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2008



Thursday, April 24
Former Princeton Star Andrew Hanson Added to 2008 Roster

Medford, MA (April 24) The Chiefs have announced that former Princeton University star and ex minor leaguer Andrew Hanson of Cumberland, Maine, has joined the Chiefs for the upcoming season. The OF-1B finished his record breaking career at Princeton University in 2001.  He helped lead the Tigers to four consecutive Gehrig Division Championships, two Ivy League Championships and NCAA Division 1 tournament appearances in 2000 and 2001.
  
Hanson, who hits left-handed, earned All-Ivy league honors for four consecutive years. By the time he graduated he re-wrote the Princeton record book which has a rich history of over 100 years of baseball. Andrew ranked 4th in most games played in a career (161), 1st in games played in a season (48), 4th in career at bats (570), 3rd in at bats in a season (186), 12th in runs scored in a season (35),  5th in career hits (184), 5th in career runs scored(111), 3rd in hits in a season (63),  1st in hits in a game (6), 10th in career doubles (31), 8th in doubles in a season (12), 5th in career homeruns, 6th in homeruns in a season (8), 5th in career extra base hits (56), 7th in extra base hits in a season (20), 1st in extra base hits in a game (5), 1st in total bases in a season (118), 1st in total bases in a game (16), 9th in career slugging percentage (.498), 5th in career RBIs (118), 3rd in RBI in a season (47), 1st in RBI in a game (7), 1st in career put-outs (811), 1st and 2nd in most put-outs in a season (376, 369), 2nd in put-outs in a game (19) and 1st in put-outs in a 7 inning game (17). 

A former Princeton captain, he was the recipient of the prestigious Kafer Trophy. He was drafted sixth overall by the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. In the spring of 2003, Andrew was signed by San Angelo Colts of the Central league and later traded to the Sioux Falls Canaries of the Northern League in 2004.  As a professional, Andrew played in 137 games, batted .248 with 77 runs scored, 46 RBI, 23 doubles, 5 triples and 4 homeruns.



Tuesday, April 29
6' 5" Southpaw David Garcia Continues Upgrade of Pitching Staff

Medford, MA (April 29) The Chiefs continued the upgrade of their 2008 pitching staff with the recent addition of pro journeyman lefthander David Garcia.

Garcia was originally a product of Colorado Rockies system in the late 1990's. Following a stint in the Netherlands, where he pitched a couple of seasons in the Dutch Major League, Garcia returned to his native Domincan Republic where he continued his professional career in Dominican Winter League. In 2003 his career took him north of the border where he pitched for Saskatoon of the Canadian League before returning to the Domincan League for the last few seasons.

Despite his long pro resume, the imposing 6' 5 southpaw is just 27 years old.

 



Sunday, May 11
Chiefs Pre-Season Gets Underway
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Former Cleveland OF Justin Crisafulli Begins 12th Chiefs Season

Medford, MA- Pre-season began for the Chiefs on Sunday when the Chiefs hooked up with the Medford Americans at Playstead Park. From an original field of 77 hopefuls, 40 players are still in the running for one of the 26 final roster spots.

Below is a tenative schedule of the Chiefs pre-season and non league contests leading up to the Intercity League opener on Tuesday, May 27. The final three games of the pre-season, a doubleheader against Lunenberg and a single game against the Americans, will be uniformed non league games.



Wednesday, May 14
Forbes Back at Top of Pitching Rotation
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Chiefs RHP Keith Forbes

Medford, MA- As the pre-season schedule gets into full swing this week, a sight that Chiefs fans will be pleased to see is the promise of a healthy Keith Forbes re-assuming his spot at the top of the pitching rotation.

The former San Diego Padres righty showed signs of brillance last season, his first back after two shoulder surgeries. Forbes was dominant while going 3-1 and posting an ERA of 1.75 despite some nagging shoulder issues. He threw the first Chiefs no hitter since 1995 when former Red Sox hurler Mike Carista accomplished the feat. Forbes was overpowereing in his no-no in Wakefield on June 13. He nearly duplicated that effort two weeks later when he took another no hitter into the last inning and settled for a one hit win over the Americans. Most impressive was Forbes 79 strikeouts in just 44 innings, a strikeout to innings pitched ratio not seen in the ICL in over a decade.

As a professional, Forbes climbed up the ladder in the Padres organization, eventually setting a record for the most minor league apperances in season with 74 in 2000. Forbes recorded almost a strikeout an inning, 209 in 214 innings, in his four year stint with the Padres.

At the conclusion of the 2007 Chiefs season Forbes, now 31, signed another professional contract making two starts for Sussex Skyhawks of the Can-Am League. 



Friday, May 16
Cooney Drills Double for Red Sox Greenville Affiliate
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Matt Cooney Doubles in 2008 Debut

Greenville, South Carolina- Catcher Matt Cooney, who caught for the Chiefs last season and signed with the Boston Red Sox in early July, collected his first hit of the 2008 season drilling a double for the Single A Greenville Drive in a recent game against the Columbus Catfish.

The former Eastern Connecticut State star hit .313 for the Chiefs last summer before signing with the Sox. In 2007, Cooney appeared in 24 games for the Red Sox in both Fort Myers and Greenville.

 



Saturday, May 24
Chiefs, Lunenberg Phillies in Sunday DH at Tufts University
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LHP Dylan Ellis to Start Game 2

Medford, MA- The Lunenberg Phillies of the Central Massachusetts League will travel to Medford on Sunday afternoon for a non-league doubleheader against the Chiefs. The first game at Huskins Field on the campus of Tufts University will get underway at 2:00 PM.

First year Southpaw David Garcia (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/ Colorado Rockies) will get the start in game one. Another lefty, Dylan Ellis (Gloucester, MA/ Merrimack College) will get the nod in the nightcap. Ellis was 2-3 for the Chiefs in 2007 with an ERA of 3.02 in nine starts.

The Chiefs will conclude the non-league portion of the schedule on Monday when they travel to Playstead Park to take on the Americans at 5:30 PM. The Chiefs Intercity League opener is on Tuesday when they will send righthander Keith Forbes (Newton, MA/San Diego Padres) to the mound against Woburn at Tufts University at 6:00 PM. Forbes was 3-1 last season for the Chiefs with a league leading 79 strikeouts in 44 innings. Forbes signed with the Sussex of the Cam-Am League following the 2007 season where he made two starts for the New Jersey based club.



Sunday, May 25
Chiefs, Lunenberg in Sunday Non-League Split at Tufts

Medford, MA- Dylan Ellis threw six innings of four hit shutout ball and former Princeton star Andrew Hanson drilled a three run homer to lead the Chiefs to a 8-0 win over the visiting Lunenberg Phillies in the second game of a non-league doubleheader played at Tufts University's Huskins Field on Sunday.

Lunenberg took the first game 7-0.

The Chiefs jumped out to 2-0 first inning lead in game two. Brendan Pyburn led offf with a single. Angel Valdez flew to center for the first out and Mike Andre was hit by a pitch. Justin Crisafulli then singled to center scoring Pyburn. Paul Koslowski then doubled off the fence in rightcenter scoring Andre.

The Chiefs lead went to 4-0 in the fourth on consecutive singles from Nate Leva, Brenden Shepard, Matt Lawlor and Pyburn.

Four more runs put the game away in the fifth. Andre got things going with a line single to center. Crisafulli reached on an infield error to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Koslowski struck out swinging for the first out. Prior to Phil Costello drawing a walk Andre scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0. Hanson then drilled a long homer to straight away right pushing the margin to 8-0.

Ellis threw just 74 pitches over the first six innings before giving way to Jose Pimentel who worked a scoreless 1-2-3 seventh with one strikeout. Ellis struck out six and did not walk a batter in his impressive outing.

In game one, the Phillies scored five times in the fourth inning to take the 7-0 win. Chiefs starter David Garcia threw three scoreless frames before the visitors got to him in the fourth on four singles, an error by shortstop Doug Heald and a walk. Joe Martini relieved Garcia after he was hit with a line drive in the knee. The brightest pitching spot for the Chiefs was righty Chris Foundas who struck out the side in order in the Phillies sixth.

Lunenberg hurlers limited the Chiefs to just four hits in the first game, singles from Andre, Valdez, Leva and Matt Boleski.

The Chiefs conclude their pre-season with a non league contest against the Medford Americans on Memorial Day (Monday) at Playstead Park begining at 5:30 PM. Lefty Connor Bishop is expected to draw the starting assignment.

 



Tuesday, May 27
2008 Pre-Season Coverage

Pre-Season Ends with 3-1 Loss to Americans
Medford, MA- The 2008 pre-season came to a conclusion on Monday evening when the Medford Americans dealt the Chiefs a 3-1 loss at Playstead Park.

Lefty Connor Bishop (Arlington, MA/Bridgewater St.) started for the Chiefs and worked a credible four innings, allowing just one run on four hits. He gave way to right-hander Jose Pimental (Bani, DR/San Diego) who surrendered two runs on three hits in two innings, including a mamouth solo home run off the bat of Americans rookie Ben Waltrip (Medford, MA/Medford) in the sixth.

The Chiefs only run of the night came on a sixth inning sacrifice fly from Andrew Hanson (Cumberland, ME/Princeton). Zack Bunzell (Medford, MA/American International) picked up the pre-season pitching win for Medford.

Southpaw Matt Boleski worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning for the Chiefs.



Tuesday, May 27
Forbes Gets Start in Intercity League Opener Tonight
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Ace Keith Forbes Gets Start in Opener

Note: Tuesday Night's Scheduled Opener was Postponed -Rain
Medford
, MA- The Chiefs will send ace right-hander Keith Forbes to the mound on Tuesday evening when they open their 2008 Intercity League campaign against the Mooney Dental Tanners of Woburn. Game time is set for 6:00 PM at Huskins Field on the campus of Tufts University.


Forbes was 3-1 for the Chiefs last season, registering 79 strikeouts in just 44 innings. The former San Diego Padres 31 year old right-hander signed with Sussex of the professional Can-Am League following the ICL season where he made two starts for the Skyhawks.



Thursday, May 29
Costello, Hanson Lead Chiefs to 4-3 Comeback Win Over Wakefield

Medford, MA- Rightfielder Phil Costello drilled a seventh inning bases loaded single capping a furious Chiefs comeback and giving them a dramatic 4-3 win over the Wakefield Merchants in their ICL opener at Tufts University on Thursday evening.

 

Merchants starter Jarod Marchesi and Chiefs starter David Garcia matched zeros until the Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Crisafulli singled to left and Mike Andre followed with a single to right. Costello then dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt moving Crisafulli and Andre up a base. Marchesi then got Paul Koslowski to groundout to second baseman Matt Nuzzo for out number two. Rookie catcher Matt Lawlor got the Chiefs on the board when he drilled an infield single off Marchesi’s glove scoring Crisafulli and giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

 

Wakefield wasted no time in erasing the Chiefs lead off Garcia in the top of the fifth when they scored three times on four singles to take a 3-1 lead. The Chiefs went quietly in the bottom of the fifth.

 

Bryant University righty Chris Foundas came on in relief of Garcia to start the sixth and picked up right where he left off from his outstanding pre-season, setting the Merchants down in order.

 

The Chiefs tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Costello drilled a long leadoff triple to left. After a Koslowski groundout, Lawlor delivered Costello with a RBI single to right center to cut the lead to 3-2. Mike Barbati came in to run for Lawlor and Angel Valdez, pinch hitting for Matt Boleski, drilled a long double to left center scoring Barbati and knotting the score at 3-3. Marchesi got tough and stranded pinch runner Nick Dunn, who was running for Valdez, at second base when he struck out Brendan Pyburn swinging and got Brenden Shepard to groundout.

 

Foundas again shut the Merchants down in the top of the seventh setting up Costello’s heroics. Former Princeton star Andrew Hanson, who was 3 for 4, got things started in the seventh with an opposite field double down the left field line. Crisafulli was intentionally walked and Andre was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Costello then drilled a 1-2 Marchesi pitch through the drawn infield into centerfield giving the Chiefs the comeback win.

 

Garcia worked five innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Marchesi (0-1) took the loss giving up twelve hits and striking out five. With two strong shutout innings, Foundas, (1-0) picked up the first win of his Chiefs career.

 

Dylan Ellis will get the start when the Chiefs travel to Playstaed Park to take on the Medford Americans on Friday at 6:00 PM. On Sunday the Chiefs travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn in an 8:00 PM start. Ace right-hander Keith Forbes will get the starting nod in that one.

 

 
at Tufts University                      
Wakefield AB R H RBI              
Zageria, dh 4 0 1 0              
Galluggi, rf 2 0 1 2              
Nuzzo, 2b 3 0 0 0              
Dagostino, 1b 2 0 0 0              
Langone, 3b 3 0 1 0              
Sorrentino, c 3 1 1 0              
Johnson, ss 3 1 2 0              
Russo, lf 2 0 0 0              
  VonKrieg, ph 1 0 1 0              
Demaino 3 1 1 1              
  26 3 8 3              
                       
Chiefs AB R H RBI              
Pyburn, 2b 3 0 0 0              
Shepard,ss 4 0 2 0              
Hanson, cf 4 0 3 0              
Crisafulli, lf 3 1 1 0              
  Heald, pr 0 0 0 0              
Andre, 3b 3 0 1 0              
Costello, rf 3 1 2 1              
Koslowski, 1b 3 0 0 0              
Lawlor, c 3 1 2 2              
  Barbati, pr 0 1 0 0              
  Anderson, c 0 0 0 0              
Boleski, dh 2 0 0 0              
  Valdez, ph 1 0 1 1              
  Dunn, pr 0 0 0 0              
  29 4 12 4              
                       
Pitching
Wakefield

IP

R

H

ER

BB

K

         
Marchesi, L (0-1)

6.0

4 12 4 0 5          
Chiefs                      
Garcia

5.0

3 7 3 1 4          
Foundas, W (1-0)

2.0

0 1 0 0 1          
Linescore
Wakefield

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

 

3

8

0

Chiefs

0

0

0

1

0

2

1

  4 12 0
                       
                       


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LHP David Garcia Worked 5 Innings

Friday, May 30
Chiefs Outlast Americans, 4-3
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Chris Foundas Has Recorded a Win and Save in First Two Games
Medford, MA- Mike Andre singled home Andrew Hanson with the go ahead run with two outs in the top of the sixth inning leading the Chiefs to a 4-3 win over the Medford Americans in a darkness shortened six inning game on Friday night at Playstead Park.

Jose Pimentel (1-0) relieved Chiefs starter Dylan Ellis in the fifth and earned the win. Chris Foundas earned the save, facing one batter in the bottom of the sixth. Foundas got him to hit into a line drive double play right at  first baseman Paul Koslowski that ended the game.

Dan Nugent pitched 5.1 innings in his first start of the year for the Americans before being relieved by Zach Rubin (0-1) who took the loss.

Sean Callahan had two hits for the Americans and Steve Napier, Matt Howard and Paul Despres each drove in a run in a losing cause.

Brendan Pyburn had a perfect day at the plate for the Chiefs with two hits and two walks. Justin Crisafulli, Hanson (2) and Andre drove in the Chief runs.

The Chiefs return to action on Sunday night at Ferullo Field in Woburn at 8:00 PM. Ace Keith Forbes is expected to draw the starting assignment.

BOXSCORE            
at Tufts University            
Chiefs AB R H RBI    
Pyburn, ss, 2b 2 2 2 0    
Valdez, lf 2 1 0 0    
Hanson, cf 3 1 2 2    
Crisafulli, lf 3 0 1 1    
  Dunn, pr 0 0 0 0    
Andre, 3b 4 0 2 1    
Costello, rf 4 0 0 0    
Koslowski, 1b 1 0 0 0    
Lawlor, c 3 0 1 0    
Barbati, 2b 1 0 0 0    
  Leva, ss 1 0 0 0    
  24 4 8 4    
             
Americans AB R H RBI    
Burgoyne, cf 1 2 0 0    
Dortona, 3b 2 0 1 0    
Napier, lf 3 0 1 1    
Howard, rf 3 0 0 1    
Maguire, 2b 3 0 0 0    
Smeglin, 1b 2 1 0 0    
Callahan, c 2 0 2 0    
  Hayes, pr 0 0 0 0    
Collazzo, ss 2 0 0 0    
Despres, dh 2 0 1 1    
  20 3 5 3    
Pitching            
Chiefs IP R H ER BB K
Ellis 4.1 3 4 3 4 1
Pimental, W (1-0) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1
Foundas, S,1 0.2 0 0 0 0 0
             
Americans IP R H ER BB K
Nugent 5.1 3 7 2 5 1
Rubin, L (0-1) 0.1 1 1 1 1 0
Rupp 0.1 0 0 0 0 1
             
Linescore       R H E
Chiefs 200 101   4 8 0
Americans 110 010   3 5 3

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Monday, June 2
Forbes, Chiefs Go to 3-0 with 8-1 Win Over Tanners
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Paul Koslowski went 2 for 3

Woburn, MA- Right-handed ace Keith Forbes picked up where he left off last season with six innings of dominating pitching,  propelling the Chiefs to their third straight win, 8-1 over the Mooney Dental Tanners on Sunday night at Ferullo Field. 

Forbes, who was making his first start of the young season, led the ICL in 2007 with 79 K’s. The former San Diego Padre allowed just three hits in an 87 pitch effort, while striking out seven. The only run he surrendered was of the unearned variety in the sixth inning.
 
The Tanners Joe Curran (Arlington, MA/Southern Maine) matched blanks with Forbes for two innings before the Chiefs broke through with four "twilight aided" runs in the top of the third. With one out, Angel Valdez reached on an infield error. Andrew Hanson remained red hot with his second single of the night to right. Cleanup man Justin Crisafulli then popped out for the inning’s second out. Mike Andre then came to the plate and delivered a RBI single to center scoring Valdez and giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. The twilight sky then came into play as Matt Anderson lofted what seemed to be an inning ending fly ball to short right field. The ball was lost in the dusk and fell for a two RBI double, allowing both Hanson and Andre to score making it 3-0. Déja vu when the next batter up Phil Costello hit a fly ball to center that was also lost in the tough sky, dropping for a RBI single and a 4-0 Chiefs lead.

The Chiefs added two more runs in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead. Nate Leva beat out a perfect bunt to get things going and Brendan Pyburn singled to left center putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Valdez lofted a sacrifice fly to center easily scoring Leva with the Chiefs fifth run. Hanson, who is hitting a league leading .727 (8-11), rapped his third consecutive single moving Pyburn to third. Crisafulli plated Pyburn with a RBI infield grounder.

Forbes meanwhile went sailing through the first four innings before tiring a bit in the fifth and sixth. He pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth, when runners reached on an error by first baseman Paul Koslowski, a single and a walk, by getting
Bentley College star Kevin Vona to ground out. He allowed a run in the sixth when Ryan Doyle reached on an error at shortstop by Brenden Shepard and scored on a RBI double off the bat of Andrew Worden.
 
The Chiefs made it an 8-1 game with two runs in the seventh on singles from Anderson, Koslowski and Leva. 

Joe Martini came on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning in his Chiefs debut, allowing one hit and striking out a batter.

BOXSCORE
at Ferullo Field
Chiefs AB R H RBI Tanners AB R H RBI
Pyburn, 2b 2 1 1 0 Vona, lf 4 0 0 0
  Shepard, ss 2 0 1 0 Doyle, ss 3 1 1 0
Valdez, lf 4 1 0 1 Worden, rf 3 0 1 1
  D'Angelo, lf 0 0 0 0 Wronski, dh 2 0 0 0
Hanson, cf 4 1 3 0   Napoli, ph 0 0 0 0
Crisafulli, lf 3 0 0 1 DeNapoli, 1b 3 0 0 0
Andre, 3b 3 1 1 1 Dettore, 3b 3 0 1 0
  Barbati, 3b 0 0 0 0 Smith, cf 3 0 1 0
Anderson, c 3 2 2 2 Ruane, 2b 2 0 0 0
Costello, rf 3 0 1 1   Watkins, ph 1 0 0 0
  Boleski, rf 1 1 0 0 Smart, c 2 0 0 0
Koslowski, 1b 3 0 2 0 26 1 4 1
Leva, ss 4 1 2 1
32 8 13 7
Pitching
Chiefs IP R H ER BB K
Forbes, W (1-0) 6.0 1 3 0 2 7
Martini 1.0 0 1 0 0 1
Tanners IP R H ER BB K
Curran, L (0-1) 5.0 6 9 5 4 1
Vladimer 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Bouvier 1.0 2 4 1 1 8
Linescore R H E
Chiefs 004 200 2 8 13 2
Tanners 000 001 1 1 4 3            

 

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Tuesday, June 3
DelPrete, Bombers Deal Chiefs First Loss, 7-0

Medford, MA- Right-hander Anthony DelPrete, who pitched the last three seasons professionally for Evansville of the Frontier League, tossed five innings of three hit shutout ball to lead the Testa Bombers to a 7-0 whitewash of the Chiefs on Tuesday night at Tufts University. It was the first loss of the season for the Chiefs after opening the campaign with three straight wins.

Chiefs left-handed starter David Garcia (0-1), a former professional himself at a variety of levels, worked 3.2 innings and took the loss, surrendering seven runs on eight hits and was victimized by three errors.

DelPrete, who struck out four, gave way to lefty Jake Kelly in the sixth. Franklin Pierce's Vinny Gemma worked a scoreless seventh for the Bombers.

Nate Leva, Justin Crisafulli, Matt Boleski, Doug Heald and Brendan Pyburn each had a hit for the Chiefs.

Joe Martini relieved Garcia with two outs in the fourth and threw one and one-third innings of shutout ball. Another of the few bright spots for the Chiefs was former San Diego Padres farmhand Jose Pimentel who tossed two solid innings of one hit shutout relief.

The Chiefs are off on Wednesday and will host the Cassell Club in a battle of 3-1 teams on Thursday at Tufts University at 6:00 PM. Southpaw Dylan Ellis  (Gloucester, MA/Merrimack College), who took a no decision in the Chiefs 4-3 win over the Americans last Friday, is expected to draw the starting assignment.

BOXSCORE            
at Tufts Univ            
Bombers AB R H RBI    
DeFillipo, cf 4 1 1 0    
   Finklestein, cf 1 0 0 0    
John, lf 2 2 0 0    
Martino, dh 4 2 0 0    
Pollard, 1b 3 0 1 1    
Barrett, c 3 1 2 4    
   Ramos, c 1 0 0 0    
Adessa, Mike, 3b 3 0 1 0    
Navarro, 2b 4 0 3 1    
Adessa, Mark, ss 3 0 0 0    
Pellitier, rf 4 1 1 0    
  32 7 9 6    
             
Chiefs AB R H RBI    
Pyburn, 2b 3 0 1 0    
Leva, ss 2 0 1 0    
  Heald, ss 1 0 1 0    
Hanson, cf-1b 2 0 0 0    
Crisafulli, lf 3 0 1 0    
Andre, 3b 2 0 0 0    
  Barbati, 3b 1 0 0 0    
Anderson, 1b 2 0 0 0    
  D'Angelo, cf 1 0 0 0    
Koslowski, lf 3 0 0 0    
Costello, rf 1 0 0 0    
  Boleski, rf 2 0 1 0    
Lawlor, c 1 0 0 0    
  Dunn, c 2 0 0 0    
  26 0 5 0    
Pitching            
Bombers IP R H ER BB K
DelPrete, W (1-1) 5.0 0 3 0 1 4
Kelly 1.0 0 2 0 0 0
Gemma 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
Chiefs IP R H ER BB K
Garcia, L (0-1) 3.2 7 8 5 3 1
Martini 1.1 0 1 0 1 0
Pimentel 2.0 0 1 0 0 1
             
Linescore       R H E
Tanners 102 400 0 7 9 0
Chiefs 000 000 0 0 5 3

 



Monday, June 9
Forbes, Foundas Pitch Chiefs to 3-1 Win Over Gately A's
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2B Brendan Pyburn Scored First Run

Melrose, MA-Ace Keith Forbes picked up his second win of the season with six innings of one hit, ten strikeout pitching to lead the Chiefs past the Gately A’s, 3-1 on the Pine Banks turf.

 

Forbes threw 109 pitches in the sweltering heat before giving way to closer Chris Foundas, who got the A’s in order in the seventh to notch his second save of the season.

 

Pitching was the story of the evening as both teams combined for a paltry three hits. The A’s Ryan McNeill (5 innings, 3 hits) and reliever Dan Wilson (2 innings, 0 hits) were also sharp for Gately.

 

The Chiefs picked up two runs in the fourth when leadoff man Brendan Pyburn singled up the middle and went to second on a passed ball. Angel Valdez moved Pyburn to third on an infield grounder and he scored the game’s first run when Andrew Hanson’s grounder was throw high to first by A’s third baseman Peter Copa. Justin Crisafulli was then hit by a McNeill pitch and Mike Andre followed with a line single to center loading the bases. Catcher Matt Anderson then delivered Hanson with a sacrifice fly for the second run of the inning.

 

The A’s cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth when Bryan Curran lead off with a long double to left, moved to third on an infield grounder and following a strikeout, scored when Perkins grounder was throw low to first by shortstop Nate Leva for an error and an unearned run.

 

The Chiefs raised their lead to 3-1 in the fifth picking up another unearned run. Paul Koslowski drew a leadoff walk and Phil Costello was hit by a pitch. Leva moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt and Koslowski scored when Pyburn reached on an error at shortstop.

 

Foundas recorded a strikeout in the seventh to pick up the save and preserve the win for Forbes.

 

Lefty Dylan Ellis will draw the starting assignment tonight when the Chiefs, now 4-1, host the 4-0 Lexington Blue Sox at Tufts University at 6:00 PM.

BOXSCORE                        
at Pine Banks
Chiefs AB R H RBI       Gately A's AB R H RBI
Pyburn, 2b 4 1 1 0       Bruinsma, cf 3 0 0 0
Valdez, lf 3 0 0 0         Salvia, cf 1 0 0 0
Hanson, cf 3 1 0 0       Miller, lf 2 0 0 0
Crisafulli, lf 2 0 0 0       Manley, 1b 2 0 0 0
Andre, 3b 3 0 1 0       Valdez D, dh 2 0 0 0
Anderson, c 2 0 0 1       Curran B, ss 2 1 1 0
Koslowski, 1b 1 1 0 0       Lara, rf 3 0 0 0
Costello, rf 2 0 0 0       Murphy, 2b 3 0 0 0
Leva, ss 1 0 0 0       Perkins, c 2 0 0 0
  Shepard, ph 1 0 0 0         Kettener, c 1 0 0 0
  Heald, ss 0 0 0 0       Copa, 3b 2 0 0 0
  22 3 2 1         23 1 1 0
                         
Pitching
Chiefs IP R H ER BB K            
Forbes, W (2-0) 6.0 1 1 0 5 10            
Foundas, S2 1.0 0 0 0 0 1            
Tanners IP R H ER BB K            
McNeill, L (0-1) 5.0 3 2 1 1 2            
Wilson 2.0 0 0 0 1 1            
                         
Linescore R H E
Chiefs 000 120 0 3 2 1            
Gately A's 000 010 0 1 1 2            



Tuesday, June 10
Lexington, Chiefs End Up in a 3-3 Tie

Medford, MA- Former Franklin Pierce star Matt Anderson plunked a two out RBI single into right center field in the sixth inning to cap a Chiefs rally that allowed them to tie the Lexington Blue Sox 3-3 at Tufts University on Monday evening.

 

The Chiefs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the home half of the second inning. Justin Crisafulli was hit by a Steve Bodnar pitch. Mike Andre, after fouling off nine straight pitches, drew a full count walk. Anderson they laid down a sacrifice bunt and the throw to get him at first was low and skipped by first baseman Matt Gedman allowing Crisafulli to come around and score. Bodnar averted further trouble in the inning when he struck out Paul Koslowski, got Phil Costello to fly to center and ended the threat when Matt Lawlor grounded out.

 

Chiefs starter Dylan Ellis held the defending ICL Champs scoreless until the top of the fourth when the Sox posted their only three runs of the game. The trouble began when Ellis hit Jared McGuire with a pitch and moved him to second when he uncorked a wild pitch. University of Vermont catcher Jeff Nolet then promptly delivered McGuire with an opposite field single to right tying the game at 1-1. An out later, Gedman of UMass-Amherst and son of former Boston Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman, unloaded on an Ellis fastball for a two run homer to right and a 3-1 Lexington lead.

 

The Chiefs rallied to tie the game in the sixth and threatened to take the lead. Brenden Shepard singled to center and Andrew Hanson stayed hot by drilling a long double to right. Crisafulli followed with a RBI sacrifice fly to left that scored Shepard and made it 3-2. Sox Manager Rick DeAngelis then went to the bullpen and brought in southpaw Tom Klem to face the left handed hitting Andre. Andre then grounded to second pushing Hanson to third. Anderson was next and delivered Hanson on a 1-2 pitch. Rookie Mike Barbati pinch ran for Anderson and following a walk to Koslowski, Barbati was caught off second by Nolet to end the inning.

 

Closer Chris Foundas came on for Ellis to start the seventh and was impressive again, getting the Blue Sox in order. A Lawlor one out single gave the Chiefs some hope in the seventh but reliever Eathan Burton got Brendan Pyburn to fly to short left and Shepard swinging to end the game and preserve the tie. The Chiefs record goes to 4-1-1 with the tie while the yet to be beaten Blue Sox are 4-0-1.

 

Ellis worked the first six frames allowing seven hits and striking out five. He did not walk a batter.

 

The Chiefs send big southpaw David Garcia of the Dominican Republic to the hill on Tuesday night in search of his first ICL win when they host the Mooney Dental Tanners of Woburn in a 6:00 PM start at Tufts University.

 

BOXSCORE                        
at Tufts Univ.                        
Chiefs AB R H RBI       Lexington AB R H RBI
Pyburn, 2b 4 0 1 0       Lourendeau, cf 4 0 0 0
Shepard, ss 4 1 1 0       Curley, 3b 4 0 0 0
Hanson, cf 3 1 2 0       McElroy, dh 3 0 1 0
Crisafulli, lf 1 1 0 1       McGuire, rf 2 1 0 0
Andre, 3b 1 0 0 0       Nolet, c 3 1 1 1
Anderson, c 2 0 1 1       Hewitt, 2b 2 0 1 0
  Barbati, pr 0 0 0 0       Gedman, 1b 3 1 2 2
  Boleski, lf 0 0 0 0       Lerner, lf 3 0 0 0
Koslowski, lf-1b 2 0 0 0       Duff, ss 3 0 2 0
Costello, rf 2 0 0 0                
Lawlor, c, Dunn pr 3 0 1 0                
  22 3 6 2         27 3 7 3
                         
Pitching                        
Chiefs IP R H ER BB K            
Ellis 6.0 3 7 3 0 5            
Foundas, S3 1.0 0 0 0 0 0            
Blue Sox IP R H ER BB K            
Bodnar 5.1 3 4 2 1 7            
Klem 0.2 0 1 0 1 0            
Burton, S4 1.0 0 1 0   0   1            
Linescore       R H E            
Blue Sox 000 300 0 3 7 1            
Chiefs 010 002 0 3 6 0    



Wednesday, June 11
Whalen, Vona Lead Tanners Rally Past Chiefs, 3-2

Medford, MA- Mooney Dental Tanners righty Bobby Whalen of Colby Colllege threw a his second complete game of the season as the Woburn based club erased a 2-0 Chiefs lead to win 3-2 at Tufts University on Tuesday evening.

Chiefs starter David Garica suffered the loss for the Chiefs, but pitched well enough to win. Garcia worked six innings plus, allowing three hits, two of the infield variety, while striking out eight. Walks proved to be costly as two of the batters he walked eventually came around to score.
Whalen, who threw a complete game shutout at the Watertown Reds in his other start of season and is now 2-0 with a stingy 1.00 ERA, allowed just four hits and struck out six.

Garcia got the Tanners in order in the first and the Chiefs missed their first scoring opportunity in the bottom of the inning. Brendan Pyburn reached on an infield error and promptly stole second with no outs. He went to third on a wild pitch but that was as far as he got as Whalen struck out both Brenden Shepard and Andrew Hanson and got Justin Crisafulli to pop up.

Garcia struck out the Tanners side in order in the second and the Chiefs went ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the inning when Phil Costello rapped a long double to left scoring catcher Matt Lawlor (single) and Paul Koslowski (walk).

It stayed that way until the fourth when the Tanners cut the lead to 2-1 on an infield hit, two walks and a RBI single by Kevin Vona. The Tanners tied it up at 2-2 in the sixth on a single, stolen base, a walk, a Garcia balk, and a sacrifice fly from Bob Wronski.

The Chiefs threatened to retake the lead in the sixth but came away empty. Criasfulli led the inning off with a single to left and speedy Nick Dunn pinch ran for him. Mike Andre, after fouling off two sacrifice bunt attempts, struck out swinging. Lawlor then reached on an infield error and Koslowski walked to load the bases with one out. Whalen then got Costello swinging and ended the threat when Doug Heald grounded out.

The Tanners won it the top of the seventh. Garcia issued his fifth walk of the night to Andrew Worden and relieved by closer Chris Foundas. Dettore sacrificed Worden to second and Foundas then hit Smart with a 0-2 pitch. Vona then singled to right and Worden beat Costello's throw home to give the Tanners the win.The Chiefs went in order in the seventh when Pyburn flew to deep right, Matt Anderson, pinch hitting for Shepard, fouled out to first and Hanson flew to center.

The Chiefs are back in action on Thursday night at 6:00 PM when they host the Wakefield Merchants at Tufts University. Arlington native Joe Martini (0-0) is expected to make his first start of the season.



Thursday, June 12
Rookie Martini to Make First ICL Start on Thursday vs. Wakefield

Medford, MA- Former Arlington High School and Suffield Academy standout Joe Martini will make the first start of his Intercity League career on Thursday evening when the Chiefs host the Wakefield Merchants at Tufts University at 6:00 PM.

Martini attended the University of Redlands last spring but will transfer this fall to a New England college. He was 4-1 in 2007 for Suffield Academy with an ERA of 1.75. The lanky 6' 5 righthander was named all-western New England while at Suffield. He has made two appearances out of the bullpen so far during the 2008 season.

 



Friday, June 13
Rookie Ramsey, Ex Pro Fisher Silence Bats in Merchants 6-2 Win

(Medford, MA) The Wakefield Merchants handed the Chiefs their second consecutive loss, 6-2 at Tufts University on Thursday evening. Trinity bound lefty James Ramsey chalked up the first win of his ICL career with five innings of two hit, three strikeout pitching.

Former University of Alabama standout Pete Fisher, who pitched nine professional seasons including Double A stints with the MinnesotaTwins and Boston Red Sox, worked the final two innings for the Merchants allowing just one hit while striking out two.

The Merchants capitalized on some shoddy Chiefs outfield defense to score their six runs in the first two innings. The big hit for Wakefield came off the bat off veteran Dana D’Agostino who cranked a three RBI second inning double off Chiefs starter and loser Joe Martini
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Martini, making his first career start, worked the first four innings for the Chiefs and gave up five hits and three earned runs while striking out three, walking three and hitting a batter.

In an oddity to the game and one of the few bright spots for the Chiefs, Martini in an 1-2-3 fourth, and relievers Jose Pimentel (2 innings, 0 hits, 3 K's) and Paul Koslowski (1 inning, 0 hits, 1K) did not allow a Merchant to reach base in the last four innings, retiring 12 batters in a row.

The Chiefs could not take advantage of their outstanding bullpen work and managed only three singles from Brendan Pyburn, Phil Costello (RBI) and Koslowski (RBI).

The Chiefs will attempt to get their offense back on track on Monday evening at 6:00 PM when they host the Medford Americans at Tufts University at 6:00 PM.

BOXSCORE                        
at Tufts Univ.                        
Wakefield AB R H RBI       Chiefs AB R H RBI
DeMaino, cf 2 2 0 0       Pyburn, 2b  4
Gallugi, rf 4 1 1 1       Lawlor, c 3 0 0 0
M.Sorrentino, c 3 1 0 0       Hanson, cf 3 0 0 0
Langone, 2b 3 1 1 1       Crisafulli, lf 4 0 0 0
D'Agostino, 1b 3 0 2 3       Anderson,1b 2 1 0 0
Johnson, ss 3 0 0 0         Barbati, pr-3b 0 1 0 0
Zagaria, 3b 3 0 0 0       Andre, 3b-1b 2 0 0 0
D.Sorrentino, dh 3 0 0 0       Costello, rf 3 0 1 1
Russo, lf 3 1 1 0       Koslowski, dh-p 2 0 1 1
  27 6 5 5       Shepard, ss 2 0 0 0
                  Boleski, ph 1 0 0 0
                  Leva, ss 0 0 0 0
                26 2 3 2
Pitching                        
Merchants IP R H ER BB K            
Ramsey, W (1-0) 5.0 1 2 0 2 3            
Fisher 2.0 1 1 1 3 2            
Chiefs IP R H ER BB K            
Martini, L (0-1) 4.0 6 5 3 3 3            
Pimentel 2.0 0 0 0 0 2            
Koslowski 1.0 0 0 0 0 1            
Linescore       R H E            
Wakefield 240 000 0 6 5 3            
Chiefs 010 001 0 2 3 1            



Tuesday, June 17
Cooney Re-Assigned to Lowell Spinners
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Matt Cooney

Lowell, MA- Matt Cooney, who caught for the Chiefs last season, has been re-assigned by the Boston Red Sox to the Lowell Spinners of the Single A short season New York-Penn League. The Spinners open their 2008 season against the Tri-Valley Cats at LeLacheur Stadium tonight at 7:05 PM.

Cooney hit .313 for the Chiefs in 2007, starting the first 13 games of the season before signing with the Red Sox in late June. He finished the 2007 campaign with the Greenville Drive where he also opened this season.

The Arlington, MA native graduated from Eastern Connecticut State in the spring of 2007.

 

 



Wednesday, June 18
Chiefs Go to 5-3-1 with 7-1 Win Over Watertown
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Justin Crisafulli had a 3 RBI Double

Medford, MA- Chiefs pitchers Jose Pimentel, David Garcia and Chris Foundas combined on a one-hitter as the Chiefs beat the Watertown Reds 7-1 at Tufts University on Tuesday evening. Justin Crisafulli's bases clearing double in the sixth inning was the big hit for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs got out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Andrew Hanson and Crisafulli both singled with two outs and Matt Anderson reached on an error. Mike Andre followed with a tough hop infield single scoring Hanson.

The Reds quickly tied it in the top of the second on a single by Jason Hoye, a passed ball, a balk and a sacrifice fly from Brian McDavitt.

The Chiefs went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the second on a Brenden Shepard double, a Brendan Pyburn single and a perfectly executed double steal.

It went to 3-1 in the fourth on singles from Paul Koslowski and Pyburn and an infield error. In the sixth, consecutive singles from Shepard, Pyburn and Nate Leva loaded the bases before Shepard raced home on wild pitch to make it a 4-1 affair. Hanson drew a walk to reload the bases before Crisafulli hit a deep shot to left center clearing the bases for a 7-1 lead.

Pimentel (2-0) picked up the win working five innings, striking out four, walking four and hitting a batter. Garcia worked one inning and Foundas went the seventh allowing one walk and striking out two.

The Chiefs finish off the week by hosting the Gately A's at Tufts on Thursday and the Mooney Dental Tanners on Friday with both games starting at 6:00 PM.

 



Saturday, June 21
"Friday Night Frights" Before Shepard Rallies Chiefs to Third Straight Win
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Brenden Shepard had 4 RBI's
Medford, MA- The Chiefs and the Mooney Dental Tanners hooked up in a wild seventh inning switch of emotions with the Chiefs eventually coming out on top 6-5 at Tufts University on Friday night.

Ace righty Keith Forbes took a no-hitter and a 3-0 lead into the last inning but the Tanners rallied for five big runs on a couple of walks, a costly infield error, an infield single, a passed ball and a bases loaded triple by Jon Smart.

Red hot Brenden Shepard ( 2 for 4, double, 4 RBI’s) bailed out the Chiefs out when he delivered a two out, two strike, two RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to give them the walk off win.

Closer Chris Foundas picked up the win in relief of Forbes. Forbes (2-0) worked six innings plus and allowed just the two seventh inning hits while striking out seven and walking four.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Mike Andre delivered Andrew Hanson, who had walked and stole second, with a two out single to rightcenter. It stayed a 1-0 game until the sixth when Shepard unloaded a long two RBI double to left. In the inning, Justin Crisafulli doubled with one away to the 354 foot sign in left and Mike Barbati pinch ran. Paul Koslowski walked and Andre popped up before Shepard brought both Barbati and Koslowski around.
 

The win was the third straight for the Chiefs and raised their record to 7-3-1 moving them into a second place tie in the ICL standings heading into Sunday’s game at Walsh Field in Wakefield at 5:30 PM.


Monday, June 23
Merchants and Chiefs Settle for 3-3 Tie on Sunday, Monday vs. Ameriacns Postponed

Wakefield, MA- The Chiefs and Wakefield Merchants battled to a sloppy 3-3 tie at Walsh Field on Sunday evening. Both teams squandered chances to win the game and had to settle for one point each. With the tie, the Chiefs move into sole possession of second place with a 7-3-2 mark, good for 16 points.

The Merchants used singles from John Zaggaria and Steve Langone, an outfield throwing error and a miscue at shortstop to score an unearned first inning run and take a 1-0 lead off Chiefs starter Dylan Ellis (Gloucester, MA/Merrimack College)

The Chiefs capitalized on some equally shoddy Merchants defense to take a 3-1 second inning lead off Wakefield veteran starter and former Chicago Cub farmhand Steve Coffey. Justin Crisafulli and Paul Koslowski both singled and Mike Andre's infield grounder was thrown wide of first allowing Crisafulli to score. Torrid shortstop Brenden Shepard (Boxford, MA/Stonehill College) who is now 12 for 29, .414, then delivered Koslowski with a sacrifice fly to center for a 2-1 Chiefs lead. After Matt Boleski grounded out, catcher Matt Lawlor reached on another Merchant infield error allowing Andre to score that extended the margin to 3-1.

The Chiefs threatened to expand the lead in the third (Andrew Hanson leadoff single), the fourth (singles from Mike Andre and Lawlor) and the sixth (Nate Leva leadoff single), but came up empty on each occasion before the Merchants tied the game up.

In the sixth, Mike Sorrentino reached on a throwing error and Dana D'agostino drew a one out walk. Kevin Johnson then singled to right to load the bases. Closeer Chris Foundas (Needham, MA/Bryant University) was summoned from the bullpen to replace Ellis and experienced some control issues, walking both Matt Russo and John Davison to force in two runs before getting out of the jam with a strikeout and a popup.

The Chiefs got a runner in scoring position with one out in the seventh via a long Hanson gap double. Coffey stranded Hanson there when Crisafulli grounded out and Koslowski's long fly ball to right was tracked down by Taylor von Kriegenbergh to end the inning and another Chiefs scoring chance.

Foundas surrendered a a two out walk to Von Kriegenbergh in the bottom of the seventh but it ended in a tie when Doug Heald gobbled up Dana D'Agostino's grounder and fired to Koslowski at first to conclude the night for both teams.

Ellis worked 5.1 innings and allowed six hits while striking out one. Coffey, in his first start of the season, gave up eight hits and also struck out one in a gutty complete game effort.

Monday's scheduled game against the Medford Americans was postponed due to heavy rain showers.
The Chiefs and Americans will try again on Tuesday at Tufts at 6:00 PM. On Wednesday the Chiefs host the Cassell Club and on Thursday the defending champion Lexington Blue Sox pay a visit to Tufts.
 

 



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Keith Forbes, 12 Strikeouts
Wednesday, June 25
"Deja Vu All Over Again", Cassell-Chiefs Play Another 0-0 Tie
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Mike Andre had 2 of the Chiefs 5 hits

Medford, MA- Like Yogi Berra said “it’s déjà vu all over again”.

 

Last season Keith Forbes and the Chiefs ran into now New York Mets southpaw Jim Fuller and the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie. On Wednesday night another Cassell lefty, Tim Dunphy, matched Forbes pitch for pitch and the end result was once again a scoreless tie.

 

Both teams had some serious chances to break the scoring ice but when all was said and done, Forbes and Dunphy both kept their respective shutouts intact.

 

Things started real shaky for the Chiefs in the first when the first three Cassell batters, Teddy O’Reilly, Josh Mackey and Jimmy Roche, all reached base via two errors and an infield single. In typical Forbes fashion, the former San Diego Padre reached back and struck out Jeff Paquette, Ted Dziuba and Matt Basteri in succession to escape the major league jam.

 

The Chiefs threatened in the bottom of the first when Brendan Pyburn led off with a single. The Cassell defense did their best to mirror the Chiefs shaky start when Nate Leva reached on an error putting runners on first and second with no outs. Dunphy, who pitched professionally last season for the Namur Angels of the Belgian Major League, got the Cassell boys out of it by striking out Andrew Hanson, getting Justin Crisafulli to fly to center and Paul Koslowski to groundout.

 

Forbes got Cassell in order in the top of the second and the Chiefs got another runner in scoring position in the bottom of the inning. Mike Andre singled to right with one out and went to second when the throw back to the infield got away. Dunphy pitched out of it getting Matt Lawlor to fly out and Phil Costello to ground to first.

 

Neither team threatened again until Cassell got the first two runners aboard in the fifth on a Bob McCarthy single to left and a walk to Aaron Santos.  Forbes once again stepped it up a notch and struck out both Matt Rogers and Mackey sandwiched around a O’Reilly flyout that ended the inning.

 

Lawlor singled leading off the Chiefs fifth and Costello sacrificed him to second. Dunphy pulled another escape when he got Pyburn to fly to left and Leva to lineout to right.

 

Roche led off with a single up the middle to start the Cassell sixth but was quickly erased when Paquette, who started this season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, bounced into a 6-4-3 double play.

The night’s best scoring chance came in the Chiefs sixth when Crisafulli laced a single to left with one away. Koslowski followed with long bomb to right that certainly had home run distance but curled two feet foul. Dunphy regained his composure and got both Koslowski and Brenden Shepard to both fly out.

 

Cassell went in order in the top of the seventh and the Chiefs threatened once again to win it in the bottom half of the inning. Andre rapped his second hit of the night to right and speedy Mike Barbati pinch ran. Lawlor sacrificed Barbati to second but Dunphy became stingy one more time and struck out Costello and got Pyburn to groundout to end the game.

 

Forbes struck out twelve and allowed three hits. Dunphy allowed just five hits and struck out two.

 

The Chiefs remain in second place with a 7-3-3 record while Cassell goes to 10-1-1 on the year.

The defending champions Lexington Blue Sox visit Tufts University tonight (Thursday) at 6:00 PM. Righty Jose Pimentel (2-0), who pitched in the Padres organization last season, will get the start for the Chiefs.
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Friday, June 27
Blue Sox Hold Off Chiefs Seventh Inning Rally to Win 2-1

Medford, MA- Rollins College righty Marc Hewett (5-0) chalked up his ICL leading fifth win to lead the 7-1-1 Lexington Blue Sox to a 2-1 win over the Chiefs at Tufts University. Hewett outdueled Chiefs starter Jose Pimentel (2-1), who worked into the sixth inning but was tagged with his first loss of the year.

A first inning passed ball and a second inning Ross Curley RBI double was all the offense the Sox needed to get the win. The Chiefs, who saw thier five game unbeaten streak snapped, scored their run in the seventh on a Brendan Pyburn infield grounder and had the tying run in scoring position before Hewett slammed the door. Hewett has now struck out 29 batters in 28 innings and has a ERA of 1.50.

Justin Crisfaulli led the Chiefs offense with two hits, while Mike Andre, Matt Lawlor, Matty Anderson and Pyburn all added singles.

The Blue Sox went ahead 1-0 in the first and threatened for much more. Holy Cross leadoff man Jack Laurendeau got things going with a single to right and Curley followed with a perfectly placed bunt single in front of the plate. Dan Graham then hit a deep fly to center on which Laurendeau tagged and went to third. With Boston College's cleanup man Jared McGuire at the plate, a pitch got by catcher Matt Lawlor allowing Laurendeau to score. Pimentel then walked both McGuire and Anthony Santos to reload the bases. The Chiefs averted further trouble when Ben Hewett bounced into a Brenden Shepard unassisted to Koslowski doubleplay.

The Chiefs tried to knot things up in the home half of the first but came up empty. Pyburn led off with a single to right and Nate Leva sacrificed him to second. Hewett bore down and got Andrew Hanson looking at strike three and Crisafulli to bounce to third on a nice effort by Curley who ranged behind the bag to make the play.

The Sox went up two zip in the second inning. Pimentel got Dan Haugh swinging but John Lerner and Coscia hit back to back singles before Laurendeau K'd for the second out. Curley then doubled just inside the right field line scoring Lerner and putting runners on second and third. Graham was intentionally walked and Pimentel got McGuire to fly to Phil Costello in right to end the inning.

The Chiefs went down quietly in the both the second and third innings and Pimentel settled  down nicely to retire the sides in order in the Lexington third and fourth. The Chiefs tried to make some noise in the fourth when Crisafulli led off and reached on an infield single.  Kolowski then lofted a long fly ball that was tracked down by Graham on the warning track in right. Shepard then hit a pea right at Lerner at second base and when Andre followed with a long single to left center the Chiefs had two runners aboard. Hewett again got tough when he had to and got Lawlor to groundout to shortstop to end the inning.

Pimentel got the Lexington side in order in the fifth and the Chiefs returned the favor by going 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. The Blue Sox threatened to blow it open in the top of the sixth when Jett Nolet walked and went to second on a wild pitch. Pimentel got Ben Hewett to fly out and the Chiefs chose to intentionally walk the right handed hitting Haugh to put runners on first and second. Koslowski came on to face lefties Lerner and Coscia and got a pop up and a nice play on a grounder to Shepard to keep it a 2-0 game.

A Crisafulli single was all the Chiefs could muster in the sixth and Koslowski kept the Sox off the board in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the inning, Hewett got Andre for the first out when he flew to center. Lawlor then singled and Nicky Dunn ran for him. Pinch hitter Matt Anderson made things interesting when he lined a single to right to put runners on the corners with one out. Pyburn followed with a RBI grounder to Nolet at first scoring Dunn and moving Mike Barbati, who had run for Anderson to second. That's where the Chiefs rally ended as Hewett struck out Doug Heald swinging to end the game.

Pimentel worked 5.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits while striking out seven and issuing four base on balls. Koslowski went 1.2 innings and gave up two hits anfd struck out a batter.

The Chiefs begin an important home and home series with the Testa Corp. Bombers at East Boston Stadium on Sunday at 5:30 PM before both teams travel back to Tufts for a rematch on Monday evening at 6:00 PM.



Monday, June 30
Testa Corp. Hands Chiefs 10-3 Loss
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Rookie Mike Barbati Picked Up First ICL RBI

East Boston, MA- The Testa Corp. Bombers (9-3-1) trounced the Chiefs 10-3 at East Boston Stadium on Sunday evening.

Anthony Del Prete (6 Inn, 6 hits, 8K's) picked up the win to raise his record to 5-1. Jonathan Pollard paced Testa's offense with a three for four evening including a third inning homer. Mike Navarro also had a big night for Testa with three hits. Red hot Nick Martinho (14 RBI's) drilled his league leading fourth home run of season as the Bombers rung up a dozen hits of three Chiefs pitchers including starter David Garcia (0-3) who took the loss.

Nate Leva and Mike Andre (2 RBI's) each had two hits for the Chiefs, who lost their second straight to fall to 7-5-3.
Rookie Mike Barbati knocked in the Chiefs other run with a fifth inning fielders choice. It was Barbati's first career ICL run batted in.

The Bombers and Chiefs will meet again on Monday at 6:00 PM at Tufts University. 

 



Tuesday, July 1
Testa Knocks Off Chiefs for Second Consecutive Night, 4-0

Medford, MA- The Testa Corp. Bombers remained red hot and raised their record to 10-3-1, moving into sole possession of second place, with a 4-0 shutout win over the Chiefs at Tufts University on Monday night. It was the second time in as many nights that the Bombers have beaten the Chiefs and the third consecutive time this season. With the loss the Chiefs fall to 7-6-3.

It was obvious early on that Chiefs ace Keith Forbes was not feeling his physical best and the Bombers took advantage. Forbes went just three innings, which was his shortest stint of the season.

The Chiefs offense remained ice cold despite the warm weather, and could not capitalize on eight walks issued by Bombers pitching. The duo of lefty James Palmer (Franklin Pierce) and righty Danny Gomez (Western Oklahoma) surrendered just two hits, a third inning Justin Crisafulli double and a sixth inning Matt Lawlor single.

Starters Palmer and Forbes matched zeros for the first two innings before the Bombers broke through with three third inning runs. Eric Pelletier led off with a walk and Jay Defillipo reached on an infield single that Forbes deflected and was unabled to be handled by shortstop Nate Leva. Forbes then struck out Pete John and got Bob Barrett to fly to left to leave two runners on with two outs. Lefty Jonathan Pollard then drilled a long double to left scoring both Pelletier and Defillipo for a 2-0 Bombers lead. Mike Navarro followed with a line single to center that scored Pollard and increased the lead to 3-0. Forbes averted further trouble when he got Mark Adessa to fly out.

Paul Koslowski replaced Forbes to start the fourth and recorded two strikeouts in the inning. The Bombers reached Koslowski for a run, and a 4-0 lead in the fifth, when John walked, Barrett was hit by a pitch, a double steal and a sacrifice fly from Navarro.

Connor Bishop, making his 16th career appearance for the Chiefs and his first this season, worked a scoreless sixth and Joe Martini did the same for the club in seventh.

The Chiefs had runners on base in every inning but the third, but could not score. The biggest threat came in the bottom of the seventh when Gomez, who came on for Palmer in the sixth, issued three walks to load the bases with two away. He kept the shutout intact when he struck out Leva swinging to end the game.

It does not get any easier for the Chiefs tonight (Tuesday) when the first place Cassell Club (11-1-1) pay a visit to Tufts University at 6:00 PM. The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie last Thursday night. Southpaw Dylan Ellis (Gloucester, MA/Merrimack) is the expected starter for the Chiefs.

Following Tuesday's game, the Chiefs will enjoy the traditional ICL Fourth of July mid season break. They will return to action next Sunday (July 6) when they travel to Walsh Field in Wakefield to meet the Merchants at 5:30 PM.

 

 



Thursday, July 3
Hanson 7th Inning HR, Ellis, Lead Chiefs to 4-4 Comeback Tie with Cassell

Medford, MA- Former Princeton star Andrew Hanson drilled a two out seventh inning home run and Merrimack lefty Dylan Ellis settled down to toss six scoreless innings as the Chiefs rallied back from a 4-0 hole to tie up the first place Cassell Cub at Tufts University on Wednesday night. It was the second straight tie between Cassell and the Chiefs as the two teams played to a 0-0 tie last week with Tim Dunphy and Keith Forbes each throwing a shutout.

Cassell jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning on singles by Teddy O'Reilly, Josh Mackey, Jeff Paquette and Matt Rogers to go along with a sacrifice fly and a hit batsman.

The Chiefs got a run back in the bottom of the inning off Cassell ace Mike Parissi on singles from Nate Leva and Justin Crisafulli, a Matt Lawlor HBP and a walk to Mike Andre.

The Chiefs closed the gap to 4-3 in the third on rookie Mike Barbati's first ICL hit which scored Crisafulli and Lawlor who had both singled and setting the stage for Hanson's dramatics in the seventh.

Ellis allowed six hits, four in the first and two in the second inning, then proceeded to retire 16 of the last 18 batters he faced, surrendering two walks while striking out four.

Parissi gave up ten hits, including three to Crisafulli, while striking out two and walking three.

The Chiefs resume play on Sunday at 5:30 PM when they meet the Wakefield Merchants at Walsh Field at 5:30 PM. On Tuesday the Chiefs travel to Lexington to meet the Blue Sox at 8:00 PM.

 

 

 

 



Tuesday, July 8
Carnival Postpones Tuesday's Game at Lexington, Chiefs Play at Cassell on Wednesday at 7:30 PM

Lexington, MA- Damage to the field in Lexington has caused the postponement of tonight's (Tuesday) Chiefs at Blue Sox game that was scheduled for 8:00 PM.
The Town of Lexington held their annual Fourth of July carnival and fireworks display over the holiday weekend, and despite the best efforts of the Lexington Recreation Department and Blue Sox management, the field will not be ready for tonight's game. It has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, August 5.

The Chiefs return to action on Wednesday at 7:30 PM when they travel to Trum Field in Somerville to take on the first place Cassell Club.

 



Tuesday, July 8
Chiefs Play to Season's Fifth Tie
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Wakefield, MA- In a season that has seen an unusual number of games ending in a tie, the Chiefs managed to turn the trick for the fifth time in just eighteen games, playing the Wakefield Merchants to a 4-4 standoff at Walsh Field on Sunday. The most ties the Chiefs have ever had in a season was back in 1990 when they finished with an overall record of 28-17-6 and won the ICL championship with a grueling playoff run.

 

The Chiefs took a 1-0 fourth inning lead when red hot Justin Crisafulli (.365) doubled to left center with two outs. Mike Andre then delivered him with a line single to right for the game’s first run. Matt Anderson followed Andre with another single to left and when Matt Lawlor singled to center scoring Andre the Chiefs had a 2-0 lead.

 

The Merchants got one back off Chiefs starter Keith Forbes in the bottom of the fourth on walks to Steve Langone and Jon Davison, singles by Dana D’Agostino and Mike Sorrentino, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Matt Russo.

 

The Chiefs increased their lead to 4-1 in the fifth off Merchants starter Kevin Tidmarsh. Rookie Mike Barbati led off with a single and after Brendan Pyburn flew out Nate Leva clubbed a long double into the left field corner that scored Barbati from first base. Paul Koslowski then drew his 15th walk of the year and Crisafulli reached on an infield single to load the bases for Andre, who worked the count full before drawing another walk from Tidmarsh, forcing in Leva to give the Chiefs a 4-1 cushion. Former Double A righty Pete Fisher came on for Tidmarsh in the inning and held the Chiefs scoreless the rest of the way.

 

The Merchants came back in the bottom of the sixth and cut the lead to 4-3 on a two out double from rookie Josh Band.

 

Wakefield forged the tie in the seventh off closer Chris Foundas on three walks and a two out game tying single from Kevin Johnson before he escaped the bases loaded jam to preserve the 4-4 final. Chiefs pitching issued a season high nine walks and out hit the Merchants eleven to five.



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Justin Crisafulli Now Hitting .365

Wednesday, July 9
Five Chiefs Selected to 2008 ICL All-Star Team
Intercity League Hosts Boston Park League in First All-Star Game Held at Tufts University on Sunday at 3:00 PM
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DH-Justin Crisafulli, 12th ICL All-Star Game
83 Career Homers, Hitting .365
Previously Selected 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 & 2007
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RHP-Keith Forbes, 2nd ICL All-Star Game
1.53 Career ERA , 1.6 Strikeouts Per ICL Inning
Previously Selected in 2007
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3B-Mike Andre, 2nd ICL All-Star Game
.321 Career ICL Hitter, 2006 Rookie of the Year
Previously Selected in 2006
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RHP-Chris Foundas, 1st ICL All-Star Game
11 Appearances, 2-0-1, 4 Saves, 1.24 ERA
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C-Matt Lawlor, 1st ICL All-Star Game
Rookie Catcher Hitting Team Leading .390

 
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Thursday, July 10
Chiefs Rally in 7th Inning to Beat Cassell at Trum Field, 9-8

Somerville, MA- The Chiefs used some flawless defense and stormed back from an 8-4 sixth inning deficit, scoring five unanswered runs to beat the first place Cassell Club 9-8 at Trum Field on Wednesday night. 

Righty Mike Parissi got the Chiefs side in order in the first and Cassell threatened big time to make it an early night for the Chiefs in the bottom of the inning. Teddy O’Reilly and Josh Mackey led off with singles against Chiefs starter Joe Martini. Josh Klimkiewicz then drew a full count walk to load the bases with no outs. Jeff Paquette followed and hit a chopper toward third which Mike Andre bare-handed and fired a strike to catcher Matt Lawlor to start a 5-2-3 double play. Martini escaped the jam when Andre when to his left to make another nice play, this time on a Bob McCarthy grounder, and threw out his Merrimack teammate at first by a step. 

The Chiefs responded and took a 2-0 lead in the second on walk to Matt Anderson, a single by Paul Koslowski and two out, two RBI double into the left field corner by Nate Leva. 

Martini got the Cassell side 1-2-3 in the second and the Chiefs upped their lead to 3-0 in the top of the third on consecutive doubles by Brendan Pyburn and Lawlor. 

The hard hitting Cassell Club threw up a five spot against Martini in the bottom of third inning, courtesy of six hits (Matt Sheehan, Mackey, Klimkiewicz, Paquette, Matt Rogers and James Likis) and a walk to grab a 5-3 lead. 

The Chiefs cut the margin to 5-4 in the fourth inning when Andre scored from third on a double play ball off the bat of Leva. 

Jose Pimentel replaced Martini on the mound for the Chiefs in the bottom of the inning and averted more trouble when a “strike him out, throw him out” double play ended the inning and kept the Cassell lead at one run. 

The Chiefs came empty in the top of the fifth and Cassell appeared to put the game away in the home half, scoring three runs against Pimentel to take an 8-4 lead, with the key hits being a Rogers single and an Aaron Santos double.

Connor Bishop came on in relief of Pimental and Lawlor ended a second consecutive inning by throwing out another runner (Sheehan) trying to steal. Three big runs came across for the Chiefs in the sixth as they cut the lead to 8-7. Mike Barbati, pinch hitting for Anderson who left the game an inning earlier with a sore knee, lined a single to right. Andre then bounced out forcing Barbati at second. Koslowski followed with his third straight single and Leva unloaded on a long double to left center scoring Andre to make it 8-5. Matt Boleski then grounded to first on a nice play by Klimkiewicz for the second out before Pyburn hit his third double of the night down the left field line scoring both Leva and Koslowski to make it a 8-7 contest. Lawlor grounded out to end the inning leaving Pyburn stranded at second base as the potential tying run. 

Bishop got O’Reilly to fly to center and Mackey to fly to right to start the sixth before Klimkiewicz singled and was promptly erased at second on another nice throw by Lawlor and a superb pick up tag by Pyburn. 

In the Chiefs seventh, Crisafulli led things off with a sharp single to left and Nick Dunn pinch ran. Andrew Hanson then laid down a sacrifice bunt pushing Dunn to second. Barbati then worked a full count walk to put runners on first and second with one away. Andre followed and tied the game at 8-8 with single to right that scored Dunn with Barbati going to third on the play. Koslowski then gave the Chiefs the lead when he delivered Barbati with a sacrifice fly to center.  

Foundas came on to start the seventh and stuck out Paquette and got McCarthy to ground sharply to Andre at third for two quick outs. Things got a bit interesting when consecutive walks to Rogers and Santos put the tying and winning runs on base before Foundas regained his composure and struck out Likis to end the game. 

Bishop (1-0) picked up the first win of his three year ICL career while Foundas chalked up his fifth save of the season. The Chiefs are off on Thursday and travel to Lexington on Friday night to face the 10-1-2 Blue Sox at 8:00 PM.



Sunday, July 13
Intercity League Stars Beat Boston Park League 8-3, LexSox's Graham MVP with 3-Run Homer

By Josh Frishberg
Lexington Blue Sox Media Intern

Medford, MA - For the second year in a row, the Intercity League All-Stars beat the Boston Park League All-Stars in the Joe Driscoll Memorial All-Star Classic. As the case was last year, batting and timely pitching helped secure an 8-3 victory for the ICL in front of an overflow crowd at Tufts University’s Huskins Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Intercity League exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by a monster 3-run homerun from reigning Intercity League All-Star Game MVP Dan Graham (Lexington Blue Sox/Central Connecticut) and a three-run bases-clearing triple by Jeff Wojnar (Gately A’s/Babson College).

Right when he made contact, Graham thought "it was high enough. “We talked about the short porch during [batting practice]”. The wind was blowing in strong from center field and it was basically a consensus that no home runs would be hit today. Graham even admitted, “it’s the exact opposite of last year’s game” where he coincidentally enough hit a home run as well. When asked how he felt about winning the MVP for this great memorial event, he insisted that he “doesn’t play for recognition. I don’t try to prove anything. I do it for experience and to show appreciation.”

Leadoff hitter Mark Adessa (Testa Corp. Bombers/Salem State College) was fortunate enough to get on base in his first at-bat when Angus Fredenburg (Towne Club/Wesleyan University) bobbled Adessa’s hard hit grounder. Ben Hewett (Lexington Blue Sox/Rollins College) followed with a walk, which set up Graham for his 380 foot bomb to right field. Before the dust had even settled, Justin Crisafulli (Andre Chiefs/Central Missouri) hit a line drive single to left, Matt McEvoy (Watertown Reds/Holy Cross) got hit by a pitch, and Ryan Duff (Lexington Blue Sox/St. Lawrence University) singled up the middle to load the bases. Then Wojnar laced a triple down the right field line to put the Intercity League up by a score of 6-0. Wojnar scored the seventh and final run of the inning when he came home on an infield RBI grounder by Mike Andre (Andre Chiefs/Merrimack). The ICL sent ten men to the plate in the first inning.

The dominant first inning didn’t seem to phase the Boston Park League All-Stars as they scored three runs of their own in the top of the second. Marvin Malaret (Carlson Club/Cumberland College), Corey Pontes (Towne Club/Tufts University), and Tim Reinhardt (Grossman Marketing/Vassar College) all reached and scored in Boston Park’s mini-rally. Malaret scored on a wild pitch by ICL starter and eventual winning pitcher Anthony Del Prete (Testa Corp. Bombers/Suffolk), and Pontes and Reinhardt scored on a single to right field by Boston Park League MVP Stew Park (Stockyard/MIT).

Despite this combined ten run explosion by both squads in the first inning and a half, the teams combined to score just one more run over the last seven and a half innings, with it coming on a sacrifice fly by Teddy O’Reilly (Cassel Club/University of Connecticut).

Despite pitching at the familiar surroundings of Huskins Field, Boston Park League starter Michael Stefaniak of Tufts University and the Towne Club ended up being saddled with the loss.

As players were warming up prior to the game and the wind was blowing in strongly from center field, a fan yelled out from the stands to Dan Graham: “No one’s hittin’ it outta here today!” Graham just smiled.

It’s safe to say that everyone left the field smiling this day. We know that Joe Driscoll did.



Monday, July 14
Ellis "Grounds" Gately A's, 5-3
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Dylan Ellis, 81 Pitch CG Win

Medford, MA- Southpaw Dylan Ellis of Merrimack College got 18 of the 21 outs via the ground ball as the Chiefs beat the Gately A's 5-3 on Monday evening at Tufts University.

The Chiefs infield was flawless as SS Brendan Pyburn (3 putouts, 5 assists), 2B Mike Barbati (2 putouts, 6 assists), 3B Mike Andre (5 assists) and 1B Paul Koslowski (15 putouts) backed Ellis' 81 pitch, complete game effort. The Chiefs infield quartet also turned two double plays. Ellis was the first Chiefs pitcher to throw a complete game without recording a strikeout since Ari Koufos turned the trick in a route going win over the Melrose Rams in 1992.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the second inning off A's starter Brett Manley on walks to Justin Crisafulli and Andre, a single by Andrew Hanson and a sacrifice fly from Nick Dunn.

The A's tied the game in the fourth on a single from Ricky Salvia and a long double to left by John D'Angelo.

The Chiefs took a 3-1 lead in the fifth on consecutive singles by Koslowski and Crisafulli and another walk to Andre, which loaded the bases. Hanson followed with a hard hit liner to left that D'Angelo got a glove on but was eventually scored as a two base error, allowing Koslowski and Crisafulli to score.

Walks to Matt Boleski and Pyburn, a sacrifice bunt by Barbati, a walk to Koslowski, a Crisafulli RBI single and a bases loaded walk to Lawlor, upped the lead to 5-1 in the sixth.

The A's made things a little interesting in the top of the seventh when singles from D'Angelo and Bumpus preceded a long two RBI triple to rightcenter by Peter Copa that cut the lead to 5-3. Ellis ended the game when he got catcher Corey Ketterer to ground to Barbati.

With the win the Chiefs improve to 10-6-5 heading into a date with the Testa Corp. Bombers at East Boston Stadium on Tuesday night at 8:00 PM.



Friday, July 11
Koslowski Pitches and Hits Chiefs Past Blue Sox, 7-6
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Veteran Paul Koslowski led Chiefs to big 7-6 Win at Lexington

Lexington, MA - Veteran lefty Paul Koslowski (Winchester, MA/Northeastern) pitched and batted the Chiefs to an exciting 7-6 win over the defending ICL champion Blue Sox in Lexington on Friday night.

Koslowski held the Blue Sox scoreless over the last 1.1 innings to pick up his first pitching win of the season. At the plate, Koslowski went two for three, including key singles in both the fifth and seventh innings.

The Chiefs had a 6-2 lead entering the bottom of the sixth before the Sox got to Chiefs starter Keith Forbes for four runs on a double by Danny Graham, a single from Ryan Duff and three walks. Koslowski came on in relief of Forbes with two outs in the sixth and allowed a two RBI single by the switch hitting Ben Hewett, with the runs charged to Forbes, before retiring the last four batters he faced over the final one and one-third innings.

The Chiefs won the game in the top of the seventh off Sox reliever Jeff Nolet. Brendan Pyburn drew a lead off walk and Nate Leva flew to left for the first out. With Pyburn running on a 3-2 pitch, Koslowski drilled a sharp single to right center pushing Pyburn to third. Justin Crisafulli followed with a grounder to McElroy at third who fired to second baseman John Lerner to force Koslowski but the relay to double up Crisafulli was late at first, allowing Pyburn to scamper home with the Chiefs seventh and final run of the night.

Forbes, worked 5.2 innings and got no decison, striking out and walking eight batters each, while allowing seven hits in a grueling 140 pitch outing.



Wednesday, July 16
Walk off Homer Spoils Marsters Soild Return to Rotation, Snaps Five Game Streak, 2-1
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Dave Marsters Pitched Well in Return

East Boston, MA- ICL all-star Pete John drilled a leadoff seventh inning walk off home run as the Testa Corp. Bombers came form behind to beat the Chiefs 2-1 on Tuesday night at East Boston Stadium.

The Chiefs, who saw their five game unbeaten streak snapped, led the game heading into the bottom of the sixth inning before a Nick Martinho moon shot triple and a Bobby Barrett infield single tied the game at 1-1.

The Bombers comeback spoiled the return to the Chiefs rotation of Dave Marsters, who pitched well enough to win and blanked the hard hitting Bombers thru five innings plus.

The Chiefs lone run came in the first inning off Bombers starter Mike Hashem on a couple of walks and a double play ball off the bat of Justin Crisafulli.

Hashem and reliever James Palmer limited the previously hot Chiefs offense to just three hits, two singles from Mike Barbati and a sixth inning single by Matt Lawlor.

Marsters allowed seven hits, struck out four and walked two batters.

The Chiefs, now 10-7-5, return to action on Thursday when they host the Watertown Reds at Tufts University starting at 6:00 PM. Righthanded ace Keith Forbes is expeceted to draw the starting pitching assignment.



Friday, July 18
Forbes 4-Hitter Leads Chiefs Past Reds, 4-1
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RHP Keith Forbes Now 3-1-1

Medford, MA- Keith Forbes threw a complete game four-hitter, striking out seven, to lead the Chiefs past the Watertown Reds at Tufts University on Thursday evening.

The Chiefs staked Forbes to a 3-0 lead in the bottom the first inning. Shortstop Nate Leva led things off with a walk against Reds starter Dave Martin. Mike Barbati followed a with a bunt single before Martin got the first out of the inning when Andrew Hanson flew to center. Red hot Justin Crisafulli then unloaded a long double to left center scoring both Leva and Barbati and giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. Matt Lawlor then singled sending Crisafulli to third and Mike Andre hit another single scoring Crisafulli to make it 3-0.

The Reds got one back in the top of the second on a bunt single by Brian McDavitt, a catcher's interference call and two wild pitches.

The Chiefs added their fourth and final run of the night in the third inning on consecutive singles from Barbati and Hanson and double play ground out by Crisafulli.

Forbes got stronger as the game progressed and retired 13 of the last 15 batters he faced. The Chiefs ace righty improves his season mark to 3-1-1,(1.95 ERA) with the win and has now struck ouit 61 batters in 46.0 innings of work.



Monday, July 21
Thunderstorms KO's Five ICL Games on Sunday

All five ICL games that were scheduled on Sunday were rained out due to the severe thundrestorms that crossed the area this afternoon.

ICL ation will resume on Monday with the Gately A's and the Lexington Blue Sox hooking up in a doubleheader at Lexington starting at 6:45 PM and the Testa Corp. Bombers visiting Watertown at 8:00 PM.



Wednesday, July 23
Wet Weather Postpones Eleven ICL Games Since Sunday

Three more Intercity League games were postponed on Wednesday night, bringing the number of games scrapped due to the wet weather since Sunday to eleven.

The ICL will continue to work to have all regular season games completed by Friday, August 8. The best three out five semi-final round of the playoffs are scheduled to begin on Sunday, August 10.

The first four finishers in the regular season standings qualify for the ICL playoffs. The ICL championship series will also be a best three of five.



Tuesday, July 29
Chiefs Sweep Doubleheader at Watertown, 9-1 & 8-2

Watertown, MA- The Chiefs swept a doubleheader from the Watertown Reds at Victory Field on Monday night, winning game one 9-1 and then taking the nightcap 8-2.

Righty Keith Forbes went five shutout innings in the opener to pick up the win and raise his record to 4-1-1. Southpaw Dylan Ellis went the distance in game two, scattering seven hits, and upped his season mark to 3-0-3.

In game one, Forbes and Reds starter Chris Dupay matched zeros for the first two frames before the visitors broke through with three runs in the top of the third inning. Phil Costello led off with a walk and Brendan Pyburn singled. Mike Barbati's sacrifice bunt attempt was a bit strong and Dupay was able to force Costello at third. Dupay then struck out Paul Koslowski swinging but torrid Justin Crisafulli picked him up when he drilled a long double to the base of the wall in left scoring Pyburn. Equally hot Matt Lawlor then lofted a single to left center just over the leap of Reds shortstop Brian Shapiro scoring both Barbati and Crisafulli to make it 3-0. Mike Andre then drew a walk but Dupay got nate Leva to bounce out to avoid further damage.

Both teams went scoreless in the fourth inning before the Chiefs picked up a couple of more runs to raise their lead to 5-0 in the fifth. Dupay got Barbati to fly out to right and Koslowski got things started with one out when he laced a double to right center and Crisafulli was intentionally walked. Lawlor then doubled to deep left scoring Koslowski and pushing Crisafulli to third. Andre followed with a long RBI sacrifice fly to right scoring Crisafulli and giving Forbes a 5-0 lead.

Forbes held the Reds scoreless in the bottom of the inning and the Chiefs added two more runs to take a 7-0 lead in the sixth off Reds reliever Mike Guanci. Matt Boleski led things off with a walk and after Costello flew out, singles from Pyburn and Barbati (RBI) and a wild pitch accounted for the runs.

Carlos Dela Cruz came on for Forbes in the bottom of the sixth and retired the Reds side in order, including two strikeouts. The Chiefs made it a 9-0 game in the top of the seventh on basehits from Andre, Leva and Pyburn.

The Reds averted the shutout against Dela Cruz in the bottom of the seventh when Brian Casey singled, Scott Ciccone reached on an error by Pyburn, Matt McEvoy flew out to left, and two more singles from Jason Hoye and Shapiro. Dela Cruz ended the game by getting Jay Olson to hit into an Andre (3B) to Pyburn (2B) to Koslowski (1B) doubleplay.

Forbes (5 innings), allowed four hits and struck out six while walking five.

In the nightcap, Ellis got stronger as the game went on to pick up his third win of the season. The Chiefs handed him a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Watertown lefty Andrew LeBrun when Pyburn reached on an infield error, stole second, went to third on a Barbati grounder and scored on a Koslowski sacrifice fly.

Ellis kept the Reds off the board in the bottom of the first and the Chiefs rewarded him with three more runs and a 4-0 lead in the top of the second. Andre was hit by a LeBrun pitch and Leva followed with a single. Boleski was then hit with another LeBrun offering to load the bases. Costello then grounded a single just inside the first base bag to score both Andre and Leva with the second and third runs of the game. The Chiefs added their fourth run when Boleski scored on an infield error off the bat of Pyburn.

The Reds got one back in the bottom of the second on a Hoye single, a base on balls to Ciccone and a RBI single from Annese. The Chiefs went in order in the third and the Reds cut the lead in half to 4-2 in the bottom of the inning on singles by Brian Casey and Shapiro and a long sacrifice fly to left from Hoye.

It stayed 4-2 until the Chiefs put the game away with four runs in the fifth inning. Barbati got things going with a single to center and Koslowski drew a walk. Crisafulli followed with a RBI single before Lawlor doubled scoring Koslowski to make it 6-2 and leave runners on second and third. LeBrun got Andre and Leva for the first two outs before Boleski lined a single to right center scoring both Crisafulli and Lawlor to bring the score to 8-2. Aram Manoukian held the Chiefs scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings.

Ellis held the Reds at bay the rest of the way, including retiring the last seven batters in a row. He struck out five and walked two.

The Chiefs, now 13-7-5, head to Trum Field in Somerville on Tuesday night for a 6:15 PM date with the first place Cassell Club. Lefty David Garcia is expected to draw the starting assignment for the Chiefs.



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Dylan Ellis Picked up Third Win

Wednesday, July 30
Crisafulli (2 HRS), Garcia Gets First ICL Win as Chiefs Topple Cassell. 10-3
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Justin Crisafulli Hit Two Homers, Now Hitting .423

Somerville, MA- Lefty David Garcia tossed a complete game and veteran slugger Justin Crisafulli belted two home runs to lead the Chiefs past the Cassell Club 10-3 at Trum Field on Tuesday evening.

For Crisafulli, who went three for three and reached base four times, it was the 84th and 85th home run of his illustrious ICL career. The veteran slugger also had three RBI's to move his career total to 356 tying Mike Langston at the top of the Chiefs all time list.

Crisafulli gave Garcia and the Chiefs a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Cassell starter and loser Bryan Lambert, a former Washington National farmhand. Nate Leva led the game off with a single to right and Mike Barbati sacrificed him to second. Following a Paul Koslowski ground out, Crisafulli launched a two run bomb to left giving the Chiefs the lead.

Garcia got the side in order in the bottom of the first and the lead went to 3-0 in the top of the second when Phil Costello, who had walked, scored on an infield error off the bat of Barbati.

Garcia escaped a mild Cassell rally in the bottom of the second when Jeff Paquette and Aaron Santos both singled but he got out of it on a 4-6-3 doubleplay, one of three DP's the Chiefs turned, and a fly out.

Crisafulli led off the top of the third with his second round tripper of the night, this one to left center, giving the Chiefs a 4-0 lead.

Cassell cut the lead in half to 4-2 in the bottom of the third inning on a Tim Dempsey double, singles from Teddy O'Reilly and Josh Mackey, and a sacrifice fly from Ted Dziuba.

Cassell reliever Drew Brzozowski got the Chiefs in order in the top of the fourth and the Cassell Club chopped the lead to 4-3 in the home half of the inning when Paquette launched a long triple to center and was plated on a Bob McCarthy sacrifice fly.

The Chiefs came right back in the top of fifth to make it 6-3 when Mike Andre drilled a two out double down the right field line scoring Crisafulli and Matt Lawlor who had both singled ahead of him.

It stayed 6-3 until the Chiefs put the game away with four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Barbati got things going with a single and Joe Martini, filling in for Koslowski who left the game with a tight quad, dropped a perfect bunt single. An intentional walk to Crisafulli loaded the bases for Lawlor who drilled a RBI single to center scoring Barbati to make it 7-3. Successive walks to Andre and Costello then forced in two more runs making it 9-3. The final run of the night came on a Nick Dunn RBI fielder's choice.

Garcia allowed eight hits, including three of the infield variety, struck out four and walked just one.

Crisafulli, who is 19 for his last 33, .576,  raised his season average to a torrid .423, good for second place in the ICL's batting race.

The win, the Chiefs fourth in a row and seventh in their last eight games, raised their season record to 14-7-5 with just six games remaining in the regular season. The first of those games will be played on Friday when they host the Medford Americans at Tufts University in a 6:00 PM start.



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Mike Andre Had Key 5th Inning Double, 3 RBI's

Saturday, August 2
Medford's Hayes, Chiefs Marsters Both Strand Go Ahead Runs in 4-4 Tie

Medford, MA- Veteran righty Dave Marsters settled down and kept the Medford Americans scoreless over the last three innings as the Chiefs and Medford Americans battled to a hard fought 4-4 deadlock on Friday night at Tufts University.

The Americans jumped out to 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Steve Tahmoush led things off with a single to center and after a strikeout, ICL veteran Mike Kalfopoulos drew a walk. Mike Delponte chased them both home with a long double to left center to provide the Americans with a quick 2-0 lead.

Americans starter Zack Rubin held the Chiefs scoreless in the home half of the first and the Medford lead went to 3-0 in the top of the second on a Steve Panza single and a Tahmoush double to right field.

It stayed 3-0 until the bottom of the the third inning when the Chiefs came up with four runs to take the lead. After Joe Martini grounded to short, Brendan Pyburn and Nicky Dunn drew consecutive walks. Matt Lawlor then hit a grounder that was scooped up by Panza at shortstop and he was able to force Pyburn at third for the inning's second out. Justin Crisafulli followed and got the Chiefs on the board with a line RBI single to center that scored Dunn. Mike Andre then drew a walk and Phil Costello tied the game at 3-3 when he doubled to right center scoring Lawlor and Crisafulli. Matt Boleski gave the Chiefs their only lead of the night with a line single to center that scored Andre. Righty Kevin Hayes, who replaced Rubin on the hill for the Americans, averted further trouble when he got Chiefs rookie Nick Leva to bounce out to second base.

The Americans wasted no time and came right back to tie it up at 4-4 in the top of the fourth on a Panza double, a sacrifice bunt and a deep sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Jim Moriera.

The Chiefs threatened in the bottom of the fourth inning but could not score. Pyburn hit a one out double into the right field corner and Dunn drew his second walk of the game. Lawlor followed with a fielder's choice groundout that forced Dunn at second. Crisafulli was issued a walk to load the bases and the Americans escaped the jam when when Moriera made a nice play on a hard Andre one hopper to end the inning.

Marsters got Mike Burgoyne to fly out and Kalfopoulos to ground out to start the fifth. Delponte then singled but was gunned out by Lawlor trying to steal second to end the Americans inning. Hayes got the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the fifth, including a long warning track fly out by Boleski to the 379' sign in rightcenter, and Marsters held the Americans scoreless in the top of the sixth.

Pinch hitter Paul Crisafulli led off the Chiefs sixth with a line single to left and Connor Bishop came on to pinch run. Bishop went to second on a wild pitch and was sacrificed to third by a Pyburn bunt. That was as far as Bishop got as Hayes got both Dunn and Lawlor to pop up to end the inning.

Marsters struck out the first two batters of the seventh before Tahmoush singled and swiped second and then third. Marsters left Tahmoush stranded when he struck out his third batter of the inning.

Hayes got Crisafulli to pop up to begin the bottom of the seventh and Andre gave the Chiefs some hope to pull out the win when he followed with a single to center. Forbes pinch ran for Andre and Hayes ended things when Costello laced a line drive right at Panza at shortstop who easily doubled up Forbes, who was running on the pitch, at first.

Marsters allowed eight hits and struck out seven while walking three.

The Chiefs are back in action on Sunday at 8:00 PM when they travel to Pine Banks in Melrose to meet the Gately A's before returning to Tufts for a rematch with the Americans on Monday at 6:00 PM.



Tuesday, August 5
Forbes (13 K's, 1 Hit) Dominant in Monday's 7-0 Win
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Mike Andre Had Key RBI

Medford, MA- Righty Keith Forbes allowed just one hit and struck out 13 batters in a dominating performance, leading the Chiefs to a 7-0 win over the Medford Americans on Monday night at Huskins Field.

Forbes threw 87 pitches and allowed only a second inning single to Bill Smeglin. 

The Chiefs scored single runs in each of the first three frames off American's starter Zack Bunszell. Brendan Pyburn (3 for 3, sac fly, RBI) got things going in the first with a leadoff single. Nate Leva then flew out to center and Andrew Hanson followed with a fielder's choice forcing Pyburn at second. Justin Crisafulli drew a walk and Matt Lawlor gave the Chiefs their first run when he blooped a single to right center scoring Hanson.

It went to 2-0 in the second inning when Phil Costello singled, went to third on a base hit to right from Mike Barbati and scored when Pyburn lofted a sacrifice fly to center.

The Chiefs increased their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third. Bunszell got Leva to fly out to start the inning before Hanson singled. Crisafulli popped up and Lawlor reached on an infield error to put runners at first and third with two away. Mike Andre then singled to center scoring Hanson to give Forbes a three run margin.

Pyburn tripled into the right field corner to start the Chiefs fourth and scored on a Leva single to left center making it 4-0. Hanson followed with his second consecutive single and Crisafulli and Lawlor both drew walks to force in a run as the lead went to 5-0.

Neither club scored in the fifth and the Chiefs picked up their final two runs of the evening in the sixth on a Pyburn infield single, an infield error, a Crisafulli RBI single and another single from Lawlor.

Forbes, now 5-1-1 on the season, retired the side in order in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings and allowed just two baserunners, Smeglin's hit in the second and a two out walk to Mike Burgoyne with two outs in the sixth. Forbes got the first two batters of the seventh before being relieved by Chris Foundas who recorded a walk and a strikeout with the two batters he faced.

The Chiefs and Americans change venues and are right back at it tonight (Tuesday) when they square off in a 6:00 PM start at Playstead Park.

 

 



Wednesday, August 6
Koslowski Pinch Hit HR, Ellis Lead Chiefs Past Americans 6-4

Medford, MA- Ailing veteran Paul Koslowski drilled a pinch hit solo home run leading off the sixth inning, breaking a 4-4 tie, and propelling the Chiefs to a darkness shortened 6-4 win over the Medford Americans at Playstead Park on Tuesday evening. Lefty Dylan Ellis survived a rocky four run third inning to stay unbeaten in seven 2008 decisions.

The Americans rallied from a 2-0 hole to score four times in the bottom of the third inning to take a 4-2 lead.

The Chiefs started quickly in the top of the first inning against the Americans and Kevin Hayes. Mike Barbati led off with a single and Phil Costello quickly plated him with a long double to right center. Hayes got Andrew Hanson to pop up and cleanup man Justin Crisafulli looking before Matt Lawlor came up big once again with a single that scored Costello and staked Ellis to a 2-0 lead.

Ellis got the side in order in the home half of the first and the Chiefs could not increase their lead in the second despite a Mike Andre lead off single to right. Ellis struck out the side in the bottom of the second inning. The Chiefs got Barbati aboard via an infield error to start the third but he was erased when Costello lined to Hayes on the mound for an easy 1-3 doubleplay.

The Americans made plenty of noise in the third picking up all of their four runs. Callahan led off with a single to left and after a strikeout, consecutive singles by Mike Burgoyne and Steve Panza loaded the bases for Mike Kalfopoulos. Kalfopoulos hit a chopper in front of the plate that went for a single and scored Callahan. Mike Delponte followed with a RBI groundout which tied the game at 2-2. Kevin Burgoyne then drew a walk to reload the bases for Bill Smeglin who lined a single to center scoring Panza and Delponte and giving the Americans the lead at 4-2.

It stayed that way until the top of the fifth inning when the Chiefs tied the game at 4-4. Costello was hit by pitch and Hanson flew to left. Crisafulli then singled to left and Lawlor hit one back to Hayes who threw Costello out at the plate. Leva then singled scoring Crisafulli to make it 4-3. Andre then reached on an infield error that scored Lawlor and tied the game at four. Hayes averted further trouble when he got Matt Boleski swinging to end the inning.

The Americans got a single from Mike Delponte with one out in the bottom of the fifth and Kevin Burgoyne then reached on a Batbati error. The threat went by the boards when Smeglin hit into a Leva at short to Andre at first doubleplay.

Koslowski pinch hit for Nicky Dunn leading off the sixth and deposited a homer deep over the right center field fence that allowed the Chiefs to reclaim the lead at 5-4. A Barbati triple into the right field corner followed and Dan Nugent replaced Hayes on the hill for the Americans. Costello greeted Nugent with a RBI single that upped the Chiefs lead to 6-4. Hanson then singled sending Costello to third and Crisafulli struck out.  Lawlor then hit a sharp liner to right that resulted in a doubleplay with Costello being caught off third base.

Ellis retired the side in order in the bottom of the sixth and the Chiefs were at bat in the seventh when darkness set in and the game was called.

With the win the Chiefs go to 16-7-6 on the year with three games remaining in the regular season.



Sunday, August 10
Chiefs Head to ICL Playoffs with 6-3 Win in Woburn
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Keith Forbes had 14 K's on Saturday

Woburn, MA- When a team loses just once in their last fourteen games good things usually result.

One of those good things happened to the Chiefs on Saturday night in Woburn as they punched their ticket to the ICL playoffs. It will be the 44th time in 46 seasons that the Chiefs will be part of the postseason party.

After 43 straight seasons of qualifying for the playoffs, the Chiefs took a two year break from play in 2004 & 2005 before returning to the ICL at the start of the 2006 season. As a virtual expansion team, with only veterans Justin Crisafulli and Dave Marsters left from the glory days of the 1990's and early 2000's, the Chiefs fielded their youngest team ever. They struggled mightily in 2006, posting a franshise worst 7-20-1 record and missing the ICL playoffs for the first time since 1958. Although the club showed marked improvement last season, a late season tailspin knocked them out of contention in late July and they finished with a less than stellar 9-18-5 mark.

Keith Forbes personally put an end to the postseason drought on Saturday when he dominated in the playoff clinching win at Ferullo Field. Forbes allowed just four hits against the Tanners and raised his league leading strikeout total to 95 with 14 more K's.

The Chiefs staked their ace to a 4-0 lead in the second inning on singles from Matt Lawlor, Phil Costello, Brendan Pyburn and Nate Leva and productive fielder's choices by Mike Barbati and Mike Andre.

It remained a 4-0 game until the Tanners got an unearned run in the third inning as a result of two Chiefs errors. Tanners starter Nick Ruocco settled down and held the Chiefs scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth innings. The Tanners made things very interesting when they got to Forbes for two runs in the bottom of the fifth on two walks and a two out, two RBI single, by Ryan Doyle which cut the lead to 4-3.

The Chiefs lead went to 5-3 in the top of the sixth when Costello walked and scored on a Barbati double into the left field corner. Forbes allowed a leadoff single by Joe Smith in the sixth but struck out the next three batters in succession to send the game to the top of the seventh.

Crisafulli upped the Chiefs lead to 6-3 when he launched his 86th career homer to left field.

Forbes struck out the first batter of the seventh, got Bryan Watkins to ground out to Leva for the second out, and sent the Chiefs to the post season when he struck out Derek Dettore to end the game.

With the win, Forbes goes to 6-1-1 on the year, with an ERA of 1.61. His 95 strikeouts have come in just 65.1 innings of work. Since the start of last season, the former San Diego Padres righty has struck out 174 batters in 109 innings.



Wednesday, August 13
Chiefs Drop Season Finale 11-7

Lexington, MA- The Lexington Blue Sox roughed up Chiefs starter David Garcia for six first inning runs en route to an 11-7 win in the regular season's final game for both teams. With the win the Blue Sox claim the ICL's pennant and the Chiefs head to the playoffs, finishing fourth with a 17-8-6 record.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Blue Sox starter Kevin Scanlon. After two outs, Andrew Hanson reached on an infield error, moved to third on the first of Matt Lawlor's three hits on the night, and eventually scored on a Paul Koslowski RBI single.

The Sox used first inning doubles by Danny Graham, Sean McElroy and Anthony Santos sandwiched around two base on balls, a hit batsman and a Matt Gedman RBI single, to score a half dozen runs off Garcia in the bottom of the first inning.

Joe Martini came on to start the second inning for the Chiefs and after Graham led off with his second double in as many innings, he retired the next three Lexington hitters in order.

The Chiefs responded and came up with three runs in the top of the third inning to cut the Lexington lead to 6-4. Nate Leva led off with a single off Sox reliever Sammy Steed. Hanson followed with another single and Justin Crisafulli drew a base on balls. Lawlor then singled to left driving in Leva and Hanson scored when the ball was misplayed to make it a 6-3 game. Steed got Koslowski swinging and Phil Costello walked. Mike Andre then hit a RBI grounder, which Anthony Santos made a nice play on to throw him out at first, with Crisafulli scoring on the play.

The Blue Sox picked up two unearned runs off Martini in the bottom of the third to increase thier lead to 8-4. McElroy reached on an error by Leva at shortstop and went to second on a passed ball. Jack Laurendeau then singled driving in McElroy to up the lead to 7-4. Laurendeau went to second on the throw home and to third on a fly ball to right. He scored the Sox eighth run on a long Santos sacrifice fly to center.

The Chiefs kept battling back, as they have done all season long, and cut the Blue Sox lead to 8-7 in the top of the fourth on singles from Brendan Pyburn and Lawlor, a hit batsman, a long double by Leva and a sacrifice fly from Koslowski.

Lefty Dylan Ellis came on to work the fourth and fifth innings for the Chiefs and retired all six batters he faced. Veteran Barry Foster turned the same trick for the Sox, holding the Chiefs scoreless as well in innings five and six.

Chris Foundas came on for Ellis to start the bottom of the sixth inning and experienced control problems as the Blue Sox picked up three more runs to take an 11-7 lead. A Ben Hewett two RBI double and a Gedman single, along with four walks issued by Foundas (one intentional), resulted in the Sox picking up their four runs. Righty Jose Pimentel came on for Foundas with two out and retired the only batter he faced on a ground ball.

Former UMass-Amherst ace Jesse Santos set the Chiefs down quietly in the top of the seventh as the Blue Sox picked up their 24th win of the year.

 



Saturday, August 16
Blue Sox Edge Chiefs 2-1 in 9 Innings to Take Series Opener
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Chiefs Lefty Dylan Ellis

(From www.intercityleaguebaseball.com
Lexington, MA- Blue Sox righty Marc Hewett and Chiefs southpaw Dylan Ellis hooked up in a classic pitchers duel on Saturday afternoon with Lexington scratching out a run with two away in the bottom of the ninth inning to come away with a 2-1 win. With the extra inning victory, the Blue Sox take a 1-0 lead in the best of three semi-finals series.

The Chiefs and Blue Sox traded first inning runs. Matt Lawlor gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly. The Blue Sox answered and tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a Danny Hughes RBI fielders choice.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth. Hughes led off and drew a full count walk. With Matt Gedman at the plate, Hughes advanced to second on a passed ball. Gedman then hit a hard shot labled for right field but Chiefs first baseman Paul Koslowski made a nice diving stop and just beat Gedman to the bag with Hughes going to third. Ellis then got pinch hitter Eric Poling to bounce back to him for the second out of the inning. Jack Laurendeau followed and won it for the Blue Sox when he hit a sharp grounder down the first base line. Koslowski was able make the diving stop, but the speedy Laurendeau beat his throw to first that allowed Hughes to score the winning run.

Hewett of Rollins Collge, allowed just five hits and struck out seven while raising his overall 2008 record to 9-1.

Ellis, from Merrimack College, allowed six hits and struck out four. He was tagged his first loss of the season in eight decisions.



Monday, August 18
Lexington Takes Series with 4-2 Win on Sunday
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Bryant's Chris Foundas Made 14th Appearance

Wakefield, MA- The defending champion Lexington Blue Sox advanced to the ICL finals with a 4-2 win over the Andre Chiefs in a game played at Walsh Field in Wakefield on Sunday afternoon.

Veteran lefty Bill Cooke pitched a complete game for the Blue Sox, allowing eight hits, striking out eight and walking none as Lexington moved on to the ICL championship series for the third time in four years.

Lexington took a 1-0 off Chiefs starter and loser Keith Forbes in the top of the second inning when Matt Gedman doubled, went to third on an infield grounder and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to center from Jeff Nolet.

The Blue Sox lead went to 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning on a Ross Curley RBI single that scored Nolet, who had reached on a fielder's choice.

The Chiefs, as they have done all season, clawed their way back to knot the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth on four consecutive singles by Andrew Hanson, Justin Crisafulli, Matt Lawlor and Paul Koslowski.

It stayed a 2-2 game until the top of the sixth inning when the Blue Sox picked up a couple of runs to re-take the lead. Nolet walked, Anthony Santos singled and Curley was hit by a Forbes pitch to load the bases. Danny Graham then drew a walk to force in Nolet and Ben Hewett followed with a RBI single to left scoring Santos to make it 4-2. Koslowski came on for Forbes and got lefties Danny Hughes swinging and Gedman on an infield grounder.

The Chiefs came up empty against Cooke in the sixth, despite a Crisafulli leadoff single, and Chris Foundas set the Sox down in the top of seventh.

Pinch hitter Paul Crisafulli led off the Chiefs seventh with a hard single to left and Matt Boleski pinch ran for him. Cooke got tough and got Mike Barbati to ground out with Boleski going to second, Brendan Pyburn to fly to left and Nate Leva to line out to shortstop Anthony Santos to end the game.

Cooke, went to 4-0 overall in 2008 with the complete game victory. Forbes, worked 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits, struck out six, walked six and hit a batter.



"If History Can Only Repeat Itself"
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Crisafulli Finished 2nd in Batting Average

(Special to www.andrechiefs.com) August 18, 2008
Wakefield, MA- Right up until the moment Nate Leva's screaming line drive was snagged by Lexington shortstop Anthony Santos to end their semi-final series against the powerful and veteran laden Blue Sox late Sunday afternoon, they just would not quit.

Such was the saga of the 2008 Chiefs as the upstart club emptied the tank each night from late May to mid August. It will be remembered as the year the franchise regained some ICL prominence after two seasons of being a virtual expansion team and sporting the only two sub .500 records in team history. The team rediscovered its winning ways and battled into the ICL playoffs for the 44th time in 46 seasons. The Chiefs completed the regular ICL season with a 17-8-6 record to go along with a 3-1 non-league mark, and pretty much had a battle on thier hands every night, win, lose or tie.

They fought through injuries and matched the ICL's best, pitch for pitch and hit for hit, as the young club matured with each passing day. In fact, the Chiefs went 11-2-1 over their last fourteen regular season games and finally clinched a playoff spot on August 9th. To go along with the six hard fought ties, the team was involved in ten one run games and five two run games. Those numbers mean that 21 of their 37 games were decided by two runs or less, including six last inning wins. 'These kids don't know how to quit" said Chiefs veteran manager Chuck Andre, following another come from behind win in late July.

Sure, the Chiefs would like to be playing for a few more days as the ICL finals begin in Lexington this week. But nobody really thought that they would be playing last week either, at least not before another season or two of ripening on the vine.

Aside from 32 year old veteran and ICL legend Justin Crisafulli, who has a boatload of championships and playoff experience with the Chiefs, and 27 year old Paul Koslowski, the Chiefs day to day lineup got their first taste of what it meant to be in contention.

Second baseman Brendan Pyburn, an ICL rookie, and shortstop Leva are both just 20. Third baseman Mike Andre, who is one of the Chiefs veterans in his third ICL campaign and was Rookie of the Year in 2006, is 21. Converted infiielder Mike Barbati, who rode the pine during the first half of the season until breaking into the lineup and can play any position, is just 19.  Outfielders Phil Costello and Matt Boleski are also just 21 years old. You can then add star lefty Dylan Ellis, who was sensational all year at age 20, and rookie reserves Alex Fisher and Nicky Leva, who are just 18 to the list. Closer Chris Foundas and relievers Joe Martini and Jose Pimental are also all just 21.

Maybe the best story of all was 20 year old rookie catcher Matt Lawlor who burst into camp a week before the season started and won the catching job. Not only did he win the job, he established himself as a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate hitting a lofty .398 and was named to the ICL mid season all-star team.

Another great storyline would be the tale of centerfielder Andrew Hanson. The Princeton graduate just completed law school and found time between Chiefs games to study for the bar exam which he took in July. He ended his first ICL year hitting .293.

Others like Connor Bishop and Nicky Dunn were very valuable assets to the 2008 team. Bishop, in his third season is also 20 years old. The Arlington lefty saw only limited action on the mound, but came up huge in a winning relief effort against Cassell in July. Dunn, another rookie from Salem State, is a gifted athlete and did anything needed to help the team, from pinch running, to catching, to playing second base, as well as all three outfield spots.

Leva, became a legitimate ICL shortstop as the season progressed. Known for his hard nosed play and the product of the highly respected Cambridge baseball programs, he will complete his four year term as starting shortstop next spring for the D-2 Bridgeport University Purple Knights.

Veteran ace and former pro Keith Forbes anchored a solid pitching staff that will only improve next season with the expected return of a few arms that were with the club in 2006 and 2007. Two of those additions are expected to be righty's Danny Lozeau of Bryant and Mike DiCato of UMass-Amherst. Lefty Jeff DeCarlo of Michigan and Jared Freni of UMass could also be on the horizon. Lozeau, DiCato, DeCarlo and Freni all saw action with the young Chiefs in 2006 or 2007.

Injuries played a key part in the 2008 season. ICL all-star outfielder Brian Macrina was lost for the year in early May with nagging leg injuries. His status for 2009 is still uncertain. Franklin Pierce star Matt Anderson was able to play in only 14 games and his season ended in mid July when a knee injury put him on the shelf. He is expected to be healthy and bring a big bat to the 2009 lineup. Koslowski and Andre battled leg injuries during the season with both of them playing through it as best as possible. In fact, Andre started all 37 games for the Chiefs before finally being forced out of the lineup in the fourth inning of Sunday's game. Koslowski did his best Kurt Gibson impression on August 5 when he hobbled around the bases after hitting a huge pinch hit home run that broke a 4-4 tie and propelled the Chiefs to an important win over the Americans.

And who could forget Assistant Manager Paul Crisafulli exiting his familar third base coaching box to make two pinch hit appearances, both resulting in basehits. Or Dave Marsters, the Chiefs record holder in every pitching category, dusting off the cobwebs to make a couple of late season quality starts.

But without question, the single biggest reason for the 2008 turnaround was the re-emergence of veteran slugger Justin Crisafulli. The Chiefs captain re-established himself as an ICL force following two subpar season's by Crisafulli standards. The former Cleveland Indian hit a whopping .402 with three homers and 22 RBI's. He finished second in the ICL batting race and led the ICL in hits with 37. He ceratinly has to be considered as a serious candidate for the 2008 ICL MVP award.

So the 2008 "season of thunderstorms" went into the books for the Chiefs late Sunday afternoon in Wakefield, thanks to a heavy dose of veterans like Cooke, Graham, McElroy and Hughes, but not before the Chiefs put up one more good fight.

"This these guys remind me of the 1989 team " said Andre, when approached after the game. If his assessment is correct, that will mean very good news for Chiefs fans. The 1989 team he was speaking of, qualified for the ICL playoffs on the final day of the regular season but was quickly dispatched by the veteran filled Augustine A's. That same group of players went on to dominate the ICL for the next ten seasons, winning four championships, six pennants, and playing over .750 baseball, which included two record setting eighteen game unbeaten streaks.

Now, if history can only repeat itself.



ICL Award Winners 2006-2008

Here's a look back at the selections from 2006-2008.

MVP Award
2008 Josh Klimkiewicz-Cassell Club
2007 Dan Graham-Blue Sox & Josh Klimkiewicz Cassell Club (co-MVP)
2006 Zack Golden-Cassell Club

Outstanding Hitter
2008 Josh Klimkiewicz-Cassell Club
2007 Josh Klimkiewicz-Cassell Club
2006 Zack Golden-Cassell Club

Outstanding Pitcher
2008 Marc Hewett-Blue Sox
2007 Bryan Lambert-Cassell Club
2006 Bill Cooke-Blue Sox

Rookie of the Year
2008 Ben Hewett-Blue Sox
2007 Bob McCarthy-Cassell Club
2006 Mike Andre-Chiefs

Rookie Pitcher of the Year
2008 Marc Hewett-Blue Sox
2007 Connor O'Sullivan-Pierce-Gately A's
2006 Jeff Keefe-Americans

Manager of the Year
2007 Rick DeAngelis-Blue Sox
2006 Bob Nasson-Cassell Club

Playoff MVP
2008 Bill Cooke-Blue Sox
2007 Mike Kotarski-Blue Sox
2006 Tim Dempsey-Cassell Club

Sportsmanship Award
2008 Orazio Azzarello-Americans
2007 Luke Begley-Reds
2006 Steve Coffey-Merchants



Monday, October 27
2008 ICL Award Winners

The Intercity has announced their Awards for the 2008 Season. The top vote getters in each category are shown.

MVP
1-Josh Klimkiewicz-Cassell Club
2-Anthony Del Prete-Testa Corp. Bombers
3-Justin Crisafulli-Andre Chiefs
4-Ben Hewett-Lexington Blue Sox
5-Marc Hewett-Lexington Blue Sox

OUTSTANDING HITTER
1-Josh Klimkiewicz-Cassell Club
2-Justin Crisafulli-Andre Chiefs
3-Pete John-Testa Corp. Bombers
4-Ben Hewett-Lexington Blue Sox
5-Josh Mackey-Cassell Club

OUTSTANDING PITCHER
1-Marc Hewett-Lexington Blue Sox
2-Anthony Del Prete-Testa Corp. Bombers
3-Keith Forbes-Andre Chiefs
4-Nick Conway-Gately A's

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
1-Ben Hewett-Lexington Blue Sox
2-Josh Mackey-Cassell Club
3-Jeff Wojnar-Gately A's
4-Matt Lawlor-Andre Chiefs
5-Bryan Watkins-Mooney Dental Tanners

ROOKIE PITCHER OF THE YEAR
1-Marc Hewett-Lexington Blue Sox
2-James Ramsey-Wakefield Merchants
3-Ryan McNiff-Medford Americans

PLAYOFF MVP
1-Bill Cooke-Lexington Blue Sox
2-Marc Hewett-Lexington Blue Sox
3-Anthony Santos-Lexington Blue Sox
4-Mike Parissi-Cassell Club
5-Bob McCarthy-Cassell Club

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
1-Orazio Azzarello-Medford Americans
2-Justin Crisafulli-Andre Chiefs
3-Keegan DeNapoli-Mooney Dental Tanners
4-Steve Langone-Wakefield Merchants
5-Anthony Del Prete-Testa Corp.
6-Brendan Smith-Gately A's
7-Joe Chiodo-Watertown Reds



2009



Chiefs to Open ICL Slate on May 30 vs. Wakefield in Jerie DeAngelis Tourney

Lexington, MA- The Chiefs will open their 2009 ICL season on Saturday, May 30 against the Wakefield Merchants at Lexington High School as part of the Eleventh Annual Jerie DeAngelis Memorial Day of Baseball.

The Chiefs-Merchants game is scheduled at 6:00 PM and will be part of three game slate that is planned. The Lexington Blue Sox will host the Woburn Tanners at 1:00 PM with Testa Corp. Bombers and Medford Americans scheduled at 3:30 PM.

The Chiefs home opener is on Thursday, June 4th when they take on Woburn at Tufts University in a 6:00 PM start.



Thursday, May 14
Lozeau Records 20th Career Win for Bryant in 4-3 Victory Over Vermont

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                          Dan Lozeau                                                               Chris Foundas

Burlington, VT- Righty Dan Lozeau of Pelham, NH, chalked up his 20th college victory on Tuesday as Bryant University knocked off the University of Vermont 4-3. It was the senior's final appearance in a Bryant uniform.

Lozeau concluded his outstanding Bryant career with a 20-10 mark as Jamie Pinzino's club finished their first Division 1 season with an impressive 32-22 record including winning 12 of 17 games against New England D-1 teams.

Lozeau will return to the Chiefs staff this summer. He pitched for the club in 2007 before spending last summer in the NECBL.

Antother Chiefs righty, Chris Foundas, also wrapped up his Bryant career this week. Foundas, who has served as the Chiefs closer over the last two years making 26 appearances, was 3-3 in his final year at Bryant while moving into the Bulldogs starting rotation. Foundas started eight games for Bryant and threw 41.0 innings. He was named to the ICL all-star team in 2008.



Sunday, May 31
For Openers, Chiefs Beat Merchants 5-1
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Peter Copa 3 for 4 in Debut

Lexington, MA- Dylan Ellis spun a neat complete game three-hitter and Peter Copa went three for four in his debut as the Chiefs turned back the Wakefield Merchants 5-1 in the season opener on Saturday evening. The game was the nightcap of an ICL season opening tripleheader which was played as part of the Eleventh Annual Jerie DeAngelis Day of Baseball at Lexington High School. 

Elllis, from Gloucester, MA and Merrimack College, was sharp all game long and set the tone for the day when he got out of a bases loaded nobody out jam cheaply in the second inning when the Merchants picked up their lone run. 

Wakefield starter Kevin Tidmarsh and Ellis both set the sides down in order in the first inning. The Chiefs took advantage of some shoddy Merchant defense to take a 1-0 lead in the second. Paul Koslowski reached on an infield error and Copa delivered a single to left. Hal Landers then lined to second base and the throw to double Copa off first went into the stands allowing Koslowski to score from second base. 

The Merchants tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning and threatened for much more. UMass Lowell’s Taylor Von Kriegenbergh led off with a single and Mike Sorrentino drew a full count walk. Kevin Johnson then dropped a perfect bunt single that loaded the bases with no outs. Former Red Sox draftee Steve Langone then grounded out to shortstop Brendan Pyburn, whose only play was to first, with Von Kriegenbergh scoring and leaving runners at second and third. Ellis averted further damage striking out Sam Choate and getting Matt Russo to ground to Mike Barbati at second base. 

The Chiefs responded with two runs in the top half of the third when Barbati reached on an infield error and Pyburn singled to left. Catcher Bob McCarthy popped up his sacrifice bunt attempt for the inning’s first out but former Merrimack teammate Jeff Bercume got him off the hook when he drove a double to right scoring Barbati. DH Justin Crisafulli then plated Pyburn with a RBI ground out to Johnson at shortstop making it 3-1. 

The lead went to 4-1 in the fifth when Copa singled off the third base bag and Hal Landers dropped a perfect bunt single. Phil Costello moved them both up a base with a sacrifice and Barbati reached on an infield single, with no advance by the runners, which loaded the bases. Pyburn then singled to right scoring Copa. 

It stayed 4-1 until the seventh when the Chiefs picked up another run off former Chicago Cub farmhand Steve Coffey. Crisafulli reached on a fielder’s choice and Jonathan Pollard pinch ran. Koslowski then singled to center and Copa hit a long ground rule double to left that scored Pollard. 

Ellis, who has lost just three times in his last fourteen decisions in Chiefs uniform, struck out four and issued two walks. Along with Von Kriegenbergh’s single and Johnson’s bunt in the second inning, the only other hit the southpaw surrendered was a third inning leadoff hit to Rollins College third baseman Josh Band. 

Chiefs Notebook…..In other games played as part of the Jerie DeAngelis Day, the Lexington Blue Sox shut out the Mooney Dental Tanners 4-0 and the Medford Americans rallied back to tie up the Testa Corp. Bombers 6-6…..Ellis recorded fourteen ground ball outs with Koslowski finishing the day with a like number of putouts at first base....... It was Ellis' 20th appearance in a Chiefs uniform….The Chiefs start the 2009 season with two all-stars from last season on the disabled list. Catcher Matt Lawlor of UMass Lowell is out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his back and third basemen Mike Andre, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on May 5 following his spring season with Merrimack College, is week to week….Veteran outfielder Brian Macrina is expected to make a return after nearly two years on the DL later this week.....Former San Diego Padre and Chiefs staff ace Keith Forbes is expected to see some mound time in the next ten days…..Justin Crisafulli’s RBI in the third inning was the 362nd of his illustrious Chiefs career…. Hal Landers is indeed the son of Chiefs legend Hank Landers who was a member of Chiefs championship teams in 1990, 1992, 1995 and 1997. Hank played in the Milwaukee Brewers fram system and is among the leaders in all Chiefs career batting categories including fourth in home runs with 40. Hal had a great year for 30-12 Wheaton College hitting a lofty .340 with two homers and 37 RBI's. He also stole 17 bases.....The Chiefs return to ICL action on Thursday when they host the Mooney Dental Tanners of Woburn at Tufts University's Huskins Field at 6:00 PM...


CHIEFS BOXSCORE 

Sat, 30 May, 6:00PM, at Lexington HS
Andre Chiefs 5, Wakefield Merchants 1

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Chiefs 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 5 9 1
Wakefield 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 5
W: Dylan Ellis (1-0) L: Kevin Tidmarsh (0-1)

Pyburn
Brendan Pyburn, 2 Hits, RBI

 

Chiefs AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Pyburn ,ss 4 1 2 1 0 0 .500
McCarthy, c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Bercume, cf 4 0 1 1 0 1 .250
Crisafulli, dh 4 0 0 1 0 0 .000
   Pollard,  pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000
Copa, 3b 4 1 3 1 0 0 .750
Koslowski,1b 4 1 1 0 0 0 .250
Landers,lf 3 0 1 0 1 0 .333
Costello,rf 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Barbati, 2b 3 1 1 0 0 0 .333
Totals 32 5 9 4 1 3 .281
 
2B: Jeff Bercume, Pete Copa
RBI: Brendan Pyburn, Jeff Bercume, Justin Crisafulli, Pete Copa
SB: Jeff Bercume
E: Pete Copa

 

Chiefs IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Ellis, (W 1-0) 7 3 1 1 2 4 1.00



Thursday, May 14
Many Former Chiefs Involved with Legends of North Medford Little Legaue Gala on May 29 Honoring the Late Angelo Veneziano
Angelo Veneziano
The Late Angelo Veneziano

(Special to andrechiefs.com from Medford Transcript and edited for this site) 

Medford, MA -  What do I do when the ball comes to me?

If you played in the North Medford Little League for the late Angelo Veneziano, you know exactly what the phrase means. “He was always putting you in situations, like if a fly ball comes to me in centerfield, what do I do?” said Hank Morse, a former Chiefs pitcher who played for Veneziano. “He was the master of the fundamentals and somehow, he got 12-year-olds to learn.”

Years later, the Medford radio personality can still hear those pep talks Veneziano gave his players. “He would say a little prayer,” Morse recalled. “Then he would say, ‘Let’s go out there and have some fun.’ It was all about the fun of the game.”

And Morse fondly remembers the summer of 1978, when the “Comeback Kids” went to the state semi-finals. He said the team that was always behind but somehow always won is one of his favorite memories. “I gave up 12 runs in the first inning,” Morse said of that championship game. “My favorite memory is of giving up a 300-foot home run and him laughing his rear end off in the dug out.”

On May 29, Morse will emcee the North Medford Little League’s Legends of the League gala, a night to honor the people who have dedicated their time and effort to the league. Veneziano will be the organization’s first honoree at what the league hopes will be an annual event.

John Veneziano, another former Chiefs player, who played in the league as a kid and later coached, said the idea for the event came after his father’s death in 2003 when the family requested donations be made to the league in lieu of flowers. John remains the Chiefs number one financial supporter through his ERA Andrew Realty in Medford Square.

With several thousand dollars in hand, John Veneziano said the league decided to put the money towards purchasing new lights for Gillis Park. After a few inquiries with Patriot Bank in Lexington, the $6,000 collected was used as a down payment toward a low-interest loan for the lights. John Veneziano said after the lights were installed in 2005, a small plaque was to go in at the park in his father’s honor. But the league had another idea.

“The league thought we could do this as an annual event,” he said. “It’s really about people who give their time back to the league. A lot of people want to come back because they want to coach their kids. And these kids are really excited and easier to manage than some of the older kids. It’s all about baseball to them.” At the same time the league decided on an annual fundraiser, it will also honor the elder Veneziano as its first “legend.” Former commissioner, coach and lifelong league member Joe Grande is all for it.

“He died too early in life,” Grande said of the friend he grew up with in the North End. “People like him should live forever, not in your hearts or minds, but here forever to talk to. When John called me up with this idea, I thought ‘Who else?’ I’ve never seen anyone like kids the way Angie did.” And Grande would know. He was the one who pulled his friend into the league. “He was driving by Gillis Park with John and saw me,” Grande recalled. “He got out and asked me about it. I told him if John wanted to play, he had to try out.” When he made it, Grande said, John played for his team, not his father’s. The three other boys, however, all played for dad.

“My father had everyone’s stats and percentages for every team,” Chuck Veneziano said. “He had it all worked out before every game.” Grande agreed. “Me, I flew by the seat of my pants,” he said, with a laugh. “I didn’t know what we were going to do much past the first inning. But Angie…well, he was precise at all times. He knew what you were going to do before you did it. He always took into consideration what the coach in the other dugout was going to do.” And he never forgot what the game was about.

“He loved the kids,” Grande said. “He was someone who was just very involved in the league.”

The North Medford Little League will hold Legends of the League, honoring the late Angelo B. Veneziano, on Friday, May 29 at the Montvale Plaza, 54 Montvale Ave., Stoneham, with a social hour beginning at 7 p.m., plus a dinner, raffles, a presentation, and entertainment.  Tickets are on sale now and are bound to go fast. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at ERA Andrew Realty’s main office at 12 High St. in Medford Square. 
Current Chiefs Chuck Andre (Mgr), Mike Andre (3B) and Matt Boleski (OF) along with former Chiefs John Veneziano, Rick Veneziano, Hank Morse, Mark Blake, Coach Steve Calabresi, Eddie Carnes, Dave Clivio, Jeff DeCarlo, Steve Gambale, Frank Giliberti, Jimmy Martorana, Steve Matteo, Dave Polcari & Pancho Webb are all alumni of the North Medford Little League.
For more information, call Laura at 781-395-7676.


Hank Morse
Mr. V and then NMLL pitcher Hank Morse in 1978

Thursday, June 4
Landers (Grand Slam, 5 RBI's) DiCato Give Chiefs Win in Home Opener 12-7
DiCato
Mike DiCato Picked Up Win

Medford, MA- Rookie Hal Landers had five RBI’s, including a third inning grand slam, and Mike DiCato was nearly flawless for five innings as the Chiefs turned back Mooney Dental of Woburn 12-7 in their home opener at Tufts University’s Huskins Field on Thursday evening. 

DiCato held the Tanners hitless through the first four innings before Sam Perkins led off the top of the fifth with a single. 

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Landers drove a two out RBI single to right scoring Brian Macrina who had walked. 

The lead went to 2-0 in the second when Matt Boleski drilled a solo home run over the 379 foot sign in rightcenter. 

In the third inning, walks to Macrina and Jonathan Pollard and a Peter Copa infield single set the stage for Landers’ grand slam that gave the Chiefs a 6-0 lead. Eddie McDonald’s RBI groundout made it 7-0. 

After a scoreless fourth, the Tanners picked up an unearned run on two hits in the top of the fifth before the Chiefs answered with two in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles from Brendan Pyburn and Macrina to run the score to 9-2. 

Mooney made it a tad interesting when DiCato tired in the sixth. The UMass righty issued three walks and a single and exited with a 9-2 lead but was responsible for the bases being loaded. Lefty Chris Labriola came on and was introduced to the ICL when Rob Wronski unloaded with a bases clearing double off the wall in left that quickly made it a 9-5 affair. Labriola recorded a strikeout before a Matt Ruane single and an Max McKenna sacrifice fly cut the Chiefs lead to 9-6. 

The Chiefs gave themselves some breathing room in the bottom of the inning when singles from Phil Costello, Pyburn and Macrina upped the lead to 12-6. 

Connor Bishop and Chris Foundas worked the seventh for the Chiefs when the Tanners picked up their final run. 

DiCato (1-0)  worked five innings plus, allowing five runs (four earned), walked three, struck out three and allowed just three hits. 

Thu, 4 June, 6:00PM, at Tufts University
Andre Chiefs 12, Mooney Dental Tanners 7
Box Score
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Mooney 0 0 0 0 1 5 1 7 7 2
Chiefs 1 1 5 0 2 3 x 12 9 3
W: M DiCato (1-0) , L: Svenson (0-1)

 

Tanners AB R H RBI BB SO  
Watkins, rf 3 1 0 0 1 0  
Smith, cf 4 1 2 0 0 1  
Fiore, c 3 2 0 0 1 0  
Perkins,3b 3 2 2 1 1 0  
Wronski, 1b 4 1 1 2 0 1  
DeNapoli, dh 3 0 0 0 0 1  
Ruane, lf 3 0 1 0 0 1  
McKenna, 2b 2 0 1 1 0 1  
    Dettore, 2b 0 0 0 1 0 0  
Dorr, ss 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Totals 28 7 7 5 3 5  
 
2B: Bobby Wronski
RBI: Sam Perkins, Bobby Wronski 2, Max McKenna, Derek Dettore
E: Dettore, Dorr

 

Chiefs AB R H RBI BB SO  
Pyburn, ss 5 0 1 1 0 1  
Macrina, lf 3 2 1 1 2 1  
Pollard, 1b 2 1 0 1 2 1  
Copa, 3b 3 1 1 0 1 0  
Landers, cf 3 1 2 5 0 0  
   Pizano, cf 1 0 0 0 0 0  
Costello, rf 4 2 1 0 0 1  
Boleski, dh 2 1 1 1 1 0  
  Cataldo, pr 0 1 0 0 0 0  
McDonald, c 4 2 1 1 0 1  
Barbati, 2b 3 1 1 1 1 1  
Totals 30 12 9 11 7 6  
 
HR: Hal Landers, Matt Boleski
RBI: Brendan Pyburn, Brian Macrina, Jonathan Pollard, Hal Landers 5, Matt Boleski, Eddie McDonald, Mike  Barbati
E: Pyburn, Copa, Barbati

 

Tanners IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Svenson (L 0-1) 2 4 6 6 4 3 21.00
O'Connor 3 2 3 2 4 2 4.67
Nardelli 0.2 3 3 3 0 0 31.50
Harvey 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00

Chiefs IP H R ER BB SO ERA
DiCato (W 1-0) 5 3 5 4 3 3 5.60
Labriola 1 2 1 1 0 1 7.00
Bishop 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Foundas 0.2 2 1 0 0 1 0.00
 
Weather: Mostly Cloudy


lozeauchiefs
Chiefs Righty Dan Lozeau
Wednesday, June 10
Lozeau Retires Last 17 in a Row, Bercume Goes 3 for 4 as Chiefs Blank Americans 6-0
Bercyright
Jeff Bercume was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI

Medford, MA- Former Bryant University star Dan Lozeau tossed a complete game three hitter, retiring the last seventeen batters in a row, and Merrimack’s all everything Jeff Bercume rapped out three hits as the Chiefs blanked the Medford Americans 6-0 at Playstead Park on Wednesday night. The win allowed the Chiefs to remain perfect at 3-0 on the young season.  

It was Lozeau’s first start for the Chiefs since 2007. The Pelham, NH, native spent last summer in the NECBL. He just completed his career at Bryant by picking up his 20th NCAA win. 

The Chiefs staked Lozeau to a lead in the top of the first against his Bryant teammate Brian O’Neil. Brendan Pyburn reached on an error and went to second on Bob McCarthy’s single to right.  Bercume quickly made it 1-0 Chiefs when he sliced a double to left scoring Pyburn. O’Neil walked Crisafulli to load the bases but escaped further damage when he struck out Hal Landers, got Peter Copa on a groundout to third forcing McCarthy at the plate and getting J.P. Pollard swinging. 

The Americans had their best scoring chance in the bottom of the first. One out singles by Luke Begley and Mike Delponte along with a fielder’s choice put two Medford base runners in scoring position before Lozeau ended the frame when he got Jay Olson to ground out to Pyburn at short. 

The Chiefs doubled their lead to 2-0 in the second on walks to Matt Boleski and Mike Barbati and an infield error. 

Lozeau allowed a one out single to Mike Ferreiro in the second which proved to be the last base runner for the Americans for the evening. 

The Chiefs lead went to 5-0 in the third when Pollard drew a bases loaded walk and Barbati delivered a two out, two RBI single to center. The Chiefs final run came in the sixth off reliever Kevin Hayes when a RBI infield single from Bercume scored former Malden Catholic star and Columbia bound Dario Pizano who had walked. 

Lozeau, struck out four and did not issue a walk in an 82 pitch effort.

The Chiefs are back in action on Thursday night at 6:00 PM at Tufts University when they host the Lexington Blue Sox. Lefty Dylan Ellis (1-0) is expected to get the starting nod. On Friday the Chiefs entertain the Testa Corp. Bombers with Mike DiCato (1-0) drawing the assignment. On Sunday the Chiefs hook up with The Westford Willows of the Central New England League in a non-league contest at Playstead Park at 11:00 AM.

Box Score

Wed, 10 June, 6:00PM, at Playstead Park
Andre Chiefs 6, Medford Americans 0
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Chiefs 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 6 6 0
Americans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4
W: D Lozeau (1-0) L: B O'Neil (1-1)

Chiefs AB R H RBI BB SO  
Brendan Pyburn, ss 4 1 0 0 0 0  
Bob McCarthy, c 4 0 2 0 0 0  
Jeff Bercume, cf 4 0 3 2 0 0  
Justin Crisafulli, dh 2 1 0 0 2 0  
Hal Landers, rf 3 1 0 0 0 2  
   Phil Costello, rf 0 0 0 0 1 0  
Pete Copa, 3b 4 1 0 0 0 1  
Jonathan Pollard, 1b 3 0 0 1 1 1  
Matt Boleski, lf 1 1 0 0 1 1  
   Dario Pizano, lf 0 1 0 0 1 0  
Mike  Barbati, 2b 1 0 1 2 1 0  
Totals 26 6 6 5 7 5  
 
2B: Jeff Bercume
RBI: Jeff Bercume 2, Jonathan Pollard, Mike Barbati 2
SB: Jeff Bercume, Matt Boleski
Americans AB R H RBI BB SO  
Steve Tahmoush, rf 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Luke Begley, 2b 3 0 1 0 0 0  
Mike DelPonte, c 3 0 1 0 0 0  
Steve Napier, dh 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Jay Olson, lf 3 0 0 0 0 1  
Bill Smeglin, 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Mike Ferriero, ss 2 0 1 0 0 1  
Monte Marrocco, 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0  
Mike Burgoyne, cf 2 0 0 0 0 1  
Totals 23 0 3 0 0 3  
 
E: Luke Begley, Mike Ferriero, Monte Marrocco 2

Chiefs IP H R ER BB SO  
Dan Lozeau (W 1-0) 7 3 0 0 0 4  
 
Americans IP H R ER BB SO  
Brian O'Neil (L 1-1) 3 5 5 1 5 3  
Kevin Hayes 3 1 1 0 1 2  
Joe Chiodo 0 0 0 0 1 0  
 
 


Barbati
Mike Barbati had a 2 RBI Single

Saturday, June 13
Sunday's Chiefs-Westford Game Moved to Malden Catholic Turf at 12:30 PM

Medford, MA- The Chiefs will now take on the two time Central New England Baseball Association Champion Westford Willows in a non-league contest on Sunday at 12:30 PM at O'Donnell Field on the Malden Catholic Campus in Malden, MA. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Playstaed Park.  With the forecast of overnight and early moring rain showers it was decided, with the help of Malden Catholic Head Coach Steve Freker, to move the game to the field turf of Malden Catholic late Saturday night.

O'Donnell Field is located at the rear of the Malden Catholic Campus at 99 Crystal Street, Malden, MA 02148.

The Willows are currently 6-4-1 in the CNEBA this season heading into a doubleheader at the South Central Express in Littleton on Saturday afternoon.

Managed by Brian Thompson, the Willows have won the CNEBA Championship the past two seasons. In both 2007 and 2008 they beat the Metrowest A's from Worcester to claim their league crown.

The Chiefs resume ICL play on Tuesday evening when they host the Wakefield Merchants at Huskins Field on the campus of Tufts University in Medford.

 



Sunday, June 14
Chiefs Hammer Westford 19-2 in Non-League Contest
Justin Crisafulli
Justin Crisafulli had 5 RBI's

Malden, MA- The Chiefs broke open a 3-1 game with a dozen fifth inning runs to wallop the two time defending Central New England Baseball Association champions Westford Willows 19-2 at O’Donnell Field on the campus of Malden Catholic on Sunday afternoon. 

Heavy overnight and early morning rains forced the game to be moved from Playstead Park to the artificial surface of O’Donnell Field late Saturday night. 

Merrimack College right-hander Ryan McNeill of Lynnfield, MA, went the first five innings to pick up the victory. UMass-Amherst teammates and former Malden Catholic stars Rob Machado and Mike DiCato each worked two innings to preserve the win. 

After McNeill retired the side in the top of the first the Chiefs grabbed a quick 3-0 lead. Brendan Pyburn led off with a single to center and rookie Dario Pizzano doubled into the left field corner. All-East selection Jeff Bercume then roped a single to right scoring both Pyburn and Pizzano to make it 2-0. Veteran Justin Crisafulli followed with a RBI single to left making it 3-0 Chiefs.  

The Willows scored an unearned run in the top of the second when Assumption College star Derek Migrants led off with a long double to left center. Migrants stole third and scored when the throw from his Assumption teammate Eddie McDonald skipped into left field. 

After giving up the three runs and four hits in the first, Westford starter George Migrants from Fitchburg State settled down and retired the next twelve Chiefs in a row. McNeill was just as effective preserving the 3-1 Chiefs lead heading into the bottom of the fifth when the Chiefs exploded for twelve runs off three Westford pitchers to take a 15-1 lead. A Crisafulli bases clearing triple, Pizzano’s second double of the day and a Nick Leva single were the key hits in the big inning. 

Machado came on to make his first appearance in relief of McNeill to throw a scoreless sixth and seventh innings allowing just a single to Merrimack's Ray Walker while striking out two.

DiCato worked a scoreless eighth before the Chiefs put up four more runs in the bottom of the inning. Singles from Pyburn, Pizzano, Crisafulli and pinch hitter Bill Cataldo, sandwiched around a Bercume two RBI double, ran the Chiefs margin to 19-1. 

The Willows picked up an unearned run in the top of the ninth off DiCato on a double from SNHU’s Chris O’Neil, an infield error and a RBI single from Brandeis’ Terry Deshler. 

McNeil, an all NE-10 selection this past spring, gave up just three hits and struck out three in his first start in a Chiefs uniform. Machado was very sharp allowing just one hit and DiCato gave up two hits as both struck out a couple of batters each. Crisafulli led the Chiefs hit parade with three hits and five RBI and Pizzano had three hits and two RBI. Pyburn and Bercume, who had four RBI’s, chipped in with two hits each. 



Machado
Rob Machado Impressive in Chiefs Debut

Monday, June 15
Chiefs Notebook.......June 15
Dario Pizzano
Rookie Dario Pizzano

The Chiefs non-league win over the Central New England Baseball Association’s Westford Willows on Sunday was the first time the two teams had ever hooked up. The Chiefs also play an annual game against the CNEBA’s Lunenburg Phillies. This year's game will be held at Lunenburg’s Marshall Park on Sunday (June 21) at 11:00 AM…..The Chiefs first played Lunenberg back in 1994 with Richie Barker on the mound for the Chiefs. With many radar guns popping behind the plate, Barker pitched the Chiefs to a 6-1 win. Following the game Barker signed with Chicago Cubs. Barker’s career spanned seven professional seasons and he made his major league debut for the Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 25, 1999, at the age of 26. The former Malden High and Quinsigamond Community College star appeared in 275 games during his time in pro ball posting an overall record of 20-19 with an ERA of 4.25 in 398 professional innings…..Sunday’s win against Westford was the Chiefs 42nd win against non-league opponents against just 19 losses dating back to 1989….Rookie outfielder Dario Pizzano will miss Tuesday’s game against Wakefield as he has been chosen to appear in the Eastern Massachusetts High School all-star game at Fraser Field in Lynn. The recent Malden Catholic graduate led the state in hitting this past spring for Steve Freker’s Lancers. Pizzano, who had three hits in the Westford game, will be playing for Columbia University next spring. He gained national notoriety in 2003 when he led the Saugus Americans in a dramatic run during the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA……The first Intercity League fundraiser, raffle and social will be held on Friday, June 19 at the Woburn Sons of Italy starting at 7:00 PM. ICL Umpire in Chief Joe Cacciatore will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event which is expected to draw a throng of over 500 people. Those needing information should e-mail the Intercity League at IntercityLeague@aol.com. … Former Chiefs catcher Matt Cooney, who signed with the Red Sox in 2007, has returned to Eastern Connecticut State to complete his degree this summer. Cooney spent the last season and a half in the Sox organization playing for Gulf Coast, Greensboro and the Lowell Spinners. The Arlington product is expected to return to the Chiefs in 2010….UMass-Amherst star Jared Freni, who pitched for the Chiefs in 2006, has been very impressive in first two starts for the North Shore Navigators of the NECBL this season. Freni, another former Malden Catholic star, is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.69. He has struck out 20 batters in just 13 innings of work. If he is not chosen in the 2010 MLB draft next spring he is expected to return to the Chiefs pitching staff. He won his only two Chiefs starts as a rookie in 2006 posting a 3.71 ERA in 11.1 innings of work….Another former Chiefs pitcher Jeff DeCarlo just completed his junior season at the University of Michigan. The former St. John’s Prep standout was also with the Chiefs in 2006 before spending the last two seasons in the Great Lakes Collegiate League and the NECBL. This summer DeCarlo is pitching for the Front Royal Cardinals of the Valley Baseball League in Virginia. One of DeCarlo’s teammates on the Cardinals is former Cassell Club and present Bentley star James Roche of Arlington. DeCarlo has made two appearances so far for Front Royal with an ERA of 0.00 in five innings of work. DeCarlo is also expected to return to the Chiefs next summer when his collegiate league eligibility expires….Catcher Matt Lawlor, who hit .398 for the Chiefs last season, remains on the disabled list with a herniated disc in his back. The Dracut, MA, native and 2008 ICL all-star selection also had his college season at UMass-Lowell cut short by the injury….. There is some better news on the injury front as Mike Andre grabbed a couple of at bats in Sunday’s non-league game. Andre underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in early May after completing his senior year at Merrimack College. The two-time ICL all-star is expected back into the lineup soon…. Staff ace Keith Forbes continues to throw and is also expected back in the next couple of weeks….Chiefs catcher Nick Leva of Cambridge, MA has committed to attend the University of Southern New Hampshire in the fall….. Make up dates for the Chiefs three home rainouts will be finalized later this week..... Condolences go out to former ICL umpire Jake Falvey on the passing of his father Jeremiah A. Falvey, Jr. on June 11. Jake also served as the Everett High School Baseball Coach until he moved to Oklahoma with his wife Jill a few years ago …..Bruce Tillman

 



Wednesday, June 17
Seventh Inning Comeback Give Chiefs 2-2 Tie vs. Wakefield
lozeauchiefs
Dan Lozeau Allowed Just 4 Hits

Medford, MA- If you blinked you probably missed it. 

In one of the most rapidly played ICL games in history, the Chiefs battled back from a 2-0 deficit with two seventh inning runs, courtesy of a Jeff Bercume two out, two RBI single, to tie up the Wakefield Merchants 2-2 at Tufts University. 

The game took a brief one hour and twelve minutes to complete.  

The two main components that contributed to the swiftness of the game were former Chicago Cubs farmhand Steve Coffey and Bryant University’s career twenty game winner Dan Lozeau. Coffey and Lozeau threw nothing but strikes with both surrendering just four hits. Coffey did not issue a walk or record a strikeout while Lozeau allowed one free pass and struck out four Merchants. 

Coffey took a one-hitter into the bottom of the seventh before the Chiefs bats came alive just in time to pick up a point in the standings. The ICL veteran had only allowed two base runners in the first 6.1 innings, J.P. Pollard who reached on Wakefield’s only miscue of the night in the first and was subsequently thrown out trying to steal second and Bob McCarthy's bloop single to left in the third.  

Wakefield struck first in the top half of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Taylor Von Kriengenberg led off with a single and catcher Mike Sorrentino followed with a hard grounder to third baseman Peter Copa. Copa made a nice play going to his right to glove the ball but his throw to first was high allowing Von Kriengenberg to take third with Sorrentino ending up at second. With both runners in scoring position, Lozeau recorded a big first out when he got veteran Dana D’Agostino swinging. Dan Mello was next up and he hit a ground ball that deflected off Lozeau’s glove to second baseman Mike Barbati. Barbati’s only play was to first base, throwing out Mello by a step with Von Kriengenberg scoring. 

The Merchants lead went to 2-0 in the fourth inning. With two outs, Sorrentino drew Lozeau’s only walk of the night and scored from first on D’Agostino’s gap shot double to the fence in left center.

Coffey meanwhile was cruising right along facing only one batter over the minimum until there was one out in the seventh. In the Chiefs last at bat, Coffey got out number one when McCarthy bounced to Mello at second. Pollard then kept the Chiefs hopes alive when he drilled a clean single up the middle. Cleanup man Justin Crisafulli followed with a long single off the base of the wall in right that sent Pollard to third. Eddie McDonald then came on to pinch run for Crisafulli. Coffey then hit Copa with a 1-2 pitch loading the bases for Bercume. The sweet swinging all East selection from Merrimack College then delivered both Pollard and McDonald with a single to right center knotting the game at two. The Chiefs had a chance to win it with Copa in scoring position but Coffey preserved the tie when he got Barbati to ground to Alex LiDonni at third to end the game.

With the deadlock, the Chiefs stay unbeaten in ICL play (3-0-1, 4-0-1 overall) and the Merchants go to 2-3-1. Next up for the Chiefs is a date with the Medford Americans on Thursday at 6:00 PM at Tufts University 

Tue, 16 June, 6:00PM, at Tufts University
Merchants 2, Chiefs 2
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Wakefield Merchants 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 1
Andre Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 1
 

Wakefield AB R H RBI BB SO  
Alex LiDonni, 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Kevin Johnson, ss 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Jason Roth, 1b 3 0 1 0 0 1  
T. von Kriegenbergh, rf 3 1 2 0 0 0  
Mike Sorrentino, c 2 1 0 0 1 0  
Dana D'Agastino, lf 3 0 1 1 0 1  
Dan Mello, 2b 3 0 0 1 0 0  
John Davison, dh 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Sam Choate, cf 3 0 0 0 0 2  
Totals 26 2 4 2 1 4  
 
2B: Dana D'Agastino
RBI: Dana D'Agastino, Dan Mello
E: Alex LiDonni

Chiefs AB R H RBI BB SO  
Brendan Pyburn, ss 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Bob McCarthy, c 3 0 1 0 0 0  
Jonathan Pollard, 1b 3 1 1 0 0 0  
Justin Crisafulli, dh 3 0 1 0 0 0  
   Eddie McDonald, pr 0 1 0 0 0 0  
Pete Copa, 3b 2 0 0 0 0 0  
Brian Macrina, lf 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Kevin McKenzie, rf 0 0 0 0 0 0  
   Jeff Bercume, cf  3 0 1 2 0 0  
Mike  Barbati, 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Matt Boleski, cf, rf 2 0 0 0 0 0  
Totals 25 2 4 2 0 0  
 
RBI: Jeff Bercume 2
E: Pete Copa

Wakefield IP H R ER BB SO  
Steve Coffey 7 2 2 2 0 0  
 
Chiefs IP H R ER BB SO  
Dan Lozeau  7  4  2 1 1 4  
 
Weather: Sunny Time: 1:12



Thursday, June 25
DiCato's Complete Game Five-Hitter Give Chiefs 4-2 Win Over Wakefield
DiCato
Mike DiCato

Medford, MA- After eight days the rain finally stopped.

Chiefs righty Mike DiCato never did.

The former UMass-Amherst and Malden Catholic star was nearly flawless once again, picking up his second straight win, as the Chiefs turned back the Wakefield Merchants 4-2 at Huskins Field on Thursday evening.

DiCato tossed zeros at the Merchants until the seventh when the visitors finally broke through for a couple of runs after the Chiefs had already opened up a 4-0 lead.

Wakefield threatened to grab an early lead in the first inning.  Rollins College's Josh Band led off with a single to center and the Merchants appeared to be in business when former Red Sox farmhand Steve Langone singled sharply past Peter Copa at third. Northeastern's Jason Roth was next and drove a ball that was earmarked for the right-centerfield gap. Wheaton rookie Hal Landers had other ideas as he got on his horse and made a nice back to plate grab with Band tagging and going to third on the play. DiCato then came up huge striking out UMass Lowell star Taylor Von Kriegenberg looking and ICL all-star catcher Mike Sorrentino swinging.

Trinity lefty James Ramsey got two outs in the bottom of the first inning before running into a bit of trouble when Jeff Bercume and Justin Crisafulli both reached on miscues. Ramsey escaped when he got Brian Macrina to ground to Alex LiDonni at third base ending the threat.

DiCato and Ramsey matched zeros in the second before the Chiefs broke through to take a 1-0 lead in the third. Shortstop Brendan Pyburn led off with a solid single to center. Ramsey got Bob McCarthy to fly to left and Bercume followed with the first of his three consecutive singles, this one a line shot to center. Sorrentino's errant attempt to pick Bercume off first base went into short right allowing Pyburn to scamper to third. Crisafulli's RBI fielder's choice then scored Pyburn for the game's first run. Ramsey caught Macrina looking to end the inning keeping it a one run game.

DiCato went into cruise control retiring the Merchants side in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings before the Chiefs gave him a little breathing room with three fifth inning runs. Pyburn drew a walk to get things started and a McCarthy sharp single to center moved him to second. Bercume then dropped a perfect bunt single to load them up for Crisafulli. The Chiefs all time RBI leader added two more to his career total of 370 when he drilled an opposite field single to right scoring both Pyburn and McCarthy that jumped the lead to 3-0. Dario Pizzano came on to run for Crisafulli and righty Kevin Flight relieved Ramsey for the Merchants. Flight threw Macrina's grounder wide of first allowing Bercume to score the Chiefs fourth run. J.P. Pollard flew to left for the inning's first out and Copa drew a walk to load the bases. Flight escaped more trouble when he got Landers swinging and pinch hitter Mike Andre, who was making his first appearance of the season on the road back from knee surgery, to ground to Langone at second.

The Merchants spoiled DiCato's shutout bid in the seventh. Von Kriegenberg led off and beat out an infield single up the middle. Sorrentino then gave the Merchants their biggest bang of the night when he drilled a double past the diving Bercume in center sending Von Kriengenberg to third. Kevin Johnson got the Merchants on the board with a RBI grounder to Pollard at first scoring Von Kriengenberg. LiDonni then grounded to Andre at third base for the second out with Sorrentino scoring on play. DiCato ended the proceedings in style when he struck out pinch hitter John D'Angelo swinging.

DiCato allowed five hits, struck out five and issued one walk. With the complete game 84 pitch outing, the Winthrop, MA native raised his record to 2-0 on the season. Ramsey suffered the loss for Wakefield and fell to 0-2. 

The Chiefs are right back in action on Friday at 6:00 PM when they host the Testa Corp. Bombers at Tufts University with Dan Lozeau drawing the starting nod. The Bombers got a complete game three hitter from Mike Hashem and defeated the Medford Americans 3-1 under the lights East Boston Stadium on Thursday night.

Thursday, 25 June, 6:00 PM, at Tufts University
Chiefs 4, Merchants 2
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Wakefield 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 4
Chiefs 0 0 1 0 3 0 x 4 9 0
 

Wakefield AB R H RBI BB SO  
Josh Band, ss 3 0 2 0 0 0  
Steve Langone, 2b 3 0 1 0 0 0  
Jason Roth, 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0  
T. von Kriegenbergh, rf 3 1 1 0 0 0  
Mike Sorrentino, c 3 1 1 0 0 1  
Kevin Johnson, dh 2 0 0 1 1 0  
Alex LiDonni, 3b 3 0 0 1 0 1  
Sam Choate, cf 2 0 0 0 0 1  
    John D'Angelo, ph 1 0 0 0 0 1  

Matt Russo, lf

Totals

2

25

0

2

0

5

0

2

0

1

1

5

 
 
2B: Mike Sorrentino
RBI: Kevin Johnson, Alex LiDonni
E:  LiDonni, Roth, Sorrentino, Flight

Chiefs AB R H RBI BB SO  
Brendan Pyburn, ss 3 2 1 0 0 0  
Bob McCarthy, c 4 1 1 0 0 1  
Jeff Bercume, cf 4 1 3 0 0 0  
Justin Crisafulli, dh 3 0 1 3 0 0  
  Dario Pizzano, pr,dh 1 0 0 0 0 1  
Brian Macrina, lf 3 0 0 0 0 1  
Jonathan Pollard, 1b 2 0 0 0 0 1  
Peter Copa, 3b, 2b 2 0 1 0 1 0  
Hal Landers, rf  3 0 1 0 0 1  
Mike  Barbati, 2b 2 0 1 0 0 0  
     Mike Andre, ph,3b 1 0 0 0 0 0  
Totals 28 4 9 3 1 4  
 
RBI: Justin Crisafulli 3 SB: Bercume
E: None

Wakefield
                                    IP      H     R      ER      BB      SO 
J. Ramsey L,(0-2)          4.0     8     4        3         2         3  
K. Flight                       2.0     1     0        0         1         2
Chiefs
Mike DiCato W, (2-0)    7.0      5     2        2         1         5

Weather: Partly Sunny Time: 1:44

 



Saturday, June 27
Bombers Blank Chiefs, 5-0
Pyburn
Brendan Pyburn Broke Up No-Hit Bid

Medford, MA- Bobby Giarratani twirled a complete game two-hitter and Mike Adessa drilled a two out, two run home run in the sixth inning as the Testa Corp. Bombers knocked off the Chiefs 5-0 at Tufts University on Friday evening. 

Giarratani, from Denison College in Ohio, took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Brendan Pyburn broke up the bid with a single to right field. The Chiefs Dan Lozeau matched Giarratini pitch for pitch for 5.2 innings. Adessa finally broke the scoring drought with a sixth inning line shot over the right field wall scoring Nick Martinho, who had singled, ahead of him. 

The Chiefs had several chances to break into the scoring column, leaving runners in scoring position in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings. 

In the bottom of the second inning, J.P. Pollard drew a lead off walk and Giarratani got Hal Landers swinging for the first out. A Mike Barbati fielder’s choice moved Pollard to second and the Bombers Mike Navarro kept it a scoreless game when he ran down a deep Mike Andre line drive to straightaway right to end the inning. 

The defensive gems continued for the Bombers in the bottom of the third. Catcher Eddie McDonald reached on Testa’s only error of the night on a slow hit ball that was mishandled by shortstop Joe Papa. McDonald went to second on a passed ball but Giarratani got Pyburn to bounce back to him for the first out. Brian Macrina followed with a ten pitch at bat then ended when Giarratani finally got him swinging on a 3-2 pitch. Jeff Bercume looked like he was about to give the Chiefs the lead when he hit a hard one hopper to the right of first baseman Josh Klimkiewicz. The former Harvard star made a nice diving stop and recovered quickly enough to flip to Giarratani covering first to get the fleet Bercume by half a step. 

Another Chiefs scoring opportunity went by the boards in the fourth when Landers drew a two out walk, stole second, but couldn’t get any further as Giarratani again got tough and caught Barbati looking at a third strike. 

The Chiefs got a defensive gem of their own in the top of the fifth when Brian Macrina made a spectacular diving grab of Steve Buikus line drive with Paul Bonfiglio, who had walked and went to second on a sacrifice bunt, in scoring position. 

The Chiefs were poised to take the lead again in the fifth when Pyburn broke up the no-hitter with a two out single and proceeded to steal second. A Macrina fly ball to center ended the inning and the teams went into the sixth at 0-0.  

Addesa’s shot in the top of the sixth came with two outs. The inning started well enough for Lozeau when he struck out Navarro swinging. Martinho followed with a single and Lozeau got the dangerous Klimkiewicz to fly to Landers in right. Adessa caught up with a Lozeau fastball and provided instant offense for the Bombers and a 2-0 lead. 

Bercume’s chalk raising double down the right field line was all the Chiefs could muster against Giarratani in the sixth and Chris Foundas came on for Lozeau, his former Bryant University teammate, to work the top of seventh. 

A throwing error by Copa at third, a hit batsman, two walks, a wild pitch and a Klimkiewicz single, added up to three unearned runs off Foundas and 5-0 Bombers lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. 

Giarratani made quick work of the Chiefs in the seventh. He got Matt Boleski, who was pinch hitting for Barbati, to groundout, Andre to fly to center and ended things when he got pinch hitter Phil Costello looking. 

Giarratani struck out seven and surrendered three walks on the way to picking up his first win of the year. Lozeau, who suffered his first loss, pitched very well for the Chiefs giving up just three hits and recording a couple of strikeouts. 

The Chiefs begin a three game pre-Fourth of July stretch on Sunday at Walsh Field in Wakefield at 3:00 PM. Lefty Dylan Ellis (1-0) is expected to start for the Chiefs.       



Monday, June 29
Chiefs Somehow Take 9-7 Error Filled Game Over Wakefield
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Bob McCathy, 3 for 4, 3 RBI

Wakefield, MA- Horrendous defense, miserable early April like weather, and about as many fans as you could put in the backseat of a mid-size car.

 

Make no mistake about it, Cooperstown is not calling for a tape of this one!

 

Those were some of the components that came into play on Sunday afternoon at Walsh Field in Wakefield when the Chiefs somehow came away with a 9-7 win.

 

The Chiefs opened up a 6-1 lead and saw the Merchants come back to tie things up at 7-7 before putting up two seventh inning runs to grab the win.

 

The Chiefs jumped out to a 1-0 lead off Kevin Tidmarsh in the first inning on a two out RBI single from Hal Landers which scored Brendan Pyburn who led off with a single.

 

The Merchants came right back in the home half of the first on a Mike Sorrentino RBI single surrendered by Chiefs starter Dylan Ellis to tie it up at 1-1.

 

A two out error by the Merchants opened up the floodgates in the top of the second when the Chiefs scored five unearned runs. After two were out, Mike Barbati walked and Pyburn reached on the infield error. A Bob McCarthy single scored Barbati to make it 2-1. Jeff Bercume followed with a line shot single to right which scored Pyburn giving the Chiefs a 3-1 lead. Northeast-10 Player of the Year Mike Baillargeon made his presence felt when he lifted a long triple to the fence in left-center scoring McCarthy and Bercume to up the advantage to 5-1. Landers then delivered a line drive single to center pushing Baillargeon across and giving the Chiefs a 6-1 lead.

 

Ellis held Wakefield scoreless in the second and third innings, despite some shoddy defense, and Tidmarsh settled down and blanked the Chiefs in the third and fourth innings.

 

The Merchants sent ten men to the plate in the bottom of the fourth and scored four runs (two earned) to make it a one run game at 6-5.

 

Tidmarsh again got the Chiefs side in order in the top of the fifth and the Merchants tied the game up at 6-6 in the bottom of the inning. Assumption’s Joe Martini came on in relief of Ellis to start the inning and was victimized by another unearned run when Alex LiDonni and Josh Band both reached on errors.

 

The Chiefs regained the lead at 7-6 in the top of the sixth courtesy of a Pyburn double and another McCarthy RBI single.

 

The Merchants got another unearned gift from the Chiefs in the bottom of the sixth to re-tie the game at seven. Taylor Von Kriegenberg reached when Matt Boleski misplayed his fly ball to left. Southpaw Chris Labriola came on for Martini to face lefty Jason Roth. Roth sacrificed Von Kriegenberg to second before another lefty, Matt Russo, took a Labriola offering to deep left for a RBI triple.

 

Enter Chris Foundas. The ICL all-star closer in 2008 struck out Kevin Johnson swinging and got pinch hitter Sam Choate to ground out to Baillaegeon stranding Russo at third with the go ahead run.

 

Hal Landers led off the Chiefs seventh with a single to center and stole second. Mike Andre then lined a single to right with Landers stopping at third. Eddie McDonald pinch ran for Andre and with runners on the corners, reliever Kevin Flight got pinch hitter Bill Catlado swinging. Boleski then got a big chunk of redemption when he lined a Flight pitch to right scoring Landers. Barbati followed with a single up the middle that plated McDonald and gave the Chiefs a 9-7 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.

 

Foundas got LiDonni and Band to both pop to Pyburn at short and he put an end to the day’s follies when he got Steve Langone to fly to Bercume in centerfield.

 

With the win the Chiefs go to 5-1-1 on the season. They host the Lexington Blue Sox at Tufts University on Monday at 6:00 PM. Right-hander Ryan McNeill will draw the starting assignment for the Chiefs. 



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Matt Boleski Had Big 7th Inning RBI Single

Tuesday, June 30
McNeill, Machado Combine on 16-0 Shutout at Ferullo

Woburn, MA- Ryan McNeill went the first five innings to pick up the win and Rob Machado worked a perfect sixth and seventh as the two combined on a two-hit shutout of the Mooney Dental Tanners 16-0 at Ferullo Field in Woburn on Tuesday evening. 

McNeill, who claimed all Northeast-10 honors at Merrimack this spring, picked up his first ICL win in a Chiefs uniform yielding just a couple of singles while striking out six. Machado, the former Malden Catholic standout and current UMass-Amherst right-hander, retired all six batters he faced including one strikeout in his ICL debut. 

Catcher Bob McCarthy led the Chiefs 14 hit attack collecting four singles while Peter Copa and rookie Dario Pizzano chalked up three RBI apiece. 

The Chiefs scored early and often in this one, opening up a 9-0 lead after two innings. In the first inning, the Chiefs sent ten men to the plate and scored five times. Brendan Pyburn got things underway when he drew a walk from Tanners starter and loser Mike Nardelli. Pyburn promptly stole second and came around to score on McCarthy’s first single of the game. Jeff Bercume drew another walk but Nardelli struck out Hal Landers for the first out. Veteran Brian Macrina then gave the Chiefs a 2-0 lead when he delivered a RBI single that scored McCarthy. Mike Andre drew the inning’s third walk and Copa followed with a RBI fielder’s choice that plated Bercume. Pizzano made it 5-0 with a gap shot double to left-center scoring Macrina and Copa. 

It went to 9-0 in the second with the Chiefs scoring four times after two were out. Landers and Macrina both worked two out walks and Nardelli was lifted in favor of Joe Harvey. Andre greeted Harvey with a line single to right center that scored Landers. Copa followed with another single scoring Macrina and when Pizzano reached on an infield error scoring Andre and Copa, the Chiefs were out to a 9-0 lead. 

A Macrina RBI single in the third and a Copa double and sacrifice fly from Mike Barbati ran the lead to a dozen after four innings.  The Chiefs added four more to make it 15-0 in the fifth on singles by McCarthy and Pizzano sandwiched around two infield errors and two hit batsmen. The sixteenth and final run of the night came in the sixth on singles from Pyburn, Bercume and Matt Boleski.



Tuesday, July 7
Third Straight Shutout for Lexington's Karis as Chiefs Silenced on Two Hits, 3-0

Lexington, MA- Mike DiCato was untouchable for the last four innings.

 

The bad news is that Matt Karis (4-0) was once again flawless for a full seven.

 

Such was the story in a first place showdown in Lexington on Monday night when Karis reached some rarified air and tossed his third consecutive ICL shutout on the way to chalking up his fourth straight decision in the Blue Sox 3-0 win over the Chiefs.

 

The right-hander out of Gettysburg College previously blanked the Medford Americans on June 16th and 26th and beat the Testa Corp. Bombers back on June 2nd. So far this season the Southboro native has only allowed a stingy nine hits in 27.0 innings of work.

 

The Chiefs Mike DiCato certainly pitched well enough to win, allowing six hits and tossing zeros over the last four innings.

 

If you got there a bit late you missed all of the scoring in this one. In top of the first inning Karis got Brendan Pyburn swinging and catcher Bob McCarthy to pop up. Jeff Bercume followed with a line single to right but Karis picked him off first to end the inning.

 

The defending champs went right to work in the bottom of the inning scoring the only runs they would need. DiCato got Jack Laurendeau (Holy Cross) to ground to Mike Baillargeon at second. Former Boston College standout Pete Frates got things going for the Sox when he doubled into the right field corner. Danny Graham then singled to center scoring Frates and when Bercume’s throw to the plate went to backstop, Graham scampered all the way to third on the error. Steve Gath followed with a ground out to Pyburn at shortstop with Graham scoring on the play. DiCato got Sean McElroy to ground to Baillargeon to end the inning.

 

The Chiefs went quietly in the second and the Sox added their third and final run of the night in the bottom of the frame. Dan Haugh led things off with a tough hop single to center but DiCato picked him off first. Tom Haugh then worked a full count walk and Eric Polling (Greenville College/Pickneyville, IL) hit a soft grounder to Baillargeon pushing Haugh to second. Former UMass-Lowell star Anthony Santos then drilled a RBI single to left making it 3-0.

 

The Chiefs made a little noise in the third but could not score. Peter Copa reached on a throwing error and went to third on Hal Landers single to right. Pyburn then bounced into a 1-6-3 double play with Copa remaining at third. He was stranded there when McCarthy grounded out to Santos at second base.

 

DiCato reteird the Sox side in order in the third and Karis returned the favor in the top of the fourth. Gath walked to start the Lexington fourth but DiCato struck out McElroy and Dan Haugh in succession. Tom Haugh then lined a single to center and Bercume fired a strike to third baseman Mike Andre gunning down Gath trying to go to third to end the inning.

 

Veteran Brian Macrina reached on an error to start the fifth and Karis got Andre to fly out for the inning’s first out. Peter Copa grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

 

A two out Laurendeau single was all the Sox could muster against DiCato in the bottom of the fifth.

 

In the Chiefs sixth, McCarthy hit a two out ground ball just inside the third base bag (that was officially scored as a two base error) but Karis got Bercume to bounce out to end the inning.

 

Graham was hit by a DiCato pitch to begin the Sox sixth and was promptly thrown out by McCarthy trying to steal second. Gath grounded to Pyburn and DiCato struck out pinch hitter Matt McEvoy swinging to close the inning.

 

The Chiefs looked poised to finally break through against Karis in their final at bat. After Justin Crisafulli grounded out sharply to third both Baillargeon and Macrina drew walks. Andre then drilled the Chiefs hardest hit ball of the night to right-center field but the frustration continued when Frates had him played perfectly and gloved it for the second out. Karis completed his shutout trifecta when he got Copa to ground out to put an end to the night’s proceedings.

 

Karis struck out four and issued three walks while lowering his ERA to 1.30. DiCato, now 2-1, surrendered just the six hits while striking out five and walking a couple.

 

Dan Lozeau will get the start for the Chiefs on Tuesday when they travel to East Boston Stadium at 8:00 PM to face the Bombers.

  


Thursday, July 9
ICL to Host All-Star Game vs. Boston Park Lg. on Sunday, July 19 at Lexington
Boston Pk Lg

Boston, MA- The annual Boston Park League vs. Intercity League All Star game will be held at Lexington High School on Sunday, July 19 at 2:00 PM.

For the last three years the game has been named in honor of umpire Joe Driscoll who passed away in 2007.

Rick DeAngelis, manager of the 2008 champions Blue Sox, will pilot the ICL squad.

The ICL's all-star team is expected to be announced next Tuesday.



Friday, July 10
Blue Sox Hammer Chiefs, 11-0
Pyburn
Brendan Pyburn had 2 Doubles

Lexington, MA- They could not be too sad to leave Lexington last night. 

For the second time in a row the Chiefs were blanked by the Blue Sox, this time to the tune of 11-0. On Monday, the Chiefs were shutout 3-0. 

This one was over early as the Sox got to Chiefs starter and loser Dan Lozeau for six runs on eight hits sending him to an early exit after just 1.1 innings of work.  

The Sox scored three times in the first inning on base hits from Dan Graham, Steve Gath, Ross Curley and Jeff Nolet. They added another three spot in the second when Anthony Santos, Ben Hewett, and again Graham and Gath, all recorded hits, sandwiched around a sacrifice fly from Pete Frates. Lefty Chris Labriola came on for Lozeau with one away and restored a bit of order getting the last two batters of the inning. 

The Sox bats kept coming and they roughed up Labriola for a couple of more runs in the third that jumped the lead to 8-zip. Four consecutive singles from Tom Haugh, Santos, Hewett and Frates, a Graham sacrifice fly and another Gath single and it was lights out for the Chiefs. 

Connor Bishop worked the fourth and the Sox lead went to 9-0 on a Nolet double, a walk and sacrifice fly by Dan Hughes. Matt Boleski, making his first mound appearance of the season, worked a scoreless fifth for the Chiefs and Chris Foundas came on to go in the sixth. Lexington wrapped up the scoring with a pair of runs off Foundas courtesy of an Anthony Coscia two RBI double. 

Steve Bodnar (3-0) picked up the win for the Blue Sox working the first five innings and scattering three hits. Curt Everett threw a scoreless sixth and Rollins College star Marc Hewett wrapped things up for the Sox in the seventh. 

Brendan Pyburn collected two doubles for the Chiefs and Bob McCarthy, Mike Andre, Dario Pizzano, Mike Barbati and Peter Copa (infield) all added singles as they were limited to seven hits. 

The Blue Sox are back in action on Friday hosting the Bombers at 8:00 PM and the Chiefs return to Tufts University and entertain the Americans in a 6:00 PM start.



Friday, July 10
Americans Knock Off Chiefs, 11-5

Medford, MA- When a team makes four errors, issues seven free passes, uncorks two wild pitches, hits a couple of batters and leaves ten men on base, the results are typically not good. 

That formula held true to form for the reeling Chiefs on Friday night at Tufts University as they dropped their third straight game of the week, this time to the Medford Americans 11-5. 

The Chiefs out hit the Americans 11-6, fell behind 2-0, took a 4-2 lead before surrendering the lead for good when the Americans tallied four times in the fourth inning. 

Americans starter Kevin Hayes and his Chiefs counterpart Ryan McNeill both threw two scoreless innings before the Americans picked up a couple of runs in the top of the third. Two walks and a fielders choice set the stage for Luke Begley who drilled a hard one hop single just past shortstop Brendan Pyburn to give Medford a 2-0 lead. 

The Chiefs answered quickly in their half of the third inning to take a 4-2 lead. Dario Pizzano and Bob McCarthy both drew walks. Hayes was in obvious discomfort and had to leave the game with a blister. Pyburn greeted reliever Zach Bunszell rudely with a three run homer to right giving the Chiefs the lead at 3-2. After Justin Crisafulli flew to left, Mike Andre doubled into the right field corner. Peter Copa then singled to left center moving Andre to third. Americans manager Kevin Burgoyne then summoned veteran southpaw Orazio Azzarello from the bullpen to face lefty Hal Landers. Azzarello walked Landers and JP Pollard followed with a sacrifice fly to center that gave the Chiefs a two run lead. Azzarello then got Mike Barbati to ground to Begley at second leaving two runners stranded in scoring position. 

McNeill quickly surrendered the lead in the top of the fourth. He gave up a one out single to Dave Ahern then experienced control problems walking the next three batters in succession that forced in a run and cut the Chiefs lead to 4-3. Mike Ferriero was next and he drilled a long gap shot double to left center that cleared the bases to put the Americans back in front at 6-4. Rob Machado replaced McNeill on the mound and averted further trouble when he got Steve Tahmoush to ground out. 

Azzarello got the Chiefs in order in the bottom of the fourth and Machado held Medford scoreless in the fifth.  

The Chiefs picked up a run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead tom 6-5 but let a golden opportunity go by the boards. Crisafulli singled to left and Andre followed with a line single to right. Lee Jamison came on to face Copa who reached on an infield single into the shortstop hole that loaded the bases with nobody out. Landers then grounded sharply to first with Crisafulli scoring and leaving runners at second and third. Pollard then hit a hard liner to Ferriero who was drawn in at shortstop. Ferriero knocked the ball down and threw Pollard out at first with the runners unable to advance. Lefty Matt Boleski then pinch hit for Barbati and Jamison got him swinging leaving two more men in scoring position.  

Machado was victimized by an unearned run in the sixth that jumped the Americans lead to 7-5 on a sacrifice fly from KC McCarthy.  

The Chiefs once again threatened in the bottom of the sixth but came up empty. McCarthy and Pyburn hit back to back one out singles and Andre drew a ten pitch walk to load the bases. Jamison then slammed the door on the Chiefs when he got Copa to pop up. 

The Americans reached Chris Foundas for four more runs in the top of seventh to put the game away with the big pop coming off the bat of McCarthy, who delivered a bases loaded triple.   



Sunday, July 12
Ellis Nearly Flawless as Chiefs End Three Game Skid, 5-0
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Dylan Ellis

Medford, MA- Lefty Dylan Ellis (Gloucester, MA/Merrimack) threw a complete game two-hitter and his mates supported him with nine hits as the Chiefs ended a three game skid with a 5-0 win over the Testa Corp. Bombers at Tufts University on Sunday afternoon. 

Ellis (2-0), was in command from start to finish as he struck out six and did not allow a Bombers base runner to get any further than second base.  

Ellis retired two Bombers hitters in the first inning before experiencing a little wildness and walking Josh Klimkiewicz and Nick Martinho in succession before getting Mike Adessa to pop up. 

The Chiefs took the lead in the home half of the first inning. Red hot Brendan Pyburn (7 for his last 11) got things going with an infield single off Bombers starter Mike Hashem. Mike Baillargeon flew to right for the first out and the Chiefs then executed a perfect hit and run with Jeff Bercume singling to right with Pyburn taking third. That paid immediate dividends when cleanup man Justin Crisafulli lofted a sacrifice fly to center scoring Pyburn.  

The Bombers got two more men on after two were out in the second when Steve Buitkus singled and Steve Wadsworth worked a walk. Ellis got tough and got Papa to pop up and Jay Defillippo to ground to Baillargeon at second base to end the inning. 

The Chiefs added three runs in the bottom of the second to jump the lead out to 4-0. Hashem got the first two outs of the inning before walking JP Pollard. Rookie Hal Landers then singled to right and Pyburn delivered his second single of the day, this time a RBI single to center that scored Pollard. Baillargeon followed and the he showed why he was the Northeast 10 Player of the Year this past spring when he uncorked a long triple to left center scoring Landers and Pyburn. 

Ellis worked a one-two-three third inning and the Chiefs gave him another run in the bottom of the frame. Catcher Bob McCarthy singled to right center and Mike Andre moved him to third with a long double to the 379” foot sign in right-center. Veteran Brian Macrina then delivered a sacrifice fly that plated McCarthy with the Chiefs fifth run of the afternoon. 

Ellis cruised through the fourth and allowed a single to Defillippo in the fifth. Hashem, the former UConn southpaw, settled down a bit and tossed a zero in the fourth and escaped a fifth inning jam.  

In the Chiefs fifth, Andre drew a full count, two out walk and Macrina singled to right-center. Peter Copa of UMass-Amherst came on to run for Andre but Hashem got Landers to ground sharply to second to end the threat. 

Ellis retired the heart of the Bombers order in succession in the top of the sixth. Suffolk University standout Dan Delia came on in relief of Hashem and worked a scoreless sixth. 

Buitkus reached on a throwing error by Copa to open the Testa seventh but was quickly erased at second on a Pyburn unassisted to Pollard doubleplay off the bat of Wadsworth. Papa then reached on Copa’s second miscue of the inning but Ellis ended the day when he got Defillippo to pop up to Baillargeon. 

With the win the Chiefs go to 7-4-1 on the year. Ellis lowered his ERA to 1.56 and picked up his eighth career win. 

Chiefs Chatter….Former UMass star Mike DiCato will take the mound in search of his third win of the season when the Chiefs host the Wakefield Merchants at Tufts on Monday at 6:00 PM…The Chiefs got some bad news in the pitching department when it was learned that Assumption righty Joe Martini will be lost for the remainder of the season with a labrum injury…..



Tuesday, July 14
Dicato Three-Hitter, Bercume Two RBI Double Rally Chiefs Past Wakefield, 3-1
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Mike DiCato

Medford, MA- You knew when you saw the pitching match-up at Tufts University on Monday evening that this was going to be a low scoring, pitching dominated game. 

Taking the mound for the visiting Wakefield Merchants was right-hander Jarrod Marchesi, the former Everett High and Bentley College ace, who just concluded his collegiate career with a 19-12 record. He was named all Northeast-10 as a junior when he went 8-3 for the Falcons. 

In the other corner was the Chiefs’ Mike DiCato, the former Malden Catholic all-American who led his team to a 2003 state championship and just wrapped up his four year stint at UMass-Amherst with 59 appearances, including wins over Boston College as well as Harvard in the 2008 Beanpot at Fenway Park. 

Neither Marchesi nor DiCato would disappoint on this night. 

The Chiefs eventually came away with a come from behind 3-1 win, tallying three times off Marchesi in the bottom of the sixth. The big blow came off the bat of All-East selection Jeff Bercume of Merrimack who delivered a huge two RBI double. 

After both Marchesi and DiCato retired the respective sides in order in the first inning, the Merchants took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. UMass-Lowell cleanup man Taylor Von Kriegenberg led things off with a single down the left field line. Matt Russo pushed him to second on a nice play by Chiefs second baseman Mike Baillargeon who ranged far to his left to get him by half a step. Alex LiDonni then moved Von Kriegenberg to third with another infield grounder to JP Pollard at first. Von Kriegneberg completed his tour of the bases when he scored on a DiCato wild pitch to give the Merchants the lead. 

That run looked as if it may stand up as both pitchers tossed blanks over the next four innings. Marchesi surrendered a just second inning single to Bob McCarthy and third inning hits to Pollard and torrid Brendan Pyburn (double). In innings three through six, DiCato only allowed a single to Sam Choate in the third and a walk to Columbia outfielder Jason Banos in the fifth. 

The Chiefs finally broke through against Marchesi and won the game in the bottom of the sixth. Rookie Hal Landers (Wheaton) got things going with an opposite field single to left. Pyburn followed and after two unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempts, lined a single to right center with Landers stopping at second. Baillargeon, the second team all-American selection from Assumption, followed with a hard shot right at shortstop Josh Band (Rollins). Band knocked the liner down and recovered in time to force Pyburn at second with Landers taking third on the play. Bercume then provided the night’s biggest noise when he drilled a Marchesi pitch to deep left-center for a double, scoring both Landers and Pyburn and giving the Chiefs the lead. Bercume took third on the throw to the plate and that proved to be big when Justin Crisafulli gave DiCato an insurance run and a 3-1 lead when he plated Bercume with a sacrifice fly to left. 

DiCato got Von Kriengenberg to fly to Landers in right for the first out of the seventh. Russo was next and he reached on an infield single. DiCato then closed things out when he got LiDonni to bounce into a 4-6-3 doubleplay. 

With the complete game, eighty pitch outing, DiCato raised his season mark to 3-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.52. Marchesi (0-2), struck out four and allowed six hits. 

Chiefs Chatter….The Chiefs will send rookie right-hander Rob Machado to the mound to make his first ICL start when they travel to East Boston Stadium to meet the Bombers on Tuesday night at 8:00 PM. Machado worked three impressive innings in relief against the Americans on Friday. The former Malden Catholic star made two starts for UMass-Amherst this spring against UConn and Northeastern……Shortstop Brendan Pyburn of Merrimack has been on fire at the plate over the last week going 9 for his last 15, including a home run and three doubles. With the hot streak, the former Bishop Fenwick star has raised his average to a lofty .354….Catcher Bob “Bobo” McCarthy has moved into the ICL’s top five in the batting race, currently hitting an even .400 (16 for 40), and is currently enjoying a seven game hitting streak….Former Boston College star and Boston Red Sox farmhand Steve Langone made a nice grab of a Justin Crisafulli pop up in short right field in the second inning. The veteran second baseman is hitting .261 so far this season for the Merchants….Wakefield is off on Tuesday and hosts the Bombers at Walsh Field on Wednesday at 6:00 PM…Following Tuesday’s game at East Boston the Chiefs travel to Playstead Park in Medford on Wednesday at 6:00 PM before returning home to host the Mooney Dental Tanners on Thursday….The 2009 ICL all-star team is expected to be announced on Wednesday. The annual ICL-Boston Park League all-star game will be held this Sunday at Lexington starting at 2:00 PM…..     



Wednesday, July 15
Del Prete Outduels Machado as Bombers Win, 2-0

East Boston, MA- Anthony Del Prete outdueled rookie Rob Machado as the Bombers edged the Chiefs 2-0 at East Boston Stadium.

Del Prete scattered three hits and struck out three while raising his season mark to 3-0 and lowering his ERA to 0.50. Del Prete has been beaten only once in fifteen decisions (11-1-3) since returning to the ICL in 2008 after a four year professional career. He spent one season in the Northeast League and three years pitching for Evansville of the Frontier League.

Former Harvard star Josh Klimkiewicz's second inning single and Joe Papa's bases loaded walk in the fourth accounted for the two Bomber RBI's.

Machado pitched well in his first ICL start despite taking the loss. The UMass-Amherst righty via Malden Catholic surrendered just four hits, struck out five and walked five.

Singles from Dario Pizzano (2nd inning), Peter Copa (3rd inning) and Jeff Bercume (6th inning) was all the offense the Chiefs could manage against Del Prete.

The Chiefs travel to Playstead Park in Medford on Wednesday night when the take on the Medford Americans at 6:00 PM. Dan Lozeau (1-2) will get the start for the Chiefs while the Americans will counter with righthanded veteran Lee Jamison (2-2).

The Chiefs return home to Tufts University on Thursday when the host the Mooney Dental Tanners. Ryan McNeill (1-1) is the expected starter for the Chiefs against the Tanners.



Wednesday, July 15
Chiefs Beat Americans at Playstead, 6-3
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Brian Macrina's three hits raised his career total to 208

Medford, MA- J.P. Pollard drilled a bases clearing sixth inning double to left-center field to break a 3-3 tie and give the Chiefs a hard fought 6-3 win over the Medford Americans at Playstead Park on Wednesday night. 

The Chiefs squandered a brief 3-0 fourth inning lead but came back and recorded their third win in four attempts so far this week. 

Chiefs’ starter Dan Lozeau and his counterpart Lee Jamison both threw blanks over the first three frames as the game was scoreless heading into the top of the fourth.  

Jeff Bercume got things started in the Chiefs fourth inning when he drilled a long triple off the base of the fence in right. Jamison got Justin Crisafulli to flyout to short right for the first out and then walked rookie Dario Pizzano to put runners on the corners with one out. Veteran Brian Macrina then delivered Bercume with the first of his three hits on the night to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Mike Andre then flew to left for the inning’s second out. Peter Copa followed and he made it 2-zip with a single that scored Pizzano. Pollard then hit a hard one-hopper that handcuffed second baseman Monte Marrocco allowing Macrina to score making it 3-0. 

The Americans came right back to knot things up in the bottom of the inning. Ageless veteran Mike Kalfopoulos showed why he was once the most feared hitter in the ICL when he lined a Lozeau fastball into the right-center field gap for a bases clearing three RBI double that scored KC McCarthy (single), Mike Delponte (walk) and Steve Napier (single).  

It stayed a 3-3 contest until the Chiefs put up the go ahead runs in the sixth. Macrina lined his third single of the game to left and Andre followed with another single to left-center. Copa then dropped a perfect bunt that went for a single and loaded the bases. Pollard stepped up and quickly emptied them with his stand-up double. 

Lozeau struck out the side in order in the sixth and Medford reliever Ryan McNiff held the Chiefs scoreless in the seventh. 

Things got a bit interesting in the bottom of the seventh before Lozeau closed things out. Kalfopoulos grounded out to Mike Barbati at second, who made a nice play in short right to throw him out by a step and Mike Ferriero flew to Pizzano in right for out number two. Lozeau then issued a walk to Jay Olson and Mike Burgoyne pinch ran for him. Marrocco then singled to deep short to bring Steve Tahmoush to the plate representing the tying run. Lozeau ended it when he got Tahmoush to pop up to Barbati at second base.

Lozeau, who evens his record at 2-2 with the win, allowed five hits and struck out six. Jamison (2-3) took the loss for the Americans. 

The Chiefs will send right-hander Ryan McNeill (1-1) to the mound on Thursday when they return home to meet the Mooney Dental Tanners at Tufts University at 6:00 PM.



Thursday, July 16
McKenna and McNeill Dominate as Chiefs-Tanners Play to 1-1 Tie
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Bob McCarthy Scored Only Run

Medford, MA- Huskins Field has always been known as a pitcher’s ballpark and it can be a very imposing landscape, especially for right-handed hitters.

When there are two good pitchers on the mound and a strong wind is blowing in, it becomes a downright monster! 

Such was the case on Thursday night when the Tanners Max McKenna and the Chiefs Ryan McNeill hooked up in classic pitcher’s duel. The net offensive totals for both teams were; two runs, one earned, and five hits. The end result equaled a 1-1 tie that took a brief one hour and twenty-three minutes to complete. 

It was the eighth league game that ended in a tie so far this season and it becomes another glowing example for the ICL to consider adopting an extra innings format next season.  The Chiefs other tie this year was a 2-2 contest with Wakefield that was completed in an hour and twelve minutes.

The Chiefs scored their only run of the night in the bottom of the first inning when Catcher Bob McCarthy walked, stole second and scored on Justin Crisafulli’s RBI single to right-center. 

The Tanners tied the game in the top of the fifth. Keegan DeNapoli drew a leadoff walk. Derek Dettore followed with a seeing eye grounder between first baseman J.P. Pollard and second baseman Peter Copa. Copa made a nice play to get to the ball but his throw to get Dettore was wide of McNeill who was covering the bag. The play was scored as a hit and an error was charged to Copa on the throw which allowed DeNapoli to go to third. Tanners catcher Jon Smart immediately cashed in when he followed with a sacrifice fly to left-center that scored DeNapoli and tied the game at 1-1. 

Other than Dettore’s infield hit, McNeill allowed just another infield single in the fifth inning.  

After Crisafulli’s RBI single in the first inning, the only other hits the Chiefs could manage against McKenna were a Bercume two out sixth inning single and a Macrina single with one out in the seventh. 

McNeill, who received all-Northeast 10 honors this past spring for Merrimack, struck out three and saw his Chiefs record go to 1-1-1 

McKenna, who was 3-3 with an ERA of 3.03 in twelve appearances for Amherst College in 2009, also struck out three and hit a batter. McKenna was named to the ICL all-star team yesterday. He has been lights out so far this summer for the Tanners. The Lexington native has surrendered just three earned runs in 23.1 innings of work, struck out 17 and has an impressive ERA of 0.90.  

 



Monday, July 20
ICL Beats Boston Park League 10-9
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Mike DiCato Threw Scoreless Second Inning for ICL

By Bruce Hack
ICBL Media Relations Director

LEXINGTON, MA – Under blue skies and bright skies the best players from the Boston Park League and the best players from the Intercity League got together for the third annual Joe Driscoll Memorial All-Star game and the hosts came away with a 10-9 win at Lexington High School.

All-Star games usually feature great pitching, great defense and timely hitting. This had all that, but was like two games in one. The two teams combined for 19 runs and 20 hits, with 18 of the runs and 12 of the hits coming in the fourth and fifth innings. For all the hits it was a fielders choice that brought in the winning run.The Park League had tied the game at 9-9 with a six-run fifth only to see the Intercity League take the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth with the fourth lead change in two innings
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Park League hurler Grady Campion (Cannon Club/Oberlin), who entered the game in the fourth, walked the first three batters in the fifth to load the bases. Campion was replaced by Scott Hawpe (Grossman Marketing/Holy Cross) who induced a ground ball to short by Joe Smith (Mooney/Harvard) that scored Taylor von Kriegenbergh (Wakefield/UMass-Lowell) with what turned out to be the winning run for the home squad.

Pitching took over for the final three innings as neither team could push any more runs across the plate.


The Intercity League pitchers combined to set down the last nine Park League batters, four by strikeout.

Wakefield’s Steve Coffey (UMass-Boston) earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the first two batters. His effort earned him Intercity League Co-MVP honors.

Pete Frates (Lexington/Boston College) shared Intercity League MVP honors with Coffey. Frates was 1-for-2 and drove in Brendan Pyburn (Andre/Merrimack), who tripled on the first pitch he saw, with the first run on an infield out in the first inning. He also turned a 9-3 double play in the fourth when he made a great diving catch near the line and doubled up Francis Gonzalez (Boston Padres/Boston English HS) to end the three-run rally by the Park League.

For the second straight year Anthony Del Prete (Testa Corp/Suffolk) started for the Intercity squad and turned in a 1-2-3, seven pitch effort with one strikeout. It was one of only three 3-up, 3-down innings in the game all by Intercity pitchers. The Chiefs Mike DiCato worked the second inning for the ICL, allowing just one hit.

James Ramsey (Wakefield/Trinity) had the second 3-up, 3-down inning when he set down the Park League in the eighth inning on 10 pitches with one strikeout.
Both teams batted around in an inning and sent 11 batters to the plate.

For the Intercity League it happened in the fourth when the hosts turned four walks, four hits and a throwing error into eight runs. A pair of Blue Sox players, Eric Poling (Greenville College) with an RBI single to give the ICBL a 4-3 lead, and Ross Curley (Bentley) a 2-run single had big hits in the inning. Curley also combined with Medford’s Steve Tahmoush (Babson) on a double steal with Tahmoush scoring the seventh run of the inning.

Boston responded with an 11-batter six run fifth inning. Andrew Tenaglia (Grossman Marketing/Holy Cross), who was named BPL MVP for the game, had the big hit a two-single to drive in the third and fourth runs of the inning. He finished 2-for-2 with a run, 2 RBI and also turned an unassisted double play at first base in the seventh. He made a diving catch of a line drive off the bat of Mike DelPonte (Medford/Bryant) and then doubled up Nick Martinho (Testa/Suffolk).

There were four double plays turned in the game, three by the Intercity League and none of them were the usual groundball variety. Two were turned in by Intercity outfielders, the one by Frates and one by Jay DeFillipo (Testa/Siena) who made a catch in center and threw home to nail Ivan Clemente (Cannon Club/Maryland) who bulled his way into catcher Poling. The first ICBL double play came in the third when Josue Feliciano (Carlson Club/MCLA) struck out with runners at first and second. As the ball got away from catcher Bob McCarthy (Andre/Merrimack) he gunned down John Hayes (Grossman/Marketing/Suffolk) going to third.

For the third straight year the two teams played the game in honor of Joe Driscoll, an umpire and friend of many in the Greater Boston baseball community.

The game also showcased the best amateur baseball in the greater Boston area as the players represented both leagues and their teams well and gave the fans a great show.



Tuesday, July 21
Blue Sox Hand Chiefs Another Loss in Lexington, 7-1
Dan Graham
Blue Sox Slugger Dan Graham

Lexington, MA- The defending champion Blue Sox knocked off the Chiefs in Lexington on Monday night, 7-1. It was the third time in two weeks that the Sox beat the Chiefs at home. The teams will meet three more times during the regular season, all at Tufts University. 

The Sox runs came in two bunches, scoring three times in the bottom of the first and adding a four spot in the fourth inning.  

Things started well enough for the Chiefs when leadoff man Brendan Pyburn reached on an infield single. Sox starter Tim Bryant then retired the next three batters in a row when Bob McCarthy grounded out, Jeff Bercume flew to center and Dario Pizzano was called out on strikes. 

Lexington went right to work against Chiefs rookie right-hander Rob Machado (UMass-Amherst) in bottom of the first. Machado walked leadoff man Pete Frates and then surrendered consecutive singles to Ross Curley and Dan Graham to load the bases. Steve Gath delivered a sacrifice fly to right scoring Frates for a 1-0 Sox lead. Matt McEvoy drew Machado’s second walk of the inning to re-load the bases and Sean McElroy quickly unloaded them when he delivered a two RBI single to put Lexington in front 3-0. 

Bryant gave up a second inning double to J.P. Pollard and Machado settled down a bit in the bottom of the inning to keep it a 3-0 game. 

Both pitchers got the respective sides in order in third and the Chiefs made a bit of noise in the top of the fourth. Bercume led off with a single to center and Bryant got the first out when he caught Pizzano looking for the second time. Peter Copa then singled to right to put two men on with one away. McEvoy then made the defensive play of the night when he robbed Pollard of extra bases with a diving catch in the left-centerfield gap. The threat went by the boards when Bryant struck out Mike Barbati looking. 

The Blue Sox chased Machado and put the game away when they scored four times in the bottom of the fourth to go up 7-zip. McEvoy was hit by a pitch and Jeff Nolet drilled a single to left that skipped past Pizzano and went all the way to fence allowing McEvoy to score from first. Machado then got Rollins star Ben Hewett to ground out to Barbati but Frates followed with a line single to left that scored Nolet to make it 5-0 and ended Machado’s night. Chris Foundas came in from the bullpen and struck out Curley before allowing consecutive singles to Graham and Gath that pushed the Sox lead to 7-0. 

Hal Landers picked up a one out single in the Chiefs fifth but the inning ended when Pyburn bounced into a 5-4-3 doubleplay. 

Foundas regained some of the form that made him the ICL’s all-star closer in 2008 when he retired the Sox side in order in the bottom of the fifth. 

The Chiefs finally broke their nineteen inning scoring drought at Lexington in the sixth. McCarthy led off with a double down the left field line and he went to third on a long fly from Bercume that Frates ran down on the warning track in center. Copa’s RBI single, just inside the third base bag, scored McCarthy with the Chiefs only run. 

Lefty Matt Boleski worked an impressive sixth inning for the Chiefs, striking out the side. 

Matt O’Brien from Boston College came on to close things out for the Sox working a 1-2-3 seventh. 

Despite the score, both teams recorded seven hits and there was only one error in the game. Machado (0-2) took the loss for the Chiefs. He worked 3.1 innings, was charged with all seven runs (six earned), gave up five hits, struck out two but walked three and hit two batters. Bryant, the former Bentley righty who is now 2-0, worked six innings, striking out three and walking none while lowering his ERA to 0.57 on the season. 

The Chiefs will send Mike DiCato (3-1) to the hill on Tuesday night, weather permitting, when they host the Medford Americans at Tufts University at 6:00 PM.   



Tuesday, July 21
Entire ICL Schedule Washed Out by Tuesday's Rain
Kevin Burgoyne
Rain! No fungos tonight for Americans Manager Kevin Burgoyne

Wet grounds and more rain in the forecast for tonight (Tuesday) has already caused the early postponement of all three Intercity League games that were scheduled.

The Medford Americans at Chiefs game scheduled for Tufts University at 6:00 PM has been washed out and will be made up on Wednesday, July 29 at 6:00 PM.

The Wakefield Merchants at Lexington Blue Sox game at Lexington High School has also been postponed. The teams are currently working on a make-up date which is expected to be announced soon.

The Mooney Dental Tanners at Testa Corp. Bombers game, slated for East Boston Stadium, was postponed at 4:45 PM. Bombers management observed the conditions of the artificial surface and decided that the ongoing rain would render the field unplayable.

In ICL action on Monday night, the first place Blue Sox beat the Chiefs 7-1 at Lexington High School and the Medford Americans jumped out to a 7-1 lead and held on to knock off the Testa Corp. Bombers 7-6 at Playstead Park in Medford.

On Wednesday, the Chiefs will travel to Wakefield to meet the Merchants at Walsh Field in a 6:00 PM start and the Bombers head to Lexington High School to meet the Blue Sox under the lights at 8:00 PM.

All schedule and weather related updates are immediately posted on the Intercity League's website at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com.

 



Saturday, July 25
Chiefs Start Week with Sunday Doubleheader at Ferullo Field in Woburn

Woburn, MA- The Chiefs will visit Ferullo Field in Woburn on Sunday as they take on the Mooney Dental Tanners in a doubleheader starting at 5:30 PM. On Monday, the two teams will play at Tufts University in a 6:00 PM start. Monday's game is a make-up of the game that was rained out on Thursday.

Wet grounds caused the postponement of Friday's game at Tufts with Lexington. No make-up date has been announced for this game as yet.

After the three game set with the Tanners, the Chiefs travel to East Boston Stadium to meet the Testa Corp. Bombers on Tuesday night at 8:00 PM before returning home to host the Medford Americans on both Wednesday and Thursday. Next Friday, the Chiefs host the Blue Sox, also at Tufts University, at 6:00 PM. 



Wednesday, July 22
Bats Silenced Again in 3-1 Loss to Wakefield
Hal Landers
Hal Landers 6th inning bunt single led to only run

Wakefield, MA- Three runs on thirteen hits. 

Not bad offensive numbers for an ICL game. 

When that is your team’s total over a three game stretch, you are not going to put many “W’s” in the win column.  

Such is the latest saga of the Chiefs, who remain mired in a team-wide batting funk. The most recent chapter of non-production came on Wednesday night at Walsh Field when Trinity lefty and ICL all-star James Ramsey held the Chiefs to a single run for the third straight game. 

Ramsey was the story in this one as he surrendered just three hits, two of the infield variety, as the Merchants sent the unproductive Chiefs to their second straight defeat, 3-1. Chiefs’ right-hander Mike DiCato suffered the loss but certainly pitched well enough to win. 

The Merchants struck for two runs in the bottom of the second inning on singles from Jason Banos and Alex LiDonni and a Matt Russo double. 

After that, both DiCato and Ramsey made it a two man show with Ramsey not allowing a hit until rookie Dario Pizzano tripled with one out in fifth. 

The Merchants lead went to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth. L.J. Demaino singled and went to second when DiCato’s pickoff attempt skipped by J.P. Pollard. DiCato got Kevin Johnson to pop up and struck out Mike Sorrentino before Taylor von Kriengenbergh delivered Demaino with a two out single to center. 

The Chiefs averted the shutout picking up a run in the sixth and threatened for more. Hal Landers led off and beat out a bunt single. Brendan Pyburn followed with infield single that glanced off Johnson’s glove at shortstop and went into short centerfield, allowing Landers to move to third. Bob McCarthy then hit a roller at first baseman Jason Roth and Landers beat his throw home to make it 3-1 and leaving runners on first and second with nobody out. Ramsey slammed the door shut when he got Bercume on groundout and then got Crisafulli to hit into a 5-4-3 doubleplay. 

Ryan McNeill came on to work a scoreless sixth inning for the Chiefs and allowed a single to Jon Davison.  

Ramsey made easy work of the Chiefs in the top of the seventh, retiring Pollard and Pizzano on infield grounders and ending things when he got Peter Copa to foul out to third. 

Ramsey, who worked a scoreless 1-2-3 inning for the ICL in Sunday’s all-star game, struck out just one and did not issue a walk. 

DiCato, now 3-2, allowed just six hits in his five innings of work, struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. 

The Chiefs will try and rebound on Thursday when they host the Mooney Dental Tanners at Tufts University at 6:00 PM. Dan Lozeau is expected to get the starting assignment for the Chiefs.   



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Jeff Bercume Had 2 HRS & 8 RBI in Doubleheader
Monday, July 27
Chiefs Sweep Doubleheader, 12-4 & 9-2
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Chiefs Third Baseman Mike Andre

Woburn, MA- Jeff Bercume hit two home runs in Game One, including a third inning grand slam, and knocked in eight runs on the night to lead the Chiefs to a doubleheader sweep over the Mooney Dental Tanners at Ferullo Field on Sunday evening. 

Game One- Chiefs 12, Tanners 4 - The Chiefs overcame a rocky start, trailing 3-0 after two innings, to beat the Tanners 12-4.  

Mooney got to Chiefs starter Dan Lozeau early to grab a 2-0 lead in the first inning on four consecutive singles from Ben Mullin, Matt Ruane, Nick Napoli and Bob Wronski. Lozeau averted more damage with the bases loaded when the Chiefs turned a 5-2-3 (Mike Andre to Bob McCarthy to JP Pollard) inning ending doubleplay. 

The Tanners were right back at it in the second and picked up their third run on a Derek Dettorre double and a Ruane sacrifice fly. Rob Machado came on in relief of Lozeau with the bases juiced and two outs and escaped the jam when he got Ryan Doyle to foul out. 

Bercume brought the Chiefs back quickly in the top of the third against Tanners starter Max McKenna (Amherst). He hit his grand slam to right-center scoring Andre and McCarthy, who had both singled, and Brendan Pyburn who drew a base on balls. 

The Chiefs put up another four spot in the fourth. Dario Pizzano walked, Peter Copa reached on an error and Pollard singled to load the bases. Andre then drilled McKenna’s first pitch down the right field line scoring Pizzano and Copa to make it a 6-3 affair. A Pyburn single scored Pollard and a long sacrifice fly to left by Brian Macrina plated Andre to run the Chiefs margin to 8-3. 

Joe Smith’s long triple and Keegan DeNapoli’s RBI single off Machado cut the lead to 8-4 in the bottom of the fifth before the Chiefs put it out of reach with four more runs in the top of the sixth.

 Bercume hit his second round tripper of the night to straight away right scoring Pyburn (double) ahead of him. The Chiefs weren’t finished as Justin Crisafulli drew a walk, Pizzano doubled and pinch hitter Mike Barbati drove a sacrifice fly to right to make it 11-4. Pollard followed with another RBI single scoring Pizzano to account for the 12-4 final. 

Machado (1-2) picked up his first ICL win with 4.1 innings of one run, four hit relief work. The UMass-Amherst righty struck out four and did not issue a walk. 

Game Two- Chiefs 9, Tanners 2- The Chiefs took a quick 1-0 first inning lead in the night cap. Hal Landers drilled a leadoff single to center and Pyburn reached on fielder’s choice that erased Landers at second. Tanners starter Marc Collins’ errant attempt to pick Pyburn off first allowed the Chiefs shortstop to scamper all the way to third. He did not stay there long as Bercume promptly delivered him with a sacrifice fly to left. 

The Tanners came right back at southpaw Dylan Ellis to take a 2-1 lead of their own in the bottom of the inning when DeNapoli unloaded with a long two RBI double to center. 

The Chiefs drew even at 2-2 in the third on Bercume’s second single of  Game Two and eighth RBI of the day when he delivered McCarthy who had walked. 

Ellis got a little breathing room an inning later when the Chiefs scored two runs to take a 4-2 lead when Landers drilled a two RBI single to center scoring Andre and Macrina.  

It went to 5-2 Chiefs in the sixth on a single from Andre, a McCarthy walk and an infield error. 

Four more runs came across for the Chiefs in the seventh on singles by Bercume, Crisafulli and Landers (2 more RBI) and a long double from Pollard that opened the lead to 9-2. 

The Tanners loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh. The defensive play of the day was turned in by Barbati at second base when he dove to his right to glove Mullin’s screaming liner and then fired a strike to Pollard at first for a doubleplay that ended the game. 

Elllis, now 3-0, went the distance allowing seven hits and striking out seven. 

The Chiefs and Tanners are right back at it on Monday in a 6:00 PM start at Tufts University. Mike DiCato (3-2) will get the nod for the Chiefs.   



Monday, July 27
DiCato Tossses Three-Hitter as Chiefs Beat Tanners 4-1
Justin Crisafulli
Justin Crisafulli had 2 RBI

Medford, MA- Mike DiCato tossed a complete game three-hitter to get the Chiefs past the Mooney Dental Tanners 4-1 at Tufts University on Monday evening. It was the Chiefs third straight over the Woburn based club having swept a doubleheader on Sunday 12-4 and 9-2. 

DiCato was in control from start to finish. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and lost his shutout bid with two outs in the seventh on a wind blown infield pop-up single. 

Wind was once again a factor at Tufts on this night, knocking down ball after ball and causing havoc with routine fly balls. 

The Chiefs provided DiCato with single tallies in each of the first three innings. After DiCato had an easy 1-2-3 first inning, red hot Hal Landers drew a leadoff walk for the Chiefs but Tanners starter Joe Harvey got Brendan Pyburn swinging. Landers then stole second before Jeff Bercume flew out deep to right-center for the second out. Cleanup man Justin Crisafulli then came through with a RBI single to center that scored Landers. 

DiCato set the Tanners side down in order again in the second and the Chiefs added another run in the bottom on the inning on a Landers RBI single that scored Bob McCarthy who had walked. 

A one out walk was all DiCato would yield in the third and the Chiefs made it a 3-0 game in the home half of the inning when Crisafulli picked up his second RBI on infield ground out. 

DiCato worked another 1-2-3 inning and Harvey kept the Chiefs off the board in fourth despite a leadoff single from Mike Andre. 

The no-hit bid ended in the top of the fifth when Phil Recco drilled a clean line drive single to right-center.  

DiCato walked Jon Smart to start the Tanners sixth but he was erased when Matt Ruane bounced into a 6-4-3 doubleplay. 

The Chiefs added their fourth run in the bottom of the sixth. JP Pollard reached on throwing error and Andre sacrificed him to third. McCarthy then drew a walk and was thrown out trying to steal second with Pollard scoring on the play. 

DiCato took his one hitter and shutout into the seventh and things got a little interesting courtesy of a little shoddy defense and a whole lot of wind. Joe Smith led off and reached on an error when Pyburn bobbled his grounder. DiCato got Keegan DeNapoli looking for the first out and Andre made a nice play charging a Recco slow grounder and throwing him out at first for out number two. Bob Wronski then hit a towering pop-up that appeared would end the game and give DiCato the shutout. The wind took over and the ball fell between second baseman Mike Barbati and DiCato near the mound and was scored a base hit. Smith, running with two outs, scored on the play as the Tanners averted the shutout. Pinch-hitter Ryan Doyle then singled to right and when DiCato walked Alex Stotik to load the bases the Tanners suddenly had the go ahead run at the plate in Brian Svenson. DiCato got Svenson down in the count 0-2  and got him to hit a one hopper at Andre to end the game. 

Harvey pitched very well for Mooney allowing just four hits (Landers, Pyburn, Andre & Crisafulli). DiCato struck out six and raised his record to 4-2. 

Ryan McNeill will get the start when the Chiefs travel to East Boston Stadium on Tuesday at 8:00 PM to face the Bombers.



Wednesday, July 29
McNeill, Bercume & 9 Run Sixth Inning Give Chiefs 11-1 Win in East Boston
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Jeff Bercume

East Boston, MA- The Chiefs exploded for nine sixth inning runs, keyed by Jeff Bercume’s second grand slam and third home run in three days, to blow open a close 2-1 game on the way to an 11-1 win over the Testa Corp. Bombers on Tuesday night at East Boston Stadium. 

Ryan McNeill (2-1-1) was impressive once again in picking up his second win of the summer. The Lynnfield native went the six inning distance, scattered five hits and struck out four. The game was called in the bottom of the seventh due to a light failure in East Boston. 

McNeill and Bombers starter Jim Simon (Curry/Deerfield Beach, FL) both threw blanks through the first two innings before the Chiefs broke the scoring ice in the top of the third. Torrid Hal Landers (8 for his last 15), started things off with a bullet single to right. Brendan Pyburn then drew a walk and Bercume picked up his first RBI of the night with a single to center that scored Landers. Justin Crisafulli followed with a RBI single to right that scored Pyburn to make it 2-0. Simon, who was 6-1 this spring for Curry College, escaped the inning without further damage when he got Peter Copa to pop up and Brian Macrina to hit into a 6-4-3 doubleplay. 

It stayed a 2-0 game until the bottom of the fifth when the Bombers finally broke through against McNeill to cut the lead to 2-1. Consecutive singles from Vin Eruzione and Mike Navarro put the Bombers in business with nobody out. Kevin O’Leary then moved the runners up to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. ICL all-star Jay DeFillipo then got the Bombers on the board with a single to left that scored Eruzione with Navarro stopping at third. McNeill then got the biggest out of the game when he struck out Joe Papa swinging. 2008 ICL MVP Josh Klimkiewicz (Harvard/El Paso) followed and McNeill got him to ground sharply to Pyburn at short to preserve the Chiefs one run lead. 

The Chiefs sent 14 men to the plate in the sixth inning, scored nine times and banged out a half dozen hits. Copa got things started when he drew a full count walk. Macrina and Copa then executed a perfect hit and run with Macrina singling to right and Copa going to third. Simon then got a big out when he got Mike Andre to fly to short left for the first out. Trinity righty Eddie Donovan replaced Simon on the hill and he walked Dario Pizzazno to load the bases for catcher Bob McCarthy. McCarthy put up the best at bat of night, going ten pitches deep, before hitting a chopper at Bombers third baseman Mike Adessa. Adessa came up with the ball but his throw home was low as Copa slid across with the Chiefs third run. Landers then ripped a single that scored Macrina to make it 4-1. Pyburn worked a bases loaded walk to run the lead to 5-1 and setting the stage for Bercume. The Chiefs centerfielder then drilled a bomb to right for a grand slam that put the Chiefs comfortably in front at 9-1. After Crisafulli lined out, Copa reached on an infield single and Macrina chalked up his second single of the inning. Andre then drove them both home with a long double to right-center upping the margin to 11-1.

McNeill held the Bombers scoreless in the top of the sixth and the Chiefs went 1-2-3 in the seventh.  

Bill Cataldo, who came on to play second base, threw pinch-hitter Steve Buitkus out on ground ball for the first out of the Bombers seventh, before there was a sudden light failure at the Stadium that sent the field into darkness. As a result, the game went into the books as a six inning affair, with all statistics from the seventh inning (neither team recorded a hit or a run) being wiped out. 

McNeill struck out four and walked a couple while lowering his ERA to 2.19.

Chiefs Chatter…..Bercume, with his five RBI, has taken over the ICL lead in that category with 21. He had a grand slam and a two-run homer along with eight RBI in Sunday’s doubleheader at Woburn and has raised his average to .382 to move into third place in the ICL’s batting race….Landers has moved his average to .367 and currently sits in fifth place…. The Chiefs begin a two game series with the Medford Americans at Tufts University on Wednesday at 6:00 PM.



Wednesday, July 29
Merrimack Mashers!

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Plenty of Merrimack Warriors Flavor! Current Chiefs Brian Macrina (Captain 1999), Jeff Bercume (Captain 2008-09), Mike Andre (Capatin 2009), Bob McCarthy (2009) and Brendan Pyburn (Captain-elect 2010) have combined for 850 hits in their D-2 Merrimack College careers. Macrina (1996-99) played for Barry Rosen while Bercume, Andre, McCarthy and Pyburn all played four years under current Warriors Head Coach Joe Sarno. Pyburn will return to Merrimack for his senior season in September.



Thursday, July 30
There's No Place Like Home, Casey Crusies Past Chiefs at Tufts, 7-0
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Brain Casey

(Courtesy of MedfordAmericans.com) 
Medford, MA - Brian Casey returned to the familiar mound at Huskins Field on the campus of Tufts University where he enjoyed much college pitching success Wednesday night and made himself at home, throwing a rocking chair, complete game, three hit masterpiece to lead the Americans to a 7-0 victory over the host Andre Chiefs. 

In running his record to 5-1, Casey recorded his second shutout on the season and his fourth complete game. He allowed just four Chief base runners on three singles and a walk while striking out seven.

Chief's starter Chris Foundas (1-1) had control problems from the outset and took the loss. He walked three, hit two batters, struck out two, and allowed four earned runs on five hits in three full innings. Matt Boleski worked the Chief's fourth and gave up three earned runs on three hits and two walks. Chris Labriola shut the Americans down in the fifth and sixth on one hit and one walk while striking out three. Connor Bishop struck out one in finishing up a scoreless seventh, working out of a bases loaded one out jam following a pair of walks and a single.

The Americans got all the runs they would need before making an out in the first. Foundas opened the game by hitting Luke Begley and walking Dave Ahern and Mike DelPonte in succession to load the bases. K.C. McCarthy made him pay when he lined a base hit to the opposite field in left to score Begley and Ahern and give the Americans a 2-0 lead. The RBI were McCarthy's tenth and eleventh in just eight games played for the Americans.

They tacked on two more in the fourth. Ahern doubled to deep right with one out and DelPonte followed with a double to center to chase Ahern home with the third run. McCarthy was hit by a Foundas pitch to put runners at first and second. A Mike Kalfopoulos ground ball forced McCarthy at second leaving runners at the corners. Mike Ferriero walked to load the bases before Jay Olson's seeing eye single found its way into right field to drive home DelPonte and make it 4-0 after three.

Boleski took over on the mound for the Chiefs to start the fourth and was greeted rudely. Begley walked to open the frame and Ahern singled to left. DelPonte fouled to the catcher for the first out but McCarthy earned the second walk of the inning to load the bases. Mike Kalfopoulos stepped to the plate and lined a single down the right field line, scoring Begley and Ahern with the fifth and sixth American runs. Mike Ferriero then joined the hit list when he drove a Boleski fast ball over the head of Jeff Bercume in center that easily scored McCarthy with the seventh run. Ferriero was thrown out at third trying to stretch the double to a triple, ending the inning before Kalfopoulos could cross the plate with the eighth run. The rest was all Casey as he cruised to the victory, striking out the side in the seventh to end it.

With six regular season games to go, the Americans find themselves in third place with twenty-seven points, one point behind the second place Chiefs in the standings and nine points behind the first place Lexington Blue Sox.

The Americans return to Huskins Field Thursday when the Chiefs will again host their cross-town rivals. Dave Martin, another former Tufts University Jumbo pitcher, will be on the mound for the Americans in the 6:00 pm start. The Chiefs are expected to counter with rookie right-hander Rob Machado (1-2) of UMass-Amherst.



Friday, July 31
Martin "Tufts" it Out, Hamstrings Chiefs 2-1
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Brendan Pyburn Raised Average to .321

(Courtesy of medfordamericans.com) 
Medford, MA- After former Tufts University captain Brian Casey shut out the Andre Chiefs Wednesday night at Huskins Field, Dave Martin had a jumbo act to follow when the Americans' second former Tufts pitcher took the mound on his college field in a rematch with the Chiefs Thursday night.

Not to be outdone, the veteran righthander overcame first inning hamstring tightness and nearly matched Casey's effort. Martin lowered his earned run average to a lilliputian 0.26 and improved his record to 3-0-1 with the win, allowing just one unearned run on five hits and two hit batters while striking out seven and walking three in a seven inning, route going performance.

The Chiefs' Robert Machado, pitching on three days rest, was almost as good, surrendering just one hit and two walks with a strike out through five full innings before tiring in the sixth when Medford pushed across both of their runs to hand him the loss.

Mike Dicato, a former Malden Catholic and current UMass Amherst teammate of Machado, allowed a run scoring single after being summoned from the pen by Chiefs' skipper Chuck Andre with two men out in the sixth, a run in, and runners at first and second. He walked one and struck out one in one and one third innings.

Following a lead off walk to Jonathan Pollard in the top of the second, Pete Copa singled with two outs and Bob McCarthy was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Martin powered his way out of the jam by striking out Hal Landers. He wasn't as fortunate in the third when the Chiefs took a 1-0 lead. Brendan Pyburn doubled to right leading off, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a Jeff Bercume sacrifice fly to Steve Tahmoush in right. He surrendered a lead off single to Brian Macrina in the fourth. Macrina promptly stole second with nobody out but he was stranded there when Martin got the next three Chief hitters in order, striking out Kevin McKenzie for the third out.

The Chiefs threatened again in the fifth when Landers lead off single was followed by a Pyburn walk. With runners at first and second, Martin struck out current Intercity League runs batted in leader Jeff Bercume and got 2008 Intercity League runs batted in leader Justin Crisafulli to fly out to center before reaching back for a little extra to strike out Pollard and end the inning.

While Martin battled to get out of innings, Machado cruised. He allowed a lead off single to Tahmoush in the first and saw him sacrificed to second by Luke Begley before retiring Mike DelPonte on a grounder to second and Mike Kalfopoulos on a ground ball to first. Machado set the Americans down in order in the second and third. He walked Begley leading off the fourth but retired the next three hitters. With one out in the fifth, Jay Olson walked but was thrown out trying to steal second and Bill Smeglin struck out.

Machado ran out of gas in the sixth and the Americans rallied for the two runs they needed to win the game. Mike Burgoyne led off with a single to right. He stole second with nobody out and moved to third when Steve Tahmoush grounded out to second for out number one. Machado nearly escaped by getting Begley to foul out to Pollard at first but he couldn't get Mike Delponte whose line drive base hit to center drove in Burgoyne with the tying run.

Mike Kalpopoulos kept things going when he singled to right, sending DelPonte into scoring position at second. DiCato took over and the red hot K.C. McCarthy welcomed him with a liner down the left field line that kicked up chalk and drove in DelPonte with the go ahead and what proved to be winning run. The run batted in by McCarthy, who joined the team July 8, was his twelfth in nine games played.

The resilient Chiefs refused to go easily as they mounted a rally of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Mike Andre doubled to deep right center with one man out and Mike Barbati was inserted as a pinch runner. Copa's ground ball to Martin resulted in the second out and moved Barbati to third. Pinch hitter Dario Pizzano made it first and third when he worked a walk, but Martin wiggled out of it when he got Landers to ground out to Mike Ferriero at short. In the seventh, Martin set the Chiefs down one, two, three to secure the win.

With five regular season games remaining, the Americans leap frogged over the Chiefs into second place with the win. At 13-9-3 they have 29 points, one more than the third place Chiefs. At 13-9-2 the Chiefs hold a game in hand on the Americans. Both teams trail the first place Lexington Blue Sox whose 17-4-2 record gives them 36 points.

Chiefs Chatter......All ICL games were postponed on Friday. Saturday, the Americans are home at Playstead Park in a 1:00 PM affair with the Testa Corporation Bombers. The Chiefs entertain the Bombers on Sunday at 1:00 PM at Tufts.....There was a scary moment in the second inning when Chiefs catcher Bob McCarthy was struck on the side on the face with a pitch. McCarthy stayed in the game for another half inning before being replaced by rookie Kevin McKenzie (Arlington, MA/Wentworth). McKenzie threw out the first runner of his ICL career when he gunned out Jay Olsen in the fifth inning. McCarthy was reportedly okay after the game and his status is day to day....Hal Landers took over the Chiefs team lead in batting average. The rookie (Salem, NH/Wheaton) is currently hitting .352 while centerfielder Jeff Bercume is a point behind at .351. Both are in top five of the ICL....Mike DiCato is the Chiefs expected starter on Sunday while lefty Dylan Ellis will get the start on Monday vs. Lexington....



Sunday, August 2
DiCato Outstanding in 3-2 Win
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Peter Copa

Medford, MA- Mike DiCato took a no-hitter and shutout into the seventh inning as the Chiefs held on to beat the Testa Corp. Bombers in "suddenly" dramatic fashion 3-2 at Tufts University on Sunday afternoon. 

DiCato, the former Malden Catholic All-American and UMass-Amherst standout, raised his personal season mark to 5-2. 

After DiCato set the Bombers down in order in the top of the first inning, including strikeouts of Vin Eruzione & Josh Klimkiewicz, the Chiefs struck for a run in bottom of the frame. Bombers starter Bobby Giarrantani (Bishop Fenwick/Denison College) got Hal Landers to fly to center for the first out. Giarrantani walked his former high school teammate Brendan Pyburn and the Chiefs shortstop promptly stole second. Jeff Bercume flew to center for the second out before Peter Copa, who was newly inserted into the clean-up slot, made that move pay immediate dividends when he roped a single to left scoring Pyburn. 

The Bombers went 1-2-3 again in the second and Giarrantani got Justin Crisafulli to pop up,  Mike Andre to fly deep to right and Bob McCarthy swinging on strikes in the Chiefs half of the inning. 

DiCato came out throwing smoke in the top of the third as he struck out the side in order (Boston College quarterback Alex Atiyeh, Colin Quirk & Joe Papa).

Giarrantani returned the favor in the home half of the frame getting Landers and Bercume to groundout and Pyburn on a fly ball. 

It was twelve up and twelve down for DiCato in the fourth, retiring Jay DeFilippo on a groundout, Eruzione looking and Klimkiewicz on a bouncer to Pyburn. 

Giarrantani looked as if he was getting stronger as he had a rocking chair bottom of the fourth.The right-hander got Copa on a groundout, Pizzano to line to first and Crisafulli on a warning track fly ball to centerfield. 

Nick Martinho’s walk to start the fifth broke up DiCato’s perfect game. DiCato then picked his former Malden Catholic teammate off first base, before getting Mike Adessa to fly out and catcher Steve Wadsworth to line to Pyburn, to keep the Bombers at the minimum fifteen batters through five innings. 

The Chiefs came up with a big run to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Andre led off and roped his fifth double off the season into the right field corner. After two unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempts, Giarrantani struck out J.P. Pollard swinging for the first out. Things worked out for the Chiefs when Andre scampered to third on a wild pitch. That proved to be big when Bob McCarthy hit the next pitch to centerfield for a sacrifice fly that allowed Andre to tag up and score the second run of the game.

Nothing doing against DiCato for Testa in the top of the sixth as he set down Atiyeh (groundout), Quirk (fly to right) and Papa (lineout to center) to keep the Bombers at the minimum eighteen batters sthrough six innings. 

Rookie Dario Pizzano delivered what proved to be the game winning run, when he singled home Copa, who had walked and stole second, with two outs in the sixth to make it 3-0 heading into the seventh.

DiCato walked DeFilippo leading off the seventh. Eruzione then hit a chopper to Pyburn at shortstop who flipped to Copa for the force at second with the relay to first being a half step late. It looked as if DiCato was going to get his no-hitter when Klimkiewicz hit a hard grounder headed for Copa in doubleplay depth at second. DiCato got a piece of the ball as it went by the mound and it deflected just to left of Copa for an infield single. Trouble was begining to brew when Martinho drew the second walk of the inning to load the bases. Adessa did his best to spoil DiCato’s gem, as well as the afternoon for Chiefs fans, when he unloaded a shot to the right-centerfield gap that scored Eruzione and Klimkiewicz and sent Martinho barreling around third with the potential tying run. A perfect relay from Landers to Copa to McCarthy cut down Martinho at the plate on a very close play as the Chiefs clung to the 3-2 lead. With Adessa at second, DiCato finished his day’s work by getting Wadsworth to ground to Pollard at first preserving the win. 

“I was in perfect position on Klimkiewicz’s grounder in the seventh”, said Copa after the game. “It was hit hard enough that we would have had a great chance to turn the doubleplay and get Mike his no-hitter. It is a natural reaction for any pitcher, especially one like him who has played so much infield, to try and get his glove on the ball. Once Mike deflected it I had no chance,” Copa added. 

DiCato finished with a two-hitter, striking out six, while lowering his ERA to 2.16. It was his fifth complete game of the season. Giarrantani was almost as good allowing just three hits, (Copa & Pizzano RBI singles & Andre’s double) while fanning one and walking a couple. 

The Chiefs are right back at it on Monday when they host the first place Lexington Blue Sox at Tufts at 6:00 PM. Southpaw Dylan Ellis (3-0) will draw the starting pitching assignment.   

 



Tuesday, August 4
Blue Sox Nip Chiefs 1-0 to Clinch Regular Season Crown

Medford, MA- Jack Laurendeau and Dan Graham hit back to back first inning doubles, resulting in the only run of the game, as the Lexington Blue Sox nipped the Chiefs at run starved Tufts University on Monday. 

With the win the Blue Sox clinched the 2009 regular season pennant. 

The game featured an outstanding pitching match up between Lexington’s Steve Bodnar (5-0) and the Chiefs Dylan Ellis (3-1). Both pitchers allowed just four hits. Ellis struck out six while Bodnar struck out three. 

Ellis struck out Ross Curley to open the top of the first inning. Laurendeau then hit an opposite field double down the left field line. Graham followed with a long blast off the base of the fence in right scoring Laurendeau. Ellis walked Matt McEvoy but escaped further trouble when Sean McElroy flew out and Ben Hewett bounced out. 

That was all the Sox were to get off Ellis on this night as he surrendered just a second inning triple to Eric Poling and a seventh inning infield hit to Anthony Coscia. The southpaw retired 16 batters in a row before Coscia’s infield hit, which came with two outs in seventh. 

The problem for the Chiefs was that they could not break through against the always tough Bodnar.

In the bottom of the first, Brendan Pyburn hit a bloop single down the left field line but was erased on Jeff Bercume’s fielder’s choice. Bercume was then thrown trying to steal second by Poling. 

Peter Copa led off the Chiefs’ second with a seeing eye single that fell between the mound and first base. But Bodnar retired the next three batters in a row when Mike Andre lined to center, Justin Crisafulli struck out swinging and Dario Pizzano flew to right. 

The Chiefs’ had their best scoring opportunity in third inning when Brian Macrina and Bob McCarthy both singled putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Hal Landers followed, and after two unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempts, Bodnar struck him out swinging. Pyburn then hit into a fielder’s choice forcing McCarthy out at second and leaving runners on the corners with two away. Bodnar got out of it when Jeff Bercume flew to left ending the inning. 

The Chiefs threatened to tie it up in the seventh but came up empty. Andre drew a leadoff walk and Mike Barbati pinch ran for him. Crisafulli then hit a ball back at Bodnar which he knocked down and recovered in time to get Crisafulli by a step at first with Barbati taking second on the play. Pizzano followed and flew to shallow center for the inning’s second out. With Macrina at the plate, Bodnar uncorked a wild pitch that sent Barbati to third. That was as far as Barbati got when Bodnar got Macrina to fly to center to end the game. 

The Chiefs have a rare day off on Tuesday and resume ICL play on Wednesday at 6:00 PM when they travel to Playstead Park to face the Americans. The Blue Sox are back in action tonight when they host the Wakefield Merchants in an 8:00 PM start in Lexington.     



Tuesday, August 4
Humbling Huskins!
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Huskins Field

Medford, MA- Forget the dead ball era! Welcome to Huskins Field where pitchers frolic and hitters frown. 

ICL observers are starting to ask the question, “why can’t anyone hit or score runs at Huskins Field”, home of the Chiefs. 

Prevailing summer wind always seeming to blow in?  Quality pitching? Wood bats? Humungous dimensions? 354’ down the left field line? 379’ plus in the gaps? 410’ to center? Poor hitting? A thick carpet like lush infield? Great defense? Lots of room in foul ground? Take your pick. 

There is no doubt that the perfectly manicured field on the campus of Tufts University in Medford is one of the finest natural grass surfaces in New England. It has just become a place where offensive baseball is virtually non-existent come the summertime. 

Consider this - the ICL’s batting average at Huskins Field is 52 points less than any other field in the ICL, 59 points below the ICL average and 106 points less than what ICL batters hit at Ferullo Field in Woburn. Toss in the fact that all batters are close to the Mendoza line, hitting a paltry .205, with an on base percentage of just .294 and slugging percentage of .260, which are all league lows. 

If you throw aside the Chiefs’ 12-7 opening night win against the Tanners and the Americans 11-5 win in early July, when the wind was blowing out on both occasions, there have been a total of 42 runs scored in the other twelve games. Without having everyone reach for the calculator, that number translates into the fact both teams are combining for 3.5 runs per game.

Aside from the aforementioned two games, there have only been 84 hits in the remaining dozen games or an average of 7.0 per game. In league like the ICL that is stacked with outstanding hitters, those numbers are staggering! The average linescore at Huskins has been 1.75 runs and 3.5 hits per game, per team. 

The Chiefs have played 26 games so far this season, 13 at Huskins and 13 on the road. Here's how the numbers stack up.

Split G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG AVG OPS        
Home/Away
Huskins 13 321 40 72 8 1 3 37 33 49 .301 .283 .224 .584        
Away 13 378 76 107 16 3 3 66 40 36 .361 .365 .283 .726        

Astute observers would argue that a field with such big dimensions would have plenty of room in the alleys and therefore yield plenty of gap shot extra basehits. Not so! At Huskins there have been only 15 doubles, two triples and just four home runs, all to right field.

Incredibly, ICL batters strike out with less frequency at Huskins than any other field in the ICL. Simply said, batters are making contact but the ball is going nowhere. That provides solid reasoning as to why the average ICL game at Huskins takes less than an hour and a half.

2009 Intercity League Batting by Field

Field AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG AVG          
Ferullo Field 766 155 238 30 5 7 135 82 123 .386 .390 .311          
Walsh Field 765 109 204 34 4 1 86 53 117 .326 .325 .267          
Lexington HS 782 117 208 35 1 2 98 90 132 .354 .321 .266          
Playstead 716 109 185 28 1 9 97 69 120 .341 .338 .258          
East Boston 505 71 130 10 3 1 59 56 84 .348 .295 .257          
Huskins 570 77 117 15 2 4 67 66 88 .294 .260 .205          
Totals 4104 638 1082 152 16 24 542 416 664 .343 .326 .264          

 

So batters beware and pitchers rejoice! Huskins is ready to humble you. - Bruce Tillman 



Wednesday, August 5
Downpour Hits Playstead-Chiefs at Americans is PPD, Re-scheduled for Sunday at 4
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Americans Manager Kevin Burgoyne

Medford, MA- The Andre Chiefs at Medford Americans game scheduled for tonight in Medford has been postponed.

A severe downpour hit Playstead Park in West Medford shortly before 4:00 PM this afternoon leaving the field unplayable.

"It is the worst flooding that I have seen in quite awhile", said Americans Manager Kevin Burgoyne, who was at the field and watched as the infield and baselines became flooded.

The game will be made up at Playstead on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM.



Friday, August 7
Foundas Terrific Relief Work Allows Chiefs to Rally and Tie Bombers, 3-3
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Mike Andre had key RBI single in 6th

East Boston, MA- For the better part of this summer, Chiefs right-hander Chris Foundas has been searching for the form that made him the unanimous selection as the Intercity League all-star closer in 2008.

 

On Thursday night he found it.

 

His 2.2 innings of no-hit, six strikeout work, allowed the Chiefs to stage a sixth inning rally and come out of East Boston Stadium with a hard earned 3-3 tie, picking up a big point in the ICL standings.

 

Foundas was overpowering, entering the game in relief of starter Ryan McNeill with two men on base and one out in the bottom of the fifth and Chiefs already trailing 3-1.

 

The game featured a scoreless pitcher’s duel between McNeill and Testa Corp. Bombers ace Anthony Del Prete for 3 ½ innings before hosts broke through with a run in the bottom of the fourth.

 

Nick Martinho started things when he beat out an infield single between first and the mound. With Martinho running on a 3-2 pitch, Steve Wadsworth singled into the shortstop hole. Kevin O’Leary then singled to left to load the bases with nobody out. With the Chiefs infield at double play depth, Joe Papa hit an infield grounder that scored Martinho with the game’s first run as O’Leary was forced at second for the first out. McNeill struck out Paul Bonfiglio for the second out of the inning before walking Steve Buitkus to re-load the bases. He got out of the inning when Jay DeFillippo lined to Brian Macrina in left.

 

The Chiefs scratched out a run in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 1-1. Justin Crisafulli broke up Del Prete’s no-hit bid when he singled up the middle with one out. J.P. Pollard’s infield grounder forced Crisafulli at second for out number two. Hal Landers followed with a perfect bunt single moving Pollard to second. The Chiefs inserted Dario Pizzano as a pinch runner for Pollard and he scored when Brendan Pyburn drilled a RBI single to right. Del Prete got Bob McCarthy to ground out to shortstop to end the inning and keep it a 1-1 game.

 

The Bombers took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the inning. Vin Eruzione got things going with a single to center. Josh Klimkiewicz then lined shraply to Jeff Bercume in centerfield for the first out. Martinho then roped a triple into the right-center gap scoring Eruzione to give the Bombers the lead at 2-1. When Wadsworth singled to left scoring Martinho, the Bombers went up 3-1 and were threatening for more. Foundas was summoned from the bullpen and got O’Leary to line to center and then struck out Papa swinging to end the inning and keep the Chiefs in range.

 

Del Prete got Bercume swinging to start the Chiefs sixth. The Chiefs then caught a break when Papa made a nice play to get to a Peter Copa grounder but threw wide of first allowing him to reach on the throwing error. Macrina followed with a single to right putting runners at first and second with one out. Mike Andre then delivered a clutch RBI single to right scoring Copa that cut the lead to 3-2. Crisafulli was hit by a Del Prete pitch and Pizzano hit a RBI fielder’s choice forcing Crisafulli at second and allowing Macrina to score the tying run. With the go-ahead run at third base, Del Prete got tough and struck out Landers to end the inning.

 

Foundas set the Bombers down in the bottom of the sixth (including two strikeouts) and Del Prete got the Chiefs 1-2-3 (strikeout of Pyburn, McCarthy & Bercume grounders) in the top of the seventh.

 

Foundas struck out the heart of the Bombers order (Klimkiewicz, Martinho & Wadsworth) in order in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the tie for the Chiefs.

 

Chiefs Chatter…With the tie, Chiefs go to 14-10-3 (31 points) and assured themselves of another winning season, their 44th in 46 years….Mike DiCato (5-2) is the expected starter when the Chiefs host the Lexington Blue Sox at Playstead Park on Friday at 6:00 PM. The Chiefs will use Playstead as their home venue on Friday as Tufts University is playing host to a Top-96 showcase…The Chiefs were to play the Blue Sox again on Saturday but that game has been switched to Sunday at 12:45 PM at Tufts University. The Chiefs will then travel to meet the Americans at Playstead on Sunday at 4:00 PM as part of a two site doubleheader. The Americans will have their traveling shoes on as well, as following the Chiefs game, they head to Ferullo Field in Woburn to meet the Tanners at 8:00 PM in what is shaping up as the final regular season game of the ICL season….The best of three first round of the playoffs is scheduled to begin on Tuesday with Seed 3 hosting Seed 6 and Seed 4 hosting Seed 5….The best of semi-finals are slated to start on Friday, August 14….

  

 

  


Saturday, August 8
Lexington Handles Chiefs 5-1 at Playstead

Medford, MA- The Lexington Blue Sox scored five times in the fourth inning to erase a 1-0 lead and knock off the Chiefs 5-1 at Playstead Park on Friday.

Two walks, a hit batsman and doubles by Ben Hewett and Eric Poling, along with a Tom Haugh single, provided the Sox with the runs.

Mike Andre and Jeff Bercume both had two hits for the Chiefs.

Mike DiCato (5-3) went the first 5.1 innings and allowed six hits  while striking out four.

Left-hander Connor Bishop worked 1.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Chiefs.

Ageless veteran Barry Foster (1-1) went the route for the Blue Sox scattering six hits while striking out five.

The Chiefs and Blue Sox meet again on Sunday at 12:45 PM at Tufts University. Following that game, the Chiefs will travel across town to Playstead Park at 4:00 PM for a make-up game with the Medford Americans. That game will go a long way in determining the final playoff seedings.

The best of three first round of the playoffs are expected to begin on Tuesday. The first and second place teams will receive first round byes.

Chiefs Chatter....Brian Macrina picked up his 214th career hit on Friday to move past Alex Masel (213) and into eighth place on the all-time Chiefs list......Mike Andre reached a milestone when he recorded the 100th hit of his Chiefs career in the fourth inning and now stands 17th on the all-time list....... Mike Langston (538 hits) is the Chiefs all-time hit leader followed by Justin Crisafulli in second place, who has recorded 482 so far in his career.  Mike Barnes (365), Dave Clivio (328), Warren Olson (304), Steve Daley (273) and Hank Landers (238), along with Macrina and Masel, are the Chiefs who have had more than 200 career hits...... For a complete listing of Chiefs all-time leaders, click on "Career Leaders"  on the top left of the Chiefs homepage.....The Chiefs were undecided on thier starting pitching for Sunday..... Bruce Tillman 



Monday, August 10
Sunday's Game 1: Machado Flirts with No-Hitter, Chiefs Beat Lexington, 3-0
Machado
Rob Machado

Medford, MA- And now they can rest. At least for a few days. 

After a furious stretch, with twenty four games on the docket in the last twenty eight days, the Chiefs earned themselves a second place regular season finish with a sweep of a two site, three team doubleheader on Sunday.  With the wins, the club finishes at 16-11-3 and gets a first round playoff bye and a ticket into the ICL semi-finals. 

GAME ONE- Chiefs 3, Blue Sox 0
Rookie Rob Machado served up the best performance of his young ICL career in the opener, coming within one out of throwing a no-hitter, in a 3-0 shutout of the Lexington Blue Sox at Tufts University on Sunday afternoon. 

Machado lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning when Blue Sox rookie pinch-hitter Chris Shaw lined a clean opposite field single to left. 

The game was scoreless through the first 2 ½ innings until the Chiefs picked up all of their runs in the bottom of the third against Drew Brzozowski. Hal Landers got things going when he led off with a double to right-center. Leadoff man Brendan Pyburn followed and moved Landers to third with a perfect sacrifice bunt. Mike Bailargeon then stepped up a drilled a double to left scoring Landers as the Chiefs took a 1-0 lead. Jeff Bercume then grounded out to second base moving Bailargeon to third and Peter Copa delivered him a pitch later with a single to left making it 2-0. Mike Andre then doubled to left scoring Copa giving the Chiefs a 3-0 lead. 

Machado took care of the rest. The right-hander from UMass-Amherst, who was previously a standout at Malden Catholic, was perfect through the ten batters of the game before surrendering a one out walk to Ross Curley in the fourth. He had 1-2-3 innings in the first, second, third, fifth and sixth.  

In the seventh, Machado got the first out by striking out Boston College’s Kyle Prohovich looking. Clean-up hitter Matt McEvoy followed and bounced back to Machado for out number two. Shaw pinch hit for Ben Hewett and drilled the first pitch he saw to left to break up the no hit bid. Machado gained the shutout when he got Tom Haugh to hit a chopper back to him to end the game. 

Machado threw just 81 pitches, struck out three, walked two, and raised his season mark to 2-3.



Sunday's Game 2: Ellis 4-Hitter Gives Chiefs First Round Playoff Bye
Dylan Ellis LHP
Dylan Ellis

GAME TWO- Chiefs 5, Americans 1
There was more work to do for the Chiefs as they packed up their gear and headed across town to Playstead Park for a 4:00 PM date with the Americans.

This one had serious playoff implications as an Americans win would have put them in the driver’s seat for a second place finish. Lefty Dylan Ellis (4-1) had other ideas as he stopped the Americans on just four hits in the 5-1 complete game win. 

The Chiefs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning against Americans ace Dave Martin, who entered the game with a 3-0 mark and league leading 0.26 ERA, having allowed just two earned runs in 27 innings. Peter Copa drew a leadoff walk but Martin caught Mike Andre looking for the inning’s first out. Justin Crisafulli followed and drilled a long single off the base of the fence in left-center that moved Copa to third. With runners on the corners, rookie Dario Pizzano hit a high chopper to Americans second baseman Luke Begley, who only had time to force Crisafulli at second, allowing Copa to score. With Pizzano running on the pitch, catcher Bob McCarthy then lined a single to right with Pizzano taking third. Hal Landers drew Martin’s second walk of the inning to load the bases. Americans first baseman Dave Ahern then made an outstanding grab of a hard hit Brendan Pyburn one-hopper and beat him to the bag to avert further scoring and keep it a 1-0 affair. 

Ahern’s play loomed even bigger in the bottom of the inning when the Americans tied the game at 1-1. Ellis got the first two outs of the inning (Mike Kalfopoulos fly-out, Mike Ferriero strike out) before walking Steve Napier on a 3-2 pitch. Jay Olson made that walk hurt when he drilled a blast off the fence in center scoring Napier to tie the game. Ellis kept it even when he struck out Steve Tahmoush to end the inning. 

The Chiefs came right back in the top of the third to re-take the lead at 2-1. Martin retired Mike Bailargeon on a fly to left for the first out and Jeff Bercume drew a walk. Copa then bounced back to Martin for the second out of the inning with Bercume taking second. Andre then delivered what proved to be the game winning hit when he singled to right scoring Bercume. Martin got Crisafulli to pop up to end the inning. 

Ellis took charge in the next two frames retiring six in a row, including striking out the American’s side in order in the fourth. 

The Chiefs gave their southpaw some breathing room in the top of the fifth. Bailargeon led off and drilled his first ICL home run to right center that jumped the lead to 3-1. Bercume was then hit by a Martin pitch and Copa drew his second walk of the game to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Andre then dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt moving the Bercume and Copa up a base. Crisafulli came up big and lined a single to center scoring both runners and upping the margin to 5-1. 

Ellis survived an outfield miscue by Bercume in centerfield off the bat Napier to lead off the fifth and Martin held the Chiefs scoreless in the top of the sixth. 

The Americans appeared poised to mount a comeback in the bottom of the sixth but Ellis and some outstanding Chiefs defense prevented that. Mike DelPonte led off with a single up the middle and Ahern drew a walk to put two men on with nobody out. Ellis then got a huge out when he struck out K.C. McCarthy swinging. Kalfopoulos then hit a hard hit ball at Copa at first, who made a nice play behind the bag, and beat Kalfopoulos to the base for the second out. With runners now at second and third, Ferreiro hit a tough chopper at Andre at third. The Chiefs veteran charged and gloved the ball on a short hop and threw Ferreiro out at first to end the inning at keep the game at 5-1. 

Martin retired the Chiefs in order in the top of the seventh. 

Ellis got Napier to ground to Bailargeon to open the Medford seventh. Olson then kept the Americans hopes alive when he collected his second hit of the day to right. But it was all Ellis from there as he got Tahmoush to hit into a fielder’s choice and ended the game when Begley grounded to Pyburn. 

Ellis, from Merrimack College & Gloucester, struck out eight and lowered his ERA to 1.44.



Sunday, August 9
Once More, Taking his Game to Another Level
Boston.com  

Once More, Taking his Game to Another Level

Hoping for pros, Bercume savors the competition

This summer, he is tearing up the Intercity League for the Medford-based Andre Chiefs, after wrapping up a record-setting career at Merrimack.

Now 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, thanks to a growth spurt in high school and weight training at the college in North Andover, Bercume makes the most of his strength and bat speed.

Two weekends ago, in a doubleheader against the Mooney Dental Tanners, the speedy outfielder from Leicester went 4 for 7 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and eight runs batted in. He followed that up two days later with another grand slam and five RBIs against the Testa Corp. Bombers, and shared the league’s Player of the Week honors.

Through Tuesday night’s games, Bercume was batting .325 for the second-place Chiefs and led the team with 3 homers, 22 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts. He had struck out just 5 times in 80 at-bats.

As a senior captain on the Division 2 squad this spring, Bercume broke the Warriors’ record for career hits (230) while batting .385, and was selected to the All-Northeast-10 Conference, All-East and All-Region teams.

“Jeff and my son, Mike, were captains at Merrimack this year, and we have a few other Merrimack players on our roster,’’ said Chuck Andre, now in his 19th season managing the Chiefs. “I first saw him play as a Merrimack freshman and immediately liked what I saw.

“I was disappointed that Jeff wasn’t taken in the major-league draft, because he did about everything as a player at Merrimack. He’s a gap hitter with a plus-arm and plus-speed. He bats third and plays the majority of our games in center field, and was a starter in our all-star game against the Boston Park League.’’

Bercume said he had been cautiously optimistic about being drafted in June, “but the reality is it’s an uphill battle and it’s incredibly competitive to get to the next level as a positional player from a D-2 school. Baseball is one of those games where you can go 5-for-8 or 0-for-8, but I never feel I’m overmatched. It’s all about confidence and how you carry yourself.’’

Bercume wrestled at 112 pounds as a high school junior and 135 his senior season. On the diamond at St. John’s, he played for George Reidy, now head coach at Assumption College.

He chose Merrimack as his college immediately after attending an open house there.

“Jeff came to us as an infielder, we moved him to outfield, and he developed a nice swing early on, improved his speed and just kept getting better and better,’’ said Merrimack’s head coach, Joe Sarno. “The scouts were definitely aware of him, and I feel Jeff has the ability to turn pro. He’s the best player I’ve coached at Merrimack in terms of both leadership and ability.’’

Bercume returned to his hometown to play for the American Legion Post 205 squad after his freshman year of college, and then switched to the Chiefs the following summer, when he batted .315.

Last summer, facing Division 1 pitchers in the wooden-bat New York Collegiate Baseball League, he hit a team-best .373 in 39 games for the Bennington (Vt.) Bombers.

“That was a great experience,’’ he said. “My host family was incredible, and the competition was the best I’ve seen so far in my career. I got to play a couple of times before crowds of over 5,000.’’

In his final season at Merrimack, he finished fourth in the NE-10 (which also uses wooden, rather than aluminum, bats) in hitting, led the conference with 23 steals, and was Merrimack’s top producer with five homers, 46 RBIs, and a .447 on-base percentage. He was a two-time captain, and was named to the NE-10’s all-conference first team three times.

And while he hasn’t reached his goal of turning pro despite attending tryouts this year, Bercume is happy to be back with the Chiefs, who play in an amateur league.

“I drive about an hour, sometimes more, to play for them, so that tells you how awesome this is for me,’’ said Bercume, whose teammates include three players from Arlington - backup catchers Eddie McDonald (Assumption) and Kevin McKenzie (Wentworth), and pitcher Connor Bishop (Bridgewater State) - as well as pitcher Chris Foundas (Bryant) of Needham.

“I’m learning from veterans around the league, and the level of competition is pretty exceptional,’’ he added. “I’m passionate about baseball. It’s what I love, and I’m not about to give up hope of getting a shot at the pros, especially with Chuck Andre and Coach Sarno as my biggest advocates.’’

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com  

© Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company
 


Saturday, August 15
Chiefs Suffer Game One Setback to Bombers, 7-4
Andre Swinging
Mike Andre had Single and 2 Run Homer

By Bruce Tillman 
Medford, MA
-They had it, they handed it away on a silver platter, and they desperately and unsuccessfully tried to take it back. 

Such was the story of the Chiefs in a hard to take 7-4 loss to the Testa Corp. Bombers in the opening game of their best of five series at Huskins Field on Friday evening. With the loss, the Chiefs find themselves in a one game to none hole, with Game Two at East Boston Stadium facing them on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM. 

Chiefs’ starter Mike DiCato never really found the grove that made him the go to guy during the regular season.  

In the top of the first inning, DiCato got the first out when Jay DeFillipo popped up. Vin Eruzione followed with a hard line single to center. The Chiefs defense took over as Josh Klimkiewicz bounced into a crisp, 5-4-3 (Mike Andre to Mike Baillargeon to Peter Copa) doubleplay. 

In the Chiefs first, Bombers starter Bobby Giarrantani got Brendan Pyburn and Baillargeon to both ground out, walked Jeff Bercume, who stole second, but came out unscathed when Copa flew to center. 

Nick Martinho led off the Bombers second inning with a long double to right-center. DiCato then struck out Stan DeMartinis swinging for the first out. He walked walked Mike Adessa on four straight pitches to put runners on first and second with one away. DiCato pitched his way out of it when both Steve Wadsworth and Joe Papa both grounded out to end the inning. 

The Chiefs came out swinging in the bottom of the second. Andre drilled the first pitch he saw into right field for a single. Justin Crisafulli followed with a double to left putting the Chiefs in business with runners on second and third with nobody out. Giarrantani then got Brian Macrina to ground sharply to third, freezing the runners for the first out. Bob McCarthy followed with a high hopper fielder’s choice RBI to Eruzione at second that scored Andre. Hal Landers then hit a weak fly to shallow left that ended the inning. 

DiCato had to pitch out of trouble again in the top of the third. After Steve Buitkus grounded out, DeFillippo singled to left. Eruzione then grounded to Copa at first for out number two. DiCato, obviously struggling, walked Klimkiewicz and Martinho in succession to load the bases. But he found his best form briefly when he reared back and struck out DeMartinis to end the inning as the Chiefs clung to the 1-0 lead. 

Giarrantani set the Chiefs down in order in the bottom of the third (Pyburn flyout, Baillargeon & Bercume groundouts) and DiCato had his strongest inning of the night when he kept the Bombers quiet in the top of the fourth.  

Crisafulli’s two out single was the all the Chiefs could muster in the bottom of the fourth as the game went into the fifth with the Chiefs still holding on to the 1-0 lead. 

The Bombers fifth started quietly enough when DiCato got DeFillipo swinging for the first out. Eruzione then singled into the shortstop hole and DiCato hit Klimkiewicz with a pitch. He continued to struggle and walked Martinho to load the bases with one out. DeMartinis then hit a chopper back to DiCato, who instead of coming home with what looked like a certain 1-2-3 doubleplay, elected to throw to second base. DiCato’s throw sailed into centerfield for an error and suddenly the Bombers had a 2-1 gift lead. DiCato got Adessa to ground out to Pyburn for the inning’s second out, with both Martinho an DeMartinis moving to second and third. Chris Foundas came on from the bullpen and walked Wadsworth to load the bases. The reliever, who has been hot and cold for the Chiefs this season, then surrendered a huge two RBI single to Joe Papa that extended the Bombers lead to 4-1. 

The Chiefs went quietly in the fifth (McCarthy flyout, Landers groundout, Pyburn flyout) and the Bombers opened up some space in the top of the sixth. DeFillipo led off with a single and Foundas, after two unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempts, struck out Eruzione for the first out. Klimkiewicz was intentionally walked and he got Martinho to pop up to Baillargeon for the second out. The Chiefs and Foundas looked like they were going to escape the inning when DeMartinis hit a foul ball down the right field line. The Chiefs usually outstanding defense abandoned them once again as the ball ended up going off Copa’s glove, with his back to the plate, with both Baillargeon and Landers looking like they had a better shot at making the catch, giving DeMartinis new life. As fate would have it, the ICL veteran deposited Foundas’ next pitch over the right field fence for a three run homer and a seemingly insurmountable 7-1 Testa lead. 

The Chiefs started to show some life with two outs in the sixth inning. Baillargeon flew to right for the first out and Bercume grounded out to Klimkiewicz unassisted for out number two. Copa then doubled to left and Andre followed with a two run homer over the 379’ sign in right-center that cut the Bombers lead to 7-3. Giarrantani got Crisafulli to ground out to end the inning. 

Rob Machado, who has been nothing short of outstanding lately, came on for Foundas and worked a solid and scoreless seventh. 

The Chiefs started what appeared to be a potentially huge comeback in the seventh only to see the attempt fizzle out. Macrina got things started with a gap shot triple to right-center. McCarthy then drilled a single to left that scored Macrina cutting the lead to 7-4. Dario Pizzano pinch hit for Landers and solidly singled to right. Pyburn followed with another single to left-center that loaded the bases with nobody out and brought the winning run to the plate in Baillargeon. Baillargeon hit a hard shot right back at Giarrantani who made a nice grab and turned it into a tailor made 1-2-3 doubleplay. The Chiefs still weren’t done. Bercume, who was representing the game tying run, brought the faithful to their feet when he sent a deep line shot that appeared headed for the right field corner. It was just not to be on this night as Buitkus made a nice running catch on the warning track that ended the game and sent the Bombers back to Eastie with a game lead and home field advantage in the series.

Chiefs Chatter......The Chiefs out hit the Bombers 9-7 in Friday's game.…...The Medford Americans came from behind to beat the Wakefield Merchants 6-5 in eight innings to take the deciding game of their best of three series in walk-off fashion. Luke Begley scored the winning run on an infield error with the bases juiced. Brian Casey went the route to pick up his first playoff win. ……Congratulations go out to Americans veteran skipper Kevin Burgoyne who picked up the first playoff win of his ICL career on Tuesday night and then made his initial playoff series a winning one…...The Americans will open their semi-final series with the Lexington Blue Sox on Sunday night at 8:00 PM in Lexington….. Game Two of the Chiefs-Bombers series will be played at 4:00 PM on Sunday at East Boston Stadium. The game was originally scheduled to be played at noon but was changed to the later starting time…...The Chiefs will send left-hander Dylan Ellis to the mound while the Bombers are expected to counter with Eddie Donovan…..Chiefs Hall of Famers Dave Clvio and Hank Landers were in the crowd for Friday’s series opener at Huskins .......J.P. Pollard was nursing a severely bruised foot and is day to day…..Jeff Bercume swiped his 15th base of the year in 18 attempts in the first inning…....Bercume’s former college teammate at Merrimack, Steve Buitkus, made an outstanding catch of his deep line drive that ended the game….Bobby Giarrantani surrendered nine hits and did not strike out a batter in the win. The former Bishop Fenwick star plays his college ball at Denison College in Ohio…Several Chiefs continue their climb up the all-time career leaders list. Justin Crisafulli, who tops the charts in home runs (86) and RBI (379), has inched a little closer to Mike Langston as the all-time hit leader. Crisafulli, with his two hits in Game One, now has 486 and trails Langston (538) by 52. Crisafulli began his Chiefs career as a rookie in 1994 before signing with the Cleveland Indians……Veteran Brian Macrina passed Alex Masel last week and now stands in eighth position in career hits with 215. Macrina is currently ninth in career homers with nine and holds position twelve in RBI with 76….Mike Andre, who hit his first post-season home run on Friday, has moved into slot 16 in career RBI with 60 and recently eclipsed Steve Puleo sliding into 17th place in career hits with 104. The former ICL Rookie of the Year in 2006 and two-time ICL all-star continues to make progress from knee surgery in May and raised his overall 2009 average to .309 on Friday night…..In the pitching department, Chris Foundas moved into the sixth spot in career appearances when he took the mound for the 35th time on Friday….Mike DiCato moved into the top dozen in career strikeouts (62) going past Dave Piho of Berlin, PA….The Chiefs have lost the first game of a semi-final series eleven times in franchise history. On eight of those occasions they came back to win the series. In 1968, 1971, 1974, 1980, 1990 & 1993 they came back to win a semi-final series after losing the first two games……Manager Chuck Andre will be shooting for playoff win number 50 on Sunday. The veteran manager had amassed 438 overall wins heading into this year’s playoffs……Monday’s Game Three is still listed as TBA, but barring an unexpected scheduling change to a field with lights, the game is most likely to be played at Tufts University at 5:20 PM…. Bruce Tillman

 

 



Sunday, August 16
Chiefs Even Series at 1-1 Behind Ellis' Complete Game Effort
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Jeff Bercume was 2-3 Including a 2 Run Homer

By Bruce Tillman
East Boston, MA- Dylan Ellis’ gutsy complete game pitching performance sent the Chiefs home from East Boston Stadium with an “edge of your seat” 4-3 playoff win on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Chiefs evened their best of five semi-final series with the Testa Corp. Bombers at one game each. 

The Chiefs threatened right away, putting two men in scoring position in the top of the first inning. Bombers starter Eddie Donovan struck out Brendan Pyburn looking leading off the inning. Mike Baillargeon then tripled into the right center-field gap. Jeff Bercume drew a walk and promptly stole second. Peter Copa was next and he hit a one hopper right at Bombers third baseman Mike Adessa, who looked the runners back and threw him out at first. Donovan, who had a 0.84 ERA in seven appearances for Trinity this spring, escaped the inning when he got Mike Andre to ground out to second baseman Vin Eruzione. 

Ellis got the first two outs in the bottom of the first inning before former Harvard star Josh Klimkiewicz unloaded a bomb triple to center. Ellis matched Donovan’s escape and got Nick Martinho to ground to Baillargeon to keep the game scoreless. 

Donovan hit Justin Crisafulli with a breaking ball leading off the top of the second. The Chiefs could not capitalize as Macrina lined out, catcher Bob McCarthy grounded out and Hal Landers flew out to right. 

Ellis struck out ICL veteran Stan DeMartinis for the first out of the Bombers second before Adessa singled to center. Ellis sent the game into the third inning at 0-0 when he retired Steve Wadsworth on a grounder to Pyburn at shortstop and Joe Papa on a chopper to Baillargeon at second. 

The Chiefs broke the scoring ice in the top of the third inning. Donovan retried Pyburn on a grounder to Eruzione to start the frame. Bailargeon then reached on an infield single to third base. Adessa made a nice play to get to the ball, but threw wide of first for an error allowing Baillargeon to scamper to second. Bercume followed and delivered a laser shot home run to left-center, scoring Baillargeon ahead of him and giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. Papa then bobbled Copa’s grounder long enough to allow him to reach first on an error. Copa stole second and Donovan got the second out when Andre lined to center. Macrina came up big when he delivered Copa with a RBI single to left jumping the lead to 3-0. Donovan got McCarthy to pop up to end the inning. 

The Bombers came right back to pick up a run in the bottom of the third. Steve Buitkus lead off with a solid single to right. Jay DeFilippo followed with another single to left. Ellis then got Eruzione to bounce to Copa going to his right and he fired a strike to Pyburn forcing DeFilippo at second base. Klimkiewicz cut the lead to 3-1 when he singled down the left line scoring Buitkus. The Chiefs defense came up big when they turned a 4-6-3 doubleplay off the bat of Martinho to keep it a two run game. 

Donovan and Ellis both worked 1-2 -3 innings in the fourth. 

The Chiefs picked up what proved to be the eventual game winner in the top of the fifth but missed a chance to open up some room when they left the bases loaded. After Bercume grounded out, Copa unloaded on a blast to deep left. As he was rounding first, Copa came up lame with a hamstring pull but managed to get to second before going down in obvious pain. Dario Pizzano came on to run for Copa and Andre beat out an infield single to put runners on the corners with one away. Crisafulli then was hit by a Donovan pitch for the third consecutive time to load the bases. Donovan got the huge second out when he struck out Macrina swinging. McCarthy then came through when he lofted a single to right scoring Pizzano that ran the margin to 4-1. Landers then grounded sharply to second ending the inning. 

Ellis got stronger in the bottom of the fifth, again retiring the side in order, including a strikeout of Buitkus.  

The Chiefs appeared poised to open up the game once again in the top sixth but Donovan pitched himself out of another big time jam. After Pyburn flew out, Baillargeon walked and went to third on a Bercume single to right-center. Pizzano, hitting in Copa’s spot, drew a walk to load the bases. Donovan kept the Bombers in the game when he struck out Andre and Crisafulli both swinging. 

The Bombers built on Donovan’s escape job and threatened to take the lead after two were out in the sixth. Things started well for Ellis when he got the first two batters, Eruzione on a foul-out and Klimkiewicz on a pop-up. Martinho then gave the Bombers immediate life when he hammered a long solo home run to right-center that drew them closer at 4-2. They weren’t nearly finished as DeMartinis worked a walk and went to third when Adessa drilled a rocket single to center. Chiefs’ fans surely began feasting on the fingernails when Wadsworth followed with double to right-center scoring DeMartinis, sending Adessa to third, and putting the potential winning run in scoring position. Ellis got tough once again as he struck out Papa looking as the Chiefs headed to the seventh still holding the one run lead. 

The Chiefs wasted a leadoff single by Macrina in the top of the seventh as Donovan got McCarthy on a pop-up, Landers on a fly to left and Pyburn on a fly to right. 

Ellis kept the dramatics to a minimum in the bottom of the seventh when he retired Buitkis on a fly to Bercume, DeFilippo on a grounder to Baillargeon and finished strongly when he struck out Eruzione to end the game. 

Ellis allowed eight hits and struck out six. Donovan gave up nine hits and K’d five. 

Game Three will be played at Tufts University on Monday at 5:20 PM. 

**Bruce Tillman’s Chiefs Chatter & Game Notes are Coming Soon** 



Monday, August 17
Chiefs Take Series Lead with 2-1 Extra Inning Win
Machado
Rob Machado

By Bruce Tillman
Medford, MA- Centerfielder Jeff Bercume (4-4) was a one man offensive show and the Chiefs got an outstanding two-hit pitching effort from rookie Rob Machado and veteran Danny Lozeau as they nipped the Testa Corp. Bombers 2-1 in eight innings on Monday evening at Tufts University. With the win, the Chiefs take a 2-1 lead in the best of five semi-final series. 

The Bombers got their only run of the night in the top of the first inning. Machado issued a two out walk to Josh Klimkiewicz. Clean-up man Nick Martinho followed and gave the Bombers a quick 1-0 lead when he blasted a long double to the right-centerfield gap scoring Klimkiewicz.  

Bombers starter Anthony Del Prete kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard until they tied the game up in the bottom of the third. Brendan Pyburn led off and drilled a double to the wall in right-center. Brian Macrina then grounded out to shortstop Joe Papa with Pyburn taking third. Bercume brought Pyburn home with the tying run, delivering a single just inside the first base bag. Bercume stole second but Del Prete kept it a 1-1 game when he struck out Mike Baillargeon and got Mike Andre on an infield grounder. 

Machado worked a 1-2-3 fourth and Del Prete, the ICL’s all-star starting pitcher the past two seasons, yielded only a leadoff single to Justin Crisafulli in the bottom of the inning. 

Machado issued a two out walk to Jay DeFillipo in the fifth before getting Vin Eruzione on a fly ball to end the inning.  

After Pyburn and Macrina both grounded out to start the home half of the fifth inning, Bercume drilled a two out triple to right-center. Del Prete got tough once again and caught Baillargeon looking to keep the game tied at 1-1. 

In the top of the sixth, Machado struck out Klimkiewicz swinging (his only K of the night) and then issued a four pitch walk to Martinho. The Chiefs defense came up big once again as Machado got Stan DeMartinis to bounce into a 4-6-3 (Baillargeon to Pyburn to Macrina) doubleplay. 

Del Prete, who pitched professionally for three seasons in Evansville, Indiana, had a rocking chair sixth inning, retiring Andre on fly to left, Crisafulli on a fly to right and Dario Pizzano on hard grounder back to him. 

The Bombers threatened to take the lead without the benefit of a hit in the top of the seventh as Machado began to show some fatigue in the 85 degree heat. Mike Adessa flew to Pizzano in left for the first out and Steve Wadsworth drew a five pitch walk. Papa was next up and he and hit a chopper to Baillargeon’s left. The second baseman’s only play was to first base, throwing Papa out as Wadsworth moved into scoring position. Machado then walked his second batter of the inning (Steve Buitkus) and sixth of the night. With Machado’s pitch count at 96, Chiefs manager Chuck Andre opted to go to the bullpen and summoned Lozeau. Lozeau went up in the count 1-2 to DeFillipo before hitting him with a breaking ball that loaded the bases. Eruzione followed and hit a one-hopper to Andre at third who gloved the ball and stepped on third to end the threat. 

Del Prete was still dealing in the bottom of the seventh. He got catcher Bob McCarthy to fly to right for the first out. Hal Landers followed and bounced a single up the middle representing the winning run. Pyburn then hit a screaming liner Eruzione at second who fired to Klimkiewicz at first to double up Landers sending the game into extra innings. 

Things looked a bit ominous when Lozeau issued the Chiefs seventh walk of the night to Klimkiewicz leading off the Bombers eighth. But the former twenty game winner at Bryant University, let Klimkiewicz get no further as he settled down to retire Martinho on a pop up, DeMartinis swinging on strikes and Adessa on fly out to Bercume. 

Del Prete got Macrina to ground out to Adessa at third for the first out of the Chiefs eighth setting the stage for Bercume’s heroics. The speedy centerfielder beat out an infield roller to second base for his fourth consecutive hit of the night. With Baillargeon at the plate, Bercume took off for second and Wadsworth’s throw sailed into centerfield allowing him to get back to his feet and race to third. Del Prete’s 1-2 pitch to Baillargeon skipped away from Wadsworth just far enough to allow Bercume to slide across the plate with the winning run as the Chiefs dugout emptied to mob him. 

Machado surrendered just two hits in his 6.2 innings of work and Lozeau picked up the first playoff win of his career.

Del Prete, scattered eight hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter. 

Chiefs Chatter….Ryan McNeill will take the mound for the Chiefs against the Bombers Mike Hashem when the teams hook up in Game Four of the series on Tuesday night at East Boston Stadium at 8:00 PM…..The Chiefs were forced to go without Peter Copa who suffered a hamstring pull on Sunday….The Game Three win was the Chiefs first extra inning playoff win since 2002 when they beat the Wakefield Merchants 1-0 in nine innings at Tufts behind Paul Koslowski….Machado threw a one-hitter against Lexington in his last regular season start and combined with Monday's outing he has now allowed just three hits in his last 13.2 innings...   



Thursday, August 20
Chiefs Advance to Championship Series, Andre (3 Run HR, 4 RBI), Pizzano, Landers Lead Way
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Mike Andre, 3 Run Homer & 4 RBI

East Boston & Lexington, MA- It wasn’t the longest game ever played but it sure seemed that way. A little under twenty-four hours after it began, spanning two cities and surviving a curfew and a late venue change, the Chiefs and Bombers finally decided Game Four of their best of five semi-final series on Wednesday. For the Chiefs it was well worth the wait as they came out on top 7-6 in ten innings.

With the win, the Chiefs wrapped up the semi-final series three games to one and earned themselves a ticket to the ICL’s Championship Series against the Lexington Blue Sox. 

Mike Andre carried the Chiefs offense driving in four of the Chiefs seven runs, crushing a three run homer, his second of the series, in the first inning, accounted for the tying run on a double play ball in the seventh (no rbi) and putting the Chiefs ahead 6-5 with a RBI single with two outs in the ninth. 

Ryan McNeill started for the Chiefs and worked into sixth, leaving in favor of Dan Lozeau. Lozeau, surrendered the lead in the inning as the Bombers went ahead 5-4, but only briefly as the Chiefs evened things up in the seventh. 

Andre gave the Chiefs the lead again in the top of the ninth and it appeared that it was going to stay that way until Josh Klimkiewicz delivered a long two out RBI single in the bottom of the inning, scoring Jay Defilippo who had drawn a walk, putting things even at 6-6 just before the curfew at East Boston Stadium brought the proceedings to a halt. 

Rookie Hal Landers collected the eventual game winner in the top of the tenth, when the game resumed in Lexington, driving home fellow rookie Dario Pizzano who had doubled and was sacrificed to third by Bob McCarthy. 

Dylan Ellis came on for the Chiefs in the bottom of the tenth inning to earn the save for Lozeau who picked up his second win of the series. Colin Quirk took the loss for the Bombers in relief of Mike Hashem who went the first seven innings.   



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Hal Landers had Game Winner in 10th

Friday, August 21
DiCato Gives Chiefs Championship Series Lead with 6-0 Shutout in Lexington
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Justin Crisafulli had a 3 for 4 Performace in Game 1

Lexington, MA- Mike DiCato tossed a six-hit shutout to lead the Chiefs past the Lexington Blue Sox 6-0 in Game One of Intercity League’s best of five Championship Series on Thursday night in Lexington. For the Chiefs it was their fourth consecutive playoff win, having taken three straight from the Testa Corp. Bombers after dropping the first game of that semi-final series. 

Blue Sox starter Tim Bryant set the Chiefs down in order in the top of the first inning when he struck out Brendan Pyburn, got Brian Macrina on a groundout and Jeff Bercume on an outfield fly. DiCato surrendered a leadoff single to Pete Frates to open the home half of the first but he was quickly erased when Ross Curley bounced into a 6-4-3 doubleplay. 

Mike Andre got things started for the Chiefs when he singled down the right field line with one out in the second. Justin Crisafulli then singled to left and rookie Dario Pizzano laced a double into the left-centerfield gap that scored Andre to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Bryant stranded Crisafulli and Pizzano when he got both Bob McCarthy and Hal Landers to both flyout. 

The Blue Sox had their biggest scoring threat in the bottom of the second inning. Matt McEvoy led off with a single and DiCato got the first out when Steve Gath popped to Baillargeon. Sean McElroy then singled to right and went to second on the throw attempting to get McEvoy going to third. Tom Haugh then bounced back to DiCato for the second out of the inning with runners forced to hold. Eric Poling was then hit by a pitch that loaded the bases. DiCato kept the Chiefs in the lead when he struck out Anthony Santos to end the inning. 

The Chiefs lead went to 4-0 in the top of the third inning. It started quietly enough when Pyburn grounded to Haugh at first base for the first out. Macrina then hit a sinking soft liner to Gath at short who could not come up with the ball, which was scored an error. Bercume then picked up some chalk when he drilled a double just inside the first base bag that sent Macrina to third. Baillargeon then came up big when he delivered a two RBI single to center giving the Chiefs a 3-0 lead and took second on the throw to the plate. Bryant got Andre to fly out to Frates in center for the second out of the inning before Criasfulli plated Baillargeon with a RBI single to left and 4-0 lead. 

Lexington got two more aboard (Graham single, McEvoy HBP) after two were out in the bottom of the third but DiCato ended another Sox threat with an inning ending strikeout, getting Gath swinging, to send the game to the fourth inning. 

Bryant had his strongest inning in the fourth, aided by his defense. McCarthy led off and hit a hard grounder over the third base bag but was gunned down by McEvoy trying to stretch it to a double. Bryant responed and got Landers on a pop-up and Pyburn on a grounder to end inning. 

DiCato remained tough and set the Blue Sox down in order in the bottom of the fourth including strikeouts of Haugh and Poling. 

The Chiefs increased their lead to 6-0 in the top of the fifth. Bercume dropped a perfect bunt single. Bryant got Baillargeon to line to right for the first out. With Andre at the plate, Bercume stole second and the former Merrimack captains gave the Chiefs a five run lead when Andre lined a single to left that scored Bercume. Crisafulli followed with his third straight hit, a double down the left field line that sent Andre to third. Pizzano then picked up his second hit and RBI of the night when he greeted reliever Sam Steed with another single that scored Andre with the sixth Chiefs run. 

DiCato gave up a one out single to Frates in the bottom of the fifth before Curley grounded into another 6-4-3 doubleplay. 

Landers opened the Chiefs sixth with an infield single between third and short and Pyburn promptly sacrificed him to second. Steed kept it a 6-0 lead when he got Macrina on a groundout and Bercume swinging ending the inning. 

DiCato followed two groundouts to Baillargeon by striking out Gath to end the sixth. It was the fourth straight inning that DiCato ended with a strikeout. 

Baillargeon tripled to center open the Chiefs seventh but Steed left him there when he struck out Andre and Crisafulli and got Pizzano on a grounder to Curley at third. 

McElroy led off the Sox seventh with a single to right and he was forced at second when Haugh grounded to Baillargeon. Pinch hitter Jeff Nolet then grounded out to Andre at third for the second out and DiCato ended things when he got Santos on fly to Landers in right to end the game. 

DiCato struck out five and did not issue a walk as he recorded the first playoff win of his ICL career. 

Game Two is scheduled for Lexington High School on Friday at 8:00 PM.  



Saturday, August 22
Blue Sox Even Series at 1-1 with 5-2 Win on Friday Night
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Brian Macrina

By Bruce Hack
Intercity Baseball League Media Relations Director

Lexington, MA – Lexington came out swinging and tied the finals at 1-1 with a 5-2 win over the Chiefs at Lexington High School Friday night. The teams move to Medford for Saturday and Sunday. Both games are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. starts at Tufts University’s Huskins Field.

The Blue Sox set the tone early as Pete Frates led off with a double in the first. Ross Curley sacrificed him to third and a walk to Dan Graham put runners on the corners. Sean McElroy bounced a single through the left side and it was 1-0 Sox four batters into the game. Steve Gath singled to center to score Graham and the Sox were up 2-0.

In game two it was Lexington’s pitching and defense that made the plays and made big ones when they were needed. The Chiefs had runners at first and second on back-to-back singles by Mike Andre and Justin Crisafulli, with one out in the second. Dario Pizzano lofted a fly ball down the left field line. Sox left fielder Matt McEvoy made a sliding catch on the line and then popped up and fired a throw to second baseman Anthony Santos, who made like a first baseman and stretched out to make the catch and double up Andre.

In the fourth Andre loaded the bases on a single by Jeff Bercume and two hit batters, Mike Baillargeon and Crisafulli with one out. Pizzano this time hit a ground ball to third which Curley fielded, stepped on the bag and fired across the diamond to nail Pizzano at first for the inning-ending double play.

Steve Bodnar was the beneficiary of the outstanding defense as he won his second game of the postseason. In a complete game effort, he scattered six hits, gave up two unearned runs, walked one and struck out five. His five K’s came at crucial times as he struck out Mike Andre in the fourth with two on and no outs and then struck out Baillargeon with two on and no outs in the sixth.

It was the four and five hitters, McElroy and Gath, that came through again for the Blue Sox in the fifth. Frates beat out a leadoff bunt for a single and Curley then beat out a bunt for a base hit and the Sox had runners at first and second with no outs. Frates moved to third on Graham’s fly ball to left to put runners at the corners. With Curly going, McElroy grounded out to short with Frates scoring the third run. Curley then scored on Gath’s second single to center and it was 4-0 Lexington.

The Sox final run came in the sixth inning when Santos doubled to right with two outs. He scored on Frates single to left giving Lexington a 5-0 lead.

The Chiefs finally got on the board in the seventh when it took advantage of a Lexington error.
Bodnar retired the first two batters and then Mike Barbati got a pinch-hit single through the right side. Brendan Pyburn reached when Santos dropped his fly ball in shallow right and Barbati moved to third. Both runners came home on Brian Macrina’s double to left center. Bodnar got the final out a soft line drive to Santos.

Dan Lozeau, who was 0-1 against Lexington in the regular season, fared a little better tonight. pitching six innings, giving up nine hits, five runs, walking three and striking out two.

From the stat sheetPete Frates continues his hot streak in the postseason for Lexington. He is now hitting .563 with seven runs scored, three RBI and three doubles and a home run...... Jeff Bercume is hitting .500 for the Chiefs with four runs and three RBI. He also has two doubles, a triple and a home run. ......Mike Andre is hitting .364 and leads all players in the postseason with two home runs and seven RBI..........Steve Bodnar went 2-0 with 0.50 ERA in 14 innings with 14 K’s in two playoff starts. .......Dan Lozeau is now 2-1 in three games and has pitched 11 innings in the postseason.



Sunday, August 23
Chiefs Lose Game Three, 4-2

Medford, MA- The Lexington Blue Sox took a 2-1 series lead with a 4-2 win over the Chiefs at steamy Tufts University on Saturday afternoon. 

The Best of Five series continues on Sunday at Tufts when Game Four will be played at 1:30 PM. If the Chiefs force a Game Five, it will be played in Lexington on Monday night. 

The Chiefs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Blue Sox starter Matt Karis. Mike Andre drove home Jeff Bercume, who had reached on fielder’s choice, with a RBI single. 

The Blue Sox answered and took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning when Chiefs starter Dylan Ellis surrendered four singles to Matt McEvoy, Tom Haugh, Anthony Santos and Peter Frates.  

The Sox lead went to 4-1 in the fourth inning when Haugh walked, Poling reached on an infield single and Ellis threw Santos’ sacrifice bunt attempt into right field allowing Haugh to score. Santos came around to score on a fielder’s choice. 

The Chiefs closed the gap to 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth and threatened for mush more. Macrina drew a walk and Bercume reached on a two base error putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Mike Baillargeon then grounded to Steve Gath at shortstop who caught Bercume trying to go to third as Macrina scored on the play. Andre followed with a line single to right, his second of the game, sending Baillargeon to second. Justin Crisafulli then hit a screaming liner that was bound for the left field corner. Sox third baseman Ross Curley came up with the play of the game when he leaped to make an outstanding grab and recovered in time to double Baillargeon off second to end the inning. 

Matt O’Brien worked a scoreless sixth for the Blue Sox and Jesse Santos picked up the save in the seventh. 

Ellis went the distance for the Chiefs allowing three earned runs and eight hits while striking out five. Karis picked up the win giving up two runs on six hits and striking out three in his five innings of work.  

The Blue Sox will send Drew Brozowski to the mound in Sunday’s Game Four while the Chiefs are expected to counter with Ryan McNeill.



Monday, August 24
2009 Chiefs Final Intercity League Statistics (Including Playoffs)
 BATTING                              

FLD

     
 Player

 AVG

 GP

 AB

 R

 H

 2B

3B

 HR

 RBI

 BB

 SO

 HBP

 SB-A

 SAC

 

 PO

 A

 E

 FLD

 Peter Copa

 .329

 29

 76

 18

 25

 4

 0

 0

 8

 7

 4

 4

 4-4

 4

 

 57

 43

 10

 .909

 Jeff Bercume

 .325

 36

 120

 18

 39

 6

 2

 4

 25

 8

 7

 3

 19-23

 2

 

61

3

3

.955

 Mike Andre

 .319

 34

 94

 12

 30

 6

 0

 2

 17

 8

 16

 1

 0-0

 2

 

17

55

2

.973

 Hal Landers

 .269

 37

 93

 12

 25

 1

 0

 1

 15

 10

 21

 1

 6-7

 1

 

33

2

1

.972

 Mike Baillargeon

 .261

 15

 46

 8

 12

 3

 4

 1

 9

 5

 6

 1

 0-0

 0

 

24

42

4

.943

 Brian Macrina

 .256

 27

 82

 15

 21

 1

 1

 0

 9

 7

 10

 0

 1-1

 3

 

106

2

1

.991

 Bob McCarthy

 .255

 36

 102

 13

 26

 2

 0

 0

 8

 10

 6

 6

2-3

 2

 

 177

 15

 2

.990

 Brendan Pyburn

 .248

 38

 137

 23

 34

 7

 0

 1

 9

 7

 16

 1

 6-9

 3

 

 57

 99

 11

.934

 Dario Pizzano

 .246

 31

 65

 10

 16

 6

 1

 0

 8

 13

 6

 0

 1-3

 0

 

22

2

1

.960

 Mike Barbati

 .219

 23

 32

 5

 7

 0

 0

 0

 6

 3

 8

 0

 0-0

 2

 

19

24

5

.896

 Matt Boleski

 .214

 10

 14

 3

 3

 0

 0

 1

 2

 2

 3

 2

1-1

0

 

6

0

1

.857

 Justin Crisafulli

 .208

 33

 96

 2

 20

 2

0

 0

 14

 5

 10

 6

 0-1

 2

 

0

0

0

.000

 Ed McDonald

 .167

 4

 6

 4

 1

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 1

 0

 0-0

 0

 

8

0

0

1.000

 JP Pollard

 .155

 25

 58

 8

 9

 3

 0

 0

 8

 11

 8

 0

 0-2

 2

 

165

7

2

.989

 Phil Costello

 .100

 6

 10

 2

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 7

 0

 0-0

1

 

4

0

0

1.000

 Bill Cataldo

 .000

 7

 5

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 0-0

 0

 

1

2

0

1.000

 Kevin McKenzie

 .000

 5

2

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 0-0

0

 

6

1

0

1.000

 Others

 .200

 4

 7

 1

 1

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 1

 0

 0-0

 0

 

27

36

4

.940

 Totals

 .258

 38

 1045

 157

 271

 41

8

 10

139

 97

 132

 25

 40-54

 24

 

790

333

46

.961

 PITCHING                                  
 Player

 ERA

 AP

 W

L

 T

SV

 IP

 H

 R

ER 

BB

K/7IN

 HR

 HB

 WP

 BK

 Connor Bishop 

 1.16

 5

 0

 0

 0

 0