Reading Bulldogs: 2017 Game Summaries

Thursday, August 24
In Extra Innings, Lexington Wins Third Straight ICL Championship over Reading
Coach Halsey Talks to Team After Game
Coach Halsey Talks to Team After Game

At Morelli Field in Melrose on Thursday night, the Reading Bulldogs faced off against the Lexington Blue Sox in the 3rd game of a best of 5 series for the Intercity League Championship. The Bulldogs needed a win to extend the series, whereas the Blue Sox were looking to end the series with a win. Both starting pitchers and bullpens pitched extremely well as the game went ten innings after being tied at 1-1 through seven. The Blue Sox’s came away with the victory after a walk-off single, making it their third consecutive year of winning the ICL Championship.

Lexington’s lead-off batter was the first run to come across in the game after reaching by error and scoring off of a double. After this lone run in the first, Reading starting pitcher Alex Mandrus looked dominant in his 4.1 innings of work. Jack Burke relieved Mandrus of his duties with the bases loaded in the 5th and got out of it unscathed.

Down 1-0 in the 6th inning, the Reading Bulldogs put together a string of great at bats to tie the game at 1. It started when Darren Hartwell singled and advanced to third on a Kevin Marciano sacrifice bunt. Mike DeDonato then hit a fielder’s choice where everyone was safe to put himself at first and Hartwell at second. Now with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd, Mike Taylor came up to the plate and brought home Hartwell with a clutch RBI single.

Knotted at 1 apiece, Jack Burke finished pitching the 6th and was relieved by Jack Theriault for the 7th inning. Theriault threw three innings of 1 hit baseball with 4 strikeouts through the 9th inning. Heading into the bottom of the 10th still tied at one, JP Songin took the mound for Reading. The Blue Sox were able to get some momentum going with two straight infield singles and a sacrifice bunt which was followed by an intentional walk to load the bases with 1 out. The next batter ended the game with an RBI single to give Lexington a 2-1 win and their 13th overall Intercity League Championship.

Despite being the last seed in the playoffs and finishing with a losing record, the 2017 Reading Bulldogs proved through their play in the playoffs that they were one of best teams in the league with their dirt dog “never quit” mentality. They were the first team in Reading Bulldogs history to make it to the ICL Championship series, and look to build off that come next year.

The 2017 Reading Bulldogs season has come to an end as they finish in second place, runner up to the Lexington Blue Sox.

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Jack Theriault
Jack Theriault

Wednesday, August 23
The Blue Sox Take Game 2 of the Series 8-1
Johnny Hayes
Johnny Hayes

In Wednesday’s game 2 matchup between Reading and Lexington, the Lexington Blue Sox came away with the 8-1 victory. This win put them at 2-0 in a best of 5 series.

Offensively the Bulldogs were hitting the ball hard all night but just weren’t seeing much drop in for them. In the 3rd inning, Johnny Hayes hit an impressive solo homerun to left field which made the score 3-1 at the time. Besides Hayes’ homerun, the Bulldogs only had more hit in the game that came during the 1st inning.

Lexington’s offense continued to show why they are one of the best in the league by slugging 4 homeruns out of their 10 hits. The Bulldogs made some mistakes at times and allowed the Blue Sox to extend their innings with 3 errors in the game, which Lexington capitalized on.

Colby Morris pitched 6.1 innings for Reading and JP Songin came in for relief to record the final two outs of the game.

Game 3 will be held at Morelli Park again at 8:00pm tonight in what will be a must win game for Reading.

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JP Songin
JP Songin

Tuesday, August 22
Reading Bulldogs Drop Game 1 of Championship Series to Lexington Blue Sox
Mike Taylor
Mike Taylor

In game 1 of the championship series on Tuesday night, the Reading Bulldogs faced off against the Lexington Blue Sox. The Bulldogs were out scored 7-3 by the Blue Sox and dropped game 1 of the series.

The Blue Sox scored 6 runs in the first two innings off of 7 hits to start the game. However, in the 4th inning Mike Taylor continued to stay hot in the playoffs and crushed a two-run homer making it 6-2. The Blue Sox would score another run in the 5th to put them up 7-2 before the Bulldogs posted one more run in the 6th. The run came after Mike DeDonato and Zac Talis hit back to back singles and DeDonato was brought in to score from a Mike Taylor sacrifice fly. The game would end with the score of 7-3 Lexington.

Mike Taylor, Mike DeDonato, and Darren Hartwell all had two hits a piece. Mike Taylor also recorded all 3 RBI's for the Bulldogs offense.

Zak Levine started the game for Reading and went 5 full innings before being relieved by Jack Theriault in the 6th inning.

Reading and Lexington will matchup again Wednesday night in game 2 of the series at Morelli Field in Melrose.

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Team Before Game
Team Before Game

Sunday, August 20
Reading Bulldogs Advance to Championship Series For First Time After 5-3 Win
Jack Burke
Jack Burke

The 6th seeded Reading Bulldogs advanced to the Intercity League Championship round after beating the 1 seeded Andre Chiefs 5-3 in a do or die game 5.

After going scoreless in the 1st and giving up a homerun to Andre making the score 1-0, the Bulldogs went on to score one run every inning in the 2nd through 6th innings. The Bulldogs scoring started when Chris Bosco walked and advanced to third on Mike Taylor’s single before scoring on a double play ball to knot the game up at 1. In the 3rd inning Darren Hartwell lead things off with a triple and scored off of an RBI single by Kevin Marciano to push the lead to 2-1. The 4th inning started with back to back singles by Chris Bosco and Mike Taylor and then both advanced a base when Macyn Clifford laid down a sacrifice bunt. The next batter, Corey DiLoretto, walked to load the bases before Johnny Hayes came through with an RBI single of his own making the score 3-1. With 2 outs in the 5th inning, Chris Bosco drilled a triple to right field and ended up scoring after an error from the right fielder. The final run for Reading came in the 6th inning when DiLoretto walked and advanced to third base on a Johnny Hayes single. DiLoretto came home to score when Kevin Marciano hit a fielder’s choice which pushed the Bulldogs lead to 5-2 through 6 innings of play.

On the mound for Reading starting pitcher Jack Burke was locked in all game and was able to throw 6.2 innings. He allowed only 3 runs on 5 hits while rolling up 14 ground ball outs. Burke’s performance was just what the Bulldogs needed for game 5 as he kept the power offense of Andre to a minimum. Alex Mandrus came in for the one out save where he threw only 2 pitches before getting a ground ball to second base which ended the game. The Chiefs ended up scoring one run off of Burke in the 7th making the final score 5-3 Reading Bulldogs, advancing them to the championship series.

On offense for Reading, Chris Bosco recorded a walk, single, double, and triple while also scoring three runs. Mike Taylor had a three-hit day at the plate with 3 singles and a walk. Johnny Hayes recorded 2 hits with an RBI and Kevin Marciano had one hit with 2 RBI’s. The Bulldogs offense stayed consistent the entire game and came up with multiple clutch hits to help add on to their lead every inning.

The Reading Bulldogs advance to the finals for the first time in team history and will face off in a best of 5 series against the Lexington Blue Sox starting with game 1 on Tuesday. All games will be played at Morelli Field in Melrose.

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Chris Bosco
Chris Bosco

Friday, August 18
The Chiefs Take Down Reading, Forcing Game 5
Colby Morris
Colby Morris

The Bulldogs entered Friday night with a 2-1 series lead over the Andre Chiefs and were looking to end the series and advance to the ICL Championship, while the Chiefs were hoping to pull out another victory and push the series to a game five.

The Chiefs got off to an early lead, scoring one run in the first inning on an RBI double by their catcher, Shane Stande. The Bulldogs did not waste any time answering back as they scored a run of their own in the bottom of the first. After Darren Hartwell reached on a double into short right field, he used his speed to score Reading’s first run on a ground out by Mike DeDonato.

The Bulldogs scored again in the third inning when Darren Hartwell manufactured another run with his speed, scoring on an error by Andre’s third basemen. The Bulldogs fought hard, but could not get any offense going after the third, as the Chiefs starter threw a complete game. The Chiefs then scored in the third, fourth, and fifth innings and went on to win by a final of 9-2.

Colby Morris starting for Reading and pitched into the fifth inning. Alex Mandrus and J.P. Songin both worked out of the bullpen for the Bulldogs, pitching a combined 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. On his birthday, Johnny Hayes went 1-2 with a single and Darren Hartwell picked up two hits and two runs scored.

The Bulldogs and Chiefs will take the semi-final round to a fifth game for the second straight year. The Bulldogs have played with a high energy and determination throughout their playoff run and look to finish off the series to take on the Blue Sox in the ICL Championship. Game five will be do or die for both teams and will take place Sunday at Pine Banks at 7:30 PM.



JP Songin
JP Songin

Wednesday, August 16
After Three Games of a Best of Five Series, Reading Leads Andre Two Games to One
Mike DeDonato
Mike DeDonato

Since Monday, the Bulldogs have faced off against the Chiefs in the first 3 games of a 5-game series. After having 3 games in 3 days, the Bulldogs lead the series two games to one.

Game 1 lasted 11 innings and took two nights to finish due to time constraints and lights turning off before being able to finish the game on Monday night. There was a great pitching battle going on all night as starting pitcher Cody Hall gave up only one run through 7 strong innings leaving the game with the scored tied at 1. After resuming game 1 on Tuesday in the 11th inning with the bases loaded and no outs, Mike DeDonato hit the first pitch he saw for a 2 run double to take the lead 4-2. The next batter, Zac Talis, hit the first pitch he saw as well for a 2-run homerun increasing the lead to 6-2. Jack Burke came in to finish off the game in the bottom half, and the Bulldogs took game one 6-2.

After winning game 1, the Bulldogs look to build off that momentum for game 2. Jack Burke started this game for Reading who were the home team. The Chiefs scored an early three runs in the 2nd inning but the Bulldogs responded quickly in the bottom half when Chris Bosco tied it up with a three-run homerun to left field. Losing the lead to Andre again after they score one more run to make it 4-3, the Bulldogs came back in the same inning and put up two-runs off of a Zac Talis double making the score 5-4. Colby Morris relieved Jack Burke of his pitching duties in the 4th inning and absolutely dominated the rest of the game. He allowed 0 hits and 0 runs in 4 innings of work to earn the win in game 2. Reading tacked on an insurance run in the 6th with an RBI single from Johnny Hayes to make the final score 6-4.

On Wednesday night the Bulldogs were back at Pine Banks Field in Malden for game three. The Andre Chiefs took advantage of free bases and started the first inning with a 7-0 lead. The Bulldogs kept battling though as they score one in the 3rd, one in the 5th, and three in the 6th to pull with in two runs of the Chiefs after making the score 7-5. However, the Chiefs added one more run in the bottom half and the Bulldogs were unable to make the comeback in the 7th inning, losing 8-5.

With the series at 2-1 Reading, game 4 will be played Friday night at Morelli field in Melrose where the Bulldogs look to advance to the championship series to face off against the Lexington Bluesox.

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Colby Morris
Colby Morris

Saturday, August 12
Reading Advances to Round 2 after an exciting 4-2 Victory Over Watertown
Chris Bosco
Colby Morris

Already up 1-0 in a three-game series against Watertown, the Reading Bulldogs took home game 2 by a score of 4-2, advancing them to the second round of playoffs. The Bulldogs stayed confident the whole game and proved to be clutch when it mattered most to come away with this win.

Down 2-0 in the 4th inning, Chris Seidl came up big with a 2 out RBI triple to cut the lead in half making it 2-1 after 4. The momentum from Seidl’s triple carried into the 5th inning as Kevin Marciano and Zac Talis hit back to back singles and eventually loaded the bases after Chris Bosco was hit by a pitch. With 2 outs and the bases loaded, Steve Busby came up to the plate and didn’t disappoint when he smoked one to deep right field for a bases clearing double which scored three. Busby’s clutch and timely hitting put the Bulldogs up 4-2 after 5 innings.

A 2-run lead was enough for Reading as Colby “Kobe” Morris went three up and three down in all three innings he pitched. Morris was locked in on the mound and came away with the win after he silenced the Watertown bats for the final three innings. Alex Mandrus continued to pitch great like he has all season and gave the Bulldogs the start they needed giving up only 2 runs on 3 hits through 4 full innings.

In a game that was mostly dominated by pitching, Chris Seidl and Steve Busby were able to come up big with huge hits which were game changers. Seidl’s triple gave the Bulldogs some life offensively and then Busby’s clutch 3 RBI double allowed Reading to take the lead late in the game.

Advancing to the second round of playoffs after the win, the Bulldogs will play the Andre Chiefs Monday night at Pine Banks Field in Malden for a best of 5 series.

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Steve Busby
Steve Busby
preview Steve Busby's go-ahead 3 RBI double

Thursday, August 10
Reading Takes Game 1 from Watertown, 6-2
Jack Burke
Jack Burke

The Reading Bulldogs took game one from the Watertown Reds in a best of three series on Thursday night. The Bulldogs looked locked in on the mound and at the plate as the final score was 6-2.

Readings starting pitcher Jack Burke was dominant over 6 innings allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits. Burke had everything working for him for last night as he was completely in control and gave a very good Watertown offense troubles. He finished with 7 strikeouts and 0 walks. Jack Theriault was able to come in for a 1-2-3 7th inning to secure the 6-2 win for Reading.

The Bulldogs offense broke through in the 3rd inning to take the early lead. After Chris Seidl reached 1st base to start the inning from a throwing error, Rosario Missiti put down a perfect bunt and reached base with an infield single. The next batter was Darren Hartwell who continued to stay hot and roped an RBI double to left field scoring Seidl. The scoring didn’t stop here as Zac Talis hit a sacrifice fly to score Missiti and later in the inning Steve Busby reached base which allowed Hartwell to come around and score with some great base running. Reading came out of the third inning up 3-0.

The 4th inning was no different for Reading as they tacked on three more runs and looked to pull away. Chris Bosco and Mike Taylor started things off with back to back singles which set up Missiti to bring in Bosco with an RBI single and his second hit of the night. After a fielder’s choice and stolen base by Hartwell, runners were on second and third with two hits and Kevin Marciano at the dish. Marciano came through with a clutch 2 out 2 RBI double to score both Taylor and Hartwell, extending the Bulldogs lead to 6-0.

Zac Talis and Rosario Missiti had two hits each for Reading, as Hartwell, Marciano, Bosco, and Taylor all had 1 hit apiece. The offense was able to put together great at bats and find holes in key situations with runners on base all night.

The final score ended 6-2 Reading with Jack Burke earning the win in his stellar performance.

The Bulldogs look to take the series with a win tonight where they will be the home team while playing Watertown at Lexington High School.

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Jack Burke
Team Celebrates Game 1 Win

Monday, August 7
Bulldogs Clinch Playoff Spot With Two Wins Over Arlington
Colby Morris
Team Celebrates Win

In two must win games for the Bulldogs, they came away 2-0 on the night while securing their spot in the playoffs. Both games were played at Endicott College against the Arlington Trojans.

The first game played started off in the bottom half of the fifth inning as it had previously been suspended due to rain with a score of 5-3 Bulldogs. In the 6th, Rosario Missiti started things off with a double and was advanced to third base with only one out. Missiti scored off of a fielder’s choice from Johnny Hayes pushing the lead to 6-3. Now in the 7th inning, Chris Bosco lead off with a single and advanced to second on stolen base. The next batter, Mike Taylor, smoked a line drive up the middle to plate Bosco and push the score to 7-3.

Steve Hueston pitched the final three innings for the Bulldogs of this game, allowing only one hit in a dominant performance. He struck out 3 and rolled one double play to help seal the win for Reading.

In the second game, Reading was firing on all cylinders and put together solid performances in all phases of the game. Colby Morris took the mound for Reading and allowed only 2 runs on 4 hits through 5 full innings. Alex Mandrus came into relief for the final two innings where he gave up only 1 hit and struck out 4.

The offense started earlier and often when Darren Hartwell singled and ended up scoring after a throwing error by the catcher. In the second inning, Corey DiLoretto led it off with a single and advanced to second base on a fielder’s choice. Mike Taylor then came through with RBI single making the score 2-0. The next batter, Rosario Missiti, doubled to left center putting Taylor on third with only one out. Darren Hartwell came up next and did his job by hitting a sacrifice fly to score Taylor from third.

The third inning is when the Bulldogs really broke the game open putting up a 5 spot on 5 hits. Mike DeDonato started it off with a double and then scored off a RBI double by Zac Talis. After a Chris Bosco walk and a pass ball allowing Talis to move to third base and Bosco to second base, DiLoretto knocked Talis in with a sacrifice fly. Bosco went on to score off of a pass ball. With the offense still rolling, Mike Taylor crushed an opposite field homerun to deep left field. The scoring didn’t stop yet as Rosario Missiti hit another double and then scored off of an RBI single by Darren Hartwell. At the end of this big inning the score was Reading 8, Arlington 0.

The Bulldogs went on to score two more runs in the game and ended up winning by a final score of 10-2. Reading finished with 10 runs off 14 hits, 7 of which were extra base hits.

Up and down the lineup, everyone contributed in this offensive attack. Darren Hartwell had 3 hits with 2 RBI’s, DeDonato hit two doubles, DiLoretto hit two singles with 3 RBI’s, Taylor had two hits which included a homerun to go along with 2 RBI’s, and Missiti had a pair of doubles.

Looking to build momentum off of these two big wins, Reading awaits to here who they will play and when they will play for the first round of playoffs.

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Jack Burke
Colby Morris

Sunday, August 6
Somerville's Big 6 Run Inning Propels Them to Win Over Reading
Steve Busby
Zac Talis

At Wakefield, the Reading Bulldogs took on the Somerville Royals Sunday afternoon. In what started as a close back and forth battle to start the game, Somerville had a huge 6 run 4th inning to help seal their 9-4 win.

With the score 2-1 Somerville in the 3rd inning, Reading knotted the game up when Mike DeDonato tripled to right field and Zac Talis brought him home with an RBI single. Heading into the bottom half of the 4th is when Somerville’s bats caught fire scoring 6 runs off 6 hits, 4 of which were doubles, giving them an 8-2 lead.

Reading put two more runs on the board in the 6th inning to pull within 4, but Somerville answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half extending their lead to 9-4, which was the final score of the game.

Jack Theriault started the game for the Bulldogs giving up just two runs, but he had to exit after just one inning with an arm injury. Cody Hall finished off the game for Reading pitching the final 6 innings in relief.

Offensively for Reading DeDonato, Talis, and Steve Busby all recorded one extra base hit. Talis finished the day as the only Bulldog to have two hits.

The Bulldogs will play Arlington twice on Monday night in their last regular season games. The first game of the doubleheader will only be the final two innings of a previously suspended game due to rain with the score 5-3 Reading. The second game will start shortly after the completion game one.

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Chris Bosco
Cody Hall

Thursday, August 3
Chiefs Take Home Win Over Bulldogs
Jack Burke
Mike Taylor

For the third consecutive game, the Reading Bulldogs played the Andre Chiefs in what would be the final regular season matchup between both teams.

Through 6 innings the Chiefs held a 3-1 lead, but managed to add on 4 more runs in the 7th to pull away and take the 7-1 win. The Bulldogs scored their lone run after Mike Taylor tripled and scored off of a Johnny Hayes fielder’s choice.

In what turned out to be a staff day for the Bulldogs, four different pitchers saw time on the mound. Jack Theriault started the game and went two strong innings before being replaced by Steve Hueston who pitched through the 5th inning. Alex Mandrus came in for a brief inning of work and Mike DeDonato finished it off in the 7th inning with his first pitching performance of the year.

Offensively Bulldogs first baseman, Mike Taylor, had a big day at the plate crushing two balls deep into the outfield for a double and triple.

Reading plays at Wakefield against Somerville Sunday afternoon.

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Steve Hueston
Steve Hueston

Tuesday, August 1
Bulldogs Fall to Chiefs Despite a Strong Offensive Night

The Reading Bulldogs traveled to Malden Tuesday night to face the Andre Chiefs on back to back days. Although the Bulldogs outhit the Chiefs twelve to eight, Andre came out on top with the 7-4 win.

Reading started out strong scoring a run in the first off of a Zac Talis single to score Corey DiLoretto. After allowing 4 runs to Andre in the bottom half, the Bulldogs struck again in the 2nd inning when Rosario Missiti hit an RBI triple that scored Mike Taylor from first base.

In the 4th inning, Andre put up 3 more runs pushing their lead to 7-2. The game stayed at this score until the 6th where Reading’s bats started to come alive. They put up 2 runs when Chris Seidl and Rosario Missiti each singled to start the inning and were brought home by a 2 out 2 RBI single from Darren Hartwell, making it 7-4.

The game ended with this final score of 7-4 as the Bulldogs took the loss. Jack Burke started the game for Reading going the first 3 innings and Chris Seidl came into relief to pitch the rest of the game. Tim Dunphy threw a complete game for the Chiefs.

Offensively for the Bulldogs, Mike DeDonato had 3 hits and both Corey DiLoretto and Rosario Missiti had two hits apiece.

The Bulldogs will play Andre for the fourth and final time on Thursday night at Endicott College.



Monday, July 31
Andre Beats Reading 6-1
Kevin Marciano
Kevin Marciano

In a Monday night matchup between the Andre Chiefs and Reading Bulldogs, dominant pitching and key hits helped Andre to a 6-1 win.

Andre’s Jared Freni picked up the win in a complete game effort allowing only 1 run off 4 hits and recording 10 strikeouts. Colby Morris took the loss for Reading as the starting pitcher going 2 2/3 inning. Jack Theriault and Alex Mandrus both came into relief to finish the game and looked sharp giving up only a combined 4 hits and 2 runs.

The Bulldogs scored their lone run in the 4th inning after Chris Seidl led off with a single and a stolen base to put him on second base with no outs. After Seidl moved to third base from a Kevin Marciano single, his second hit of the game, Corey DiLoretto brought in the run with a fielder’s choice. Mike DeDonato also recorded a single in the inning.

The Bulldogs will play on the road against the Andre Chiefs tonight at 8:00pm looking to get back in the win column.

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Johnny Hayes
Johnny Hayes

Thursday, July 27
Watertown Takes Down Reading

The Bulldogs took on the Watertown Reds again on Thursday night in Watertown and took a tough loss, dropping the game 12-3. The Bulldogs offense got off to a hot start when they scored two runs in the first inning. Corey DiLoreto and Mike Taylor both had RBI base hits to give Reading the early lead. Watertown’s offense fired right back though, when they scored two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first inning. The Bulldogs got their third run of the game in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Drew Finn.

The Bulldogs swung the bats well on Thursday, collecting eight team hits, but they could not keep up with the Red’s offense that was firing on all cylinders. Alex Mandurs got the start for the Bulldogs and pitched three innings allowing four earned runs and striking out two. Will McFadden made his Bulldogs debut, pitching one inning in relief.

In the loss, Chris Seidl had a big game, collecting two hits and even recording two outs in relief in the seventh inning. John Halsey returned to the Bulldogs and went 1-3 with a double and a run scored.

The Bulldogs will get a few days off and then return to action on Monday night at Endicott College against the Andre Chiefs.



Sunday, July 23
Bulldogs Come Up Short in a Matchup Against Watertown
Jack Theriault
Chris Seidl

The Reading Bulldogs took on the first-place Watertown Reds on Sunday night at Endicott College and took the loss by a score of 5-2. The Reds struck first in the top of the second inning on a two RBI triple from Logan Gillis. The Bulldogs came right back getting two runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Johnny Hayes scored on an RBI single by Kevin Marciano and Chris Seidl scored on a ground out from Zac Talis to even the score at two.

The Bulldogs offense was silenced for the rest of the night, as the Red’s starter, Nate Beck pitched a complete game, striking out five. The Bulldog’s starter, Jack Theriault gave the team a solid start, pitching five innings and allowing three earned runs. Jack Burke pitched in relief for the Bulldogs and got the team out of a key inning to limit the damage. Zak Levine pitched two strong innings out of the bullpen for Reading, not allowing any baserunners.

The Bulldogs pitching, especially the bullpen shined in this game and their bats just could not get going thanks to a great pitching performance by the Watertown starter.

The Bulldogs will look to get back on track and start the home stretch of the regular season Monday night against Arlington at Endicott College.

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Coach Halsey Talks to Team After Game
Zak Levine

Friday, July 21
Reading Falls to Lexington 8-2
Rosario Missiti
Rosario Misitti

At Lexington High School Thursday night, the Bulldogs squared off against the Blue Sox. In a sloppy game where errors played a big role, the Bulldogs were defeated by the Blue Sox 8-2.

The first inning looked promising for Reading as Marciano and DeDonato led-off with back to back hits, but were unable to score any runs. In the bottom half of the inning things did not start so well for the Bulldogs as they gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 errors.

Through two more innings of play Lexington was able to score 3 runs off of 3 hits and 1 error, while Reading pushed across 2 runs in the top of the third. The scoring for the Bulldogs came off the bat of a Ryan Wolfsberg single and a Chris Bosco sacrifice fly. After three full innings of play the score was 7-2 Lexington.

The final score finished at 8-2 Lexington as they were able to add one more run in the 6th inning. For Reading, Marciano and Missiti each had a game high two hits. Out of the bullpen for the Bulldogs Alex Mandrus stayed dominant with 3 strikeouts in two innings, while only facing the minimum 6 batters.

Reading will play host to the Watertown Reds at Endicott College Sunday night, looking to get hot as the regular season winds down.

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Mike DeDonato
Mike DeDonato

Monday, July 17
Bulldogs Drop One to Melrose Americans
Busby 7-17
Steve Busby

At Morelli Field in Melrose on Monday night, the Reading Bulldogs faced off against the Melrose Americans. The Bulldogs were defeated by the Americans by a score of 7-1.

Through 3 innings, the score was knotted up at 0-0 until the Americans broke through in the 4th inning with back to back doubles with runners on base. Melrose was able to add one more run in the 5th to make the lead 4-0 headed into the 6th.

Leading off the 6th inning, Kevin Marciano lead off with a walk and then Chris Bosco singled through the left side to put runners on first and second with 2 outs for Steve Busby. Busby came through with his second hit of the night to bring home Marciano from second base to make the score 4-1. However, this was all the Bulldogs could manage to score and eventually fell to Melrose 7-1 after they tacked on another 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th.

The Melrose pitchers found success in keeping the ball down in the zone, producing a lot of groundballs and limiting the Bulldogs to only 4 hits. On the mound for Reading, starting pitcher Colby Morris went 5 innings and Zak Levine came in for relief to pitch the bottom half of the 6th.

Reading will be playing the Somerville Royals at Lexington High School on Wednesday night.

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Morris 7-17
Colby Morris

Sunday, July 16
Bulldogs Split Doubleheader With Somerville
Zac Talis
Zac Talis

Game 1:

In game one of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Reading High School, the Bulldogs dropped a close one to the Somerville Royals. Coming out swinging in the first two innings, the Bulldogs managed to put up 7 runs. In the 1st, Zac Talis crushed a three-run homerun to dead center. Later in the inning, with runners on 1st and 2nd, Chris Seidl roped an RBI single to push the lead to 4-2. The very next batter, Rosario Missiti, hit a 2 RBI double to score Seidl and Johnny Hayes. The 2nd inning started the same way with back to back singles by Cory DiLoretto and Talis. DiLoretto ended up crossing the plate after a walk with the bases loaded making it 7-2 after two innings.

With a 7-2 lead in the 2nd, Reading was not able to put any more runs on the board for the rest of the game, leaving room for Somerville to inch their way back. They did just that by putting across one run in the 5th, and then tying the game at 7 runs after scoring 4 more in the 6th. Headed into the top of the 7th inning the Royals took the lead after an RBI single. This was enough to seal the win as Reading could not put one up in the bottom half.

DiLoretto and Talis each finished with 2 hits. Jack Burke started the game for Reading and went 5 1/3 innings.

 

Game 2:

In game two, Reading was able to come away with the 4-2 win after timely hitting and a great pitching performance by Alex Mandrus. The game was scoreless until the 4th inning when Cory DiLoretto doubled home Darren Hartwell to score the first run of the game for the Bulldogs. In the 5th the Bulldogs again tacked on 2 more runs from a Chris Seidl 2 RBI single, making it 3-0. Reading was able to add one more run in the 6th inning when DiLoretto scored on a double play ball to put Reading up 4-0. Somerville managed to score two runs in the top of the 7th, but that was all as Reading came away with the victory.

On the mound for Reading, they saw an excellent performance from Alex Mandrus who went 6 1/3 innings of 5 hit baseball, allowing only 2 runs. Mandrus earned his first win of the season, and Zak Levine earned the save after recording the final two outs of the game.

At the plate for Reading, Cory DiLoretto and Steve Busby each had big games with two hits. Zac Talis, Macyn Clifford, and Chris Seidl also contributed with one hit a piece.

After splitting Sunday’s doubleheader, they travel to play the Melrose Americans on Monday night.

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Alex Mandrus
Alex Mandrus

Monday, July 10
Corey DiLoreto Secures Reading Win with Walk-Off Single
Corey DiLoretto
Corey DiLoreto

WALK-OFF ALERT ??!! The Bulldogs take their third game in a row in dramatic fashion with a walk-off single by Corey DiLoretto in the bottom of the 7th to beat the Wakefield Merchants. On the mound for Reading Alex Mandrus and Jack Theriault combined to give up only 2 runs on three hits, with Mandrus receiving the no-decision and Theriault picking up the win. The bats continued to stay hot as Reading tallied up 12 hits in way to the 3-2 victory.

Trailing 1-0 early, Reading’s scoring started in the second when Johnny Hayes and Darren Hartwell hit back to back singles, followed by a walk for Rosario Missiti which loaded up the bases. With two outs, Kevin Marciano came up big as he smoked a 2 RBI single up the middle to take a 2-1 lead.

The score remained 2-1 until Wakefield tied it in the 6th, ultimately sending the game to the bottom of the 7th tied at 2-2. Bulldogs catcher Chris Bosco has been on fire this entire season and proved that to be true yet again as he sent a double out to deep left center that barely missed clearing the fence. Now on second with one out, Bosco stole third base to set-up Corey DiLoretto with a great opportunity to end the game. DiLoretto did just that as he roped a line drive single to right field and plated Bosco for the game winning run.

Bosco, DiLoretto, and Marciano seemed to be in the middle of everything for the Bulldogs tonight combining for 7 hits and all 3 RBI’s.

Reading looks to keep their win streak going on Wednesday night as they travel to play the Andre Chiefs.

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Celebrating Walk-Off Win
Celebrating Walk-Off Win

Sunday, July 9
Bulldogs Get the Win Against Former League Champions
Celebrating Win
Celebrating Win

After a huge win against Watertown last Thursday, Reading faced another top team Sunday night in the Lexington Blue Sox. The Bulldogs looked great in all phases of the game coming away with a big 6-4 win. Colby Morris dominated on the mound where he earned the win with six strong innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits.

Despite only having one hit through 4 innings, Reading was able to score a run to make the score 1-1 heading into the 5th inning where they looked to take the lead. After a leadoff triple by Darren Hartwell, Mike DeDonato continued to prove he’s one of the top hitters in the Inner-City League with a go-ahead two-run homerun.

The Blue Sox came back to take the lead at 4-3 in the top of the 6th, only for the Bulldogs to answer back in the bottom half of the inning. With runners on first and second with one out, DeDonato came up with an RBI single to score Rosario Missiti and tie the game at 4 apiece. The next batter, Ryan Wolfsberg, hit a clutch go-ahead RBI single to take the lead after Hartwell crossed the plate. Zac Talis was able to add another insurance run when he plated DeDonato on a sacrifice fly making it 6-4.

That lead was enough for Reading as Jack Theriault closed the game out in the top of the 7th giving him the save. The Bulldogs timely hitting with runners on base proved to be the deciding factor in this game.

Reading will play host to the Wakefield Merchants at Endicott on Monday night.

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Mike DeDonato
Mike DeDonato

Thursday, July 6
The Bulldogs Take Down Top-Seeded Reds

The Reading Bulldogs took on the first-place Watertown Reds on Thursday night at Victory Field in Watertown. In what was a back and fourth game, the Bulldogs came away with their biggest win of the year, upsetting the first-place Reds with a 7-6 victory.

The Bulldogs bats got started early in the top of the first inning. They got out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to four hits in the inning, including an RBI single from Steve Busby. The Reds answered quickly in the bottom of the first, getting a run of their own and cutting the Bulldogs lead to just one. In the third inning, the Reds tacked on another run when Kyle LaVigne hit an inside the park homerun to deep right field to tie the score 2-2. Watertown continued to swing the bats well as they tacked on one more run, making the score 3-2 at the end of four innings.

Alex Mandrus started for the Bulldogs and gave the team a solid performance. Mandrus pitched into the fourth inning and was able to limit the Red’s to just three runs, allowing the Bulldogs to stay in the game through the middle innings. The Bulldogs pulled even with the Reds in the fifth inning when Chris Bosco smacked an RBI single, bringing the score to 3-3. The game continued to go back and forth until the Bulldogs broke it open with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. All nine batters came to the plate and the team collected three hits, including key RBI hits from Chris Seidl and Rosario Missiti.

The Bulldogs tacked on one more run in the top of the seventh and were able to close out a close 7-6 victory. This was a huge win for Reading as they showed constant fight through the whole game. They saw strong relief performances from Zak Levine and Jack Theriault. Theriault pitched 2.2 innings to close out the game and pick up his second win on the season. Chris Bosco continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the ICL as he picked up two more hits and an RBI. The Bulldogs also saw strong offensive nights from Steve Busby, Chris Seidl, and Corey DiLoretto.

The Bulldogs will take on the Lexington Blue Sox for their next game on Sunday night at Endicott College.



Wednesday, July 5
In a Hit Parade from Both Teams, Wakefield Edges Reading 7-4

After a few days off with the Holiday, the Bulldogs were back in action Wednesday vs the Wakefield Merchants. The bats were working well for both teams who combined for 26 hits in the game, but Wakefield edged out Reading with a score of 7-4.

The game was tied at two through the top of the 4th inning, before Wakefield put across four runs in the bottom half of the 4th to pull away. Jack Burke took the mound for the Bulldogs putting together 4 innings of work and was relieved by Cody Hall who pitched the final two innings for Reading.

In the 2nd inning, Chris Bosco was hit by a pitch and was then followed up with singles from Johnny Hayes, Darren Hartwell, and Corey DiLoretto. Bosco scored off Hartwell’s single. Leading off the 4th inning again, Bosco reached base with a single and came around to score on a DiLoretto double which tied the game at two.

Reading responded quickly after Wakefield’s big inning when Mike DeDonato tripled to right and was knocked in with a single from Zac Talis making it 6-3 through 5 innings. The Bulldogs kept scratching away at the score by putting up another run in the 6th when DiLoretto tripled and scored via a fielder’s choice closing the deficit to two runs.

Wakefield was able to add an insurance run, however, and secure the win at 7-4. Xinachs received the win and Burke took the loss.

Bosco and DiLoretto lead the offensive charge with three hits apiece for the Bulldogs. DeDonato also had two hits and Talis had one hit with two walks.

Reading travels to play the Watertown Reds Thursday night.



Friday, June 30
Bulldogs Lead Arlington 5-3 Before Game is Suspended From Rain

The Bulldogs and Arlington Trojans met again on Friday on a rainy night in Arlington. The Bulldogs got out to an early lead when Zac Talis drove home Kevin Marciano in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs kept up the early offense in the second when Mike Taylor singled up the middle to drive home Corey DiLoretto and extend their lead to 2-0.

Jack Theriault started for Reading and blanked the Trojans for the first two innings, only allowing one hit. In the third, Arlington was able to scratch one run of Theriault on an RBI single from Kyle Boudrais. Arlington then got their bats going when they scored two runs on two hits in the fourth inning to give them a 3-2 lead.

The Bulldogs struck right back in the top of the fifth inning when all nine batters came to the plate. The Bulldogs were able to get six men on base during the inning and got key RBI base hits from Mike Taylor and Steve Busby to give them a 5-3 lead. The weather got the best of both teams on Friday as the game was the suspended going into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Bulldogs and Trojans will resume play at a later date with the Bulldogs leading 5-3.



Wednesday, June 28
In Extra-Innings, Reading Falls to Lexington
Alex Mandrus
Alex Mandrus

Free baseball was played Wednesday night between the Reading Bulldogs and Lexington Bluesox. In what felt like a playoff game atmosphere, the Bluesox narrowly escaped a well-played game beating the Bulldogs 4-3 in 8 innings.

Reading struck first, putting up a run in the second inning. It started with back to back singles by Kevin Marciano and Zac Talis, who then were advanced to second and third respectively off a Corey DiLoretto sacrifice bunt. With runners in scoring position, Chris Bosco delivered a line drive single to left field scoring Marciano to take a 1-0 lead.

Alex Mandrus got his first start of the year and did not disappoint. He was dominant through four innings, giving up only 1 hit and 0 runs. Coming back out for the fifth, he gave up his first run of the game off of 2 hits. Max Mardeny came out of the bullpen to record the final out of the fifth after Mandrus’ stellar night was over allowing only 1 run on 3 hits.

Looking to take the lead in the 6th, Reading’s Mike DeDonato singled and Ryan Wolfsberg reached on an error to start the inning. After advancing to second and third with two outs, DiLoretto singled down the right field line to drive in one run, and Bosco followed that with an RBI single of his own to push the lead to 3-1.

After Lexington knotted the game up at three apiece in the bottom of the 6th, the game went extra innings after neither team scored in the 7th inning. The game came to end in the 8th inning when a Lexington pinch hitter came up with a bases loaded walk-off single to win by a score of 4-3. The winning pitcher was Blout and the losing pitcher was Mardeny.

This was a hard one to swallow for the Bulldogs, but the team looks to bounce back Friday night at Arlington before the break to get back in the win column.

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Chris Bosco
Chris Bosco

Monday, June 26
Reading Takes Down Melrose 10-3
Ryan Wolfsberg
Ryan Wolfsberg

In Melrose on Monday night, the Reading Bulldogs stayed hot with a 10-3 win over the Melrose Americans. This was a back and forth battle until the Bulldogs broke open a 3-3 game in the 6th inning scoring seven runs.

In the top of the first inning, Bulldogs third baseman Ryan Wolfsberg smoked a line drive over the left field fence for a homerun to take the early 1-0 lead. After a two-run homerun for Melrose to go up 2-1, Reading quickly answered back in the 2nd inning. Chris Bosco started it with a single, later scoring from first base on a Rosario Missiti RBI triple.

Deadlocked at two apiece through 4 innings of play, Missiti stayed locked in at the dish with a leadoff double to start the 5th. After a sacrifice bunt which moved Missiti to third, Mike DeDonato stepped up and delivered a two out RBI infield single. Melrose was able punch back though in the bottom half. Behind a leadoff walk followed by a single, Melrose’s right fielder Malcolm Nachmanoff drove in one run with a double, tying the game at three.

Reading put the game out of reach for good in the 6th after they scored 7 runs. The inning started with singles from Kevin Marciano and Bosco, followed with Missiti reaching on an error to load the bases for Corey DiLoretto. DiLoretto hit an RBI single, followed immediately with another RBI single by Nick Berno. DeDonoto and Wolfsberg were able to draw back to back walks with the bases loaded bringing in another two runs. Pinch hitter, Chris Seidl, came through with a sacrifice fly to score Berno from third for the 5th run of the inning. Marciano came up for the second time in the inning punching a single through the right side scoring two more. After this seven-run attack in the 6th, the final score ended at 10-3. Berno, Marciano, Bosco, Missiti, and DiLoretto all had two hit performances for the Bulldogs.

Jack Burke had another great outing for the Bulldogs throwing 4 1/3 innings allowing only 4 hits with 4 strikeouts. However, he was responsible for the American’s three runs and received a no decision on the night after the Bulldogs put up there big inning once he was removed from the game. Max Mardeny was put in for Burke and pitched two innings of relief, while Steve Hueston came in during the 7th to record the final two outs. The winning pitcher for Reading was Max Mardeny and the losing pitcher for Melrose was the starter Chris Mitchell.

The Bulldogs will be in Lexington on Wednesday night to play the Bluesox.

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Celebrating the Win
Celebrating the Win

Sunday, June 25
Timely Hitting and Great Pitching Get Reading the Win Over Melrose
Colby Morris
Colby Morris

After a rain out of Saturday’s game vs the Andre Chiefs, the Reading Bulldogs were host to the Melrose Americans on Sunday night. With great pitching and timely hitting the Bulldogs won the matchup 3-2, recording their 2nd win in a row.

On the hill for Reading was pitcher Colby Morris who was out there dealing all night. Pounding the zone with his fastball and mixing it up with his off-speed pitch in any count, Morris went 6 strong innings allowing only 4 hits and 2 runs, one of which was unearned. Throughout 6 frames Morris also tallied up 6 strikeouts while only surrendering 1 walk.

The Bulldogs offense cooled down a bit since last week’s 14 run outburst, but last night were able to come through in key spots and manufacture runs with stolen bases and situational hitting. It started in the 3rd inning when Johnny Hayes, Rosario Missiti, and Darren Hartwell all singled to load the bases. Then with two outs, Ryan Wolfsberg came up clutch with a two RBI single down the left field line to give Reading a 2-0 lead.

After Melrose fought back to tie the game in the 4th, Reading used their speed and aggressiveness to take back the lead. Having pinch hitter Nick Berno lead off the bottom of the 5th inning, he roped a single to center field to get it going. After Berno stole both second and third base still with no outs, catcher Chris Bosco came up big with a sacrifice fly to right field, allowing Berno to score the go ahead run making it 3-2 Reading.

Morris put up another 0 on the boards in the 6th and was then relieved of his duties in the 7th by closer Max Mardeny who shut the door on Melrose. Colby Morris was the winning pitcher, while Max Mardeny chalked up another save out of the bullpen. The losing pitcher for Melrose was Autilio.

The Reading Bulldogs will travel to again play the Melrose American’s on Monday night looking to win three in a row.

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Rosario Missiti
Rosario Missiti

Tuesday, June 20
The Reading Bulldogs Offense Lead the Way in a Huge Win
Mike DeDonato
Mike DeDonato

In Somerville on Tuesday night the Bulldog’s bats came alive in a big way. Tallying up 13 hits, 7 of which were extra base hits, Reading beat the Somerville Royals by a score of 14-2.

The scoring started early and often for Reading. In the first inning, Mike DeDonato came up with one guy on and crushed a two-run homerun to left field, for his first homerun of the year. After scoring two in the first, the Bulldog’s started the second inning with 4 straight hits. Johnny Hayes led off with a single and the next batter, Rossario Missiti, tripled allowing Hayes to score all the way from first base. Chris Seidl and Mike Taylor then each followed up with back to back RBI doubles extending the lead to 5-0 through only two innings of play.

Somerville did manage to score one run off 3 hits in the third, but the Bulldogs answered back in a big way scoring 5 runs and batting around in the fourth inning. Following a leadoff walk and hit by pitch, Darren Hartwell hit an infield single which also allowed a run to score on an errant throw after the play was over. After back to back walks for Chris Bosco and Macyn Clifford, one of which was with the bases loaded to bring in a run, DeDonato again came up big with a bases clearing 3 RBI double. Hayes went on to record a double later in the frame, but no more runs were scored as Reading headed into the bottom half of the 4th inning up 10-1.

The Royals tacked on one more run off 3 hits to make it 10-2, but the Bulldogs followed up with three of their own. Hartwell lead off with a single followed by walks from both Bosco and Clifford, bringing DeDonato up for another time with the bases loaded. He did not disappoint as he roped an opposite field 2 RBI double, recording his 7th RBI of the game. The next batter was Steve Busby who knocked in one more run on a fielder’s choice. After 5 innings, Reading led by a score of 13-2 but would add one more off an RBI single by Chris Seidl in the 7th. The game finished with a final score of 14-2.

On the mound for the Bulldogs, starter Jack Theriault had a strong outing going 5 innings allowing just 2 runs on 7 hits with 3 strikeouts. Alex Mandrus came into relief for a scoreless 6th inning and Max Mardeny finished the game in the 7th after facing only three batters.

Reading saw key contributions from the entire lineup. Bosco and Clifford combined to reach base 5 times via the walk and each scored two times. Hartwell had 3 singles with two stolen bags and 3 runs scored. Hayes stayed hot with a 2 hit performance as a middle of the order guy. Missiti had a triple with 2 walks and an RBI. Busby came away with only one hit and an RBI, but made hard contact every time up. Seidl finished the night with 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Out of the nine-hole Mike Taylor recorded an RBI double along with a hit by pitch he later scored on.

Arguably one of the hottest hitters in the league right now, Mike DeDonato, ended his monstrous night at the plate with 2 doubles, a homerun, a walk, and 7 RBI’s. DeDonato has been on fire lately and currently leads the Intercity Baseball League with an impressive .522 average.

The Reading Bulldogs have a 3-day break before meeting up with the Andre Chiefs in Lexington Saturday morning at 11:00am.

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Darren Hartwell
Darren Hartwell

Monday, June 19
Wakefield's Keskindis Dominates in Reading Loss
Chris Bosco
Chris Bosco

The Reading Bulldogs were at home on Monday in a matchup against the Wakefield Merchants. Wakefield’s pitcher, Steve Keskindis, received the win while allowing only 4 hits and 1 run in a complete game effort to help lead the Merchants in a 4-1 victory over the Bulldogs.

After surrendering two runs to the Merchants in the first inning, Reading battled back in the third. Catcher Chris Bosco knocked in Chris Seidl with an RBI single to pull the Bulldogs within one.

Still trailing by a run entering the fifth inning, Reading allowed Wakefield to take a 4-1 lead after Mike Sorrentino tripled home two runs. This lead was enough for Keskindis as he only faced 10 batters in the last three innings. Colby Morris took the loss for Reading.

Reading travels to Somerville to play the Royals on Tuesday night.

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Colby Morris
Colby Morris

Sunday, June 18
Lexington Edges Reading in a Pitching Duel
Jack Burke
Jack Burke

In a Sunday night matchup between the Reading Bulldogs and defending league champions, the Lexington Blue Sox, the Bulldogs came away shorthanded with a 0-2 loss.

Reading saw a strong pitching performance from Jack Burke who only allowed 3 hits through 5 innings. Both runs scored by Lexington were unearned.

Lexington’s starting pitcher, Kelvin Guzman, threw 6 scoreless innings of 4 hit ball. Blue Sox outfielder Jeff Costello recorded two singles and scored both times.

Reading will play host to the Wakefield Merchants at 8:00pm tomorrow night.

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Johnny Hayes
Johnny Hayes

Wednesday, June 14
Despite a Strong Offensive Performance, Reading Falls Short to Wakefield
Mike DeDonato
Mike DeDonato

The Bulldogs met up with the Wakefield Merchants for the first time this season on Wednesday night. The game featured a back and fourth game with both offenses having big nights, but ultimately Wakefield coming away with the victory.

The Merchants got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Bulldogs got one run back in the second inning when Chris Bosco scored with the bases loaded. Wakefield continued to swing the bats well as the tallied another run in the third inning making the score 4-1.

The Bulldogs offense would not let up though, as they came back to tie the game at 4 in the fifth inning. Kevin Marciano, Chris Bosco, and Mike DeDonato all came through with RBI hits in the inning, propelling Reading to tie the game. The game continued to go back and forth as the Merchants came back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the 5th inning, giving them a two-run lead. The Bulldogs were able to pick up one more run on a sacrifice fly from Kevin Marciano, but fell short in the end by a score of 8-5.

Although the Bulldogs could not pull out a victory, they should great fight in a back and forth offensive game. Mike DeDonato had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-4, Darren Hartwell had three singles out of the leadoff spot, and Kevin Marciano continued to swing the bat well, picking up a double and two RBIs. The Bulldogs pitching was strong, despite the runs scored by Wakefield. Jack Theriault started and only allowed one earned run through 4 1/3 Innings.

The Bulldogs will continue their season on Sunday at Endicott College against the Lexington Blue Sox.

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Jack Theriault
Jack Theriault

Monday, June 12
Mike Taylor Hits Walk-Off Single in Extras for Bulldogs Victory
Mike Taylor
Mike Taylor

The Reading Bulldogs met with the Arlington Trojans for the second time this season on Monday night at Endicott College. In a tightly contested game, the Bulldogs came away with a dramatic win in extra innings to get them back in the win column.

Colby Morris started for Reading, giving the team five solid innings, scattering four hits and striking out five. The Bulldogs scored their first run in the second inning. After Mike DeDonato and Johnny Hayes both reached base to start the inning, DeDonato scored on a fielder’s choice play with Mike Taylor at bat. After the second the Buldogs could not get any more runs off the Trojan’s starter, despite collecting eight combined hits against him.

The Bulldogs saw strong relief appearances again from both Alex Mandrus and Max Mardany but, Arlington was able to string together a few hits in the top of the seventh to send the game to extra innings. It was in the bottom of the eighth that the Bulldogs hit their stride. Chris Bosco and Mike DeDonato both reached base to begin the inning and then Mike Taylor delivered with an RBI single up the middle to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 win.

A big key to the Bulldog’s victory was aggressiveness on the base paths, as they tallied four stolen bases in the game. Johnny Hayes reached base four times on the night including three hits. Chris Bosco kept up his hot hitting and in his first game of the season, Macyn Clifford was on base three times, drawing two walks.

The Bulldogs will look to get another win on Wednesday night when they take on the Wakefield Merchants for the first time this season at 6:00 PM in Wakefield.

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Team
Walk-Off Win

Sunday, June 11
Pitching Dominates as Reading Falls to Melrose
Kevin Marciano
Kevin Marciano

The Reading Bulldogs met with the Melrose Americans for their first matchup of the 2017 season on Monday night. Pitching dominated the game and the Americans came away with a 2-0 victory over Reading on a hot night at Endicott College.

Reading got a great start from pitcher, Jack Burke. Burke gave the team four strong innings, only surrendering three hits and two runs, both unearned. Melrose tallied both of their runs in the fourth inning on an RBI ground out by Matt Hosman and an RBI single by Mike LaRovere.

The Bulldogs came up with six hits as a team but could not put up a run against Melrose’s starter. Their starter gave a complete game effort, striking out seven. Many Bulldogs kept up their hot hitting, including Kevin Marciano and Johnny Hayes who both had two hits on the night. After his first two games of the season, Marciano is off to a great start, hitting .667, which is currently third best in the Intercity League.

Reading saw strong relief appearances again from Alex Mandrus and Max Mardany. Both came out of the bullpen for Reading and surrendered no hits while striking out a combined five.

The Bulldogs will look to get back in the win column at their next game tomorrow night against the Arlington Trojans at 8:00 PM.

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Johnny Hayes
Johnny Hayes

Wednesday, June 7
Reading Bulldogs beat the Andre Chiefs for the First Win of the Year
Kevin Marciano
Kevin Marciano

On Wednesday night in Malden, we saw a battle of last year’s semifinal matchup between the Reading Bulldogs and the Andre Chiefs. The Bulldogs were able to come away with their first win of the season by the score of 5-4 in a very well-pitched game by both teams. Each team had a total of 5 hits apiece, but free bases and two errors by the Chiefs is what helped propel the Bulldogs to victory along with some timely hitting.

Without recording a single hit in the first inning, the Bulldogs sent 6 batters to the plate, two of which scored via an error and fielder’s choice. From there, Bulldogs starting pitcher Colby Morris pitched two 1,2,3 innings to start the game until the third inning where he allowed three runs on two hits and two walks.

With the Chiefs up one heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, they lead off with a double by Pallazola who later went on to score an insurance run off of a single from Andre to put the chiefs up 4-2.

Trailing by two runs entering the fifth, Bulldogs catcher Chris Bosco lead off with a walk, stole second base, and advanced to third base on a pass ball. With Bosco on third and one out, centerfielder Darren Hartwell hit an RBI infield single to come within one run. The Bulldogs weren’t done yet as the Chiefs pitcher, Jared Freni, was pulled after walking the next batter bringing in left hander Joe Saia. Saia gave up another walk to load the bases before throwing a wild pitch allowing Hartwell to score the tying run. With runners now on second and third and 1 out, Bulldogs shortstop Kevin Marciano hit an RBI single to right field plating Nick Berno to take the 5-4 lead in the fifth.

A one run lead was all the Bulldogs needed as their bullpen shut the door on the Chiefs hitters. Wayne Lundgreen pitched the 5th inning facing 4 batters giving up only 1 hit. Max Mardany came in for the final two innings striking out 4, giving up 0 hits. A strong start from Morris, and 3 dominant innings combined from Lundgreen and Mardany out of the bullpen gave Reading the victory.

Wayne Lundgreen was the winning pitcher for Reading, and Jared Freni took the loss for the Chiefs. Marciano finished the game 2-3, hitting in the winning run with his one RBI and Bosco had 1 walk and a hit to go along with two stolen bases and a run scored. Reading will play the Melrose Americans Sunday night at Endicott College.

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Wayne Lundgreen
Wayne Lundgreen

Sunday, June 4
Watertown's 13 Hits Help Beat Reading

The Reading Bulldogs had a Sunday night game against the Watertown Reds at Endicott College. Tallying up 13 hits, Watertown came away with a 9-0 win.

On offense, Watertown had key contributions from their three and four hitters, Will Brennan and Dan Chaisonn, who combined for a total of 7 RBI’s. The Reds had a strong performance on the mound from starter Dante Padovani who threw a complete game shut-out only surrendering 4 hits.

For the Bulldogs, catcher Chris Bosco put together a two-hit game with a single and double. On the mound, Reading used three different pitchers in Sunday’s loss. Starter Jack Theriault went three innings, Alex Mandrus pitched two innings, and Max Mardany finished the game throwing two strong innings.

Reading travels to play the Somerville Royals on Tuesday night at 8:15pm.



Friday, June 2
Bulldogs Fall to Arlington in Season Opner
Rosario Missiti
Rosario Missiti

The Reading Bulldogs faced the Arlington Trojans in the season opener for both teams on Friday night in Arlington. With a four run fifth inning, the Trojans were able to pull away with a 4-3 victory.

The Bulldogs got on the board first with a bases loaded RBI single by JP Songin in the 4th. The next batter, Rosario Missiti, followed up with a two RBI single extending the lead to three.

With three strong innings of relief out of the bullpen, Reading’s pitcher, Alex Mandrus, allowed zero runs on only three hits.

In the bottom of the fifth inning Arlington was able to capitalize on three Reading errors to score four runs on two hits. Arlington’s big hit came when down 3-2 from left fielder RC Goodman with a two out two RBI single. Goodman’s hit gave Arlington a 4-3 lead through five innings which was enough for Arlington’s relief pitcher Matt Wesoloski .

Wesoloski shut down the Bulldogs hitters for the final two innings giving up only 1 hit and 0 runs. Wesoloski got the win while pitching the final three innings for Arlington. Reid Bryant received the loss for Reading.

Reading will take on the Watertown Reds on Sunday June 4th at Endicott College at 7:00pm.

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Alex Mandrus
Alex Mandrus

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