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(MELROSE, MA). – The 2022 season came to an abrupt end this evening as the Chiefs fell to the Middlesex Expos, 3-0 in the deciding game three of the Intercity League semifinals. The Expos will move on to play the Lexington Blue Sox for the crown starting on Monday at 7:45 PM at Morelli Field.
It was a hard-fought contest between the two clubs as the score was 0-0 entering the bottom of the fourth. That is when the Expos belted two home runs, a solo shot from Ryan Stellato and a two run opposite field homer from Idelson Tavares, which accounted for all the scoring.
Chiefs’ starter Evan Walsh kept the them in the contest with five innings of work allowing all three runs on seven hits and striking out four. Paul Frisoli spun a scoreless 1-2-3 sixth with two strikeouts. Offensively, the team saw both leadoff hitter Juan Parra and Tyler Ferdinand each collect two base hits as the team left nine runners on base in the contest.
Expos starter Matt Josselyn went the distance with a complete game shutout, striking out nine.
(Malden, MA.) – The Chiefs fell to the Middlesex Expos tonight 8-4 in game two of the 2022 Intercity League Semifinals at Maplewood Park. The Expos plated seven runs in the sixth inning to force the deciding game three Friday night at Morelli Field starting at 8:00 PM.
Chiefs’ starter Josh Desai was outstanding on the mound. The veteran lefthander limited the Expos offense to just one run over five innings while striking out six. However, the bullpen surrendered seven runs (one earned) over the final six outs as the series is now even at one game apiece. John Batista (pictured) was the offensive star for the Chiefs as he belted a pair of two-run home runs and he finished 2-for-2 with a walk and two home runs.
Expos starter Zach Kirby earned the win with six innings of work, allowing just the four runs. Dan Shaw worked out of trouble in the seventh, stranding runners at second and third to end the game. Dionys Quezada and Idelson Tavares each hit home runs to lead the Middlesex offense.
Game three is slated to start tomorrow night at 8pm from Morelli Field. The game will be broadcasted live via the Local Sports Production YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/c/LocalSportsProductions.
(Melrose, MA)- Tyler Ferdinand’s two out single in the top of the seventh inning delivered John Baptista with the winning run when the Chiefs beat the Middlesex Expos 6-5 in their semi-final series opener on Wednesday night at Morelli Field.
The Chiefs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Juan Parra got things started with a single to left, stole second, and went to third when the throw went into centerfield. After Nick Valdario walked, Expos starter Junior Montero was called for a balk sending Parra home with the game’s first run. Teddy Dziuba followed with a shot to the fence in right-center, scoring Valdario, and giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. Andrew Caulfield then drew a walk before Montero threw away a Baptista comebacker allowing Dziuba to score the Chiefs’ third run.
Starter Tim Dunphy blanked the Expos over the first two frames and Montero settled in nicely and the game went to the bottom of the third with the Chiefs up 3-0.
The Expos scored all of their runs in the third. Mike Stellato singled to left and Michael Oliveira reached on an infield error. Jose Paulino then moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Idelson Taveras then followed with a two RBI double to left cutting the Chiefs’ lead to 3-2. A sacrifice fly moved Taveras to third and he scored the tying run when Leon Paulino beat out an infield chopper to short. Dionys Quezada was next and he blasted a two run homer to straight away center to put the Expos up 5-3. For Quezada it was his league best seventh homer of the year.
The Chiefs clawed back and tied the game at 5-5 off reliever Ryan Cloutier in the top of the sixth. Adam Johnson drew a walk and Ferdinand (pictured) reached on an infield single. Parra then delivered a line single to right scoring Johnson and then Ferdinand when the ball skipped all the way to the outfield fence.
It stayed 5-5 until Ferdinand delivered the Chiefs game winner in the top of the seventh.
Paul Frisoli was outstanding in relief of Dunphy. The righthander went 3.1 innings allowing just two hits while striking out six. Frisoli struck out five straight batters including the side in order in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Game two of the series will be played at Maplewood tonight (Thursday) starting at 8:00 PM. If a third game is necessary it will be contested back at Morelli Field on Friday at 8:00 PM.
(Melrose, MA) The Chiefs – Middlesex Expos series will be streamed live starting with tonight’s Game One at Morelli Field at 8:00 PM.
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Game Two will be streamed on Thursday at 8:00 PM and if a third game is needed it will be streamed Friday at 8:00 PM back at Morelli Field.
LSP’s Sam Feeley will be handling the play by play..
(Melrose, MA) The Melrose Americans beat the Reading Bulldogs 5-2 in the ICL Regular Season final on Sunday at Morelli Field.
With the Melrose win, the Chiefs and Americans finished with identical 12-12-1 records. The first two tiebreakers, number of wins and head to head (the teams were 2-2-1 against each other in 2022) failed to break the tie.
A coinflip was used and the Chiefs won and received the #3 seed and will face the #2 Middlesex Expos in a best of three series starting on Wednesday at 8:00 PM at Morelli Field in Melrose. Game Two will be played at Maplewood on Thursday at 8:00 PM. If a Game Three is needed, it will be played back at Morelli on Friday starting at 8:00 PM .
The #4 Americans will now host the #5 Bulldogs in a play-in game on Tuesday at 7:30 PM at Morelli Field. The winner of that game will advance to play the #1 Lexington Blue Sox in Lexington on Wednesday at 8:00 PM.
The ICL’s best of five Championship Series will be played next week with all games at Morelli Field starting at 7:45 PM.