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

Listen to Local Sports Productions Re-Broadcast of Game 5 with Sam Feeley
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2014 Champs
2014 INTERCITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
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Melrose, MA- Time to exhale!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Friday, September 5
Chiefs Make Special Presentation to Former Pitcher Victor Garo

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Tim Dunphy

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

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

The Lexington Blue Sox vs. The Andre Chiefs.

The Andre Chiefs vs. The Lexington Blue Sox.

And on and on and on it goes…..

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

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

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

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

The teams have already met nine times this season.

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

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

Stay tuned and tie yourself on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MORE PLAYOFF COVERAGE ON MONDAY.



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

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Billy Mottram delivered game winner in 8th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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Paul Yanakopulos 8th inning at bat

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

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Peter Copa had solo homer in 4th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Mike DiCato had a soild outing

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

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Jared Freni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Tuesday, August 19
Dunphy Pitches Chiefs to ICL Finals

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Tim Dunphy allowed just four hits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brzozowski struck out seven and walked just one.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Jared Freni allowed 1 hit in 6.1 innings

Tuesday, August 12
CHIEFS CLINCH SECOND STRAIGHT ICL PENNANT

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Mike DiCato


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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Jared Freni- K'd last 5 in pennant clincher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Mike Gedman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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Johnny Welch Connected on his 8th Homer

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

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Johnny Welch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Matt Boleski had 2 Hits and an RBI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



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Johhny Welch Homered in 3rd Inning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Jared Freni Had a 3 Hit Shutout

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Johhny Welch Delivered Game Winning Hit

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

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Mike Burgoyne had three hits (Jim Valente photo)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Mike Barbati had perfect night

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

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Paul Yanakopoulos had three hits


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Mike Andre had single, double, and sacrifice fly

Thursday, July 24
Chiefs Blank Americans, 10-0

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Evan Walsh threw two scorelsss innings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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Mike Gedman had grand slam & double

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

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Tony Serino reached base times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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

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Chiefs LHP Mitchell Clegg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Paul Yanakopoulos drops a bunt single

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

P- Jared Freni, 5-1, 0.35 ERA, 51 K’s

 



Friday, July 11
2014 INTERCITY LEAGUE ALL-STARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Juan Portes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Mike Gedman - 3 Run Homer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maestri took the loss and fell to 0-4.

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



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Juan Portes tied game in 6th

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

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Jared Freni is now 5-1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Mike DiCato threw 4-Hitter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Saturday, June 28
Dunphy Throws Three-Hitter in Arlington

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Mike Barbati


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Jared Freni

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

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

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

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

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

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

Freni (3-1), struck out seven.

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



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

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Chiefs RHP Mike DiCato

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

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

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

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

Now to the particulars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Peter Copa- 2 RBI in first start of the year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Chiefs Beat Arlington 10-1 at Maplewood

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Matt DiCato

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Both teams went in order in their last at bat.

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

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

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



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

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Mike Andre had 3 RBI's

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Friday, June 13
Chiefs' Notebook (June 14)

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Chiefs' LHP Mitchell Clegg

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



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

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Adam Lucey had First ICL Hit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, June 10
JOHNNY WELCH INJURY UPDATE

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Johnny Welch

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Juan Portes had solo homer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Rain Postpones Thursday's Chiefs at Blue Sox Tilt

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Mike DiCato worked first 4.1 innings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Tim Dunphy threw 3 scoreless innings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Sunday, June 1
Chiefs Take Opener, 4-3

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Chad Conner drove in first run in 5th


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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Johnny Welch

By Bruce Tillman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 



2014 Regular Season Schedule

Sun 06/01/14   5:00 PM Watertown at CHIEFS Tufts University
Mon 06/02/14   8:00 PM Melrose at CHIEFS Maplewood
Wed 06/04/14   8:00 PM CHIEFS at Mooney Ferullo Field
Thu 06/05/14   8:00 PM CHIEFS at Lexington Lexington HS
Mon 06/09/14   8:00 PM Reading at CHIEFS Maplewood
Wed 06/11/14   6:00 PM CHIEFS at Watertown Bentley University
Sat 06/14/14   1:15 PM CHIEFS at Wakefield Lexington HS
Mon 06/16/14   8:00 PM Wakefield at CHIEFS Maplewood
Tue 06/17/14   8:00 PM CHIEFS at Reading Endicott College
Wed 06/18/14   8:00 PM Arlington at CHIEFS Maplewood
Sun 06/22/14   5:00 PM Mooney at CHIEFS Tufts University
Mon 06/23/14   8:00 PM Lexington at CHIEFS Maplewood
Wed 06/25/14   7:30 PM CHIEFS at Melrose Morelli Field
Fri 06/27/14   7:00 PM CHIEFS at Arlington Summer St. Field
Mon 06/30/14   8:00 PM Melrose at CHIEFS Maplewood
Tue 07/01/14   8:00 PM CHIEFS at Mooney Ferullo Field
Wed 07/02/14   8:00 PM Arlington at CHIEFS Maplewood
Sun 07/06/14   5:00 PM CHIEFS at Wakefield Walsh Field
Mon 07/07/14   8:00 PM Mooney at CHIEFS Maplewood
Wed 07/09/14   7:45 PM CHIEFS at Watertown Victory Field
Sun 07/13/14   5:00 PM Lexington at CHIEFS Tufts University
Mon 07/14/14   8:00 PM Reading at CHIEFS Maplewood
Wed 07/16/14   7:30 PM CHIEFS at Melrose Morelli Field
Sun 07/20/14   5:00 PM CHIEFS at Reading Reading HS
Mon 07/21/14   8:00 PM Watertown at CHIEFS Maplewood
Wed 07/23/14   8:00 PM Melrose at CHIEFS Maplewood
Fri 07/25/14   7:00 PM CHIEFS at Arlington Summer St. Field
Mon 07/28/14   8:00 PM Wakefield at CHIEFS Maplewood
Tue 07/29/14   8:00 PM CHIEFS at Mooney Ferullo Field
Wed 07/30/14   8:00 PM CHIEFS at Lexington Lexington HS


Sunday, May 18
Chiefs Begin Pre-Season Slate

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

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

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

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



Thursday, May 8
About the Chiefs- A Capsule Look

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General Manager/President: Chuck Andre
Phone: 617-312-7156
Website: www.andrechiefs.com
Email: AndreChiefs@aol.com
Home Field: Huskins Field, (Tufts University) Medford
Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic) Malden, MA
Team Colors: Cardinal, Vegas Gold & White
Manager: Chuck Andre (24rd Year)
Assistant Manager: Paul Crisafulli (16th Year)
Coach: Anthony Durkee (6th Year)
Coach: Steve Calabresi (4th Year)
Coach: John Veneziano (3rd Year)

The Chiefs and outstanding baseball tradition have been synonymous in Medford, MA since 1957. Carrying the Hosmer Chiefs name from 1958 to 1984 and the Andre Chiefs banner from 1989 to the present, the Chiefs have exemplified a consistent winning baseball atmosphere.

The Championships - Through the years the Chiefs have brought 18 baseball championships to the City of Medford, Massachusetts, including the 2012 crown. They have won 21 Suburban Twilight League or Intercity League pennants. Remarkably, the Chiefs have recorded a winning record and have made the playoffs in 48 of their 50 summers of playing baseball.



The Franchise- The Chiefs franchise carries a winning percentage of almost .700 over the 2,400 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 2014 Coaching Staff-
Chuck Andre-Manager (Boston College) completed his 23nd year at the helm in 2013. He recorded his 500th career win in July of 2012. Andre, who has a career managerial record of 546-305-68, has piloted the club to 21 playoff appearances, eight regular season pennants and five Intercity League Championships. A former right-handed pitcher, Andre played for the Chiefs from 1974-1980. He has missed the ICL postseason just twice as a player or manager in 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 organization from 1989 to 1995 and has 46 years experience in the coaching ranks.

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 part of several Chiefs championships in the late 1970’s and 1980’s.

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

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

Alumni- Through the years, Chiefs mystique, championships and professionalism always remained constant. Almost 600 semi-professional ballplayers at one time or another wore the Chiefs uniform. It is estimated that over 110 of those players at some point signed a professional baseball contract. Two former Chiefs have even appeared in the World Series, Mike Pagliarulo with the Minnesota Twins in 1991 and Kevin McGlinchy with the Atlanta Braves in 1999.

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

Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic Located in Malden, Massachusetts- The Chiefs play their night games on the artificial surface of Maplewood Park on the campus of Malden Catholic.

Record Book- The Chiefs have bragging rights to two of the all time winning pitchers in ICL history, Fred Knox (1957-1973) and Dave Marsters (1989-2008) both who recorded over 110 career victories. Former Cleveland Indian outfielder Justin Crisafulli is the career home run leader with 91, hit leader (567) and RBI leader with 417. For a complete history of the Chiefs franchise visit our website at www.AndreChiefs.com

The Chiefs continue to develop young talent from the college level and at the same time showcase players with professional baseball experience. For information e-mail AndreChiefs@aol.com or you can also visit the Chiefs popular website at www.AndreChiefs.com



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2013 Season



2013 Chiefs Overall Statistics

BATTING (Regular Season & Playoffs)

 Name

    G

 AB

    R

    H

  2B

  3B

 HR

 RBI

  BB

  SO

HBP

SAC

 SB

 CS

.AVG 

 Peter Copa

 35

 89

 12

 29

 5

 0

 1

  20

 19

 11

 3

 4

 0

 1

 .326

 Juan Portes

 27

 87

 11

 28

 8

 0

 1

 14

 8

 10

 1

 3

 4

 1

 .322

 Tony Serino

 33

 109

 19

 35

 2

 1

 0

 13

 16

 13

 0

 1

 10

 2

 .321

 Mike Andre

 37

 105

 10

 33

 3

 0

 0

 11

 11

 22

 0

 3

 0

 0

 .314

 Nick Leva

 27

 67

 8

 19

 0

 0

 0

 5

 7

 11

 3

 1

 0

 0

 .284

 Paul Yanakopoulos

 36

 95

 15

 26

 4

 2

 0

 8

 9

 13

 0

 4

 3

 0

 .274

 Mike Barbati

 36

 97

 15

 24

 1

 0

 0

 6

 6

 18

 1

 8

 5

 0

 .247

 Nate Witkowski

 35

 93

 15

 23

 1

 1

 1

 9

 17

 8

 4

 3

 2

 0

 .247

 Tony Deshler

 33

 108

 10

 25

 4

 1

 0

 9

 10

 13

 1

 3

 1

 2

 .231

 Matt Boleski

 32

 67

 5

 13

 5

 0

 0

 15

 5

 15

 3

 4

 0

 0

 .194

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

 7

 2

 0

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .500

 Chad Conner

 10

 22

 4

 9

 0

 0

 0

 5

 1

 6

 1

 2

 2

 0

 .409

 Rob Caggiano

 3

 3

 1

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .333

 Corey Brammer

 4

 7

 1

 2

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 4

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .286

 Jon Byrne

 7

 13

 2

 3

 0

 0

 0

 2

 0

 4

 0

 1

 0

 0

 .231

 Mike DiCato

 21

 14

 4

 3

 1

 0

 0

 1

 1

 1

 2

 5

 2

 0

 .214

 Hal Landers

 2

 5

 3

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 2

 1

 2

 0

 1

 0

 .200

 Rob Machado

 9

 0

 4

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 .000

 Dan Bonito

 7

 1

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .000

 Jon Chotkowski

 3

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .000

 Anthony Carbone

 2

 3

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 2

 0

 0

 0

 0

 .000

 Totals  

 988

 140

 275

 35

 5

 3

 118

 113

 154

 21

 52

 31

 5

 .279

 

 

 

 

 

 



Pitching (Regular Season & Playoffs)

 Player

G

 W-

  IP

 H

 R

ER

 BB

 K

SV

 HP

WP

BK

 ERA

 Jared Freni

 13

 13-

0

 90.1

 29

 7

 7

 18

 140

 0

 3

 5

 0

 0.54

 Mike DiCato

 19

 3-

 4

 35.0

 27

 14

 10

 8

 30

 1

 3

 4

 0

 2.00

 Tim Dunphy

 13

 6-

 4

 78.0

 74

 35

 23

 11

 37

 0

 3

 3

 0

 2.06

 Matt DiCato

 10

 6-

 1

 46.2

 40

 16

 14

 14

 28

 0

 3

 2

 0

 2.16

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

 Rob Machado

 2

 1-

 0

 5.2

 1

 0

 0

 3

 4

 0

 1

 1

 0

 0.00

 John Chotkowski

 3

 0-

 0

 7.1

 5

 2

 2

 7

 7

 0

 1

 1

 0

 1.91

 Dan Bonito

 1

 0-

 0

 0.2

 1

 1

 1

 3

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 10.50

   

 29-

 9

 263.2

 177

 75

 57

 64

 246

 1

 14

 16

 0

 1.51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 



Monday, August 26
Lexington Takes Game Five to Win Series

By Bruce Tillman 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Tony Deshler delivered game winning hit in 6th inning

By Bruce Tillman 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Championship is Coverage Soon !!!!!!



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

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Mike Andre put Chiefs in front with 6th inning double

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Championship Series coverage coming soon.
  



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

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Tony Serino scored two runs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

By Bruce Tillman
www.andrechiefs.com

It’s become a ritual of late August.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let the games begin.



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

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Chiefs RHP Matt DiCato

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Chiefs had an uneventful bottom of the sixth.

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

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

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

**More Playoff Coverage Soon**



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

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Tim Dunphy

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

The game volleyed back and for the first two innings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Peter Copa had Grand Slam & 6 RBI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both sides went in order in the fifth inning.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



Saturday, August 10
Intercity League Playoff Schedule

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

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

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

Here are the pairings and schedule:


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

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

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

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

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



Thursday, August 8
Arlington Beats Chiefs as Regular Season Concludes

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Peter Copa had two hits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, August 6
Chiefs Sweep Tanners Behind Freni & Machado

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Jared Freni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Chiefs lefty Tim Dunphy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Paul Yanakopoulos went 3 for 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Tony Deshler delivered game winning sacrifice fly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Tim Dunphy allowed 5 Hits & 2 ER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, July 23
DiCato Brothers Deliver Doubleheader Sweep

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Peter Copa drove in both runs in Game 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, July 23
Chiefs Clinch Playoff Spot

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Joe O'Donnell and John Hosmer in 1968

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

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

From 1957 to 1983 the Chiefs were owned by legendary car dealer John Hosmer and participated in the Suburban Twi League and the Intercity League. The franchise was vacated in 1984 and reborn in 1989 when it was awarded to Andre Realty.

Six teams will qualify for the ICL postseason with the top two regular season finishers getting a first round bye. In the first round of the playoffs team 3 will play team 6 and team 4 will meet team 5 in a best of three series. The winners of those series will advance to the best of five semi-finals against the top two seeds. The winners will play in the best of five ICL Championship Series.



Monday, July 22
Chiefs Rally to Beat Blue Sox in Extra Innings, 3-2

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Matt Boleski made key catch in 8th inning

Medford, MA- The Chiefs battled back from a 2-0 fifth inning deficit, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth, eventually taking a 3-2 extra inning win over the Lexington Blue Sox at Tufts University.

In the process, Jared Freni overcame a rough first inning and pitched his way out of a few tight spots to throw blanks the rest of the way and pick up his eighth win of the season.

The Blue Sox jumped out to a quick 2-0 first inning lead on singles from Tommy Bourdan, Ross Curley and a double from Dave Ahern.

It stayed a 2-0 game as Steve Bodnar kept the Chiefs off the board until they scratched out a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Mike Barbati led off with a single, went to second on Paul Yanakopulos’ grounder and to third when Nick Leva bounced out to Curley at third. He scored the Chiefs’ first run when Bodnar threw a wild pitch with Tony Serino at the plate.

The Blue Sox threatened in the top of the sixth when they got leadoff singles from Curley and Steve Gath. Freni escaped to keep it a 2-1 game when he got Jeff Vigurs to fly to Tony Deshler in left and then Ahern to bounce into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

The Chiefs tied it up in the bottom of the sixth. Deshler led off with a walk. Juan Portes was next and he hit a ball down the leftfield line that Tommy McKenna made a nice diving catch on for the first out. The Chiefs caught a break when Copa hit an infield grounder, forcing Deshler at second, before the relay to get him at first was thrown into the Chiefs dugout allowing Copa to go to second. The Chiefs took immediate advantage as Nate Witkowski then singled up the middle, scoring Copa, to tie things up at 2-2.

Neither team could score in the seventh and the game moved to extra innings.

In the Blue Sox eighth, Dan Capra led off with line shot down the right field line and Matt Boleski, who had come into the game a half inning earlier as a pinch runner for Leva, turned in the defensive gem of the day when he robbed Capra of extra bases with a diving catch. Freni then struck out Bourdon before walking Curley, who then moved into scoring position by stealing second. The scoring threat went by the board when Freni got Gath to fly to Serino in center.

The Chiefs won it in the bottom of the eighth. Bodnar hit Deshler with the first pitch of the inning and he then stole second. Portes then drilled a single to right with Deshler being held at third with nobody out. Sean Gustin came out of the Sox bullpen and Copa was issued an intentional walk to load the bases for Witkowski. The count went full before Gustin walked Witkowski, on a very close pitch, to force in Deshler with the game winning run.

Freni, allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out four while raising his record to 8-0.

Bodnar (1-2) took the loss despite surrendering just five hits and striking out two. The righty however walked four and hit two batters.

The Chiefs play the Melrose Americans at Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic) in a doubleheader on Monday with the first game scheduled for 6:30 PM.   



Thursday, July 18
Chiefs Blanked in Lexington, 7-0

Lexington, MA- Drew Brzozowki threw six shutout innings to lead the Blue Sox to a 7-0 win over the visiting Chiefs on Wednesday night.

Brzozowski and Justin Silvestro, who worked the seventh, frustrated the Chiefs all night long, allowing seven hits, walking four, and stranding a dozen runners on base.

The Chiefs appeared poised to make some noise in the top of the first after Tony Deshler walked but was thrown out by centerfielder Tommy Bourdon as he attempted to go first to third on Nate Witkowski’s single.

Tim Dunphy set the Sox down in order in the bottom of the inning and the Chiefs threatened in the top of the second. Mike Barbati reached on an error and Paul Yanakopoulos singled before Brzozowski got out of it when first baseman Tommy Haugh made a nice play on a Matt Boleski grounder that was headed for the right field corner.

Lexington took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Dave Ahern singled and came around to score on Danny Graham’s bad hop triple on a ball that took a huge bounce over Boleski’s glove in right.

The Chiefs left two more men on base in the top of the third after Witkowski walked and Copa singled.

The Blue Sox lead went to 2-0 in the bottom of the third when Ross Curley doubled and scored on Steve Gath’s single that went off Barbati’s glove into short right field.

The Chiefs left the bases loaded in the fourth and two more on in the fifth before the Blue Sox put the game away in the bottom of the inning. Curley led things off with a single to center and Gath followed with another single down the left field line. Jeff Vigurs then dropped a bunt that Nate Witkowski threw wide of first, allowing Curley to score and moving Vigurs and Gath to second and third. Dunphy then got Justin Wright swinging for the first out of the inning before walking Ahern to load the bases. Dunphy then hit Graham with a pitch to force in Gath in make it 4-0. Haugh then hit a chopper over the mound that Dunphy fielded and had to go to first on the play scoring Vigurs with the fifth Blue Sox run. Rob Machado came on for Dunphy and walked Dan Capra and Bourdon in succession to force in Ahern to make it 6-0.

Brzozowski got the Chiefs’ side in order in the top of the sixth before the Sox added another run to make it 7-0 against reliever Dan Bonito.

With the win the Blue Sox go to 8-7-1 on the year while the Chiefs fall to 14-5.

The Chiefs are off until Sunday when they meet the Blue Sox again, this time at Tufts University in Medford, starting at 5:00 PM.  



Tuesday, July 16
Chiefs Sweep Doubleheader From Wakefield, 5-1 & 3-1

Malden, MA- The DiCato Brothers (Matt & Mike) each picked up a win as the Chiefs took both ends of a doubleheader from the Wakefield Merchants, 5-1 and 3-1, at Maplewood on Monday night.

Matt went the distance in a dominating first game performance, allowing just four hits, to get the Chiefs the win in the opener. Mike tossed 3.1 innings of one hit baseball to give his team the sweep in the nightcap.

Game One Recap
The Chiefs jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead and never trailed in the game. Three consecutive singles from Tony Serino, Juan Portes and Peter Copa, along with fielder’s choice RBI from Nate Witkowski, led to the two runs off Merchant starter Connor Mahon.

The Chiefs lead went to 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Mike Andre led things off and reached on an infield chopper over the mound. Nick Leva followed and singled to right. Mike Barbati then moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt. After Mahon got Paul Yanakopoulos to ground out to Scott Searles at short, Tony Serino laced a single to right-center scoring Andre. When Serino tried to stretch it to a double he was thrown out at second before Leva crossed the plate to end the inning.

The Merchants broke through against Matt DiCato in the top off the fifth inning. James Ramsey led things off with a gap double to left-center. After Brooks Townsend grounded out, veteran Steve Langone doubled deep to right-center scoring Ramsey to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 3-1. Jon Davison was next and he flew to Yanakopulos in right and when Langone tagged and tried to go to third, he was thrown out for an inning ending doubleplay.

The Chiefs picked up a couple of more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Barbati led things off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Yanakopoulos. Serino then beat out a bunt single with Barbati moving to third. Portes followed and reached on an infield error allowing Barbati to score with Serino going to third. Copa then delivered Serino with a long sacrifice fly to left to make it a 5-1 ballgame.

DiCato got the Wakefield side in order in the top of the sixth and allowed a two out single to Ramsey in the seventh to close out his third straight win of the season. The righty struck out six and did not issue a walk.Mahon (0-3) struck out three and allowed just three earned runs.


Game Two Recap
Southpaw John Chotkowski made the first start of his two year Chiefs career, going 3.2 innings, before leaving in favor of Mike DiCato with the Chiefs leading 2-1.

The Chiefs picked up two runs off Wakefield starter Christian Ferlan, courtesy of Juan Portes, in the bottom of the third. Ferlan got Matt Boleski and Paul Yanakopulos to both ground out for the first two outs of the inning. Tony Deshler then drew a walk, stole second, and moved to third when catcher Joe Barry’s throw went into centerfield. Portes then gave the Chiefs the lead when he hammered a long two run homer to left-center.

Chotkowski blanked Wakefield over the first three frames. Wakefield came back in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 2-1 and could have gotten much more. Brooks Townsend drew a one out walk before Steve Langone laced a Chotkowski fastball to deep right for a double. Townsend tried to score on the play and was cut down on a nice relay from Mike Barbati to Leva. Bobby Losanno then drilled a triple to right-center scoring Langone. After Chotkowski issued a walk to Nick Murray, the Merchants had runners on the corners with two out. That was the night for Chotkowski and Mike DiCato was brought in from the bullpen to face the right hand hitting Joe Barry. With Murray running on DiCato’s first pitch, Leva caught Losanno wandering off third just far enough for a huge inning ending pickoff.

The Chiefs threatened but couldn’t add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth. Andre and Barbati both singled and were bunted up a base by Leva. The Merchants and Ferlan escaped the jam when Boleski struck out looking and Paul Yanakopulos grounded out to second on a nice play by Murray.

DiCato gave up his only hit of the night when Scott Searles singled with two away in the fifth inning.

Ferlan kept the Chiefs off the board in the bottom of the fifth, despite a leadoff single from Tony Deshler.

DiCato had a strong 1-2-3 sixth with two K’s before the Chiefs picked up an insurance run for him in the bottom of the inning. Andre drew a four pitch walk and Rob Machado came on to pinch run. Barbati then bunted Machado to second before Ferlan hit Leva with a pitch. Brian DiRuzza came on in relief of Ferlan and Boleski greeted him with a line RBI single to right that scored Machado. When the throw home to get Machado skipped to the backstop Leva tried to go to third but was thrown out.

It was all DiCato again in the seventh as he got Lossano to fly to center, struck out Murray, and ended things when pinch hitter Jon Davison grounded to Barbati at second.

DiCato needed just 31 pitches to retire 10 of the 11 batters he faced, striking out four.

Chotkowski gave up just two hits, struck out five, but also walked five.

The 14-4 Chiefs are off on Tuesday and travel to Lexington to tangle with the Blue Sox on Wednesday at 8:00 PM.



Monday, July 15
Chiefs Win in Reading, 2-0

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Juan Portes had 5th Inning RBI

Reading, MA- Jared Freni left runners in scoring position in four innings, including the last three frames, to keep the Bulldogs scoreless and give the Chiefs a hard fought 2-0 win at Morton Field on Sunday evening.

The game featured a fine duel between Freni and Reading right-hander Taylor Robinson.

The Chiefs got their first run in the top of the second inning on a walk to Peter Copa and singles by Paul Yanakopulos and Mike Barbati.

Freni stranded Nick Conti at third in the bottom of the second. The Reading shortstop singled and moved there on two infield grounders before Freni ended the inning with a strikeout.

The Chiefs picked up a big run in the top of the fifth inning.  Nick Leva reached on an infield single but was erased on Tony Serino’s fielder’s choice. Serino moved to second on a passed ball and scored to make it 2-0 when Juan Portes delivered a sharp RBI single just inside the third base bag.

Reading threatened in the bottom of the fifth when Colin Sitarz singled and Brandon Bingel walked. Billy Cataldo moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt before Freni got out of it by getting Dante Padovani to pop up and Paul Crehan to line out to Yanakopoulos in right.

Robinson got the Chiefs in order in the top of the sixth inning and the Bulldogs took another run at Freni in the bottom of the inning. Hank Oringer drew a one out walk and Zac Talis singled. They moved to second and third on Conti’s grounder back to the mound. Freni kept it a 2-0 game when he struck out Sitarz to end the inning.

The Chiefs went 1-2-3 against Robinson again in the top the seventh and Reading threatened one more time in their last at bat. Bingel got things started with a single before Freni struck out Cataldo for the first out. Padovani then singled to left to bring the winning run to the plate. Freni escaped for a fourth time when he got Crehan to fly to Serino in center and Tommy Bounapane to pop to Barbati at second to end the game.

Robinson (2-1) took the loss despite allowing just four hits and striking out six. Freni, now a league best 7-0, surrendered five hits and struck out seven.

The Chiefs stay busy on Monday hosting the Wakefield Merchants at Malden Catholic (Maplewood) in a doubleheader starting at 6:30 PM.  



Wednesday, July 10
Seventh Inning Errors, Perry Single, Gives Melrose 4-3 Win

Melrose, MA- The Melrose Americans took advantage of a couple of two out seventh inning errors, before Devin Perry delivered a game winning walk off single, to hand the Chiefs a 4-3 loss on Family Night at Morelli Field.

The Chiefs squandered several scoring opportunities, which included leaving ten men on base as well as an inning pickoff that at the end of the day came back to haunt them.

Peter Copa’s infield single scored Tony Deshler, who had also singled, to give the Chiefs a 1-0 first inning lead against Melrose starter Manny Powers.

The Americans came back to take a 2-1 lead off Tim Dunphy in the bottom of the second inning on singles from Mike Addesa, James McConnville, Mike Kalfopoulos and Powers.

The Chiefs tied things up in the top of the third when Deshler doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Copa’s sacrifice fly to center.

The Chiefs picked up an unearned run of their own in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Matt Boleski was hit by a pitch and was sacrificed to second by Mike Barbati. Mike DiCato was next and he also dropped a bunt with Addesa bare handing the ball and throwing wide of first allowing Boleski to come around and score the go ahead run.

It stayed 3-2 until two were out in the Melrose seventh. Dunphy issued a four pitch walk to Steve Burke to start the inning. Kalfopoulos then dropped a bunt that third baseman Mike Andre charged and hosed Burke out at second for the first out. Andy Padarat came on to pinch run for Kalfopoulos and the Chiefs brought in righty Mike DiCato to face Gianni Esposito. Esposito hit a chopper in front of the mound and DiCato threw him out at first base for out number two with Padarat moving to second. Pinch hitter Orazio Azzarello then hit a routine grounder to Barbati, the Chiefs’ regular second baseman, who was filling in at shortstop. The ball skipped through Barbati into short centerfield allowing Padarat to score the tying run. When Tony Serino airmailed the throw to the plate for the second error on the play, Azzarello went to second. Perry made the Chiefs pay the price when he drilled DiCato’s first pitch into right field to give Melrose the walk off win.

DiCato (0-2) took the loss while lefty Mike Musulli (1-0), got the win in relief.



Tuesday, July 9
Chiefs Edge Blue Sox 2-1 at Maplewood

Malden, MA- Jared Freni continued his early season mastery, this time outdueling Lexington ace Matt Karis, when the first place Chiefs edged the Blue Sox 2-1 at Maplewood on Monday night.

Karis and Freni, the ICL’s two most dominating pitchers over the last few years, did not disappoint those looking for pitching classic in their first head to head matchup this season.

The Chiefs picked up their only runs of the night in the bottom of the second inning. Mike Andre got things started when he led off with a single to center. Nate Witkowski followed suit and also singled to center to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Matt Boleski was next and he dropped a bunt in front of the mound with Blue Sox first baseman Dave Ahern fielding the ball quickly and throwing to third in an attempt to force Andre. His throw was a little high and went off Ross Curley’s glove into left field allowing Andre to get up and score and sending Witkowski to third. Mike Barbati followed and delivered Witkowski with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 2-0.

It was all Freni and Karis for innings three, four and five, before the Blue Sox broke through and cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the sixth. Second baseman Justin Silvestro drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Dan Capra’s sacrifice bunt. Freni struck out Curley for the second out before Jeff Vigurs drove in Silvestro with Lexington’s first hit of the night, a line drive single to left.

Karis got the Chiefs side in order in the bottom of the sixth. Freni sealed his sixth win of the year in the Blue Sox seventh when he struck out Ahern, got Nick Martinho to fly to Tony Serino in center, and ended things by getting Tommy Bourdon to ground out to Barbati at second.

Freni, now 6-0, struck out nine and walked two in his 98 pitch complete game effort. Karis (3-1) struck out five, issued no walks, and gave up just six hits while retiring the eleven of the last twelve Chiefs he faced over the final three innings. Both of the runs charged to Karis were unearned.

Chiefs Chatter... Monday's game was completed in a brisk one hour and twenty minutes....Karis beat the Chiefs and Mike DiCato by an identical 2-1 score in Lexington back on June 25.... How dominating have Freni and Karis been over the last few years? Well, combined the elite right-handers own a 68-12-3 career record. Freni has gone 32-6-2 and Karis 38-5-1, which includes an overall 13-2 mark the duo have posted in the postseason while each leading their respective teams to ICL championships..... Interestingly, the Chiefs have handed Karis four of his five career defeats while the Blue Sox have tagged Freni three of his six career losses....The Chiefs travel to Morelli Field on Wednesday at 7:15 PM to meet the Americans as the Town of Melrose celebrates ICL Family Night......B.T. 



Tuesday, July 2
Freni, Witkowski Provide 1-0 Win Over Watertown

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Jared Freni

Malden, MA- If you enjoy offense, Maplewood Park was not the place to be on Monday night.

On the other hand, if great defense, dominating pitching, monumental escapes, and flirting with no-hitters and perfect games is your affinity, you would have been well served.

In a gem of pitcher’s duel, where runs and hits were rarer that a dry day this summer, the Reds’ duo of Nick Ahearn and Charlie DeFrancesco and the Chiefs’ Jared Freni hooked up in a classic. Both teams combined for just four hits in the game with the Chiefs’ eventually prevailing 1-0 on Nate Witkowski’s fifth inning RBI single.

Ahearn and Freni were almost perfect through four innings. The first twelve Chiefs that came to plate were retired in succession by Ahearn. Freni was nearly as good, issuing a one out walk to Steve Morganelli in third inning, before picking him off second base.

As they went to fifth inning, the linescore read: twenty four batters up, twenty four batters down. No hits, no runs, and the one baserunner that reached was picked off for good measure.

The Chiefs finally provided some evidence that there was actually a reason to have a Louisville Slugger or two in the yard, when they picked up the lone run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Peter Copa started the inning and singled off Will Brennan’s glove at shortstop. Mike Andre followed and moved Copa to second with a sacrifice bunt. Witkowski then provided the night’s offense when he lined a single to right-center with Copa beating Mac Jacobson’s throw to the plate.

There were a few other scoring threats in the game but neither team could capitalize.

The Reds actually got two men aboard with two outs in the sixth inning when Freni walked Justin Knight and Jacobson in succession. That threat went by the boards when a would be wild pitch didn’t get away from catcher Nick Leva far enough and he hosed Knight out trying to advance to third.

The Chiefs got a big time threat going in the bottom of the sixth inning when they loaded the bases with nobody out. A Leva single and walks to Tony Serino and Tony Deshler finally chased Ahearn from the mound in favor of DeFrancesco. The lefty pulled a Houdini like escape against the Chiefs’ 3-4-5 hitters when he got Juan Portes to ground out, Copa to pop up, and Andre to fly out to left-center, with Josue Feliciano making a nice running catch to end the inning and keep it a one run game.

Feliciano broke up Freni’s bid for a no-hitter and assured that the Reds wouldn’t go quietly in the seventh. After Kyle LaVinge grounded to Portes for the first out, Feliciano drilled a breaking ball into the right-center field gap for a long double. With the tying run in scoring position, Freni struck out the always dangerous Sean Callahan looking for the second out. Brennan, who had hit the ball well all night, was next up but Freni put a close to the evening when he got him to groundout to Mike Barbati at second base.

Ahearn (1-3), went 5 innings plus and allowed three hits and struck out two after his four perfect innings. Freni who is now 5-0, allowed just the seventh inning double, while walking three and added to his impressive strikeout total by setting down 13 Reds.

The Reds and Chiefs are both off for the Fourth of July Break. Watertown returns to action on Sunday when they host the Wakefield Merchants in a doubleheader. The first place Chiefs, who hit the break with a 10-3 mark, also return from their holiday hiatus on Sunday when they entertain the Arlington Trojans at Tufts University in Medford starting at 5:00 PM.  -B.T.



Sunday, June 30
Chiefs Ride Matt DiCato Pitching & Defense to 3-1 Win at Huskins

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Mike Barbati had single, scored run, and had hand in 3 doubleplays

Medford, MA- Matt DiCato scattered seven hits and his teammates provided him with some stellar defense, turning three double plays, as the Chiefs prevailed in rapidly contested 3-1 win over the Mooney Dental Tanners on Sunday evening at Tufts University.

Mooney lefty Chris Pessotti deserved a better fate, allowing just three hits, in a game that took just an hour and thirty two minutes to complete. The customary summer evening strong wind was once again blowing in at hit starved Huskins Field.

The Tanners took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Catcher David Maher singled and was bunted to second by Billy Cuozzo. Evan Andreatta then drew a walk before Carlton Lentini flew to Tony Serino in centerfield for the inning’s second out. Scoop Ruxin followed and delivered Maher with a line drive RBI single to right.

The Chiefs came right back in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Pessotti got Paul Yanakopulos to ground out for the first out before Mike Barbati singled to right-center. Pessotti got himself in trouble when he walked Nick Leva and Serino in succession to load the bases with one away. With Tony Deshler at the plate, Pessotti uncorked a wild pitch allowing Barbati to score to tie the game up at 1-1. Deshler then grounded out to second with Leva scoring on the play giving the Chiefs a 2-1 lead. Pessotti averted further damage when he gloved a Juan Portes seed back to him to end the inning.

That was it in the scoring department until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Chiefs added a big insurance run. Portes drew a walk, stole second, and was bunted to third on a rare sacrifice bunt by cleanup man Peter Copa. Nate Witkowski then hit a sacrifice fly to left allowing Portes to tag and score making it a 3-1 ballgame.

The Tanners got a two out single by Maher in the top of the seventh before DiCato closed the door by getting Cuozzo to ground out to Copa at first.

DiCato, who was the MASCAC Pitcher of the Year this past spring at Framingham State, struck out three and was aided by the Chiefs infield who turned twin killings in the first, fifth, and sixth innings.

Pessotti (1-2) was victimized by his own wildness by walking four batters, two who ended up scoring. The former Burlington standout allowed just three hits despite not striking out a batter.

Jared Freni is expected to get the start when the 9-3 first place Chiefs host the Watertown Reds at Maplewood Park, on the campus of Malden Catholic, on Monday night at 8:00 PM.   



Saturday, June 29
Reading Gets 3-2 Win

Beverly, MA- Dante Padovanni’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and gave Reading a 3-2 win over the undermanned Chiefs at Endicott College on Friday night.

Reading took a 1-0 lead off Chiefs’ lefty Tim Dunphy in the bottom of the first on singles by Hank Oringer and Zac Tallis.

The Chiefs came back and took a 2-1 lead against southpaw Kevin Church in the top of the second inning. Catcher Nick Leva and Mike Barbati both singled and moved up a base on Mike DiCato’s sacrifice bunt. Jon Byrne then delivered an infield single up the middle, scoring Leva, to knot the game at one. Matt DiCato, who was making his first appearance ever in the Chiefs’ outfield, then grounded out for the inning’s second out. Centerfielder Tony Serino gave the visitors the lead when he singled to right scoring Barbati.

Reading tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a Padovanni double and a Paul Crehan RBI single.

In the Reading sixth, Steve Buitkus beat out an infield chopper over the mound and then stole second. Dunphy then got Colin Starz to ground to Paul Yanakopulos at shortstop for the first out of the inning. Ryan Wolfsberg  pinch hit for Bill Cataldo and he was intentionally walked to put runners at first and second with noboby out. Padovanni then drilled a single to left scoring Buitkus with the winning run and went to second when DiCato slipped when fielding the ball on the artificial surface in left.  

Church (2-0) got the win. He surrendered eight hits, walked five, and struck out one.Dunphy, who saw his record fall to 3-2, also allowed eight hits while striking out three and walking just one intentionally.

The Chiefs are back in action on Sunday when they host the Mooney Dental Tanners at Tufts University at 5:00 PM. On Monday they host the Watertown Reds at Maplewood at 8:00 PM before embarking on the ICL’s annual Fourth of July hiatus.   



Friday, June 28
Chiefs Top Reading 3-0 at Maplewood

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Peter Copa had all 3 RBI's

Malden, MA- Jared Freni picked up his fourth consecutive win of the year and his former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst teammate Peter Copa supplied all of the offense when the Chiefs turned back the Reading Bulldogs 3-0 at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night.

Freni again was superb, allowing only a two out triple to Darren Hartwell in the sixth inning. The right-hander struck out fourteen batters and walked just one.

The Chiefs got all of the runs they would need in the bottom of the first inning. Tony Serino reached on an error, Tony Deshler drew a walk, and after a Juan Portes flyout, Copa chased both Serino and Deshler home with a double into the left-centerfield gap.

It went to 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning on consecutive singles from Nick Leva, Serino and Deshler, and a bases loaded walk to Copa.

That was the scoring for the night with the Chiefs managing to strand nine baserunners as Reading starter Nick Kelley (4 innings) and reliever Brian Pedrotti (2 innings) kept the host team off the board the rest of the way.

The Bulldogs best scoring chance came in the sixth when Hartwell drilled a long triple into the right-centerfield gap before Freni struck out Steve Buitkus to end the inning.

The home and home series will continue on Friday night when the Bulldogs and Chiefs are scheduled to meet again, this time at Endicott College in Beverly, starting at 7:45 PM. On Sunday, the Chiefs will host the Mooney Dental Tanners at Tufts University in Medford at 5:00 PM. The Watertown Reds visit Maplewood on Monday night at 8:00 PM before the annual ICL Fourth of July break begins.



Wednesday, June 26
Blue Sox Edge Chiefs 2-1 in Lexington

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Chiefs veteran RHP Mike DiCato

Lexington, MA- Matt Karis (3-0) picked up his third win of the season, outdueling Chiefs' veteran Mike DiCato, to the lead the Blue Sox to a 2-1 win on Tuesday night. With the loss the Chiefs' winning streak was ended at seven games.

The Blue Sox took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Dave Ahearn singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Justin Wright RBI single.

In the Blue Sox fourth inning, Steve Gath drew a leadoff walk and tried to score on a Josh Klimkiewicz double to right but was erased at the plate on a Matt Boleski to Mike Barbati to Nick Leva relay. Klimkiewicz went to third on the throw home and Dan Capra pinch ran for him when he pulled up a bit sore. After Ahearn popped out to Mike Barbati at second base, Jason Twombley drew a walk before Wright drilled a double to right that scored Lexington’s second run.

The Chiefs cut the lead in half to 2-1 in the top of the sixth when Tony Serino drew a walk and scored on consecutive singles by Tony Deshler and Nate Witkowski. Karis left the tying run on base when he got Peter Copa and Mike Andre to both ground out.

The Chiefs threatened to take the lead in the top of the seventh. Karis struck out Paul Yanakopoulos for the first out before Boleski beat out an infield single up the middle. Barbati followed and reached when his grounder was kicked at first base. Leva was next and hit a chopper back to mound and he was thrown out at first with Boleski and Barbati, representing the tying and go-ahead runs, moving to second and third. Karis slammed the door on the Chiefs when he got Serino swinging on a cut fastball to end the game.

Karis allowed five hits, struck out five, and walked just one. DiCato (0-1), who was making his first start of the year, struck out four and surrendered seven hits.

Both teams are back in action on Wednesday. The Blue Sox stay at home and host the Arlington Trojans while the Chiefs return to Maplewood at Malden Catholic to entertain the Reading Bulldogs.



Monday, June 24
Lightning Halts ICL Games on Monday

Both ICL games that were scheduled for Monday night were rained out due to the heavy thunderstorms and lightning that hit the area shortly after 8:00 PM.

The Americans-Chiefs game was halted due to lightning, then heavy thunderstorms, after a 45 minute wait. The Chiefs were batting in the bottom of the fourth inning at Maplewood when the game was called.

In Woburn, the Arlington Trojans-Mooney Dental Tanners game at Ferullo Field was delayed because of lightning and never got started after the heavy rain hit the area.


Saturday, June 22
Chiefs Roll to 7th Straight Win on Saturday

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Jon Byrne went 2 for 3

Lexington, MA- The Chiefs jumped out to 4-0 second inning lead and southpaw Tim Dunphy was perfect for four innings as the Chiefs held off a late Wakefield rally to beat the Merchants 5-3 in the opening game of Saturday’s Jerie D’Angelis Memorial Day of Baseball at Lexington High School. For the Chiefs it was their seventh consecutive win.

After Wakefield starter Conar Mahon and Dunphy matched zeros in the first the Chiefs got what would prove to be the winning runs in the top of the second inning. Mike Andre got things started with a single to right. Nate Witkowski was next and he flew out to center for the first out. Matt Boleski then reached on an errant throw on an infield grounder before Mahon struck out Mike Barbati for the inning’s second out. Eckert bound Jon Byrne followed and chopped an infield single up the middle to load the bases. Paul Yanakopulos quickly unloaded them when he drilled a Mahon pitch deep to left for a bases clearing 3 RBI triple and a 3-0 Chiefs lead. It went to 4-0 a pitch later when Tony Deshler lined a single to left scoring Yanakopulos.

The Chiefs picked up a run to make it a 5-0 game in the top of the fourth but threatened for much more. Byrne led off with another single and Yanakopulos drew a walk. Deshler followed and dropped a perfect bunt single to load the bases for Juan Portes. Mahon got Portes to ground into a 6-4-3 doubleplay with Byrne scoring from third on the play. Mahon then issued his second walk of the inning to Peter Copa before getting Andre to fly out to right to end the inning and keep the Merchants in the ballgame.

Meanwhile, Dunphy was picture perfect through the first four innings, needing just 39 pitches to retire the first dozen Merchants in row.

The Merchants finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Mike Sorrentino tripled to deep right and scored on Ryan Gendron’s sacrifice fly to left cutting the Chiefs’ margin to 5-1.

Jarrod Marchesi came on for the Merchants in the top of the sixth and allowed just a two out single to Portes.

In the bottom of the sixth, veteran John Davison led off with double and Dom Sorrentino pinch ran for him. Sorrentino got as far as third when Dunphy got Joe Barry to fly out and Louis Tarantino and Scott Searles to both ground out to Witkowski at second to keep it 5-1 heading for the seventh.

The Chiefs got a leadoff single from Andre but Marchesi got Witkowski, Boleski, and Barbati on three consecutive infield outs to end the inning.

The Merchants made a big time run at Dunphy in the bottom of the seventh. James Ramsey drew Dunphy’s only walk of the game and Sorrentino followed with his second extra base hit in as many at bats, drilling a double that chased Ramsey to third. Gendron then singled scoring both Ramsey and Sorrentino to draw the Merchants to within striking distance at 5-3. More trouble loomed when Bobby Loscano singled sending Gendron to second and bringing the winning run to the plate in Nick Murray with nobody out. After a missed sacrifice bunt, Murray lined out to Boleski in right for the inning’s first out. Dunphy then got Dom Sorrentino to bounce back to him and he started a 1-6-3 doubleplay to end the game.

Bryne, Portes, Andre and Deshler all had two hits each for the Chiefs.

Dunphy struck out three, walked one, and allowed five hits while raising his record to 3-1 on the season. Mahon, who dropped to 0-2, surrendered eight hits in his five innings of work and struck out two.

The 7-1 first place Chiefs are off on Sunday before hosting the Melrose Americans at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) on Monday night in a game in which the starting time has been changed to 6:45 PM. On Tuesday, the Chiefs travel back to Lexington, this time to meet the Blue Sox, at 8:00 PM. –Bruce Tilman 



Thursday, June 20
Chiefs Take Sixth Straight 5-0 in Woburn

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Chiefs Catcher Nick Leva

Woburn, MA- Jared Freni threw six innings of one hit shutout ball to lead the Chiefs past the previously unbeaten Mooney Dental Tanners 5-0 at Ferullo Field on Wednesday night.

Freni continued his torrid early season strikeout pace and chalked up another fourteen K’s. Matt DiCato worked a scoreless seventh inning for the Chiefs, picking up a strikeout of his own.

Nick Leva had a big night for the Chiefs at the plate with three singles and two RBI’s.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead against Mooney southpaw Chris Pessotti in the second inning on singles by Paul Yanakopulos, Mike Barbati and Leva.

It went to 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning when Nate Witkowski and Peter Copa drew one out walks and moved up to second and third on a Mike Andre fielder’s choice. Witkowski scored when Pessotti uncorked a wild pitch with Yanakopulos at the plate.

The Chiefs added three more runs in the seventh. Andre drew a one out walk from reliever Bennett Deady and Dan Bonito pinch ran. Yanakopulos followed and reached on error with Bonito going to third. Matt Boleski’s then dropped a bunt,and when he was thrown out at first Bonito scored to make it 3-0 with Yanakopulos going to third on the play. Barbati walked and Yanakopulos scored on a passed ball with Barbati moving to second before scoring on another Leva RBI single.

Freni was lifted after experiencing some minor torso discomfort at the end of the sixth inning.

The 6-1 Chiefs are off until Saturday morning when they take on the Wakefield Merchants in the first game of the annual Gerie D’Angelis Day of Baseball at Lexington High. The Chiefs-Merchants game will begin at 10:30 AM, followed by the Americans and Reds at 12:45 PM, the Blue Sox and Trojans at 3:00 PM and finally theTanners and Bulldogs in the nightcap at 5:15 PM. 



Sunday, June 16
Dunphy's Five Hitter, Portes (3 for 4), Lead Chiefs Past Reading, 4-2

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Juan Portes had a 3 for 4 afternoon

Medford, MA- Left-hander Tim Dunphy tossed a complete game five-hitter to lead the Chiefs past the Reading Bulldogs 4-2 on Father’s Day afternoon at Tufts University’s Huskins Field. For the Chiefs, it was their fifth straight win since surrendering a 3-0 lead and losing to the Watertown Reds 5-3 in the season opener.

The Bulldogs took a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Hank Oringer singled, stole second, and scored on Nick Conti’s two out infield single.

The Chiefs came right back and took advantage of starter Brian O’Neil’s wildness to take a 2-1 lead in their half of the first. Walks to Tony Serino, Tony Deshler and Peter Copa, sandwiched around a Juan Portes RBI single and a hit batsman (Nate Witkowski), led to the two runs.

It remained a 2-1 ballgame until the Chiefs pushed across a couple of more runs in the bottom of the fourth. A Portes single, a walk to Witkowski, a misplayed soft liner in left off the bat of Matt Boleski, and a RBI infield single from Chad Conner, gave Dunphy a 4-1 lead heading to the fifth inning.

Reading got an unearned run in the top off the seventh when Dante Padovani reached on a one out error by Witkowski at third and scored on a Billy Cataldo RBI double to account for the 4-2 final.

Dunphy, now 2-1, struck out two and didn’t issue a walk while lowering his ERA to 0.32 in 21.2 innings so far this season. He needed just 77 pitches to record career win 17 in a Chiefs uniform.

O’Neil, who looked dominating at times, allowed six hits and struck out six in his five innings of work. The former Bryant University right-hander walked four (three who scored), and hit Witkowski twice. Lefty Kevin Church came on for the Bulldogs and got the Chiefs side in order in the bottom of the sixth.

Portes, the 2012 ICL Triple Crown winner, finished the day 3 for 4 with an RBI as well as four assists at shortstop.

The starting time for Monday’s game at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) against the Arlington Trojans has been changed to 6:45 PM.



In Memory

Hank Landers
Hank Landers
"One of the Greatest Chiefs of All Time"
Intercity League Hall of Fame & Chiefs Retired Number
April 11, 1961- June 9, 2013



Wednesday, June 12
Chiefs Legend Hank Landers Passes Away at 52

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Hank "The Hammer" Landers
Harold “Hank” Stanley Landers III, 52, of Salem, NH died Sunday, June 9, 2013, surrounded by his loving children and family. Born in Somerville on April 11, 1961 he was the youngest son of the late Harold S. Landers Jr. and the late Irene (Pickett) Landers.

Hank attended Somerville High School and Brown University. In High School, he was an exceptional student athlete, earning three varsity letters each in baseball, football, and basketball. He was also a member of National Honor Society and ranked 18th in Somerville’s graduating class of 645 students.

He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 24th round of the 1979 MLB June Amateur Draft, but Hank decided instead to pursue his college education at Brown University. Hank Landers was highly recruited since he excelled in two sports, football and baseball. While at Brown, he set several individual records as quarterback for the Bears' football team. Baseball was where Hank really made his mark, playing in the outfield. Hank's stats...second in extra base hits, second in total bases, second in slugging percentage, second in career home runs, second in most walks in a season, second in most home runs in a game. All of these diamond accomplishments made it easy for Hank to be selected three times All-Ivy and three times all E.I.B.L. Hank swung a ‘big bat’ earning the nickname “The Hammer”. He was inducted into the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.

In 1982, Hank signed a professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following two years in pro-ball, he settled down in New Hampshire and was father to three children, Jenaleigh, Harold “Hal” IV, and Clayton.

Hank continued following his baseball dream playing in Greater Boston's Intercity League. He played on four Andre Chiefs championship teams in 1990, 1992, 1995 and 1997. He retired in 1998 as a ‘League Legend” and was inducted into the Intercity League Hall of Fame in 2011.

Over the years, Hank worked for MA-COM (East Coast Sales Manager), Progressive
Power Products (Owner), and Vicor Corporation (Director of Sales – America East). He loved his job, but his passion was his three children. His natural abilities were put to good use coaching various teams for his children. Hank was the founder of the New England Rebels AAU baseball program and devoted many years managing and coaching his children and many others.

He was an outstanding father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, coach, and baseball player. He is warmly remembered by many who benefited from his coaching and friendship.

“Live Your Dream” was Hank’s genuine advice.

Hank was a loving father and a great support to his family. He was always there for his children. He leaves behind his daughter, Jenaleigh Landers of Manchester, NH, his son Hal Landers of Salem, NH, and his son Clayton Landers of Salem, NH. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother, David Landers. Hank is survived by his three sisters, Ellen Conroy and husband Brian of Hanson, MA, Patricia Moro of Stoneham, MA, and Clare Morin and husband Joseph of Pelham, NH. In addition to his children and sisters, Hank leaves behind his former wife, Robin (Burba) Landers of Salem, NH, his sister-in-law, Darlene Landers of Lowell, MA, his loving partner, Sharon Siegel of Cape Elizabeth, ME, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be greatly missed.

Calling Hours are on Friday, June 14, 2013, from 4 to 7 PM at Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main Street, Salem, NH. A private funeral service will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Hank’s memory to the Jane Dybowski Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer (http://walkingwithjane.org/contribute/)

To leave an online condolence, please visit: www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com

or facebook.com/GoundreyDewhirstFuneral.

Hank



Thursday, June 13
Freni Throws No-Hitter in 2-0 Win at Watertown

Watertown, MA- Right-hander Jared Freni tossed a no-hitter as the Chiefs shutout the Reds 2-0 on Wednesday night at Victory Field.

For Freni, it was the first no-hitter of his ICL career which began in 2006.

The former UMass-Amherst and Malden Catholic ace raised his record to 2-0 on the season and gave the Chiefs their fourth straight win.

Freni outdueled Babson righty Nick Ahearn (0-2), who was also outstanding on the mound. Ahearn allowed just six hits and was victimized by an infield error and some tough luck when a fly ball was lost in the twilight sky.

The only runs of the game came in the top of the third. Nick Leva led off with a single and was forced out at second on Tony Serino’s infield grounder. The Chiefs caught a break when Tony Deshler’s grounder was booted putting runners on first and second with no outs. Nate Witkowski then grounded out to short with Serino and Deshler each moving up a base. Peter Copa drew a two out walk that loaded the bases. Mike Andre was next and he hit a towering fly to right that was lost by the Reds defense and went for a two RBI single, scoring Serino and Deshler and pushing Copa to third. Ahearn escaped further damage when he struck out Paul Yanakopoulos to end the inning.

For the Chiefs, Andre (2 for 3, 2 RBI), Mike Barbati (2 for 3) and Leva (2 for 3), recorded the only hits for the visitors in the game.

The Reds best scoring chance came in the bottom of the second when Josue Feliciano reached on a one out fielder’s choice, stole second, and went to third when Leva’s throw went into centerfield. Freni got out of the jam by getting Pete John to fly to Serino in shallow center and striking out Rich Boyer.

Barbati and right-fielder Matt Boleski both did their part in preserving Freni’s no-hitter. Barbati made a nice diving backhand stop of a Felicano hard hit grounder and Boleski made a diving circus catch of Steve Tramontozzi liner, that had extra bases written all over, it in the third inning.

It was the Chiefs’ first no-hitter since the 2011season when the team had two in ten days. Rob Machado no-hit the Reading Bulldogs on June 30 and Mike DiCato turned the trick against the Mooney Dental Tanners on July 9.

Prior to 2011, the last Chiefs’ no-hitter was on June 13, 2007 by Keith Forbes against the Wakefield Merchants at Walsh Field. Forbes’ gem was the first in dozen seasons for the team since former Boston Red Sox hurler Mike Carista threw a masterpiece in a July 14, 1995, win over the Cremone A’s at Morelli Field in Melrose.

The now 4-1 Chiefs are off until Sunday when they host the Reading Bulldogs at Tufts University in Medford at 5:00 PM.



Sunday, June 9
DiCato Brothers, Dunphy Lead Chiefs to Sunday Sweep

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Rob Caggiano had first ICL Hit

Arlington, MA- The Chiefs swept both ends of a doubleheader at Summer Street Field in Arlington on Sunday afternoon, winning the opener 8-4 and then riding the shutout pitching of Tim Dunphy to take the nightcap 7-0.

The Chiefs played Sunday’s games with heavy hearts and without right-fielder Hal Landers, after learning that former Chiefs’ great and ICL Hall of Famer Hank Landers, who is Hal’s dad, passed away earlier in the day. (see separate story)

In the opener, Tony Serino, Juan Portes (double, single 2 RBI), Paul Yanakopulos and Mike Barbati all had two hits. Tony Deshler (2 RBI), Mike Andre, Nate Witkowski (triple), Chad Conner and Matt Boleski (double) all chipped in to pace the 13 hit attack. Every Chief in the lineup had at least one hit.

Matt DiCato (1-0) went the first 5.1 innings to get his first win of the season. Big brother Mike DiCato came on to get out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth to pick up the save.

In Game Two, Dunphy’s complete game five-hit shutout gave the Chiefs the 7-0 win.

The Chiefs matched their hit of total of 13 in the first game. Serino led the way with three hits, while Deshler and Witkowski each had a couple of hits each. Portes (double, RBI), Andre (single, RBI), Boleski (double, 2 RBI) and Nick Leva (single, RBI) led the offense.

Babson’s Rob Caggiano recorded the first hit of his ICL career with a pinch hit single in the top of the seventh.

Dunphy struck out five and didn’t walk a batter while bringing his record to an even 1-1 for the year.

The Chiefs will send Jared Freni (1-0) to the mound on Monday night when they meet the 3-0 Mooney Dental Tanners at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) starting at 8:00 PM.

 

 



Wednesday, June 5
Chiefs Get 8-1 Win Over Americans

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Jared Freni

Melrose, MA- Jared Freni and Matt DiCato combined for seventeen strikeouts and the Chiefs knocked out some timely hits and took advantage of some defensive lapses to knock off the Melrose Americans 8-1 at Morelli Field on Wednesday night.

Freni (1-0) was dominant throughout the game. The right-hander struck out 15 batters, allowed just one hit, one run, and walked a batter in 6.1 innings. DiCato struck out two in the seventh inning while allowing one hit.

Tony Serino went 2 for 4 with a couple of RBI’s to lead the Chiefs offense while Peter Copa, Mike Andre and Mike Barbati all had RBI hits. Tony Deshler added two singles and Juan Portes a long double for the Chiefs.

Mike Kalfopoulos (double) and James McConnville had the two American’s hits.-B.Tilman



Chiefs Receive 2012 Championship Rings

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2012 Championship Ring

Medford, MA- The 2012 Chiefs received their championship rings over the weekend. The rings were designed by Balfour Ring Company coordinated through the efforts of Hal Smith of NES Jewelry of Littleton, MA. Smith, a former Harvard standout, played in the Boston Park League in the 1970’s for Mass Envelope.

The ring features a replica of the Chiefs logo set over a garnet stone, replicating the colors of the team. Each ring has the players name, number and position etched on one side, with the Intercity logo and the team's overall record on the other. 

The members of last season’s championship squad got their rings at an on field ceremony at Huskins Field, the longtime home of the Chiefs, located on the campus of Tufts University in Medford.



Monday, June 3
Chiefs Drop Opener to Watertown Reds, 5-3

Medford, MA- Dan Chaisson delivered a two out, two RBI double in the top of the eighth inning to get the Watertown Reds past the Chiefs 5-3 at gusty Tufts University on Sunday afternoon.

The Chiefs squandered a 3-0 first inning lead in a sloppily played game that saw each team make four errors. In an ICL rarity, all eight runs scored in the game were unearned.

After starter Tim Dunphy retired the Reds in the top of the first, the Chiefs got all runs they would get in the game in the bottom of the inning. Hal Landers started things with a single and the Reds threw Tony Deshler’s double play ball into rightfield, sending Landers to third. Juan Portes popped up for the first out before Reds starter Cal Carroll walked Peter Copa to load the bases.  Mike Andre then flew to center, and with wind blowing in and knocking it down, it was not deep enough for Landers to tag. Chad Conner followed and drilled a single to right-center, scoring Landers and Deshler for a 2-0 Chiefs lead. The second Reds’ infield error of the inning, off the bat of Tony Serino, allowed Copa to score the third Chiefs run of the inning.

The Reds chipped a run off the lead in the second on an infield error and a Will Brennan opposite field double to left.

Watertown tied the game up 3-3 in unusual fashion in their half of the third. After two were out, Pete John singled. Dunphy then struck out Sean Callahan-Montague swinging on a low breaking ball in the dirt. The Reds stayed alive when catcher Chad Conner’s throw to get Callahan-Montague at first sailed into rightfield, with John going to third. Dunphy came right back to strike out Josue Feliciano on yet another low pitch that hit the front of the plate and caught a piece of Conner’s equipment and sailed up and over the backstop, allowing John to score the tying run. Dunphy got Chaisson to ground out to finally end the inning.

The Reds broke the tie in the eighth. After John grounded out to Portes at shortstop, Callahan drew a walk and moved to second on Feliciano’s bunt.  Kyle LaVigne then reached on an error by Kevin Luciano, who had come on at third base, after Andre was lifted for a pinch runner and Matt Boleski pinch hit for Rob Caggiano in the seventh. Chaisson made that error hurt when he followed with a line shot double over Tony Deshler’s head in left, giving the Reds a 5-3 lead.

Carroll (1-0), went a strong seven innings to get the win. He allowed just four hits (Landers, Conner, Portes and Andre), despite striking out just one.

Dunphy (0-1) was nearly as good, going 7.2 innings, allowing five unearned runs and five hits. Both of his two strikeout victims reached base safely in the Reds two run third inning.

Monday’s scheduled game against Wakefield at Maplewood Park, on the campus of Malden Catholic, was postponed due to field conditions.

The Chiefs are back in action on Wednesday at 7:15 PM when they travel to Morelli Field to meet the Melrose Americans.



THE 2012 SEASON
CHAMPS!!
Chiefs Get Recognized by BoSox
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The 2012 ICL Champion Chiefs were recognized by the BoSox on September 25.
Several Chiefs who were still in the area were able to attend the event at the Sheraton Needham.
Kneeling from L to R: Edward Ovalle, Mike Andre, Matt Boleski and Tony Deshler.
Standing L to R: Coach John Veneziano, Peter Copa, Juan Portes, Coach Anthony
Durkee, Manager Chuck Andre, Tim Dunphy, Nick Leva, Mike Barbati and Assistant Manager Paul Crisafulli
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CHIEFS TAKE ICL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH
3-0 WIN IN GAME FIVE


SCROLL DOWN TO SEE MARK A. CAVANAUGH'S GAME 5 HIGHLIGHTS IN PICTURES
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Lexington, MA- The Chiefs once again rule the Intercity League.
For the first time since 1997 the Chiefs are the kings of the ICL.
The Chiefs rode the pitching of ace Jared Freni, who pitched his second shutout of the series, allowing just six hits and striking out five, to knock off the five time defending champion Lexington Blue Sox 3-0 in Lexington on Sunday afternoon.
Juan Portes & Mike Baillargeon led the offense.
It was the eighteenth championship for the franchise and the fifth since they became the Andre Chiefs. The legendary Hosmer Chiefs won thirteen titles in both the Suburban Twi-League and the ICL dating back to 1960.
**SCROLL DOWN TO MORE PHOTOS & STEVE FREKER'S GAME 5 COVERAGE***
ANDRE 2 RBI WALK OFF
GIVES CHIEFS GAME TWO, 3-2
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Mike Andre delivered another game-winner
Clutch Two Out Single Puts Chiefs in 2-0 Series Lead,
Dunphy Shines on Mound Once Again,

CHIEFS TAKE GAME ONE, 2-0
FRENI K'S 12 in 4-HITTER
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Jared Freni



Thursday, November 1
Bercume MVP, Freni Outstanding Pitcher & Playoff MVP, Portes Named Top ICL Hitter

The ICL is pleased to announce its 2012 award winners. The recipients will be honored on Saturday evening, November 10th as part of the Intercity League’s annual Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.

MVP- JEFF BERCUME (Andre Chiefs)
OUTSTANDING HITTER-JUAN PORTES (Andre Chiefs)
OUTSTANDING PITCHER-JARED FRENI (Andre Chiefs)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR- NICK CONTI (Reading Bulldogs)
ROOKIE PITCHER OF THE YEAR-NICK CARAFA (Testa Corp. Bombers)
PLAYOFF MVP-JARED FRENI (Andre Chiefs)
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD- KEEGAN DENAPOLI (Mooney Dental Tanners)


The events will begin at 6:00 PM on November 10th. Event Chairman Orazio Azzarello can be reached at (617) 839-1488 for tickets or be reached by email at iclhalloffame@yahoo.com


Monday, September 3
Boston Red Sox and BoSox Club to Honor Chiefs on September 25th

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Boston, MA- The accolades continue to pour in for the Chiefs following the winning of the 2012 Intercity League Championship last Sunday.

The Boston Red Sox and the BoSox Club have gotten into the act and will honor the Chiefs at a luncheon on Tuesday, September 25 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel.

At the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 AM, the Chiefs will receive their 2012 championship trophy.

Later that day the Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park at 7:10 PM.



Monday, August 27
CHAMPIONS- CHIEFS TAKE ICL TITLE WITH 3-0 WIN IN GAME FIVE

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Jared Freni delivers last pitch of Game 5

By Stephen Freker
Medford Daily Mercury/Malden Evening News

Jared Freni’s done plenty this summer throwing smoke off the mound for the Andre Chiefs.

But there are two items that could not be brought up prior to last night’s ballgame, another gem by the righthander from Malden.

Now they can be said:

Freni has been the best pitcher in the best semiprofessional baseball league in Massachusetts from his opening start to his last.

And the best pitcher in the Intercity League hurls for the best TEAM in the ICL.

Case closed.

With Freni running the defense through his towering presence on the Chiefs mound, and his Andre teammates finally busting out of offensive funk, a 15-year ICL championship drought for one of the winningest teams in league history came to a end with a 3-0 shutout victory for the Chiefs over five-time defending champ Lexington last night on the road in a winner-take-all Game Five.

It is the Chiefs’ first crown since the 1997 campaign and the eighteenth overall for the franchise and fifth for manager Chuck Andre.

The Chiefs, then known as the Hosmer Chiefs, won thirteen other ICL and Suburban Twi-League crowns from 1960-1980.

In defeating Lexington, the Chiefs stopped a five-year championship streak for the Blue Sox.

In Sunday’s clincher, the Chiefs scored the only run they would need in the first inning. Hal Landers had a leadoff single, Tony Deshler sacrificed Landers to second and Juan Portes doubled to left to drive in Landers.

Freni won his second game of the finals and his second shutout. He scattered six hits, struck out five and walked one.

Portes had two doubles, an RBI and run scored for the Chiefs. Mike Baillargeon doubled and had a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Jeff Bercume drove in the Chiefs’ other run.
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Scoreboard in Lexington at 7:05 PM Tells the Story

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GAME FIVE HIGHLIGHTS IN PICTURES
Courtesy of Mark A. Cavanaugh



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Hal Landers led off game with a single
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Tony Deshler bunts Landers to second

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Juan Portes doubles to left

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Landers rounds thirds and scores first run on Portes' RBI double
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Portes shows Umpire Ed Pilarski ball after Leva hosed out Vigurs

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Game 2 hero Mike Andre has that serious Championship look in 4th inning

Edward Ovalle Game 5
First year Chief and former Minnesota Twin Edward Ovalle got into the act
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Mike DiCato makes catch as the Chiefs keep playing the "D"

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Deshler leads off 6th with a single

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After Portes walked, Bercume reached on a bunt

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Bercume reaches on bunt scoring Desher as John Veneziano discusses the plan
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Mike Baillargeon hit a Sacrifice to left

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Portes tags and scores third run in Top of the Sixth

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Baillargeon grabs pop up as Mike Andre salutes final out of 6th inning
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Chiefs bench reacts with three outs to go

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Not mana from heaven but close as Andre snags 1st out of 7th as Portes looks on

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Landers camps under second out of 7th inning!
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Two strikes, two outs as Jared gets sign for final pitch

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Freni sends final pitch on its way

Rob Machado Game 5
and then ....Rob Machado reaction.....
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then Mike Barbati's reaction.....

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Christian Veneziano's and Jeff Bercume's reaction.....

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..and then Juan Portes & Mike Baillargeon's reaction...
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and Rob Caggiano, Andy Cavanaugh & Tim Dunphy's reaction....

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...you know Freni threw strike 3, and then, as they say, the rest is history!

Monday, August 27
2012 Intercity League Champions

2012 Chiefs Team Photo

FIRST ROW (kneeling L to R) Nick Leva, Mike Baillargeon,Christian Veneziano, Brendan Pyburn, Mike Barbati, Mike DiCato, Peter Copa, Andy Cavanaugh, Juan Portes and Manager Chuck Andre
SECOND ROW (standing L to R) Assistant Manager Paul Crisafulli, Coach Steve Calabresi, Nate Witkowski, Paul Yanakopulos, Matt Boleski, Jeff Bercume, Matt DiCato, Dan Bonito, Rob Machado, Tim Dunphy, Tony Deshler, Jared Freni, Mike Andre, Hal Landers, Jon Byrne and Coach John Veneziano. Missing are Tim Quinn, Rob Caggiano, Paul Covelle, John Chotkowski, Sam McDonough & Edward Ovalle


Saturday, August 25
LEXINGTON EVENS SERIES WITH 2-0 WIN, DECIDING GAME FIVE ON SUNDAY AT 5:00 PM

By Bruce Hack
Malden, MA - The 2012 Intercity League season has come down to one game as the Lexington Blue Sox tied the finals at 2-2 with a 2-0 win over the Andre Chiefs at Maplewood Field at Malden Catholic Friday night.

Steve Bodnar, 2-0, pitched a complete game six hitter as he shut down the Chiefs offense. He got 16 ground ball outs and his infielders turned three double plays in the first four innings. In the first inning with Chief runners on first and third Bodnar induced Jeff Bercume to hit into a 6-3 double play. Mike Andre led off the second with single but was erased on a 5-4-3 double play. After a 1-2-3 third inning, all on ground balls, the Blue Sox infield turned its third double play on another ground ball by Bercume, this time it was 4-6-3.

Jason Twomley powered the Lexington offense hitting a towering home run to right center to lead off the third with his first home of the playoffs.

The Blue Sox added an insurance run in the seventh. With one out Dave Ahern singled to the shortstop hole. Jeff Vigurs followed with a perfect hit-and-run single through the left side to put runners on the corners. Vigurs stole second to move into scoring position and put Sox runners at second and third with one out. Twomley delivered again this time with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Ahern and gave Lexington a 2-0 lead.

The Chiefs did not go quietly in the seventh. Bercume had a leadoff single to left and was replaced by pinch runner Rob Caggiano. Andre singled to center, his second hit of the game, and he was replaced by Mike Barbati. With no outs Ed Ovalle attempted to move the runners over by bunting, but hit it right back to the pitcher and Bodnar threw out Caggiano at third for the first out. With Mike Baillargeon at the plate a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. Bodnar struck out Baillargeon swinging for the second out. Pete Copa pinch hit for Mike DiCato and hit a chopper back to Bodnar who threw to Twomley for the final out of the game.

Matt DiCato made his first appearance of the playoffs and went the distance for the Chiefs. He gave up five hits, walked one, the only walk of the game, and struck out six. He gave up lead off doubles in the fourth (Justin Wright) and fifth (Vigurs), but stranded both runners.

Vigurs had two hits for Lexington and did another outstanding job at catcher. The Blue Sox infield of Joe Eramo at third, two putouts and four assists, Steve Gath at short with three assists, two putouts and two double plays, Justin Wright at second who had three assists and four putouts and two double plays and Twomley at first who had 10 putouts, had another great game.

Last season these two teams battled to five games in the finals. In 2011 Lexington won the first two games and then saw Andre win consecutive nights on walk-off hits to tie the series at 2-2. This year Andre jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see Lexington come back and tie the series at 2-2. Will history repeat itself in game five or will there be a new ICL champion. Come to Lexington High School on Sunday at 5 p.m. to find out who will be the 2012 ICL champion.


Thursday, August 23
Karis & Blue Sox Take Game Three in Lexington, 5-1

Lexington, MA- The Lexington Blue Sox won Game Three of the best of five championship series 5-1 at Lexington High School on Thursday night.

The Chiefs lead the series two games to one. Game Four wll be played at Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic on Friday at 8:00 PM.

Over the first three innings the game feautured some fine pitching from the Chiefs' Mike DiCato and Lexington's Matt Karis. Karis retired nine of the first ten Chiefs he faced with the streak broken when Paul Yanakopulos reached on an error by shortstop Steve Gath with two outs in the third. DiCato allowed just a first inning double to Justin Wright and a walk to Dan Graham and struck out the side in order in the bottom of the third.

The night's scoring began when the Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning against Karis. Tony Deshler led off with a single up the middle and Juan Portes followed with a single to right that sent Deshler to third. Jeff Bercume then hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay with Deshler scoring. Mike Andre then reached on an error but Karis got out of the inning when he got Edward Ovalle to fly to left.

Lexington came back to score four times in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Dan Graham's one out double to left-center got the rally started. DiCato was an out away from escaping the inning when he struck out Dave Ahern for out number two before issuing what proved to be a costly walk to Jeff Vigurs. Jason Twomley then tied the game at 1-1 with a single to right. Dan Capra was next up and he singled to center with Landers' throw on target to the plate with Vigurs colliding with Chiefs catcher Nick Leva and scoring on the play. When Joe Eramo followed with Lexington's third consecutive single to right scoring Twomley and Capra, the Blue Sox had a 4-1 lead.

Karis frustrated the Chiefs over the next two innings retiring all six batters he faced.

Eramo closed out the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning that scored Capra who had doubled to jump the lead to 5-1.

The Chiefs made a little noise in the top of the seventh when Bercume and Baillargeon both singled but Karis gave the Blue Sox Game Three when he struck out Leva to end the evening.

Karis threw just 60 pitches in the complete game four hit win. He walked none and struck out two.

DiCato took the loss in a complete game effort. He gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out five
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Wednesday, August 22
MIKE ANDRE TWO RBI WALK-OFF GIVES CHIEFS GAME TWO OF CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES, 3-2

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By Bruce Tilman
Malden, MA-
Mike Andre delivered a two out, two RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel the Chiefs to a come from behind and edge of your seat 3-2 win in Game Two of the Intercity League 's Championship series at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night.

With the win, the Chiefs take a 2-0 lead in the best of five series with Game Three scheduled for Lexington High on Thursday at 8:00 PM.

This one had all the twists and turns of an evening commute on Storrow Drive as the Chiefs pulled off more seventh inning dramatics to put themselves on the brink of an ICL Championship.

The Chiefs appeared poised to take a lead in the bottom of the first inning against Blue Sox starter Drew Brzozowski. Hal Landers got things going with a long double to left-center. Tony Deshler was next and he grounded out to Steve Gath at shortstop with Landers moving to third. Juan Portes followed with a hard grounder to Ross Curley at third, and with Landers going on contact, Curley threw a strike to catcher Jeff Vigurs to erase Landers at the plate. Jeff Bercume then drove Dave Ahern back to the fence in center to make a nice catch in his bid for a two run homer that ended the inning.

It was the Blue Sox who drew first blood and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Ahern went the home run route and drilled a 0-2 Tim Dunphy change-up over the centerfield fence to give Lexington a one run lead.

In the Chiefs second, Andre flew deep to center for the first out and former Minnesota Twin Edward Ovalle singled sharply to left. Brzozowski kept the Chiefs scoreless when he struck out Mike Baillargeon and then got Mike DiCato to fly to center.

Dunphy got the Sox in order in the top of the third inning and the Chiefs threatened with two outs in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t come up with the equalizer. Deshler and Portes both singled with two away before Brzozowski retired the dangerous Bercume on sharp grounder to Jason Twomley at first to end the inning.

Lexington’s lead doubled to 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning, again thanks to Ahern. Gath drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on Dan Graham’s grounder. Ahern picked up his second RBI of the night with a single to left, scoring Gath, to make it a 2-0 ballgame.

The Chiefs got their first run of the night in the bottom of the fourth inning. Andre led things off with a single to center and Ovalle reached on an infield error. With Baillargeon at the plate, he missed on a bunt attempt that was a called strike and was dropped by Vigurs. Unsure if the ball was bunted or dropped, Andre headed for third where he was gunned out by Vigurs for the first out of the inning. The Chiefs then caught a break when Wright misplayed Baillargeon’s grounder sending Ovalle to third. Mike DiCato then a hit a grounder at Twomley at first who tagged the bag but Baillargeon beat his throw to second allowing Ovalle to score the Chiefs’ first run that cut the lead to 2-1.With Baillargeon in scoring position, Brzozowski got Nick Leva to bounce out to Wright at second to end the inning.

Dan Capra reached on an error by Baillargeon on a hard hit ball and stole second with one out in the Lexington fifth. Dunphy kept it at 2-0 when he got pinch-hitter Dan Haugh on a groundout  and Justin Wright on a flyout to Landers in center.

Brzozowski enjoyed his best inning of the night in the Chiefs’ fifth when he struck out Landers, Deshler and Portes in succession.

Gath drew his second consecutive leadoff walk from Dunphy to start the Lexington sixth but he was erased when Graham hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay. The inning ended when Ahern was retired for the first time in the game on a fly to Ovalle in right.

The Chiefs looked to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth but were once again turned back by Brzozowski. Bercume led off with a line single off Twomley’s glove to right. Rob Caggiano came on to pinch for for Bercume who has been nursing a hamstring pull suffered in the Watertown series. Andre then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt moving Caggiano to second. Ovalle followed and drew a walk. With Baillargeon at the plate, Vigurs attempted pickoff of Ovalle got past Twomley moving the runners up to second and third. Brzozowski came up huge when he caught Baillargeon looking at a breaking ball for the second out and then got DiCato to bounce out to Wright to keep it 2-1 heading for the seventh.

Dunphy struck out Vigurs and Twomley for the first two outs of the seventh before Jack Laurendeau singled sharply to left. Capra sent a shot deep to right-center that Landers made a nice running catch on to end the inning an set up the dramatic Chiefs’ seventh.

Brzozowski hit Leva with the first pitch he threw in the bottom of seventh and Paul Yanakopulos came on as a pinch-runner. Landers then moved Yanakopulos to second with a sacrifice bunt. Deshler was next and he beat out an infield grounder to Haugh who was subbing for the injured Curley at third. Portes followed and he worked a full count walk to load the bases for Matt Boleski who was hitting for Bercume who was lifted for a pinch runner an inning earlier. Brzozowski was equal to the task and struck out Boleski swinging to put the Sox an out away from tying the series. Andre took a fastball for a strike and then saw another pitch for a ball to even the count. Brzozowski’s 1-1 offering was the last of the night as Andre singled to right center scoring Yanakopulos from third and the sliding Deshler from second to give the Chiefs the dramatic two out 3-2 comeback win.

For the Chiefs, it was their fourth straight walk off win against the Blue Sox in Malden dating back to last year’s game three of the championship series when they rallied from a 4-1 seventh inning deficit to take a 5-4 win. In game four of that series, Andre delivered a walk off tenth inning grand slam to give the Chiefs a 6-2 win. Back on July 2, Portes provided the walk off game winner with a two RBI single giving the Chiefs a 5-4 win.

Dunphy allowed four hits (Ahern 2, Gath & Laurendeau) and struck out five. Brzozowski allowed eight hits (Andre 2, Deshler 2 and Portes, Ovalle, Bercume & Landers one each) and struck out six.



Tuesday, August 21
FRENI 12 STRIKEOUT 4-HITTER GIVES CHIEFS ICL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES OPENER

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Lexington, MA- Right-hander Jared Freni tossed a twelve strikeout, four hit gem to give the Chiefs a 2-0 win and a one game to none lead in opener of the Intercity League’s best of five championship series on Tuesday night in Lexington. Game Two will be played at Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic on Wednesday at 8:00 PM.

The Chiefs gave Freni the only run he would need in the top of the first inning. Leadoff man Hal Landers drew a walk from Lexington starter Brett Fistes and went to third on Tony Deshler’s single to right. With Juan Portes at plate, Fistes threw a wild pitch as Landers scored standing to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. With Deshler at second, Fistes got Portes, Jeff Bercume, and Mike Andre to all ground out to end the inning.

The Blue Sox got a man in scoring position in the bottom of the first inning on Justin Wright’s single, but Freni got both Steve Gath and Dan Graham on outfield flies to keep it 1-0.

A Nick Leva two out single was all the Chiefs could generate against Fistes in the top half of the second. Lexington took advantage of walks to Jason Twomley and Jeff Vigurs to move two runners into scoring position with two outs in the bottom of the inning before Freni got Dan Capra to fly to Landers in center.

Fistes struck out Landers and Deshler to open the top of the third before Portes singled and

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Bercume was hit by a pitch but Fistes got Andre to fly out to Capra in left.

Wright reached base for the second time when he drew a one out walk in the Lexington third but Freni struck out Gath and Graham to send the game to the fourth inning.

Leva’s second single of the night gave the Chiefs another two out baserunner in the top of the fourth but Paul Yanakopulos flew out to end the inning. Vigurs went the same route with a two out single for Lexington in the home half of the frame but Freni got Jack Laurendeau to bounce out to Portes at short that ended the inning.

Portes gave the Chiefs their fourth straight inning with a two out single in the top of the fifth. Twomley’s nice play on a Bercume grounder to first base ended the inning as the game headed to the Blue Sox fifth. Ross Curley singled to center with one out but Freni stayed tough and got Wright to ground out and struck out Gath swinging to end the inning.

The Chiefs threatened but couldn’t push a run across in the top of the sixth.  Andre got things started when he led off with a single to left and Edward Ovalle sacrificed him to second. Mike DiCato was next and reached on a Wright error at second that sent Andre to third. Fistes then got Leva to bounce back to him with Andre forced to hold at third and DiCato moving up to second. Fistes then came up with his biggest strikeout of the game when he got Yanakopulos swinging to end the inning.

Graham led off the Lexington sixth with a single to center and after two unsuccessful bunt attempts by Capra, he flew to Ovalle in right for the first out. Graham then stole second as Freni struck out Twomley for out number two. Vigurs was next and he struck out swinging on a low breaking ball that got past Leva allowing him to go to first with Graham moving to third. Freni kept the one run lead intact when he got Laurendeau to ground to Portes at short.

The Chiefs caught a break and picked up a big insurance run in the top of the seventh. After Landers and Deshler both grounded out, Portes hit his third consecutive single of the night to left and stole second. Bercume, who was hitting in the cleanup spot in the game, was next and he hit a grounder up the middle that was gloved by Gath but his throw to first was high for an error allowing Portes to score the Chiefs’ second run in unearned fashion.

Freni was immense in the bottom of the seventh striking out the side to preserve the two run lead.

Fistes allowed seven hits (Portes 3, Leva 2, Andre & Deshler 1 each) struck out five, walked one, and hit a batter. Along with his dozen K’s, Freni walked three and threw 123 pitches in his complete game effort.



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Portes, Andre high 5 while Freni get congrats

Thursday, June 6
Championship Broadcast Links

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Follow the links to see Chiefs Championship Coverage:
Boston Globe (9/2/12)
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2012/09/01/bercume-deshler-help-propel-andre-chiefs-intercity-league-baseball-title/12VM58RWPmpHnIhQf4ukoO/story.html
Boston Globe (8/31/12)
http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/minors/2012/08/29/andre-chiefs-topple-blue-sox-capture-intercity-league-title/xAXG7uzNLF6WnNZGdxLihK/story.html
Inside Medford (8/27/12)
http://insidemedford.com/2012/08/26/chiefs-face-blue-sox-sunday-in-deciding-game-5/
Medford Patch (8/27/12)
http://medford.patch.com/articles/andre-chiefs-win-intercity-title
Wicked Local (8/30/12)
http://www.wickedlocal.com/medford/sports/x976204561/Medfords-Andre-Chiefs-win-InterCity-League-championship#axzz25Jkv6Ai5
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Thursday, August 16
CHIEFS SWEEP INTO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES WITH 8-7 WIN OVER REDS

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Mike Barbati

Malden, MA- For the third consecutive night the Chiefs prevailed in a one run game and in the process swept the Watertown Reds three games to none in their best of five semi-final series. The Chiefs will now move on to the Intercity League Championship for the second consecutive season and for the third time in the last four years.

The Chiefs took the series opener 2-1 in a marquee matchup between two of ICL’s best pitchers with Jared Freni’s one-hitter besting Reds ace Brian Casey. A night later they saw the Reds, who were down to their last strike, rally to tie the game at 2-2 before they came back and won it on Matt Boleski’s tenth inning single.

The series clincher came Thursday night at Maplewood Park and by no means did it come easy. In a back and forth game that saw four lead changes, the Chiefs dug themselves out of 1-0 and 4-2 holes to a take a 8-4 lead into the seventh before another Reds’ rally came up a run short as they held on to win 8-7.

In the middle of it all was Chiefs veteran righty Mike DiCato, who surrendered a career high eleven hits. He somehow managed to go the route, including the nail-biting seventh, before he sent his team to the finals with a huge game ending strikeout.

The Reds drew first blood and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on singles by Matt McEvoy, Steve Busby and Brendan Casey.

Watertown starter Andrew LeBrun kept the Chiefs off the board in the bottom of the first.

DiCato pitched himself out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the second and the Chiefs responded in the bottom of the inning to take their first lead of the night at 2-1. After Mike Baillargeon flew to left for the first out, Nick Leva singled. Consecutive walks to Mike Barbati and Paul Yanakopulos loaded the bases for Hal Landers who beat out the back end of an attempted 6-4-3 doubleplay to allow Leva to score and tie the game at 1-1. Tony Deshler followed with a sharp RBI single to left that scored Barbati giving the Chiefs their first lead of the night. LeBrun then issued his third walk of the frame to re-load the bases before he struck out Edward Ovalle swinging to keep it a 2-1 affair.
 
DiCato settled in nicely and enjoyed a seven pitch 1-2-3 third inning. LeBrun had his best inning of the night when he returned the favor and retired the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the inning.

The Reds came back and took their second lead of the game when they scored three times in the top of the fourth to re-claim the lead at 4-2. Dan Chaisson got things started with a line single to left. DiCato struck out Will Brennan for the first out and Steve Tramontozzi followed with another single. Kevin Kelley drew a walk to load the bases for leadoff man Mac Jacobson. Jacobson singled to center to score Brennan with Landers coming up big and throwing out Tramontozzi at the plate on a close play. McEvoy followed and lined a full count fastball into right center scoring Kelley to put the Reds back in front 3-2. Baillargeon then booted a grounder off the bat of Busby that allowed Jacobson to score and give the Reds a 4-2 lead. Deshler tracked down catcher Sean Callahan-Montague’s bid for a three run homer on the warning track in left to end the inning and keep the Chiefs within striking distance.

Two runs came across for the Chiefs in the bottom of the fourth when they tied the game at 4-4. Barbati drew LeBrun’s fifth walk of the game and Paul Yanakopulos followed with a single. They both moved up on a wild pitch before Landers sent Barbati home with a sacrifice fly to left. LeBrun’s control problems continued as he walked Deshler to load the bases. Juan Portes was next and he hit a hard grounder to Casey at third. The former Azusa Pacific standout stepped on third to force Yanakopulos but his throw across the diamond to get Portes skipped by Chaisson at first allowing Deshler to score and knot things at 4-4 with Portes going all the way to third on the error. LeBrun kept the game tied when he got Ovalle to ground to Casey to end the inning.

DiCato got the Reds in order for the second time in the game in the top of the fifth.

Mike Andre got the Chiefs four run uprising started when he lined a leadoff single to right to begin the bottom of the fifth. Baillargeon drew a walk and Charlie DeFrancesco came on for the Reds to replace LeBrun. Leva then legged out a perfect bunt to load the bases. Game Two pitcher Tim Dunphy pinch ran for Leva. Barbati then came up with the Chiefs’ biggest hit of the game when he lined a single down the left field line scoring Andre and Baillargeon to give them a 6-4 lead. Yanakopulos' sacrifice bunt was thrown away by DeFrancesco for an error, allowing Dunphy to score from second to make it a 7-4 game. With runners on second and third, Landers popped up for the first out of the inning before Deshler drew the seventh walk of the night issued by Reds’ pitching to load the bases. Portes was next and he lined to Kelley at second who made the catch but threw low to first in a double play attempt as Barbati came across with the fourth run of the inning.

The Reds went in order on three groundouts and Ryan Augenstene kept the Chiefs bats quiet in the uneventful sixth.

With the Chiefs holding an 8-4 lead, things got more than a bit interesting in the top of the seventh as the Reds appeared poised to pull off some last inning dramatics for the second night in a row. DiCato hit McEvoy with the first pitch of the inning and then walked Busby. When Rich Boyer blooped a single to center the Reds were back in business with the bases loaded and nobody out. Casey then drilled a double down the left field line scoring Busby and Boyer to make it an 8-6 game and setting the Reds up with the tying runs at second and third with still no outs. The biggest play of the game came next when Chaisson hit a grounder to Portes. The shortstop looked at first base and then wheeled and threw a perfect strike to Yankopulos to get Boyer at the plate for the first out of the inning. With runners now on first and third, Brennan hit a chopper back to DiCato who threw to second to force Chaisson for the second out but he beat the relay to first to pick up an RBI, scoring Casey, to make it 8-7. The resilient Reds were still not finished as Tramontozzi kept them alive one more time with a line shot single to center. With the tying run at second base, DiCato came up big and finally ended things and sent the Chiefs to the championship when he struck out Kelley swinging to conclude the series and complete the sweep.

The now 26-7-2 Chiefs played Game Three without the services of Jeff
Bercume and Peter Copa who were both out of the lineup with injuries suffered on Tuesday.

MORE COVERAGE IS COMING SOON.

 



Wednesday, August 15
CHIEFS TAKE DRAMATIC GAME TWO IN 10 INNINGS, 3-2

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Tim Dunphy

Watertown, MA- Matt Boleski’s two out single in the top of the tenth inning gave the Chiefs a 3-2 win in Game Two of their Best of Five semi-final series at Victory Field in Watertown on Wednesday night.

Tim Dunphy, went all ten innings for the Chiefs to get the win.

The Chiefs took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh when Rich Boyer’s two out, two strike, single tied the game at 2-2.

Singles by Mike Andre and Edward Ovalle and a Hal Landers RBI groundout gave the Chiefs a 1-0 second inning lead against Reds’ starter Dave Ryan.

The lead went to 2-0 in the top of the seventh on a double by Nick Leva and triple by Jeff Bercume, who was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it to a home run.

In the Reds seventh, Brendan Casey and Dan Chaisson both singled with one out. They both moved up a base on a Will Brennan ground out setting the stage for Boyer who singled up the middle to tie the game.

In the Chiefs tenth, Peter Copa led off with a single and Andre sacrificed him to second. Reds reliever Pat O’Donnell then got Ovalle to pop up before Boleski lined his game winner to center.

Dunphy, now 7-1-1 overall this season, allowed eight hits and struck out five.

Game Three is scheduled for Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic on Thursday at 8:00 PM.



Tuesday, August 14
Chiefs Take Game One Behind Freni, 2-1

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Paul Yanakopulos scored game winner

Malden, MA- Jared Freni outdueled Watertown Reds' ace Brian Casey as the Chiefs took Game One of their Best of Five Semi Final series 2-1 at Maplewood Park in Malden on Tuesday night.

Freni allowed just one hit, a fourth inning single to Matt McEvoy, and struck out ten. Casey, allowed just five hits and struck out five.

Freni retired the Reds' side in order in the top of the first and t
he Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Leadoff man Jeff Bercume singled, stole second and third, and scored on Juan Portes' sacrifice fly to right.

The Reds went 1-2-3 again in the second, including two more Freni K's. The Chiefs threatened but could score in the bottom of the second. Mike Andre led off with a single to left. Peter Copa followed with a liner off Reds' shortstop Will Brennan's glove that moved Andre to second. Hal Landers then bunted but Casey was quick off the mound and threw Andre out at third for the inning's first out. Casey, the former Tufts star and two time ICL Pitcher of the Year, got out of the inning unscathed when he struck out Paul Yanakopulos and then got catcher Nick Leva to bounce back to him.

Freni and Casey both retired the side in order in the third inning.

The Reds got their first baserunner with one out in the top of the fourth when McEvoy singled up the middle. McEvoy got into scoring position on a passed ball. Freni left him stranded when he struck out Steve Busby and then got Sean Callahan-Montague to ground out.

Casey crusied through his second 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Chiefs picked up what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the fifth. Yanakopulos singled, went to second on a wild pitch, to third on a Leva grounder, and scored on Bercume's RBI single to right center.

The Reds got their run in the top of the sixth without a hit and threatened for more. Trouble started when pinch-hitter Rich Boyer reached on a one out error by Andre at third. Freni then walked Mac Jacobson. The Reds loaded the bases when Portes mis-played McEvoy's potential double play grounder. Busby then delivered a sacrifice fly down the left field line cutting the lead in half at 2-1. Callahan-Montague drew Freni's second walk of the inning to re-load the bases before he struck out Brendan Casey to keep the Chiefs in the lead.

Casey got the Chiefs in order for the third time in the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the Reds' seventh, Dan Chaisson bounced to Andre at third, Brennan grounded to Portes at shortstop, and Freni struck out Steve Trammontozzi to end the game.

Casey didn't walk a batter and retired ten Chiefs in a row from the second thru the fifth innings when Yanakopulos singled. Freni threw 104 pitches in the game and walked two.

Game Two is scheduled for Wednesday night at 7:30 PM at Watertown's Victory Field. Game Three will be played back at Maplewood on Thursday night.



Saturday, August 11
JUAN PORTES: From Twins to Intercity League's Triple Crown

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By Bruce Tilman
Medford, MA- Through the long and storied history of the franchise, whether they were known as the Hosmer Chiefs, Andre Realty, or the Andre Chiefs, they have been blessed with that very special power hitter in the heart of their lineup every year. In the early to mid 1960’s it was player-manager Lenny Dempsey, who handed off the unofficial throne to Sammy Greenwood, who was followed by Dave Polcari in the 1970’s, then Warren Olson and Hank Landers of the 1980’s and 1990’s, and most recently Justin Crisafulli, who assumed the “role” with distinction and who had the longest reign of all, being the Chiefs power guy from 1995 through 2011. During his tenure Crisafulli shattered all team records ending up with 567 hits, 91 homers and 417 runs batted in.

Juan Portes Roster 

Following the recently concluded 2012 regular season, you can now pencil in the name of Juan Portes as the newest addition to that renowned list. In a lineup that already had possessed some well respected veteran ICL bats like Jeff Bercume, Peter Copa, Mike Andre, Tony Deshler and Mike Baillargeon, the Chiefs’ acquired Portes in the off season to fill the big shoes that were vacated when Crisafulli called it an ICL career at the end of last year. It has been a so far so good scenario as the Chiefs finished the regular season with a 23-7-2 mark and earned a first round playoff bye.

Portes’ first regular season in a Chiefs uniform yielded the former Minnesota Twins slugger the Intercity League’s Triple Crown. He becomes the team’s first Triple Crown winner since 1997 when Crisafulli turned the trick on the way to leading them to their fourth championship of the decade. Two days after that memorable season ended with a 35-6 record, Crisafulli signed with the Cleveland Indians before returning to Chiefs for fourteen more seasons.

Hitting a lofty .452 (38-84), Portes also smacked five homers, and drove in 24 runs. The shortstop edged out Wakefield’s Scott Searles (.440), Bercume (.435), and Reading’s Zac Talis (.424) for the batting title. Portes, Searles, Bercume and Talis were the only ICL regulars to hit over the coveted .400 mark during the 2012 regular season.

Portes shared the league lead in homers with Watertown Reds’ slugger Dan Chaisson with five each. Bercume, who played a couple of seasons in the Oakland A’s system, and has combined with Portes to give the Chiefs a dynamic 1-2 punch in almost all of the ICL’s offensive statistical categories, finished in the second spot with four round trippers.

In the RBI category, Portes and Reds’ veteran Steve Busby led the way with 24 runs driven in each. Bercume (5th) with 21 RBI and Andre (7th) with 19 RBI both joined Portes in the ICL’s top ten.

Ben Revere, Juan Portes Pictures & Photos 

 “It’s really an honor winning the ICL’s Triple Crown but we still have some work to do,” said Portes when reached on Friday morning. “It has been an exciting regular season for me and I honestly couldn’t have done it without the lineup I have surrounding around me. From the first day I put on the Chiefs’ uniform I felt like I was at home and that I had known the other guys who I’d just met for years,” he added. “We are like a family now, we stick together on and off the field and our focus right now is to win the ICL championship,” said Portes.

Prior to coming onboard with the Chiefs, Portes spent seven seasons in the Minnesota organization after being drafted in the 15th round of the 2004 MLB draft. During his pro career he played in 666 games hitting .264 with 61 homers and 314 RBI. In addition, he led the Twins major league club in hitting during spring training of 2010 with a .346 average and a team best three homers, including a grand slam (pictured at left being greeted at the plate by Ben Revere) and six RBI against the New York Yankees on March 7. Portes was in the middle of a lineup that featured the likes of Joe Mauer, Ben Revere and Nick Punto. He just missed making the Twins twenty-five man opening day roster and to many observers it was a surprise when was sent back to the minors after such a productive Grapefruit League spring. He spent the rest of that season playing in New Britain and waiting for the call-up to the show that never came. Portes then bypassed a Triple “A” opportunity in 2011 and chose to return to the Boston area to be closer to his family who are in now attendance on a daily basis at virtually every Chiefs game both at home and on the road.

Portes played a year of high school baseball at Malden High before being drafted in 2004. He got his introduction to the Chiefs from Mike DiCato and Jared Freni who he teams up with in the spring to make up the Somerville High coaching staff.

“During the spring, Jared (Freni) and I spoke to Juan about the Chiefs. We told him that even though he had spent all of those years in pro ball that we can play some pretty decent and high level baseball in the ICL too,” said DiCato with a laugh. “Juan was immediately interested in playing for the Chiefs so we contacted Chuck, they talked, and he became a Chief. We are all pretty happy that he did,” added DiCato.

DiCato, who took over as the Somerville High head coach in 2012, has had the opportunity to observe Portes as both a coach and a teammate. “As a first year high school coach, I couldn’t have asked for anyone better than Juan. He is unbelievable with the kids and commands immediate respect”, said the Chiefs veteran and former UMass-Amherst standout who is looking to rejuvenate the Highlanders’ baseball program. “As a teammate on the Chiefs, his approach to the game is outstanding and just being around him brings all of us to a new level of confidence”, added DiCato.  

Chiefs’ seven year veteran Mike Andre, who spent the majority of the season hitting behind Portes in the four hole with usual cleanup man Peter Copa sidelined with a quad injury, echoed DiCato’s comments.“Juan’s just a great teammate and you can just tell how much he loves the game,” said the third baseman. “It doesn’t hurt to have a guy like Juan in the three spot who you think is going to make something good happen each time he comes to the plate. It’s pretty easy to pick up RBI’s when you are hitting behind guys like Juan and Bercy (Jeff Bercume) added the former Merrimack captain and four time ICL all-star.

 “From the moment he first walked into the dugout Juan had an immediate and positive impact,” said manager Chuck Andre. “His ability on the field, how hard he plays the game, his impressive numbers, and his professional resume all speak volumes. But what has impressed me more about Juan is how quickly he became one of the leaders of the team both on and off the field and the way he brings the club together and solidifies our team chemistry. The younger guys gravitate toward him. He’s a class act and we are sure glad to have him,” Andre stated.

On a team whose roster is dotted with no less than twelve former college captains as well as seven other players with professional experience, it is apparent that Portes, who has acquired the nickname “Big Daddy” from his Chiefs’ teammates, has indeed become a leader. 

Portes tried to divert attention away from himself when questioned about his first three months as a Chief. “I really want to thank all of the guys, the coaching staff, and especially Chuck (Andre) for giving me the chance to part of this team,” he added in his now familiar humble fashion. 

The Chiefs must be pretty thankful for him as well. 



Sunday, August 12
BERCUME & FRENI TOP SEVERAL REGULAR SEASON STAT CATEGORIES

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Medford, MA- Statistically, several Chiefs finished the regular season among the leaders in many ICL categories.

To go along with Juan Portes, who won the regular Triple Crown with a .452 average, five homers and 24 RBI, other Chiefs’ players were tops in many categories led by leadoff man Jeff Bercume and right-hander Jared Freni.

Bercume, (pictured left) posted some big time numbers over the regular season. The veteran centerfielder led the ICL in five major offensive categories. The former Oakland A’s farmhand and Merrimack College standout and captain was tops in triples with five, runs scored with 26, slugging percentage (.739), on base plus slugging (1.239) and stolen bases, stealing 24 bases in 24 attempts.

Bercume also finished third in the batting race going 40-92 for a .435 mark, was second league wide in both hits with 40, and on base percentage (.500), third in home runs with four, and fifth in runs batted in with 25. The Chiefs’ veteran, who began his ICL career in 2007, played in New York in 2008 and was with the Oakland A’s in 2010 and half of 2011, before returning to the Chiefs last July. He continues to climb up the Chiefs’ all-time leader lists, and is currently ninth in homers with 13, sixteenth in hits with 141, and nineteenth in runs batted in with 73. Bercume has also stolen 58 bases in 66 attempts during his Chiefs’ career. He has a .342 lifetime batting average in the ICL.

Other Chiefs among the ICL’s regular season batting average leaders included Tony Deshler who was eighteenth at .325 and Mike Andre at .286. Andre was seventh in the ICL in hits with 30 while Deshler finished in the thirteenth spot with 28. Andre was also seventh in RBI with 19 and Deshler had a dozen, good for a top twenty finish in that category. Both Mike Baillargeon (6 for 6) and Hal Landers (5-5) finished in top ten in stolen bases.

 
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Jared Freni

In the pitching department, Jared Freni led the circuit in several categories. The former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst standout, who posted an 8-1-1 regular season record, was tops in wins with 8, strikeouts with 104, innings pitched (69) and strikeouts per inning pitched (1.51). Freni, who was a co-recipient of the ICL’s Outstanding Pitcher Award in 2011, also finished fifth in ERA (1.52), and WHIP (.942). He began his Chiefs’ career in 2006, spent a few college seasons in the NECBL, before returning to the team on a full time basis in 2010. Like Bercume, he also continues to climb the Chiefs all-time leader lists and is now in third place in career strikeouts with 306 K’s, fifth in career wins with 23, seventh in appearances (40), and sixth in innings pitched with 241. He has a career record of 23-6 with the Chiefs.

Right behind Freni and giving the Chiefs a solid 1-2 pitching punch was veteran lefty Tim Dunphy who compiled a 6-1-1 regular season record. He finished third in three categories including; wins (6), ERA (1.14), and WHIP .904. Dunphy was also fifth in innings pitched with 55.1.

Other Chiefs’ pitchers among the leaders were Matt DiCato (4-1), who finished with the fourth best ERA (1.52) and in eighth place in WHIP (1.200) in 31.2 innings pitched. Both Matt and his older brother Mike DiCato were in the top ten in wins with four each.

The Chiefs hit .294 as team over the regular season. They posted a team ERA of 2.23 while compiling a record of 23-7-2. 



Wednesday, August 8
Reading Beats Chiefs 6-3 as Regular Season Ends

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Christian Veneziano had first ICL Hit in 7th

Malden, MA- The Reading Bulldogs got a complete game effort from Kevin Church to beat the Chiefs 6-3 in the regular season finale at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night.

The Chiefs finished the regular season at 23-7-2 but saw their ten game winning streak come to an end despite outhitting the Bulldogs 8-7. They now enjoy a first round bye and await their semi-final opponent. They will play either Watertown, Wakefield or Reading, depending on the first round results, in a best of five series most likely starting next Tuesday. Both the Watertown-Medford and Wakefield-Reading best of three series are expected to begin on Friday.

The Chiefs used five pitchers in Wednesday’s game; Rob Machado, Sam McDonough, John Chotkowski, Paul Covelle and Dan Bonito. Machado (1-1) took the loss. The righty worked the first three innings giving up five runs on three hits. He also walked four, struck out one, and hit a couple of batters. McDonough worked a scoreless fourth with an inning ending strikeout, Chotkowski gave up a run on a couple of hits in the fifth, Covelle allowed a hit and walked two in the sixth, and Bonito worked a 1-2-3 seventh for the Chiefs.

Church kept the Chiefs off the board until the bottom of the sixth when they picked up two runs on Jeff Bercume’s second triple of the night, Juan Portes’ double, and a RBI fielder’s choice by Mike Andre.

The Chiefs picked up their third run in the bottom of the seventh on singles by Mike Baillargeon, rookie Christian Veneziano and Bercume and an RBI groundout from Andy Cavanaugh. For Veneziano, it was the first hit of his ICL career and for Cavanaugh, his first RBI.

Steve Buitkus had a big night at the plate for Reading going three for four with three RBI. Bercume reached base four times for the Chiefs (walk, two triples, single) and Portes went two for three, including his sixth inning double.

More regular season wrap-up and playoff coverage tomorrow.



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Dan Bonito retired side in order in 7th

Monday, August 6
Chiefs Win Tenth Straight 4-2 Over Watertown

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Malden, MA- The Chiefs won their tenth game in a row, behind veteran right-hander Mike DiCato’s complete game effort, 4-2 over the Watertown Reds in the late game at Maplewood on Monday.

The Reds took a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Brendan Casey lined a one out single off DiCato’s foot and Matt McEvoy singled when his fly ball dropped on some miscommunication between Juan Portes and leftfielder Tony Deshler. Will Brennan then singled to load the bases. Ryan Manning followed with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Casey.

The Chiefs scored all of their runs in the bottom of the second inning against former Triple A pitcher Randy Newsom. Mike Andre got things going when he lined a double off the wall in right. Peter Copa then singled sending Andre to third. Hal Landers tied the game at 1-1 when he lined a single to left that scored Andre. Newsom got Mike Barbati to fly to short right for the first out before Paul Yanakopoulos singled to center load the bases. Jeff Bercume then drilled a shot into the right field corner that appeared to clear the bases but was ruled a ground rule double. The disputed call scored Copa and Landers but Yanakopulos was sent back to third and Bercume returned to second, having to settle for two RBI’s and a double and a 3-1 Chiefs lead. Deshler then drew a walk to reload the bases for Juan Portes who picked up his team leading 24th RBI of the season on an infield grounder scoring Yanakopulos making it a 4-1 contest.

Watertown chipped a run off the lead to make it 4-2 in the top of the third. Mac Jacobson doubled, went to third on Luke Begley’s infield grounder, and eventually scored on another grounder to third with veteran Steve Busby getting the RBI.

DiCato kept the Reds off the scoreboard over the next three innings. Newsom gave way to reliever Pat O’Donnell to start the fifth and the former Tufts standout blanked the Chiefs over the next two frames.

It was still a 4-2 game entering the top of the seventh. Dan Chaisson led off the inning with a sharp single to left. DiCato then hit pinch hitter Kyle Thebado with a pitch. He then got a big out when he struck out Steve Panza. Mike Giordarno was next up and was thrown out at first by DiCato on a chopper in front of the mound with Chaisson and Thebado moving into scoring position. Sean Callahan-Montague then drew a walk to load the bases. Barbati ended the game when he came up with defensive play of the year to date when he ranged far to his right to glove and flip a grounder in one motion to Portes covering second to force Callahan-Montague and rob Casey of a sure game tying hit.

DiCato (4-3) allowed seven hits and struck out six. Newsom (0-1) went four innings and surrendered eight hits while striking out one.

 



Monday, August 6
Dunphy's 6-0 Shutout Earns Chiefs Playoff Bye

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Juan Portes had three hits

Malden, MA- The Chiefs clinched a first round playoff bye with a 6-0 shutout of the Arlington Trojans in the opening game of a three team doubleheader at Maplewood Park on Monday night. It was their ninth straight win.

Lefty Tim Dunphy was once again superb, raising his season record to 6-1-1 on the season. Dunphy allowed just five hits, struck out three, and pitched the Chiefs to their eleventh shutout of the year. He also helped himself defensively recording four putouts, two of the line drive back to the box variety, to go along with one assist.

The Chiefs, who were the visiting team in the game, struck for a couple of runs in the top of the first inning and threatened to blow the game open against Trojans starter Justin Mansfield. Jeff Bercume and Tony Deshler both drew walks and then executed a double steal. Consecutive RBI singles by Juan Portes and Edward Ovalle made it 2-0 Chiefs and left runners at the corners with nobody out. Mike Andre was next and he hit a rocket right at Trojans first baseman Kevin Hart who easily doubled up Ovalle at first, keeping the Chiefs from a bigger first inning. Portes was left stranded at third when Peter Copa bounced out.

The Chiefs doubled their lead to 4-0 in the top of the second. Hal Landers got things started with a long triple into the left-centerfield gap. Mansfield struck out Nick Leva for the first out and Mike Barbati followed and plated Landers with a sacrifice fly to right jumping the margin to 3-0. Bercume was next and he drilled a sinking opposite field liner to left. Trojan leftfielder Dan Fitzgerald tried to make a running catch and the ball got by him and rolled all the way to the wall with Bercume circling the bases. The play was ruled a single and a three base error, to make it a 4-0 game.

Singles by Portes, Andre and Landers loaded the bases in the top of third but reliever Sean Gustin  (Holy Cross) came on and got Leva to fly out to keep it a 4-0 ballgame.

Dunphy cruised through the next three innings and Gustin kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

The Chiefs picked up a couple of more runs and some breathing room in the top of the seventh. Barbati got things started with a double down the left field line. Bercume moved him to third with a right side grounder and Barbati scored the fifth run on Deshler’s sacrifice fly to right. Portes then singled and Ovalle reached on an infield error before the final run came when Andre lined a single to right, scoring Portes, making it 6-zip.

Dunphy got the Arlington side in order in the bottom seventh to lock up the win. For Dunphy it was his third complete game shutout of the season and his second straight. He blanked Lexington 5-0 in his previous start on July 28 at Tufts University. Dunphy’s ERA now stands at 1.14 in 55.1 innings so far this season.

Portes had three singles, Landers a triple and single, and Andre a single and double to lead the eleven hit attack.

 

 



Sunday, August 5
Freni & Chiefs Edge Tanners for Eighth Straight Win, 2-0

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Edward Ovalle

Medford, MA- The Chiefs beat the stormy skies as well as the Mooney Dental Tanners 2-0 at Tufts University on Sunday evening.

In a game that was delayed twenty minutes at the start due to threatening conditions and finished in a steady rain shower, the Chiefs rode the two-hit pitching of ace Jared Freni to take their eighth straight win.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.  Mike Andre got things started when he doubled into the right field corner off Tanner lefty starter Chris Pessotti. Mike DiCato moved Andre to third with a sacrifice bunt and when the throw to first to get DiCato was low, the Chiefs had runners on the corners with nobody out. Pessotti got then Nick Leva to pop up for the first out. Mike Barbati’s infield grounder to shortstop scored Andre with DiCato being forced at second. Pessotti got Jeff Bercume swinging to keep it a 1-0 game after two innings.

The Tanners mounted their most serious scoring threat in the top of the third. After an infield throwing error by DiCato at first, Johnny McDonald singled sharply up the middle. With runners at first and second, Carlton Lentini grounded to Juan Portes at short with both runners moving into scoring position. Freni and the Chiefs got out of the inning and kept the shutout intact when Edward Ovalle made a nice running catch of a Joe Burnham liner to left.

The lead doubled to 2-0 in the home half of the fifth inning. Leva blooped a 3-2 pitch into right for a single. Barbati moved Leva up to second with a sacrifice bunt. Jon Byrne, making his first start of the season in the DH role, was next and he grounded out to McDonald at second base with Leva moving to third. Bercume then delivered Leva with  long double to right. McDonald robbed Hal Landers with a diving stop of a hard grounder earmarked for a RBI single to right to retire the side.

That was all the scoring either team could generate as Freni retired the last ten Tanners in a row and Pessotti blanked the Chiefs over the final two innings.

Freni raised his record to 8-1-1 on the year and recorded nine strikeouts while walking just one. Pessotti, now 2-4, scattered six hits, struck out three and walked a couple.

Chiefs Chatter......The Chiefs are now 21-6-2 on the season. Sunday’s shutout was the tenth thrown by the pitching staff in 29 games so far in 2012.....On Monday, the Chiefs will host a three team doubleheader at Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic). In the opener, the Chiefs will play the Arlington Trojans at 6:30 PM and then take on the Watertown Reds in the nightcap at approximately 8:30 PM........The Chiefs will conclude their regular season schedule on Wednesday night when they host the Reading Bulldogs at Maplewood at 7:45 PM.



Friday, August 3
Mike DiCato's Relief Effort Gets Chiefs 6-4 Comback Win Over Bombers

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Welcome Sight! Peter Copa was 2-4 in return to lineup

Malden, MA- Brotherly love can go a long way.

Veteran Mike DiCato came on in the top of the fifth inning to get his younger brother Matt out of a bases loaded one out jam to keep the Chiefs in the lead in a hard fought 6-4 win over the resilient Testa Corp. Bombers on Friday night at Maplewood Park.

It was the seventh straight win for the Chiefs who improved to 20-6-2 on the season with four regular season games left to play.

This one did not come easy as the Bombers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.

Testa Corp. picked up a run in the top of the first inning against Matt DiCato on a walk to Mark O’Flynn, a Mike Addesa base hit, a Devon Perry HBP, and a RBI single from journeyman Aaron Finklestein.

The lead went to 3-zip Bombers in the top of the second inning when O’Flynn hit a two run homer to right-center.

The Chiefs came back quickly and tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the second. Peter Copa, who was making his return after missing ten games with a quad injury, singled to left to get things started. Hal Landers then doubled into the left-center field gap sending Copa to third. Bomber’s starter Airel De la Cruz then struck out Mike Barbati swinging and got Nick Leva to line to Perry at shortstop for the first two outs of the inning. De la Cruz was a strike away from getting out of the predicament when Jeff Bercume came up big, tripling to left-center, scoring Copa and Landers getting the Chiefs on the board but still trailing 3-2. Tony Deshler then drilled a De la Cruz fastball into right scoring Bercume to even things up and make it a new ballgame at 3-3.

The younger DiCato got the Bombers in order in the top of the third and the Chiefs responded to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the inning. Edward Ovalle, who was another returnee to the lineup after missing the last four games with a calf injury, walked, stole second, and scored on Mike Andre’s long RBI double off the fence in right-center.

DiCato worked his second 1-2-3 inning in a row in the top of the fourth and the Chiefs picked up a couple of more runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 6-3 lead. Bercume lead off the inning with his fourth homer of the season, a moon shot to straight away rightfield off Bombers reliever John Jennings.  Deshler and Juan Portes followed with consecutive singles to left. Jennings got Ovalle to pop up for the first out before Andre lined a single to right-center scoring Deshler to make it 6-3 with Portes being thrown out trying to go to third on the play. Copa then hit a ground rule laser double to left sending Andre to third. Landers drew a walk to fill the bases but Jennings kept the Bombers within three runs when he got Mike Barbati to fly out to end the inning.

O’Flynn  got the Bombers back within two runs when he led off the top of the fifth inning with his second homer of the game to straight away center, making it a 6-4 game. DiCato then walked Dan O’Flynn. After an infield out the Bombers got another threat brewing when Adessa drew the second walk of the inning and Perry singled to right to load the bases. That was the night for DiCato as he gave way to older brother Mike who was summoned from the bullpen. Big brother didn't let his younger sibling down as he got out of the jam by striking out Finklestein and Joe Barry in succession to keep the Chiefs in front at 6-4.

Mike was superb over the next two innings, allowing just one baserunner, hitting O’Flynn with a two strike picth with two outs in the sixth. The former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst standout struck out four while picking up his third win of the season. Addesa, formerly a GBL all-star pitcher at Revere High as well as making mound appearances during his collegiate career at Salem State, blanked the Chiefs over the final two innings to account for the 6-4 final.

The Chiefs are off on Saturday and will host the Mooney Dental Tanners on Sunday at 5:00 PM at Tufts University in Medford.



Monday, July 30
Freni, Deshler Lead Chiefs to 6th Straight Win, 5-0

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Jared Freni

Medford, MA- Jared Freni threw the third three-hit shutout for the pitching staff in three days as the Chiefs blanked the Arlington Trojans 5-0 at Maplewood Park on Monday night. Freni’s three-hitter followed mirror efforts by Tim Dunphy who beat Lexington on Saturday 5-0 and Matt DiCato’s 3-0 win over Mooney on Sunday night.

Tony Deshler’s two run homer in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Jeff Bercume ahead of him who had singled, gave Freni all the runs he would need.

The Chiefs made it 3-0 in the third when Mike Andre fielder’s choice grounder with the bases loaded was thrown wide of home allowing Bercume, who had singled, to score.

It went to 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth when Mike Barbati scored when Bercume beat out an infield single and the throw to get him at first skipped away.

The Chiefs added their fifth and final run in the sixth inning on Andre’s RBI single to right.

Freni struck out eleven Trojans and retired the last 14 batters in a row. The right-hander raised his record to 7-1-1 on the season.

The Chiefs, who are now 19-6-2, are off on Tuesday and will return to Maplewood to face the Reading Bulldogs on Wednesday at 7:45 PM.



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Tony Deshler had 2 Run Homer

Sunday, July 29
Matt DiCato Gives Chiefs Another Three-Hit Shutout in 3-0 Win Over Tanners

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Mike Barbati had RBI & Scored Run

Woburn, MA- For the second consecutive Sunday Matt DiCato threw a gem.

Last week he held the Wakefield Merchants to five hits and one unearned run as his mates pulled off a seventh inning two out rally to give him a 2-1 win. On Sunday night at Ferullo Field he was even better.

The now 4-1 right-hander threw a complete game three-hit shutout, never allowing a runner to get beyond second base, and took a no-hitter into the fourth inning in a 3-0 Chiefs win over the Mooney Dental Tanners. It was the Chiefs second three hit shutout in as many days as lefty Tim Dunphy turned the trick against the Lexington Blue Sox on Saturday.

The game featured a fine pitcher’s duel between DiCato and Mooney righty Max McKenna of Amherst College. McKenna deserved a much better fate as he only allowed one earned run and six hits while striking out a half dozen.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the top of second inning when Mike Baillargeon singled and stole second. McKenna then struck out Mike DiCato looking at a breaking ball and got Paul Yanakopulos to fly to right. Veteran Mike Barbati was next and he came up big with two outs when he drove home Baillargeon with a liner off first baseman’s Bill Manley’s glove.

It went to 2-0 in the top of the third. After Tony Deshler bounced back to McKenna for the first out, consecutive line drive singles by Juan Portes and Mike Andre put runners at first and second. McKenna got Baillargeon to fly to right for out number two. The Chiefs caught a break when Mike DiCato’s pop up was dropped in short right field allowing Portes to score the unearned run.

The Chiefs scored another unearned run in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. McKenna started the inning by striking out Matt Boleski. He then hit Barbati with a pitch. Bercume was caught looking at a McKenna fastball on a 3-2 count with Barbati running and stealing second on the pitch. The Chiefs caught break number two of the night when Deshler’s grounder went through the wickets of shortstop Carlton Lentini as Barbati was crossing in front of him, allowing him to score the third and final run of the night.

Lentini broke up DiCato’s hitless run with a clean single to right leading off the fourth. After Joe Burnham flew to Bercume in center for the first out Manley drew a walk to give the Tanners two base runners on for the only time in the game. The Tanners only real scoring threat ended when Keegan DeNapoli bounced into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

McKenna and DiCato threw blanks the rest of the way as the Chiefs left Woburn with their fifth straight win and an 18-6-2 record.

Chiefs Chatter.....Mike Andre reached a milestone with his third inning single that was the 200th hit of his Chiefs career. The third baseman is currently in tenth place on the Chiefs’ all time career list. He is in some pretty impressive company in the “200 Hit Club” trailing Justin Crisafulli (567), Mike Langston (538), Mike Barnes (365), Dave Clivio (328), Warren Olson (304), Steve Daley (273), Hank Landers (238), Brian Macrina (227), Alex Masel (213) and now Andre at 200.....Matt DiCato lowered his ERA to 0.51 in 27.1 innings of work so far this season.....For the 47th time in 49 seasons the Chiefs have clinched both a playoff spot and a winning record.....Both Peter Copa (quad) and Edward Ovalle (calf) are expected back into the lineup later this week.....The Chiefs will send Jared Freni (6-1-1) to the mound on Monday night when they host the Arlington Trojans at Maplewood Park on the campus of Malden Catholic at 7:45 PM.....



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Mike Andre recorded his 200th Career Hit on Sunday night

Saturday, July 28
Dunphy Shuts Out Lexington withThree-Hitter, 5-0

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Hal Landers had 2 RBI Single in 3rd

Medford, MA- Veteran Tim Dunphy twirled a complete game three-hit shutout to pitch the Chiefs by the Lexington Blue Sox 5-0 on Saturday afternoon at Tufts University’s Huskins Field.

Dunphy was in control from the outset, allowing just four baserunners on the day, two of which were erased on Chiefs’ doubleplays.

The Blue Sox got the first of their hits in the top of the first inning when Dan Capra lined a one out single to right. Capra was forced at second when Dunphy got Steve Gath to bounce into a 6-4-3 (Portes-Baillargeon-DiCato) doubleplay to end the inning.

The Chiefs went right to work in the home half of the first inning. Leadoff man Jeff Bercume was hit by a Drew Brzozowski pitch. Brzozowski caught Bercume leaning and picked him off for the first out. Tony Deshler then drew a walk and Juan Portes was next. For the third consecutive game Portes gave the Chiefs a lead when he hit his third first inning home run in a row and fifth of the year, a line drive to right-center, scoring Deshler ahead of him for a 2-0 lead.

It was three up and three down for the Blue Sox in the top of the second against Dunphy and the Chiefs picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the inning. After Hal Landers fouled out, Mike DiCato reached on a two base throwing error and scored when Paul Yanakopulos drilled an RBI single to right-center.

Joe Eramo reached on a Portes error with two outs in the top of the third and stole second before Dunphy got Ross Curley to fly to Bercume in center to end the inning.

The Chiefs made it a 5-0 game in the bottom of the third. Mike Andre got things started with two outs when he lined a Brzozowski pitch to center. Mike Baillargeon then drew a walk and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Hal Landers then singled to right-center scoring Andre and Baillargeon jumping the lead to 5-0.

Capra singled to start the top of the fourth but Gath lined into a doubleplay before Dan Graham singled and Jason Twomley flew out to end the inning.

The Chiefs threatened but couldn’t add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Yanakopulos lined a shot down the left field line but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Bercume was hit by a pitch for the second time in the ballgame and Deshler drew another walk. That was it for Brzozowski as Tyler Kendrick was summoned from the Sox bullpen. The lefty got Portes on a foul pop up to keep it a 5-0 game.

Dunphy got the Sox side in order in the fifth. The Chiefs got two aboard with one out when Baillargeon singled and Landers was hit by a pitch. Kendrick got out of it when he got DiCato to hit into a 1-6-3 doubleplay.

Lexington went 1-2-3 again in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Jon Byrne gave the Chiefs a start when he led off the bottom of the inning with a single to right. Andy Cavanaugh came on to pinch run for Bryne and was gunned down at second on a nice throw by catcher Mike Abraham on a Yanakopulos unsuccessful sacrifice bunt. Bercume followed with a single but Deshler hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay to send the game to the top of the seventh.

Dunphy again retired the side in order (Gath, Graham & Twomley groundouts) to give the Chiefs the win as the skies over Tufts were quickly darkening.

Dunphy needed just 79 pitches to pick up his fifth win of the season. He struck out just one but retired the last ten batters in row. The former Brandeis star is now 5-1-1 on the campaign and lowered his ERA to 1.30 in 48.1 innings.

The Chiefs stay busy with a road game on Sunday night at 8:00 PM when they travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn to visit the Mooney Dental Tanners. On Monday, the Chiefs will host the Arlington Trojans in a 7:45 PM start at Maplewood.



Wednesday, July 25
Freni, Portes & Deshler Lead 8-1 Win Over Reading at Maplewood

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Jared Freni Won 6th Game

Malden, MA- Jared Freni went 6.1 innings to get his sixth win and Juan Portes and Tony Deshler swung the big bats as the Chiefs topped the Reading Bulldogs 8-1 at Maplewood Park on Wednesday night.

For the second game in row, Portes gave the Chiefs a first inning lead with a home run, this time a solo blast to left-center, for his fourth of the season.

That was all the scoring either team could generate as Reading lefty Sean Boyle and Freni matched zeros until the Chiefs put up a three spot to take a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Deshler got things started with double into the left-centerfield gap. Portes followed with shot off the fence in center that came back quickly to Darren Hartwell with Deshler only advancing as far as third. With Mike Baillargeon at the plate, Boyle balked Deshler home and moved Portes to third. Baillargeon drew a walk and stole second and Mike Andre’s RBI infield grounder then brought Portes across with the third run. Hal Landers was next and he was hit by a Boyle pitch. With runners on the corners, Landers stole second and when catcher Zac Talis’ throw skipped away, Baillargeon trotted home with the fourth run of the inning.

The Bulldogs answered with their only run of the night in the top of the fifth inning on consecutive hits from Nick Conti, Trevor Manzi and Talis.

Kevin Church came on in the bottom of the fifth for the Bulldogs and kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard. Freni enjoyed a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth and the Chiefs put it out of reach when they scored four more times in the bottom of the inning.

After Andre flew out to right, Landers singled and stole second. Paul Yankopulos then delivered Landers with a double into the leftfield corner making it a 5-1 game. Mike Barbati then made it 6-1 with a single to center that scored Yanakopulos and went to second on the throw home. Jeff Bercume then hit a long fly to right that was dropped on the warning track for a three base error that scored Barbati. Deshler followed and drove home Bercume with Chiefs eighth run of the night.

Freni (6-1-1) allowed six hits and struck out eleven before giving way to Rob Machado with one out in the seventh. Machado gave up a hit and also recorded a strikeout.

With the win, the Chiefs move to 16-6-2 on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 10-13-1.

The Chiefs are off until Saturday when they host the Lexington Blue Sox at Tufts University in Medford in a 2:00 PM start.

 



Monday, July 23
Dunphy Gets 4th Win, Portes & Bercume Lead Chiefs Over Watertown, 9-4

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Jeff Bercume

Malden, MA- Tim Dunphy went the distance to pick up his fourth win of the season as the southpaw pitched the Chiefs past the Watertown Reds 9-4 at Maplewood Park on Monday night.

Looking to avenge two lopsided losses earlier this season to the Reds in Watertown, the Chiefs started quickly on this night scoring four times in the bottom of the first and adding three more in the second to take a 7-0 lead after two innings.

The Chiefs got to Watertown starter Ryan Augenstene early when Jeff Bercume led off with a double and scored on Juan Portes’ third homer of the season, a towering two run shot to left center, for a 2-0 lead. Walks to Edward Ovalle, Mike Baillargeon and Hal Landers sandwiched around a Mike Andre single to left center led to two more runs and a 4-0 Chiefs’ lead after an inning.

The lead went to 7-0 in the second inning on a triple by Portes, an Ovalle single and a Baillargeon double.

Dunphy held the Reds scoreless in the top of the third and Watertown reliever Pat O’Donnell restored order and kept the Chiefs off the board in the bottom of the inning.

The Reds closed the gap to 7-3 when they scored three times in the top of the fourth on singles from Steve Busby, Brendan Casey and Matt McEvoy and an opposite field double by Ryan Manning.

The Chiefs answered right back in their half of the inning when they scored a couple more runs on a Bercume two RBI double, increasing their margin to 9-3.

Dan Chaisson’s fifth homer of the year, a solo blast to left, leading off the sixth inning closed out the scoring for the night to account for the 9-4 final.

Dunphy, now 4-1-1, allowed nine hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.

Augenstene (1-2) took the loss for Watertown.

The Reds play the Arlington Trojans on Tuesday at Bentley at 6:00 PM. The Chiefs enjoy a night off and return to Maplewood to host the Reading Bulldogs on Wednesday at 7:45 PM.



Sunday, July 22
Chiefs 7th Inning Rally Gives Matt DiCato 2-1 Win in Wakefield

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Mike Andre
Wakefield, MA- Make no mistake about it. The crowd was heading for the exits and emptying onto Farm Street. The Chiefs were poised for a long ride home with nobody on base and two gone in the top of the seventh as the locals seemed destined to a take a very frustrating 1-0 loss to the Merchants at Walsh Field on Sunday afternoon.

After squandering scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity and stranding eight men on base, including leaving the bases juiced twice, it appeared that the outcome would result in the one of the Chiefs’ most “tough to take” shutout losses of the season as well as wasting an outstanding effort by righty Matt DiCato.

Not so fast.

Enter Juan Portes. Then Mike Andre.  Followed by Mike Baillargeon. And finally Andy Cavanaugh.

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With two quietly and quickly  gone it the top of the seventh Portes (pictured left) gave his team some life with a seed single to left. Andre was next and delivered maybe his biggest clutch hit so far this season when he drilled a full count Connor Mahon offering to right sending Portes to third.

Cavanaugh came on to pinch run for Andre and Baillargeon brought the crowd back into the ballpark when he delivered an opposite field triple into the right field corner with Portes scoring and Cavanaugh beating the relay home to catcher Mike Sorrentino to give the Chiefs a sudden and improbable lead at 2-1. Kevin Flight came on to relieve Mahon and got Mike DiCato on an infield grounder to send the Chiefs back onto the field for the bottom of the seventh leading 2-1.

The Merchants did not go quietly. Joe Papa was first up to face the younger of the two DiCato Brothers and he grounded to Portes at shortstop for the first out. Dave Orlowitz followed with a sharp single to left and promptly stole second. With Orlowitz in scoring position, DiCato got Joe Breen to bounce to Baillargeon at second for out number two with Orlowitz moving to third. With the tying run ninety feet away, Nick Napoli grounded to Mike Barbati, who had come on to replace Andre at third, and he threw Napoli out at first by a couple of steps to end the game.

Mahon frustrated the undermanned and ailing Chiefs lineup through the first 6.2 innings. The Merchants gave him what appeared to be the only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Orlowitz drew a one out walk and DiCato threw Breen’s comebacker low to second for an error. Napoli made DiCato pay when he drilled a single to left scoring Orlowitz giving the Merchants a 1-0 lead on the unearned run.

DiCato, who raised his record to 3-1 and lowered his ERA to 0.69 in 20.1 innings so far this season, allowed just five hits and struck out one. Mahon, who named as a mid season ICL all-star, took the tough loss and fell to 2-3. The Norwich University righty surrendered ten hits, walked three and struck out four in his 6.2 innings.

With the win the Chiefs go to 14-6-2 while the Merchants fall to 11-14 while suffering their sixth straight loss and their third consecutive one run defeat.

The Merchants are off on Monday and will look to rebound on Tuesday when they visit the Bulldogs in Reading. The Chiefs meanwhile will play their fourth game in four days when they host the Watertown Reds in a big game at Maplewood Park, on the on campus of Malden Catholic, on Monday night at 7:45 PM. Southpaw Tim Dunphy (3-1-1, 1.02 ERA) will draw the starting assignment. -Bruce Tilman



Saturday, July 21
Americans Beat Chiefs at Tufts, 4-1

Medford, MA- Former Atlanta Braves right-hander Kevin McGlinchy tossed a neat two-hitter, striking out eight, to get the Medford Americans past the Chiefs 4-1 at Tufts University on Saturday afternoon.

The Americans jumped out to 1-0 lead against Mike DiCato in the top of the first inning on singles from Mike Burgoyne and Kevin Davis, a walk to Joe Sheehan, and a sacrifice fly from Jon Barber.

The Americans’ lead went to 3-0 in the top of the fourth on singles by Barber and Mike Kalfopoulos, a walk to James McConnville, and a wild pitch.

McGlinchy allowed a run, without yet giving up hit, in the Chiefs fourth when Jeff Bercume walked, stole second and third, and scored on a Juan Portes RBI grounder to shortstop.

The Americans got that run right back in the top of the fifth when Chris Salvati reached on a throwing error by Tony Deshler and a Sheehan double making the score 4-1.

McGlinchy meanwhile was sailing along with a no-hitter for 5.2 innings until Bercume broke it up when he beat out an infield single on a close play at first. Deshler followed with the Chiefs’ only clean hit of the day, a single up the middle. McGlinchy ended the Chiefs lone scoring threat when he struck out Portes swinging to end the inning.

McGlinchy evened his season mark at 4-4 with the win while DiCato fell to 2-3.

The Chiefs stay busy travelling to Walsh Field in Wakefield to meet the Merchants on Sunday at 5:00 PM before returning to Maplewood to meet the Watertown Reds on Monday night at 7:45 PM.

Chiefs Chatter...The Chiefs' walking wounded added another member when Edward Ovalle went down with a calf injury in the third inning. Ovalle joins Peter Copa and Hal Landers and a number of others who are already ailing.... The Chiefs ended Saturday's game with the absurd number of 15 players not available including; Ovalle, Copa, Landers, Mike Baillargeon, Tim Quinn, Nick Leva, Brendan Pyburn, Rob Caggiano, Andy Cavanaugh, Paul Covelle, Rob Machado, Jared Freni, Zarif Pajazetovic, Sam McDonough and Dan Bonito....Pitcher Matt DiCato, who had a couple of at bats at Framingham State this spring, was forced into the lineup due to so many players being unavailable when Ovalle was injured.....



Friday, July 20
Chiefs Hold On to Edge Arlington 3-2 as Freni Gets 5th Win

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Edward Ovalle

Arlington, MA- Jared Freni went six innings to pick up the win and Juan Portes had a 3 for 4 evening as the Chiefs escaped Summer Street Field in Arlington with a sloppy 3-2 win over the Trojans on Friday night.

The Chiefs were cruising along with a 3-0 lead with one out in the seventh until three infield errors cut the lead to 3-2 and brought the winning run to plate with two outs. Only an outstanding play by Tony Deshler on an infield chopper avoided more trouble as he threw Justin Mansfield out at first on a close play to end the game.

The Chiefs staked Freni to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Edward Ovalle doubled in his first Chiefs’ at bat and scored when Portes, his former Minnesota Twin teammate, drove him in with a single.

The lead went to 2-0 in the second when Deshler led off with a single to right, Mike DiCato was hit by a pitch, and Paul Yanakopulos drew a walk from Arlington starter Eric Oberg to load the bases. Jeff Bercume then delivered Deshler with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Deshler.

It stayed a 2-0 as the Chiefs missed scoring opportunities in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings while stranding 13 men on base.

Freni was tough when he had to be as the Trojans got two men on in the second (walk, single), a runner to second in the third, and another runner in scoring position in the fifth (Justin Friedman single).

The Chiefs added what proved to be their all important third run in the seventh. Mike Andre singled into the shortstop hole and when Morgan Brown’s throw was low to first he moved to second. Reliever Marcus Way then struck out Deshler swinging for the first out. Pinch runner Rob Caggiano then went to third on a wild pitch and scored what proved to be the game winner on a DiCato single to right.

Tim Dunphy came on for Freni to start the seventh and things begin uneventfully enough when he got Kevin Hart to groundout to DiCato at first. Dan Csapler then grounded to Portes at short and when his throw sailed high over DiCato’s head at first Csapler was standing at second with one out. Dave Cunningham followed and reached on Pyburn’s error to put runners on the corners. Pinch hitter Paul O’Neil then hit a slow roller at Deshler at third which he charged and threw wide of first allowing Csapler to score to make it 3-1. Friedman then grounded to Pyburn who forced O’Neil at second with Cunningham scoring as the Trojans closed to 3-2. Mansfield then hit another chopper between the mound and third. Deshler charged the ball and fired to DiCato on a banger at first to end the game.

Freni (5-1-1) struck out eight and walked one. Dunphy allowed two unearned runs and picked up his first save of the season.

The Chiefs had eight hits against a trio of Trojan pitchers as Portes (3 singles) and Ovalle (double & single) were the only Chiefs to have multiple hit games.

The 13-5-2 Chiefs are right back in action on Saturday afternoon when they meet the Americans at Tufts University in a 1:30 PM start.

 



Tuesday, July 17
Chiefs Chatter.....

CHIEFS CHATTER........The Chiefs return to action on Wednesday night when they host the Testa Corp. Bombers at Maplewood starting at 7:45 PM.......First baseman and former Malden Catholic/UMass-Amherst/California Angel Peter Copa remains day to day with a quad injury suffered last week against Lexington.....Sam McDonough made his first appearance of the season in Sunday’s loss at Reading. The former UMass-Amherst righty had a standout career at Conrad High in West Hartford CT, before moving on to UMass where injuries limited his appearances. An all around athlete, McDonough was named all Central Connecticut League as a three year quarterback as well as all conference as a senior in basketball. He was a three time CCL all league selection as pitcher for Conrad as well......The Chiefs also added former Minnesota Twins outfielder Edward Ovalle to the roster last week. Ovalle, was a teammate of shortstop Juan Portes on a number of occasions in the Twins system. Ovalle played in 573 professional games over a span of six seasons where he hit 37 homers and drove in 258 runs to go along with a .265 career average.....Two young right-handers will making their ICL debuts over the next few weeks. Malden Catholic righty Paul Covelle of Medford, who is headed to Franklin Pierce in the fall, as well as Everett standout Zarif Pajazetovic have joined the club. Covelle and Pajazetovic give the Chiefs’ staff some added bullpen depth and youth as they join fellow rookies John Chotkowski of Tewksbury and Dan Bonito (Western New England) formerly of Malden Catholic, on the staff.......Former Chief catcher Mike Romano made certain his old team had plenty of good wood to swing this summer as he helped supply the club with Zorian Bats. Another former Chief, Rob Zorian, is the owner of Zorian Bat Company and the two ex-teammates made sure that the Chiefs would be swinging plenty of Zorians this summer.....The Chiefs head into the stretch run with eight players who had previously signed a pro contract on their roster. Jeff Bercume (Oakland A’s), Tony Deshler (Penrith Panthers), Juan Portes and Edward Ovalle (Minnesota Twins), Mike Baillargeon and Mike DiCato (Worcester Tornadoes), Peter Copa (California Angels) and Tim Dunphy (Namur Angels) have all inked professional pacts at some point in their careers....The 2012 ICL playoffs are scheduled to get underway around Thursday, August 9. The top six teams will qualify with the two top regular season finishers getting a first round bye. Team #3 will meet Team #6 and Teams #4 & #5 will meet in a best of three first round. The winners will meet the two top teams in a best of five semi-final series. The ICL championship series is also a best of five series......Mike Andre climbed into the top ten in all time hits last week when he recorded his 194 hit, passing the aforementioned Mike Romano. Andre is currently in eighth position on the career RBI list with 129 and 13th in home runs with nine. The former Merrimack co-captain is in his seventh ICL campaign....Speaking of former Merrimack co-captains, Bercume is also steadily moving up the Chiefs’ career leader list in home runs (12 HRS, 9th), RBI (63, 16th) and hits (123, 17th).....Staying on the subject of career leaders, Mike DiCato has moved into the top five all-time in both mound appearances (51) and innings pitched (227).....-Bruce Tilman



Sunday, July 15
Bulldogs' Blank Chiefs 4-0 in Reading

Reading, MA- Brian O'Neil allowed no runs and only one hit in six innings as the Bulldogs shutout the Chiefs 4-0 in Reading on Sunday afternoon.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Darren Hartwell's two run single up the middle with the bases loaded gave the Bulldogs all the runs they would need against Chiefs’ starter Matt DiCato.

DiCato pitched himself out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning when he experienced some wildness and walked three batters. He escaped by catching Pete Castoldi looking at strike three to end the inning.

Jeff Bercume singled to left (the Chiefs only hit) with two outs in the top of the third and got into scoring position by stealing second. O’Neil ended the threat by striking out Tony Deshler swinging at a fastball.

It remained a 2-0 game until Mike Taylor led off the Reading fifth with a solo homer to center. Sam McDonough came to replace DiCato and got out of the inning with two strikeouts.

The Bulldogs added a run off McDonough (W. Hartford CT/UMass-Amherst) in the sixth on a Hartwell single, two walks, and a sacrifice fly to right from Alex Fischer.

O’Neil (North Reading, MA/Bryant) struck out four and evened his record to 2-2 on the season. Brian Pedrotti worked a scoreless seventh for Reading despite issuing a couple of walks.

DiCato, now 2-1, went four innings plus and allowed six hits. He struck out four and walked four. McDonough, in his first appearance as a Chief, went two innings and gave up one hit while striking out a couple but issuing four walks.

The Chiefs are off until Wednesday when they host the Testa Corp. Bombers at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) at 7:45 PM.



Saturday, July 14
Chuck Andre Gets 500th Win as Chiefs Rally to Beat Wakefield, 4-1

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Medford, MA- The Chiefs rewarded veteran manager Chuck Andre with his 500th career win in a come from behind 4-1 win over the Wakefield Merchants on Saturday afternoon at blistering Tufts University.

The Chiefs tied the game up at 1-1 in bottom of the fourth inning on a single by Hal Landers and an RBI double from Juan Portes.

It stayed 1-1 until the Chiefs scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the victory for starter and winner Jared Freni.

Jeff Bercume got things started in the home half with a single to right-center. Bercume then stole second as Merchants righty Ed Donovan (Trinity) struck out Landers for the first out. Portes walked and Bercume stole third. Mike Andre was next he delivered Bercume with the winning run with a single to center making it 2-1. Donovan then got Mike Baillargeon to fly to center for the second out but the Chiefs weren’t done scoring. Deshler lined a single to left with the runners going on a full count scoring Portes making it a 3-1 game. Mike DiCato then doubled into the left-centerfield gap scoring pinch runner Rob Caggiano running the margin to 4-1.

Freni worked a 1-2-3 seventh to close out the Merchants. The righty upped his record to 4-1-1 on the season. He allowed six hits, struck out eight, walked five and hit a batter. Donovan, now 3-1, suffered his first loss of the season. Mike Sorrentino had two of the Merchants' hits.

Andre now has a career managerial record of 500-290-68.

The 12-4-2 Chiefs stay on the road on Sunday when they visit the Bulldogs at Morton Field-Reading High School in a 5:00 PM start.

 



Thursday, July 12
Chiefs Lose to Blue Sox in Lexington, 3-1

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Lexington, MA- For the first time since last August the Chiefs lost their second consecutive game in a tough 3-1 setback to Blue Sox on Thursday night as Lexington ace Matt Karis went to 5-1.

The Blue Sox scored all of their runs with one out in the bottom of the third inning against tough luck loser Tim Dunphy. After Mike Abraham flied out, Jack Laurendeau hit a routine fly to right which Matt Boleski couldn’t find in the twilight sky and it fell for a double. Dunphy then walked leadoff man Ross Curley and was a step short of getting out of the inning when Justin Wright beat the throw to first on an attempted 3-6-1 doubleplay.  Steve Gath was next and he drilled a two RBI double to left scoring Laurendeau and Wright. Jeff Vigurs then reached on an error by Mike Barbati at second base with Gath moving to third. Dan Graham then hit a single off Barbati’s glove up the middle scoring Gath making it 3-0.

The Chiefs threatened but could not score in the top of the fourth. Tony Deshler singled and was forced at second on a Juan Portes grounder. Peter Copa then flew out to the warning track in left before Mike Andre lined a single to right-center pushing Portes to second. The threat ended when Karis got Boleski to pop up.

The Chiefs got two more men on in the fifth on a walk to Nick Leva and a Barbati single before Karis ended the inning by getting Deshler to fly out.

Mike Andre’s two out solo homer to right finally got the Chiefs on the board in the top of the sixth.

The Chiefs made one more run at Karis in the top of the seventh. After Leva struck out Barbati singled up the middle and Hal Landers reached on an infield single behind the mound. The bases went full when Deshler lined a single to left. Portes was next and he grounded into a 6-4-3 doubleplay to end the game.

The Chiefs outhit the Blue Sox 9-6 but left eight men on base.

Karis, struck out two and walked one. Dunphy (3-1-1) suffered his first loss of the year. The lefty struck out four and walked two.

Chiefs Chatter..... Copa pulled up lame on infield grounder in the sixth inning on what appeared to be a muscle pull in his leg.......The Chiefs are back home at Tufts University in Medford on Saturday at 1:30 PM when they host the Wakefield Merchants......On Sunday they travel to Reading to meet the Bulldogs at 5:00 PM....

 

 

 



Wednesday, July 11
Reds Tag Chiefs with 11-1 Loss at Victory Field

Watertown, MA- For the second time in three weeks the Chiefs traveled to Victory Field and took it on the chin from the Watertown Reds. This time it was an 11-1 loss on Wednesday night. That followed a 19-3 beating that they took back on June 20.

This one got ugly early despite the Chiefs taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  Mike Baillargeon walked, Tony Deshler dropped an opposite field ground rule double behind first base and Juan Portes drove home Baillargeon with a sacrifice fly to right.

That was all the scoring the Chiefs could muster against Reds’ starter Andrew LeBrun (2-0), who went five innings to get the win, and reliever Rob Bertucci.

The Reds put up a four spot against Chiefs’ starter Mike DiCato (2-2) in the bottom of the first and added five more in their half of the third inning to take a 9-1 lead.

Rob Machado came on with one out in fourth when the Reds added their final two runs on a Danny Chaisson two run homer.

The Chiefs were held to just three hits (Deshler, Portes & Paul Yanakopulos) while the Reds knocked out thirteen hits.

Machado held the Reds scoreless over the last 2.2 innings while recording three K’s.

The Chiefs, now 11-3-2, stay on the road when they visit the Lexington Blue Sox on Thursday night at 8:00 PM.



Monday, July 9
Chiefs Top Arlington 7-2 at Tufts University

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Juan Portes

Medford, MA- Right-hander Jared Freni went six strong innings and upped his season record to 3-1-1 in a 7-2 Chiefs’ win over the Arlington Trojans on Monday evening at Tufts University.

The Chiefs gave Freni a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Arlington starter Mike Griffin. Mike Baillargeon reached on a two base outfield error and scored when Juan Portes singled to right. Peter Copa was next and drilled a long double to the base of the wall in left-center scoring Portes to make it 2-0. Catcher Tim Quinn then walked and Copa came around to score on a Mike Andre infield single.

Freni retired the first seven Trojans he faced before hitting Kevin Hart with a pitch with one out in the top of the third.

The Chiefs doubled their lead in bottom of the third inning. Copa got things started with a triple to center and Quinn walked for the second time in as many at bats. Andre made it 4-0 when he delivered Copa with a sacrifice fly. A Tony Deshler RBI single scored Quinn to make it 5-0. Matt Boleski drew a walk and Deshler scored on a Nate Witkowski RBI infield grounder.

The Trojans got their first hit and run of the game in the top of the fourth when Justin Mansfield doubled and scored on Dan Csaplar’s RBI single, cutting the Chiefs lead to 6-1.

The Chiefs got that run right back in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of Portes. The former Minnesota Twin singled, stole second, and when the throw to get him stealing third sailed into leftfield, he scored standing.

It stayed 7-1 until the Trojans scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh against reliever Matt DiCato on Hart’s long RBI double to the wall in right.

Freni, allowed one earned run and three hits in his six innings. The former UMass-Amherst  and Malden Catholic standout struck out nine, hit a batter, and didn’t issue a walk.

Manager Chuck Andre will be looking to record his 500th career win when the Chiefs get back in action on Wednesday night at 7:45 PM when they travel to Victory Field in Watertown to meet the Reds.

 



Sunday, July 8
EMASS CLASSIC: ICL Takes EMass Tourney, Dunphy Throws 2 Scoreless Innings in 6-5 Win

By Bruce Hack
ICL Correspondent


Lexington, MA - Steve Gath's (Lexington) two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth drove in Devin Perry (Testa) from second base with the winning run to give the Intercity League a 6-5 victory over the Cranberry League in the Inaugural Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Baseball Classic.

In a game that epitomized the best of amateur baseball in Eastern Massachusetts both teams had leads, lost them, regained them and finally the home team took a lead for good in the bottom of the eighth.

The Intercity league was up 2-0 through five innings and then the offenses took over as the teams combined to score nine runs over the next three innings.

The Intercity League had taken a 2-0 lead after four thanks to Mark O'Flynn (Testa) who drove in the first two runs. The rightfielder singled to drive in Wakefield's James Ramsey in the second and then brought home Joe Sheehan (Medford) with a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the fourth.

The game changed in sixth as the Cranberry League roared back to take a 3-2 lead. Nick Carafa (Testa) was on the mound for his second inning of work. After a 1-2-3 fifth Carafa gave up consecutive singles to start the sixth to the eight (John Keating, Rockland) and nine (Dustin Brown, Plymouth) hitters. Two fly outs and a wild pitch had runners on second and third with two outs. Lexington manager decided to go with a lefty on lefty match up and brought in Watertown's Charlie DeFrancesco to face Ryan Morgan (Braintree). Morgan took a 2-2 pitch over the fence in right and into a windshield for a 3-2 Cranberry league lead. It was Morgan's second 3-run home run in as many days.

The Intercity League mounted its own comeback in the seventh.
The bases were loaded with two outs thanks to three walks by Cranberry League hurler Tim Cooney (Rockland). CBL manager Tony DeSilva brought in Kyle Musco after the third walk to face Lexington's Justin Wright. On a 2-2 count Wright drove a fastball into rightfield for a triple that drove in Devin Perry (Testa), Nick Conti (Reading) and Pete Copa (Andre) to the gave the home team a 5-3 lead.

In the top of the eighth the visitors rallied to tie the game at 5-5 off of two ICL pitchers.
Watertowns Pat O'Donnell walked the first two batters he faced and ICL manager DeAngelis had the quick hook and brought in Lexington's Steve Bodnar. A sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one out. Morgan came to the plate and delivered an RBI single for his eighth RBI of the tourney to make it a 5-4 game. Frank Curreri (Braintree) followed with a sacrifice fly to center that scored David Billotte (Easton) with the tying run.

Bodnar closed out the game by striking out the last two batters to earn the win in the first championship game of the Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Baseball Classic.

"It was a great baseball game by two evenly matched teams," said ICL manager Rick DeAngelis of the Lexington Blue Sox.

It was a great baseball game was expressed by fans, players and coaches alike. It was also a great tournament that many players were glad to see had finally come into being. Thanks to the hard work of the Cranberry Leagues Joe Paulucci, Dave McKay of the Yawkey League, Walter Bentson of the Boston Park League and Rick DeAngelis of the Intercity League this tournament was put together and finally realized.

Thanks to all the coaches and players who gave their time and dedication to the game to make the first EMASBC successful.

Thanks to all the fans who came out for the three games to support their favorite team.

Finally thanks to all the people who worked behind the scenes to help make this event happen and be as successful as it was.

With the end of the 2012 event fans and players alike are all ready looking forward to 2013. But for now the Intercity League has won the bragging rights to being the best amateur league in Eastern Massachusetts.


Sunday, July 8
EMASS CLASSIC: Copa Gets RBI, Freni Save in ICL's Win over Boston Park League

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Peter Copa had 5th Inning RBI
By Bruce Hack
ICL Correspondent


Lexington, MA - The Intercity League defeated the Boston Park League 5-2 Saturday afternoon and will play the Cranberry League Sunday at 3:00 p.m. for the championship of the Inaugural Eastern Masschusetts All-Star Baseball Classic.

The tournament which brings together the best of the best from the Intercity League, Cranberry League, Boston Park League and Yawkey League is being held at Lexington High School, home of the ICL's Lexington Blue Sox.

The ICL All-Stars took a 2-1 lead in the second. Watertown's Steve Busby had a lead off infield single. An infield out moved him to second. James Ramsey (Wakefield) walked to put runners on the corners. Kevin Davis (Medford) singled to load the bases with one out. Justin Mansfield (Arlington) singled to center to drive in Busby. Devon Perry (Testa) followed a strikeout with a walk to force in the second run and give the home team a 2-1 lead.

The Park league answered back in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. With one out Francis Gonzalez (Padres) doubled to left and scored when J. P. Songin (Palmer Club) followed with a double to right.

The ICL took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth. Bill Cataldo (Reading) singled and took second on the throwing error by BPL shortstop Manuel Soto (Padres). Scott Searles (Wakefield) walked and then Jason Twomley (Lexington) loaded the bases on an infield single. Catcher Zak Tallis (Reading) walked to force in his Bulldog teammate Cataldo with the go-ahead run. Pete Copa (Andre) reached on fielders choice and Searles scored for a 4-2 lead.

"It was a workman like effort," said ICL manager Rick DeAngelis (Lexington). "We got good pitching and made some nice defensive plays."

The host team used five different pitchers and the final three faced 12 batters over the last four innings.

Winning pitcher Nick Kelley (Reading) pitched a 1-2-3 sixth, retiring the last four batters he faced.

Jonathan Richard (Medford) faced six batters in his two innings (7th and 8th) of work despite giving up a single and a walk. He was helped out by two double plays. In the seventh Bobby Sabatino (Cannon Club) singled with one out. Devon Davis (Cannon Club) hit a fly ball to right that Arlington's Jeff Friedman caught. Sabatino was off on contact and reached second base before heading back to first where he was forced out by Friedman's throw to Copa. In the eighth a more conventional 6-4-3 double play ended the inning as Joe Sheehan (Medford) to Morgan Brown (Arlington) to Copa to stop the BPL rally.

Andre's Jared Freni pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with the righty striking out the first two batters for the save.

Lexington's Matt Karis (4-1 regular season) started for the ICL and gave up a run in two innings of work and struck out a game-high three. Teammate Mike O'Brien followed Karis on the mound and gave up the second run and struck out two. Both Blue Sox hurlers struck out the first and last batter they faced.

The eight ICL hits were generated by eight different players and five different players scored and four different players drove in a run. The Intercity leaguers took advantage of six walks by BPL pitchers as two walks scored and two more drove in runs.

In the first game of the tournament the Cranberry Leagues's Ryan Morgan (Braintree) drove in four runs to lead his team to an 8-3 win over the Yawkey League. Morgan broke open the game in the second with a three-run home run to right well over the fence for a 5-1 lead. He singled in the seventh CBL run in the sixth inning. He was the only player on the day to hit a home run and to drive in multiple runs.

Both starters picked the decisions. For the Cranberry League Brendan Pittsley (Middleboro) got the win going two innings, allowing one run and giving up two hits. Chris Foundas (Somerville) took the loss pitching the first two innings for the Yawkey League. He gave up five runs, four hits, walked two and struck out one.

The tournament is an idea that has been in the making for a long time and has finally come to fruition. The championship game will offer the opportunity for the winning team (league) to have bragging rights, for at least a year, as to who is the best of the best in Greater Boston amateur baseball.


Monday, July 2
Chiefs Walk Off with 5-4 Win Over Lexington

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Jared Freni

Malden, MA- Maybe there is something that agrees with the Chiefs in the late night City of Malden water supply.

The Chiefs and Blue Sox have met in Malden three times in last ten months. And in each of the three meetings the Chiefs have come away with a dramatic eleventh hour last inning walk off win.

The first two meetings came last August in Games Three and Four of the 2011 championship series at Pine Banks with Mike Barbati’s single bringing the Chiefs back from the grave in Game Three as they overcame a 4-1 seventh inning deficit to win 5-4. Two days later Mike Andre’s walk off grand slam gave the Chiefs a dramatic 6-2 win, concluding a Game Four ten inning classic.

Now Monday night’s game may not have had the implications of last year’s championship series but you would be hard pressed to convince the Blue Sox and Chiefs of that fact.

In a playoff atmosphere, albeit it only being the first week of July, the Chiefs pulled off yet another heart pounding and this time controversial last inning comeback to beat Lexington 5-4 at Maplewood.

Oh, this one had its twists and turns just like many of the Chiefs-Blue Sox matchups over the last few years.

It started quietly enough as two of the ICL’s best pitchers, Matt Karis and Jared Freni went head to head in the first inning.

The Chiefs drew first blood in the bottom of the second when Brendan Pyburn hit an opposite field double to left and scored on Mike Baillargeon’s RBI single.

Meanwhile Freni was cruising and allowed just one hit through the first four innings and the Chiefs doubled the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Tony Deshler lined a single to right and was sacrificed to second on a Nick Leva bunt. Jeff Bercume then reached on an infield single over the mound with Deshler forced to hold at second. Hal Landers then dropped a Texas League ground rule double down the left field line scoring Deshler to make it 2-0. With runners at second and third, Karis pitched out of the jam by getting Juan Portes looking at a breaking ball and Peter Copa to ground out to Ross Curley at third base.

Things got a bit hot and heavy in the Blue Sox sixth. Curley led off with a laser double to left-center. Freni then got Justin Wright to line to Landers in right for the first out. Steve Gath was next and he flew to Deshler in left for out number two. Freni walked Mike Moragn and Jeff Vigurs in succession on close pitches with the Chiefs dugout not pleased with the ball four calls. Ageless veteran Dan Graham was next up and deposited a Freni fastball deep over the center field wall to give the Blue Sox an instant 4-2 lead. As Graham was rounding the bases, Freni expressed his disapproval with home plate umpire Bill Carroll’s calls and was subsequently ejected. Mike DiCato came on to restore order and got Mike Abraham to ground out to end the inning.

The Chiefs made some noise in the bottom of the sixth but came up empty. After Karis got Pyburn to fly to left, Baillargeon singled up the middle and Andre drew a walk. Deshler then grounded into a Gath (unassisted) to Morgan doubleplay seemingly taking the air out of the Chiefs balloon as the game moved to the top of the seventh with the Sox holding on to the 4-2 lead.

DiCato kept the Blue Sox off the board in the top of the seventh setting the stage for the Chiefs’ dramatics in the bottom of the inning.

Leva got things started when he led off with a single to left with Barbati coming on to pinch run.

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Bercume was next up and he drew a walk, with the Blue Sox bench and Karis not pleased with the strikezone, to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Landers then dropped a perfect bunt and when the throw to get him at first skipped into right field, Barbati came around to score to make it 4-3. With Landers at second and Bercume at third, Portes (shown right) avenged two earlier strikeouts and drilled a Karis pitch into right-center with Bercume and Landers scoring easily to give the Chiefs their tenth win of the season in walk off fashion, 5-4. The Chiefs got to Karis (4-1) for ten hits. The right-hander struck out five and issued two walks. DiCato (2-1) got the win in relief of Freni, who allowed four runs and four hits while striking out four in his 5.2 innings.

With the win, the Chiefs move into first place as the ICL heads into the annual Fourth of July Break with a 10-2-2 mark. The Blue Sox are close behind in second at 10-3-1.



Sunday, July 1
Dunphy Blanks Ameriacns, 4-0

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Tim Dunphy

Medford, MA- Veteran left-hander Tim Dunphy (3-0-1) won his third straight decision in a 4-0 blanking of the Americans at humid Playstead Park in Medford on Sunday afternoon. For Dunphy, it was his second win over the Americans in less than a week as he was the winner in last Monday’s 12-3 win at Maplewood.

The Chiefs scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the first inning. Jeff Bercume beat out an infield single to second base and Nat Witkowski singled to left. Mike Baillargeon followed with a line single to right that loaded the bases with nobody out. Tony Deshler, hitting in the cleanup spot, then grounded into a 4-6-3 doubleplay with Bercume scoring. Medford’s Ryan McNiff got out of the early jam with just the one run when he got Matt Boleski to fly out to right to end the inning.

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The Chiefs got to McNiff for another run in the visitor’s second. After Mike DiCato grounded out, Mike Andre singled to right and Mike Barbati (pitcured left) dropped a single into short leftfield. Catcher Nick Leva was then hit by a McNiff pitch to load the bases. Bercume delivered Andre with a single to right to make it 2-0. McNiff got Witkowski to pop up and Baillargeon to fly to center to keep it a ttwo run game.

It stayed 2-0 until the top of the seventh when the Chiefs picked up a couple of insurance runs to double their lead to 4-0. Witkowski singled to left to get things started. McNiff got Baillargeon to fly to center for the first out. Witkowski then stole second and went to third when Deshler’s outfield fly was dropped to put runners at second and third with one out. Boleski drilled a single to right scoring Witkowski and when the ball was bobbled, Deshler came across with the fourth run.

Dunphy set the Americans down in order in the seventh to give the Chiefs their ninth win (9-2-2)of the year. He allowed just four hits, struck out four, and issued just one walk. He did not allow a runner to get beyond second base.

The Chiefs return to action on Monday when the host the 10-2-1 Lexington Blue Sox at Maplewood Park (Malden Catholic) at 7:45 PM. The Blue Sox were also 4-0 winners on Sunday, beating the Merchants in Wakefield.

Jared Freni (2-0-1) will draw the starting assignment for the Chiefs on Monday while the Blue Sox are expected to counter with ace Matt Karis (4-0).

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Saturday, June 30
Chiefs 9, Brooklyn, NY 4 (Non-League)

Friday, June 29
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Wednesday, June 27
Callahan Knocks in 10 Runs in 19-3 Watertown Win

Watertown, MA- Sean Callahan had a career day, hitting a grand slam and a two run homer as well as a triple and a single, driving in, what surely has to be a modern day ICL record 10 runs, to lead the Reds to a 19-3 demolition of the Chiefs at Victory Field. It was the Chiefs worst defeat since July 6, 1997, when they lost a 24-4 decision to the Augustine A’s at Devir Park.

The Reds erupted for the 19 runs (all earned) and 15 hits against a trio (Jared Freni, Rob Machado & Dan Bonito) of Chiefs’ pitchers. They also allowed nine walks.

Mike Andre (2 RBI double) and Tony Deshler (sacrifice fly) knocked in the Chiefs runs when they scored three times in the fourth inning to close the Reds lead to 4-3.

Freni (2-1-1) worked four innings and was clearly not as his sharpest. The Chiefs’ ace surrendered six runs on five hits but was uncharacteristically wild, allowing a career high seven base on balls. Rob Machado had a tough fifth inning getting roughed up for seven hits and nine runs. Rookie lefty Dan Bonito didn’t fare much better allowing three hits, including a sixth inning grand slam to Callahan.

Chris Constantine also had a three run homer for the Reds in the fifth inning.

MIT righty Rob Bertucci (1-1) went the first five innings for Watertown to get the win. 



Wednesday, June 27
Mike DiCato Gets Win in East Boston, 9-3

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Tony Deshler

East Boston, MA- Veteran right-hander Mike DiCato went the distance, scattering eight hits, to pitch the Chiefs past the Testa Corp. Bombers 9-3 at East Boston Stadium on Tuesday night.

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The Chiefs took advantage of some early wildness by Bombers starter Rob O’Neil to stake DiCato to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Walks to Jeff Bercume, Mike Baillargeon, Brendan Pyburn, Mike Andre and Matt Boleski, sandwiched around an infield single to Tony Deshler, led to the runs.

The Chiefs made it 6-0 in the third inning when Andre singled up the middle and Deshler hit a two run homer to right.

The lead climbed to 9-0 in the top of the fifth against reliever Ronnie Wallace on singles from Andre (pictured below), Deshler and Bercume and a long two RBI triple from Matt Boleski.

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The Bombers picked up all of their runs in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 9-3 on singles from T Corea, Mark O’Flynn, an RBI infield grounder by John Jennings, and a two RBI double from Matt Pugh, who was three for four on the night.

DiCato (1-1) struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

The Chiefs will send Jared Freni to the mound on Wednesday night when they travel to meet the Reds at Victory Field in Watertown starting at 7:45 PM.



Monday, June 25
Pyburn, Portes & Baillargeon Lead 12 Hit Attack as Dunphy Gets Win, 12-3

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Juan Portes

Malden, MA- Lefty Tim Dunphy went six solid innings to get the win and his mates backed him with a dozen hits as the Chiefs beat the severe weather, as well as the Americans, 12-3 at under the lights at Maplewood Park on the campus of Malden Catholic on Monday night.

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Brendan Pyburn, who is shown at left, went 4-4, with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, Former Minnesota Twins slugger Juan Portes (2-3, 3 Run Homer, 4 RBI) and Mike Baillargeon (2-4, triple, 3 RBI) led the Chiefs twelve hit attack. Jeff Berume (2-4, RBI), Mike Andre and Tony Deshler drove in the other Chiefs runs.

For Portes, it was his second homer of the season and he raised his RBI total to nine.

Dunphy (2-0-1), the former Brandeis standout, worked six innings, gave up five hits, three earned runs, struck out three, and walked just one. Bentley University’s Nate Witkowski worked a 1-2-3 seventh for the Chiefs.

Kevin McGlinchy (1-4) took the loss for the Americans. The former Atlanta Braves righty worked three innings, surrendered eight runs (all earned), nine hits, struck out five and hit a batter.

The Chiefs begin a two game road trip on Tuesday when they meet the Testa Corp. Bombers at East Boston Stadium at 8:00 PM with Mike DiCato expected to get the starting assignment. On Wednesday, the Chiefs travel to Victory Field in Watertown to tangle with the Reds at 7:45 PM. The Chiefs are off on Thursday before they return to Maplewood to host the Brooklyn Rams of New York in a non-league contest on Friday at 7:30 PM.

 


Saturday, June 23
Morning Rain Causes Postponement of Saturday Afternoon's Reds at Chiefs Game

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Paul Crisafulli

Medford, MA- Despite the drying out forecast, the morning rain has caused the postponement of Saturday's Reds at Chiefs game that was scheduled for Tufts University's Huskins Field at 1:30 PM.

"We were at the field at 8:00 AM this morning" said Chiefs' Assistant Manager Paul Crisafulli. "The clay area around both the mound and plate were both very deep and slick. With light rain still falling and the chance of more storms developing this afternoon, it forced us to make the early decision to postpone, Crisafulli stated."

No make-up date has been scheduled. The Reds-Chiefs game was the only one on the schedule for Saturday.

On Sunday with better weather in the forecast, the Reds will hopefully get back into action when they travel to Walsh Field in Wakefield to meet the Merchants in a doubleheader, with the first game slated to begin at 3:30 PM. In other Sunday action, the Americans host the Lexington Blue Sox at Playstead Park in Medford and the Arlington Trojans and Bulldogs tangle at Morton Field in Reading with both of those games scheduled for 5:00 PM starts.

The Chiefs will be back in action on Monday when they host the Americans at Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic at 7:45 PM. On Tuesday, they travel to East Boston Stadium to meet the Testa Corp. Bombers at 8:00 PM and on Wednesday the Chiefs and Reds will hook up at the newly referbished Victory Field in Watertown at 7:45 PM. After an off day on Thursday, the Chiefs will host the Brooklyn, New York Rams in a non-league contest at Maplewood on Friday evening starting at 7:30 PM.