to center for the first out. Rogers was next and bounced back to Clegg for out number two. Burgio followed and he hit a hard grounder that skipped under Welch’s glove at third that the Reds’ official scorer ruled was an error. Clegg then completed the gem when he got Justin Forman to ground to Portes to end the game.

Clegg 2-1, had made four relief appearances since he returned from disabled list on July 10 tuning up for Wednesday’s start. The big lefty has now allowed just five hits, and struck out 20, in just 18 innings of work. With the no-hit effort he lowered his ERA to a team best 0.39.

It was the Chiefs' second no-hiiter of the season. Jared Freni threw an opening night no-no against Reading at Endicott College back on June 2.

MITCHELL CLEGG’S NO-HITTER INNING BY INNING:

1st Inning- LaVigne struck out swinging, Jacobson walked, Chaisson flew to RF, Pocock flew to CF
2nd Inning- Rogers walked and was thrown out stealing, Burgio grounded to SS, Forman grounded to 3B
3rd Inning- Brennan, Morganelli, and LaVigne all struck out swinging.
4th Inning- Jacobson struck out swinging, Chaisson walked, Pocock was HBP, Rogers struck out swinging, Burgio lined to LF.
5th Inning- Forman flew to RF, Brennan grounded to SS, Morganelli grounded to 2B.
6th Inning- LaVigne grounded back to P, Jacobson flew to LF, Chaisson struck out looking.
7th Inning- Pocock flew to CF, Rogers grounded back to P, Burgio reached on an error by 3B, Forman grounded out SS to 2B.

CHIEFS RECENT NO-HITTERS

July 29, 2015- Mitchell Clegg vs Watertown Reds at Victory Field (Win 6-0)
June 2, 2015-  Jared Freni vs Reading Bulldogs at Endicott College (Win 3-0)
June 12, 2013- Jared Freni vs Watertown Reds at Victory Field (Win 2-0)
June 30, 2011- Rob Machado vs Reading Bulldogs at Tufts University (Win 4-0)
July 9, 2011- Mike DiCato vs Mooney Dental Tanners at Tufts University (Win 9-0)
June 14, 2007- Keith Forbes vs Wakefield Merchants at Walsh Field (Win 2-0)



Tuesday, July 28
Blue Sox Send Chiefs to Third Straight Loss, 8-1

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Mike Gedman took loss depite 10 K's


Malden, MA-
Veterans Dan Graham and Steve Gath hit back to back homers in the fourth inning, erasing a 1-0 Chiefs lead, and lifting the Lexington Blue Sox to a 8-1 win at Maplewood on Monday night.

Things started well for the Chiefs as Mike Gedman made his first start of the season and was dominant at times, striking out ten batters, along with retiring the first eight batters of the game in a row.

After Gedman worked a quick top of the first, centerfielder Mike Hart robbed Chiefs’ leadoff man Tony Serino of extra bases when he made a nice running catch of a liner in left-center. Peter Copa then singled, but the Chiefs couldn’t capitalize when Blue Sox starter Aidan Freeburg got Juan Portes to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay.

Gedman was impressive again in the top of the second, retiring the side on a fly to Serino, a groundout, and a strikeout.

Freeburg hit Johnny Welch with a pitch to open the Chiefs’ second. Third baseman Ross Curley made a nice play on a Gedman sacrifice bunt to throw him out at first, with Welch moving into scoring position. Freeburg then got Mike Barbati on an infielder grounder and then walked Mike Burgoyne to give the Chiefs runners on the corners with two outs. Freeburg kept the game scoreless when he struck out Danny DiMare to end the inning.

Gedman struck out Gath and Dave Ahern to begin the Blue Sox third before catcher Alex Voitik became Lexington’s first baserunner of the night when he reached on a single into the shortstop hole. Gedman stayed strong and struck out the side when he got Adie swinging.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. After rookie catcher John Prentice flew to Adie in left for the first out, Serino singled up the middle and then stole second. Copa grounded to Gath at shortstop for out number two before Portes singled to left, scoring Serino. Freeburg walked Welch but Gedman grounded out to first ending the inning.

Gedman struck out Curley leading off the fourth but the tide began to turn when Garrett Smith and Hart both singled sharply to right. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch but Gedman continued his strikeout campaign when he retired Dorian Rojas swinging for the second out. Graham, as he has done so many times in his long ICL career, turned the game on one swing of the bat when he delivered a three run shot to straightaway center, putting the Blue Sox in front 3-1. Gath followed and cranked a bomb of his own over the left-field fence bumping the lead to 4-1.

The Chiefs got two runners on base in the bottom of the fourth on a Burgoyne single and a Prentice walk. They couldn’t cut into the lead when Freeburg got Serino on a comebacker to end the threat.

The Chiefs threatened again in the bottom of the fifth but once again Freeburg turned them back empty handed. A two out laser double from Welch and a line single by Gedman put two more runners on base. Freeburg worked out of it by getting Barbati on yet another bouncer back to him.

The Blue Sox made it a 5-1 affair in the top of the sixth on a Hart single and a long RBI double to right-center by Graham.

Ryan Sonberg cranked a two out pinch hit double in the bottom of the sixth but Freeburg stranded another Chief in scoring position when Serino grounded out to Gath.

The Blue Sox added three more runs in the seventh. Gedman hit Voitik with a pitch and gave way to Evan Walsh. Adie then placed a perfect bunt single that moved Voitik to second. Nate Witkowski came on to face the right-handed hitting Curley and he moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Consecutive singles from Smith and Hart, and an RBI grounder by Rojas, accounted for the final runs of the game.

Freeburg improved to 6-1 with the win. The RPI righty allowed seven hits and struck out two in his six innings of work. Borja Jones-Berasaluce worked a scoreless seventh for Lexington with two strikeouts.

Gedman, (0-1) took the loss despite the ten K’s. He surrendered six runs and eight hits and didn’t issue a walk in his six innings plus

The reeling Chiefs, now 17-8, will look to rebound and hault their three game losing streak when they meet the Watertown Reds at Victory Field on Wednesday at 7:45 PM. -Bruce Tillman, Bruce Hack, and Pointstreak.com



Sunday, July 26
Veteran Marchesi Deals Chiefs Second Straight Loss, 2-1 in Wakefield

Wakefield, MA- Veteran right-hander Jarrod Marchesi threw a six-hitter, and another Wakefield veteran Mike Sorrentino, delivered a two-out, two RBI single, in the bottom of the fifth inning, to lead the Merchants to a 2-1 win over the Chiefs at Walsh Field on Sunday.

After a scoreless first inning, the Chiefs struck first in the bottom of the second. Johnny Welch doubled down the right field line and went to third on Mike Gedman’s grounder to the right side. Peter Copa gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead when he delivered a sacrifice fly to center. Consecutive singles from Mike Andre and Mike Burgoyne followed, but Marchesi got out of the inning when Nick Leva grounded out.

Chiefs’ starter Jared Freni allowed a single to Joe Barry in the Wakefield second.

Marchesi made quick work of the top of the Chiefs’ order in the third and Freni enjoyed a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the inning.

The Chiefs threatened but could not score in the top of the fourth. Welch and Gedman led off the inning with singles. Copa was next and he hit a shot to right-center that Bobby Losanno tracked down for the first out. Ryan Sonberg, hitting for Andre, who tweaked a hamstring and left the game, was next and Marchesi caught him looking at strike three. Marchesi escaped the inning when Burgoyne bounced back to him to retire the side.

Freni had two strikeouts in the bottom of the fourth and the Chiefs left Billy Mottram stranded at third in the top of the fifth. Mottram drew a two out walk, stole second, and went to third when Barry’s thrown went into centerfield. That was as far as Mottram got when Marchesi struck out Juan Portes swinging to end the inning.

The Merchants got the game winning runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Clay Yiancopulous led off with an infield single and was sacrificed to second. Lou Tarantino then drew a walk, and Losanno reached on a bunt single in front of the mound to load the bases. Freni struck out Scott Searles for the second out of the inning before Sorrentino delivered a single to left, scoring two runs, and giving the Merchants the lead a 2-1. Both runners moved to second and third on the throw home but Freni kept it a one run game by striking out James Ramsey.

The Chiefs couldn’t do anything with a Gedman one out single in the top of the sixth.

Mike DiCato came on in relief of Freni in the bottom of the sixth and surrendered an infield single to Mike Mangoonian leading off the frame. Barry bunted Mangoonian to second but DiCato got two infield grounders to send the game to seventh.

In the Chiefs seventh, Burgoyne lined out to right for the first out. Danny DiMare then pinch-hit for Leva and singled up the middle. Marchesi then retired Tony Serino on a groundout, and got Mottram on a fly ball, to end the game.

Marchesi upped his record to 2-3 with the win. He struck out four and walked won.

Freni saw his recored fall to 4-1. He gave up five hits in five innings and struck out eight.

Chiefs Notes….Mike Andre recorded his 300th career hit in the second inning. He then had to leave the game with a hamstring issue. Andre now joins Justin Crisafulli, Mike Langston, Mike Barnes, Dave Clivio, and Warren Olson, in the Chiefs 300 hit club….It was the first time since July 11 and 12 of 2012 that the Chiefs have lost two straight games….The Chiefs are right back in action on Monday night when they host the first place Lexington Blue Sox at Maplewood at 8:15 PM…..



Saturday, July 25
Chiefs' Danny DiMare Commits to St. Leo's in Florida

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Danny DiMare is heading to St. Leo's

Medford, MA- Chiefs' rookie outfielder Danny DiMare has committed to play for D-2 St. Leo’s in western Florida.

DiMare, of Medford, MA, will begin his career this fall for the Lions and Head Coach Sean O’Connor. O’Connor pitched for the Lexington Blue Sox in the 1990’s. He is a native of Framingham, MA, and before being named coach of St. Leo’s, was a scout for the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and Seattle Mariners.

DiMare is graduate of Malden Catholic. He is the son of former ICL player John DiMare and the nephew of former Medford Mustangs shortstop Don DiMare.

In his first season with the Chiefs, DiMare has appeared in 15 games and has made the most of his limited opportunities. Appearing as an and outfielder and catcher, he has four hits in 11 at-bats and is hitting at a .364 clip.

The Lions finished the 2015 spring season with a 36-13 record. They play in the Sunshine State Conference with the likes of respected programs like Lynn, Nova Southeastern, Barry, Rollins, Tampa, and Eckerd.



Thursday, July 23
Blue Sox Beat Chiefs 7-3 in Lexington

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Nate Witkowski had two of the Chiefs' six hits

Lexington, MA- Left-hander Alsis Herrera struck out nine batters, and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, when the Blue Sox beat the Chiefs 7-3 in Lexington on Thursday night.

Herrera retired the first eleven batters of the game until he issued a two out walk to Mike Barbati, and then a single to Nate Witkowski, in the top of the fifth.

The Blue Sox jumped on Chiefs starter Tim Dunphy early when they picked up three runs in the bottom of the first. Kyle Adie’s leadoff infield single, a line single to right-center by Ross Curley, and back to back doubles from Mike Hart and Dorian Rojas, led to the runs.

The Blue Sox added a couple of more runs to take a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third on another Curley single and a two run homer to left by Garrett Smith.

The lead went to 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth. When Alex Voitik led off the inning with Lexington’s ninth hit of the game, Evan Walsh came out of the bullpen to replace Dunphy. After getting Adie to line out and Curley to pop up, Smith doubled to center, scoring Voitik, and Hart followed with a single to left, scoring Smith.

After the Chiefs got their aforementioned two baserunners in the top of the fifth, Walsh got the Lexington side in order in the bottom of the inning.

The Chiefs tried to make it a ballgame in the top of the sixth when they cut the lead to 7-2 on Tony Serino’s bunt single, Juan Portes’ RBI double, a Johnny Welch single, and a Peter Copa RBI single.

Mike Gedman came on in relief of Walsh in the bottom of the sixth inning and retired Blue Sox in order.

The Chiefs picked up an unearned run in the top of the seventh of reliever Chris Law. Barbati reached on a throwing error by Curley and Witkowski beat out an infield single to left side. John Prentice then hit a grounder to Steve Gath at short, forcing Witkowski at second and sending Barbati to third. When Voitik’s throw to try and get Prentice stealing second sailed into centerfield, Barbati scored the Chiefs third run. Law ended things by striking out Serino and then getting Mike DiCato to ground out.

Herrera, a native of the Dominican Republic, who pitched at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, ended up allowing five hits in his six innings of work. Dunphy suffered his first loss of the season and saw his record fall to 4-1.

The 17-4 Blue Sox return to action on Friday when they host the Somerville Thunder at 8:00 PM.

The Chiefs, now 17-6, are off until Sunday when they travel to Walsh Field in Wakefield to meet the Merchants in a 5:00 PM start. -Bruce Tillman, Bruce Hack, and Pointstreak.com



Thursday, July 23
Clegg & Andre Lead Chiefs to 3-1 Win Over Somerville Thunder

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Mitchell Clegg threw four shutout innings

Malden MA- Mitchell Clegg threw four shutout innings of two-hit relief, and Mike Andre drove in two runs with a double and a single, to lead the Chiefs past the Somerville Thunder 3-1 on Wednesday night at Maplewood Park.

Clegg was dominant in his outing, coming on in the top of the fourth for starter Matt DiCato.

The Thunder got a one out double from Jake Cintolo in the top of the first inning but DiCato induced two grounders to Mike Barbati to end the inning and keep the Somerville club off the board.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off starter Mike Ganci on back to back two out doubles from Juan Portes and Mike Andre.

DiCato got the first two outs of the second before surrendering a two out single to Shawn Smeglin. He ended the inning by getting Dan Marks to ground to Nate Witkowski.

The Chiefs came up with a blank in the bottom of the second despite three consecutive walks to Barbati, Witkowski, and Mike DiCato. George Crowley hosed Barbati trying to steal third for the first out before Nick Leva bounced into a doubleplay.

Rob Caggiano led off the Thunder third with a single, stole second, and scored on Crowley’s RBI single up the middle that tied the game up at 1-1.

Ganci set the Chiefs down in order in the bottom of the third when Tony Serino grounded out, Mike Burgoyne lined to center, and Juan Portes flew to deep right.

Clegg came on to replace DiCato to begin the fourth and retired the side in order, including a strikeout.

Andre drew a walk to open the Chiefs’ fourth and went to second on a wild pitch. Ganci then struck out Ryan Sonberg for the first out before Barbati singled to right-center moving Andre to third. Witkowski then grounded into the Chiefs’ second inning ending double play of the game keeping the score at 1-1.

Clegg got three consecutive groundouts in in the top of the fifth and the Chiefs came up with what proved to be the game winning run in the bottom of the frame. DiCato and pinch-hitter John Prentice drew consecutive walks. Tony Serino then lined a single to right, scoring DiCato, to give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead. Burgoyne then sacrificed the runners to second and third. Portes was next and he was intentionally walked to load the bases. Andre then delivered his second RBI of the night with a single to center, that scored Prentice, to run the lead to 3-1. Mike Masulli came on to replace Ganci and he kept it a two run game when he got Sonberg to pop up to second and then Barbati on an inning ending infield grounder.

Luke Ronchi singled with one out in the top of the sixth before Clegg reached back and struck out James McConville and Mike Kinch to retire the side.

Masulli worked a quick 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth.

Clegg struck out both Smeglin and pinch-hitter Steve Ohanesian to open the seventh before Knight kept the Thunder alive with a line single to right-center. Clegg struck out the side when he got Caggiano looking to end the game.

Clegg, the former Washington Nationals left-hander, struck out six in his four innings of work and evened his season record at 1-1. Ganci fell to 0-2 with the loss.

The now 17-5 Chiefs are right back in action on Thursday night when they hit the road to meet the Blue Sox at Lexington High School at 8:00 PM


Wednesday, July 22
Mike DiCato Gets 4th as Chiefs Take 7-2 Win at Endicott

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Mike DiCato

Beverly, MA- Mike DiCato picked up his fourth win of the year and his mates erased a 2-0 fourth inning Reding lead when the Chiefs ripped out a dozen hits on the way to beating the Bulldogs 7-2 at Endicott College on Tuesday night.

With the win, the Chiefs clinched a spot in the 2015 ICL playoffs as well as securing the 50th winning season for the franchise in 52 seasons. 

The Bulldogs picked up the only runs they would get off DiCato when they took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a Mike Taylor double and Bill Cataldo single.

The Chiefs came right back with two runs of their own to knot the score at two in the top of the fourth off Bulldogs’ starter Jack Burke. Mike Burgoyne and reached on an error and Juan Portes walked. Mike Gedman then singled to score Burgoyne. Burke struck out Peter Copa for the first out before Mike Andre singled to center to load the bases. Mike Barbati’s RBI grounder to short forced Andre at second but brought Portes across with the tying run. Burke kept it a tie game when he got Nate Witkowski to fly to left with two runners aboard to end the inning.

Cody Hall led off the Reading fourth with a single but rookie catcher John Prentice threw him out attempting to steal second. DiCato got Taylor to fly out and Hayes to ground to Witkowski to move the game to the fifth.

Neither team could get anything going in the inning and the Chiefs took a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth. After Gedman flew to Hartwell on the warning track in deep center for the first out, four consecutive singles from Copa, Andre, Barbati, and Witkowski, along with a wild pitch, gave the Chiefs the two run lead.

The Chiefs added three more runs in the top of the seventh. Burgoyne reached on an infield single, Portes singled, and Gedman drilled a double to right-center, scoring Burgoyne, to make it a 5-2 game. Reliever Zac Levine struck out Copa for the first out before Ryan Sonberg drilled a double into the left-centerfield gap, scoring Portes and Gedman, bumping the lead to 7-2.

DiCato allowed a one out single to John Hayes in the seventh. Portes then turned in the defensive play of the night when he went behind the bag at third to grab Jordan Roper’s high chopper and while falling into foul territory, threw him out at first. DiCato got Cam Farnham to pop up to Witkowski to end the game.

With the complete game effort, DiCato goes to 4-1 on the year. The veteran righty struck out five and scattered eight hits.

The Chiefs are back in action on Wednesday night when they host the Somerville Thunder at Maplewood/Malden Catholic at 8:15 PM. Bruce Tillman for www.andrechiefs.com



Tuesday, July 21
Chiefs Held to Two Hits as Reds Rally for 3-2 Win

Malden, MA- The Watertown Reds came back from a 2-0 fifth inning deficit to beat the Chiefs 3-2 at Maplewood on Monday night.

On a night when the pitching from both sides dominated the game and hits were at premium (four for Watertown, two for the Chiefs), the Reds took advantage of three fifth inning walks, a timely double by Mike Samko, and a passed ball, to tie the game and go on to win it an inning later.

The game featured a power pitching battle between the Reds’ Juan Guzman and the Chiefs’ Jared Freni.

Freni set the Reds down in order with two strikeouts in the top of the first.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Guzman opened up strong and struck out both Tony Serino and Juan Portes to start the inning before Johnny Welch doubled to left-center and went to third on a passed ball. Welch scored an unearned run when Samko dropped Mike Gedman’s flare behind third base.

The Reds’ got a one out single from Pete Burgio in the top of the second but Freni got Liam O’Connor to ground out ,and then struck out Ryan Pocock, to end the inning.

The Chiefs’ lead went to 2-0 in the top of the second when Mike Barbati tripled to right-center and then scored on a wild pitch.

Guzman and Freni were dominant in both the third and fourth innings.

The Reds tied up the game up in the top of the fifth. O’Connor bounced back to Freni to start the inning. Pocock and Will Brennan then drew consecutive walks. After Freni struck out Kevin Kelley for the second out, Samko lined a double to left-center, scoring Pocock to make it a 2-1 game. With Mac Jacobson at the plate, Brennan came across with the tying run on a passed ball. Jacobson eventually walked and stole second before Freni struck out Dan Chaisson to end the inning with Reds’ runners at second and third.

The Chiefs got the potential go ahead run to second in the bottom of the fifth. Barbati walked, went to second on Nick Leva’s one out push bunt to the right side, but was stranded there when Guzman struck out Serino.

The Reds got the game winner off reliever Mitchell Clegg in the top of the sixth. Steve Rogers got things started when he lined a two strike pitch to right. With Rogers running on the pitch, Burgio flew to Serino in center and his strong throw to first just missed doubling off the runner. Burgio eventually stole second before Clegg struck out O’Connor for the second out. With Burgio on the move once again, Pocock lined a single between third and short easily scoring him with the go ahead run.

Guzman got three big hitters in the bottom of the sixth. Jacobson ran down a Portes’ shot to the warning track in left-center, Welch struck out swinging, and Gedman was retired on bullet to Brennan at shortstop.

Clegg settled in and retired the Reds in order in the top of the seventh.

The Chiefs threatened to tie and/or win the game in their last at bat but came up empty.
Peter Copa drew a four pitch walk and Mike Burgoyne came on to pinch run. After two unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempts, Guzman struck out Paul Yanakopulos swinging on a low full count breaking ball with Burgoyne stealing second on the pitch. Mike Andre was next and he hit a ball back up the middle that Guzman gloved and appeared to have Burgoyne hung up. After being caught in a brief rundown, Burgoyne scampered safely back to second with Andre reaching first with the potential winning run. Jonathan Bishop came out of the bullpen and recorded the two out save when he got Barbati on a broken bat liner to Kelley at second and then struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Sonberg looking to end the game.

Guzman (1-0) went 6.1 innings and struck out seven while Bishop recorded his first save of the season.

Freni worked five innings, gave up one earned run, two hits, walked four, and struck out nine. Clegg (0-1) was charged with the loss as he allowed two hits and struck out one in a couple of innings.

The 15-5 Chiefs travel to Endicott College in Beverly to meet the Reading Bulldogs on Tuesday at 8:00 PM. On Wednesday they return to Maplewood to host the Somerville Thunder at 8:15 PM.



Saturday, July 18
Chiefs Take 10-3 Win in Arlington

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Tim Dunphy improved to 4-0

Arlington, MA- Tim Dunphy went 5.1 innings to get his fourth win of the year and the Chiefs knocked out 10 hits on route to a 10-3 win over the Trojans in Arlington on Friday night.

The game was scoreless over the first two innings as Dunphy and Arlington ace Graham Stack both tossed two shutout frames.

That changed for both teams in the third as each picked up three runs. The Chiefs sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the inning to take a 3-0 lead. Mike Burgoyne and Paul Yanakopulos both singled with one out and the two then executed a double steal. Juan Portes followed and drove home Burgoyne with the first run with a sacrifice fly to left. Stack experienced some control issues and walked Mike Gedman, hit Peter Copa with a pitch, and then walked Ryan Sonberg, forcing in Yanakopulos, to make it 2-0. A Mike Barbati RBI single then drove home Gedman to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead.

The Trojans took advantage of some shoddy Chiefs’ defense in the bottom of the inning to come right back and knot the score at three each and probably would have taken the lead if not for a costly base running blunder. Isiah Berg led the inning off with a single and was subsequently picked off first by Dunphy for the first out. That proved to be large when Reme Portis followed with another single and Kyle Bourdias reached on a rare miscue by Copa at first allowing Portis to score. Tom Russo then drew the Trojans to within a run at 3-2 with single to right-center. When Yanakopulos got his feet tangled up when fielding Dan Kelly’s grounder to third, the Trojans pulled even at 3-3.

The Chiefs answered quickly and took back the lead at 5-3 in the top of the fourth. Burgoyne reached on a one out fielder’s choice, Yanakopulos doubled, Portes singled, and Gedman drove in Yanakopulos with a groundout.

Dunphy retired the Arlington side in order on four pitches in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The lead went to 6-3 in in the fifth when Barbati drew a walk, stole second, and scored on Burgoyne’s RBI single to right-center.

Bourdias led off the Arlington fifth with a single before Sonberg turned in what arguably may be the defensive play of the year thus far. The former Bates College standout made a diving snag of a Coiley line shot headed to centerfield, scrambled to his feet, and fired a strike to Copa to double off Bourdias.

The Chiefs moved the lead to 7-3 in the top of the sixth. Copa worked a one out walk and Sonberg followed with a liner to left-center. When Sonberg got caught up between first and second trying to stretch the hit to a double, Copa scampered home during the subsequent rundown with the seventh run.

After Dunphy got Kelly to groundout to Sonberg to open the bottom of the sixth, he surrendered a single to Morgan Brown and gave way to Jared Freni. The Chiefs ace, who was making his second appearance out of the bullpen this week, allowed an infield single to the left of the mound before getting pinch-hitter Marcus Way on grounder for the second out. Freni then struck out Berg to end the inning and send the game into the seventh.

The Chiefs picked up three more runs and the lead went to 10-3 in the top of the seventh. Singles by Burgoyne and Portes, two hit batsman, and two walks off reliever Nick Pascucci accounted for the scoring.

Lefty Mitchell Clegg finished things up for the Chiefs when he set down the Arlington side in order in the bottom of the seventh.

The 15-4 Chiefs are off for the weekend and return to action to begin a busy week on Monday when they host the Watertown Reds at Maplewood Park on the campus of Malden Catholic at 8:15 PM.



Friday, July 17
Americans Blank Chiefs 3-0 in Melrose

Melrose, MA- Dillon Corliss tossed a six hit shutout when the Americans whitewashed the Chiefs 3-0 at Morelli Field on Wednesday night.

Corliss kept the Chiefs’ hitters off balance all night long in a game that featured four inning ending doubleplays and took only an hour and twenty-six minutes to complete.

The tone of the evening was set in the bottom of the first inning when the Americans scored the only run they would need against Matt DiCato. Austin Masel and Mike Addesa both walked and the middle infield of the Chiefs kicked a potential inning ending doubleplay ball off the bat of Steve Passatempo. The Americans took immediate advantage and took a 1-0 lead when Harrison Smoske delivered a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Masel.

The Chiefs got two runners aboard with one out in the top of the second on consecutive singles from Mike Andre and Ryan Sonberg. Corliss ended the threat when he got Nate Witkowski to hit into a 5-4-3 doubleplay.

DiCato worked a 1-2-3 in the second and Corliss did the same to the top of the Chiefs’ order in the top of the third.

Chris Sharpe drew a one out walk in the Melrose third before Addesa hit an absolute bullet back to DiCato who miraculously made a great grab of the liner and then threw to Peter Copa at first to easily double up Sharpe.

The Americans gave Corliss some space in the bottom of the fourth when they picked up a couple of runs to take a 3-0 lead. Smoske and Ian Steckel both singled before Brian Carney delivered the game’s biggest hit, a sinking line drive double just out of the reach of the diving Mike Burgoyne in centerfield that scored both Smoske and Steckel.

The Chiefs ran themselves out of a potential scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth. After Corliss got both Andre and Sonberg to both fly out, he hit Nate Witkowski with a pitch. Rookie catcher John Prentice then hit a bad hop single into right but Anthony Licciardello came up throwing and hosed Witkowski out at third to ending the inning.

The Chiefs threatened but couldn’t get on the board in the top of the sixth. Juan Portes doubled to right-center with one out but Corliss struck out Johnny Welch on a breaking ball for out number two. The Chiefs loaded the bases when Copa worked a walk and Paul Yanakopulos singled off Adessa’s glove into left. Corliss kept the shutout going when Andre grounded to Sharpe at second base.

DiCato kept the Americans off the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth.

In the Chiefs’ seventh, Corliss struck out Sonberg and then got Witkowski on a fly to right for the first two outs. The Chiefs stayed alive when pinch-hitter Danny DiMare reached on a throwing error by Addesa. With Portes representing the potential tying run in the on-deck circle, Corliss struck out Burgoyne swinging to end the game.

Corliss, the Framingham State right-hander from Winterport, ME, allowed six hits and struck out two while improving to 2-3 on season.

DiCato, who allowed five hits and just two earned runs, fell to 3-1.

The Chiefs are expected to send Mitchell Clegg to the mound when they meet the Trojans at Summer Street Field on Friday at 7:00 PM.



Thursday, July 16
Five Pitchers Combine on 4-3 Win in Watertown

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Tony Serino threw out tying run at plate in 6th

Watertown, MA- The Intercity League playoffs are almost a month away, but certainly nobody could convince the Reds or the Chiefs of that fact on Wednesday night.

In what took on a post season atmosphere for both teams, the Chiefs prevailed 4-3 in one of the better games thus far of the ICL regular season at Victory Field.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead, fell behind 3-1, regained the lead 4-3, and then used no less than five pitchers over the last 1.2 innings, and had to throw out the tying run at the plate to boot, in order to secure the win.

Before the late inning dramatics, the Chiefs’ Mike DiCato and Watertown’s undefeated righty Jhonneris Mendez were embroiled in a pretty decent pitcher’s duel.

Mendez made short order of the Chiefs in the top of the first inning with strikeouts of Tony Serino and Juan Portes that were sandwiched around a Billy Mottram pop-up.

DiCato also went the two K route in the Reds’ first but he had to work a tad harder than Mendez as he stranded Mac Jacobson at third after his one out triple to center.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Peter Copa was drilled by a Mendez fastball in the upper leg area and shook it off and went to first. Paul Yanakopulos was next and he grounded out to Mike Samko, forcing Copa at second. Mike Andre then gave his team a 1-0 lead when he drilled a deep line double to the fence in left-center, scoring Yanakopulos all the way from first. Andre moved to third on a wild pitch, but that was as far as he got when Mendez got Mike Burgoyne to ground out, then struck out Mike Barbati, to end the inning.

The Reds tied things up at 1-1 in the bottom of the second. After Justin Forman flew to Mike Burgoyne in right for the first out, Pete Burgio lined a double to left and Samko drove him home with a single. DiCato averted more scoring by striking out Steve Morganelli and then getting Kevin Kelley on a grounder to Mottram at third.

The Chiefs went quietly in the top of the third. The Reds took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the frame on a walk to Kyle LaVigne, singles from Jacobson and Danny Chaisson, and a groundout by Steve Rogers.

The Chiefs failed to capitalize on a Watertown miscue in the top of the fourth. Copa drew a leadoff walk before Mendez retired both Yanakopulos and Andre on fly balls. Jacobson dropped and apparently lost Burgoyne’s deep fly ball to right in the lights to hand the Chiefs’ runners on second and third with two outs. Mendez kept the Reds in front when he retired Barbati on pop-up to Forman behind the bag at first.

DiCato sailed through the Reds’ fourth, which included two strikeouts.

The Chiefs regained the lead for good in the top of the fifth. Mendez hit a Nick Leva with a pitch and then issued a walk to Serino. Mottram dropped a bunt but Mendez pounced off the bump and fired to third to force Leva. Portes followed and cut the lead to 3-2 with a broken bat single to center that scored Serino when Chaisson dropped the ball after applying the tag. Copa followed and singled up the middle to load the bases. The Chiefs caught a big break when the back end of a potential doubleplay grounder off the bat of Yanakopulos was thrown low to first for an error, allowing both Mottram and Portes to score the Chiefs’ third and fourth runs.

In the Reds fifth, Jacobson flew out before DiCato issued a full count walk to Chaisson. The inning came to an abrupt end when Rogers lined to Yanakopulos at shortstop who fired a strike to Copa at first to double off Chaisson.

The Chiefs threatened to pad their lead in the top of the sixth. Leva drew a two out walk and Serino singled to right. Mottram then drilled a shot that appeared headed for extra bases before LaVigne closed on the ball and made a running catch in deep left-center to end the inning.

It was “game on” in the bottom of the sixth. DiCato issued a free pass to Forman to start the inning. Burgio then sacrificed Forman to second. Left-hander Evan Walsh replaced DiCato to face the left-handed hitting Samko. Samko hit Walsh’s first pitch to center and Serino put a charge on the ball and threw a strike to Leva who applied the tag to cut down Forman at the plate for the second out of the inning. Righty Nate Witkowski came on and walked pinch-hitter Ryan Pocock on a full count fastball to put Reds’ runners on first and second. With three lefties due up in succession, southpaw Mitchell Clegg was summoned out of the Chiefs’ bullpen as the fourth pitcher of the inning. The former Washington National product did his job and got pinch-hitter Will Breenan to bounce to Copa to end the inning.

Mendez got the Chiefs in order in the top of the seventh.

The Chiefs appeared to buy themselves a barrel of trouble when Clegg hit the rapid LaVigne with a pitch to begin the home half of the seventh. Jacobson then bunted LaVigne to second. The Chiefs went all in, when staff ace Jared Freni, who has been on the disabled list with back tightness since June 24, made a rare relief appearance to face Chassion. LaVigne then easily stole third. With the tying run now ninety feet away, Freni got Chaisson on a shallow fly ball to right and then concluded the evening when he retired Rogers on a grounder to Barbati at second

DiCato 3-1, worked the first 5.1 innings, struck out six and was credited with the win. Freni recorded the first save of his ICL career.

The 14-3 Chiefs are right back at it with a couple of more road games in the next two nights. They travel to Morelli Field in Melrose to meet the Americans on Thursday at 7:30 PM and then visit the Trojans at Summer Street Field in Arlington on Friday at 7:00 PM


Tuesday, July 14
Dunphy Complete Game, Andre 3 RBI's, Vault Chiefs Past Arlington 8-1

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Mike Andre had a single, triple & 3 RBI

Malden, MA- Tim Dunphy pitched out of trouble all evening long, getting 13 outs via the ground ball, and Mike Andre drove in three runs with a triple and a single, when the Chiefs turned back the Arlington Trojans 8-1 at Maplewood on Monday night.

After Dunphy got the Trojans’ side in order on three groundouts in the top of the first the Chiefs picked up a run without the benefit of a hit in their first at bat. Mike Burgoyne drew a one out walk, stole second, moved to third on Paul Yanakopulos’ infield out, and scored when Arlington starter Nolan Brennan uncorked a wild pitch.

Seth Coiley led off the Arlington second with a single but was erased when Morgan Brown popped up an attempted sacrifice bunt to Dunphy who gloved the ball and trotted to first for a doubleplay.

Brennan got the Chiefs’ side in order, including two K’s, in the bottom of the second. Dunphy surrendered a two out double by Joe Bradlee but kept it a one run lead when Conner Reensterma lined to Mike Barbati to end the Trojans’ third inning.

Nick Leva worked a walk to begin the bottom of the third and Tony Serino flew to short left for the first out. Brennan put his second 1-2-3 inning in the book when Burgoyne bounced into a 5-4-3 doubleplay.

The Trojans got a single from Kyle Bourdias to open the top of the fourth. When Peter Copa slipped fielding Kyle Hood’s bunt the Trojans were in business with two on and nobody out. Coiley moved the runners up to second and third with another bunt but Dunphy kept the shutout intact when he got Brown, with the infield drawn in, then Dave Cunningham, to both ground to Barbati at second base.

The Chiefs gave Dunphy some breathing room in the bottom of the fourth. Billy Mottram reached on an infield single and Peter Copa drew a walk. Yanakopulos then moved both his mates up a base with a sacrifice bunt. With the infield drawn in, Andre fought off a Brennan pitch and singled to left-center, scoring Mottram for a 2-0 lead. Barbati was next and Brennan got a glove on his hard grounder and deflected it to Reensterma forcing Andre at second with Copa scoring the Chiefs’ third run on the play.

After a scoreless fifth, Dunphy weaved his way out of another jam in the top of the sixth. For the second time in the game, Bourdias and Hood both reached on singles to begin an inning. The Chiefs’ then came up with their second doubleplay of the night when Coiley grounded into a Barbati to Witkowski to Copa doubleplay with Bourdias going to third. Arlington got on the board when Brown lined a single to right that cut the margin to 3-1.

The Chiefs put the game away in the bottom of the inning. Mottram led off with a base on balls before Bourdias tracked down Copa’s warning track liner to right-center for the first out. Yanakopulos then singled and Andre followed and drove a 1-2 pitch from Brennan into the right field corner for a triple, clearing the bases and jumping the lead to 5-1. Breenan then issued his sixth and seventh walks of the game to Barbati and Witkowski to load the bases and was lifted in favor of Dan Csaplar. Leva greeted Csaplar with a bloop single to center to bump the lead to 6-1. A Sernio sacrifice fly and a Burgoyne RBI single to left completed the five run frame that pushed the final score to 8-1.

Dunphy goes to 3-0 on the season with his complete game effort. It was the 33rd win in a Chiefs’ uniform for the veteran lefty.

The 13-3 Chiefs are off on Tuesday and will travel to Victory Field in Watertown on Wednesday at 7:45 PM to visit the Reds.



Sunday, July 12
ICL TAKES EMASS ALL-STAR CLASSIC IN BROCKTON

(at Campanelli Stadium, Brockton MA)
Semi-Finals

Yawkey League 4, Cranberry League 3
Intercity League 14, Boston Park League 2

Championship
Intercity League 6, Yawkey League 3

Boxscores, Game Live, etc can be found at:
http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/scoreboard.html?leagueid=789&seasonid=29676



Thursday, July 9
Missed Opportunities Waste Walsh Pitching Effort in 3-2 Loss to Reading

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Evan Walsh

Malden, MA- The Chiefs were frustrated by right-hander Davarn Nova, leaving the tying run in scoring position in each of the last three innings, in a 3-2 loss at Maplewood on Wednesday night.

The missed opportunities, along with some uncharacteristic spotty defense, wasted a decent complete game pitching performance by lefty Evan Walsh.

The Chiefs took a brief 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Billy Mottram drew a two out walk and scored on Johnny Welch’s fly ball double, which took a high bounce off the artificial surface in left.

The Bulldogs came right back and took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second, and probably should have had more if not for a base running gaffe. Zac Talis led off with a single and Ryan O’Connor drilled a shot into the rightfield corner in what appeared to be a sure triple. Talis slipped and fell while rounding third, before recovering and scoring. But the fall forced O’Connor to stop and he got hung up and tagged out in a rundown between second and third. Josh Drew followed with another double and moved to third on a passed ball. That proved costly when Cody Hall hit a sacrifice fly to right, easily scoring Drew for a 2-1 lead.  

Reading took advantage of a couple of infield errors to record what proved to be the game winning run in the top of the third. Hartwell singled and stole second. After Walsh struck out Corbin Hyde for the first out, Hank Oringer reached when Welch’s throw on his grounder pulled Copa off the bag at first. Talis then popped to Copa for the second out. O’Connor was next and he hit a grounder to Barbati. The second baseman fielded the ball, but threw high to first for an error as Hartwell never stopped running from second to score the Bulldogs’s third run.

The Chiefs chipped a run off the lead to make it 3-2 and threatened for more in the bottom of the third. Nick Leva led off with a single to center but was forced at second on Serino’s grounder. Serino stole second and then moved to third on Burgoyne’s nubber in front of the plate. Mottram followed and delivered Serino with a single to right-center and then moved into scoring position when he stole second. Nova kept Reading in front when he struck out the dangerous Welch to end the inning.

The Chiefs couldn’t push across the equalizer, despite having six more men on base, over the last four innings.

In the bottom of the fifth, Nova pitched the Bulldogs out of another tight spot. Tony Serino drilled a one out double to the fence in right-center. Nova then got Mike Burgoyne to line-out to left, before walking Mottram. With runners at first and second, Oringer made a nice play of a Welch grounder behind the bag at third and scrambled to beat the sliding Serino to the bag.

The Chiefs threatened again in the bottom of the sixth. Mike Andre drilled a one out single to left-center and Yanakopulos was hit with a pitch. Nova pitched out of it, seemingly with new found velocity, and struck out Barbati and pinch-hitter Ryan Soberg to end the inning.

The final chance came in the bottom of the seventh. Serino led off with double to left. Nova got Burgoyne to bounce back to him, freezing Serino at second, for the first out. Mottram followed and grounded out to O’Connor at first base for the second out, with Serino moving to third. Nova sent the Bulldogs back north with a win when he got Welch to hit a soft liner to second baseman Burton Deady to end the game.

Walsh meanwhile gave the Chiefs the opportunity to win the game. He blanked the Bulldogs over the last four innings while only allowing a two out single to Talis in the fifth. The Bentley product gave up two earned runs and six hits on the night while striking out four.

Nova (2-2), scattered seven hits and struck out five.



Wednesday, July 8
Yanakopulos Game Winner, DiCato-Witkowski Pitching, Give Chiefs 4-1 Extra Inning Win

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Nate Witkowski Recorded Win

Somerville, MA- Paul Yanakopulos lined a bases loaded single two RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to complete the Chiefs’ second comeback in as many nights in a 4-1 win over the Somerville Thunder at Trum Field.

The Chiefs trailed for most of the game had their hands full with the expansion Thunder on this night, and in particular lefty Jonathan Richard, who took a perfect game into the fifth inning and worked into the eighth inning, before giving way to Nick Ahern.

Richard was matched by Matt DiCato, who went the first five innings for the Chiefs.

The Thunder took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Mike Kinch drew a leadoff walk and Justin Knight bunted him to second. After Jake Cintola grounded out to Ryan Sonberg for the second out, the Thunder got an unearned run when Devan Jones’ fly ball into a swirling wind was misplayed by Adam Lucey in shallow left.

It was the DiCato & Richard show for the next four innings. DiCato allowed only a single to James McConville with one out in the fourth. Richard was on cruise control and faced the minimum of 12 batters until Peter Copa broke up the streak when he lined a single to left leading off the Chiefs’ fifth. Mike Andre sacrificed Copa to second but that was as far as he got as Richard got Sonberg to pop up and Barbati to fly to right, keeping the Thunder in front 1-0.

Knight reached on a bad hop error by Sonberg with one out in the bottom of the fifth and proceeded to steal second. DiCato ended the threat, and kept it a one run game, when he struck out Cintola and Jones in succession to end the inning.

The Chiefs finally broke through and tied the game in the top of the sixth. Rookie Danny DiMare pinch hit for Lucey and dropped a single into short right field. Nick Leva attempted to sacrifice to him to second, but Richard bounced off the mound and fired a strike to force DiMare. Mike DiCato came on to pinch run for Leva, read Richard’s motion, and stole second. Richard then got Tony Serino to ground out to Jones at second, with DiCato moving to third. Mike Burgoyne stayed hot at the plate and followed with a line single to left, scoring DiCato, to tie things up at 1-1. Yanakopulos then singled to center pushing Burgoyne to third. Richard kept it a tie game when he got Copa on a fly to center.

Nate Witkowski came out of the bullpen to start the bottom of the sixth on the mound for the Chiefs. The former Bentley and Malden Catholic standout got a groundout and a strike out before McConville doubled to left. Witkowski ended the Thunder sixth when Adam Johnson lined to Burgoyne in right to send the game to the seventh at one apiece.

Richard retired the Chiefs in order in the top of the seventh and Burgoyne turned in the defensive gem of the night in the bottom of the frame. Rob Caggiano grounded to Sonberg for the first out before Kinch drilled a hard grounder by the diving Copa and into the right-field corner. Burgoyne fired to Sonberg, who made a nice pick while covering second, to erase Kinch trying to stretch the hit to a double. Witkowski struck out Knight looking to end the inning and send the game into a bonus baseball mode.

DiMare got things underway when he led off the Chiefs’ eighth with his second straight single to right. After a couple of unsuccessful bunt attempts, the Chiefs got the desired result anyway when DiCato eventually grounded out with DiMare moving to second on the play. Serino then drew a walk and Ahern was summoned from the Thunder bullpen to face the right-handed hitting Burgoyne. Burgoyne greeted him with a soft single to center, that DiMare had to hold up on, to load the bases. Yanakopulos followed and elivered the game winner with a crisp line single to right-center, scoring DiMare and Serino, giving the Chiefs their first lead of the game at 3-1. Copa then grounded out to first, with Burgoyne scoring, to make it 4-1. Andre followed with another single, sending Yanakopulos to third, but Sonberg lined out to center to end the inning.

Witkowski teamed up with Barbati, who had a hand in all three outs, to get the Thunder side in order in the bottom of the eighth. Two infield pop ups and then a grounder to the second baseman finally ended the game.

Witkowski (1-0), picked up the win in his first mound appearance of the year. He allowed two hits and struck a couple in his three innings of work. DiCato surrendered an unearned run, two hits, and struck out five in five innings.

After his perfect five inning string, Richard (0-4), ended up being charged with all four runs. He gave up five hits and struck out six in 7.1 innings. Ahern allowed the other three Chiefs’ hits.

Chiefs Notebook…… The team will host the Reading Bulldogs at Maplewood on Wednesday at 8:15 PM……Nate Witkowski’s last mound appearance for the Chiefs was a one inning stint back on June 30, 2014, against the Melrose Americans. Tuesday’s mound appearance was the fifth in his four year Chiefs’ career. He has not allowed a run in a total of eight innings, all out of the bullpen. Witkowski once pitched back to back no-hitters for Malden Catholic in 2009. He also pitched a bit for Bentley University, where he was the starting third baseman, from 2012-2014. The right-hander chalked up his first collegiate pitching win against Assumption in a game played at Rollins College on March 6, 2011…..Mike Andre had a couple of reasons to smile on Tuesday. Not only did he see the Chiefs rally for a win, but he also saw his old Merrimack College roommate Ryan O’Rourke make his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins. O’Rourke, who was called up by the Twins yesterday, recorded his first major league strikeout and retired the side in order in the ninth inning of an 8-3 Minnesota win over the Baltimore Orioles. The big lefty was a teammate of Andre and former Chief Jeff Bercume at Merrimack for three seasons. He pitched for the Chiefs during the 2010 pre-season before being selected in the 13th round of the MLB Draft on June 7, 2010…..



Tuesday, July 7
Chiefs Rally Past Americans, 10-9

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Mike Barbati had 3 RBI's

Malden, MA- The Chiefs came back from deficits of 3-0, 6-3, and 8-5, to nip the Melrose Americans 10-9 in a wild one at Maplewood on Monday night.

The Americans' fireworks began early as they jumped on starter Mike DiCato and took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on a three run homer from Steve Passatempo.

The Chiefs went the same route in the bottom of the inning, when starter Anthony Dally walked Tony Serino and Mike Burgoyne, before surrendering a three run shot to Peter Copa that tied the game at three each.

The Americans came right back and took their second three run lead in as many innings in the top of the second. Austin Masel put a up a ten pitch at bat, that included a dropped foul pop up, before hitting his first ICL homer to center to give the Americans the lead back at 4-3. Consecutive singles from Dan Caciola and Mac Singleton, followed by a Chris Sharpe triple, bumped the lead to 6-3.

The Chiefs went quietly in the bottom of the second.

Melrose increased their lead to 7-3 in the top of the third on a John Jennings triple to right and a Masel sacrifice fly down the leftfield line.

The Chiefs began their second comeback of the night in the bottom of the third. Mike Barbati’s two out, two run double, into the leftfield corner scored Mike Gedman and Peter Copa, who had both walked, to cut the lead in half at 7-5.

The Americans got a run back in the top of the fourth when Sharpe homered to center, giving the Americans another three run lead at 8-5. That was the night for DiCato and Tim Dunphy made a rare appearance out of the bullpen to get the last two outs of the inning.

The Chiefs came all the way back when they scored five times in the bottom of the fourth. Dally continued to have control issues and walked Nick Leva to start the inning. Ryan Colbert came on to relieve Dally and he promptly walked Serino. Burgoyne then drilled a triple to left-center to cut the lead to 8-7. Johnny Welch followed with a double to right-center, scoring Burgoyne, to tie the game at 8-8. Gedman then gave the Chiefs their first lead of the night when he drove in Welch with a single. Singles by Mike Andre and Barbati drove home Copa, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, to give the Chiefs a 10-8 lead heading for the fifth.

Dunphy and Americans reliever Mike Peters restored some order and threw blanks in the fifth and sixth innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Peters was aided by two outstanding defensive plays, the first by Caciola who robbed Andre of extra bases with a diving catch of a line drive in right-center, and the second by Sharpe at third base, when he made a terrific stop of a Barbati seed that was earmarked for left-field.

The Americans did not go quietly in the top of the seventh. Sharpe led off with a blooper to center that took a high hop over Serino’s head for a double. Mike Addesa then grounded to Nate Witkowski at short for the first out, with Sharpe moving to third. Passatempo then singled up the middle, scoring Sharpe, to cut the lead to 10-9. Dunphy helped himself bigtime, when he stopped Harrison Smoske’s line drive back to the box and recovered in time to get him at first. With the tying run now at second, Dunphy got Jennings on a grounder to Barbati to end the game.

Dunphy (2-0), picked up the win. He allowed two hits in his 3.2 innings of work.

The 11-2 Chiefs travel to Trum Field in Somerville on Tuesday at 8:30 PM to meet the Thunder. On Wednesday, the Chiefs return to Maplewood to host the Reading Bulldogs at 8:15 PM.
(Tillman/Greco for www.intercityleaguebaseball.com)


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

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Juan Portes had a Two Run Homer


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DiCato cruised through the fifth and sixth innings.

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

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

The Chiefs resume play, following the ICL's annual Fourth of July break, when they host the Melrose Americans at Maplewood on Monday, July 6 at 8:15 PM. On Tuesday, the Chiefs visit the Somerville Thunder at Trum Field at 8:30 PM. The Reading Bulldogs will make a visit to Maplewood on Wednesday at 8:15 PM.



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Sam Wishnow had his first ICL hit in 6th

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

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Peter Copa Gave Chiefs a 7-6 Lead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Mike Burgoyne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Johnny Welch


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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New field at South Broadway


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



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Utilityman Adam Lucey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Ryan Sonberg got 1st ICL hit & 2 RBI


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Capsule Look at the Chiefs' Franchise

Andre Chiefs - 2015

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

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

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

12 High St, Medford MA 02155


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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Mike Gedman and the Chiefs Open on Monday

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

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

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

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

 

 

 



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

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Opening Night Starter Jared Freni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Mike Burgoyne drove in game winner in 5th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Freni needed 99 pitches to complete Tuesday’s gem.

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



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

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Johnny Welch had a two RBI triple in 1st inning


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, June 9
Chiefs Blank Arlington, 10-0

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Billy Mottram

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Rick DeAngelis

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He will serve as the Chiefs' Hitting Coach.



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

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Lefty Evan Walsh got big K in 7th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




 
 
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