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2010

Saturday, May 22
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
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.



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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Tuesday, August 30
Lexington Wins Historic Fifth Straight Title

By Bruce Hack 

Lexington, MA- The Lexington Blue Sox became the first team in Intercity League history to win five consecutive championships with a 10-0 win over the Chiefs in Game Five of the ICL's Championship Series.

Drew Brzozowski threw a complete game three hitter for his second win in the finals. In 2009 he won the title game 8-1 for the third straight title for Lexington. He struck out five and walked two and in his two starts in the finals gave up one run in 14 innings.

Jeff Vigurs paced the 10-hit Lexington attack with a 4-for-4 game and three RBI. Justin Wright and Dan Graham each had two hits. Wright, Graham and Steve Gath each scored two runs.

Chiefs' starter Tim Dunphy took the loss going four plus innings. The veteran lefty gave up seven hits, six runs, four earned, three strike outs and walked one. It was his second loss of the finals. Both came against Brzozowski in a matchup of former Brandeis pitchers.

Lexington was the fifth team to have won four straight ICL titles. The Blue Sox joined North Cambridge who won from 1960-63, the Chiefs who won from 1968-71, the Augustine A's who won from 1981-84 and the Melrose Rams winning in 1986-89. North Cambridge had a chance at five straight, but lost the championship to Winchester in 1964 and then won in 1965 over Reading to make six consecutive finals appearances.

Lexington won its ninth overall championship, its seventh in the last eight years and eighth in the last ten years.



Tuesday, August 30
Chiefs Tie Series on Andre Walk-off Grand Slam & Freni's 10 Inning Gem
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Mike Andre connects on 10th inning grand slam

By STEPHEN FREKER 

MALDEN, MA— If you told anyone leaving last Friday night’s “thrill-a-minute”Intercity League playoff barnburner win by the Andre Chiefs over the vaunted Lexington Blue Sox that yes, another game could be just as good, they’d have laughed in your face and giggled all the way home. 

We agree. You would have been dead wrong. 

Because last night’s Game Four was BETTER! In a day and age where, bottom line, a dollar has go farther than ever, rest assured every single person in the ballpark got their money’s worth last night.  

And then some.

 In what goes down as not only an “Instant Classic,” but perhaps one of the best games, period, ever played in Intercity League history, the Medford-based Andre Chiefs won Game Four last night, 6-2, to force a winner-take-all Game Five Tuesday at Lexington High School, 8:00 p.m. start. 

For starters, or should we say, “enders,” the game concluded in only the most dramatic and exciting manner possible, a two-out, walkoff homer in the bottom of the 10th inning. 

Oh, we almost forgot, slugger Mike Andre’s roundtripper was a grand slam, a bases-loaded bomb off Lexington ace Matt Karis to end the game with a peaks-and-valleys finish, with celebration on the Chiefs’ side. 

The wild finish was the second in as many tries for the Chiefs, who won the aforementioned walkoff job Friday on a Mike Barbati single, this, also with the Chiefs down to their last out in the bottom of the seventh. 

Chiefs manager Chuck Andre is ecstatic with the way his team has responded to adversity.“I’m proud of my guys and the way we’ve answered the bell each time we’ve faced elimination in this postseason,” Andre told the Medford Daily Mercury and Malden Evening News last night. “We’ve done it four times and we will come to play (Tuesday).” 

Andre’s son, Mike, who delivered the dramatic, game winning blow, was actually matter-of-fact following the game.“I was looking to get a base hit, any kind of hit, and I really went up there with a clear head and I got the pitch I wanted,” Andre said, who got a1-1 count fastball from Karis and boomed it over the right field fence, into the night. “We’ll be ready to go (tonight),” Andre said. 

While Andre’s gamewinning shot was the exclamation point on the night, the foundation was the unprecedented pitching performance of righthander Jared Freni. A solid performance on the hill which catapulted the Chiefs to a deciding Game Five would have been sufficient from the Chiefs big gun. 

Freni did more. 

Carrying them on his back for the entire night, Freni pulled a “Star Trek,”going where he, and no other Chiefs pitcher has ever gone before — he pitched all 10 innings in the 10-inning win. 

“The thought of coming out never crossed my mind,” Freni said last night. “If we had to go another one, I was out there for the next inning, too.”

Freni’s pitch count is under lock-and-key at an undisclosed CPA’s office on Commonwealth Ave. in Brighton, but we know it wasn’t obscene, somewhere in 120s or so, but 10 innings is 10 innings. 

“That was a first for me, but I really think my fastball was getting better as the game went along,” Freni added, who blew Lexington away in the first inning, buzzing them in the low 90s and then hitting the same note in the ninth inning when they threatened again. 

Justin Crisafulli was the veteran star that he is at the plate, driving in the first two Chiefs runs in first and third innings with singles for a 2-0  lead. 

The Sox answered with two runs to tie it in the fourth, on a pair of hits, a physical error and a mental error by the Chiefs. 

Freni and Karis then locked up in a pitcher’s duel for the next six innings,neither giving an inch. Freni finished with a seven-hitter and 11 Ks while Karis allowed nine hits and struck out eight.

Freni started the game percolating on the mound, gassing it up bigtime with a pair of strikeouts with the Sox nary fouling off a pitch. That might have motivated his mates, as the Chiefs got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the inning, an omen, perhaps, since they scored first in their other series win Friday night. After leadoff hitter Jeff Bercume grounded out, Mike Baillergeron, quiet for most of this series, broke out with a single to rightcenter, followed by a bobble, to end up on second. Vinny Pennell grounded out, pushing Baillergeron to third. He scored on veteran Crisafulli's line shot  single to left field. 

In the bottom of the third, after zeroes tossed by Freni in the second and third innings, the Chiefs extended their lead to 2-0. Nick Leva (2-for-4) led off with single and after Bercume took a called third strike from Karis, Baillegeron, singled to put runners at first and second. Pennell then popped up for the second out, but Crisafulli drove in the second of his two RBIs with a bloop single to right field, scoring Leva for a 2-0 Chiefs lead. Andre grounded out back to Karis to end the inning. 

Lexington awoke in the top of the fourth inning and scored a pair of runs to forge a 2-2 tie. Steve Gath reached base on an error by Andre at third base. He stole second, then scored on a double to leftcenter by catcher Jeff Vigurs, the Sox first hit of the game. Matt McEvoy then beat out an infield single to the right side when first base was left uncovered by the Chiefs after Mike DiCato had to vacate the bag to field the grounder. Freni struckout Ross Curley, looking, for the first out of the inning, but Vigurs came across with the tying run on a passed ball for the 2-2 score. Tom Haugh grounded out back to Freni and the Chiefs hurler left runners at second and third with perhaps the biggest strikeout of the night, a swinging by Sox veteran Pete Frates. 

Andre's next best threat was in the bottom of the fourth when DiCato was hitby a pitch, as he emulates Don Baylor with his fifth hit by pitch of the postseason, he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Friday's hero, Barbati, but after a walk to Matt Boleski, was stranded on a flyout to rightfield by Leva and a caught looking strikeout by Bercume. 

From the fifth inning through the end of the regulation seventh, it was "too much Freni" from  Chiefs mound...and "too much Karis" ...when the Sox righty was on the mound. Freni retired the next nine in a row, including a heat-seeking missile of a fastball to whiff Lexington High star slugger/manchild Chris Shaw (6-3, 220) to erase the Sox in the bottom of the seventh.

DiCato singled in the sixth, but was stranded. Karis needed a measly seven pitches to get the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the seventh. 

In the top of the eighth, with neither pitcher budging in "overtime, Lexington made some noise when Justin Wright led off with a single and went to second on a broken bat single up the middle by Lexington veteran slugger Dan Graham. With nobody out, Gath popped out to first on an infield flycall. Freni then bewildered Vigurs with a saw-you-off changeup for a strikeout and McEvoy grounded out to Barbati at second to strand both runners in a strategically pitched inning for Freni. 

Karis bounced the Chiefs, 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth.

 It was Freni's turn for another 1-2-3 inning in the top of the ninth, as he K'ed Curley and Haugh and then got pinch hitter Wil Marcal, a recent Lexington High graduate, to ground out to Barbati at second. 

It was three-up and three-down for the Chiefs again in the bottom of the ninth and it was Lexington's turn to threaten again in the top of the 10th, still facing Freni, as the big righthander returned for another go-round, his self-admitted first time ever pitching into the 10th inning. Frates blooped a single to rightcenter to lead off the inning. Wright, Lexington's team-leading hitter then unselfishly laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Frates to second. With first base open, manager Chuck Andre opted to put Graham on intentionally. Freni bore down and got Gath to pop out and Vigurs to ground to Baillergeron at shortstop for the final out, as the Blue Sox stranded two more baserunners. 

The Chiefs got real vocal as the bottom of the 10th began and it paid off in spades for the Medford-based team. Leva lined a single up the middle to start the inning, his second leadoff hit of the night. Malden Catholic three-time All-Scholastic Paul Yanakopulos, who was yanked from the starting lineup due to food poisoning before the game, was called in to pinch run for Leva. Bercume failed at two consecutive sacrifice bunt attempts and then slapped a grounder to shortstop, erasing Yanakopulos at second for the first out. After Baillergeron popped out to Haugh at first base, Pennell stepped up and delivered his biggest hit yet as a Chief, a line shot in the leftcenter gap, pushing Bercume to third. With two out, Sox manager Rick DeAngelis chose to walk Justin Crisafulli to load the bases for Andre. On a 1-1 count, Andre turned and absolutely crushed a 1-1 fastball from Karis over the right field fence. 

A game winning homer and a grand slam no less!  

Chiefs win, 6-2.     



Friday, August 26
Dramatic Comeback Gives Chiefs Game Three, 5-4
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Rob Machado

(Coverage and Photos by Mike Mills, Mark Cavanaugh & Patrick Holloway)
Malden, MA- In one of the most dramatic ICL playoff games in decades, the Chiefs somehow picked themselves up off the canvas with a heart fluttering four run seventh inning rally, with Mike Barbati providing the walk-off game winning single, to live another day and take Game Three of the Championship Series 5-4 under the lights before a large crowd at Pine Banks.

Make no mistake about it, the fat lady was most definitely in the building, the pulse was fading away, the family was summoned to the bedside, and the trio was striking up the opening stanza of Londonderry Air on the deck of the Titanic. Any of the above scenarios seemed fitting and proper after the Blue Sox scored three times to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh to take a seemingly insurmountable 4-1 lead.

Not so fast. At least not with this band of Chiefs who have gutted out rubber game wins over the Watertown Reds and Wakefield Merchants this playoff season to earn the right to play the four time defending champion Blue Sox.

This was one for the ages. To go along with an old fashioned pitcher’s duel between Lexington’s Steve Bodnar and the Chiefs’ Rob Machado, the game featured some truly outstanding defense, three Houdini like escapes, and 22 strikeouts and 22 hits for good measure.  Both right-handers landed solidly on their feet enough times to somehow keep the game a 1-1 tie into the seventh when the tone of the game changed course and the two teams combined for seven runs.

The night started quietly enough when Machado set the Sox down in order in the top of first inning.

Former Oakland A’s farmhand Jeff Bercume got the Chiefs off to the start they desperately needed, after being dominated in the first two games of the series, when he led off and deposited a Bodnar fastball over the center-field wall for a quick 1-0 lead. After Bodnar struck out Mike Baillargeon and Mike Andre in succession, Justin Crisafulli drilled a long double off the fence in right-center. Blue Sox third baseman Ross Curley then made the first of his two outstanding defensive plays in the game when he saved a run and snagged Mike DiCato’s liner earmarked for the left field corner to end the inning.

A Matt McEvoy two out single was all the Blue Sox could generate against Machado in the top of the second and Curley was at it again defensively in the bottom of the inning to keep it a 1-0 game. Barbati led off with a double down the leftfield line and Matt Boleski sacrificed him to third. With the infield playing halfway, Bodnar got Nick Leva to ground out to Steve Gath at shortstop, with Barbati being forced to hold at third for the second out. Paul Yanakopulos was next and he drilled a Bodnar pitch to the left of Curley who made a diving stop and recovered quickly enough to throw out the speedy Yanakopulos out at first by a half step.

The Blue Sox had a mixed bag in top of the third inning as singles from Tom Haugh and Justin Wright alternated with three Machado strikeouts (Dan Capra, Pete Frates & Dan Graham) as the Chiefs and their big UMass-Amherst righty clung to their 1-0 lead.

Bodnar had his best inning of the night in the third as he struck out the top of the Chiefs order (Bercume, Baillargeon & Andre) in succession. 

The Blue Sox tied things up at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Gath and Vigurs got it started with consecutive singles. McEvoy followed and he sacrificed the runners up to second and third. Curley then lofted a long fly to right-center they appeared to be heading for extra base territory. Enter Boleski who made the Chiefs’s web gem of the night, with a diving grab to rob Curley as Gath tagged from third and scored the tying run. Haugh then drew a walk but Machado struck out Dan Capra on a blistering fastball to end the frame.

Bodnar cruised through a 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth and Machado pulled another big escape in the top of the fifth. Frates grounded out to Barbati for the first out before Wright singled. Machado then struck out Graham for the second out and the Chiefs caught a huge break when Gath unloaded a ground rule bomb double to left-center with Wright, who easily would have scored, being sent back to third. Machado came up big once again when he struck out Vigurs with runners on second and third to end the inning.

The Chiefs appeared poised to take the lead and then some in the bottom of the fifth but Bodnar pitched out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam. Boleski and Leva led off with singles and Yanakopulos dropped a perfect bunt to fill the bases with no outs. Bodnar got tough and got Bercume on a grounder to Gath with Boleski being forced at the plate for the first out, struck out Baillargeon, and got Andre to fly to McEvoy in left to end the inning.

McEvoy led off the Lexington sixth with a single and Curley struck out after attempting to bunt a two strike pitch. Machado seemingly got stronger and struck out Haugh and Capra stranding McEvoy.

Bodnar got the Chiefs in order for the third time in four innings in the bottom of the sixth (Crisafulli and DiCato fly outs and Barbati ground out) to send the game to the eventful seventh.

Frates led off the seventh and was hit on the elbow by a Machado pitch. Wright followed with a sharp single to center. Graham then bunted and Machado fielded the ball but threw low to third with Frates being called safe on a very close and disputed call. With the bases loaded and no outs, Gath hit a deep sacrifice fly to the warning track in left-center easily scoring Frates to give Lexington the lead at 2-1. Vigurs then hit a grounder up the middle to Baillargeon at shortstop that forced Graham at second but allowed Wright to score to make it a 3-1 game.  McEvoy then singled sending Vigurs to third and Curley followed with another single, scoring Vigurs, with the McEvoy being thrown out at third on a close play to end the inning.

Trailing 4-1, Boleski gave the Chiefs a ray of hope when he led off and drilled a Bodnar pitch deep over the right-field fence. Leva was next and he cracked a double to right-center. Yanakopulos then put the comeback into a high gear mode when he lined a triple off the fence in right, scoring Leva, to put the Chiefs back in business at 4-3, with the tying run at third and nobody out. Sam Finn was summoned from the bullpen and, with the infield drawn in, got Bercume to ground to Gath at short, with Yanakopulos holding at third. Finn got the second out when Baillargeon hit a check swing grounder to Haugh at first. Andre was next and he worked a walk with Andy Cavanaugh coming on to pinch run for him. Crisafulli came up big and he lined a 2-1 Finn pitch down the left-field line, scoring Yanakopulos, to tie things up at 4-4. Finn then hit DiCato with a pitch to load the bases and set the stage for Barbati. The second baseman took Finn’s first pitch back up the middle, scoring Cavanaugh, to complete the dramatic comeback and propel the Chiefs back into the series.   

Machado went the distance with a Herculean 121 pitch effort. Eleven was his number for the night as he allowed a career high eleven hits but also struck out a career high eleven batters.

Bodnar worked 6+ innings and surrendered nine hits and struck out seven. Finn took the loss in relief going 0.2 innings. 

(MORE PLAYOFF COVERAGE AND PHOTOS SOON)
  



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Barbati and Andre

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Jeff Bercume homers to lead off game
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Justin Crisafulli's game tying hit in bottom of 7th

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Matt Boleski got rally started when he led off 7th with his 5th HR of the year

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Paul Yanakopulos slides into third on huge 7th inning triple
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Catcher Nick Leva and happy group of Chiefs

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Matt Boleski rounds third after 7th inning homer

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Mike Barbati gets congrats from Chiefs Captain Justin Crisafulli

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Chiefs legends Ed Rideout, Bob Spinney & Jack Trischitta are all smiles

See Patrick Holloway's Game 3 Photostream from Medford Patch at:

 http://medford.patch.com/articles/image-gallery-andre-chiefs-come-back-strong#photo-7507425



Thursday, August 25
Blue Sox Take Game Two, 8-1, Chiefs Face Must Win Situation on Friday at Pine Banks

Lexington, MA- The Blue Sox offense rung out thirteen hits to rough up the Chiefs 8-1 and take a 2-0 series lead in Lexington on Thursday night.

With the win, Lexington is in a position to lock up their unprecedented fifth straight Intercity League Championship on Friday night at Pine Banks in Malden at 7:45 PM.

Lexington’s Drew Brzozowski and Chiefs’ starter Tim Dunphy both cruised through a 1-2-3 first inning.

Justin Crisafulli led off the Chiefs second inning with a single and moved into scoring position on Mike Andre’s groundout and went to third when Mike DiCato grounded to Steve Gath at shortstop. Crisafulli was left at third when Brzozowski struck out Mike Barbati swinging to end the inning.

The Blue Sox struck for four straight two out hits and two runs in the bottom of the second. Matt McEvoy got things started when he beat out an infield single up the middle. Three more singles from Ross Curley, Tom Haugh and Dan Capra accounted for the two runs. The inning ended when Jeff Bercume fired a strike to Andre at third base to get Haugh attempting to go from first to third on Capra’s RBI single.

Brzozowski got the Chiefs in order again in the top of the third.The Blue Sox threatened for more in the home half of the inning on singles by Pete Frates and Gath before Dunphy got out of the jam when Jeff Vigurs flew to Vinny Pennell in left.

The Chiefs cut the lead in half to 2-1 in the top of the fourth. Baillargeon led off with a single. Pennell flew to center for the first out and Brzozowski struck out Crisafulli for out number two. Andre kept things going when he singled to left and DiCato followed with a single up the middle driving in Baillargeon. Brzozowski didn’t let the Chiefs get any closer when he struck out Barbati looking on an inside pitch, stranding Andre and DiCato, to end the inning.

Lexington picked up three runs to take a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. McEvoy singled and Curley sacrificed him to second. Haugh then singled to left scoring McEvoy to make it 3-1. Capra followed with a gap triple that scored Haugh to make it 4-1. Frates then singled over the drawn in Chiefs’ infield to score Capra to jump the lead to 5-1, Frates stole second but Dunphy kept the Chiefs within four runs when he struck out Justin Wright and Dan Graham in succession.

Brzozowski held the Chiefs scoreless in the top of the fifth. Jake Crawford came out of the bullpen to relieve Dunphy with one out in the bottom of the inning and kept the Sox off the board.

The Chiefs last opportunity to get back into the game came in the top of the sixth. Baillargeon singled up the middle before Pennell grounded out. After Crisafulli flew to left for the second out, Andre followed with a ground rule double that skipped off the first base bag and went out of play down the right field line putting runners on second and third. Brzozowski ended the inning when he got DiCato to ground sharply to Curley at third base.

The Blue Sox put it out of reach against Crawford in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three more runs, to take a 8-1 lead. Walks to Haugh, Graham and Gath combined with singles by Frates and Vigurs led to the runs.

Two out singles from Nick Leva and Bercume gave the Chiefs two more baserunners in the top of the seventh but Brzozowski brought the evening to a close when he caught Baillargeon looking at strike three on an inside fastball.

The Chiefs are expected to send right-hander Rob Machado to the mound in the must win Game Three on Friday while the Blue Sox will counter with Steve Bodnar.

Friday’s game is being played at Pine Banks due to the fact that Tufts University does not have lights. Pine Banks is located on the Malden-Melrose line. The GPS address is 1087 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176.

If the Chiefs can force a Game Four, the time and location will be set for either Monday or Tuesday and will be announced after the impact of Hurricane Irene is known.  

Regardless of Friday’s outcome, there will no games played on Saturday or Sunday..  



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Nick Leva gets ready to apply tag to Jeff Vigurs in Game 1
Wednesday, August 24
Blue Sox Take Game One of Championship Series, 3-0
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Jared Freni unleashes a third inning fastball

Lexington, MA- Babson left-hander Mike O’Brien and former Princeton and Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Tim Lahey combined on a three hit shutout to get the Lexington Blue Sox past the Chiefs 3-0 in Game One of the Intercity League Championship Series on Wednesday night.

Game Two of the best of five series is scheduled back in Lexington on Thursday at 8:00 PM.

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Dan Graham had a 2 RBI double

Chiefs’ starter Jared Freni and O’Brien kept the game scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Blue Sox scored twice to take the lead. Veteran Dan Graham (pictured left) gave Lexington all the runs they would need when he crushed a two out, two RBI double to straight away center, scoring Tom Haugh (Bentley) who had walked and Pete Frates (Boston College) who had singled. Graham, the former Central Connecticut star is a two time Intercity League MVP. He played professionally in the Can-Am Legaue with the Brockton Rox.

The Blue Sox added their third run on former Virginia Commonwealth standout Justin Wright’s solo homer to right-center field in the bottom of the fifth inning.

O’Brien worked five innings, allowed three hits and struck out five. Lahey came on to pitch the final two frames to pick up the save and did not allow a hit.

Vinny Pennell (double), Jeff Bercume (infield single) and Mike Barbati (single) was all the Chiefs could show in the hit column for the evening.

The Chiefs were not without their scoring chances as they had men on base in every inning but the seventh. Pennell doubled to left with two outs in the first inning but O’Brien struck out Justin

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Former KC Royal Vinny Pennell had a double
Crisafulli to end the inning. Barbati’s single came with two outs in the second but O’Brien got Boleski to pop up. In the third, Bercume reached on his infield single and Mike Baillargeon drew a walk. With Pennell at the plate, Bercume tried to steal third but was thrown out by Jeff Vigurs. Pennell eventually drew a walk but Crisafulli grounded out to end the inning. An inning later in the fourth, Mike Andre was hit by a pitch leading off but Mike DiCato grounded into a doubleplay. Nick Leva led off the sixth with a ball earmarked for the left-center field gap that Frates made a diving catch on to rob him of extra bases. Bercume then drew a walk before Matt McEvoy made the second good defensive play of the inning when he ran down Baillargeon’s liner to left. The Chiefs final chance came against Lahey in the sixth when Crisafulli led off and reached on an infield error. Andre then hit a short hop laser to Ross Curley at third who made Lexington’s third outstanding defensive play of the game and started a 5-4-3 doubleplay.

Freni pitched very well despite taking the loss. The former UMass-Amherst righty went six innings, allowed three runs (all earned), six hits, and struck out nine.

Weather permitting, a pair of former Brandeis University pitchers will get the starting assignments in Game Two on Thursday. The Chiefs will send southpaw Tim Dunphy, who is 7-1-1 overall this season and 3-0 in playoffs, to the mound while the Blue Sox will counter with righty Drew Brzozowski, who is 5-0 so far this season.

Game Three of the series will be played on the turf of Pine Banks Park, on the Malden-Melrose line on Friday at 7:45 PM.

League officials will be closely monitoring weather conditions over the next few days. The possibility exists for severe thunderstorms on Thursday and the prospect of Hurricane Irene is looming boldly for the weekend.

Any weather related changes to the schedule will be immediately posted at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com. as well as local media outlets.

(Mike Mills, Dave Galehouse and Mark Cavanaugh Photos)



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Mike Barbati lines a 2nd inning single

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The Chiefs discuss some things
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Chiefs' 3B Mike Andre is plunked by a Mike O'Brien pitch in 4th inning

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Chiefs & Sox during National Anthem along with Umpire Joe Cacciatore & his crew

Tuesday, August 23
Schedule Set for First Three Games of Series
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Game Three will be played on the Pine Banks Turf on Friday at 7:45 PM

The schedule for the first three games of the Intercity League’s best of five Championship Series between the Chiefs and Blue Sox has been set.

The first two games of the series will be played at Lexington High on Wednesday and Thursday nights starting at 8:00 PM.

On Friday, the Chiefs will use the turf field at Pine Banks Park, on the Malden/Melrose line, as their home field and play Game Three under the lights there at 7:45 PM.

Due to the late starting date of the Championship Series and early sunsets in the later part of August, the Chiefs are unable to play any weeknight games at their longtime home of Huskins Field, on the campus of Tufts University, because there are no lights.

The schedule is as follows;

GAME 1: Wednesday, August 24- Chiefs at Blue Sox, Lexington High, 8:00 PM
GAME 2: Thursday, August 25- Chiefs at Blue Sox, Lexington High, 8:00 PM
GAME 3: Friday, August 26 – Blue Sox at Chiefs, Pine Banks Park Turf, 7:45 PM
GAME 4: TBA, (if needed)
GAME 5: TBA, (if needed)

For those fans heading to the Championship series and using GPS:

Lexington High School is located at 100 Worthen Road, Lexington, MA 02421
Pine Banks Park is located on Main Street, on the Malden/Melrose line.
The GPS address is approximately 82 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176


Tuesday, August 23
Chiefs and Blue Sox Back on Familiar Ground: The ICL Championship Series
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Joe O'Donnell & John Hosmer with the ICL Trophy in 1971

Lexington, MA- The Chiefs and Blue Sox will open their best of five Championship Series at Lexington High School on Wednesday night at 8:00 PM. The Blue Sox earned their ticket to the finals by coming from behind to beat the upstart Reading Bulldogs 4-3 on Monday night in Game Five of the their semifinal series. The Chiefs won their Game Five against the Wakefield Merchants on Sunday afternoon, 5-3.

Game Two of the series will be also be played in Lexington on Thursday at 8:00 PM. The Chiefs will host Game Three at Pine Banks Park, on the Malden/Melrose line on Friday at 7:45 PM. The schedule for Games 4 or 5, if needed, will be posted soon.

The Blue Sox and Chiefs are back in familiar territory as championships have been synonymous with both franchises. For the Chiefs, it will be their twenty-fourth trip to a championship series since 1960. The Hosmer-Andre Chiefs franchise has won seventeen previous crowns. Five were won by Manager Lenny Dempsey, eight by Joe O'Donnell, and four by present manager Chuck Andre. Both Dempsey and O'Donnell were inducted as charter members of the ICL's Hall of Fame last November. The Chiefs were named the ICL's "Team of Decade" for the 1970's and 1990's. They also received special recognition for the 1960's, when they won five titles when participating primarily in the then rival Suburban Twi-League.

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Rick DeAngelis

The Blue Sox have been the dominant team in the Intercity League since 1998, when they succeeded the Chiefs to the title after the Medford based club won their fourth crown of the decade in 1997. Their initial 1998 championship started a run that has seen Rick DeAngelis' club ring up eight titles in the last thirteen seasons, including the last four in a row, and six of the last seven beginning in 2004. The only interruption of the Blue Sox streak was in 2006, when they were upset by the Watertown Reds in the semifinals. Last season the Blue Sox defeated the Reds in the Intercity League's Championship Series. The Blue Sox were named as the ICL's "Team of the Decade" for 2000-2009.

Surprisingly, the Chiefs and Blue Sox have met only one previous time in the Championship Series. In 2009, the Blue Sox overcame a 1-0 Chiefs lead in the series, to win the title three games to one.

 



Sunday, August 21
Dunphy Pitches Chiefs to Championship Series
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Mike DiCato (27) greets Mike Baillargeon at the plate

Wakefield, MA- Tim Dunphy won his third game of the 2011 postseason to lead the Chiefs to a 5-3 win over the Merchants in the decisive fifth game of their best of five series on Sunday at Walsh Field.The Chiefs now head to the Intercity League’s Championship Series and await the winner of the Reading-Lexington series which will conclude with their fifth game on Monday.

For the Hosmer-Andre Chiefs franchise, the 2011 finals will be their 24th appearance in either the Suburban Twi-League or ICL Championship Series since 1960. They have won seventeen championships.

The Chiefs won the first two games of the series 6-3 and 4-1 on Wednesday and Thursday before the Merchants came back with a 6-2 win on Friday night and a 3-0 win on Saturday afternoon to even the series.

Dunphy was masterful on Sunday, taking a shutout into the seventh inning, before the Merchants refused to go quietly, scoring three unearned runs. The former Brandeis University and Cassell Club standout, who pitched professionally in Europe in 2007, is now a perfect 3-0 in the playoffs and 7-1-1 overall this season.

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The game was a scoreless battle between Dunphy and Merchants’ veteran starter Kevin Flight over the first two innings before the Chiefs broke through for a run in the top of the third inning. Mike Barbati led off the inning with a single but was forced out at second on Matt Boleski’s unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempt. Nick Leva was next and he grounded out to short with Boleski being forced at second. Jeff Bercume and Mike Baillargeon followed with consecutive singles to load the bases. The Chiefs got the first run of the game when Flight hit Vinny Pennell with a pitch to force in Leva to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Flight escaped further damage when he got Justin Crisafulli to ground out to Dom Sorrentino at second base.

It stayed 1-0 Chiefs until the top of the sixth inning. After Crisafulli flew to center for the first out, Mike Andre doubled to right. Andre pulled up a bit lame at second and Paul Yanakopulos came on to pinch run for him. Conar Mahon came on in relief of Flight and Mike DiCato greeted him with a long triple to right-center, scoring Yanakopulos, to make it a 2-0 game. Barbati followed with an RBI single to left, scoring DiCato, to run the lead to 3-0.

Dunphy cruised through the bottom of the sixth and the Chiefs made it 5-0 in the top of the seventh. Bercume singled deep into the shortstop hole and when the throw to first was low, he went to second. Baillargeon drew a walk and Pennell reached on an infield error to load the bases. Crisafulli gave the Chiefs some more breathing room when he drilled a single to left, scoring Bercume and Baillargeon, to make it 5-0. Colin Quirk came on for Mahon and kept it a five run game when he got Yanakopulos and DiCato to both fly out, walked Barbati to load the bases, but struck out Boleski to end the inning.

The Merchants made some one out noise in the bottom of the seventh. Dunphy got Crispin to fly to Pennell in left for the first out. Joe Papa, pinch hitting for Bobby Losanno, then hit a long fly to right-center that was dropped for an error. Dom Sorrentino followed and grounded to DiCato at firstbase for the second out of the inning. Brooks Townsend then broke up Dunphy’s shutout bid with a line single to center, scoring Papa, to make it 5-1. Scott Searles then doubled deep to left-center scoring Townsend to cut the lead to 5-2. Things got a little tighter when Mike Sorrentino singled, scoring Searles to make it 5-3. That was as close as the Merchants’ got as Dunphy got Jason Roth to ground to Barbati at second base to end the game and propel the Chiefs to the ICL finals.

Reading knotted up their series at 2-2 with Lexington with a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon in Reading. Game Five of that series will be played on Monday night at 8:00 PM at Lexington High School.

The ICL’s best of five Championship Series is expected to begin on Wednesday.

(More Chiefs & ICL Playoff Coverage Soon is Coming Soon) 



Saturday, August 20
Wakefield Ties Series with 3-0 Win

Medford, MA- Stephen Cool threw a one-hit shutout gem to lead the Wakefield Merchants to a 3-0 win over the Chiefs at Tufts University on Saturday afternoon.

With the win the Merchants tie the best of five series at 2-2 with the deciding Game Five to be played at Walsh Field in Wakefield on Sunday at 4:00 PM. Sunday's winner will earn a trip to the Intercity League's Championship Series.

Cool, who allowed just a second inning single to Matt Boleski, struck out three and walked just one.

The Merchants scored twice in the second inning. Dave Orlowitz was hit by a Rob Machado pitch and stole second. After Machado got the next two outs, Brooks Townsend sent a line double off the fence in left scoring Orlowitz. Scott Searles then singled to right scoring Townsend to make it a 2-0 game.

The Merchants picked up another run in the top of the seventh on a Townsend single (his third hit of the day) and a Searles RBI double.

Cool only allowed three baserunners in the game, Boleski's single in the second, a walk to Paul Yanakopulos in the sixth, and Justin Crisafulli, who reached on an infield error with one out in the seventh.

Machado, now 3-6 on the season, went all seven innings for the Chiefs allowing three earned runs on seven hits. He struck out eight, walked none, but hit two batters.



Friday, August 19
Merchants Take Game Three Behind Bisso 5-Hitter, 6-2
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Jake Crawford allowed just one run over three innings

Wakefield, MA- Darren Bisso twirled a complete game five-hitter, surrendering just two unearned runs, to lead the Merchants to a 6-2 win over the Chiefs in Game Three of their best of five semi-final series. With the win, the Merchants narrow the Chiefs lead in the series to 2-1.

Bisso retired the Chiefs in the first and the Merchants struck quickly in the home half of the inning. Brooks Townsend led off with a double down the left field line and Scott Searles reached on an  infield single. Mike Sorrentino then singled to score Townsend for a 1-0 Merchants lead. Loenzo Papa quickly made it a 4-0 game when he drilled a Mike DiCato pitch over the left field fence for a three run homer.

Bisso got the Chiefs in order in the top of the second and DiCato escaped a bases loaded jam in the Merchants half of the inning.

Mike Andre recorded the Chiefs first hit in the top of the third, a two out single.

The Merchants made it 5-0 in the bottom third when former Chicago Cub and ICL veteran Andy Hartung hit a solo homer to left.

The Merchants handed the Chiefs two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Matt Boleski singled with one out but was forced at second on Mike Barbati’s ground out. Paul Yanakopulos then reached on an infield error and Nick Leva drew a walk to load the bases. Jeff Bercume then hit what appeared to be an inning ending fly ball that was dropped in centerfield, allowing both Barbati and Yanakopulos to score to cut the lead to 5-2.

Jake Crawford replaced DiCato on the mound to start the bottom of the fourth inning. After he got the first two outs of the inning, Crawford walked Papa and then gave up a bomb centerfield double to Jason Roth that scored Papa making it 6-2.

Crawford and Bisso threw zeroes the rest of the way.

Bisso, who raised his season mark to 7-2, struck out five and walked three.

Game Four is scheduled for Tufts University in Medford on Saturday at 3:00 PM.

 



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Jared Freni gave Chiefs 2-0 series lead with one-hitter
Thursday, August 18
Freni One-Hitter & Bercume's 2 Run Homer Give Chiefs 2-0 Series Lead, 4-1
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Jeff Bercume unloads on 2-run homer in 5th inning

Medford, MA- Jared Freni tossed a neat one-hitter, retiring 19 in a row after allowing a first inning run, and Jeff Bercume hit a two run homer, to lead the Chiefs to a 4-1 win over the Wakefield Merchants at Tufts University on Thursday. With the win, the Chiefs take a 2-0 lead in the best of five semi-final series.

Freni was untouchable after the first inning when the Merchants played some small ball to take a 1-0 lead. Leadoff man Brooks Townsend got the Merchants started when he drew a full count walk. Scott Searles then dropped a sacrifice bunt with Townsend going to second. Catcher Mike Sorrentino then gave the Merchants a quick 1-0 lead when he lined a single to center scoring Townsend and taking second on the throw home. Freni left Sorrentino stranded when he struck out Lorenzo Papa and Jason Roth in succession to end the inning.

The Chiefs threatened but did not score in the bottom of the first when Bercume led off with a single and went to third on Mike Andre’s one out line single to right-center. With runners on the corners Wakefield starter Conar Mahon escaped the jam when he got Justin Crisafulli to bounce into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

Freni retired the Merchants side in order, with two more K’s, in the top of the second and the Chiefs tied the game at a run each in the bottom of the inning. Mike DiCato led off with a single to center. With Mike Barbati at the plate, Sorrentino attempted to pick DiCato off first but his throw sailed into right field with DiCato going all the way to third on the error. With the infield drawn in, Mahon recorded a big out when he got Barbati swinging at strike three. Matt Boleski followed and he delivered DiCato with a bloop single to right scoring DiCato, to tie the game at 1-1.

Freni breezed in the top of the third and Mahon did the same in the home half of the inning.

Freni’s streak went to eleven in row when he set the Merchants down in order for the third straight inning in the fourth. The Chiefs got two more men aboard in the bottom of the inning when DiCato singled again and Barbati drew a walk. Mahon kept it a tie game when he got Boleski to fly to left and struck out Paul Yanakopulos swinging.

Two more Freni K’s ended the Wakefield fifth, his fourth straight 1-2-3 inning.

Nick Leva came back from a 0-2 count to single to right to begin the Chiefs’ fifth. Bercume then put the Chiefs in front 3-1 when he drilled a Mahon offering over the right field fence. Veteran right-hander Kevin Tidmarsh came on for Mahon and Mike Baillargeon greeted him with an infield single. Baillargeon then stole second before Tidmarsh got Andre swinging for the first out of the inning. Crisafulli followed and he gave the Chiefs a 4-1 lead when he singled to center, scoring Baillargeon.

In the top of the sixth, Bobby Losanno flew to Bercume, Townsend flew deep to right with Boleski making a nice catch before crashing into the wall, and Searles grounded to Baillargeon at short.

Tidmarsh, the former Trinity right-hander, blanked the Chiefs in the sixth.

Freni got Sorrentino to ground to Barbati for the first out of the seventh and Papa to pop to Baillargeon for out number two. Freni’s retired batters in row streak came to end at 19 when he walked Roth on a 3-2 pitch. The former UMass-Amherst and Malden Catholic standout then ended things when he got Andy Hartung to pop to DiCato at first base.

Freni struck out eight and walked two. He threw an even 100 pitches over the seven inning route and raised overall season mark to 8-2.

Game Three of the series will be on Friday evening at Walsh Field in Wakefield with the first pitch scheduled for 5:30 PM. 



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Jeff Bercume is greeted at plate after 5th inning homer

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Justin Crisafulli hit solo homer
Wednesday, August 17
Chiefs Take Game One in Wakefield, 6-3
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Mike Andre had a double & 3 hits, incliding this 2 RBI single in 4th inning

Wakefield, MA- Lefty Tim Dunphy went the distance, taking a shutout into the bottom of the seventh, to lead the Chiefs to a 6-3 win in the opening game of their best of five semi-final series against the Wakefield Merchants at Walsh Field.

With the win, Dunphy goes to 6-1-1 on the year and 2-0 in the playoffs.

Dunphy was matched up against Wakefield’s Jarrod Marchesi, the former Bentley University standout.

The Chiefs got two out singles from Mike Andre and Justin Crisafulli in the top of the first inning before Marchesi struck out Matt Boleski swinging to end the threat.

Scott Searles singled with one away in the Merchants first but Dunphy got catcher Mike Sorrentino to hit into a doubleplay started by Chiefs’ shortstop Mike Baillargeon.

Two more Chiefs got aboard in the top of the second. Mike Barbati led off and was hit by a Marchesi pitch. Paul Yanakopulos then flew to centerfielder Jason Roth for the first out. Rookie Jon Byrne then reached on an infield error but Marchesi got another rookie, Andy Cavanaugh, to pop up and Jeff Bercume on a strikeout to end the frame.

Dunphy got his second doubleplay in two innings in the Merchants’ second inning after Lorenzo Papa singled but was erased on 3-6 (Boleski to Baillargeon) twin killing.

Crisafulli gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead with two outs in the third inning when he launched a solo shot to left.

Dunphy recorded two strikeouts in the bottom of the third inning.

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Andy Cavanaugh runs down Mike Sorrentino's fly
The Chiefs picked up four runs, sending nine men to the plate, to take a 5-0 lead in the top of the fourth. The inning started quietly enough when Marchesi got Barbati to ground out. Yanakopulos got things going with a single to center and Marchesi surrendered a second single to Byrne. Cavanaugh then reached on a fielder’s choice with Byrne being forced at second for out number two. Bercume then hit a slow roller to first that was misplayed for an error, allowing Yanakopulos to score to make it 2-0. The Chiefs picked up their third run when Baillargeon’s grounder to third was thrown away with Cavanaugh scoring and Bercume going to third and Baillargeon to second. Andre was next and he lined a Marchesi fastball into the right-center field gap scoring Bercume and Baillargeon to open the lead to 5-0.

Dunphy got the Merchants in order again in the bottom of the fourth and Marchesi only allowed a one out Yanakopulos single in the top of the fifth.

Roth singled to lead off the Merchants fifth before Andy Hartung grounded to Andre at third for the first out. Jon Davison then singled to center to put runners on the corners with one out before Dunphy got Dale Crispin to bounce into Wakefield’s third doubleplay of the game to end the inning.

Andre launched a long two out double to center in the top of the sixth and Dunphy set the Merchants down in order in the bottom of the inning.

The Chiefs made it 6-0 in the top of the seventh when Yanakopulos singled with two out, stole second, and scored on Byrne’s opposite field single down the right field line.

The Merchants finally broke through against Dunphy and made things a little interesting in the bottom of the seventh. Consecutive singles by Mike Sorrentino, Papa and Roth loaded the bases with nobody out. Hartung then delivered a long double to left, on which Bryne slipped, allowing Sorrentino and Papa to score to make it 6-2. Davison followed with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Roth, to cut the lead to 6-3. Dunphy then re-assumed control and ended the game when he got Crsipin on a grounder to Barbati and struck out Dom Sorrentino.

Game Two is scheduled for Tufts University on Thursday at 5:30 PM.  



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Bercume reaches first in 4th, leading to 4 runs, with Marchesi covering

Wednesday, August 17
Chiefs-Merchants Start Best of Five Series in Wakefield

Wakefield, MA- The Chiefs will travel to Walsh Field in Wakefield for Game One of the ICL's Best of Five Semi-Finals series on Wednesday at 5:30 PM.

Game Two will be played at Tufts University on Thursday at 5:30 PM.

The rest of the schedule will be announced shortly. 

 



Saturday, August 13
Chiefs "Walk-Off" with Series in 9th, DiCato Drives in Game Winner
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Rookie Jon Byrne beat out key pinch hit single

Medford, MA- Mike DiCato’s dramatic ninth inning single scored Nick Leva with the winning run as the Chiefs beat the Watertown Reds 3-2 in the rubber game of their best of three series at Tufts University on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Chiefs move on to the ICL’s final four, meeting the Wakefield Merchants in a best of five semi-final series that is expected to begin early next week.

The Chiefs won the final two games of the series after dropping the opener 4-1 on Thursday. They tied the series up at a game apiece on Friday night as Tim Dunphy pitched them to a 3-2 win at Bentley University.

Watertown lefty Charlie DeFrancesco (Stonehill) and Chiefs starter Jared Freni (UMass-Amherst) were both immense over the first three innings. The only base runner Freni allowed was a one out walk to Steve Panza in the first. DeFrancesco was one better, retiring the Chiefs in order in each of their first three at bats.

The Reds broke the scoring drought in the top of the fourth. After Freni struck out Panza (his seventh K in 3.1 innings) veteran Steve Busby got the Reds going with single to right center, just over the leaping Mike Barbati’s glove. Catcher Sean Callahan followed and he delivered a double to right-center that scored Busby all the way from first to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. With Callahan at second, Freni got Mike Giordano to fly out before Brendan Casey singled to put runners on the corners. The right-hander left both runners stranded when he got Justin Forman to ground out to Barbati to end the inning.

Andre08DeFrancesco retired the first two batters in the bottom of the fourth before Mike Andre (pictured left) broke up his consecutive Chiefs retired streak at 14, when he singled to right. The Chiefs couldn’t do anything with their first base runner when Andre was left on base when Justin Crisafulli flew out. ce

Freni retired the Reds in order in the fifth (including his 8th strikeout).

image_name3The Chiefs finally got to DeFrancesco in the bottom of the fifth. After the southpaw struck out Matt Boleski to start the inning, he walked Barbati and Paul Yanakopulos (pictured left) in succession. Leva then popped up for the second out. Rookie Jon Byrne, who will be starting his senior year at Arlington Cathoilc in the fall, pinch hit for another rookie, lefty  Andy Cavanaugh. Byrne beat out a slow roller to the right side for a hit, getting to the bag a half step ahead of DeFrancesco. Jeff Bercume followed and blooped a seeing eye single to center, just out of the reach of three Reds, to score Barbati and Yanakopulos to give the Chiefs the lead for the first time in the game at 2-1. DeFrancesco got DiCato to fly to center to end the inning.

Busby and Callahan were at it again in the Reds sixth, when the duo combined to tie the game up at 2-2. After Freni got Panza on a grounder to Barbati for the first out, Busby lined a single to left and went to second when the ball skipped past Byrne. Callahan wasted no time in delivering his second RBI of the game when he singled off the 379’ foot sign in right, scoring Busby to tie the game at 2-2. Giordano then drew a walk before the Chiefs and Freni escaped further trouble when they turned a 4-6-3 doubleplay.

The Chiefs got Boleski to second with two outs in the sixth when the back end of an attempted 4-6-3 doubleplay was thrown into the Chiefs dugout. DeFrancesco got out of it when he got Barbati to fly to Busby in right.

Freni set the Reds down in order in the top of the seventh.

The Chiefs had their second opportunity to win it, in as many innings, in the home half of the seventh. After Yanakopoulos grounded out, Leva doubled into the left field corner. Byrne grounded to Panza at second for out number two, sending Leva to third representing the winning run. Bercume was issued an intentional walk and took second on defensive indifference. DeFrancesco kept the Reds in the series when he got DICato swinging to send the game to extra innings.

Rob Machado came on for Freni to start the eighth inning and retired the Reds in order.

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Rob Machado Picked up win 
The Chiefs had their third chance to win it in the bottom of the eighth. Andre led off with his second single of the day to right. Crisafulli was next and he hit a high chopper to third baseman Brendan Casey who threw him out at first with Andre taking second on the play. Boleski then drove a long shot to right-center that Chris Burke ran down on the warning track for the second out. DeFrancesco pulled another escape when he struck out Barbati, sending the game to the ninth.

The Reds threatened to take the lead in the top of the ninth. Callahan led off with his third hit of the day, this time a sharp single to left. Giordano then popped up his sacrifice bunt attempt to Leva for the first out before Machado walked Casey. Machado then recorded a huge K, when he got Justin Forman swinging. Chiefs’ fans had a few anxious moments when Machado plunked Steve Tramontozzi with a pitch to load the bases. He pulled an escape of his own when he got Dan Renzella to bounce back to him.

Mike DiCato 09Yanakopulos drew a full count walk to begin the Chiefs ninth. After an unsuccessful bunt attempt, Leva drilled a single to left, sending Yanakopulos to second. Bryne’s attempted sacrifice bunt was just a bit too hard as DeFrancesco pounced off the mound to field the ball and fire a strike to Casey at third to force Yanakopulos for the inning’s first out. Bercume was next and he hit a grounder to Panza forcing Byrne at second but beating the relay to first to put runners on the corners with two away. In a mirror image of the seventh, Bercume took second on another defensive indifference. This time DiCato (shown left) provided a different ending, drilling a single up the middle, scoring Leva with the winning run as the Chiefs dugout emptied out in celebration.

(More Playoff Coverage Soon)  



Friday, August 12
Dunphy Gets Chiefs Even in Series with Reds, 3-2
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Tim Dunphy

Waltham, MA- Veteran southpaw Tim Dunphy went the distance, outdueling Reds ace Brian Casey, to lead the Chiefs to a series tying 3-2 win over the Watertown Reds at Bentley University on Friday. The deciding Game Three will be played at Tufts University in Medford on Saturday at 1:00 PM.

The Chiefs scored single runs in each of the first three innings and the Reds tallied a run in their first two at bats as all the scoring was done early in this one. Dunphy and Casey threw zeroes over the last four and one half innings.

Vinny Pennell led off the Chiefs first with a long triple to right-center and Mike Baillargeon promptly delivered him with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

The Reds tied it in the bottom of the first on a Steve Panza single and a Danny Chaisson RBI double.

The Chiefs took the lead back in the top of the second when Mike Andre led off with a single to right-center, was moved to second on a Mike Barbati sacrifice bunt, and scored on Mike DiCato’s RBI single.

The Reds tied it up again in the bottom of the second on singles from Brendan Casey and Sean Callahan and a sacrifice fly from Chris Burke.

Baillargeon led off the top of the third with a long triple to right-center and scored, what proved to be the game-winner, when Jeff Bercume blooped a double into short right-field.

Casey, the ICL's co-Pitcher of the Year in 2010, and Dunphy took charge in innings four through six.

The Chiefs threatened but did not score in the top of the seventh. DiCato led off with a long double to the left-center field gap. Paul Yanakopulos then failed on a sacrifice bunt for the first out and Pennell lined to Steve Busby in right for out number two.  DiCato was left stranded at second when Baillargeon grounded to Luke Begley at shortstop to end the inning.

Callahan got the Reds off to a good start in the bottom of the seventh when he lined a single to left-center and Colby Mattheson pinch ran for him. Burke then attempted to sacrifice Mattheson to second but Andre was charging from third base and gloved the attempted bunt for the first out. Dunphy then struck out pinch-hitter Justin Forman for the second out. With Begley at the plate, Mattheson attempted to steal second and was gunned out by Yanakopulos, with Barbati applying the tag, to end the game.

The Chiefs are expected to send either Jared Freni or Rob Machado to the hill on Saturday while Reds are expected to counter with Charlie DeFrancesco. Game time is 1:00 PM at Tufts University.   

 



Wednesday, August 10
Reds Take Game One, 4-1

Medford, MA- Karl Alexander tossed a complete game six-hitter, striking out seven, to lead the Watertown Reds to a 4-1 win over the Chiefs at Tufts University on Wednesday evening. With the win, the Reds take a 1-0 series lead and put the Chiefs in a must win situation when the series resumes on Friday at 5:30 PM at Bentley University in Waltham.

Alexander, the Bates College right-hander, has been a Chiefs killer over the last two seasons, owning a perfect 4-0 record against the locals in four starts.

Once again, the Chiefs victimized themselves with the proverbial “one bad inning” that paved the way for the loss.

The Reds appeared poised to open the scoring in the top of the first inning against Chiefs starter Mike DiCato. Luke Begley and Steve Panza both singled to open the frame. DiCato got Sam Sager to fly to Jeff Bercume in center for the first out before hitting Steve Busby with a pitch to load the bases. He worked a big strikeout when he got Danny Chaisson swinging for the second out of inning. Mike Giordano followed and he hit a grounder behind the bag at third that Mike Andre made a diving stop on and scrambled to beat Panza to the bag to end the threat.

Alexander got the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the first inning and DiCato had an easier second frame that included two strikeouts.

The Chiefs scored their only run of the game, to take a 1-0 lead, in the bottom of the second on singles by Justin Crisafulli and Matt Boleski and two walks, one to Paul Yanakopulos and a second to Nick Leva, with the bases loaded, to force in a run.

Things stayed quiet until the Reds scored three times in the top of the fourth to erase the Chiefs lead. Mike Giordano led off with a single and Colby Mattheson pinch ran and stole second. Sean Callahan then reached on an error by Vinny Pennell at first base, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. The Chiefs hit batsman woes of the last few weeks continued when DiCato hit Brendan Casey with a pitch to load the bases, still with no outs. Chris Burke then hit a grounder to Mike Baillargeon at short who flipped to Mike Barbati to force Casey at second but Barbati’s relay to first went into the Chiefs’ dugout, allowing both Mattheson and Callahan to score, putting the Reds in front at 2-1. Burke went to third on a wild pitch and scored when Begley delivered him with a sacrifice fly to Bercume in center. DiCato ended the inning when he caught Panza looking at strike three but the damage had been done.

The Reds added their fourth and final run in the top of the sixth inning. Casey reached on an infield single to the shortstop hole and when Baillargeon’s throw to first was low he went to second. Burke then followed with a bunt single as the Chiefs were late in covering first. Begley then picked up his second RBI of the game with an infield grounder to Barbati that scored Casey from third.

Alexander retired six of the last seven batters he faced to preserve the win.  He got eleven fly ball outs.

DiCato worked six innings, surrendered seven hits, struck out six, walked two and hit three. Rob Machado came on in the seventh and struck out one and hit one, the Chiefs fourth hit batsman of the game.

Lefty Tim Dunphy will be the starter for the Chiefs on Friday while the Reds are expected to send either Brian Casey or Charlie DeFrancesco to the mound.

 



Tuesday, August 9
Merchants "Walk Away" with 3-2 Win to Gain Playoff Bye
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Wakefield's Darren Bisso finished regular season with 1.29 ERA

Medford, MA- The Wakefield Merchants beat the Chiefs 3-2 on Tuesday night at Huskins Field to finish in second place and claim a first round bye in the ICL playoffs.

The third place Chiefs will now play the number six seed Watertown Reds in a best of three series that will open on Wednesday at Tufts at 5:30 PM.

The Merchants scored three times in the top of the fifth inning, without the benefit of a hit, to claim the win. In fact, hits were rare at Huskins on Tuesday, with a total of five by both teams combined. Of the five hits in the game, two were of the infield variety.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, against Wakefield’s Darren Bisso, when Jeff Bercume doubled with one out and then stole third. Mike Baillargeon then plated Bercume with a long sacrifice fly to center.

Chiefs’ starter Jared Freni was cruising along with a 1-0 lead heading into the Merchants’ fifth. He struck out Jason Roth for the first out of the inning. Things started to unravel a bit for the Freni and the Chiefs when the right-hander walked Andy Hartung and Jon Davison in succession. Bob Losanno then hit a grounder to Mike DiCato at first base. DiCato looked toward second briefly but then bobbled the ball just long enough for an error, as Losanno beat Freni to the bag at first to load the bases. Freni then threw a wild pitch, allowing Hartung to score to tie the game at 1-1 before striking out Brooks Townsend for the second out. Scott Searles and Mike Sorrentino then drew two more uncharacteristic walks from Freni, forcing in another run to give the Merchants the lead at 2-1. Rob Machado was summoned from the bullpen and he issued the fifth walk of the inning to Lorenzo Papa to it make it 3-1 game.

The Chiefs got their second run in the bottom sixth when Baillargeon was hit by a Bisso pitch, went to second when Vinny Pennell walked, to third on Justin Crisafulli’s long flyout, and scored on a wild pitch.

Bisso, 6-2, allowed just three hits, (two doubles to Bercume & a Mike Andre infield single), struck out four and walked four.

Freni, 7-2, took the loss while only allowing two hits (a Sorrentino infield single & Townsend third inning single) while working 4.2 innings. He struck out six, walked four, and threw a wild pitch. Machado went the last 2.1, did not allow a hit, struck out two, walked two and hit a batter.



Monday, August 8
Merchants-Chiefs PPD for Second Straight Day, Teams Will Try Again on Tuesday at 5:30 PM
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Paul Crisafulli
Medford, MA- Despite the best effort of the Tufts University grounds crew & Chiefs staff, the torrential downpour that hit South Medford shortly after 3:00 PM today put an end to any hope of tonight's Merchants at Chiefs game being played at 5:30.

"Despite the field already being marginal from Sunday's rain, we had a real good shot of getting the game in before the late afternoon downpour," said Paul Crisafulli of the Chiefs. "It's too bad because the storm only lasted 20 minutes and the sun came out, but the damage was done and there was no chance of having Huskins ready for a 5:30 PM start," he added.

The Chiefs and Merchants have re-scheduled the game for Tuesday at 5:30 PM.


Sunday, August 7
Sunday's Games Postponed, Re-Scheduled for Monday

The ICL will need the final two games of the regular season schedule, that were postponed due to rain on Sunday and now re-scheduled for Monday, to determine its final playoff seeding.

In a game that will decide who finishes second and gets a first round bye, the Chiefs will now host the Merchants at Tufts University in Medford on Monday at 5:30 PM. The Merchants enter the game one point ahead of the Chiefs, and a win or a tie will clinch second place for Wakefield. A Chiefs win will vault them past Wakefield and give the Medford based club their third consecutive first round bye.

In the other game now scheduled for Monday, the Reading Bulldogs will need a win or a tie against the Blue Sox in Lexington at 8:00 PM, to clinch the fifth playoff spot. A Reading loss would leave them and the Watertown Reds in a virtual tie, with both teams finishing the regular season with identical records. Because the ICL’s tiebreakers would not (more wins or head to head record) resolve the issue, a coin flip would be required to determine the fifth and sixth spots.

This much is certain regarding the playoffs. The Blue Sox will be the number one seed and have a first round bye. The Chiefs or Merchants will finish second, with the other finishing third. The Bombers are locked into the fourth playoff spot. And depending on Monday’s results, the Bulldogs and Reds will finish either in the fifth or sixth positions.

If the weather cooperates on Monday, the Chiefs or Merchants, as well as the Bombers, will be hosting a first round playoff game with the Bulldogs and Reds as the visiting teams.

Updates regarding weather and playoff schedules will be immediately posted on this website.



Saturday, August 6
Deshler Signs to Play Pro Ball in Australia
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Tony Deshler

Sydney, Australia- Chiefs outfielder Tony Deshler has signed to play professional baseball for the Penrith Panthers of the South Wales Major League in Australia.

Deshler will fly to Sydney on Sunday and report to Penrith on Monday. The former Brandeis University star was hitting .333 for the Chiefs (31-93), with one homer and 18 RBI in 27 games so far this season. He will miss the 2011 Intercity League Playoffs which will begin next week.

Deshler becomes the 113th Chief to sign a professional contract and the third this year. First baseman Peter Copa signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Angels back in June and Mike Gedman signed with the Worcester Tornadoes earlier this year.

Deshler is expected to return to the United States in time for the start of the 2012 Chiefs ICL season.



Friday, August 5
Blue Sox Beat Chiefs 4-3 in Lexington
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Jeff Bercume had two RBI's

Lexington, MA- Mike Morgan drove in Ross Curley, with a two out single in the fourth inning, to provide the winning run as the Blue Sox edged the Chiefs 4-3 in Lexington on Thursday night.

The Chiefs jumped on Lexington starter and winner Matt Karis for four hits in the top of the first inning but could only muster a single run. Jeff Bercume got things started with a single to right and went to second on a wild pitch. Mike Baillargeon beat out an infield single to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Karis then got Vinny Pennell to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, with Bercume scoring on the play. Justin Crisafulli followed with a sharp single to left and Mike Andre then hit a long double into the left-center field gap, sending Crisafulli to third. Karis stranded both runners when he caught Tony Deshler looking at strike three to end the inning.

The Blue Sox came right back in the bottom of the first against Chiefs’ starter Tim Dunphy to tie the game at 1-1. Pete Frates beat out an infield single to short and scored when Justin Wright crushed a double to right-center.

Karis set the Chiefs down in order in the top of the second and the Blue Sox scored a couple of more runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. Ross Curley got things started with a sharp single to right and Dunphy plunked Matt McEvoy with a pitch. Dunphy came off the mound to field Tom Haugh’s attempted sacrifice bunt and fired a strike to Andre at third to force Curley. Mike Morgan then singled to load the bases. Dan Capra was next and he drilled a long two RBI double into the right field corner giving the Sox the lead at 3-1. The Chiefs escaped more damage when they turned an inning ending and unusual 4-3-2 doubleplay off the bat of Frates.

Karis held the Chiefs scoreless in the top of the third. The Chiefs turned their second doubleplay (3-unassisted-6) in as many innings, following Wright’s leadoff single, in the bottom of the inning.

The Chiefs made more noise in the top of the fourth when they knotted the game at 3-3. Andre got things going with a line single to center and Deshler singled sharply to left. Matt Boleski then moved both runners up a base with a perfect sacrifice bunt. Mike Barabti then drew a walk to load the bases for Nick Leva. Leva bounced a one-hopper right back to Karis who threw home to Morgan to force Andre. Bercume then drilled an opposite field double just out of the reach of the diving McEvoy in left to score Deshler and Barbati. McEvoy recovered quickly enough to throw a strike to shortstop Steve Gath who made a perfect relay throw home to get Leva, who was trying to score the go ahead run from first.

The Blue Sox got the winning run in the bottom of the fourth when Morgan’s single drove home Curley.

Karis allowed just a two out fifth inning double to Crisafulli the rest of the way as he retired nine of the last ten batters he faced.

Dan Graham’s two out single in the bottom of the fifth was only hit the Sox had against Dunphy in their last two at bats.

Karis (5-1) avenged his only loss of the season, back on July 5th, to pick up the complete game win. The right-hander allowed ten hits and struck out seven.

Dunphy (4-0-1) suffered his first loss of the year. The southpaw surrendered nine hits, struck out one, walked none, and hit a batter.

The Chiefs and Blue Sox are both off until Sunday when the ICL’s regular season concludes. The Chiefs will host the Wakefield Merchants at Tufts University at 3:30 PM, in a game that will have major playoff implications, while the Blue Sox entertain the Reading Bulldogs in Lexington. 



Wednesday, August 3
Kelley, Reading Hold Off Chiefs, 3-2

Reading, MA- The Reading Bulldogs scored three times in the first two innings, then rode the five hit pitching of right-hander Nick Kelley, to hold off the Chiefs 3-2 at Morton Field on Wednesday night.

The Chiefs loss, coupled with the Wakefield Merchants 0-0 tie against the Watertown Reds, and the Testa Corp. Bombers 11-0 win over the Tanners, leaves three teams (Chiefs, Merchants & Bombers) still in the race for second place and an opening round playoff bye.

Kelley retired the Chiefs side in order in the top of the first inning.

The Bulldogs picked up their first run of the night against starter Rob Machado in the bottom of the inning. Brett Flutie flew out, Billy Cataldo reached on an error, stole second, and after Talis was hit by a pitch, Cataldo scored on Alex Fischer’s RBI single to right-center.

The Chiefs went in order again in the second. The Bulldogs upped their lead to 3-0 in the home half of the inning on singles by Andy Gagnon, Cataldo and Trevor Manzi, sandwiched around Machado’s second hit batsman (Flutie).

Kelley made it nine Chiefs up and nine Chiefs down, when he cruised through a 1-2-3 third and Machado settled in nicely and struck out the Reading side in order in the bottom of the inning.

Jeff Bercume broke up Kelley’s streak with a single leading off the fourth and went to second when Manzi bobbled the ball for an error in leftfield. Tony Deshler followed a with a single to left, scoring Bercume, cutting the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-1.

Machado got Reading in order for the second straight inning in the bottom of the fourth and the Chiefs chipped another run off the lead, but missed an opportunity to tie the game, in the top of the fifth. Matt Boleski led off with a gap double. Kelley then popped Nick Leva up for the first out. Mike Baillargeon followed with a double, just inside the third base bag, scoring Boleski to cut the lead to 3-2. The Chiefs missed two chances to tie the game when Kelley got Bercume on an infield popup to shortstop and Deshler on a foul out to first.

That was the last scoring threat for either team as Kelley and Machado tossed zeroes the rest of the way.

Kelley (2-1), struck out two batters and walked none. He retired the first nine batters of the game and finished equally as strong, setting down the last eight Chiefs he faced in succession.  

Machado (2-5), gave up six hits, two earned runs, hit two batters and walked none.

The Chiefs travel to Lexington for a make-up game on Thursday at 8:15 PM against the Blue Sox. The final regular season game of the year, against the Wakefield Merchants, is expected to be played either Saturday or Sunday at Tufts University. The day and starting time is expected to be announced sometime tomorrow.  

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Monday, August 1
Crisafulli (4-4, 2 Run HR), Freni Wins Seventh in Reading
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Jared Freni is now 7-1

Reading, MA- Justin Crisafulli had a four for four night, including a double and homer number 90 of his career, to lead the Chiefs to a 6-3 win over the Bulldogs in Reading on Monday evening. Crisafulli’s offensive show backed the complete game effort of Jared Freni who raised his record to 7-1 on the season.

The Chiefs staked Freni to a one run lead in the top of the first. Jeff Bercume led off the inning with an infield single behind the first base bag. Bercume stole second and scored on Vinny Pennell’s RBI single to left. Crisafulli followed with an infield single but Reading starter Sean Boyle got out of the inning when he got Mike Andre to hit into a 6-3 doubleplay.

Freni set the Bulldogs down in the bottom of the first and the Chiefs added a couple of runs in the top of the second to take a 3-0 lead. Tony Deshler and Matt Boleski got things started with consecutive singles and Mike DiCato moved them to second and third with a perfect sacrifice bunt. Nick Leva's slow roller to the right side, with the infield back, allowed Deshler to score and when the grounder was mishandled, Leva reached first. Bercume then drove in Boleski with the Chiefs’ third run with a sacrifice fly to left. Mike Baillargeon followed with a single to right-center sending Leva to third. It stayed 3-0 when Boyle got Pennell to ground out to end the inning.

Freni escaped a minor jam in the Bulldogs’ second when Andy Gagnon singled and Nick Kelley walked.

The Chiefs added their fourth run in the top of the third inning when Crisafulli led off with a long double off the base of the fence in left-center, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Andre’s bad hop infield single.

The Bulldogs stormed back in the bottom of the third inning, scoring three times, on five singles (Brett Flutie, Billy Cataldo, Trevor Manzi, Alex Fischer and Kelley) cutting the Chiefs’ lead to 4-3.

The Chiefs wasted little time in answering the Reading rally, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning when Crisafulli hit a two run homer to left-center, scoring Bercume, who had singled, ahead of him.

Freni retired Reading in order in the bottom of the fourth and the Chiefs went quietly in the top of the fifth.

The Bulldogs’ appeared poised to make their second run of the night at closing a Chiefs’ lead in the bottom of the inning. Manzi led things off with a single. Andre then turned in the defensive play of the night when he snagged Fisher’s one hop bullet that was labeled for the left field corner to start a crisp 5-4-3 doubleplay.

Freni and Reading reliever Mike Nich both tossed zeros the rest of the way accounting for the 6-3 final.

Freni, allowed eight hits, struck out four and walked a batter. Boyle (1-3), who gave up only three earned runs in his five innings, took the loss.

The Bulldogs enjoy a night off on Tuesday while the Chiefs stay on the road and visit the Blue Sox in Lexington at 8:00 PM     



Monday, August 1
DiCato & Dunphy Pitch Chiefs to Doubleheader Sweep in Wakefield
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Catcher Nick Leva put Chiefs ahead in Game Two

Wakefield, MA- The Chiefs rode the pitching of veterans Mike DiCato and Tim Dunphy, both who turned in complete game efforts, to sweep a doubleheader from the Merchants, 4-0 & 8-2, on the road at Walsh Field on Sunday.

DiCato was immense in the opener, tossing a one-hit shutout. The former Malden Cathoilc and UMass standout allowed a leadoff bloop single to Scott Searles, in the first inning, and was lights out from there on. The right-hander retired the last 16 Merchants in a row. The only other base runner the Merchants’ had was when he walked Andy Hartung with one out in the second inning.

Mike DiCatoThe Chiefs supplied the DiCato (pictured left) all the runs he would need in the top of the first inning. Justin Crisafulli drove home Jeff Bercume, who had reached on an infield error, with a RBI single.

Two more Chiefs’ runs came across in the top of the fifth inning, when they upped their lead to 3-0, on two more Merchants’ errors, a Paul Yanakopulos sacrifice bunt and Matt Bolseki’s opposite field RBI single.

The Chiefs got their final run with a little small ball in the top of the sixth. Mike Barbati drew a leadoff walk, was bunted to second by Boleski, and scored on a Yanakopulos RBI single to center, the last of only three Chiefs’ hits in the game.

DiCato (4-3) struck out five. James Ramsey (3-3) took the loss for Wakefield.

The Chiefs overcame a 1-0 fifth inning deficit, scoring eight times over the final three innings, to take Game Two, 8-2.  Southpaw Tim Dunphy chalked up his fifth decision without a loss, in going the complete game route.

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Tim Dunphy is now 4-0-1 
The Merchants took a 1-0 first inning lead when Searles reached on Mike Baillargeon’s error at shortstop and eventually scored the unearned run on a Mike Sorrentino infield single

.It stayed 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning as Dunphy and Merchants’ starter Darren Bisso cruised through the middle innings.

The Chiefs finally got to Bisso and took a 2-1 advantage in the fifth. Tony Deshler singled and was sacrificed to second by Boleski. Barbati then lifted a double down the rightfield line, scoring Deshler, to tie the game at 1-1. Catcher Nick Leva then switched places with Barbati when he delivered a long double into the right-centerfield gap, scoring Barbati and putting the Chiefs in front.

The lead went to 6-2 an inning later when Vinny Pennell led things off with a single and Bisso hit both Crisafulli and Mike Andre with pitches to load the bases. Deshler then singled, scoring Pennell and Crisafulli, to up the lead to 4-2. After Boleski popped out and Deshler stole second, Barbati came through again, this time with a two RBI single, scoring Andre and Deshler to run the lead to 6-2.

The Chiefs final two runs came in the top of the seventh when Pennell walked, Crisafulli doubled, and Andre had an RBI single.

Dunphy scattered seven hits, three of the infield variety, and struck out two. Bisso (5-2) took the loss for Wakefield.

The Chiefs are right back on the road on Monday evening when they travel to Reading High School to meet the Bulldogs at 6:00 PM.  



Friday, July 29
Chiefs Ticket Punched to 2011 Playoffs
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Lenny Dempsey piloted Chiefs to 1961 crown

Medford,MA- For the 46th time in 48 years, the Chiefs will be heading to the post-season.

As club enjoyed a day off on Friday, they quietly clinched a playoff spot by virtue of the Watertown Reds 2-1 win over the Arlington Trojans.

The Chiefs have won 17 playoff crowns, with the first coming in 1961 under the tutelage of legandary player-manager Lenny Dempsey.  Dempsey was posthumously enshrined into the ICL’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

The Chiefs can still finish the regular season anywhere from second to sixth place, depending on the results over the last six games of the season. The ICL’s first two regular season finishers will receive first round byes. The third place team will meet the sixth place finisher and teams four and five will hook up in the best of three first round series, tentatively scheduled to begin on Sunday, August 7. Both the semi-final and championship series will be best of five.

The Chiefs will begin the last week of the regular season schedule on Sunday when they travel to Walsh Field in Wakefield for a doubleheader that will begin at 3:00 PM. 



Thursday, July 28
Blue Sox Pull Away From Chiefs, 9-4
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Mike Barbati

Lexington, MA- The Blue Sox broke open a 4-4 fifth inning tie, when they scored five times, to pull away from the second place Chiefs 9-4 under the lights in Lexington. The Wednesday night win was the first for the Blue Sox over the Chiefs this season as the Chiefs had won the previous two meetings 4-0 and 6-4.

Mike Morgan and Justin Wright drove in three runs each for Lexington. Pete Frates, Steve Gath and Wright each scored twice and Frates added three hits.

Matt Karis (4-1) pitched six innings, giving up six hits and four runs, while striking out three. Karis gave way to Tim Lahey who worked a scoreless seventh.

Jared Freni (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season giving up eight runs in four plus innings. He allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out five. Tim Dunphy worked 1.2 innings and Jake Crawford 0.1 innings, with a strikeout, out of the Chiefs’ bullpen.

Matt Boleski had a single in the first inning and Jeff Bercume worked a bases loaded walk in the fourth to pick up RBI’s for the Chiefs. The Chiefs other two runs came when Mike Barbati’s infield grounder was thrown low to first, allowing two unearned runs to score.

Chiefs’ rookie Jon Byrne, from Arlington Catholic, recorded his first career ICL hit with a fourth inning single.



Tuesday, July 26
Alexander & Reds Deal Chiefs 4-2 Setback at Bentley
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Bercume moved into career Top 20 in hits

Waltham, MA- Karl Alexander tossed a neat five-hitter, striking out nine, to pitch the Watertown Reds to a 4-2 win over the Chiefs at Bentley University on Tuesday evening.

The Chiefs squandered an early 2-0 advantage and Alexander, who was 5-3 for Bates this past spring with a 2.50 ERA, shut down the offense over the last four innings.A Tony Deshler RBI single, driving in Vinny Pennell, who had doubled, gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Chiefs’ starter Mike DiCato got the Reds in the bottom of the first inning and Alexander retired the side in order in the top of the second.

DiCato and the Chiefs got themselves out of a bases loaded nobody out jam in the Reds’ second. Sean Callahan walked, Ryan Nicholas singled, and Brendan Casey was hit by a pitch to fill the bases. DiCato then served up a tailor-made 1-2-3 doubleplay off the bat of Jim McLaughlin to get two big outs. He completed the escape by getting Steve Tramontozzi to bounce back to the box.

The Chiefs picked up an unearned run in the top of the third inning when Jeff Bercume singled, stole second, and scored when Deshler reached on an infield error.

The Reds answered back and cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the third. Sam Sager led off with a single. Steve Busby then lined another single to center with Bercume trying to throw Sager out at third on the play. Sager was safe and Busby had taken a wide turn at first. Chiefs’ third baseman Mike Andre’s throw was low to first and skipped past Pennell allowing Sager to score.

It stayed a 2-1 game until the Reds took the lead at 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Sager walked, Busby struck out and Dan Chaisson walked. With Sager attempting to steal third, Callahan hit an infield chopper between Andre at third and Mike Baillargeon at shortstop. With Andre covering the bag, Baillargeon had to go deep into the hole to make the stop. Sager kept on running and the he slid under Paul Yanakopulos’ tag to tie the game at 2-2. The Reds’ scored what proved to be the game winner a batter later when Chaisson scored the third run on a wild pitch.The Reds added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a Justin Forman two out single and a long RBI double to left-center by Sager.

Alexander, now 4-3, retired 13 of the last 15 batters he faced. He was aided by some fine outfield defense as Nicholas ran down a deep Andre shot to center and Tramontozzi made a nice grab of a Boleski drive in left for the last two outs of the sixth. Nicholas was at it again as he made a diving grab of a Bercume liner, with two away in the seventh, to end the game.

DiCato, fell to 3-3 on the season after winning his last three decisions. The former Malden Cathoilc and UMass-Amherst righty worked six innings, allowed three earned runs on eight hits. He struck out four, walked four (one intentionally) and hit two batters.

Bercume, with two singles, tied former longtime Chief Rob Ross at number 20 on the Chiefs' all time career hit list.

The Chiefs, now 15-9-1 on the year, visit the Blue Sox at Lexington High School on Wednesday night at 8:00 PM.

 



Sunday, July 24
Dunphy Goes Distance in 6-4 Win Over Lexington
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Mike Baillargeon gave Chiefs lead with 5th inning single

Medford, MA- Veteran southpaw Tim Dunphy turned in a route going performance as the Chiefs turned back the first place Lexington Blue Sox 6-4 on Sunday afternoon at Tufts University.The former Brandeis ace allowed six hits on the way to picking up his third win of the season to go along with a tie.

Dunphy and Blue Sox starter and fellow lefty Mike O’Brien (Babson) dominated the first three innings of the game with base runners being at a premium. The Sox got former Virginia Commonwealth standout Justin Wright on with a one out single in the top of the first but he was erased on an inning ending doubleplay off the bat of Jeff Vigurs. Neither team saw the base paths in the second inning. The Blue Sox got Tommy Haugh aboard with a single leading off the top of the third. Haugh was sacrificed to second and went to third on an infield grounder. Dunphy and the Chiefs got out of the inning when third baseman Mike Andre made a nice play on a Pete Frates chopper and threw the former Boston College standout out by a step at first base.

O’Brien got the Chiefs side in order in the bottom of the third and the Blue Sox broke through to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. After Dunphy struck out Wright for the first out, Vigurs followed with a double to right-center. Steve Gath then singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Matt McEvoy picked up an RBI when he grounded to Mike Barbati at second base with Vigurs scoring and Gath going to second on the play. Former Bentley third baseman Ross Curley gave the Sox a two run lead when he singled to right with McEvoy sliding across the plate just ahead of Vinny Pennell’s throw.

The Chiefs came right back at tied things up at 2-2 in their half of the fourth inning. Leadoff man Jeff Bercume got things started when he drew a walk. Mike Baillargeon then singled to center. Pennell drilled a warning track laser shot to right-center that was nearly tracked down by the quick Frates with Bercume only able to advance as far as third to load the bases. Tony Deshler was hit by an O’Brien pitch, forcing in Bercume to cut the lead to 2-1. Andre was next and he lofted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Baillargeon to tie the game at 2-2. O’Brien and the Sox averted more damage when Barbati hit into a crisp 6-4-3 doubleplay.

Dunphy retired the Lexington side in order for the fourth time in five innings in the top of the fifth and the Chiefs doubled their lead to four runs, taking a 6-2 lead, in the bottom of the frame. MikeVinny Pennell DiCato led off the inning with a single and Matt Boleski drew a full count walk. After two unsuccessful bunt attempts, Paul Yanakopulos sent McEvoy back the warning track in left to run down his deep fly for the first out. O’Brien caught Bercume looking at strike three for the second out before Mike Baillargeon gave the Chiefs their first lead of the afternoon with a single to center scoring DiCato. Pennell (pictured left) followed with another single to right scoring Boleski to make it 4-2. Tyler Kendrick replaced O’Brien on the mound for the Sox and Deshler greeted him with a two strike, two RBI single, to right giving the Chiefs a 6-2 advantage.

The Blue Sox came back when they picked up two runs to cut the margin to 6-4 in the top of the sixth courtesy of a walk, a hit batsman, a passed ball and a two RBI single to left from Curley.

Kendrick got the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the sixth. Dunphy did the same to the Blue Sox in the top of the seventh to preserve the Chiefs win.

Dunphy, who had pitched professionally in Europe in 2007, struck out four and walked only one.

The Chiefs enjoy an off day on Monday before heading to Bentley University in Waltham on Tuesday to meet the Reds in 6:00 PM start. On Wednesday, the Chiefs and Blue Sox hook up again, this time in Lexington at 8:00 PM.

  



Saturday, July 23
Freni 6-0, Baillargeon & Boleski, Lead Chiefs to 13-5 Win at Ferullo
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Tony Deshler had three hits and two RBI

Woburn, MA- The Chiefs offense came alive on Friday night when they scored 13 runs and had 18 hits in a 13-5 win over the Mooney Dental Tanners at Ferullo Field.

Jared Freni (6-0), won his sixth consecutive start while working six scoreless innings. Freni gave way to Paul Yanakopulos who got roughed up a bit in the seventh in his ICL pitching debut.

Mike Baillargeon led the hit parade with a 4 for 5 night that included a double and two RBI’s. Tony Deshler and Yanakopulos each picked up three hits while Mike Barbati, Nick Leva and Matt Boleski each had two hits. Boleski hit his league leading fourth home run and added a double on the way to a four RBI game.

Freni allowed just one hit in his six innings and struck out eight. Yanakopulos surrendered all five runs on five Tanners’ hits in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Brett Manley took the loss for the Tanners.

The Chiefs-Merchants game scheduled for early Saturday has been postponed.

The Chiefs will now host the Lexington Blue Sox on Sunday afternoon at Tufts University starting at 3:00 PM.



Friday, July 22
Rowan 3 Hitter Stops Streak as Bombers Take 5-1 Win
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Alex Cronkite worked two scoreless innings

Medford, MA- University of Rochester right-hander Jeff Rowan was masterful, tossing a complete game three-hitter, to get the Testa Corp. Bombers past the Chiefs 5-1 at steamy and gusty Tufts University on Thursday night.

With the win, the Bombers climbed back to the .500 mark and in the process brought the Chiefs’ modest three game winning streak to a halt.

Rookie right-hander Jake Crawford (0-1), making his first ICL start, took the loss for the Chiefs.

Crawford escaped a major league jam unscathed in the top of the first. The Tufts University right-hander from Idaho, loaded the bases on a walk and two hit batsman before getting an inning ending strikeout.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Vinny Pennell drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Pennell then moved to third on a Tony Deshler infield grounder. Mike Andre was next up and he was issued an intentional walk, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Rowan got Justin Crisafulli to fly to short right for the second out. The Chiefs scored an unearned run when Mike DiCato reached on an infield error allowing Pennell to score.

Crawford and Rowan both had quiet second innings before the Bombers scored a couple of times to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. Singles by Anthony Serino, Devin Perry and Nate Witkowski, to go along with a walk and another hit batsman, led to the runs.

Rob Machado, who had been experiencing back stiffness, replaced Crawford to start the fourth. The Bombers jumped on him for a couple of more runs to take a 4-1 lead using singles from Serino, Perry and Alex Barber.

Rowan was cruising at this point and retired the Chiefs side in order in the bottom of the fourth and the Bombers picked up their final run in the top of the fifth.

The Chiefs other rookie righty from Tufts University, Alex Cronkite, (San Paolo, CA) looked impressive and retired the only six batters he faced in the sixth and seventh innings.

The Chiefs now head to Ferullo Field in Woburn on Friday night to meet the Tanners in an 8:00 PM start.



Wednesday, July 20
Chiefs Walk Off with 7-6 Win
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Vinny Pennell had 2 RBI including game winning Sacrifice Fly in 7th

Medford, MA- It was one of those games where you just had the feeling that whatever team batted last would win.

Fortunately for the Chiefs the game was played at their Tufts University home and in their last at bat, they did indeed come away with a hard fought 7-6 win over the Reading Bulldogs on Wednesday evening.

The Chiefs’ Mike DiCato (3-2) pitched in and out of trouble all evening, but was just good enough to pick up his third straight win.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 1-0 first inning lead when Jesse Bruinsma walked, stole second, and scored on Justin Crisafulii’s RBI single.

They clung to the one run lead until the Reading fourth when DiCato victimized himself. He threw a sure inning ending doubleplay ball into center field, hit a batter with the bases loaded, issued a walk, a bunt single, and two-out, two strike, two RBI single to Doug Dellorfon, that opened the door for the Bulldogs to take a 3-1 lead.

The Chiefs stormed right back to re-take the lead at 4-3,when they scored three times in the bottom of the fourth on Tony Deshler’s RBI double and Mike Barbati’s two RBI single.

The Bulldogs responded again to knot the game at 4-4 in their half of the fifth inning on singles from Billy Cataldo and Trevor Manzi and an Alex Fischer sacrifice fly.

It was the Chiefs turn assume the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Vinny Pennell singled home Bruinsma, giving them a 5-4 lead.

DiCato and Reading starter Sean Boyle tossed zeros in the sixth inning setting the stage for the dramatic finish.

In the top of the seventh, things started quietly enough for DiCato when Billy Cataldo flew out to Deshler in center for the first out. Zac Talis began the Reading rally when he singled sharply up the middle. Trevor Manzi followed and he drilled a long double into the left-center field gap, scoring Talis all the way from first to tie the game at 5-5. Things went from bad to worse for the locals when the throw home to get Talis went to the backstop allowing Manzi to go to third, representing the go ahead run. With the Chiefs’ infield drawn in, Fischer lined a bullet single off the diving Mike Baillargeon’s glove at shortstop, scoring Manzi and giving the Bulldogs the lead once again at 6-5.

Paul Yanakopoulos put the Chiefs immediately back in business when he led off the bottom of seventh with a huge double into the right-centerfield gap. Bruinsma followed and after two failed bunt attempts, he reached on an infield chopper single behind the mound sending Yanakopulos to third. A botched wind aided pop up off the bat of Baillargeon then loaded the bases with nobody out. The Chiefs caught their second break of the inning when Boyle uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Yanakopulos to scamper across the plate with the tying run and sending Baillargeon and Bruinsma to second and third respectively. Pennell completed the comeback when he hit a fly ball to medium right that was just deep enough to allow the rapid Bruinsma to tag and score the winning run.

DiCato went the distance and allowed seven hits and struck out five. Boyle (1-2) surrendered eight hits and struck out six.

The 13-7-1 Chiefs are right back in action on Thursday evening at Tufts University when they host the Testa Corp. Bombers at 6:00 PM.     



Sunday, June 5
Chiefs Take Opener from Bombers, 9-5
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Medford, MA- Former Kansas City Royals farmhand and Franklin Pierce star Vinny Pennell made his ICL debut a memorable one, going 3 for 4 including a two run homer and double, to lead the Chiefs to a 9-5 comeback win over the Testa Corp. Bombers in the season opener at Tufts University on Sunday afternoon.

Pennell led a ten hit Chiefs attack that saw them turn around a 4-2 fifth inning deficit into the win. Righty Rob Machado (Everett, MA, UMass-Amherst) went 5.2 innings to get the win before giving way to southpaw Tim Dunphy (Brandeis, Namur Angels).

Machado set the Bombers down in order in the top of the first. The Chiefs gave the big former Malden Catholic right-hander a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning when they loaded the bases on singles from Jesse Bruinsma (Lynnfield, MA, Curry), Pennell and Justin Crisafulli (Cleveland Indians, Central Missouri). Mike Andre (Medford, MA, Merrimack) gave the Chiefs their first run of the season when he lifted a sacrifice fly to center scoring Bruinsma.

The Bombers erased the Chiefs lead in the top of the second on singles by Alex Farkes and Bob Pease and a Devin Perry double. The visitor’s lead went to 3-1 an inning later courtesy of the Adessa brothers when Mike singled home younger brother Mark who had doubled.

The Chiefs closed to 3-2 in the home half of the third. Bruinsma and Dave Scioli (Somerville, MA, Salem State) both singled to open the frame. Pennell then grounded into a fielder’s choice that forced Scioli at second and moved Bruinsma to third. Crisafulli then popped up and before Andre drew a walk, Bruinsma scored when Bombers starter Glen Misho uncorked a wild pitch.

Testa made it a two run margin once again in the top of the fourth on Perry’s second double of the day and another Pease RBI single.

Trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Chiefs rallied for five big runs to a take a 7-4 lead. Brunisma reached base for the third straight time when he drew a walk. After Misho struck out Scioli, Pennell lifted a double to the base of fence in right sending Bruinsma to third. Crisafulli followed and his RBI grounder scored Bruinsma. When Mark Addesa’s throw was low to first, Pennell came around to score and tie the game at four. Andre then drew his second consecutive walk before veteran Matt Boleski (Medford, MA, MassBay) drilled a laser shot double to the fence in straight-away center scoring Crisafulli and Andre giving the Chiefs a 6-4 lead. Misho got catcher Nick Leva (Cambridge, MA, Southern NH) to ground out before Mike DiCato gave the Chiefs a 7-4 lead when he singled to left scoring Boleski.

Machado gave way to Dunphy with two outs and two on in the sixth. Dunphy got Perry on a comebacker to end the Testa threat. Pennell put it out of reach at 9-4 when he drilled a two run homer over the 379’ foot sign in right-center scoring Scioli, who had singled, ahead of him.

A Mark Addesa double and a Farkes RBI groundout gave the Bombers their final run in the top of the seventh and accounted for the 9-5 final.
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Chiefs Notebook….Machado threw 95 pitches over the 5.2 innings that he worked. He struck out five and allowed seven hits.....The Chiefs were without Mike Baillargeon, Tim Dempsey (knee), Matt Anderson (bicep), Paul Yanakopulos and Peter Copa (hamstring)…The team is off until Thursday when they host the Wakefield Merchants at Tufts starting at 6:00 PM as they begin a busy five games in a four day stretch...... On Friday the Chiefs travel to Arlington to meet the Trojans at 7:00 PM, return home on Saturday afternoon to entertain the Mooney Tanners of Woburn at 1:30 PM before heading north to meet the Reading Bulldogs in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader….



Saturday, June 11
Ugly in Arlington! Chiefs Lose 8-5
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Matt Boleski

Arlington, MA- The Arlington Trojans took advantage of five Chiefs errors and scored eight uneraned runs to take an 8-5 win at Summer Street Field on Friday night.

Rob Machado suffered the loss, working five innings and giving up eight hits. Tim Dunphy (0.1 innings) and Tufts rookie Jake Crawford (0.2 innings) worked the sixth.

The Chiefs battled back from a five run first inning hole to tie the game at 5-5 only to see it slip away in the sixth.

The Chiefs began to peck away at the Trojan lead in the top of the second. Mike Andre led things off with a single and went to third when Bernie Driscoll's grounder was thrown high to first. Mike DiCato followed with a two RBI single to left that scored Andre and Driscoll.

Matt Boleski drilled a solo homer to right in the top of the third that cut the Arlington lead to 5-3.

The Chiefs came all the way back and tied the game at 5-5 when veteran Justin Crisafulli drove in Anthony Weiner and Boleski, who had both singled, with a double to left-center.

Two more Chiefs miscues, a passed ball, a single up the middle by Morgan Brown and an infield bunt single by Jim Roche accounted for the three Trojan runs in the home half of the sixth inning.

The Tanners at Chiefs game scheduled for Saturday was rained out.

Weather permitting, the Chiefs will play a doubleheader at Morton Field in Reading on Sunday starting at 1:30 PM. Watch this website for any weather updates.



Wednesday, June 15
Arlington's Harding (1-Hitter) Outduels DiCato, Chiefs Lose 2-0
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Chiefs Veteran RHP Mike DiCato

Medford, MA- Colby Sawyer lefty Brendan Harding tossed a neat one-hitter, striking out two, as the Arlington Trojans beat the Chiefs for the second time in five days, this time 2-0 at Tufts University on Wednesday night.

Chiefs veteran righty Mike DiCato was almost as good but was touched up for three straight hits and a couple of runs, all with two away in the first inning. 

With two in the book in the first, Pete Creamer singled and former Bentley star Jim Roche delivered him with a long double to the left-centerfield gap. Don Walter followed with another single, just out of the reach of the diving Chiefs right-fielder Andy Cavanaugh, that plated Roche and concluded the evening's scoring early.

Dave Scioli's clean one out single in the second was all the offense the Chiefs could muster against Harding, who need just 80 pitches to get his second win of the season. His earlier win was against the Wakefield Merchants on June 8.

DiCato (0-1), allowed just three more hits after the first inning, two of the infield variety. The former UMass-Amherst standout threw just 73 pitches and did not allow a walk over the seven inning route.

The Chiefs are right back in action on Thursday night when they travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn to meet the Mooney Dental Tanners in an earlier than usual 6:00 PM start.

The Chiefs are expected to send right-hander Rob Machado to the mound.



Thursday, June 16
Woeful in Woburn!
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Rookie RHP Jake Crawford

Woburn, MA- Tufts University rookie right-hander Jake Crawford looked good in his first meaningful ICL appearnce. Veteran third baseman Mike Andre was 2 for 3 with a couple of runs scored, two RBI and reached base four times. Justin Crisafulli had two hits. Brandeis star Tony Deshler returned to the lineup and had a hit.That was it for the Chiefs in the good news department. Period.

Now the bad news and there was plenty. The already depleted and injured riddled line-up got a bit thinner. Standout first baseman Peter Copa suffered a lower leg injury and was forced to leave the game in the third inning. Crisafulli injured a hamstring in fourth inning. And, to add insult to injury, the locals dropped their third straight outing, once again coming apart at the seams defensively, as the Mooney Dental Tanners furnished some big time clutch hitting and took advantage of some ring-master like second inning Chiefs defense to score nine times before holding on to an 11-9 win at Ferullo Field.

The Chiefs actually took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on doubles by Crisafulli and Andre and closed a 9-2 Tanner lead to 11-9 in the seventh.

Crawford worked three innings plus in relief of starter and loser Rob Machado (1-2). The Idaho native surrrendered five hits, struck out two and didn't walk a batter. Jared Freni worked the final 1.1 innings for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs will look get back on track on Saturday afternoon when they play the Medford Americans at Playstead Park starting at 1:30 PM.

 



Saturday, June 18
Chiefs Back Dunphy with 16 Hits in 13-2 Saturday Win
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Mike Andre had 4 RBI's on Saturday

Medford, MA- Veteran Southpaw Tim Dunphy gave the Chiefs a much needed six solid innings on the mound and his mates backed him with a 16 hit attack as the Chiefs broke a three game losing skid with a 13-2 win over the Americans at Playstead Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Chiefs got just what the doctor ordered when they staked Dunphy to a four run lead in the top of the first inning. Mike Maguire led off and reached on an error and Paul Yanakopoulos followed with a double to right. Mike Andre plated them both with a two RBI single and the Chiefs were off to a quick 2-0 lead. Justin Crisafulli drew a walk and Matt Boleski moved both runners up a base with a perfect sacrifice bunt. Dave Scioli then drilled a single to left scoring Andre to make it 3-0. Mike DiCato followed suit with another line single and the Chiefs were up 4-zip.

Starter Steve Albano (Babson, Andover, MA) settled down and got the Chiefs in order in the second. The Americans responded by cutting the lead in half (4-2) using singles from Danny Gunn, Jake Ohanesian and Dan Gilchrist sandwiched around a walk to Mike Burgoyne and a hit batsman.

The Chiefs opened up the lead to 10-2 when they picked up a six spot in the top of the third. Crisafulli and Boleski opened the frame up with singles and Scioli reached on an error to load the bases. DiCato picked up his second RBI of the game with another single, scoring Crisafulli, to make it 5-2. Mike Barbati then delivered a double into the right field corner that scored Boleski and Scioli. After Nick Leva grounded out, Maguire followed with a single and Yanakopoulos reached on an infield error. Andre picked up his third and fourth RBI of the afternoon when he followed with a long double off the fence in right, scoring both Maguire and Yanakopoulos, to jump the Chiefs lead to 10-2.

It stayed that way until the top of the seventh as Dunphy and Americans reliever Orazio Azzarello both settled down.

The Chiefs added three more runs in the top of the seventh. Yanakopoulos got things going with a single and Andre drew a base on balls. Crisafulli followed with a single to left that scored Yanakopoulos as Andre was thrown out on the play trying to advance to third. Boleski then singled sharply to right before Azzarello caught Scioli looking for the inning's second out. DiCato then delivered a long double to left-center scoring pinch runner Andy Cavanaugh. Barbati then picked up his second hit and third RBI of the afternoon with a single to left scoring Boleski to make it a 13-2 game.

Dunphy, the former Brandeis star, yielded eight hits and struck out four before giving way to Jared Freni who worked a 1-2-3 seventh with a strikeout.

The Chiefs are off on Sunday and return to action on Monday night when they travel to Maplewood Park, on the campus of Malden Catholic, to meet the Testa Corp. Bombers in an 8:00 PM start.
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Tuesday, June 21
Freni, Forbes in Return, Combine on 14 K Two-Hitter
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Keith Forbes Struck Out 4 of 6 Batters

Malden, MA- Jared Freni and Keith Forbes combined on a two-hitter, striking out 14 batters, as the Chiefs knocked off the Testa Corp. Bombers 6-1 at Maplewood Park on Monday night.

Freni, the former UMass-Amherst ace, was dominant in his first start of the season. The hard throwing righty allowed only two hits and struck out ten Bombers in his five innings of work.

Freni gave way to Keith Forbes to start the sixth inning. Forbes, who was making his first appearance for the Chiefs since August 17, 2008, did not disappoint.  He was the ace of the Chiefs staff in 2007 & 2008, when he posted some mighty gaudy numbers like a 9-2 record with 184 strikeouts in just 116 innings, seemed to pick up right where he had left off. The former San Diego Padre worked two hitless and scoreless innings while striking out four of the six batters he faced.

After wasting a Mike Andre double in the top of the first inning, the Chiefs helped out their strike-out minded right-handed duo by picking up single runs in the second, third and fourth innings.

In the second, Nicky Leva’s two out single to right scored Mike Barbati, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

Singles in the third inning from former Assumption all-American Mike Baillargeon, back from the Can-Am League, and Andre put runners on the corners with no outs. Peter Copa bounced into 6-4-3 doubleplay scoring Baillargeon.

The Chiefs lead went to 3-0 in the fourth. Justin Crisafulli got things going with a single and Bombers starter Jeff Rowan hit Mike Barbati with a pitch. Paul Yanakopulos then moved the runners up a base with a perfect sacrifice bunt. Leva delivered again when he drilled a RBI single to left that scored Crisafulli.

The Chiefs added a couple of runs and took a 5-0 in the fifth. Baillargeon led off with a double into the left-center field gap. Andre drew a walk and Copa brought Baillargeon home with a crisp single to left. After Matt Boleski fouled out, Crisafulli doubled into the right field corner scoring Andre.

The Bombers got to Freni for their only run of the night and cut the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Bob Pease and walks to Lemarre Rey, Mark O’Flynn and Anthony Serino (RBI).

Forbes came on to start the bottom of the sixth inning and retired the side in order, striking out the first two batters he faced.

The Chiefs picked up their final run in the top of the seventh on a Copa single and walks to Boleski, Barbati and Yanakopulos that forced in Copa to make it 6-1.

Forbes got the Bombers in order again in the seventh with two strikeouts sandwiched around an infield pop-up.

The Chiefs are off on Tuesday and return to ICL action on Wednesday night at 8:00 PM when thye travel to meet the Blue Sox at Lexington High School.



Saturday, June 25
Saturday's Game at Tufts has been PPD, 7th Rainout for Chiefs in Last 3 Weeks!!!
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Huskins Field on a Clear Day!

In a fitting end to a soggy week in the ICL, Saturday's Testa Corp. Bombers at Andre Chiefs game scheduled for noon at Tufts University has been rained out.

Already wet field conditions coupled with heavy rain that hit the Medford area around 8:00 AM this morning rendered Huskins Field unplayable for Saturday.

The recent wet weather has caused havoc with the ICL schedule as no games have been played league-wide since Tuesday. Saturday's rainout represents the 18th postponement in the league since June 4th. The Chiefs alone have now had seven games postponed.

Hopefully the weather will improve on Sunday as six ICL games are on tap; starting with the Chiefs hosting the Reds at Tufts at 1:30 PM, the Blue Sox and Bulldogs in a doubleheader at Reading at 2:30 PM, the Tanners and Trojans in a Ferullo Field twinbill at 3:00 PM and the Bombers hosting the Americans at Maplewood in a 5:00 PM start.



Sunday, June 26
Freni Pitches Chiefs to Third Straight Win, 2-0
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Medford, MA- Jared Freni tossed a complete game one-hitter and his former UMass-Amherst and Malden Catholic teammate Peter Copa had three singles and a first inning RBI to lead the Chiefs to a 2-0 win over the Watertown Reds at Huskins Field, on the campus of Tufts University, on Sunday afternoon.

For Freni, it was his second quality start and second win in the last six days. Last Monday, he picked up the victory for the Chiefs, going five innings, in a 6-1 win over the Testa Corp. Bombers.

Freni and Reds ace Brian Casey, who was the co-ICL Pitcher of the Year in 2010 with 9-2 record, dueled from the outset.

The Chiefs got what proved to the game winner in the home half of the first inning. Leadoff man Mike Maguire drew the only walk that Casey would allow and stole second. After Casey got both Tony Deshler and Mike Andre to fly out, Copa delivered Maguire from second with a ground single to left.

Casey and Freni took charge from there as both teams went in order until the top of the fourth inning. Sam Sager led off for the Reds and reached on an infield error. Steve Panza followed and delivered a clean sinking single to left to give the Reds their biggest threat of the day with two on and nobody out. Freni escaped the jam when he struck out Ryan Nicholas and catcher Dan Chaisson in succession and then got veteran Steve Busby on an infield grounder to Mike Barbati, who had five assists, to end the inning.

The Chiefs responded and doubled their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth. After Andre flew out, Copa reached on an infield single between the mound and shortstop. Justin Crisafulli then lofted a fly to short left, just out of the reach of the diving Jay Olson, that went for a single and sent Copa to second. Matt Boleski then went the opposite field route and lofted a single just inside the left-field line scoring Copa. Casey escaped further damage when he got Paul Yanakopulos on a ground out and Barbati swinging to keep it a 2-0 game.

Freni set down the Reds in order in the fifth and sixth innings, courtesy of some nice infield defense and two K’s.

The Chiefs threatened again, but could not score, in the sixth on singles by Copa and Crisafulli. Casey stranded them both by getting Boleski to ground out and Yanakopulos to fly to center.

Freni finished strong and got the Reds in order for the third straight time in the top of the seventh (Nicholas pop-up, Chaisson strikeout, Busby groundout) to preserve the shutout and pick up the Chiefs third win in a row.

Freni struck out nine and did not issue a walk. Casey, now 2-2,  scattered six hits and struck out a couple.

The Reds and Chiefs will do battle again on Monday night at Lexington High School starting at 8:00 PM. The game is being played in Lexington while the Reds normal home field in Watertown (Victory Field) is undergoing a facelift.



Tuesday, June 28
Forbes Gets Win as Chiefs Take 4th Straight, 14-1
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Mike Barbati had 3 for 4, 2 RBI night

Lexington, MA- Keith Forbes threw four innings of one-hit ball and his mates unleashed a 16 hit attack as the Chiefs won their fourth straight, 14-1 over the Watertown Reds in Lexington on Monday night.

For Forbes, the former San Diego Padres right-hander, it was his first win in a Chiefs uniform since August 9, 2008. The right-hander served as the Chiefs ace in both 2007 & 2008 before missing all of the last two seasons.

The Chiefs staked Forbes to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. Vinny Pennell drew a walk and Mike Baillargeon singled. Mike Andre then flew out to the warning track in center allowing Pennell to tag and go to third. Peter Copa’s double found the left-center field gap scoring both Pennell and Baillargeon for a 2-0 lead. Justin Crisafulli’s single plated Copa and the Chiefs went up 3-zip.

Forbes set the Reds down in order in the bottom of the first which included a nice running catch by Pennell in left on a Sam Sager sinking liner.

A one out walk to Nick Leva and a Pennell double put two runners in scoring position in the Chiefs second inning. They came up empty against Reds starter Mike Antonellis when Leva was thrown out at the plate, attempting to score on Baillargeon’s fly out to right, for an inning ending double play.

A Justin Forman two out single was all the Reds could muster against Forbes in the bottom of the second and Antonellis stranded two Chiefs runners (Copa walk, Crisafulli double) to keep it a 3-0 game heading into the home half of the third.

It stayed that way until the Chiefs added three more runs in the fourth on a Mike Barbati double, walks to Pennell and Andre, an infield error, and sacrifice flies from Baillargeon and Crisafulli.

Forbes struck out a couple in the bottom of the fourth and the Chiefs made it 7-0 in the top of the fifth on a Barbati single, a Leva double, and a sacrifice fly from Pennell.

Veteran southpaw Tim Dunphy came on in relief of Forbes to start the fifth. The Reds got their only run of the night and cut the lead to 7-1 on singles from Jay Olson and Steve Panza sandwiched around a fielder’s choice.

The Chiefs added three more runs in the sixth on singles from Andre and Barbati and doubles by Tony Deshler, Matt Boleski and Leva.

Dunphy worked a scoreless sixth and the Chiefs picked up a four spot in the top of the seventh on Baillargeon, Copa and Deshler singles, a walk to rookie Andy Cavanaugh, and a Barbati sacrifice fly to right.

Tufts University right-hander Jake Crawford spelled Dunphy to begin the seventh and kept the Reds off the scoreboard after allowing a leadoff single to Olson.

The Chiefs are off on Tuesday and begin a two game homestand on Wednesday when they host the Americans at Tufts University starting at 6:00 PM



Wednesday, June 29
Americans Stop Chiefs Winning Streak at Four, 4-3
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Medford, MA- Some major league escapes by Kevin Hayes, along with some marginal Chiefs fielding and base running, added up to a 4-3 loss to the Americans on Wednesday night at Tufts University.

Hayes, the former Worcester State all-star, pitched out of some big time trouble despite allowing eleven hits. The side winding righty-was tough when he had to be, stranding seven Chiefs base runners and striking out eight.

Chiefs veteran Mike DiCato deserved a better fate, allowing just two earned runs on five hits while striking out six.

The Americans jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning when Joe Nixon singled, stole second, and came around to score on a two out outfield error.

The Chiefs tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third on a Mike Barbati single and a Vinny Pennell RBI double.

The Americans took the lead right back in the lead in the top of the fourth. Medford used singles from Dan Gilchrist and James McConnville, a stolen base, another outfield error, and a wild pitch, to pick up two runs and take a 3-1 lead.

The Chiefs came up with a couple of runs to tie the game up in the home half of the fourth.  Hayes came up with some big time pitching to keep it tied, as the Chiefs threatened for much more. Singles by Copa, Crisafulli, Deshler and Barbati (RBI) and a hit batsman (Nick Leva) drew the Chiefs even at three. With the bases loaded and one out, Hayes got out of the jam when he got Pennell swinging and Mike Baillargeon on an infield grounder.

Bryant University’s Mike DelPonte’s long fifth inning RBI double gave the Americans the lead back at 4-3 in the top of the fifth.

The Chiefs had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh. Hayes got two quick outs (Pennell & Baillargeon on fly-outs) before Mike Andre singled to left. Paul Yanakopulos came on to pinch run and went to second on wild pitch. Hayes came up big one more time when he got the red hot Copa to flyout to Dave Ahern down the right field to end the game.

After the Chiefs tied the game in the fourth, Hayes retired eleven of the last thirteen batters he faced, allowing only two singles to Mike Andre.

The Chiefs are right back in action on Thursday when they host the Reading Bulldogs at Tufts at 6:00 PM. The Americans are off until next Wednesday when they host the Watertown Reds.



Thursday, June 30
Machado Throws Chiefs First No-Hitter Since 2007 in 4-0 Win
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Rob Machado

Medford, MA- Chiefs right-hander Rob Machado threw a no-hitter on Thursday evening as the Chiefs blanked the Reading Bulldogs 4-0 at Tufts University.

Machado used an overpowering fastball combined with sharp slider to strike out nine Bulldogs, including the side in order in both the fifth and seventh innings. The former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst standout threw 103 pitches over the seven inning route.

The Chiefs were forced to go with a patchwork lineup and it paid dividends on this night. No less than four starters from Wednesday’s game, Nick Leva, Mike Baillargeon, Vinny Pennell & Justin Crisafulli, were out of the starting line-up.

Machado retired the Reading side in order in the top of the first and the Chiefs gave him all the runs he would need in their first at bat. Tony Deshler was hit by a Colin McGinn pitch and he went to second on Dave Scioli’s fielder’s choice. Peter Copa then singled up the middle scoring Deshler to give the Chiefs a quick 1-0 lead.

 
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It stayed a one run game until catcher Chad Conner (pictuerd right) drilled a bomb shot solo homer to left leading off the bottom of the fourth inning. Conner was making his first appearance for the Chiefs since 2007 replacing the injured Leva behind the plate.

Machado stayed dominant and his mates finally gave him some breathing room in the bottom of the sixth when they opened the lead to 4-0. Conner, who was 2 for 3 in his return, got things started with a double to center. Mike DiCato drove Conner home and switched places with him at second when he drilled a double of his own into the left field corner. Torrid Mike Barbati, who is 7 for his last 10 and has raised his average to .367, then singled sending DiCato to third. McGinn then got Matt Bolseki swinging for the inning’s first out before Crisafulli, nursing a hamstring injury, came off the bench to pinch hit for Paul Yanakopulos and brought DiCato home with a sacrifice fly to center.

In impressive fashion, Machado was to leave no doubts, striking out the side swinging in the seventh to finalize the no-hitter.

Thursday’s gem was not the first time has Machado flirted in no-hit territory. He was one strike away from the accomplishment back on August 9, 2009. Machado’s bid went by the boards when Lexington rookie pinch-hitter Chris Shaw broke it up on a two out, two strike, opposite field single to left in a 3-0 Chiefs win.

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

In an interesting footnote, Machado’s no-hitter was the first ever for a Chiefs pitcher at Tufts University’s Huskins Field. The team moved there from Playstead Park in 1989. The team’s last two no-hitters were pitched on the road.

Rob Machado’s No-Hitter Inning by Inning
First Inning: Cataldo struck out swinging, B. Flutie popped up, Manzi struck out swinging.
Second Inning: Fischer was HBP, Buitkus grounded to Andre at 3B, Gagnon grounded to Andre at 3B, Hartwell flew to Deshler in CF.
Third Inning: Hasley walked, Russo grounded to Andre at 3B, Cataldo struck out swinging, B. Flutie walked, Manzi grounded out to Scioli at SS.
Fourth Inning: Fischer grounded to Scioli at SS, Buitkus grounded to Andre at 3B, Gagnon flew to Deshler in CF
Fifth Inning: Hartwell struck out swinging, Halsey struck out swinging, Russo struck out swinging.
Sixth Inning: Cataldo grounded to Barbati at 2B, B. Flutie walked, Manzi flew to Deshler in CF, Fischer walked, Buitkus grounded back to Machado
Seventh Inning: Gagnon struck out swinging, Hartwell struck out swinging, Halsey struck out swinging.



Tuesday, July 5
Freni (3-Hitter), Andre (3 Run Homer) Lead Chiefs to 4-0 Win Over Lexington
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Chiefs 3B Mike Andre had 3 run homer

Medford, MA- Right-hander Jared Freni spun a complete game three-hitter and third baseman Mike Andre hit a three run homer as the Chiefs shutout the Lexington Blue Sox 4-0 at Tufts University on Tuesday night. It was the Chiefs sixth win in their last seven games.

With the Chiefs win, one of the most remarkable streaks in the 61 year history of the Intercity League came to an end. Blue Sox righty Matt Karis suffered his first career ICL loss in an amazing 23 decisions. Karis has been nothing short of spectacular since 2009, posting a remarkable 21-0-1 record entering Tuesday’s contest. Along the way, the Southboro native has been named the ICL’s Outstanding Pitcher twice (2009 & 2010) as well as being tabbed Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 2009.

Freni and Karis showed why they are considered two of the ICL’s best hurlers as they both faced the minimum number of batters over the first three innings. The only base-runner allowed by either pitcher over the first three frames was when the Chiefs Tony Deshler led off the bottom of the first with an infield single. Deshler was promptly erased when Karis got Vinny Pennell to bounce into a double play.

The Blue Sox got their first base runner of the evening when reigning league MVP Pete Frates led off the top of the fourth with a single. Freni got the red hot Justin Wright to pop to Andre for the first out before Frates stole second. Frates was stranded there after Graham struck out and Steve Gath grounded to Deshler at short.

The Chiefs finally broke through against Karis in the bottom of the fourth inning. Karis struck out Deshler swinging leading off the inning. Pennell then got things going when he lined a one out double off the base of the fence in right. Justin Crisafulli followed and drew a walk. Mike Andre was next and he delivered a three run homer to right-center giving Freni and the Chiefs a 3-0 lead.

The Blue Sox got another runner to second base with one out the top of the fifth when Matt McEvoy reached on a Deshler throwing error that skipped by Chiefs first baseman Rick Vail. That’s as far as McEvoy got as Freni reached back and struck out Tom Haugh and Chaz Agrillo in succession to end the inning.

The Chiefs made it 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Mike Barbati doubled into the left field corner and came around to score on Jesse Bruinsma’s RBI single to center. For Bruinsma, it was his first action in almost three weeks as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

Wright’s one out line single to left-center is all the Blue Sox could gather against Freni in the top of the sixth.

Lexington’s Jimmy Borden came on in relief of Karis to start the sixth and looked impressive, striking out the Chiefs side in order.

In the seventh, Freni got Gath to foul out to Vail at first base, before catcher Jeff Vigurs singled up the middle. After McEvoy struck out swinging, Freni got Haugh to pop out to Andre to end the game.

With the win Freni goes to 3-0 on the season while Karis falls to 2-1.

The Blue Sox and Chiefs have Wednesday off and both return to action on Thursday. The Sox and Reds hook up in Lexington at 8:00 PM while the Chiefs host the Arlington Trojans at Tufts University at 6:00 PM.    



Wednesday, July 6
Copa Becomes 112th Chiefs Player to Sign Pro Contract
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Peter Copa

By Justin McAllister
Malden Evening News & Medford Daily Mercury 

Malden, MA- Talk about a change of scenery.

Yesterday morning recently graduated UMass-Amherst slugger Peter Copa was showing soon to be Malden Catholic baseball prospects the intricacies of fielding and hitting at the second week of the Lancer baseball camp at O’Donnell Field in the shadow of his former high school.

Today? Sometime around 11 o’clock this morning Copa will be getting off a plane in Phoenix, Arizona, on his way to the first day of his life as a professional baseball player.

Copa, a lifelong Malden resident and 2007 Malden Cathoilc graduate, who until today was in the midst of his fourth season with the Andre Chiefs of Medford in the local Intercity League, yesterday agreed to a professional baseball contract with Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and will officially sign as a free agent today.

Copa will embark on his new career as a member of the Angels rookie team in Arizona.

It all came quickly for Copa, who went undrafted in the recent MLB entry draft in June and had attended several professional baseball tryout camps since the end of his senior season at UMass.

But any timing was good timing if professional baseball was in the cards, Copa told the Malden Evening News and Medford Daily Mercury.

“When (Angels scout) Nick Gorneau called, all I wanted to know was what time my plane left and how I got to the Angels training facility when I landed in Arizona,” Copa said.” I was thrilled to hear the news. Who wouldn’t be? This is my dream and the dream of probably everyone I ever played with through the years at Malden Cathoilc.”

When he signs his contract, Copa will be the first Malden resident to sign professionally in baseball in over 15 years, since pitcher Keith Forbes inked a pact with the San Diego Padres after being selected in the the 1996 MLB draft.

Copa’s signing with the Angels came as no surprise to his former high school coach Steve Freker of Malden Cathoilc.

"He’s one of the most driven players I’ve ever coached,” Coach Freker said of Copa last night. He’s always put on a ton of time into getting better ever since I’ve known him and like all the other players I’ve coached who signed pro contracts, he’s gotten better at each level."

"I think he’ll continue to get better, that’s the type of player he is,” added Coach Freker, who’s now seen nine of his former players either sign or be drafted professionally, four from his Malden Catholic teams and five from the teams he guided as a former Malden High Baseball coach from 1985-1999.



Thursday, July 7
Chiefs Rally Falls Short in 5-4 Arlington Win
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Justin Crisafulli hit 89th career homer

Medford, MA- Arlington right-hander Mike Griffin went 6.2 innings to get the win as the Trojans held on to beat the Chiefs 5-4 at Tufts University on Thursday night. It was the third straight time this season that the Trojans have beaten the Chiefs.

The Trojans jumped out to a quick 2-0 first inning lead against Chiefs veteran starter Keith Forbes. Former Harvard and Can-Am League standout Morgan Brown got things underway when he drew a leadoff walk. Forbes struck out Danny Binz for the first out but Pete Creamer and Don Walter hit back to back doubles giving the Trojans the two run lead.

It stayed a 2-0 game until the top of the fourth inning as Griffin wiggled out of trouble in the first (Vinny Pennell single), the second (Mike Andre double, Mike Barbati infield single, Rick Vail inning ending doubleplay), and the third (Tony Deshler two out triple).

The Arlington fourth inning started quietly enough as Forbes struck out Walter swinging leading off the inning. Trouble began to brew when Sam Perkins singled to right. Nick Napoli followed and delivered a two run shot over the 367’ sign in left-center, doubling the Trojans lead to 4-0. Arlington wasn’t done yet as Kevin Hart then singled and went to second when Forbes’ pickoff attempt went astray. Hart moved to third when Eddie McDonald beat out an infield chopper to second base and scored what proved to be the game winner when Forbes uncorked a wild pitch making it 5-0.

Tim Dunphy, in relief of Forbes, held the Trojans scoreless in the top of the fifth and the Chiefs chipped two runs off the lead in the bottom of the inning. Nick Leva walked and went to third on a Deshler one out double to right-center. Griffin returned the wild pitch favor, throwing one of his own, allowing Leva to score the Chiefs first run and sending Deshler to third. A Pennell RBI infield grounder plated Deshler as the Chiefs closed the gap to 5-2 before Justin Crisafulli singled and Andre flew to center to end the inning.

Dunphy was sharp again in the sixth, retiring the Trojans in order.

The Chiefs let yet another scoring opportunity pass in the bottom of the inning when Mike DiCato led off with a bloop single to right center and stole second. That was as far as he got as Griffin retired Barbati on a flyout, Boleski on a popup and Leva on a groundout.

Dunphy retired the left-handed hitting Wilson to start the seventh before giving way to Tufts right-hander Jake Crawford.

The Chiefs made some two out noise in the bottom of the seventh. Griffin got Jesse Bruinsma onVinny Pennell a groundout to Binz at second base and Deshler on a liner to Wilson in center for the first two outs. When Pennell (pictured left) drew a walk, Arlington Manager Joe Hart summoned Chris DiCecca out of the Trojan's bullpen. Crisafulli greeted him with a two run bomb, the 89th of his Chiefs career, to straight-away left field to make it a one run game. DiCecca ended the evening and the Chiefs comeback hopes when he got Andre to groundout unassisted to Hart at first base. 

The Chiefs out hit the Trojans 9-7. Forbes (1-1, 2.80 ERA) suffered his first loss of the year while surrendering five runs (four earned), six hits and struck out five in his four innings of work. He uncharacteristically hurt his own cause with two errant pickoff attempts and a wild pitch. Dunphy was once again solid out of the bullpen, working 2.1 scoreless innings and allowing one hit.

The Chiefs are off on Friday before a busy weekend awaits them. On Saturday, they host the Mooney Dental Tanners in an afternoon doubleheader at Tufts University with the first game scheduled for 1:30 PM. 

On Sunday, the Chiefs homestand continues when the Watertown Reds visit Tufts for a single game at 1:30 PM



Saturday, July 9
DiCato Gets His No-Hitter in 9-0 Win, Chiefs Split Doubleheader
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Medford, MA- Veteran right-hander Mike DiCato was immense in Game Two of Saturday’s doubleheader, throwing another no-hitter for the Chiefs pitching staff, in a 9-0 win over the Mooney Dental Tanners. DiCato’s effort followed former Malden Catholic and UMass-Amherst teammate’s Rob Machado’s gem against Reading on June 30.

DiCato’s gem salvaged an afternoon sweep for the Chiefs, who wasted another outstanding effort from Machado, only to lose the opener 1-0 in gut wrenching fashion.

DiCato, was in control from start to finish, striking out nine and allowing only two base runners, both reaching after being hit by a pitch.

Tanners’ starter Mike Nardelli (0-2) matched DiCato pitch for pitch until the Chiefs finally broke their afternoon’s scoreless frustration, carrying over from Game One, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. The Chiefs used a Crisafulli single, a Tony Deshler double, and a Paul Yanakopulos triple to give DiCato the two run lead.

The lead swelled to 8-0 to the fourth as singles by Mike Maguire and Crisafulli, three walks, a balk, and a three run homer by Deshler, accounted for six more Chiefs runs against Tanners relievers Carlos DelDonno and Dave Maestri.

The Chiefs final run came in the sixth when Rick Vail singled, moved to second when Mike Andre drew a base on balls, and scored on Deshler’s single to left. It was the former Brandeis’ star’s fifth RBI of the game.

DiCato faced just 22 batters in the game, one over the limit. He hit Keegan DeNapoli with one out in the second inning. DeNapoli moved to second base on a wild pitch but was erased when Maguire doubled him off the bag after making an outstanding diving catch of Kevin McKenzie’s sinking liner in centerfield. The only other runner to reach base was in the fourth inning when DiCato also hit Tom Burke with a pitch.

Mike Dicato’s No-Hitter Inning by Inning
First Inning:
Mullin struck out swinging, Tatkow ground to Andre at 3B, Burke fouled out to DiCato.
Second Inning: D. Dettore struck out looking, DeNapoli HBP and advanced to second on wild pitch, McKenzie lined to Maguire in CF, DeNapoli was doubled off second base.
Third Inning: Wilson struck out swinging, McDonald struck out swinging, Gali grounded to Yanakopulos at SS.
Fourth Inning: Mullen lined to Deshler at 2B, Tatkow grounded to Yanakopulos at SS, Burke was HBP. Burke stole second. D. Dettore grounded to Andre at 3B.
Fifth Inning: DeNapoli grounded back to DiCato P, McKenzie flew to Cavanaugh in RF, Wilson struck out looking.
Sixth Inning: McDonald grounded to Deshler at 2B, Gali struck out looking, A. Ruocco pinch hit for Mullin. A. Ruocco struck out swinging.
Seventh Inning: Tatkow struck out swinging, O’Hare pinch hit for Burke. O’Hare struck out looking. D.Dettore grounded out to Yanakopulos at SS.

Tanners Take Game One, 1-0
The Chiefs wasted a three-hit, fourteen strike-out performance form Machado, to manage to lose the opener 1-0.

The Chiefs offense was thwarted all game long by Derek Lowe (5 innings, 3 hits, 4 K’s) and reliever and winner Dan Blum (2 innings, 0 hits, 2 K’s)

The Tanners got the game’s only run in the top of seventh. After Machado struck out McKenzie for the first out he hit Alex Ruocco with a pitch. Ben Mullin then grounded to Andre at third with Ruocco being forced at second. Joe Gali then drew a walk and Sean O’Hare reached on an infield single to load the bases. With Tatkow at the plate, the first pitch thrown by Machado skipped away, allowing Ruocco to score the game’s only run.

The Chiefs only had six base runners in the game.The Chiefs are right back at it on Sunday when they host the Watertown Reds at Tufts University at 1:30 PM.   



Sunday, July 10
Chiefs Conclude Homestand with 3-1 Win

Medford, MA- The Chiefs concluded their five game homestand with a 3-1 win over the Watertown Reds on Sunday afternoon at Tufts University.

Jared Freni (4-0) went the distance to pick up his fourth consecutive win.

Freni retired the Reds in order in the top off the first inning and the Chiefs went right to work against Watertown starter Charlie DeFrancesco in the bottom of the inning. Tony Deshler reached on a one out infield error and Vinny Pennell drew a walk. DeFrancesco got Justin Crisafulli on pop up for the second out before Mike Andre gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead with a RBI single to right scoring Deshler. Former Curry star Rick Vail followed and drilled a single to center scoring Pennell to make it 2-0.

The Reds got their run and cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the second inning. After Freni got veteran Steve Busby to fly to Pennell in center to open the inning, Dan Chaisson followed and launched his first home run of the season, a solo shot to straight away left.

The Chiefs picked up the game’s final run in the bottom of the second inning. Matt Boleski led off with a single to right. Catcher Nick Leva followed and dropped a sacrifice bunt. The throw to get Leva sailed wide of first, allowing Leva to reach and sending Boleski to third. Leadoff man Jesse Bruinsma then beat out an infield single scoring Boleski to make it a 3-1 game. DeFrancesco got tough from there getting Deshler to fly to center, Pennell to pop to third, and Crisafulli on a grounder to short. 

DeFrancesco and Freni took complete control, throwing blanks in innings four, five and six.

After the Chiefs went in order in the bottom of the sixth, Chaisson gave the Reds some hope when he led off the top of the seventh with a line double to right. Freni left Chaisson at second base when he got Jay Olson and Jim McLauglin both on outfield flies before retiring Steve Tramontozzi on a grounder to Vail at first to end the game.

Freni allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked just one. DeFrancesco (0-2) was almost as good, surrendering just six hits, striking out four and walking a couple.



Wednesday, July 13
Dunphy Relief Effort, Andre & Baillargeon HR's Gain 5-5 Tie at Maplewood
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Mike Baillargeon hit 7th career home run

Malden, MA- Tim Dunphy of the Chiefs and Lamarre Rey of the Bombers both came out of the bullpen to throw nothing but blanks as the two clubs battled to a 5-5 tie on the slick Maplewood field turf on Wednesday night.

Dunphy was once again superb for the Chiefs, this time hurling scoreless two hit baseball over the last five innings. Ditto for Rey, who worked three scoreless frames for the Bombers.

The Bombers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second against Chiefs starter Keith Forbes on a Devin Perry triple followed by a Stan DeMartinis RBI infield grounder.

The Chiefs stormed back in the top of the third inning against Anthony Del Prete when they took a 4-1 lead. Torrid Mike Barbati led off with a single and Matt Boleski sacrificed him to second. Paul Yanakopulos followed with a long drive to deep right. Perry slipped on the wet turf and the ball went off his foot into the right field corner, allowing Barbati to score as Yanakopulos came all the way around on the four-base error. Vinny Pennell followed with a double to left-center but Del Prete got Tony Deshler on a grounder to third. Mike Andre then gave the Chiefs a 4-1 lead when he hit his second homer of the season to right. For Andre, who has a team leading 13 runs batted in, it was RBI's 99 and 100 of his Chiefs career.

The Bombers chopped a run off the lead (4-2) in the bottom of the third on a Dan Gad sacrifice fly. They came all the way back to re-take the lead at 5-4 against Forbes in the fourth, using singles from DeMartinis and Anthony Serino, an Alex Barber double, and a Vin Eruzione triple.

The Chiefs scored the last run of the game in the top of the fifth inning when Mike Baillargeon launched a one out solo homer to right-center, his first of the season and seventh of his Chiefs career, knotting the game at 5-5.

The Chiefs are right back in action on Thursday when they host the Wakefield Merchants at Tufts University starting at 6:00 PM.

   



Thursday, July 14
Hartung Triple Leads Merchants to 7th Inning Comeback Win, 3-1
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Andy Hartung, who hit 64 HRS in his pro career, had key triple

Medford, MA- ICL veteran and former Chicago Cub slugger Andy Hartung hit a long one-out triple in the seventh inning, to key Wakefield’s three run rally, as the red hot Merchants came from behind to defeat the Chiefs 3-1 at Tufts University on Thursday.

Chiefs’ starter Rob Machado was cruising along and clinging to a 1-0 lead entering the seventh inning. The inning started well enough when catcher Chad Conner made an outstanding catch, leaning into the stands, to grab Mike Sorrentino’s foul pop up for the first out. Trouble began to brew when Machado walked clean-up man Steve Langone on a high 3-2 fastball. The plot thickened a bit when Lorenzo Papa followed with a sharp single to left. Mike DiCato was summoned  to replace Machado and face Hartung, who had had scorched a double in the fifth inning. Hartung turned on a 3-1 pitch and sent it deep into the left field corner, scoring Langone and Papa, giving the Merchants a 2-1 lead. Dale Crispin followed and lined a single to right scoring Hartung to make it a 3-1 game.

Merchants’ starter and winner Kevin Flight got the Chiefs in order in bottom of the seventh inning (Conner fly out, Mike Barbati groundout and Matt Boleski on a deep fly to right) to preserve the Merchants’ thirteenth win of the season against just four losses. (Watch the last out of the game by clicking on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TYQWGGb6XA. )

Flight kept the Chiefs’ bats silenced and off balance for the majority of the evening, scattering just three hits and surrendering just one unearned run.

The Chiefs took their 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Barbati led off and reached when Langone bobbled his grounder at second base. Boleski followed and sacrificed Barbati to second. Flight then got Jesse Bruinsma on a sharp grounder to Langone for the second out with Barbati moving to third on the play. Tony Deshler was next and he delivered Barbati with a long RBI double to left-center.

Flight, (1-0) struck out four, walked just one, and allowed only five Chiefs to reach base. Machado (2-4) suffered his second straight tough loss. The righty lost a 1-0 seventh inning decision to the Mooney Dental Tanners last Saturday. He worked 6.1 innings and also struck out four as the Merchants out-hit the Chiefs in the game eight to three.

The Chiefs will look to rebound on Friday night when they travel to Summer Street Field in Arlington to meet the Trojans in a 7:00 PM start.

Chiefs Notebook....Justin Crisafulli will look to become the all time leader in career hits on Friday. The veteran slugger tied former Chiefs first baseman Mike Langston atop the Chiefs list when he recorded a first inning single on Thursday. Both Crisafulli and Langston each have an amazing 538 career hits in a Chiefs uniform....



Friday, July 15
Ironman Dunphy! Chiefs Beat Trojans in Arlington, 5-3
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Ironman Tim Dunphy

Arlington, MA- There is no doubt that Tim Dunphy earned a few more feathers for his Chiefs headdress this week.

In an ironman like performance, the veteran southpaw pitched a dozen innings in a little less than two days, personally getting the Chiefs three points with a tie on Wednesday and complete game 5-3 win on Friday against the Arlington Trojans.

Dunphy, was pressed into the emergency start in Arlington when righty Jared Freni was a late scratch.

Things started a bit on the ominous side for Dunphy and the Chiefs. The Trojans looked poised to put some up big numbers in bottom of the first inning. After Arlington starter Mike Griffin set the Chiefs down in the top of the first, the Trojans started quick but had to settle for 2-0 lead. Alex Lidonni and Morgan Brown led off the frame with singles and Pete Creamer moved them both up a base with a sacrifice bunt. The Trojans loaded the bases when Don Walter drew a four pitch walk. Greg Wilson was next and he hit a grounder earmarked for the left field corner. Third baseman Mike Andre made a nice diving stop and from his knees threw home to catcher Paul Yanakopulos. Yanakopulos made an outstanding scoop of the low throw to force Lidonni at the plate for the second out. The count went full to Danny Binz before the Trojan third baseman drilled a single up the middle, scoring Brown and Walter, to give Arlington a 2-0 lead. Dunphy averted futher damage when he got Kevin Hart to line to Mike Baillargeon at shortstop.

The Chiefs went quietly in the top of the second and Dunphy settled in nicely in the bottom of the inning, keeping the Tanners from increasing their lead.

The Chiefs turned the game around in the top of the third inning. Yanakopulos led off with a line single to right. Jesse Bruinsma then avoided Griifin’s tag on an infield single, and when the throw to get him sailed high of first, Bruinsma took second with Yanakopulous going to third on the play. Vinny Pennell then singled to right scoring both runners and tying the game up at 2-2. It didn’t stay tied for long. Justin Crisafulli followed with a double off the fence in left-center sending Pennell to third. For Crisafulli, it was hit number 539 of his Chiefs career, vaulting him past Mike Langston as the all-time leader. Mike Andre then played a little fence tune of his own, unloading a double off the fence in right-center, scoring Pennell and Crisafulli to give the Chiefs a 4-2 lead.

After Dunphy struck out Creamer to begin the bottom of the fourth, Walter reached on a tough hop error by Baillargeon. Wilson then bounced back to Dunphy with Walter taking second. Binz followed with a line single to right. The Chiefs came up with the second big defensive play of the game when Pennell hosed Walter out at the plate to end the inning.

The Chiefs picked up their fifth run in the top of the fourth. Mike Barbati singled and advanced to second on Yanakopulos’ sacrifice bunt. After Yanakopulous was thrown out at first, Barbati continued on to third but the throw to get him was high, allowing him to score.

Dunphy retired the side in order in the Trojans’ fourth and the Chiefs wasted a big time threat in the top of the fifth when they came up empty after loading the bases (Crisafulli walk, Andre & Deshler singles) with nobody out.

It a was a seven pitch 1-2-3 inning for Dunphy in the bottom of the fifth and Griffin pitched out of another jam in the top of the sixth to keep the Trojans within striking distance at 5-2.

Things looked promising for the Trojans in the bottom of the sixth when Walter and Wilson had consecutive singles. The Chiefs then came up with their third huge defensive play of the night with a Barbati to Baillargeon to Rick Vail (4-6-3) doubleplay. The fourth gem came a batter later when Baillargeon gloved a Hart laser to short, with Walter at third, to end the inning and send the game to the seventh.  

Things got a little interesting in the bottom of the seventh. Paul O’Neil led things off and drew a four pitch walk. Catcher Eddie McDonald then blooped a single to right that Pennell lost in the lights. Big defensive play number five came when O’Neil rounded the bag at second and an alert Baillargeon tagged him out. But the Trojans were not done yet as McDonald went to second on a wild pitch and came around to score when Brown singled to right-center. Dunphy finally ended the evening’s proceedings when he got Creamer to groundout to Baillargeon.

The Chiefs have little time to enjoy the win as they travel to Playstead Park in Medford on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 PM to face the Americans.  



Saturday, July 16
Andre Leads Chiefs to 8-5 Win Over Americans

Medford, MA- Third baseman Mike Andre went three for four, including his third homer of the season, to lead the Chiefs to an 8-5 win over the Americans at Playstead Park on Saturday afternoon. It was the Chiefs second win in eighteen hours as they knocked off the Trojans in Arlington on Friday night.

The Chiefs staked veteran right-hander Mike DiCato to a three run lead in the top of the first iimage_name2nning. After Americans’ starter Joe Sheehan caught Mike Maguire looking for the first out, the Chiefs caught a break when Tony Deshler reached on an infield error. Vinny Pennell drew a walk and both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Justin Crisafulli then doubled to the fence in left-center with Deshler scoring and Pennell, having to wait to see if the ball was going to be caught, stopping at third. Andre (pictured left) then lined a single to left-center, scoring Pennell and sending Crisafulli to third, giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. Dave Scioli then legged out the back end of an attempted 4-6-3 doubleplay grounder, allowing Crisafulli to come across the plate with the inning’s third run. The Chiefs threatened for more when Mike Barbati reached on an error and  Paul Yanakopulos singled to load the bases. Sheehan escaped more trouble when he got Matt Boleski to fly to veteran Steve Napier in left.

DiCato recorded two K’s in the home half of the first inning and the Chiefs upped their lead to 4-0 in the top of the second. Maguire got things started with a single to right-center and promptly stole second. After Deshler flew to center for the first out, Pennell delivered Maguire with a RBI single to left-center. Crisafulli flew out before Andre singled again, sending Pennell to second. The inning ended with Scioli at the plate when Pennell was thrown out at third on a delayed steal attempt.

The Americans climbed right back into the game at 4-2, picking up a couple of runs, in the bottom of the second. The hosts took advantage of two errors by Deshler at first base, a walk, a hit-batsman and a two-out, two RBI single to left by Joe Nixon.

Scioli started the Chiefs third with a single but was erased when Barbati bounced into a crisp 4-6-3 before Sheehan struck out Yanakopulos to retire the side.

The Americans went in order in their half of the third and the Chiefs opened the lead to 8-2 in the top of the fourth. Matt Boleski led off the inning with a solo homer to right, his second of the year to make it a 5-2 game. Maguire followed with his second single of the day and Deshler chased him to third with a long double to center. Sheehan then got Pennell swinging for the first out before Crisafulli lofted a sacrifice fly to center scoring Maguire. Andre followed and drilled a two-run homer to right center, scoring Deshler ahead of him, while chalking up his league leading 17th and 18th RBI of the season.

It stayed 8-2 until the Americans climbed back into the game for the second time, when they picked up three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Nixon and Mike Burgoyne got the Americans going with consecutive singles. Steve Napier’s RBI grounder to Scioli at shortstop scored Nixon making it 8-3. James McConnville then drew a walk but DiCato recorded a big strikeout when he got Mike Kalfopulous swinging for the second out. With Jake Ohanesian at the plate, Burgoyne took off from third and stole home to make it 8-4. Ohanesian drilled DiCato’s next pitch into left for an RBI single scoring McConnville to make it 8-5, but he was thrown out trying to advance to second on the play by Yanakopulous to end the inning.

Neither Sheehan or DiCato allowed a hit over the last two innings, accounting for the 8-5 final.

DiCato, who evened his season mark at 2-2, allowed just five hits and two earned runs while striking out seven. It was his second win in a row after a throwing his first career no-hitter last Saturday against the Tanners.

The Chiefs enjoy Sunday off while the Americans travel to Wakefield at 5:30 PM to meet the Merchants at Walsh Field. The Chiefs and Americans hook up again on Monday at Tufts University in 6:00 PM start.   



Monday, July 18
Boleski 5 RBI, Freni 5-Hitter, Get Chiefs 8-2 Win
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Jared Freni improved to 5-0

Medford, MA- Veteran Matt Boleski had one of the most productive games of his six year Chiefs’ career, knocking in five runs with a three run homer and a two run double, to lead his team to an 8-2 win over the Medford Americans on Monday evening at Tufts University.

Boleski’s offensive show backed another outstanding outing from Jared Freni, who went the distance to improve his record to 5-0 on the season. The former UMass-Amherst captain and Malden Catholic star allowed five hits and struck out eleven.

The Chiefs gave Freni more than he would need when they Boleskiscored six times in their first bat against Americans’ starter Ryan McNiff. McNiff hit leadoff man Mike Maguire with a pitch and the former Suffolk University star stole second. Mike Baillargeon drilled the first pitch he saw off the fence in right for a double scoring Maguire and giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Mike Andre moved Baillargeon to third with an infield grounder to the right side and Justin Criasfulli promptly plated him with a line single to center to make it 2-0. The Chiefs took advantage of two Americans’ errors as Tony Deshler and Mike DiCato both reached on infield miscues with Crisafulli scoring the third run. Mike Barbati followed with a single to center but DiCato was thrown out on the play after rounding second as Deshler was held at third. Enter Boleski, (pictured left) who drilled a McNiff offering over the scoreboard in right-field, scoring Deshler and Barbati ahead of him, jumping the Chiefs lead to 6-0.

Freni allowed a two out single to veteran Mike Kalfopoulos in the top of the second and McNiff settled in and retired the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the inning.

The Americans got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning. Mike Burgoyne got things started when he beat out an infield single to shortstop as Baillargeon’s throw sailed high of first but Burgoyne was unable to advance to second. Danny Gunn then drew Freni’s only walk of the night. Freni struck out Joe Nixon and Jose Polanco in succession before Franklin Pierce bound rookie Dan Gilchrist lined a single to left, scoring Burgoyne.

Deshler’s one out single was all the Chiefs could come up with against McNiff in the bottom of the third and Freni rebounded nicely, striking out the Americans’ side in order in the top of the fourth inning.

McNiff, appearing to get stronger, retired the Chiefs in order again in the bottom of the fourth and the Americans inched a little bit closer when they picked up their second run of the night in the top of the fifth inning. Burgoyne got things started once again, this time with a line single to right. Gunn then fouled out to catcher Nick Leva for the first out and Burgoyne stole second.  Nixon then singled to put runners on the corners. Burgoyne and Nixon then executed a double steal to account for the Americans’ second run of the night. Nixon was stranded in scoring position when Freni got Gilchrist to ground to Andre at third base.

McNiff held the Chiefs scoreless for the fourth straight time in the bottom of the fifth and Freni got the Medford side in order in the top of the sixth.

The Chiefs got their six run lead back in the bottom of the sixth. Deshler led off with a single and DiCato was hit by a McNiff pitch. Pinch hitter Dave Scioli then drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Boleski was next and he drilled a double into the right-center field gap, scoring Deshler and DiCato, with the game’s final runs.

Freni retired the side in order for the fourth time in the game in the seventh, including two strikeouts, to give the Chiefs their third win in a row.

For Freni, it was his eleventh career victory. In the process, the hard throwing righty passed Jay Dillon and moved into seventh place on the Chiefs’ all-time strikeout list. Freni now has 146 career K’s in just 116 innings.

The Chiefs, now 12-7-1, are off on Tuesday. They begin a grueling seven games in an eight day stretch on Wednesday when they host the Reading Bulldogs at Tufts University starting at 6:00 PM. 



2011 Chiefs Final Overall Batting Statistics (Including Playoffs)
Player

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

HBP

SAC

SB

CS

Pete Copa 7 21 5 10 2 0 0 5 1 1 .476 1 0 0 0
Justin Crisafulli 41 131 23 52 11 0 3 24 8 7 .396 1 3 1 0
Tony Deshler 27 93 17 31 6 1 1 18 1 13 .333 4 0 3 0
Jon Byrne 4 12 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 .333 0 0 0 0
Vinny Pennell 26 78 17 24 7 1 1 13 14 12 .307 1 2 2 1
Jeff Bercume 23 80 15 24 5 0 2 10 5 13 .300 1 1 7 2
Mike Maguire 7 21 7 6 0 0 0 1 3 5 .285 1 0 3 0
Mike Baillargeon 28 97 19 27 4 2 1 9 4 26 .278 2 2 2 0
Mike Andre 45 140 14 38 9 0 4 28 13 27 .271 3 3 0 0
Mike Barbati 41 119 18 31 6 0 0 16 9 18 .260 5 2 2 0
Dave Scioli 8 24 3 6 0 0 0 2 1 3 .250 1 0 1 0
Paul Yanakopulos 35 84 13 20 4 2 0 6 6 24 .238 0 4 1 1
Mike DiCato 38 84 7 20 3 1 0 12 6 8 .238 8 1 4 2
Rick Vail 6 13 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .230 0 0 0 0
Jesse Bruinsma 10 31 10 7 0 0 0 2 7 7 .225 0 0 4 0
Nick Leva 29 74 10 16 4 0 0 7 7 9 .216 1 3 0 0
Matt Boleski 43 120 16 25 5 0 5 20 12 40 .208 0 8 0 0
Chad Conner 4 12 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 5 .166 0 0 0 0
Anthony Weiner 7 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .111 0 0 0 0
Andy Cavanaugh 20 18 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .000 0 0 0 0
Bernie Driscoll 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Overall Totals

45

1264

205

347

67

  7   

  18

176

100

227

.274

29 29 30 6


Chiefs Overall 2011 Pitching Statistics (Including Playoffs)
Pitching
Player
 G  W L T S    IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA HB WP
Alex Cronkite   1  0 0 0 0   2.0   0   0   0   0     0 0 0.00   0 0
Jared Freni 15  9 3 0 0 87.0 56 26 22 22 114 2 1.81   2 4
Mike DiCato 11  4 5 0 0 58.0 50 31 22 13   42 2 2.66   9 3
Rob Machado 14  4 6 0 0 61.1 60 37 25 18   69 0 2.85 12 5
Tim Dunphy 16  7 3 1 1 75.0 92 39 31 10   40 0 2.89   3 1
Keith Forbes   4  1 1 0 0 14.0 15 10   8   5   14 1 4.00   0 1
Jake Crawford   8    0 1 0 0 13.2 15   9   9   7     8 0 4.61   3 0
Paul Yanakopulos   1  0 0 0 0   1.0   5   5   5   0     1 0 35.00      0 0
  45 25 19 1 1 312 293 157 122 75 288 5 2.74 29 14


Looking Back at the 2011 Season
Category Leaders, Year in Review & More Pictures of the 2011 Season
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Captain Justin Crisafulli and the Chiefs congratulate Blue Sox
**Scroll Down to Read Bruce Hack's Game 5 Coverage**
Game 4
ANDRE 10th INNING GRAND SLAM GIVES CHIEFS GAME FOUR, 6-2
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Mike Andre is greeted at the plate after 10th inning walk off grand slam
Game 5 to Decide ICL Championship
Crisafulli 2-4, 2 RBI's Carries Chiefs Extra to Innings
Freni (11 K's) Outduels Karis to Tie Series
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Jared Freni struck out eleven and went all ten innings to get the Game Four win
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Captain Justin Crisafulli reacts to Andre's grand slam
**Scroll down to read Steve Freker's Game 4 Coverage **

Friday's Game 3
W O W !
Gutsy Four Run Rally Gives Chiefs 5-4 Walk-Off Win
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Mike Barbati is swarmed after dramatic walk off single to cap 7th inning rally
Chiefs Overcome 4-1 Deficit
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Pinch Runner Andy Cavanaugh (44) scores winning run



 
 
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