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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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Reading Falls to Lexington 8-2

Posted by John Halsey at Jul 20, 2017 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

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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Bulldogs Drop One to Melrose Americans

Posted by John Halsey at Jul 16, 2017 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

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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Bulldogs Split Doubleheader With Somerville

Posted by John Halsey at Jul 15, 2017 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

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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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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