Blue Sox Take 6-3 Win Over Chiefs in Lexington
Lexington, MA- The Blue Sox erased a 2-0 Chiefs lead, scoring a run in the third then adding four unearned runs in the fourth, to take a 6-3 win at Lexington High on Monday night.
The Chiefs grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first against Lexington starter Jake Vesling when Steve Passatempo (pictured) drilled a solo homer to left.
The lead went to 2-0 in the top of the third on consecutive singles from Tony Serino, Passatempo and R.J. Libby. Vesling escaped a big Chiefs inning when he struck out Matt Nuzzo and then got Ben Waldrip to bounce into a 4-6-3 doubleplay.
The Sox broke through against Zach Kirby in the home half of the third when Aaron Barbosa drew a walk and scored on Ross Curley’s RBI double to left.
Lexington pulled in front with the four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ryan Beradino drew a one out pinch-hit walk and Dom Zaher followed with a single. Barbosa then reached on an infield single that loaded the bases. An infield error off the bat of Anderson Jimenez then tied the game at 2-2. A sacrifice fly from Jeff Costello, a hit batsman, another infield single from Kyle Aide, and a bases loaded walk to Morgan Brown put the Sox up 5-2 after four.
The Chiefs got a run back in the top of the sixth when Waldrip hit solo homer to right off reliever Bill Christopher.
The Blue Sox got that run right back in the bottom of the sixth on a Costello bunt single, a stolen base, and a Curley RBI single.
The Chiefs threatened but couldn’t score against former Red Sox righty Manny Delcarmen in the top of the seventh. Passatempo drew a two out walk and Libby reached on an infield single. Delcarmen ended the night and recorded his third save of the season when he got the dangerous Nuzzo to bounce out to Curley at shortstop.
Vesling (1-0) went five innings to get his first win of the year while Kirby fell to 2-3 with the loss. The former Framingham State righthander allowed just two earned runs, seven hits, struck out eight but walked five.
Chiefs Chatter…. The Chiefs at Somerville Royals game that was scheduled for Tuesday night at Trum Field has been postponed and rescheduled for July 31. The game was postponed due a Babe Ruth Tournament that created a field conflict at the Royals’ home field….. The Chiefs return to action on Wednesday night when they host the Malden Maddogs at Maplewood at 8:00 PM…….Libby has been on torrid pace in his first four games with the Chiefs going 11-16 (.688) with two doubles and six RBI’s…..Passatempo homered in his return to the Chiefs. The former UMass-Lowell star spent the last few weeks in the Atlantic League after signing a pro contract with the High Point Rockies….The Chiefs outhit the Blue Sox 10-7 in the loss…..With the win the Blue Sox go to 11-1-1 while the Chiefs fall to 7-5…..