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Thursday, June 3
Opener Rained Out in Woburn, Chiefs Host Merchants Friday at 6

Woburn, MA- Heavy thunderstorms and severe weather hit the Woburn area late this afternoon causing the postponement of the Chiefs-Tanners game at Ferullo Field.

Tanners manager Bob DeNapoli made the decision to postpone the game shortly after 6:00 PM. "Unless we want to wear hip boots there is no way we could play at Ferullo tonight", said DeNapoli. "It is a shame because the weather is clearing and the field drains well, but there was just too much water in a short period of time", added the veteran manager.

The Chiefs will now have to wait another day to open the 2010 season. They are scheduled to host the Wakefield Merchants at Tufts University on Friday at 6:00 PM.

With rain disrupting the opener and previously set pitching rotation, it is uncertain who the Chiefs will now send to the mound Friday. Mike DiCato was scheduled to start at Woburn with southpaw Dylan Ellis penciled in on Friday.  

No make-up date for the Chiefs-Tanners game has been set.



Chiefs Jeff Bercume Signs with Oakland A's
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NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Chiefs centerfielder and former Merrimack College baseball standout Jeff Bercume of Leicester, MA, signed with the Oakland Athletics earlier this week and will play for the Class A affiliate Vancouver Canadians beginning in June. Bercume becomes the 111th player to wear a Chiefs uniform to ink a professional contract.

Bercume, who played two seasons for the Chiefs, started 36 games for the Chiefs last summer hitting an overall .325 with six doubles, three triples, four homers and 25 RBI. He was named to the Intercity League all-star team in July.

The all-time hits leader at Merrimack College, Bercume is the first Merrimack baseball player since Cory Spencer ’99 to sign with a professional team.  Despite not being drafted in June of 2009, Bercume has since been preparing for the opportunity to make a professional squad.“I made the decision last June that in the event I was not selected in the first year player draft I would do everything I could to sign as a free agent with either an MLB affiliated team or a Professional Independent Club,” Bercume said on Friday.

After many professional tryouts in 2009, Bercume found himself in the California Winter League, a professional development and showcase league in Palm Springs designed to give unsigned players 20 games in front of professional scouts. The CWL was where Bercume caught the eye of Chris Weissmann and the Oakland A’s.  Despite their interest, a hamstring injury would put his baseball playing on hold momentarily.  Intense rehabilitation and hard work at home in Massachusetts kept Bercume in shape and ready for the call should that day come.“After a month of rehabbing back home I received a call from Chris Weissmann for extended spring training in Phoenix,” Bercume said.  “They liked me enough to keep me around for a few weeks and eventually offered me a contract on May 12.”

On top of his good fortune of being signed while in Phoenix, Bercume had the pleasure of playing alongside and learning from players such as Mark Ellis, Brett Tomko and Coco Crisp. With the chance to live his dream, Bercume added, “Being a member of this organization and taking the field everyday with the A's uniform on my back is an unbelievable opportunity and I am very grateful for the chance to hopefully make a career out of playing baseball.”Bercume’s noticeable improvement from year-to-year was evidenced through his numbers, but his dedication and commitment may be even more impressive.

“Jeff’s determination and will to accomplish his personal mission speaks volumes about him as a person,” said Merrimack College coach and former Wakefield Merchant Joe Sarno.  “I am so proud of him and I wish him nothing but the best in his future.  I know that no matter what he ends up doing in life he will be a major success because of the determination he possesses.” ---Will Rothermel



Thursday, June 3
Chiefs Open 2010 Season Tonight at Ferullo Field vs. Tanners at 8:00 PM
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Mike DiCato

Woburn, MA- The Chiefs will begin their 2010 regular season tonight when they travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn to meet the Mooney Dental Tanners at 8:00 PM.

The Chiefs will send right-hander Mike DiCato to the mound in the opener. DiCato, a two time ICL all-star, was 6-4 for the Chiefs last summer while posting an ERA of 2.13. The former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst star led the staff in appearances (11), innings pitched (62.1) and wins (6).

The Tanners opened their season last night with a 5-2 home loss to the expansion Reading Bulldogs.

Following tonight's game, the Chiefs will take on the Wakefield Merchants in their home opener on Friday at 6:00 PM at Tufts University. Southpaw Dylan Ellis (5-2, 1.81 ERA in 2009) is expected to get the starting assignment.



Saturday, June 5
Chiefs Take ICL Opening Day Win from Merchants, 6-3
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Medford, MA- Lefty Dylan Ellis worked 5.2 strong innings to pick up the win and UMass-Amherst teammates Mike Gedman and Peter Copa provided most of the offense as the Chiefs turned back the Wakefield Merchants 6-3 in their ICL opener on Friday night at Tufts University.

Ellis, who chalked up his second straight opening day score, tired a bit in the sixth and needed a little help from Mike DiCato who turned in 1.1 innings of two hit, four strikeout pitching to record the save.

Ellis got the Merchants side in order in the top of the first and the Chiefs wasted no time in grabbing a 2-0 off Merchants starter James Ramsey of Trinity College.  Brian Macrina got things going with a one out single to left and Mike Gedman followed with bloop single just inside the left field line. Peter Copa delivered them both when he drilled Ramsey’s first pitch into the left-centerfield gap for a two RBI double and a 2-0 Chiefs lead.  Mike Andre then drew a walk but Ramsey, who was 17-3 at Trinity over the last three years, averted more trouble when he got Justin Crisafulli to fly out and Brendan Pyburn to ground sharply to Cameron Kneeland unassisted at first.

Ellis got the Merchants 1-2-3 again in the second and the Chiefs made it 3-0 in the bottom of the inning when Gedman singled home Bob McCarthy who had walked.

A John Davison one out single was all the Merchants could muster of Ellis in the top of the third. Ramsey escaped a two out, bases loaded (Crisafulli and Pyburn singles, Matt Boleski HBP) jam in bottom of the third to keep Wakefield in range at 3-0.

Ellis threw another blank at the Merchants in the fourth and the Chiefs lead went to 5-0 in the home half of the inning. Macrina drew a walk and came from first to score when Gedman lined a long double to the left-center field gap. Copa then followed with an infield single that pushed Gedman to third. Crisafulli’s slow roller (fielder’s choice, RBI) plated Gedman with the fifth Chiefs run of the evening.

Ellis surrendered fifth inning singles to Steve Langone and Davison but kept the Merchants off the board when he struck out Dom Sorrentino and got Dale Crispin on an infield grounder.

The Chiefs picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth off Wakefield reliever Connor Mahon to jump their lead to 6-0.

The Merchants got right back into the game in the sixth. Ellis got the first out when Matt Russo flew deep to center. Kneeland then singled, Sorrentino was hit by a pitch, and Scott Searles added another single to load the bases with one out. Ellis got Dave Orlowitz to ground to Andre at third who came home with the ball to force Kneeland for the inning’s second out but keeping the bases jammed. Former Boston College star and Red Sox draftee Steve Langone quickly unloaded them when he deposited a  three run double to deep right-center putting  the Merchants right back into the thick of things at 6-3. DiCato replaced Ellis on the mound and he stranded Langone at second when he struck out Davison swinging to end the frame.

The Chiefs came up empty in the bottom of the sixth and the Merchants made things a bit interesting in the top of the seventh. DiCato struck out Dom Sorrentino for the first out but consecutive singles from Crispin and Russo brought the tying run to plate. DiCato reached back and got Kneeland swinging and Mike Sorrentino looking to preserve Ellis’ win and pick up the save.

Ellis, who struck out four and allowed six hits in his 5.2 innings of work, picked up his 12th career win in a Chiefs uniform.

The Chiefs are off until Monday when they travel to Lexington at 8:00 PM to meet the Blue Sox in a reunion of the 2009 ICL Championship Series participants.

See www.intercityleaguebaseball.com for Game Box Score



Monday, June 7
Blue Sox Edge Freni & Chiefs, 2-0
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Jared Freni

Lexington, MA- If you missed the bottom of the third inning, you missed all of the action in Monday's game between the Chiefs and the Lexington Blue Sox.

In an old fashioned pitcher's duel between the 2009 ICL finalists, Lexington's Drew Brzozowski outdueled the Chiefs hard luck loser Jared Freni in a 2-0 Blue Sox win under the lights at Lexington High School.

Both pitchers allowed four hits and each struck out seven. Brzozowski went the seven inning distance while Freni went 5.2 innings before giving way to Rob Machado who struck out the only batter he faced.

The Sox picked up thier two runs in the third. With one away, veteran catcher Eric Poling lined a single to right and went to second on a wild pitch. Dan Capra followed with a hard hit ball to the right of Chiefs second baseman Mike Baillargeon that skipped into right-center for a basehit and a RBI giving Lexington a 1-0 lead. The throw to the plate allowed Capra to go to second and that proved to be big. Pete Frates followed with a slow roller to Brendan Pyburn at short. Pyburn charged the ball and his throw skipped by Mike Gedman at first that was scored as a hit and a throwing error, allowing Capra to score an unearned run.

The Chiefs only real threats came in the opening two innings. In the Chiefs first, Hal Landers walked but was caught leaning off first and picked off. After Baillargeon flew to right, Gedman drilled a long double to left center. Peter Copa then reached on a dribbler between the mound and third to put runners on the corners with two out. Brzozowski got out of the jam when he struck out Mike Andre to end the inning.

In the second, a Pyburn one out single and a walk to Justin Crisafulli gave the Chiefs a couple of baserunners with one away. Brzozowski escaped when he struck out Brian Macrina swinging and then got Landers to ground out to Tom Haugh at first.

That was all she wrote for the Chiefs as a Baillargeon single in third inning was all Brzozowski let up the rest of the way. The Brandeis product retired the last 14 Chiefs he faced in a row.

Freni was equally as impressive, as two of the four hits he surrendered were of the infield variety. The hard throwing righty got the Sox side in order in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings. 

With the win the Blue Sox improve to 3-0 while the Chiefs fall to 1-1.

Both the Chiefs and Blue Sox are back in action on Tuesday. The Chiefs return home to host the Arlington Trojans at Tufts University starting at 6:00 PM. The Blue Sox will look for their fourth straight win when they host the Reading Bulldogs at 8:00 PM.
-B.T.



Tuesday, June 8
Ellis (2-Hitter), Copa (Homer, 5 RBI's) Lead Chiefs Past Arlington, 7-0
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Peter Copa

Medford, MA- Lefty Dylan Ellis (Gloucester, MA/Merrimack) made his second quality start in five days, this time throwing a two-hit gem, and Peter Copa (Malden, MA/UMass-Amherst) was a one man wrecking crew as he hit a three run homer and drove in five runs, to lead the Chiefs past the Arlington Trojans in Intercity League action on Tuesday evening at Tufts University.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 1-0 first inning lead when former UMass star Mike Gedman drove home Mike Baillargeon (Worcester, MA/Assumption) who had singled and stole second.

Baillargeon and Copa were at it again in the third as their doubles pushed the lead to 2-0.

The lead went to 4-0 in the fourth on singles from Bob McCarthy, who was 3-3 on the night, and once again, Baillargeon and Copa.

One more time for Copa as he put the game away in the bottom of the sixth when he launched a three run home over the 367’ foot sign in left-center.

Ellis, now 2-0 on the season, allowed singles in the first and the seventh innings and struck out five.

The Chiefs are off on Wednesday. They travel to East Boston Stadium on Thursday to meet the Testa Corp. Bombers at 8:00 PM.

Chiefs Notebook….Lefty Ryan O’Rourke (Worcester, MA/Merrimack), who worked three scoreless innings for the Chiefs in the final exhibition game in Lexington last Wednesday, was selected by the Minnesota Twins in Round 13 of Tuesday’s Major League Baseball draft…..Mike Gedman is off to a torrid start going 6 for 9, including two doubles......The Chiefs will send southpaw Tim Dunphy to the mound on Thursday. The former Brandeis star pitched professionally for the Namur Angels in 2007…. Following Thursday’s game, the Chiefs return home on Friday to host the Americans at Tufts University at 6:00 PM….B.T.



Friday, June 11
Pyburn (3-3, 3 RBI), DiCato Lead Chiefs Past Americans, 6-2
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Brendan Pyburn

Medford, MA- Mike DiCato picked up his first win of the season with six innings of three-hit pitching and shortstop Brendan Pyburn went three for three with three RBI’s to lead the Chiefs past the Americans 6-2 at Tufts University on Friday evening.

DiCato and Americans starter Steve Albano of Babson both enjoyed 1-2-3 innings in the first.

Mike DelPonte led off the American’s second inning with a single but DiCato struck out Matt Howard and Mike Kalfopoulos and got Matt Sheehan to ground out to Mike Gedman unassisted at first to end the inning.

The Chiefs took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second when catcher Matt Anderson reached on a one out fielder’s choice and Hal Landers sent him to third with a gap shot double to right-center. Justin Crisafulli then drew a walk to load the bases with two away. Brian Macrina followed and hit a grounder to Mike Addesa at third but the speedy Landers won a footrace to the bag giving Macrina a RBI fielder’s choice and sending Anderson home for a 1-0 lead. Pyburn made it 3-0 when he lined a two RBI single to center scoring Landers and Crisafulli.

The Americans answered with run in the top of the third.  Steve Napier was hit by a DiCato pitch, Adessa singled and Jose Polanco moved them both up a base with a sacrifice bunt. K.C. McCarthy then delivered Napier with a sacrifice fly to center to make it a 3-1 game. DiCato averted further scoring when he got Charlie Pagliarulo to ground to Mike Andre at third base.

The Chiefs got that run right back in the bottom of the third when Gedman started things with an opposite field single. Peter Copa followed and drew his second of three walks on the night. Andre then moved Gedman and Copa up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Anderson then grounded to Adessa at third who threw him out at first. Gedman delayed coming home until Adessa released the throw and then slid across with the Chiefs fourth run.

DelPonte came around to score on a wild pitch and a couple of infield groundouts, after he was hit by a DiCato pitch leading off the fourth inning, making it 4-2.

The Chiefs closed out the scoring a couple of runs in bottom of the fourth. Macrina reached second on an infield throwing error and scored on a Pyburn RBI single running the lead to 5-2. Pyburn then stole second, went to third and eventually scored on a couple of wild pitches making it 6-2 and chasing Albano from the mound in favor of Ryan McNiff.

DiCato retired the Americans side in order in the fifth and was aided by a 4-6-3 double play in the sixth following a Pagliarulo leadoff single.

Tufts southpaw Kevin Gilchrist (Medford, MA) made his ICL debut in the seventh; retiring the only two batters he faced before giving way to Rob Machado who ended the evening’s proceedings when he got pinch hitter Mike Burgoyne to fly out to end the game.

Chiefs Notebook…..Peter Copa walked in each of his three plate appearances. The UMass-Amherst standout also accounted for the final four putouts of the game on fly balls to rightfield…..Worcester State closer Kevin Hayes worked a scoreless sixth inning for the Americans. The side-armer was recently named all-New England D-3 and appeared in NEIBA all-star game at Fenway Park last Sunday…..The Chiefs play at Reading’s Morton Field on Sunday at 1:30 PM. It will the Chiefs first trip ever to play the expansion Bulldogs….Lefty Tim Dunphy will make his first start in a Chiefs uniform on Sunday. The former Cambridge, MA and Brandeis University star led the now defunct Cassell Club to the ICL championship in 2006 before signing professionally to pitch in Europe….



Sunday, June 13
Overnight Rains Cause Sunday's Chiefs at Reading Game to be Postponed
Reading, MA- Overnight rains resulting in a wet playing surface caused the postponement of Sunday's Chiefs at Reading Bulldogs game scheduled for Morton Field.Bulldog management made the decision to call the game off after inspecting the field shortly before 10:00 AM. The Chiefs have a scheduled off day on Monday and return to Huskins Field at Tufts University to host the Testa Corp. Bombers of East Boston on Tuesday at 6:00 PM. On Wednesday the Chiefs visit the Americans at Playstead Park in a 6:00 PM start before heading to Ferullo Field in Woburn on Thursday to take on the Tanners. Their busy schedule continues on Friday when they play the expansion Arlington Trojans at Summer Street Field in Arlington at 7:00 PM.

Sunday, June 13
Chiefs Notebook.....
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Righty Isaac Oakley will throw some side sessions and is expected to make a return to the mound in about two weeks. The former Cambridge Rindge & Latin star, who attended Oregon State on a baseball scholarship before transferring to UMass-Amherst in 2009, had been experiencing some elbow stiffness….First baseman Mike Gedman, son of former Boston Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman, has started his Chiefs career on an early season tear, going seven for his first twelve with a couple of doubles and three RBI’s…..Former Chiefs centerfielder Jeff Bercume is scheduled to make his professional debut on Friday in Eugene, Oregon. Bercume, who hit .325 for the Chiefs last summer, was signed by the Oakland A’s last month. The Leicester, MA, native co-captained the 2009 Merrimack College Warriors along with Chiefs third baseman Mike Andre…..Former Franklin Pierce all-star catcher Matt Anderson of Medford, MA, has been splitting time behind the plate with 2007 ICL Rookie of the Year Bob McCarthy of Chelmsford, MA. Anderson, who appeared in three Division 2 World Series with the Ravens during his collegiate career, had his best season for Franklin Pierce in 2007 when he was an all-Northeast 10 first team selection hitting .329 in 57 games with eight homers and 49 RBI. He was expected to be a high draft pick in the 2008 MLB draft before a knee injury curtailed those plans. That injury caused him to miss the entire 2009 ICL season…..Chiefs pitching has combined to strike out 26 batters in the first 27 innings of the season while issuing only three walks…With Sundays’ rainout, the Chiefs are now expected to send lefty Dylan Ellis (2-0) to mound on Tuesday. Tim Dunphy, who pitched professionally for the Namur Angels, will draw the starting assignment on Wednesday with former UMass-Amherst right-handers Jared Freni and Mike DiCato, who made career mound appearance 25 against the Americans, penciled in on Thursday and Friday……The Chiefs have added former all-North Bergen County outfielder-first baseman Eric Rosenberg of Oakland, New Jersey, to the roster replacing lefty Eric Perrault who signed a ten-day contract with the North Adams Steeplecats. Perrault was the top pitcher in New Hampshire in 2008 with a 7-0 record and a 0.50 ERA while striking out 85 batters in just 50 innings of work. Perrault picked a win last week for the Steeplecats with 1.2 innings of relief against the Vermont Mountainers….Lexington Blue Sox infielder Matt Perry, son of former Holy Cross and Boston Celtics great Ronnie Perry, has signed with the Detriot Tigers after being drafted in Round 41 of the MLB draft last week. Perry was 0-2 against the Chiefs last Monday….Lefty Ryan O’Rourke, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the Round 13, has not as yet signed with the American League club. The former Merrimack College star worked three scoreless innings for the Chiefs in their final exhibition game on June 2….. B.T.

Tuesday, June 15
Ellis, Gedman & Baillargeon Lead Chiefs to 2-0 Win Over Bombers
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Mike Baillargeon

Medford, MA- Lefty Dylan Ellis won his third straight start of the season as the Chiefs turned back the Testa Corp. Bombers 2-0 at Tufts University on Tuesday evening.

First baseman Mike Gedman provided Ellis with all the runs he would need in the fourth inning when he cranked a solo homer to right center. A Mike Baillargeon fifth inning RBI single, that scored Brian Macrina who had walked and stole second, accounted for the only other run of the game.

Ellis, struck out four and issued just one walk on the way to picking up career win 14 for the Chiefs. It was also the Gloucester, MA native and former Merrimack College’s star second consecutive shutout. He tossed a two-hitter against Arlington last Tuesday.

Bombers starter Jeff Rowan was almost as tough, allowing just one run in his four innings of work. The University of Rochester righty gave up just three hits and struck out four.

Amherst lefty Fred Shepard blanked the Chiefs over the final two frames and he also struck out four batters.

Chiefs shortstop Brendan Pyburn was the only player on either team to have a multiple hit game with a first inning single and a third inning opposite field double.

The Chiefs are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Playstead Park in Medford to take on the Americans. Lefty Tim Dunphy is expected to draw the starting assignment for the Chiefs.



Thursday, June 17
Chiefs Take 7-4 Win
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Brendan Pyburn had Two Doubles

Medford, MA- The Chiefs won thier fourth straight game, beating the Medford Americans 7-4, on Wednesday night at Playstead Park.

Former Merrimack standout Brendan Pyburn scored two runs and had two doubles and Mike Baillargeon reached base three straight times on a double, RBI single and an intentional walk and also scored two runs to lead the Chiefs offense.

Tim Dunphy made his first start of the season and worked four innings, surrendering five hits and two runs, while striking out four. Mike Gedman came on in relief of Dunphy and picked up the win going 2.1 innings. The lefty matched Dunphy's pitching line, also giving up a couple of runs on five hits and also striking out four. Mike DiCato came out of the bullpen to get the final two outs of the game to record his second save of the year.

Americans starter Dan Walsh retired the first ten Chiefs in a row with his submarine style pitching before Baillargeon broke the stretch with his fourth inning double.

With the win, the Chiefs go to 5-1 on the season heading into tonight's 6:30 PM contest against the Mooney Dental Tanners at Ferullo Field in Woburn. Right-hander Jared Freni (0-1), who co-captained UMass-Amherst this spring, will get the starting assignment for the Chiefs.



Friday, June 18
Chiefs Handle Tanners, 12-4
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Jared Freni

Woburn, MA- The Chiefs scored nine unanswered runs to pick up their fifth straight win, 12-4 over the Mooney Dental Tanners at drizzly Ferullo Field on Thursday night.

The Chiefs squandered a 3-0 first inning when the Tanners scored four unearned runs in the third inning to take a 4-3 lead.

Hal Landers got things going in the Chiefs first with a leadoff single. After Mike Baillargeon popped up, red hot Brendan Pyburn singled and cleanup man Peter Copa walked to load the bases. Mike Andre then gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead when he delivered an opposite field single that scored Landers. Brian Macrina followed with a RBI groundout that scored Pyburn to make it 2-0. Catcher Bob McCarthy added the third run when he drilled a RBI single to left scoring Copa.

Chiefs starter Jared Freni cruised through the first two innings before the Tanners used some shoddy Chiefs defense and four straight singles to take a 4-3 lead after three.

The Tanners lead was brief as the Chiefs came storming back scoring five times using two big Tanner errors in the top of the fourth. Justin Crisafulli led off and reached on an infield throwing error. Brandeis star Tony Deshler followed and delivered his first career ICL hit up the middle to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Landers then beat out a bunt single to load the bases. Baillargeon was next and his grounder to shortstop was then thrown away allowing both Crisafulli and Deshler to score as the Chiefs retook the lead at 5-4. Pyburn then delivered once again, this time with his fourth double of the season, scoring Landers to make it 6-4. Back to back deep sacrifice flies from Copa (scoring Baillargeon) and Andre (scoring Pyburn) jumped the lead to 8-4.

Freni retired the Tanners side in order in the top of the fourth.

The Chiefs margin went to 9-4 in the fifth when Deshler reached on the Tanners third error of the night and stole second. Landers then delivered him with his third hit of the game.

Rob Machado came on in relief of Freni and threw a scoreless sixth inning.

Baillargeon put it out of the reach when he took a Brady Hesslein offering over the left field fence for a three run homer to make it a 12-4 game.

Chiefs Notebook….Tufts University ‘s Pat O’Donnell made his Chiefs debut in the bottom of the seventh. The right-hander looked impressive retiring the side in order, including two strikeouts, to end the game.....With the win Freni evened his record a 1-1......The 6-1 Chiefs wrap up their three game road trip on Friday when they travel to Summer Street Field in Arlington to meet the Trojans at 7:00 PM. Righty Mike DiCato (1-0) will get the start…..Eric Rosenberg saw his first ICL action when he pinch hit for Brian Macina in the sixth. Defensively, Rosenberg also stated a 3-6-3 doubleplay to end the Tanners inning...



Friday, June 18
Bullpen Comes Up Big, Crisafulli Delivers Game Winner in 3-2 Win at Arlington
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Justin Crisafulli had Game Winning Hit

Arlington, MA- Lefty Kevin Gilchrist and righty Rob Machado came out of the bullpen to preserve a 3-2 comeback win over the game expansion Arlington Trojans on Friday night at Summer Street Field.

The Chiefs appeared poised to take the lead in the top of the first inning against Trojans starter Jordan Dean of Kennesaw State in Georgia. With Mike Baillargeon, who had walked and stole a base, on second with two outs, Matt Anderson uncorked a bomb to the left-center field fence. Trojans centerfielder Justin Mansfield made a spectacular diving catch robbing Anderson and kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard.

Chiefs starter Mike DiCato and Dean traded blanks before former Chief Eddie McDonald gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with an RBI single.

The Trojans lead doubled to 2-0 in the home half of the third when Quinnipiac’s Kevin Hart delivered a Mansfield with another RBI single.

The Chiefs chased Dean when they picked up three runs to grab a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning. After Baillargeon lined out, trouble starting brewing when Mike Gedman drew a walk and stole second. Anderson then reached on an error by Trojan third baseman Nick Napoli. Dean got a bit a wild and walked Mike Andre and Bob McCarthy in succession to force in a run to make it 2-1. Hal Landers then reached on a RBI fielder’s choice that tied the game at 2-2. Veteran Justin Crisafulli then delivered the game winner when he singled in Andre with the 382nd RBI of his career to give the Chiefs a lead they never relinquished.

The Trojans were far from finished. Mansfield reached on a bad hop grounder to Baillargeon and Greg Wilson singled in the bottom of the fourth, putting two men on with one out. Gilchrist came on in relief of DiCato and uncorked a wild pitch to move both runners into scoring position before striking out the left-handed hitting Hart for the inning’s second out. Righty Rob Machado came on and struck out Napoli swinging to get the Chiefs out of the jam.

Machado blanked the Trojans over the next two innings to record the save. Gilchrist, who was 6-1 at Tufts University this spring, picked up his first career ICL win.

The Chiefs begin a four game homestand on Monday when they host the Testa Corp. Bombers at Tufts University at 6:00 PM.

 


Saturday, June 19
Tony Lucci, Owner of former Medford Square Sporting Goods, Passes Away at 88

Medford, MA- Local sports legend Tony Lucci, owner of the former Medford Square Sporting Goods, has died at age 88.

Tony was instrumental in the creation of the Chiefs franchise in 1957 and supplied most ICL teams for decades.

The following is quoted from "The History of the Chiefs."

"During the winter of 1957, Medford baseball players Ernie Ardolino and Freddie Knox were hanging out in front of Tony Lucci’s Medford Square Sporting Goods, that was then located on High Street, next to the old Depositor’s Trust Bank. They began to talk about the idea of starting a semi-professional team in Medford. They get some of their local buddies to commit to playing, get a bunch of raffle chances printed up and attempt to raise some money to start a team. The fundraising does not go over well and their dream of a semi-pro team in Medford looks doomed.

As it was to become his custom over the next six decades, Tony Lucci hears about what’s going on and the boys dream of having a semi-pro team in Medford. He surprises the guys and fronts them the uniforms and equipment for the team without having to put up any money. Of course, there was the promise that when their fundraising was complete they could pay the bill. With Medford players like Tommy Cangiano, Freddie Walsh, Jackie Callahan, Frank “Sonny” Sollitto and Richie DiGiacomo, along with other area notables like Everett first basemen George Catieys, Bob Ware and Johnny Mastrangelo of Chelsea, Jerry Cohen from Revere, and Stoneham’s Ellis “Sonny” Lane, the franchise is born and is initially named the Medford City Club.

Nobody sells their raffle tickets and the fundraising effort is a disaster. Ardolino and Knox are stuck with the responsibility of the team’s operating expenses and they owe Lucci a hefty tab for uniforms and equipment. True to the legendary Lucci form, Tony gets the boys off the hook when he picks up the tab himself.

In 1958, the boys landed a full time sponsor in Hosmer Pontiac of Mystic Avenue. Pontiac's trademark symbol was an Indian Chief. The boys start to think about what to call their new Medford based team. While sitting in the showroom, Knox notices a new Pontiac “Star Chief” bearing an Indian Chief as a hood ornament. The “Star-Chief” was Pontiac’s premier sports car in 1957 and later replaced by the Firebird. Knox points it out to the rest of the group and the answer to their question becomes obvious, they call themselves The Chiefs.

Without Tony Lucci the Chiefs franchise would have never begun. Up until his death some 53 years later on Thursday, Tony remained a Chiefs fan. Tony was the Chiefs team outfitter for decades, until Medford Sq. Sporting Goods closed a couple of years ago.

He will be missed!

Below is his complete obituary. 

LUCCI, Anthony “Tony” Of Medford, formerly of Everett, on June 17.

Beloved husband of Camille (Pizzano). Loving father of Stephen Lucci of Medford, Patricia Bagarella and her late husband Ronald of Everett and Debra Ryan and her husband Richard of Medford. Loving brother of Florence Ciardello of Everett and the late Robert and Ralph Lucci, and Eleanor Joyce. He is survived by his three loving grandchildren, April Obremski, Christie Pace and Matthew Ryan, and two loving great grandchildren, Jason and Jaxon Pace, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., EVERETT, on Tuesday, June 22, at 8:30 a.m. Funeral Mass at St Francis Church, Medford at 10 a.m. Relatives & friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are Monday only 4-8 p.m.

Donations in Tony’s memory may be made to the M Club, C/O Medford High School, 489 Winthrop St., Medford, 02155 or the E Club of Everett, PO Box 490135, Everett, MA 02149. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Tony was a longtime owner of Medford Square Sporting Goods. Complimentary valet parking at Main St. entrance. Rocco - Carr - Henderson Funeral Home 1-877-71-ROCCO.



Monday, June 21
Boston Herald Story (June 21, 2010)
"Dylan Ellis of Chiefs Concern to Opponents"
By John Connolly / Boston Herald   |   Monday, June 21, 2010 
 http://www.bostonherald.com  
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The season is still young, but Andre Chiefs left-hander Dylan Ellis already has three victories after tossing a six-hit, 2-0 shutout against Testa Bombers.

In the process, the Gloucester native lowered his ERA to a sparkling 1.07.

“He has good stuff, typical lefty stuff,” Andre Chiefs manager Chuck Andre said of Ellis, who earlier blanked Arlington Trojans, 7-0. “I saw him pitch his first college game when he beat Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., when he played with my son, Mike (Andre) at Merrimack College. This is his fourth year with us, and he’s been consistent. He pounds the strike zone. He gets the job done, and he gets a ton of ground-ball outs. He’s got a good slider and mixes up his pitches well.”

The 21-year-old Ellis concluded his Merrimack career second in the program’s history in innings pitched (215), strikeouts (185) and ERA (3.05).

“So far good. I don’t know (what the secret is). I’m pitching the way I’ve been all my life, the way all my coaches taught me,” said Ellis, who owns a 2.38 ERA in 155 career innings of Intercity League play. “I try and pick my spots. I usually start with the fastball and try and get ahead in the count and then work with the slider and changeup. It’s been great so far.

“Last year, we lost in the championship (to Lexington), so we’re looking to get back there. We need to get back there. It’s summer ball, but it’s a lot more serious because there’s a lot of guys that played college ball. It’s a fun atmosphere.”



Monday, June 21
Bombers End Chiefs Six Game Winning Streak, 4-1
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Jeff Rowan picked up win

Medford, MA- Over the course of a long summer of ICL baseball there are usually several nights that a team would like to forget. One of those nights that fit under the “forgetful column” took place for the Chiefs at Tufts University on Monday night.

The Testa Corp. Bombers, along with leaving nine men on base, had a lot to do with a Chiefs lackluster performance as they saw their six game winning streak come to a halt, 4-1.

The tone for this one was set early as the Bombers came up with two first inning runs and were poised to put up more, if not for a costly base running blunder that got the Chiefs out of the inning rather cheaply.

Chiefs starter Tim Dunphy hit leadoff man Mark O’Flynn with the first pitch of the game. Two pitches later it was 1-0 Bombers when veteran Pete John drilled a long double to straightaway center that scored O’Flynn. It quickly went to 2-0 when Dave Lightbody took Dunphy’s next pitch to the left-field corner for a double that scored John. Dunphy then settled a bit and struck out Mike Addesa for the first out. Sam Bean followed with a single to left and the throw to third was off the mark allowing Bean to take second. Dunphy and the Chiefs escaped further damage when Bean got hung up between second and third on Lemarre Rey’s routine grounder to Tony Deshler at shortstop. Deshler tagged out Bean and then fired home to catcher Bob McCarthy to get Lightbody for an unusual inning ending doubleplay.

The Chiefs squandered early scoring opportunities in the first inning (McCarthy single, Gedman walk) and again in the second when Justin Crisafulli singled and reached third with one out on consecutive wild pitches.

Lightbody made it a 3-0 game in the top of the third inning when he deposited a Dunphy fastball to the right of the 367’ foot sign in left-center for a solo homer.

Bombers starter and winner Jeff Rowan (1-1) of the University of Rochester, pitched out of trouble once again in the bottom of the third as a Landers walk and a Gedman single put two more runners on with one out. Rowan got out of the inning unscathed when Peter Copa fouled out and Matt Anderson grounded out.

Dunphy settled in and retired six of the last seven batters he faced in the fourth and fifth innings.

Rowan kept the Chiefs frustrated in the fourth when they left another runner on base and again in the bottom of the fifth when they wasted a Landers leadoff double.

Michigan lefty Jeff DeCarlo, who was making his first appearance for the Chiefs since 2006, replaced Dunphy to begin the sixth inning and retired the first two batters he faced on a groundout and a strikeout. He then walked Vin Eruzione who stole second and came around to score on Derek Sturkel’s RBI single to left.

Rowan retired the Chiefs in order in the sixth inning on three straight outfield fly balls (Anderson, Mike Andre and Crisafulli). Tufts right-hander Pat O’Donnell worked the top of the seventh and once again looked impressive, recording two K’s.

Former UConn southpaw Mike Hashem took over for Rowan to start the seventh and the Chiefs scored their only run without the benefit of a hit. Hashem, who was making his first appearance of the year, experienced some wildness and issued three walks to Deshler, pinch-hitter Matt Boleski and McCarthy that loaded the bases with one away. Gedman finally got the Chiefs on the board with a RBI infield grounder that scored Deshler. Copa followed and was representing the tying run when he hit a fairly deep fly to the right-center gap that was run down by Bean to end the game.

Rowan, who had lost a 2-0 decision to the Chiefs last week, allowed just four hits, walked two and struck out four. Dunphy (0-1) surrendered seven hits, struck out four and hit a batter in his five innings of work.

The now 7-2 Chiefs continue their homestand on Tuesday when they face the 6-1 Lexington Blue Sox at 6:00 PM.



Tuesday, June 22
Ellis Two-Hitter, Baillargeon Two Homers, Give Chiefs 8-0 Win over Lexington
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Dylan Ellis delivers a pitch vs. Lexington on Tuesday

Medford, MA- Dylan Ellis won his fourth consecutive start of the season, this time a neat two-hit shutout over the Lexington Blue Sox, and Mike Baillargeon whacked two opposite field homers to lead the Chiefs to an 8-0 win at Tufts University’s Huskins Field on Tuesday. Ellis was once again in control from start to finish on the way to recording his fifteenth career win in a Chiefs uniform.

Former Boston College centerfielder Pete Frates opened the Lexington first inning with line single to right but Ellis promptly picked him off first. The pickoff proved to be big as Rollins’ Ben Hewett then drew a walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Steve Gath followed with the best hit ball of the night off Ellis, drilling a shot labeled for the left-center gap. Hal Landers got a good jump on the ball and made a nice running catch. Landers then threw to second to double up Hewett and end the inning.

Landers traded his glove for his bat and led off the bottom of the first with a double to left-center. Baillargeon then went the other way and drilled a Drew Brzozowski fastball over the right-field wall for a quick 2-0 Chiefs lead.   

 After Ellis got the Sox in order in the second, the Chiefs used five hits and three Lexington errors, to score four times in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-0 lead. The frame started quietly enough when Justin Crisafulli flew to Frates in center for the first out. Mike Andre got things started when he lined a Brzozowski pitch to right for a single. Bob McCarthy followed and drilled another single to right that Dan Capra let get away from him for an error, sending Andre to third. Brian Macrina then hit a RBI grounder to shortstop that scored Andre. Macrina went to second and McCarthy to third when the throw to get Macrina at first was low. After Landers flew out, Baillargeon hit a little chopper to third, which appeared he was going to beat out, scoring McCarthy. Hewett’s late throw to first went wide and Macrina came all the way around from second to score the Chiefs fifth run. When Mike Gedman followed with another RBI single that scored Baillargeon, the Chiefs were out to a 6-0 lead.

After a scoreless third inning, Frates led off the Blue Sox fourth when he beat out an infield single up the middle. He was quickly erased when Hewett bounced into a Baillargeon unassisted to first baseman Matt Anderson doubleplay.

The Chiefs lead went to 8-0 off reliever Mike O’Brien in the bottom of the fourth when Baillargeon hit his third round tripper of the year, scoring Landers ahead of him who had singled.  

Ellis, who lowered his ERA to 0.79, struck out five, walked two and allowed just the two singles to Frates. He threw 85 pitches and recorded his third complete game of the season.

The Chiefs homestand continues on Wednesday when they send Jared Freni (1-1) to the mound against the Watertown Reds at 6:00 PM.



Thursday, June 24
Reds & Chiefs Battle to Nine Inning 2-2 Standoff
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Jeff DeCarlo

Medford, MA- The Chiefs got to Reds starter Brian Casey for two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning.

The Reds got to Chiefs starter Jared Freni for two runs on a walk and two hits in the top of the sixth.

End of scoring.

End of story.

Tie game.

In the first ICL regular season extra inning game ever played at Huskins Field, the Reds and Chiefs battled to a nine inning 2-2 tie that must have had the pitching enthusiasts in the crowd grinning ear to ear.

The ICL implemented a new rule this season where tied games after seven innings would be extended to a maximum of nine innings to try and eliminate an unusual number of ties that have occurred over the past decade. They couldn’t resolve this one with the two extra frames and the way both teams were pitching, they may not have resolved it in twenty-two extra frames.

The Chiefs got their two runs in the first when Hal Landers led off with a single up the middle. Mike Barbati then drilled a line single to left-center putting the Chiefs in business with two on and nobody out. Casey struck out Mike Gedman swinging for the first out before Peter Copa unloaded a bomb double to center scoring both baserunners.

The Reds runs came abruptly in the sixth with Freni seemingly cruising along with two outs and nobody on. Trouble began when he issued a full count walk to Danny Chaisson. Bryan Evans followed and drove a shot to the base of the 410’ sign in center for a triple that scored Chaisson. Brendan Casey then turned Freni’s first pitch, a change-up, into a broken bat RBI single to left that scored Casey knotting the game at two. Rob Machado came out of the bullpen for Freni and got the final out of the inning.

The Reds got a two out single from Josh Chasse in the seventh and the Chiefs brought in University of Michigan southpaw Jeff DeCarlo, who struck out the left-handed hitting Sam Sager, to end the inning.

The Chiefs threatened to win it in the bottom on the ninth but could not score. After Casey struck out Gedman to start the inning, he walked Copa before he got Matt Anderson to fly to center for the second out. Justin Crisafulli then kept things alive when he singled to center sending Copa to second. When Mike Andre followed and lined Casey’s first pitch to Evans in right-field both teams had to settle for a point each.

Casey, who lowered his ERA to 1.18, allowed six hits in his nine innings of work and got the Chiefs side in order five times. The former Tufts standout struck out eight and retired 15 batters in row until he walked Copa in the ninth. It was the righty’s third straight complete game after striking out nine in an opening night 4-1 win over the Americans and posting a ten strikeout, 8-1 win, at Lexington on June 14.

Freni worked 5.2 innings and allowed six hits while striking out five. Machado, who kept his ERA at 0.00 while making his fifth appearance of the season, allowed one hit in his inning of work. DeCarlo retired all seven batters he faced and struck out two.

Thursday’s scheduled game against the Reading Bulldogs has been moved to Friday at Tufts University at 6:00 PM. The early schedule change was made due to the prospect of severe weather in the forecast for Thursday. Both Reading and the Chiefs were both scheduled for an off day on Friday.

Mike DiCato will get the starting assignment for the Chiefs.



Friday, June 25
DiCato, DeCarlo Pitch Chiefs to 4-2 Win Over Reading
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Mike Andre went 2-3 (RBI) and turned in defensive gem in 6th.

Medford, MA – The Chiefs concluded their four game homestand with a brisk 4-2 win over the expansion Reading Bulldogs on Friday night at Tufts University.

Starter and winner Mike DiCato got the Bulldogs side in order in the top of the first inning, including two strikeouts, and his mates went right to work with the bats in the home half of the inning.

Reading right-hander Dan Eisenberg of Tufts University hit leadoff batter Bob McCarthy with a pitch. Mike Baillargeon followed with a single just inside the third base bag to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Mike Gedman’s grounder forced Baillargeon at second and left runners on the corners with one out. Cleanup man Peter Copa was next and his RBI grounder to short scored McCarthy to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Justin Crisafulli was next up and drew a two out walk. Mike Andre then lined an Eisenberg pitch to right scoring Gedman to up the lead to 2-0. Eisenberg got Matt Anderson to ground sharply to third baseman T.J. Murphy to end the inning.

Reading got a two out single from Kevin O’Leary in the top of the second and Eisenberg settled down and retired the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the inning.

The Bulldogs cut the lead in half in the top of the third and threatened for more. Bill Cataldo got things started with a line single to center. Joe Harvey then bounced to Andre at third base with Cataldo taking second. DiCato struck out Endicott’s Mike Russo swinging for the second out. DiCato uncharacteristically walked Steve Buitkus and Alex Fischer in succession to load the bases. Andrew Bishop of Williams College followed and got Reading on the board when he chopped an infield single between DiCato and Baillargeon at short. DiCato preserved the Chiefs'  2-1 lead when he struck out St. Anselm’s T.J. Murphy with the bases juiced to end the threat.

Eisenberg got the Chiefs 1-2-3 again in the bottom of the third.

The Bulldogs made some noise in the fourth when DiCato hit O’Leary with a pitch to start the inning. Catcher John Halsey then drilled liner right at Tony Deshler in centerfield with O’Leary running on the pitch. Deshler made the catch and threw a strike to Anderson at first to double up O’Leary. Cataldo then singled again but the inning ended when Harvey grounded out to Mike Barbati at second base.

Nothing doing for the Chiefs in the bottom of the fourth as Eisenberg got the side in order for the third straight time.

DiCato started strong in the fifth by striking out Russo and Buitkus before walking Fischer. The game moved to the bottom of the fifth when Bishop grounded out to Baillargeon end the inning.

The Chiefs picked up a much needed run in the bottom of the fifth. Consecutive singles from Barbati and Deshler ended Eisenberg’s night as Reading Manager Matt Morrison brought in former Chief and Malden Catholic lefty Chris Labriola of Central Florida. McCarthy greeted his ex-batterymate with a RBI single to left scoring Barbati and giving the Chiefs a 3-1 lead. Labriola averted further trouble when he got Baillargeon to fly to the warning track in straight-away center, Gedman to groundout and ended the inning when Russo made a nice running grab of a Copa shot to the left-centerfield gap.

Southpaw Jeff DeCarlo spelled DiCato to start the sixth and immediately got into trouble when Murphy singled to left and O’Leary delivered a check swing single to right. Halsey then moved both runners into scoring position with a well placed sacrifice bunt. With the red hot Cataldo at the plate, DeCarlo threw a wild pitch allowing Murphy to score, to chop the lead to 3-2, and sending O’Leary to third representing the tying run. With the Chiefs infield drawn in, Andre turned in the defensive gem of the night when he snagged Cataldo’s liner that was labeled for the left field corner for the second out. DeCarlo left O’Leary stranded ninety feet away when he came up big and struck out Harvey to end the inning.

The Chiefs responded by adding an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-2 lead. Veteran Justin Crisafulli led off with hit number 497 of his Chiefs career and Brandeis’ Eric Rosenberg came on to pinch run for him. Andre followed with his second hit of the night, a single to rightfield, that pushed Rosenberg to second. Anderson then moved Rosenberg and Andre each up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Labriola then caught Barbati looking on a full count outside corner fastball for the inning's second out. Deshler was next and he legged out an infield single to the shortstop hole scoring his Brandeis teammate Rosenberg with the fourth Chiefs run. Labriola got McCarthy to fly out to center to close the inning and send the game to the seventh.

DeCarlo got Russo on a comebacker to the mound, Buitkus on a grounder to Barbati at second and then struck out Fischer looking to end the game and chalk up his first save of the season. 

DiCato (2-0), who recorded his second win of the year to go along with a couple of saves, struck out seven and allowed four hits in his 76 pitch, five inning outing.

The Chief enjoy an off day on Saturday and will travel to Walsh Field at Wakefield High School to visit the Merchants on Sunday at 5:00 PM.



Sunday, June 27
Wakefield Topples Chiefs at Walsh, 5-1
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Bob McCarthy reached base twice

Wakefield, MA- Former Trinity right-hander Kevin Tidmarsh spun a complete game five-hitter and his mates backed him with a dozen hits as the Merchants knocked off the Chiefs 5-1 at Walsh Field.

The Merchants took a 2-0 lead that they never relinquished in the bottom of the first inning off Chiefs starter and loser Tim Dunphy. Former Red Sox farmhand Steve Langone gave the Merchants a quick 1-0 lead when he tripled in leadoff man John Zagaria from Lynn University who had singled. Mike Sorrentino made it a 2-0 lead when he drove Langone in with another single.

The game stayed at 2-0 until Mike Baillargeon hit his fourth homer of the year, just inside the left field foul pole, leading off the fourth inning.

That was as close (2-1) as the Chiefs would come on this night. A triple by Orlowitz, leading off the Wakefield fourth inning, followed by consecutive singles from Jon Davison, Dale Crispin and Matt Russo made it 3-1 and chased Dunphy. Tufts’ right-hander Pat O’Donnell came on with the bases loaded and one out and promptly struck out Zagaria. When the third strike got a few feet away from Chiefs catcher Bob McCarthy, Crispin attempted to score and was out at the plate in a peculiar inning ending doubleplay.

The Chiefs threatened to tie it up but came up empty in the top of the fifth. Matt Anderson got things going with a single and McCarthy was hit by a Tidmarsh pitch. After two unsuccessful bunt attempts, Brian Macrina lined out sharply to left. Hal Landers then flew out to centerfield for the second out. With the Baillargeon at the plate, Tidmarsh threw a wild pitch to move both runners up into scoring position. Baillargeon was caught looking on an outside corner, full count, fastball that got the Merchants out of the inning.

Wakefield got some breathing room when they ran the score to 5-1 in the sixth. The Merchants got to O’Donnell on infield singles by Scott Searles and Langone and a big two RBI double from Davison.

Tidmarsh blanked the Chiefs in the top of the sixth and lefty Kevin Gilchrist worked the bottom of the inning for the Chiefs, surrendering only a one out single to Russo.

The Chiefs got two men on base in the top of the seventh on a McCarthy single and walk to Landers but could not score when Tidmarsh got Baillargeon to line sharply to Orlowitz in centerfield to end the game.

Dunphy (0-2), worked 3.1 innings and gave up three runs (all earned), allowed seven hits and struck out two.  

Tidmarsh now 3-0, struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Eleven of the Chiefs outs were hit to the outfielders.

The 9-3-1 Chiefs return to ICL action on Tuesday night when they travel to Victory Field in Watertown to meet the Reds at 8:00 PM.



Wednesday, June 30
Ellis Wins 5th, Landers Delivers Game Winner in 5-1 Win at Watertown
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Hal Landers had game winning double in 7th

Watertown, MA- The Chiefs rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning, all with two out and nobody on base, to break a 1-1 tie and send them home from Watertown with a 5-1 win.

Tony Deshler got things going in the seventh when he blooped a two out single to right off Reds starter Charlie DeFrancesco. Deshler went to second on a wild pitch and Hal Landers delivered him with the go ahead run when he doubled to left-center just out of the reach of the diving Josh Chasse. Catcher Bob McCarthy followed and lined a single to right scoring Landers to give the Chiefs 3-1 lead. Brendan Casey replaced DeFrancesco and Mike Baillargeon greeted him with his fifth homer of the year, a two run shot over the left field wall making it 5-1.

On the other side of the ledger, Dylan Ellis was outstanding once again on the mound and raised his record to 5-0 on the season. The former Merrimack College southpaw allowed only a second inning unearned run and scattered three hits on the night. He struck out a season high ten batters, and retired the last ten men he faced in row.

Watertown took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when veteran Steve Busby drilled a one out double to right. Bryan Evans followed with a chopper to Baillargeon at shortstop which he charged and threw low to first allowing Busby to score.

The Chiefs tied the game in the top of the third when Brian Macrina led off with a gap shot double to left-center. Deshler bunted Macrina to third and Landers RBI groundout to second scored him with the equalizer.

Jared Freni (1-1) will get the start when the 10-3-1 Chiefs host the Reading Bulldogs on Wednesday night at 6:00 PM at Tufts University.



Wednesday, June 30
Freni 10 K's, Andre (3 Run HR, 4 RBI), Crisafulli Solo Shot, Power Chiefs Past Reading, 9-4
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Mike Andre (2-4, Homer, 4 RBI)

Medford, MA- Jared Freni struck out ten in six innings of work, Mike Andre hit a three run homer and had four RBI’s and veteran Justin Crisafulli added a solo home run, to power the Chiefs past the Reading Bulldogs 9-4 at Tufts University on Wednesday.

Freni, who previously starred at UMass-Amherst, allowed just four hits and raised his record to 2-1 on the season.

Andre, who co-captained Merrimack College in 2009, went two for four including his sixth inning homer over the right field wall. For Crisafulli, it was the 87th homer of his long ICL career. The former Cleveland Indians slugger now has 499 hits in a Chiefs uniform.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning as Bryant University’s Brian O’Neil matched Freni pitch for pitch until Crisafulli deposited his solo shot over the left field wall.

The Chiefs scored five times in the fifth inning on singles by Hal Landers, Bob McCarthy, Andre (RBI), Peter Copa, Matt Anderson and Crisafulli.

It quickly went to 9-1 in the bottom of sixth inning when Andre’s homer scored McCarthy and Brandeis University's Tony Deshler ahead of him.

Rob Machado came out of the Chiefs’ bullpen to begin the seventh and got touched up for a bases clearing double from Pete Castoldi that accounted for the 9-4 final.

With the win, the first place Chiefs raised their record to 11-3-1 heading into Thursday’s game against the Arlington Trojans at Tufts University at 6:00 PM. Right-hander Mike DiCato (2-0) is expected to draw the starting pitching assignment.



Friday, July 2
Justin Crisafulli Gets 500th Hit
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Justin Crisafulli

Medford- His first hit came in 1994 on a rainy night at Alumni Stadium in Lowell when he was a shy 18 year old rookie a few days removed from his Medford High graduation.

His 500th came via a RBI double in the first inning of Thursday’s 4-1 win (see game story below) against the Arlington Trojans at Tufts University.

In his almost fifteen Chiefs seasons in between, Justin Crisafulli established himself as one the greatest and most feared Chiefs and ICL hitters of all time.
 
Crisafulli reached the lofty ICL 500 hit plateau with a RBI double to the right-centerfield gap and now trails only the retired Mike Langston (538), on the Chiefs all time hit list.

Along the way, Justin has ripped 87 home runs and knocked in 384 runs. Add to those impressive totals the fact that he has a career .342 batting average, it becomes obvious to see why he is considered among one of the Intercity League's all time best. And for Chiefs fans the good news is that he is still going strong and he will be atop every Chiefs batting record before he hangs up the spikes and his number 33 is hung up and retired. 

To put Crisafulli’s longevity and career accomplishment’s into focus, on the night he recorded his first hit, veteran third baseman Mike Andre, who batted just before Crisafulli, was the seven year old Chiefs bat-boy. Peter Copa, who scored on last night’s double, was a six year old first-grader. Major League Baseball players had just voted to cancel the remainder of the 1994 season and the California Highway Patrol was chasing O.J. Simpson’s Ford Bronco through the streets of Los Angeles.

Crisafulli emerged as a star at Medford High School in the early 1990's. His baseball ability was not limited to the plate as he was considered one of the state's top high school pitchers of that era. In fact, he was actually selected by the Boston Red Sox as a pitcher in the 17th round of the 1995 major league draft. He opted to attend Western Arizona Junior College instead. That decision rewarded him with a trip to the JUCO World Series. Following his career in Arizona, Crisafulli accepted a baseball scholarship to Divison II powerhouse Central Missouri State and once again was playing for post season honors, this time in the D-2 World Series.

After one of the most incredible individual ICL season's of all time, when he hit a remarkable .515 (70 for 136) with 13 homers and 57 RBI's, leading the Chiefs to a 36-6 record and another championship, Justin signed with the Cleveland Indians on the day the 1997 ICL season ended.

At 34, Justin can still put fear into ICL pitchers. Although his home runs totals have decreased, along with the rest of the ICL, since the league's wood bat era began in 2002, he still can take it out of the yard at anytime.

A "True Chief" in every sense of the term, Crisafulli is the elder statesman of the Chiefs franchise.He has played a major part of four ICL championships and seven regular season flags. When his playing days are over, he will be remembered as not only one of the greatest hitter's in ICL history, but also one of the most classiest guys to ever to wear the Chiefs uniform.

 Justin Crisafulli's Road to 500 Chiefs Hits

YEAR AB R H HR RBI AVG

*2010

42

5

8

1

4

.190

2009

96

2

20

0

14

.208

2008

99

25

41

3

23

.414

2007

95

11

19

3

12

.200

2006

79

10

21

3

12

.266

2003

79

7

21

1

13

.266

2002

110

13

39

4

27

.355

2001

106

35

42

6

34

.406

2000

109

36

44

13

41

.404

1999

114

34

44

13

32

.386

1998

105

24

32

9

40

.305

1997

136

50

70

13

57

.515

1996

110

24

38

9

33

.345

1995

129

36

47

8

35

.364

1994

50

10

14

1

7

.280

Totals

1,459

322

500

87

384

.343

*-2010 thru first 16 games



Friday, July 2
DiCato Stops Arlington with Brisk Four-Hitter, 4-1
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Mike DiCato

Medford, MA- Justin Crisafulli recorded his 500th career hit, (see seperate story) a first inning RBI double, and the Chiefs made four first inning runs stand up, in a 4-1 win over the Arlington Trojans at Tufts University.

Mike DiCato (3-0) threw a neat four hitter, in a game that took only one hour and eighteen minutes to complete. Along with Crisafulli’s double, Hal Landers and Matt Boleski had first inning two-base hits and Peter Copa, Bob McCarthy, Mike Andre, and Mike Barbati added singles.

Trojans’ starter Mike Griffin (1-2) settled in nicely after the rocky first inning and threw shutout ball the rest of the way.

Arlington rookie Greg Wilson broke up DiCato’s shutout bid with a solo homer in the sixth.

DiCato, struck out four and needed only 74 pitches to complete his night's work. The former UMass-Amherst and Malden Catholic standout was aided by some outstanding defense as his infield mates turend three doubleplays. The final out of the game was made on a spectacular play by Chiefs shortstop Tony Deshler.

The Chiefs, now 12-3-2, will enjoy the traditional July 4th Break and return to action next Wednesday when they travel to Lexington to meet the Blue Sox at 8:00 PM.



Wednesday, June 30
Chiefs' Baillargeon Signs Professional Contract
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Mike Baillargeon

Worcester, MA- Chiefs infielder Mike Baillargeon of Worcester signed a professional contract with the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League on Wednesday. Baillargeon was hitting a lofty .385 with five homers and 14 RBI, thru the first fifteen games of the Chiefs season.

Baillargeon hit a two run homer for the Chiefs at Watertown late Tuesday night and the Tornadoes came calling immediately after the game. Baillargeon signed a contract on Wednesday morning and was in uniform that night against Pittsfield. He has gone 0-2 for the Tornadoes in his first two games. Baillargeon and the Tornadoes are spending the Fourth of July weekend in Canada playing a three game series against Quebec City.

The former Assumption star had previously signed professionally and played winter ball with the Weribee Giants in Australia earlier this year. He was named as the NE-10 Player of the Year in 2009 and selected to the Rawlings Baseball NCAA D-2 All American team and to the NCBW all-America team. Baillargeon was also named to the ECAC D-2, NCBWA, ABCA and Daktronics all East teams. He batted .393 as a college senior with a team-record 84 hits, and 11 homers. He was named  team captain three consecutive years at Assumption and set career marks in games (187), games started(187), at bats(731), hits(267), triples(15) and sacrifice flies (11).

Baillargeon hit .261 for the Chiefs last summer with a homer and nine RBI's in 15 games. He becomes the second Chief to sign this year as centerfielder Jeff Bercume had earlier signed with the Oakland A's. Bercume is currently hitting .242 for Oakland's single A affiliate in Vancouver.

To replace Baillargeon on the active roster, the Chiefs have activated former Cassell slugger Tim Dempsey. Dempsey has been on the DL since the start of the season with a nose fracture. He had previously starred at UConn and later UMass-Lowell and was voted as the 2006 ICL's Playoff MVP when he led Cassell to their first ICL championship. From 2006-2008 Dempsey hit .390 for Cassell with six home runs.



Sunday, July 4
Baillargeon Homers in Quebec City

Quebec City- Mike Baillargeon made his first professional hit in the Cam-Am League a memorable one. The Chiefs infielder drilled a seventh inning solo home run in the Worcester Tornadoes 10-4 loss to the Quebec Les Capitales in front of 2,267 fans on Sunday at Municipal Stadium.

Baillargeon, who had five homers for the Chiefs so far this season including a two-run blast in his last at bat in Watertown on Tuesday night, started for the Tornadoes at shortstop on Sunday. The former Assumption star, who signed with Worcester on Wednesday, has gone 1 for 6 in his first three games.



Wednesday, July 7
Lexington Beats Chiefs 4-1
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Hal Landers had two of the Chiefs seven hits

Lexington, MA- Matt Karis raised his record to 4-0 on the season with complete game 4-1 win over the Chiefs in Lexington on Wednesday night. The right-hander scattered seven hits and struck out seven. Karis is now 13-0-1 in 14 career ICL decisions dating back to June 2nd of last season.

Karis retired the side in order in the top of the first and Chiefs starter Dylan Ellis escaped a major league jam in the bottom of the inning. Pete Frates and Ross Curley led the inning off with consecutive singles. With runners on the corners, Steve Gath hit a bullet at Mike Andre at third base for the first out. Ellis then struck out cleanup man Danny Graham for out number two before walking Matt McEvoy to load the bases. The southpaw got out of the inning when he got Tommy Haugh on a comebacker to retire the side.

Crisafulli was hit by a Karis pitch with two away in the second but he got Matt Anderson to bounce out to end the inning.

The Blue Sox got all of their runs in the bottom of the second. John Seed led off and reached on an error when Andre threw low to first. Chas Agrillo followed with a single to right that sent Seed to third. Jim Hughes moved Agrillo up to second with a sacrifice bunt with Seed holding at third. The Chiefs elected to intentionally walk Frates and Curley made that move backfire when he drilled a long bases clearing double into the left field corner to give the Sox a 3-0 lead. Gath followed with another single to right with Curley taking third. Graham increased the Lexington lead to 4-0 when he lofted a long sacrifice fly to right easily scoring Curley.

The Chiefs back answered with their only run of the night in the top of the third. Tony Deshler singled to left-center leading off the inning. Karis then struck out Mike Barbati and Hal Landers in succession before back to back singles by Bob McCarthy and Mike Gedman cut the Sox lead to 4-1. Karis recorded his third strikeout of the inning when he got Peter Copa swinging to end the frame as well as the scoring for the evening.

Ellis settled down nicely and allowed just two more hits, a Hughes single leading off the fourth and a Graham bunt single in the fifth, before giving way to Isaac Oakley in the 6th.

Karis pitched out of trouble in the fifth when he issued a one out walk to Barbati and Landers followed with a single. He kept the Chiefs off the board when McCarthy grounded sharply to Curley at third and Gedman flew to Graham in right.

The Chiefs threatened once again in the sixth. Copa drew a leadoff walk but was forced at second on Andre's fielder's choice. Crisafulli then lined a ground rule double to left sending Andre to third. Karis left both runners stranded when he struck out Anderson and Deshler to end the inning.

Oakley, coming off some rest following an elbow strain, made his first appearance of the season and retired both batters he faced to begin the sixth. Lefty Tim Dunphy came out of the pen to get Frates to fly deep to right to end the inning.

Karis got pinch-hitter Matt Boleski to foul out to begin the 7th before Landers followed with a single up the middle. That was as far as Landers got as Karis struck out McCarthy and got Gedman on a grounder to second to end the game.

The Chiefs run in the third was the first run that Karis (0.25 ERA) has allowed in 28 innings so far this season. The Gettysburg righty has only surrendered nine earned runs in his 93 career ICL innings, including the 2009 post season.

Ellis, who was 5-0 entering the game, suffered his first loss of the season. He allowed seven hits, three earned runs and struck out three.

The Blue Sox ,who raised their record to 11-4, are off until Friday.

The Chiefs, now 12-4-1, will send righty Mike DiCato to the mound when they return home on Thursday to meet the Mooney Dental Tanners at Tufts University at 6:00 PM.



Thursday, July 8
DiCato Wins 4th, Barbati Delivers Key Double as 9 Run 6th Leads to 10-3 Win
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Mike DiCato is now 4-0

Medford, MA- The Chiefs sent 14 men to the plate in a nine run sixth inning to come from behind to beat the Mooney Dental Tanners 10-3 at Tufts University on Thursday night.

This looked as if it was going to be the Tanners night through the first five and one half innings before Mike Barbati turned the tide when he delivered the key hit, a one out, bases loaded, two RBI double, that gave the Chiefs the lead at 3-2. Barbati’s double opened the floodgates and gave Mike DiCato (4-0), his fourth straight win.

Both teams threatened in the first inning but neither could score. The Tanners had men on first and second (single, error) but Chiefs starter Mike DiCato struck out the side. The Chiefs loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning on a single from Peter Copa, a walk to Justin Crisafulli, and an infield single from Tim Dempsey, in his first at bat as a Chief. Tanners’ starter Dan Blum escaped the jam when right-fielder Bryan Watkins took at least a single away from Mike Andre down the rightfield line to end the inning.

Both clubs went quietly in the second inning.

DiCato gave up consecutive one out singles in the top of the third to Carlton Lentini and Jon Bishop before pitching out of the jam by getting Watkins on a grounder to Andre at third and striking out Ryan Doyle. Bob McCarthy was hit by a Blum pitch, with one out in the bottom of the inning, and promptly stole second. Copa followed and hit an absolute bullet back to Blum, who made the grab and easily doubled McCarthy off second, ending the inning.

The Tanners used some DiCato wildness and a couple of well placed hits to grab a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Keegan DeNapoli and Nick Dettore both drew free passes to begin the inning. A nice play by shortstop Tony Deshler got DiCato the first out when he ranged deep into the hole and made a nice play on Mike Baldino’s grounder and threw to second to force Dettore on a bang-bang play. Nick Ruocco followed and singled to left scoring DeNapoli. Joe Galli then singled to deep short scoring Baldino. The Chiefs averted further trouble when Lentini bounced into a 1-6-3 doubleplay.

The Chiefs offensive frustration continued into the bottom of the fourth. Crisafulli was hit by a Blum pitch and Dempsey followed with drive to deep right, into a stiff wind, that Watkins reeled in at the wall. After Andre flew to center for the second out, Deshler blooped a single to right. Blum ended the Chiefs threat when he struck out Matt Boleski swinging sending the game to the fifth with the Tanners holding a 2-0 lead.

DiCato retired the side in order in the top of the fifth and the Chiefs cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning. Hal Landers drew a one out walk, stole second, and came around to score on Copa’s RBI single to right-center.

image_name3DiCato set the Tanners down in order again in the sixth. The stage was set for the 45 minute bottom of the inning where the Chiefs scored nine times and recorded nine hits against three Tanner pitchers. Dempsey (pictured at left) started things off and reached on another infield single. With Andre at the plate, the Tanners called for a well timed pitchout and Demspey was thrown out by Ruocco attempting to steal second. Andre got things started right up again when he lined a single to right and rookie Paul Yanakopulos pinch ran for him. Deshler drew a walk and Boleski followed with a line single to right loading the bases. Barbati took the count full before drilling a long double to the right-center field gap scoring Yanakopulos and Deshler and putting the Chiefs in front at 3-2. Colby lefty Brady Hesslein then came on in relief of Blum. Landers then hit a grounder to Lentini at second and the sliding Boleski beat his throw home to make it 4-2. McCarthy then lined a single to center scoring Barbati and Landers and jumping the lead to 6-2. Copa was next and he singled scoring Landers making it 7-2. Kevin Georgette replaced Hesslein and he walked Crisafulli and Eric Rosenberg pinch ran for him. Dempsey delivered his third hit of his Chiefs debut, a single to right-center that scored McCarthy, as the lead grew to 8-2. Yanakopulos made his first career ICL at bat a productive one when he lofted a deep sacrifice fly to right that plated Copa. Consecutive singles from Deshler (infield, broken bat) scoring Rosenberg, and Boleski, scoring Dempsey, accounted for the final two runs. The marathon inning finally ended when ironically Barbati flew to left.

Rob Machado relieved DiCato to start the seventh and allowed an unearned run while recording two strikeouts.

DiCato went six innings to record the win. He allowed six hits and struck out seven.

Chiefs Notebook….Former St. John’s Prep and University of Michigan lefty Jeff DeCarlo is scheduled to get the start when the Chiefs visit the Arlington Trojans at Summer St. Field on Friday at 7:00 PM…. Brendan Pyburn, Brian Macrina, Mike Gedman and Matt Anderson were all out of the lineup on Thursday…..



Saturday, July 10
Hobbled Chiefs Lose in Arlington, 4-2

Arlington, MA- Mike Griffin's bases loaded double in the fourth inning proved to be the game winner as the Trojans edged the Chiefs 4-3 in Arlington.

The Trojans scored of all their runs in the fourth when Chiefs' starter Jeff DeCarlo experienced a bout of wildness walking three, hitting a batter as well as allowing a single to Nick Napoli. Griffin's double came off reliever Jared Freni.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Justin Crisafulli singled, Mike Andre moved him to third, and Tony Deshler blopped a RBI single over the drawn in infield.

The Chiefs loaded the bases in the fifth on a walk to Mike Barbati, a Peter Copa double, and Tim Demspey being hit by a pitch. Justin Crisafulli then hit a grounder, which appeared to go off his foot in the batter's box but was ruled as a fair ball, ending the inning.

Crisafulli brought the Chiefs back to 4-3 in the seventh when he launched a two out, two run homer to left scoring Copa ahead of him who had reached on an infield single. The Chiefs got the tying run to second with two outs when Andre drew a walk and Eric Rosenberg pinch ran for him. A Walsh wild pitch sent Rosenberg to second with Tony Deshler at the plate. Deshler worked the count full before Walsh struck him swinging to end the game.

Walsh (1-0) picked up the win for the Trojans working the final three innings.

DeCarlo (0-1) took the loss for the Chiefs. He worked 3.1 innings, allowing just two hits, but walked four and hit two batters along with recording a couple of strikeouts, Freni went the final 2.2 innings and only allowed Griffin's double, while striking out four.

Chiefs pitching issued a season high six walks and a couple of hit batsmen in a game that they out hit the Trojans 8-3.

The Chiefs are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Reading to meet the Bulldogs at Morton Field (at rear of Reading High School) at 1:30 PM.



Monday, July 12
Ellis Gets Sixth Win as Chiefs Use a Pair of 4's to Beat Merchants, 8-4
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Dylan Ellis won his sixth game.
Medford, MA- Dylan Ellis won his sixth game of the season and the Chiefs used a couple of four run innings to beat the Wakefield Merchants 8-4 on Monday evening at Tufts University.

The Chiefs jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Hal Landers lead off with an infield single. When Wakefield starter Jarrod Marchesi threw Bob McCarthy’s sacrifice bunt into centerfield for an error, Landers took third on the play. Peter Copa followed and singled to left, scoring Landers and sending McCarthy to third. Tim Dempsey then drove both McCarthy and Copa home when he drilled a double to the right-centerfield gap and went to third on an errant throw. Justin Crisafulli followed and delivered Dempsey with a sacrifice fly for the fourth run of the inning.

The Merchants cut the gap to 4-1 in the top of the third inning on singles from veteran Steve Langone, Matt Russo and Alex LiDonni.

Both Marchesi and Ellis, who were former Northeast 10 rivals at Bentley and Merrimack respectively, both were virtually untouchable until the Chiefs put the game away with another four spot in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Tony Deshler got things going in the home half of the fifth when he doubled off third baseman’s Brooks Townsend’s glove. Landers moved then him to third with an infield grounder. McCarthy picked up a RBI fielder’s choice when he grounded to third and Townsend’s throw home was in the dirt. Copa reached on an infield error, Demspey grounded out and Crisafulli walked to load the bases for Mike Andre. Andre, another former NE-10 product from Merrimack, singled to right-center scoring McCarthy and Copa to increase the Chiefs lead to 7-1. Matt Boleski, who was hitting for Brian Macrina who had to leave the game with hamstring issues, closed the Chiefs' scoring when he delivered an opposite field double that scored Crisafulli making it an 8-1 game.

The Merchants made it 8-2 in the sixth on two infield errors. Tufts’ righty Pat O’Donnell came on to work the seventh and allowed two unearned runs that accounted for the 8-4 final.

Ellis, now 6-1, struck out seven allowed just five hits and one earned run. Marchesi (3-1) suffered his first loss of the year working five innings and giving up seven hits and striking out seven. Conar Mahon of Norwich spelled Marchesi and worked a scoreless sixth for the Merchants.

The 14-5-1 Chiefs are back in action on Tuesday when they host the Mooney Dental Tanners at Tufts University at 6:00 PM.



Tuesday, July 13
Freni Fires Complete Game Two-Hitter, Chiefs Win 15th, 4-0
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Matt Boleski had RBI double in 6th inning

Medford, MA- Jared Freni fired a two-hitter, striking out eight, to pitch the Chiefs past the Mooney Dental Tanners 4-0 under ominous skies at Tufts University on Tuesday evening. The former Malden Catholic and UMass star was in control all game long utilizing primarily an overpowering fastball. He stayed ahead of Tanner hitters throughout his complete game 95 pitch outing.

The Tanners actually had their best scoring threat in the top of the first inning when Mike Baldino led off the game with a line single to center. Freni then struck out Bryan Watkins looking and got Harvard’s Joe Smith to pop up. Baldino stole second before Freni recorded his second K of the inning, setting Phil Recco down swinging on a blistering 90+ MHP fastball.

Tanner’s starter Zach Hofeld of Harvard pitched himself out of a minor jam in the bottom of the first inning. He walked Peter Copa and gave up an “excuse me” infield single to Tim Dempsey with two outs before getting Justin Crisafulli to fly out to end the inning.

Freni surrendered the last hit he would allow in the game to Andrew Bishop with two outs in the top of the second inning and Hofeld got the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the inning.

The Tanners went in order in the top of third and the Chiefs broke through, scoring a couple of times, after two were out, in the home half of the frame. Hofeld got Tony Deshler to ground out and Bob McCarthy to pop up for the first two outs of the inning. Trouble starting brewing when Mike Barbati drew a full count walk. Copa then singled and Dempsey delivered once again with a line single to right-center that scored Barbati. Crisafulli then stepped up and drilled another single to left that scored Copa and gave the Chiefs a 2-0 lead.

With the skies above Huskins Field threatening to open up at any moment, Freni and Hofeld both tossed blanks until the Chiefs doubled their lead in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of former Medford High teammates Mike Andre, Matt Anderson and Matt Boleski. Andre got things started when he lined a Hofeld offering into right-field for a single. Anderson then bunted Andre over to second and UMass-Amherst bound rookie Justin Sencabaugh from Malden Catholic pinch ran. Boleski made it a 3-0 game when he lined a double into the right-field corner scoring Sencabaugh. Deshler then beat out an infield single before McCarthy lofted a sacrifice fly to center scoring Boleski.

Freni, raised his record to 3-1 with the win. The right-hander has now struck out 38 batters in just 30 innings pitched and lowered his ERA to 0.66.

Hofeld (0-2), gave up seven hits, struck out three and walked four. The native of Winnetka, IL, who just completed his junior year for Joe Walsh’s Crimson Tide, recorded his first Ivy League victory for Harvard in a 2-1 complete game win over Cornell.

The Chiefs (15-5-1) are right back in action on Wednesday when they host the Americans at Tufts at 6:00 PM.



Friday, July 16
Chiefs & Bombers Battle to 3-3 Tie
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East Boston Stadium was the scene of another wild Chiefs-Bombers game

East Boston, MA- A combined 20 strikeouts, 20 hits (many of the infield variety), and 26 men left on base led to another wild and wacky night at East Boston Stadium as the Chiefs and Bombers battled to a dramatic 3-3 tie in a curfew shortened eight inning affair.

Both teams had numerous chances to both and win and lose the game. Fittingly both clubs exited the artificial surface adjacent to Logan Airport with a point apiece. The Chiefs point came with a major tip of the cap to right-fielder Matt Boleski who made a tie-saving and game ending circus catch of a Mike Addesa seed in the bottom of the eighth with men on second and third.

For the Chiefs, the story of the game through the first six innings plus was the pitching of veteran lefty Tim Dunphy who, by a wide margin, has his best effort of the season.

Both teams squandered a number of scoring chances early and the game somehow remained scoreless until the top of the sixth. Bombers starter Jeff Rowan got out of a first inning bases loaded jam, struck out the side in order in the second, stranded a man 90 feet away in the third, left another at third in the fourth after two line drive infield outs, and retired the Chiefs 1-2-3 in the fifth.

Dunphy was wiggling in and out of trouble as well. The former Brandeis and Cassell Club standout surrendered two singles in the first, got out of a bases loaded (two infield singles & throwing error) nobody out quandary in the second aided by a huge 1-2-3 doubleplay, got the side in order in third, left a man at second in the fourth, escaped a two on jam in the fifth after intentionally walking former Cassell teammate Josh Klimkiewicz, and surrendered two more infield singles in the sixth.

Both the Chiefs and Bombers scored all of their runs in a bunch of three. The Chiefs runs came in the top of the sixth. Peter Copa reached on a single and Tim Dempsey walked. Justin Crisafulli followed and flew to center for the first out. Mike Andre then beat out an infield single to load the bases. The first run of the night came when Rowan hit Matt Anderson with a pitch to force in Copa. Boleski then hit a grounder to Addesa at third and he threw home forcing Dempsey for the first out. Pinch-hitter Tony Deshler drew a full count walk bringing Andre across with the second run. Bob McCarthy then singled to center scoring Anderson. Rowan left the bases full when he struck out Mike Barbati looking to keep it a 3-0 game.

Dunphy got out of the bottom of the sixth clinging to the 3-0 lead and the Chiefs appeared poised to break it open it the top of the seventh. Rowan walked Copa and hit Dempsey with a pitch. Lammare Rey replaced Rowan and after walking Crisafulli on four pitches to load the bases, he threw three straight balls to Andre before striking out him, Anderson and Boleski on the next ten pitches, all swinging, to end the inning.

That proved to be huge as the Bombers stayed within range and tied it up it the bottom of the inning. Mark O’Flynn led off with an infield single. Pete John then lined a single to right. Klimkiewicz followed with the third straight single, this one to left-center, loading the bases. Addesa then lined a Dunphy offering to center scoring John and Klimkiewicz to make it 3-2. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Stan DeMartinis then bounced into a 3-6-3 doubleplay with Addesa taking third. Isaac Oakley came on for Dunphy to face the right handed hitting Vin Eurizone. Eurizone beat out---you guessed it---another infield single, getting to first a half step of Copa’s throw from deep shortstop  allowing Addesa to score the tying run. The Bombers had a chance to win it when Oakley walked Anthony Serino sending Eurizone to second but he struck out Chris Smart swinging to send the game to extras.

In the top of the eighth, Barbati’s two out single and a walk to Copa gave the Chiefs an opportunity to re-take the lead. Rey waggled out of this predicament when he got Dempsey to fly to center to end the inning.

The last and most dramatic escape was yet to come. Oakley struck out Derek Sturkel to start the eighth and then hit O’Flynn with a 0-2 pitch to launch the histrionics all over again. Oakley reached back and struck out John with a fastball before Klimkiewicz hit a laser double to left sending O’Flynn to third. Addesa followed and it appeared that he had delivered the game winner when he hit a shot down the rightfield line. Enter Boleski. The veteran outfielder made a spectacular diving catch to rob Adessa and save an important point for the Chiefs as the night’s curfew brought a halt to the evening’s proceedings.   

At the end of the day, the Bombers had outhit the Chiefs 13-7 and both teams left 13 men on base. Of the twenty hits in the game by both teams, eight were of the infield variety.



Sunday, July 18
Americans' McNiff Spins Neat Five-Hitter, Chiefs Blanked 5-0
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Medford, MA- Bryant University right-hander Sean McNiff spun a complete game five-hit shutout as the Americans blanked the Chiefs 5-0 at Playstead Park on Sunday. The victory was the Americans fifth straight, the longest current winning streak in the ICL.

The first two and one half innings of the game were rapidly played as the Chiefs Mike DiCato and McNiff were both cruising right along. A leadoff single by Bob McCarthy, who was promptly erased on a 4-6-3 off the bat of Tim Dempsey, and a second inning walk to Justin Crisafulli were the only base runners that McNiff allowed in the first three frames.

DiCato was perfect through the first two innings before running into trouble in the bottom of the third. Joe Sheehan got things going in the Americans’ third with a leadoff single up the middle. P.J. Fulton sacrificed him to second and Mike Burgoyne followed with a double into the left field corner scoring Sheehan and giving the Americans their first run. Mark Addesa was next and he dropped a perfect bunt between first and the mound for to put runners on the corners. K.C. McCarthy then singled to right scoring Burgoyne to make it 2-0. Charlie Pagliarulo followed with a single to right-center scoring Adessa and jumping the lead to 3-0. DiCato kept the Chiefs in the ballgame and got out of further trouble when he got Mike DelPonte to ground into a 3-6-1 doubleplay.

Paul Yanakopulos led off the fourth with his first career ICL hit but he was erased when Dempsey hit into his second consecutive 4-6-3 doubleplay. Peter Copa then dropped a bloop single into rightfield but McNiff ended the inning when he got Mike Gedman to fly to Burgoyne in center.

DiCato escaped a two on, nobody out, jam in the bottom of the fourth and the Chiefs got a base runner in the top of the fifth when Mike Andre reached on an infield error.

The Americans increased their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Addesa drew a leadoff walk and went to second on a fielder’s choice. Pagliarulo was intentionally walked and DelPonte grounded out to Yankakopulos at short who threw to third forcing Addesa for out number two. Mike Kalfopoulos then singled to left-center scoring Pagliarulo from second, making it a 4-0 game.

The Chiefs wasted a leadoff double from McCarthy in the sixth when McNiff got Yanakopulos on a grounder, struck out Dempsey and got Copa on a fly to right.

Tufts right-hander Pat O’Donnell replaced DiCato on the mound for the Chiefs to begin the bottom of the sixth and Sheehan greeted him \with a solo bomb to center, giving the Americans a 5-0 lead.

The Chiefs loaded the bases in the seventh but could not break into the scoring column. Gedman led off with a single, Crisafulli flew out, Andre was hit by a pitch, Anderson grounded out and Justin Sencabaugh reached on an error. McNiff ended things, and preserved his shutout, when he got McCarthy to ground to Addesa at short.

McNiff (3-3), scattered five hits, struck out three, walked one and hit a batter. DiCato (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season. The righty surrendered six hits (five in the three run third inning) struck out two and walked three in his five innings of work.

With the loss the Chiefs fall to 15-6-2 on the year while the Americans climb over the .500 mark to 11-10-1.

The Chiefs are off until Wednesday when they travel to Watertown’s Victory Field to meet the Reds in an early 6:00 PM start. The Americans are back in action on Tuesday when they head to East Boston Stadium, in search of their sixth straight win, against the Testa Corp. Bombers at 8:00 PM.



Thursday, July 22
Scoreless 9 Inning Tie in Watertown

Watertown, MA- Hits and runs were at a premium as the Chiefs and Watertown Reds played a to a scoreless nine inning tie at Victory Field on Wednesday night.

Reds right-hander Brendan Casey and Chiefs lefty Dylan Ellis hooked up in an old fashioned pitcher’s duel with neither allowing a run. Casey worked the first 7.1 innings before giving way to reliever Charlie DeFrancesco. Ellis went the nine inning route for the Chiefs.Casey allowed five hits and struck out seven batters. DeFrancesco did not allow a hit and struck out a batter in his 1.2 innings. Ellis scattered four hits, walked two, hit a batter, and struck out eight.

Both teams had opportunities to score but could not break through. For the Reds, they got two men on in the second inning (Steve Busby single, Nate Izzo walk) but Ellis escaped when Jay Olson hit into a 6-4-3 doubleplay. The Reds got Izzo to third with one out in the fifth when he singled, stole second, and went to third when catcher Bob McCarthy’s throw went into centerfield. Ellis struck out both Olson and Sean Callahan to end the threat. Izzo was at the center of another Reds threat in the bottom of the eighth when he singled and was sacrificed to second by Olson. The Chiefs intentionally walked Callahan before Elllis struck out Dan Chaisson. Sam Sager then lined a bullet to Matt Boleski in left to end the inning.

image_name2The Chiefs also had some scoring opportunities. In the fourth inning, Justin Crisafulli drew a leadoff walk and Mike Andre sacrificed him to second. Tony Deshler then singled to center with Crisafulli stopping at third. Matt Boleski hit a grounder to third and the throw home was low, allowing Crisafulli to scamper back to third to load the bases. Casey then struck out Mike Barbati and McCarthy in succession to keep the game scoreless. In the fifth, Copa singled and went to second on Mike Gedman’s (pictured left) infield grounder. Bryan Evans made a nice diving catch of a Crisafulli liner to right that ended the inning and kept it at 0-0. An inning later in the sixth, pinch-hitter Justin Sencabaugh hit the best ball of the night, a long fly to left, that was grabbed on a nice running catch by Chris Burke. In the eighth, Gedman lined out to short, Crisafulli singled and Andre drew a walk. DeFrancesco got Deshler to bounce into a 6-4-3 doubleplay to end that chance. In the ninth, Sencabaugh reached on an error but DeFrancesco got McCarthy to bounce into the second consecutive inning ending doubleplay.

The Chiefs are back in action on Thursday when they host the Lexington Blue Sox at Tufts University at 6:00 PM. The Reds host the Medford Americans on Friday at Victory Field at 8:00 PM.   



Friday, July 23
Blue Sox Take 5-1 Win Over Shoddy Chiefs
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Chiefs lefty Tim Dunphy

Medford, MA- The mastery of Matt Karis combined with some pretty lousy defense led to a 5-1 win for the Lexington Blue Sox at Tufts University on Thursday night.

Chiefs starter Tim Dunphy was the principal victim of the non-support, as his mates made a season high four errors behind him. The miscues led to all four runs charged to him being unearned.

After a scoreless first inning the Chiefs handed the Blue Sox a 2-0 lead in the second. Dan Graham led off and reached on an error by Peter Copa at second. Former Suffolk star Nick Martinho drew a full count walk and Matt McEvoy moved both runners up to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. With the Chiefs infield drawn in, Dunphy got Eric Poling to line out to Tony Deshler at shortstop for the second out. Deshler then kicked Ryan Duff’s apparent inning ending grounder allowing Graham to score the first run. Eckerd’s Dan Capra followed with a single to right scoring Martinho with run number two. Dunphy ended the inning when he got Pete Frates to ground to Copa.

Mike Gedman started the Chiefs second with a single but was quickly erased when Justin Crisafulli hit into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

The only baserunner either Dunphy or Karis would allow over the next two innings would be a Copa two out single in the bottom of the fourth.

The Blue Sox took advantage of more sloppy defense and doubled their lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth inning. After Duff grounded out trouble began when Deshler threw Capra’s routine grounder wide of first. Frates followed with a single that sent Capra to third. Ross Curley was next and he hit a RBI sacrifice fly to rightfield, that Gedman misplayed for an error. The lead went to 4-0 on Graham’s fielder’s choice.

Matt Anderson drew a two out walk in the bottom of the fifth but Karis sent the game into the sixth when he got rookie pinch-hitter Paul Yanakopulos, who was hitting for Deshler, to line out to Duff at shortstop.

JDeCarlo2010Jeff DeCarlo (photo left) came on for Dunphy and worked a scoreless sixth and the Chiefs wasted a double from Tim Dempsey in the bottom of the inning.

The Sox got their fifth run in the seventh off Pat O’Donnell. After striking out Frates to start the inning, Curley doubled and Hewett singled. Tufts teammate Kevin Gilchrist came on to face Graham. Curley scored when the Chiefs did not convert the back end of a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

The Chiefs averted the shutout in the bottom of the seventh when Mike Andre doubled home Gedman who had singled.

Dunphy worked five innings and allowed just two hits while striking out a couple.Karis, now 5-0, scattered six hits and struck out four. The righty has allowed just two runs in 35.0 innings this season.

Both the Chiefs and Blue Sox are back in action on Friday. The Chiefs travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn to meet the Mooney Tanners and the Sox host the Testa Corp. Bombers in Lexington. Both games start at 8:00 PM.



Wednesday, July 28
Gilchrist (4 Innings, 1 Hit Relief) Leads Chiefs to 2-0 Win in East Boston
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Rookie Paul Yanakopulos had RBI single

East Boston, MA- Southpaw Kevin Gilchrist of Tufts University turned in a lights out, four inning, one hit relief performance as the undermanned Chiefs shutout the Testa Corp. Bombers 2-0 at East Boston Stadium on Tuesday night.

Gilchrist came on to begin the fourth inning for Chiefs starter Jared Freni with the game tied at 0-0 and came up huge, allowing only an infield single, as he retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced.  

Freni and Bombers hard luck loser Glen Misho traded zeros over the first three frames. Freni struck out six batters but was not at his sharpest as he walked two, allowed four singles and hit two batters.

The Chiefs threatened to score in the top of the first inning. After Misho struck out Bob McCarthy and got Paul Yanakopulos to ground out, Tim Dempsey reached on an infield error and stole second. Rookie Justin Sencabaugh then hit an infield single to deep shortstop to put runners on the corners with two out. With Mike Andre at the plate, Misho uncorked a wild pitch and Dempsey tried to score but was tagged out on a nice recovery by catcher Derek Sturkel.

Freni struck out Mark O’Flynn and Pete John to open the bottom of the first before allowing consecutive singles to Josh Klimkiewicz and the red hot Mike Addesa. The count went full on Stan DeMartinis and, with the runners in motion a tad early, Freni stepped off the rubber and caught Klimkiewicz going to third with Andre applying the tag.

Misho got the Chiefs 1-2-3 in the second (Andre flyout, Anderson and Boleski groundouts).

The Bombers missed a huge scoring opportunity in the bottom of the second inning when Freni pitched out of a bases loaded, nobody out fix. DeMartinis got things started when he led off the inning with a single. Freni hit Anthony Serino with a pitch and walked Lamarre Rey to fill the bases. Freni reached back and came up big, striking out Chris Smart and Sturkel for the first two outs, before escaping the jam when he got O’Flynn to fly to Sencabaugh in shallow left.

Misho stayed tough in the top of the third, striking out Eric Rosenberg and getting Mike Barbati on a groundout to Klimkiewicz at first, before walking McCarthy. The game moved to the bottom of the third when Misho got Yanakopulos to ground sharply to Addesa at third.

The Bombers kept the pressure on in the bottom of the third but Freni again denied them, pitching out of another bases loaded predicament. Freni hit John with a fastball and Klimkiewicz followed with a single. He then recorded another huge strikeout, getting the dangerous Addesa swinging. DeMartinis followed and drew a base on balls to load the bases with one out. Freni got the second large strikeout of the inning, and his sixth of the night, when he K’d Serino. Still not out of the inning, he kept it a scoreless game when he got Rey to ground to Barbati at second.

Misho again got the Chiefs in order in the fourth when Dempsey grounded out, Sencabaugh struck out and Andre flew out.

Gilchrist came out of the bullpen to start the bottom of the fourth and immediately seized control of the game retiring the Bombers in order, including a strikeout of Sturkel.

The Chiefs took advantage of a little Misho wildness and played some small ball to score the game’s only runs in the top of the fifth. Anderson drew a full count walk and Boleski was hit by a pitch while attempting to sacrifice, putting runners at first and second with no outs. Rosenberg then laid down a text book sacrifice bunt, moving the runners to second and third with one away. Barbati followed and hit a sharp grounder to the drawn in Klimkiewicz at first for the second out with the runners forced to hold. McCarthy was next and he just beat out an infield single on a bang-bang play at first, allowing Anderson to score the game’s first run. Yanakopulos followed with a line RBI single to center scoring Boleski with the second run. Misho averted further trouble when he struck out Dempsey swinging to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Gilchrist got John to ground to Yanakopulos at shortstop, struck out Klimkiewicz, and got Addesa to fly to Sencabaugh, as he worked his second straight 1-2-3 frame.  Misho returned the favor and set the Chiefs down in order in the top of the sixth.

Gilchrist stayed poised and perfect in the sixth, striking out DeMartinis and Serino both looking for the first two outs before Rey flew out to left, the ninth consecutive batter he retired.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, the Chiefs got a runner in scoring position when Barbati drew a walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Misho sent the game into the home half of the seventh at 2-0 when McCarthy grounded out to end the inning.

The Bombers got their first hit off Gilchrist to open the seventh. Smart hit a hard grounder over the third base bag which Andre dove and came up with, but the throw from his knees was half a step late. Unfazed, Gilchrist bore down and got Sturkel on fly to Boleski in right, O’Flynn on a grounder to Yanakopulos at short and ended things when he got John to fly to Dempsey in center.

Gilchrist (2-0) of Medford, MA, picked up the win and combined with Freni, his fellow Malden Cathoilc alum, to strikeout ten batters.

Misho (3-1) of Cathoilc Memorial and UMass-Amherst, allowed just three hits, struck out five and walked three, while suffering his first ICL defeat.



Saturday, July 31
Bats Abandon Freni in 2-0 Loss to Reds
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Jared Freni

Medford, MA- With all due respect to Reds righty Karl Alexander, who threw a tidy five hit shutout gem, the Chiefs turned in another anemic offensive performance that led to a 2-0 defeat at Huskins Field on Saturday afternoon. It was the third time the locals were shutout in their last five games as they have only scored three times over that same five game time frame.

The lineup shuffling continued as the once potent Chiefs attack struggles to find some offensive support for its still powerful pitching staff. They are minus no less than six starters from the opening day lineup and no less than eight regulars from last season’s championship finalists.

Currently out of the lineup are Mike Baillargeon, who signed professionally with the Can-Am League, Jeff Bercume who signed with the Oakland A’s, Dario Pizzano who signed with the North Shore Shore Navigators, Hal Landers who signed with Front Royal Cardinals, Brendan Pyburn who has been out with injuries for six weeks, Peter Copa who is done for the season after undergoing surgery last Monday and Brain Macrina who is still out with a nagging hamstring problem. Although still strong, the pitching staff has not avoided the injury bug or the defection scenario with Dan Lozeau (elbow), Mike DiCato (shoulder) and Isaac Oakley (hamstring) out with injuries to go along with Eric Perrault (signed with North Adams Steeplecats) and Ryan O’Rourke (signed with the Minnesota Twins) gone from the opening day roster.

Overcoming two, three, four or even five injuries or defections certainly seemed possible with the depth and talent of this edition of the Chiefs over the first half of the 2010 season. But when the numbers start to approach the ten, eleven and twelve level, the odds of overcoming that scenario becomes increasingly insurmountable.

It was the same old story on Saturday, just as every other game over the last two weeks, when the Chiefs got another outstanding pitching performance, this time from Jared Freni, but just could not muster any offensive support. Alexander (2-3) allowed just five hits and cruised to a complete game shutout win. The Reds won the game in the top of the seventh when pinch-hitter Brain Casey led off with a single. Leadoff man Sam Sager followed with another single to left. Veteran Luke Begley then attempted a sacrifice bunt which first baseman Matt Anderson fielded and threw Casey out at third. Lefty Tim Dunphy then replaced Freni, who had thrown 102 pitches, he and got Chris Burke to pop out. Begley stole second and with the count 2-2, Sean Callahan delivered a check swing single to left, scoring both Sager and Begley, giving the Reds the win.

Alexander (2-3) from Bates College, struck out five and did not issue a walk. Freni (3-2), allowed six hits and struck out seven in his 6.1 innings of work.

"Obviously we are struggling to find some consisent offense", said Chiefs manager Chuck Andre. "Despite the injuries and the signings, which by the way, we are pleased because its shows the caliber of player this franchise attracts, we still have some serious veteran bats in this lineup that we need to step up and carry us into the playoffs", he added.

The Chiefs will attempt to rebound on Sunday when they send staff ace Dylan Ellis (6-1) to the hill against the Merchants at Walsh Field in Wakefield in a 5:30 PM start. -B.Tilman



Monday, August 2
Merchants Deal Chiefs a Tough Setback in Wakefield, 4-3
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Mike Gedman reached base four times

Wakefield, MA- Former Bentley standout Jarrod Marchesi (5-1) went the distance, allowing ten hits, to get the Merchants past the Chiefs 4-3 at Walsh Field.

Marchesi pitched out of trouble all evening long, including a bases loaded jam in the top of the seventh inning. The right-hander was aided by some fine Merchant glove work as the hosts turned in three doubleplays.

Dave Orlowitz, John Zageria, Scott Searles and Mike Sorrentino all had hits in the bottom of the second inning when the Merchants scored all of their runs of Chiefs starter Dylan Ellis (6-2), who allowed six hits and struck out four.

The Chiefs made it game when they scored three runs in the fifth on singles from Matt Anderson, Paul Yanokopulos and Tony Deshler to go along with an infield error by the Merchants.

Mike Gedman reached base four times for the Chiefs with three singles and a walk.

The Chiefs travel to Morton Field in Reading to meet the Bulldogs on Tuesday at 6:00 PM.



Tuesday, August 3
Gilchrist, O'Donnell & Malden Catholic Rookies Lead Chiefs to 5-3 win in Reading
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Kevin Gilchrist is now 3-0

Reading, MA- Lefty Kevin Gilchrist won his third straight decision and his Tufts University teammate Pat O’Donnell retired the last six batters of the game, to record the save, as the Chiefs beat the Bulldogs 5-3 at Reading’s Morton Field.

The Chiefs staked Gilchrist to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Tim Dempsey singled with two outs, stole second, and scored on Justin Crisafulli’s RBI single.

The lead went to 4-0 in the top of the second inning. Tony Deshler drew a walk from Bulldog starter Andrew Bishop. Mike Barbati reached on a slow roller to shortstop that was scored an error. Malden Catholic Rookie Sean Glabicky, in his first ICL at bat, moved the runners up to second and third with a perfect sacrifice bunt. Tim Dunphy followed and was hit by a Bishop pitch to load the bases. Another Malden Catholic rookie, Paul Yanakopulos then hit a long sacrifice fly to right scoring Deshler and giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. With runners at first and third, Bishop balked home Barbati with the third run. Yet another Malden Catholic rookie, Justin Sencabaugh, then delivered Dunphy with a line single to left-center to make it 4-0.

The Bulldogs closed the gap to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth on Steve Panza’s RBI double.

It became a one run game in the bottom of the fifth when Reading came up with two unearned runs on an outfield error and singles from T.J. Murphy, Dave Dellorfon and Bishop.

O’Donnell came on to start the sixth for Gilchrist and retired the side in order on two fly balls and an infield popup.

The Chiefs added an insurance run in top of the seventh inning. Glabicky led things off with a walk and Matt Anderson singled. Yanakopulos then dropped a bunt single that loaded the bases. Matt Boleski, then pinch hit for Senacabaugh (see Chiefs Notes below) and struck out. Dempsey followed with a sacrifice fly to left scoring Glabicky to make it 5-3.

O’Donnell preserved the win when he got the side in order in the bottom of the seventh on a strikeout, a fly to Boleski in right, and a grounder to Yanakopulos at shortstop.

Gilchrist (3-0), worked five innings, allowed just one earned run, surrendered five hits and struck out three.

The Chiefs and Bulldogs are right back at it on Wednesday night in Reading at 6:00 PM.

Chiefs Notes….Glabicky, who just finished his junior year at MC, recorded his first ICL hit with a two out single in the fourth inning…..Sencabaugh joined the Chiefs long injury list when he suffered a knee injury in the bottom of the second inning while catching. The UMass-Amherst bound slugger will be examined in the morning….To replace some of the injured, the Chiefs will acquire a few Senior Babe Ruth and Legion players over the next few days. Players who were playing in these leagues are still able to be added to an ICL roster….


Wednesday, August 4
Machado Throws Five-Hitter, Chiefs Win in Reading for Second Straight Night, 5-1

Reading, MA- Rob Machado spun a complete game five-hitter and the Chiefs backed him with five early runs to win their second game in Reading in as many nights, 5-1 at Morton Field on Wednesday.

Machado was in control from start to finish, striking out nine, in his first start of the season. The righty, from UMass-Amherst via Malden Catholic, had made seven previous mound appearances out of the bullpen this year.

Andre08The Chiefs jumped on Bulldog starter Brian Millea (1-1) for three runs in the top of the first inning. Leadoff man Paul Yanakopulos flew out and Bob McCarthy drew a full count walk. Tim Dempsey then flew to the warning track in right for the second out of the inning. Justin Crisafulli drew a walk and Mike Andre (photo left) followed and gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead when he doubled to left-center scoring McCarthy and sending Crisafulli to third. With Tony Deshler at the plate, Millea uncorked a wild pitch allowing Crisafulli to score, making it 2-0. Deshler singled on the next pitch scoring Andre, staking Machado to a 3-0 lead.

Machado recorded two strikeouts in each of the first two innings and the Chiefs lead increased to 5-0 in the top of the third when they scored two unearned runs. Andre drew a two out walk and Deshler sent him to third with a double off the base of the fence in left-center. The Chiefs caught a break when rookie Sean Glabicky struck out on a pitch in the dirt and the throw to get him at first sailed into rightfield allowing both Andre and Deshler to score.

Machado was in cruise control until the Bulldogs picked up their only run of the night in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Steve Buitkus, a catcher’s interference with John Halsey at the plate, and a RBI single from T.J. Murphy.

In the sixth, Machado allowed a two out single to Mike Russo, who was promptly thrown out trying to steal second by McCarthy.

Machado got the Bulldogs in order in the bottom of the seventh, which included a fine defensive play by second baseman Mike Barbati for the first out.

image_name2Deshler (pictured left) and Andre each reached base three times for the Chiefs.

With the win, Machado lowered his ERA to 2.00 and has now struck out 15 batters in 14 innings in his eight mound appearances.

The Chiefs are off on Thursday and will travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn for an 8:00 PM Friday date with the Mooney Dental Tanners.

Jared Freni (3-2) is expected to get the start for the Chiefs.



Saturday, August 7
Freni K's 17 in Record Setting Performance, Chiefs Gain Playoff Bye
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RHP Jared Freni

Woburn, MA- Jared Freni turned in the most dominating performance of his ICL career, striking out 17 batters, to lead the Chiefs to a 3-0 win over the Mooney Dental Tanners at Ferullo Field on Friday night. With the win, the Chiefs clinch a first round playoff bye for the second consecutive season.

Freni broke the Chiefs record for strikeouts in a game that was previously held by former San Diego Padres right-hander Keith Forbes, who struck out 16 batters against the Americans on July 1, 2007.

Tanner righty Phil Recco made certain that this important Chiefs win was not going to come in easy fashion. He retired the first eleven batters he faced in a row until Mike Andre broke the string with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.

The Chiefs went in order in the top of the first inning (Paul Yanakopulos groundout, Bob McCarthy popup, Andre lineout) and Freni retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning, recording his first two strikeouts.

Recco got the Chiefs 1-2-3 in the top of the second (Justin Crisafulli grounder, Matt Anderson flyout and Tony Deshler groundout). The Tanners got the first baserunner of the night, albeit briefly, in the bottom of the inning when Mark Nardelli led off with a line single to center. Freni caught Nardelli leaning the wrong way and promptly picked him off first. He ended the inning by striking out Keegan DeNapoli and Tim Mullin.

Recco stayed tough and set the Chiefs down quickly in the top of the third. (Brian Macrina groundout, Matt Boleski flyout to right, Mike Barbati groundout).The Tanners appeared poised to take the lead in the bottom of the nning when they loaded the bases with one out. Cote singled to right and Joe Harvey popped a bunt single over the charging Andre at third. Freni struck out Stokik for the first out before Watkins delivered the third single of the frame to center with Cote being held up at third. Freni dominated the next two hitters striking out Carlton Lentini and Joe Smith in succession to end the Tanner threat.

The Chiefs got their first baserunner and broke through for a huge unearned run in the top of the fourth. After Recco got Yanakopulos on strikes and McCarthy on a sharp grounder to short, Andre drilled a liner to right which Harvey dove at and it got by him and carried all the way to the wall for a triple. The Chiefs caught a break when Crisafulli’s grounder was juggled by Cote at second base allowing Andre to score. 

With the 1-0 lead, Freni was untouchable in both the fourth and fifth innings as he struck out six consecutive batters.

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Chiefs Third Baseman Mike Andre
The Chiefs finally gave their hard throwing right-hander some breathing room when they picked up a couple of huge insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Mike Barbati led off the inning with a sinking line single to right. Harvey went into a dive and missed the ball allowing Barbati to come all the way around to score on a play that was officially scored as a single and a three base error. Recco struck out Yanakopulos for the first out before McCarthy lined a single to center and stole second. Andre then plated McCarthy with a line RBI single to right giving Freni a 3-0 lead. Crisafulli followed with bloop single to right but Recco escaped further damage when he K’d Anderson and got Deshler on groundout.

The Tanners had their second scoring threat of the night in the bottom of the sixth when Watkins and Lentini both singled with no outs. Freni kept the shutout intact when he struck out Smith and Nardelli and got DeNapoli on a hard hit liner to Bolseki in center.

Recco stranded a Chiefs runner at third in the top of the seventh. Macrina led off and reached on an infield error and rookie Sean Glabicky pinch ran for him. Recco then got Boleski on an outfield fly for the first out and Barbati moved Glabicky to second with a fielder’s choice. The Malden Catholic rookie went to third on a passed ball but was left there when Recco got Yanakopulos on a groundout.

Freni worked a quick seventh, registering K's 16 and 17 of the night.With the win, Freni goes to 4-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 0.72. The former UMass-Amherst captain and Malden Catholic all-scholastic has struck out 68 batters in just 48.1 innings so far this season.

The Chiefs regular season final against the Americans has been cancelled.



Thursday, August 12
Backs to the Wall! Reds & Brian Casey take Games 1 & 2 on Thursday

Medford, MA- The Watertown Reds broke a scoreless tie in the top of the eleventh inning, on hits from Josh Chasse, Bryan Evans and Sam Sager, to beat the Chiefs 1-0 in one of the longest ICL playoff games ever played.

In Game Two, Brian Casey, who came on in the 10th inning to get the win in Game One, went the distance and picked up his second win of the night in the 5-2 victory. Casey went the distance and allowed five hits while striking out seven. Steve Busby and Sean Callahan-Montague each had two RBI's for the Reds. Dylan Ellis got the loss. Tim Dempsey, Mike Andre and Mike Gedman had doubles for the Chiefs.

Both games were played at Tufts University's Huskins Field.

The Chiefs face a do or die date with the Reds at Victory Field in Game Three on Friday at 7:00 PM.

Full coverage of the Intercity League Playoffs is provided by Bruce Hack at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com.



Saturday, August 14
Reds Eliminate Chiefs with 5-4 Win in Watertown

Watertown, MA- The Reds took Game Three 5-4 to sweep thier semi-final series against the Chiefs on Friday night at Victory Field.

Brendan Casey went the distance to get the win strking out ten and allowing eleven hits. The Reds winning runs came in the fifth inning on singles from Josh Chasse and Sean Callahan-Montague and a double from Steve Busby off Chiefs starter Rob Machado.

Chasse, Callahan-Montague, Luke Begley and Dan Chaisson each had two hits for the Reds while Tim Dempsey, Mike Andre and Matt Anderson had a couple each for the Chiefs.

The Reds move on to the ICL's Championship Series which begins on Monday.

Full coverage of the Intercity League Playoffs is provided by Bruce Hack at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com.


 



Wednesday, October 6
ICL's Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

After sixty years of continuous operation, the Intercity League has announced its inaugural class of Hall of Fame inductees. The Intercity League has provided the Greater Boston area with some of the finest amateur baseball talent since 1950.

The first class of Hall of Famers was selected from the estimated 5,000 players, managers, officials, umpires and others that have participated in the league since its inception. In addition, an ICL “Franchise of the Decade” for each the six decades the league has been in existence will also be honored.

The league will also recognize its 2010 award winners at the event including the champion Lexington Blue Sox.

The induction ceremony will be the focus of the ICL’s “Hall of Fame, Awards & Reunion Dinner” that will take place on Friday evening, November 12, 2010, at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.
Contact Event Coordinator Orazio Azzarello at (617) 839-1488 or e-mail ICLHallofFame@yahoo.com for ticket information and other details.

Tickets are priced at $50 per person or $500 for table of ten. More Soon.

Franchise of the Decade
1950-1959 North Cambridge Club
1960-1969 North Cambridge Club (Special recognition to the Hosmer Chiefs)
1970-1979 Hosmer Chiefs
1980-1989 Augustine’s A’s & Melrose Rams (tie)
1990-1999 Andre Chiefs
2000-2010 Lexington Blue Sox

Intercity League Baseball- Charter Hall of Fame Inductees
Harry “Red” Butland ICL Founder (North Cambridge)
Fred Campatelli Player (Augustine's A’s)
Tom Cassell Player-Manager-Official (Cassell Club)
Dave Clivio Player (Chiefs & Mustangs)
Jim Curley Player (Merchants)
Bob DeFelice Player-Manager (Chiefs & Typos)
Dick DeFeo Player (Merchants)
Lenny Dempsey Player-Manager (Chiefs)
Les DeMarco Player-Manager-Official (Merchants)
Eddie DiGiacomo Player-Manager (Mustangs)
Joe DiSarcina Player-Manager (Augustine's A’s)
Steve Freker Media (Medford Mercury/Malden Evening News)
Bob Gibbs Manager-Official (Arlex)
John Hosmer Sponsor (Chiefs)
Fred Knox Player (Chiefs)
Bernie Murphy Umpire
Joe O’Donnell Player-Manager-Official (Chiefs)
Jimmy Quinn Player-Manager (North Cambridge)
Dick Rigazio Player-Manager (North Cambridg
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